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Mrs. Kimberly Washko

 (formerly Robinson-Holzmann)

Guidance Counselor

Andover Regional School District

Long Pond School

707 Limecrest Road Newton, NJ 07860


973-940-1234, ext. 311


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School Counseling Program


Philosophy and Mission Statement


The philosophy the Andover Regional School District fosters and promotes is to provide an exemplary education for every student in a safe, supportive and nurturing environment. Not only do we emphasize the academic learning of a child, but the social and emotional growth and development as well. Respect and kindness are the underlying themes in our school district. We want our schools to be a place where children want to be. We also emphasize student learning in respect to understanding the importance of making good decisions and taking responsibility for one’s behavior. If a mistake is made, we want students to learn from that mistake. The positive attitudes and influences of others can help a child succeed and Andover Regional strives for all of its children to be successful. We take a personal interest in every child.

The mission of Long Pond School's counseling program is to promote student growth by focusing on the "whole" child and their academic, social/emotional, personal and career developmental areas. Our programs include Individual and small group counseling, classroom instruction, coordination of services with teachers, parents, staff and community, case management of students. All programs are designed to foster student achievement and maximize student potential.  An emphasis is placed on the importance of learning universal skills that enable our students to lead successful and rewarding lives. We emphasize the development of character, as well as academics.

Classroom Instruction: Guidance Lessons include:

    · Getting along with others

    · Strengths and weaknesses

  · Study skills and being a good student

  • ·   Charger Pride
  • ·   RESPECT
  • ·   Feelings
  • ·  Communication and Conflict Resolution
  • ·   Peer Pressure
  • ·   Accepting individual differences / Acceptance of others
  • ·   Good decision making-skills
  • ·  Friends / Popularity / Cliques
  • ·   Self – discipline and sense of responsibility
  • ·  Violence Prevention - Bullying, Victim Bystander
  • ·   Cyberbullying and Texting
  • ·   HIB/ Sexual Harrassment


8th Grade -

1. High School Options

2.   High School terminology

3.   Thinking about future plans; college, job, career

4.   Career Interests Inventories

5.   Career Exploration


Grief Support Group

RAINBOWs for All Children

A free interactive support program for children who are experiencing loss due to
 death, separation, divorce or incarceration.

Rainbows offers peer support to children along with the guidance of trained facilitators who provide a safe space for exploring feelings.

Meet for 6 weeks starting in January/February at
the Sparta United Methodist Church

Contact Information:


Guidance News for 8th Grade Parents

8th Grade Parents: Please continue to review the newsletter each month. 8th grade is a busy time and there will be a lot of information/dates that will be announced in this manner. Thank you for your cooperation.

Upcoming Dates for 8th Graders and their Parents

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018- 8th graders from LPS visit Newton High School for

High School Orientation

January 2018  -  Parent/Student Open House at Newton High School – Date to be determined

Thursday and Friday, March 8th  & 9th -  Newton High School Scheduling

(Snow date -  March 12th)     conferences –    for all 8th Grade Students

 (Parents will need to attend on one of these days).


Counselors from Sussex Tech visited this fall and spoke to the 8th graders about Sussex County Technical School and the programs it has to offer. All students in 8th grade had visited and toured Sussex Technical School in October and learned of its programs.

If your child is interested in applying to Sussex County Technical School and have not already done so, applications are available on-line at After your child completes an on-line application, he/she will need to print out the confirmation page (Permission to release records form) and bring it to Mrs. Washko in order to process grade reporting.

If you have any questions, contact Sussex Tech at 973-383-6700 ext. 247 (Mrs. Monell, Admissions Coordinator). You may also visit their website at for additional information about their programs. The application deadline is December 22, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office at Sussex Tech at 973-383-6700 ext. 247.  You may also visit the website at for additional information about their programs.

2017-2018 Sussex Tech : Special Events and Admissions Schedule

Admissions Opens; October 2, 2017

WOW Factor Days: October 24 and October 25, 2017

(All 8th grade students will visit Sussex Tech)

Parent Open House October 26, 2017

Tech Trek: November 18, 2017

Admissions Closes: December 22, 2017

Interview Email Notifications January 10-12, 2018

Interviews Starting January 23 - February 2, 2018

The date for Final Notification Letters to be mailed will be announced at a later date


If your child is interested in applying to Pope John High School, applications need to be turned into to Mrs. Washko in order to process the paperwork involved in grade reporting. Please contact Pope John at (973) 729 – 6125, ext. 255 for an application if you have not already done so.

8th grade Altitude Program

The Altitude ( program is in full swing!  The Altitude Team hosted the Altitude kick-off assembly on Tuesday, October 10th.

Altitude is an empowerment program targeting 8th graders in Sussex County. The program philosophy seeks to inspire students to move toward their highest and best selves. The vision is that through the multi-modal components of this program we will create safe places and appropriate interventions to help students develop life skills, believe in their own strength and goodness and feel excited about using their time and talent in service to others. The program also includes families and enlists them in empowering students towards these ends. For students participating in the Altitude program, responsible decisions will become self-evident, altruism will be seen as cool, and affirming voices will ring in their ears as they navigate upcoming life choices.


Altitude is truly a community effort. By working with local organizations and program providers with a vested interest in a healthy community, we ensure that approaches applicable to Sussex County issues are utilized in the initiative. Their partner organizations and providers include The Center for Prevention and Counseling; Pass it Along and United Way of Northern New Jersey. There will be six other Sussex County schools that will participate in this program again this year.

Long Pond School  is proud to be part of this worthwhile program. Its message is so congruent to our school’s philosophy. The Altitude message also correlates with the Week of Respect; teaching the students to be kind, compassionate, helpful and to serve others.

Have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy time with your family and friends!

Past news:


Long Pond School hosted a luncheon for the five new students who have entered our school this year. We welcome these students and look forward to their involvement in our school and community. We encourage you to welcome these students and their families too. Thank you also, to two of our new student council officers who had assisted at this luncheon: Brady Coffey and Noelle Casperson.

Andover Regional-  Week of Respect

Andover Regional celebrated the Week of Respect from Monday, October 2nd through Friday, October 6th.  In addition to the following activities, teachers engaged in a variety of daily lessons regarding respect, tolerance kindness, and the attributes of CHARGER PRIDE.,

The Kindness banners that were provided by the Center for Prevention were hung at both LPS and FMB.

Activities included Blue Shirt Day Andover students wore blue in Recognition of World Day of Bullying Prevention and joined together in solidarity to stop bullying and cyberbullying. At LPS, students and staff DRESSED FOR SUCCESS to promote SELF- RESPECT. The Peer Leaders also participated in Random Acts of Kindness and wrote positive messages on post it notes and stuck them to the students’ lockers.At FMB, students and staff dress as their favorite superhero to promote self-respect and a caring attitude.

Students and staff wore Sneakers to “Stomp” out Bullying and a team jersey to show good sportsmanship and “Team Up” against bullying.  This solidarity will show that we, as a school do not stand for bullying of any kind! And then Friday was SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY - Staff and students are asked to show their school spirit by wearing their spirit wear or red and white.

Introduction to Community Service project:


            Both FMB and LPS schools will be collecting new socks for children. These socks will then be donated to the Center for Prevention and Counseling in Newton and distributed to local families in need. We are asking for donations of new socks sizes infant through teen-age/adult.  A box will be placed in the front lobby for the socks collected.

                    Guidance Resources:                                Newton High School   973-383-7573 ext. 226   Sussex Technical School  973-383- 6700 ext. 24 Center for Prevention