Our annual Connections program for all seventh grade students and their parents is scheduled for Friday, September 1 at Northern Essex Community College (NECC) in Haverhill, MA. All students will plan to arrive to Woodbury to start a regular day of school and will be bussed over to NECC. Parents can plan to meet their child at NECC around 8:45. The program begins at 9:00 and ends around 1:00. All students will be bussed back to Woodbury unless prior written notice is received that a parent is taking a child home from NECC. More detailed information will be sent home in your child's opening day packets.
All workshop registrations have been processed if you had submitted your workshop preferences as a parent and child at the end of last school year. If you have not submitted a registration packet and have not visited yet with our school counseling Administrative Assistant Betsy Palardy to schedule your classes, please do so at your earliest convenience.
Upon receiving your child's opening day packet on the first day of school, if you have any questions about the day's events and schedule, please contact Betsy Palardy or your child's school counselor, Elizabeth Remick (see contact information below).
Welcome to the Woodbury School Counseling page! Our School Counselors offer a comprehensive school counseling program to all students at Woodbury School. Middle school is an exciting time, which brings about change and sometimes challenges for students and families. We are a resource for students, parents, and teachers and we invite you to contact us at anytime.
Where are we located?
We are located in the sixth grade wing. If heading to our office from the Main Office, head towards the sixth grade wing and descend down the set of stairs. We are the first door on the right after the library. Mrs. Palardy, our administrative assistant, will greet you as you enter our office.
How to make an appointment...
Students may ask their teachers for a pass to the school counseling office to make an appointment with Mrs. Palardy during the school day. On the day of your appointment, you will receive a pass during first period class. Make sure to look at the time on the pass! When it is time to leave class, just ask your teacher to go, your pass will be signed, and you can come to our office. Parents may also call or contact any one of us if questions arise regarding their child's emotional well-being or academic status.
What does a school counselor do?
We see students individually, conduct a variety of groups - sometimes for specific subjects (social issues, changing families, academics), and we consult with families, teachers and community liaisons. Counselors teach classes in every grade level, such as adventure based education (select this tab for more information), careers, harassment and bullying. We coordinate foreign language placement and algebra placement. Counselors also work with students to help make the transition to middle school easier by visiting fifth grade classrooms every spring, and participating in an evening parent move-up night to help parents with their own transition and questions!
Amy Jo Muscott delivers her two-day healthy relationship presentation to Mr. Millas's sixth grade LA class. Day one was devoted to playing a friendly game of Jeopardy!
Amy Jo Muscott, a mainstay presenter at our Connections program and a counselor and educator at Bridges, an advocacy organization for people in need of family and relationship support, teaches sixth graders about healthy relationships with peers. Students learned about personal boundaries and healthy ways to communicate (for instance, learning about the "I feel _____, when you ______, because it ______" language and using I statements). The purpose behind the two-day lesson was to teach students ways in which they could feel empowered to speak up and show empathy when navigating the middle school social scene with peers and teachers alike!
Christen Beaudoin, Grade 6 School Counselor
Elizabeth (Liz) Remick, Grade 7 School Counselor
Marcia Murphy, Grade 8 School Counselor
Elizabeth (Betsy) Palardy, School Counseling Administrative Asst/Registrar
Private School Application Process
***Please note it is the student’s responsibility to request, deliver related materials for, and follow up on teacher recommendations***