Guidance and Counselling


There’s a lot of information, from a lot of different sources, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. It is also possible to simplify things down by understanding the situation and taking appropriate steps.

  • This disease is serious, and needs to be taken seriously, but no need to panic or overreact

  • This disease is easily spread, so appropriate steps will help keep everyone as safe as possible

  • Limit gatherings to small groups only (less than 10 is recommended)

  • Practice social distancing (6 feet is recommended)

  • Wash hands frequently, whenever leaving or entering a new location

  • Clean surfaces regularly with a disinfectant

  • Avoid sharing objects with others

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a sleeve or tissue

  • If feeling symptoms, avoid contact with others and call your primary care provider

If we all work together we’ll limit the duration of this problem to the shortest time possible!

We're Here to Help!

During this time of home learning we are here to help throughout. We are currently working from home. You can contact us at any time by email, and We’ll respond as soon as possible. If you want to talk by phone, please let us know by email and we will call you as soon as possible.

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Paul Hoak

Guidance Counselor

(802) 464-5177 x124

Mary Mihuta

School-Based Clinician

(802) 365-1771

Ali Keep

School-Based Clinician

(802) 591-2206

PAUL HOAK - Office Hours

I am available during school hours on all weekdays. Students and/or parents please feel free to email me at any time. I will respond as soon as I get your email, and if you'd like to talk let me know and I'll call you as soon as I can. You can contact me for a particular topic, or just to say "hi" and chat for a bit. I'd love to stay in touch.

If any student would like to set up a regular time to check in I'm happy to do so. If you'd like to just send me an email when the mood strikes, that's fine too.

Parents, if you think your child(ren) would like to receive an email or a call from me but isn't likely to ask, let me know, and I'll reach out to them. My goal is to support students and families in any way I can.

Take Care of Yourself

This is new territory we’re heading into with working at home instead of coming to school, so it will take some adjusting. Teachers will be sending work home and will be doing all they can to help students and parents adjust. We will work through this new process together.

Remember to enjoy yourselves! Make sure to make time for things that are fun, things that leave you feeling good about yourselves. We are dealing with a difficult situation, but it’s not the whole picture, life goes on. If we understand what we are dealing with, and take the steps we can, we will get through this together. Remember, if you are having difficulty, let us know so we can help with the adjustment process.

If you would like information or additional resources, please let us know.

Resources Available in Our Community

The valley's food pantry serves our community and distributes food items twice a month. No family or individual is turned away!

SEVCA supports low-income families in Windham and Windsor counties of Vermont with a variety of services from fuel, to food, to housing.

Internet and Data Changes

Some local internet and mobile phone carriers are offering free internet to new customers or unlimited data during COVID-19. Check with your providers!

Anxiety videos for kids

If you think your child might be experiencing anxiety or is overly worrying, feel free to contact us.


Below are some websites that I've tried and seem good. Many others that I visited either didn't work very easily, or were so full of ads that it was hard to get past them to the content you wanted. These are ones that I found to be user friendly and enjoyable.

Jigsaw Puzzles

These are really nice puzzles, photos of lots of different scenes. You can click on "free puzzles online" or any of the other categories as well. Click on the puzzle you want to do. Once on the puzzle, at the top, there's a place where you can choose the difficulty of the puzzle, from 12 - 104 pieces (it's usually set at 40 pieces, just click on this bar and you can select up or down as you want). jigsaw puzzles

When I searched for this one several options came up, and some of them didn't let me start a puzzle, just kept going around in circles. I found that clicking on the link that said "12 piece jigsaw puzzles" worked fine. These are animated pictures. Once on a picture you can select the difficulty from 6 - 40 pieces

Word Search Puzzles

These are nice and easy to access. Some of the word search games I visited had puzzles I couldn't get to start, or show the words. These are nice and easy to access and play. Click on the first letter of the word and drag the cursor through the word to highlight the word.

Find the Hidden Object Puzzles

This was the best of the sites I visited. Click on "games and puzzles." Click on the objects you find and they are highlighted. The colored ones are easier from the standpoint that you have the color references as well as the shape of the objects. Some of the black and white ones are pretty hard.

Multiple Puzzles

Many of the sites that I visited have multiple games, but only some of them seemed very user friendly. This site has lots that work well.

block puzzles

word searches

swap puzzles - click on a piece, then click on the space you want to move it to. I couldn't find a way to know where the edges are, so I'd have to periodically move blocks of pieces to different places, but this was part of the fun as well.

memory game


jigsaw puzzles - these pieces often need to be turned. Click on a piece and keep clicking until it turns with the correct side up.

connect the dot pictures - these are pretty simple, for younger ages.

When you click on a puzzle type, if you click on the >> it will change to a different puzzle.


Click on "drawing lessons for kids." There are several categories, with pictures to draw, all with "more" options. Click on the object you want to draw. You'll get a series of pictures showing you step by step how to draw the object.


click on "easy origami" to start. Once you get the hang of it there are several other categories to choose from such as: airplanes, animals, birds, and so on.

Email me

Let me know about your experiences with these sites. Tell me if you liked them, or if you didn't, if you have any questions about them, or if you have any others you'd like to recommend. Also let me know if there are other kinds of sites you'd like and I'll see if I can find some good ones. Also just email me to say "hi" if you'd like.

Fun things to do

What do you see?

There are lots of things to see in this picture. Everyone's brain is different and people see different objects. Take some time to look at the picture, then email me to tell me what you found. At the end of the week, I'll email you to let you all know what you found together!

Toothpick Puzzles

Arrange toothpicks in the order shown

  1. Move 3 toothpicks to make exactly 3 squares.

  2. Add 2 to make 5 triangles

  3. Remove 2 to leave exactly 2 squares

  4. Move 4 and leave exactly 10 squares

  5. Remove 2 to make exactly 6 squares

Email me and let me know how what you figure out, or if you want clues or have questions. Let me know if you want more (there's easy, medium, hard, and tricky).

6 Bits Puzzle - Car Race

Seven drivers were in a race. Using the clues, figure out which order they come in, what color car each driver had, and what happened to them. Some clues are helpful early, some not until the end. It's helpful to set up a grid for your information.

  • Names beginning with "S" came in 1st and 3rd

  • The driver of the green car wore outdated clothes

  • Hank drove a brown car

  • Weasel came in 4th

  • The orange car beat the person who hit the wall

  • The blue car was faster than the yellow and purple, but slower than the brown and green

  • The yellow car came in 4th

  • Speedy did not drive the blue car

  • Slim did not win the race

  • Weasel got bad gas

  • The driver of the red car got a bug in his eye

  • The winner wore outdated clothes

  • The person who got lost came in second

  • Murph drove the red car and beat Bruiser and Alf

  • Alf came in behind the person who lost a wheel

  • Slim broke his walkman

Driver Color What Happened

1 ____________ ___________ ____________________________

2____________ ___________ ____________________________

3____________ ___________ ____________________________

4____________ ___________ ____________________________

5____________ ___________ ____________________________

6____________ ___________ ____________________________

7____________ ___________ ____________________________

Let me know when you get the answer. You can also email me if you have questions, want some clues, or if you just want to say "hi."

Code Phrases

Each letter stands for a word that starts with that letter. Combined with the number, it's the only answer that fits. Example: 4 L on a D = 4 Legs on a Dog.

Tip #1 - Don't go in order, jump around. If stuck, go to a different one.

  1. 26 L in the A

  2. 54 C in a D (plus 2 J's)

  3. 18 H on a GC

  4. 4 Q in a G

  5. 3 B M (S H T R)

  6. 24 H in a D

  7. 60 M in an H

  8. 60 S in a M

  9. 365 D in a Y

  10. 1 W on a U

  11. 2 W on a B

  12. 3 W on a T

  13. 1 W on a C

  14. 29 D in F in a L Y

  15. 2 E and E on you F

  16. 5 T on each F

  17. 10 F on both H

  18. 50 S in the U S

  19. 4 S in a Y

  20. 4 Q make a D (so do 10 D and 20 N)

  21. 12 N on a C

  22. 7 D in a W

  23. 12 M in a Y

  24. 2 H are B than 1

  25. 25 P on this P

Email me when you get them, or if you have questions, or want clues, or if you just want to say "hi." Feel free to make up your own and send them to me so I can share them with others!

How many squares can you find.

Hint: it's useful to identify a size, and come up with a system for counting all the squares of that size, then move to another size.

Email me and let me know how many you've found, or if you have questions or want clues, or if you just want to say "hi."

Last updated March 29, 2020