• Guidance


    The Clinton Public School Guidance program is designed to help students develop positive self-concepts and effective decision-making skills. The guidance counselor works with students individually and in groups, assisting with school-related and personal concerns. Counseling services may concern career and academic planning, personal or crisis counseling. The counselor is available to any student or parent who wishes to address concerns, gain information or discuss alternative plans of action to get the best for each student. Assistance is available for students for high school placement and with the preparation of their freshman high school schedules.

    HIB
    The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, signed into law on January 2011, went into effect with the 2011-2012 school year.  A copy of the law and our corresponding new Code of Conduct are available on the CPS website.  If you have any questions, contact Jenine Kastner, Anti-Bullying Coordinator @ 735-8512 or Sue Penn, Anti-Bullying Specialist @ 735-0950, ext 251.
     
    Resources for Parents: 
    Helping Children Deal with Scary News       http://pbskids.org/rogers//parentsteachers/special/scarynews-thoughts.html
     
    NAMI  (National Alliance on Mental Illness)-naminj.org   non-profit organization seeking to improve the lives of all individuals affected by mental illess.
     
    DCP&P (Division of Child Protection and Permanency-formerly DYFS)    1-877-652-2873   to report suspected physical, mental, or sexual abuse or neglect.
     
    Children's Mobile Response & Stabilization Services  1-877-652-7624   intervention services dispatched to site of crisis within one hour of call.  For children ages 5-18 with the purpose of stabilizing the behavior.
     
    FCIU  (Family Crisis Intervention)  908-788-6401  Free service aiding families with truancy issues.
     
     
     
     
     
                                                NEW!
    Friday, May 19 is Celebrating Young Women and Men Day!
    7th and 8th Graders will be participating in the program all day.  Students will be attending 4 one hour workshops throughout the day.  Visitors include:  Clinton First Aid Squad-CPR Certification, Shop Rite, Fencing, Healthy Relationships, Polytech Pastry Chef/Baking, North Hunterdon High School Peer Leaders, Voorhees High School SHIP, Polytech Commercial Arts and Minding Your Mind.

    8th Grade Scheduling Information  Class of 2017/2021
    Any further questions or changes to course selections for incoming 9th graders should go through the high school Guidance Dept. 
    North Hunterdon:  713-4199, ext 6367 or ext 6374                     Voorhees:  638-2130
     
     
    APPLICATIONS for Hunterdon County Vocational School District
    Computer Science & Software Engineering Academy and the Biomedical Sciences Academy were due DECEMBER 15, 2016
     
    If you have questions about either of the programs,  please contact Dan Sexton at 908-788-1119 ext. 2024
    or dsexton@hcvsd.org
     
    There is a change in the 9th grade Science requirement!
    Beginning with the class of 2017, students will be signing up for Biology  NOT Physics.  Next, as Sophomores, they will take chemistry and then Physics as Juniors.  All science classes will include a lab period.  Biology will be 6 credits.   Information on this change can be found on the following link,  Important Scheduling Changes 2017-2018.  Information on the new scheduling design can be found on this link Rolling Drop Block Scheduling.  Rolling Drop Block Scheduling:  students will schedule for 4 morning classes and 4 afternoon classes.  During the split lunch, half the student body will be in directed study classes and the other half will be in lunch.  All students will eat lunch in the period they do not have their science lab.
     
    Also, students will have 2 options for the freshman required elective Communication and Digital Literacy:  1) through the Humanities #216 or 2) through Science and Engineering #499
     

    VIKING    Voorhees High School
    • Registration forms were distributed on October 19.  Completed forms are due to Mrs. Penn on or before November 1, 2016.
    • Parent scheduling information will be mailed the week of October 17, 2016.
    • Parent Program November 15, 2016 at 7:00PM in the VHS Auditorium.
    • Hunterdon County Vocational School District applications for the Computer Science Program and the Biomedical Program are due December 15, 2016.  Applications will be available the week of October 24, 2016.
    • Course Selection Guide available January 1, 2016 on Voorhees High School website.
    • Students registered with Voorhees will attend a 1/2 day Orientation on January 4, 2017.  Snow date January 9, 2017.
    • January 10, 2017 Completed Course Request Forms are due to Mrs. Penn.
    • High School Guidance Counselors will be reviewing the 8th graders' Course Request Forms.  Appointments are available January 9-26.  Parents should contact Voorhees Guidance Department to schedule a 15 minute appointment to review your son/daughter's course selections.   Call 908-638-2130. 
     
    nh lion North Hunterdon High School
    • Registration forms were distributed on October 19.  Completed forms are due to Mrs. Penn on or before November 1, 2016.
    • Parent scheduling information will be mailed the week of October 17, 2016.
    • Parent Orientation Program November 2, 2016 at 6:30 PM in the New Gym North.
    • Hunterdon County Vocational School District applications for the Computer Science Program and the Biomedical program are due December 15, 2016.  Applications will be available the week of October 24, 2016.
    • Course Selection Guide available January 1, 2016 on North Hunterdon High School website.
    • Students registered with North Hunterdon will attend a 1/2 day Orientation January 9, 2017.
    • January 10, 2017 Completed Course Selection Forms are due to Mrs. Penn.
    •  North Hunterdon Guidance Counselors will be available to review Course Request Forms  January 11-26.   Parents should call the Guidance Department at 713-4199, ext 6374 to schedule a 15 minute appointment to review your son/daughter's course selections.
     
     
    The 2016-2017 North Hunterdon-Voorhees Course Selection Guide is available on line at
    http://www.nhvweb.net/vhs/home/files/2015/12/NHV2016-2017CourseSelectionGuide.pdf or
    course selection guide.
     
    Clinton Public 8th graders have the choice of attending either North Hunterdon High School or Voorhees High School.  Please begin discussing this choice as time moves fast.  Before you know it, we will be filling out high school registration forms...this usually takes place end of October/early November.  Between September and January, the 8th graders will be introduced to the scheduling process, including course options for freshman year.  As scheduling information becomes available from each high school, it will be passed along to the students and parents, including website updates.  If you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss high school scheduling, please feel free to contact me at spenn@cpsnj.org or call 735-0950, ext. 251.
     
     
     

     

     

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    Talking to Children about Traumatic Event or Disaster 
     
    Below are some resources to help when violence, traumatic events or disaster strikes whether personally, locally, nationally or globally.
     
    1. 10 Tips for Talking to your Kids About Terrorism     http://momfactually.com/tips-for-talking-to-your-kids-about-terrorism/
    2.  The National Child Traumatic Stress Network        http://www.NCTSN.org
    3.  GriefNet       http://www.griefnet.org/
    4.  How to Talk to Children About Shootings: Calm Tone, Basic Facts     http:/online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324966045781796813497821292.html 
    5.  Transformations    http://www.transformations.com  
    6.  The Compassionate Friends   http://www.compassionatefriends.org
    7.  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline     http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
    8.  How Families Can Help Children Cope with Fear & Anxiety    http://www.samhsa.gov/children/
    9.  Helping Age-specific Interventions at Home for Children in Trauma    http://www.samhsa.gov/csatdisasterrecovery/outreach/ageSpecificInterventions.pdf
    10.  After the Storm     tips for Parents of Children    http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/pdf/tipsforparentschildren.pdf
    11.National Association of School Psychologists    http://www.nasponline.org

    Contact:
    Sue Penn
     Guidance Counselor
    735-8512 or 735-0950, ext. 251
    spenn@cpsnj.org