Middle School Guidance Office
Hello and welcome to a new school year! My name is Larissa Potosnak and I am thrilled to be the new school counselor at Hardyston Middle School. I cannot wait to get to know the students and everyone that makes up the Hardyston family! This is going to be a fun year filled with learning, growing, and lots of new adventures.
To give you a little background information about myself, I have a BA in Psychology with a minor in Education from West Chester University and an MA in School Counseling from Montclair State University. I previously worked in several school districts as a long-term substitute school counselor at both the elementary and middle school level including Hardyston Middle School last school year, and I am excited to be back!
As the school counselor, I am here to ensure that your child receives the necessary assistance to achieve academic success, social growth, and personal discovery. Communication with parents, teachers, and administrators in order to work as a team is important to help students be successful. Parents and teachers may refer students to individual or group counseling. Students are always welcome to stop by my office during their lunch or study hall. If I am not available, they may fill out a “Counselor Request” form located outside of my office and place it in my mailbox. I meet with students on an individual basis to address any issues or concerns which may include stress at home or at school, peer conflict, anxiety, organization, and any issue concerning the student. I also meet with students during lunch in a small group setting for topics such as friendships/new students, changing families (divorce/separation), organization, and social skills. I am also running the Anti-Bullying Club for grades 6-8 which will consist of a group of students who want to make a positive difference in our school. The plan is for students to become empowered to serve as role models to others and to find ways to spread positivity throughout the school.
Other school counselor responsibilities include the following:
Facilitating Intervention and Referral Services
Coordinating and managing 504 plans
Serving as the Anti Bullying Specialist
Coordinating State Testing
Organizing school-wide events such as Week of Respect, Red Ribbon Week, Kindness Week, etc.
Implementing character education
Please feel free to contact me for further information or for any concerns you may have. I look forward to assisting you and your child during their middle school career!
Hardyston Middle School