School Counseling


Welcome to the Rye School District Counseling Department.

As the start of the 2021-2022 school year quickly approaches, we are feeling excited to be back in the school buildings and mask to mask with your children. The traditional excitement and buzz of an upcoming school year is certainly shadowed with some stress, worry and uncertainty, but the end goal is still the same: to meet the physical, mental, and emotional safety and well-being of students so meaningful learning can continue.

We are focusing on our school communities with renewed fervor this year. In order to support our students' social and emotional well-being, an emphasis will be placed on learning about each other, strengthening communication skills, building trust, and encouraging resilience. Teachers and staff in the Rye School District will consider our own language and strive to set a warm emotional tone. Finding ways to show HOW we care is--as it always should be--at the top of the back-to-school supply list!

As the summer comes to a close and you and your family prepare for another unique school year, we charge you with an important task. Be Flexible! We are all in this together, and the more we support each other the stronger we will be.

See you soon!

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!


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).

  • Thanksgiving Food Baskets - Please revisit as the holiday season nears.

  • Winter Holiday Vacation Support - Please revisit as the holiday season nears.

Rye Junior High School HOMEPAGE

Rye Elementary School HOMEPAGE