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Kristy Butler-Director of School Counseling

February/March Newsletter

kbutler@pinkertonacademy.org; 603-437-5200 ext. 1189.

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Pinkerton's School Counseling Department hosted a speaker, Dr. Wayne Goldner, on Wednesday, May 16th, to discuss safety with our junior class as we prepare for Prom night. Topics included driving under the influence of substances as well as distracted driving. The school partnered with the Derry Fire Department and the Community Alliance for Teen Safety to secure a crashed car as a visual reminder to students to be vigilant and drive safely as we approach prom season and summertime. We want all of our students to use good judgement and remain safe so their high school years are positive and memorable.

Seniors, do you have a plan for next year?

The Counseling staff is available to discuss the college applications process and address any questions or concerns you may have. If you would like to schedule a meeting, please email your counselor.

Attention Juniors!

The time has come for you to take the next big step in your college search process! Kick off spring with the Southern New Hampshire College Fair, happening on the 12th of April, in the Pinkerton Fieldhouse! This event will take place from 6pm-8pm and included representatives from over 100 colleges. This is a great opportunity to come and meet the representatives who might be reading your applications next year and have any questions you have about the campus, classes, athletics, students life, or whatever else you can think of answered! Also, we encourage you to register for NHHEAF's FREE Destination College event on April 7th. Counselors are in the midst of conducting Junior Meetings. One day in the next few weeks you will receive a pass from your counselor to come discuss college planning, career goals, the application process and to answer any questions you might have. If you can not attend your meeting, or are looking to schedule one sooner, please email your counselor. Parent nights are also available over the next couple of weeks, Monday-Thursdays, in the School Counseling office so you and your parents can meet with a counselor to help you organize your college search process. Email your counselor, stop in or call 437-5200 x1181. Finally, consider using April Vacation for visiting college campuses. It is nice to see the campus in person before applying and if you visit in April, you will see the campus alive with students! The fall gets busy for seniors and summer doesn't always give you the same feel as the academic year will. Plan ahead! This is an exciting time you are entering! Let us know how to help.

For a list of colleges and career organizations that will be in attendance, please click here!


Course verifications for the 2018-2019 school year will soon be released. Anyone who is planning on attending a 4 year college after high school should be seriously considering taking chemistry, a third year of foreign language, and joining clubs/teams/activities or volunteering. Remember to request levels which are the best fit and will allow you to find the most success. Do not take on more than you can handle. It is always best to consult college websites, or search features in Collegeboard and/or Naviance to understand exact requirements. Consult NCAA guidelines and NH Scholar requirements to be sure you are meeting expectations if these are important to you. It's never too early to start planning ahead! As always, we are here to help. Let your counselor know if you need assistance.

Who we are and what we do:

Our counseling staff works diligently to provide a comprehensive, developmental and preventative counseling program to ensure every student reaches their highest potential in the areas of academics, career, and personal/social development. Through counseling and consultation experiences, with a data-driven and collaborative approachs, students acquire knowledge, skills and attitudes that encourage them to be effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers and life long learners in an ever-changing world.

We believe each student is a unique, developing, capable individual who will learn from experience and grows personally, socially and educationally throughout adolescence. Respectful of individual differences, the program assists and supports students as they begin to understand themselves, develop decision-making, problem solving skills, and plans for the future. In addition to providing educational and career information, the program seeks to promote each student’s desire to maximize his/her potential in preparation for success in further education or a career. Counseling promotes effective communication and life planning skills that help students grow in all aspects of their life.

Delivery of Service:

Academic Planning- Beginning in student’s freshman year, the counseling staff works with students to ensure that not only are they on track to graduate, but have the opportunity to explore potential career pathways that may be of interest to them. Pinkerton Academy offers many electives in each academic disciplines, and a comprehensive Career and Technical Education Department as well. Some of the offerings includes: Health Science Technology, Automotive, Animal Science, Building, Engineering, Manufacturing, Welding, Computer Systems Networking and Maintenance, Culinary Arts, Business and Marketing, and more! Incoming freshman students are encouraged to make a 5 year plan to ensure they work efficiently with their counselor to maximize their short time at PA!

College and Career Counseling- We believe that one of our most important roles working with students is to assist them as they develop a plan and trajectory for their transition out of high school. We understand that this can take many forms, whether a student goes to college, a trade school, workforce in the military, or speciality programs. We are always on hand to lend advice, guidance and support to students. We work closely throughout a student’s freshman and sophomore years to help them identify their interests and abilities then determine how that best relates to a potential career. During student’s junior and senior years, we work with students through the process of pursuing post-secondary educational and career goals.

Group Counseling- The PA Counseling Staff operates group counseling experiences on a rotating basis throughout the year. It is our belief that student’s can make significant strides to overcome whatever their troubles may be if they build strength through their peers under supervision. Students will recognize these new allies throughout campus and will be able to offer support and reassurance as needed. We offer groups focusing on many topics, including: Anger Management, Fostering Student Connections, Building Strong Women, Substance Use Issues, Social Skills, Anxiety, and more.

Classroom Curriculum- At varying times during the year, the PA counselors work in different classrooms to help build student understanding of complex topics that can greatly impact their high school experience. These topics often include: study skills, career pathways research, social media use, bullying, and the college application process . By meeting students on their “turf”, we can work with a large group in a short amount of time provide students with information and practical experience on how use this information in a structured but independent environment.

Crisis Intervention- Pinkerton Counselors are on staff throughout the day to help students and families deal with urgent situations that may arise. We work quickly and effectively to help students manage whatever their crisis may be, and set a plan to continue on with their school day. Should the crisis preclude them from continuing with their academics, we work with families and community supports to connect them to the help that they need as they navigate through their difficult time.

Please click here to see our School Counseling contact page to identify your student’s counselor.

Please click here to see a list of important dates and events.