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About Me

I am Ms. Urie, Behavioral Specialist here at Ross A. Lurgio Middle School.  I graduated in 2014 from the University of Massachusetts - Boston with a Master's of Education in School Counseling.  I have been at Lurgio for the last year and a half completing my internship with Sue Mullen.  I am very excited to work with students and assist them with behavioral needs for the 2014-2015 school year. I am also a part of a team of Academic Support teachers.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  

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Phone Extension:  603 310 9100 ext.  4416
Location:  Main Office

Did You Know?

  • The Importance of Physical Activity
    This week I found a fascinating article in the Atlantic regarding the importance of physical activity on brain health.  Being active can increase a child's executive control, which is made up of inhibition, working memory, and cognitive flexibility.   All abilities that are important to help maximize a child's ability to learn at school.   Additional research suggested that physical activity can be an effective intervention for school age children with ADHD and help alleviate symptoms.   Just a great article with a really nice visual of how exercise impacts the brain.

    Exercise is ADHD Medication

    Posted Jun 12, 2015, 10:15 AM by
  • The Importance of Establishing Good Nutrition Habits in Adolescence
    As an adult, I am constantly reading the latest study on what foods that we should be eating for healthy brain development and to stay healthy to enjoy a great quality of life.  This got me thinking about what the developing adolescent brain might need to develop optimally.  I found a very informative website called, which is powered by the American Academy of Pediatrics.   On this site, there are a wide range of nutrition articles that covers every aspect of raising a healthy teen. 

    Posted May 5, 2015, 8:46 AM by
  • Media Diet
    It is a struggle for many families on how to balance the amount of screen time that our children get each day.   The current recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics is two hours a day of screen time for children aged 3 to 18.   As the mother of 3 year old boy, I know how easy it is for that two hour limit to get used up without even realizing it.  I was excited to come across this list of applications and programs that would assist me in monitoring my child's screen time, as well as my own! Personally, I ignored the title of the blog because I do not think these tools are for wimpy parents but really anyone who has ever had time get away from them.  

    Posted Mar 13, 2015, 11:21 AM by
  • Psychology Today
    Today,  I found a fantastic website with a expansive and timely collection of articles written by a wide variety of authors that touch upon many aspects of adolescents, parenting, and the parents themselves.  There are also author interviews in which the author discusses their latest book, as well as the inspiration behind it.  I love finding information that is presented clearly.  It also simplified my search on adolescent behaviors and the latest research.    Each mini-article also gives the reader a taste of the author's point of view and writing style.  Some I googled to find even more about their research, and I was able to quickly move on if an author did not appeal to me.    I hope you also find an article that is interesting and informative!

    Posted Mar 5, 2015, 7:25 AM by
  • Gratefulness
    As this is Thanksgiving week, the ideas of giving thanks and gratitude are spotlighted on the national stage.  While browsing the Huffington Post, I found this lovely quote by Carleton Kendrick:

           "Teaching your children by example how to make their gratitude known is at the core of teaching them how to                       appreciate and celebrate the abundance in their lives.  This is the awareness and lessons learned throughout a                     lifetime, not merely discussions we have at Thanksgiving dinner." 

    It was a powerful reminder for me as a parent that the eyes of my child are always on me.  If I want my child to be grateful for the abundance in his life, then I first need to be grateful for the abundance in my own life.   Not only do I need to recognize the good in my own life, but I also need him to hear me express that I am grateful and to show that gratefulness. I searched multiple articles about how to raise grateful children and every list included being a grateful parent.  I particularly liked the list of the link below.  Many of the suggestions were for younger children, but could be easily modified for the adolescent in your life.

    Posted Nov 25, 2014, 6:05 AM by
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