The Pollard Counseling Department is committed to advocating for all students and to being an integral part of the Pollard community.  Counselors assist, guide, and direct students and families with academic planning, social/emotional issues, transition planning, and many other areas relevant in a student's middle school experience.  Counselors help students develop a strong sense of self, a respect for others, and offer guidance in making good decisions and helping students achieve their aspirations.

We look forward to working with you!

News To Know

Last edited 3/1/24

In appreciation for our Counseling Department during National School Counselor Appreciation Week, February 5th-9th.

 Mark Your Calendars!

NHS & Pollard PTC Evening: Navigating Social Media with your student

Presented by Dana Plunkett, Director of Counseling, 7-12 & 

Dr Tai Kaztenstein, Newton-Wellesley Resiliency Project

March 7th, 6:30-7:30 via this zoom link.

**Please note, this presentation will not be recorded**

If you have a question you would like addressed, please complete this form by March 5th. The presenters will do their best to address as many questions as possible within their remarks.

For those who were unable to attend the Grade 8 Parent Night on Wednesday, February 7th, here is the slide deck from the presentation with live links and here  recording of the presentation.

For those who missed the METCO Parent Evening on February 28th, here is the slide deck for the presentation.


First Meeting Monday Nov. 6th, 2023 @ Needham Public Library Community Room (7:30 - 8:30 PM)

We invite all Needham parents and caregivers of children/teens in Special Education to come together for a monthly, in-person support group. Our goal is to offer a supportive environment where parents and caregivers can come together to connect, find emotional support, and share experiences. We hope to enhance our sense of community connection and promote parental well being. The group will be facilitated by SEPAC parents Becca Kahane, Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Carrie Galhouse, Psychiatric Mental Health Advanced Practice Registered Nurse.

For more information contact

This is an open group. We welcome you to join any or all meetings. We ask all participants to respect confidentiality and to refrain from discussing the content of our meetings outside of this context. Participate in whatever way works for you, share as much or as little as you are comfortable with. Please note this is not a therapeutic group and no formal clinical treatment or recommendations will be given. Meetings will typically be held at the Library, the first Monday of the month. Visit the support group page for more information. 

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