School Counseling


Welcome to the Rye School District Counseling Department.

It's hard to believe, but we are just about ready to wrap up 2021. The weather is getting colder, the days are getting shorter, and the new expectations and crazy adjustments have quickly become our routines. We are extremely proud of our students, families, and our staff for their flexibility and commitment to keeping each other safe.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) continues to be on the forefront of everyone's minds. Each day begins with a Morning Meeting in RES Homerooms and Advisories at RJH. Families, students and staff are continuously encouraged to stay healthy and pace themselves by paying attention to their physical and emotional needs.

In a community where there is so much passion for education and dedication to meeting standards and rising to challenges, pacing ourselves can be very difficult to do. There doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to accomplish all that needs to be done...and as we mentioned above, the days are getting shorter!

With the holiday season here, we encourage you to prioritize your mental and physical well-being. Get out for fresh air when you can; communicate with friends and family (but if it's in person - wear a mask and wash your hands!!); check in on those you care about and let them know you are thinking of them; set goals and keep looking forward; and stay healthy and strong.

We'll see you soon!

Lori & Alison


We care deeply for those in our own community who experience financial hardship and food insecurity. While this challenge is relative to each individual family, our hopes for every Rye community member to feel safe, secure, and free from stress is genuine. We continue to support our own families in various ways, and we want to let you know about these efforts in case you would like to help!

  • End 68 Hours of Hunger - we are always accepting food and monetary donations for this amazing program that provides children with food for the approximately 68 hours between when that student has lunch on Fridays at school and returns again on Monday for a school meal. We are also accepting reusable grocery bags! Any donations can be left at either school during the regular school days (Monday-Friday), attention Lori Arsenault (RES) or Alison Dunn (RJH).

  • Winter Holiday Support - Rye Elementary School is teaming up with The Stocking Elves this year to support seacoast children in need. All proceeds raised from the RES Holiday Spirit Week will go toward purchasing toys, gifts and supplies to stuff stockings for The Stocking Elves fundraising efforts. See the RES link for more information.

      • The Rye Fire Department runs an amazingly efficient and extremely generous toy drive for Rye families and other families across the Seacoast. Please contact the Fire Department or your child's school to get the forms and for more information. Also - Look for the Toy Drive boxes around town if you would like to donate!

      • GATHER reminds you to check out their Mobile Markets. All are Welcome!

RSD Has Character!

This year, Rye Junior High has embarked on a mission to be "Character Strong." Students in all advisories (5th-8th) will be challenging themselves to learn and practice skills that are critical for us all as members of a social world. The Character Strong program, aligned with SEL competencies defined by CASEL, will engage students in meaningful communication and activities that will certainly strengthen their character!

A key component of this program is the belief that social emotional learning happens everywhere, and we are ALL responsible for strengthening our character and practicing SEL whenever we can. Character Strong has created "Family Dares" that will task you and your children to practice conversation skills, complete acts of kindness, express your emotions, and find meaningful ways to relax and rest.

In an effort to align our SEL opportunities at both the Elementary School and the Junior High, we are excited to bring Character Strong's family challenge to the WHOLE District. Every month, our School Counseling Department will put out 4 Family Character Dares. For every Dare your family completes, you can be entered into a monthly raffle for "Family Experience" prizes. Learn about our Family Character Dares and the RSD Has Character Raffle by clicking on the tab above.

We hope you'll join in on the fun!

Rye Junior High School HOMEPAGE

Rye Elementary School HOMEPAGE