Guidance Department

Kelly Davis, Director of Guidance

Priscilla Desjardins, Administrative Assistant

Upcoming Events

  • 8/22/2018: School Starts
  • 9/3/2018: No School~Labor Day
  • 9/4/2018: Financial Aid Night for Juniors and Seniors with Nikki Vachon from FAME at 6pm
  • 9/17/2018: USM College Representative in Guidance at 12:30pm
  • 9/24/2018-10/1/2018: No School~Harvest Break
  • 10/8/2018: No School~Columbus Day
  • 10/10/2018: PSAT Testing for 10th and 11th grade students
  • 10/18/2018: UNE College Representative in Guidance at 9am
  • 10/18/2018: Saint Anselm College Representative in Guidance at 11:30am


As soon as school starts, you will hit the ground running with recommendation letters, applying for college, college essays, looking for a job, considering other post secondary plans, and it will seem like the world is spinning around you! Take a moment to breathe and take everything in. I am here to help you make this process easier, any way that I can. Come see me, take my advice, and don't feel pressured! Senior year is full of expectations but you also want to make things fun!

Rural U College Class Update

  • Attention Juniors and Seniors
  • Classes start 9/4/2018
  • Withdraw deadline is 9/17/2018. This has to be done through Ms. Kelly
  • If you have not yet activated your account~come see Ms. Kelly as soon as school starts
  • If you have not yet purchased your text books~Do so now
  • MSAD #24 will only reimburse students (not the students taking English I in lieu of HS English 3) for the class instead of the class and materials.
  • FERPA forms are required for UMFK. You should have received this form in an email from Jennifer Shapiro at UMFK. If you did not, go see Ms. Kelly for the form.
  • Work hard, study hard, and ask for help!
  • Khan Academy is a great resource for college classes


  • Have the Proper School Supplies that you need for your classes!
  • Get an Agenda~This helps keep everything organized
  • Know the expectations of your teachers and each class
  • Do Not Procrastinate
  • Get Involved in your school community
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • Eat breakfast every day
  • Stay out of business that is not yours!
  • Stay positive and be a friend to everyone

Ways to promote kindness in school!

  • Reading promotes and nurtures empathy in all classrooms
  • Kindness Quotes: Select a powerful quote about the importance of kindness and do a thorough, class-wide analysis. What does this quote mean? Have you ever seen examples of its implications in your life? This works at all levels and age groups.
  • Help students engage in community service.
  • Role Modeling for students
  • Encourage random acts of kindness

Prepping for the return to school

For parents of young kids, back to school often goes hand in hand with cries of "Mommy, don't go!" Whether your child's heading to school for the very first time, or returning after a summer of days at home, there are bound to be a few growing pains. Here are some tips on how to prepare for the big day—and make things easier for all of you.

  • Keep the morning routine simple and consistent.
  • Practice separation with trips to grandparents, friends, etc.
  • If your child isn't prone to clinging, don't plant worry seeds. You'll just create stress when there isn't any, according to Elizabeth Pantley, author of No-Cry Solutions for Preschool and School-Age Children. On the other hand, if you think he'll have a hard time, do have a few upbeat conversations to explain what's happening. Anxiety stems from the unknown, so the key is to find a balance between telling them what they need to know without overdoing it.
  • Role Play: To let your child know what to expect, have her pretend to be the parent while you act as the child. Go through all the motions of the first day of school: waking you up, getting you dressed, feeding you breakfast, dropping you off and finally, picking you up.
  • Create a countdown calendar
  • Get the sleep schedule on track
  • Read some books: Fictional characters have a way of making difficult situations easy since they always have a happy ending. The stories can give your child a natural opportunity to share any fears, and often have key kid-friendly phrases that parents can re-use to reassure their children. Here's a few to choose from: I Love You All Day Long, The Kissing Hand, Go Home, Mrs. Beekman and The Night Before Kindergarten.
  • Don't be late: On the first day of school, set your alarm clock half an hour early to get your own morning prep out of the way in order to focus on your little student.
  • Create a special goodbye routine
  • Breathe, relax, and allow things to become natural. Come see your Guidance Counselor should you need more help!