Counselors Corner

Elementary school years set the tone for developing the knowledge, attitudes and skill necessary for children to become healthy, competent and confident learners. Through a comprehensive developmental school counseling program, the counselors and school social worker collaborate with the school staff, parents, and the community to help all children achieve academic success.

Guidance Counselors:  Andi Hobby and Kathy Demers
We teach a developmental curriculum in classes, and meet with students in small groups and individually.  
Phone: 207-795-4150
E-mail: Andi Hobby and Kathy Demers

School Social Workers:  Stephanie Poulin, Sarah Beam, and Samantha Leeman
Stephanie Poulin, Sarah Beam, and Samantha Leeman work with parents and students to assist students in having a successful and positive school experience.  Support may include helping students with problem solving, individual behavior plans, and recommending alternatives.  Sarah works with students primarily in grades K-2 while Stephanie works primarily with students in grades 3-6. Samantha works primarily with students in Special Education.

In addition, Montello houses Spurwink Counselors who work with students one-on-one. We also have one Spurwink Case Manager who provides support to families and links them to community resources. For more information, visit the Spurwink Website.

Guidance News
Nov 2016

The school year is in full swing and the guidance department has some special guests coming to present information on important topics this fall.
Deborah Marstaller, from Advocates for Children, will be presenting lessons on personal safety to our kindergarten and 3rd grade students during the week of November 28.  A letter will be going home with more information so check your students' backpacks!

Bridget MacAlonan, from Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services, will also be coming soon for special presentations!  These presentations will take place during guidance lessons from December 1 through December 7.  Bridget's lessons are age-appropriate and focus on personal safety, boundaries, and teamwork.  A letter will be going home toward the end of November with more details!

Please see the links at the bottom of this page for more supporting documents and resources for parents.

If you have any questions about the guidance curriculum, please contact Andi Hobby.

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Topics of Interest & Resources

Attendance at school is essential to your child's educational success.  Maine law requires that persons between the ages of 7 and 17 attend school.  Absenses need to be identified as excused or unexcused.

In order for an absence to be excused, parents must notify the school, either by phone call or a written note.  A student with 7 unexcused absenses is considered truant.

Did you know...
  • Even as young as Kindergarten, students who miss school can fall behind.
  • Even just missing 1 or 2 days every few weeks adds up and can make it harder for students to learn and keep up.
  • When students are absent it can affect the whole class if teachers have to slow down to make sure students can catch up.
  • Chronic absence is considered 18 or more days of school missed.
Build attendance habits early!  Every day counts!

What you can do to help:
  • Have routines for bedtime and morning and stick to them
  • Prepare backpacks the night before
  • Have your child go to school unless he is truly sick.  
  • Sometimes a child complains of a stomach ache or a headache.  This can be a sign of anxiety.  Please reach out to the counselors and social worker if you believe your child has anxiety about coming to school.
  • Whenever possible, schedule medical appointments and vacations for when school is not in session.
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