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Counseling & Student Services Overview

  • The mission of the Clifton High School Counseling Department is to empower our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve academic, personal/social, and career success, and in turn enable them to reach their fullest potential as respectful, responsible citizens.  While our students are the primary focus of the department and its activities, student’s ultimate success is dependent upon a collaborative approach between counselor,  parent,  teacher, and administrators.

    The Counseling Department at CHS consists of the following; Three counselors assigned to each of the four building wings (East, South, Central & North) and two Student Assistance Counselors available to all students in the building.  

    Department Responsibilities

    Testing Coordination/Services- PSAT, AP, ASVAB and College Board/ACT SSD Coordination Services.

    Specialized Student-Based Support Programs- Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBSIS), Stigma Free, Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS), Section 504 Services, Individual Support Services & Targeted Parent/Student Information Sessions.

    College/Career Services-  Naviance, College Fair, Financial Aid Nights, College Information Sessions,  Instant Decision Days, Scholarship Program/Services, Career Day, Boys State, Girls Leadership Institute & RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership). 

    Student Assistance Counselors- School-wide services include: providing counseling services to pupils regarding substance abuse and other behavioral or mental health issues. Development and adherence of policies (and facilitation of in-service trainings) on state-mandated topics (substance abuse, suicide, physical/sexual abuse, and sexual harassment policies).  The SAC is equipped to implement crisis response services appropriate for the student body. The SAC acts as a liaison with community agencies as a regular participant in Municipal Alliance meetings and ongoing communication with local law enforcement officials.

     

Contact

  • Supervisor of Counseling and Student Services 9-12

    Jennifer Bergmann
    JBergmann@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2324
    (F) 973-470-2325


    North Wing Counselors

    Rachel Fabrykant
    rfabrykant@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2321

     

    Shawna Grossman
    sgrossman@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2323

     

    Colleen Sarduy
    csarduy@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2340


    Central Wing Counselors

    Andrew Kessler
    akessler@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2341

     

    Jody Springer
    jspringer@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2339

     

    Atillio Venturelli
    aventurelli@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2306

     


    South Wing Counselors

    Laura Byrnes
    lbyrnes@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2322

    Jackie Festa-Salerno
    jfesta-salerno@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2307

    Jana Schrager
    jschrager@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2307

     


    East Wing Counselors

    Mirta Lopez
    mlopez@cliftonschools.net
    973-779-5187

    Dena Ray
    DGuadalupe-Ray@cliftonschools.net
    973-779-5147

    Meredith Schwartz
    mschwartz@cliftonschools.net
    973-779-5164

     


    Student Assistance Counselors

    Joel Baker
    jbaker@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2424

    Courtney Terry
    cterry@cliftonschools.net
    973-470-2454


    School-Based Youth Services (Teen Center)

    Director, Patricia Kramer
    973-458-6072

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