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John B. Atwood Guidance & Support Center

John B. Atwood Guidance & Support Center

 

 

John B. Atwood Guidance and Student Support Center Photo

Welcome to the John B. Atwood Guidance & Student Support Center. Here you will find everything you need to know to stay up to date with the NHS Guidance Department happenings.

Main Office Phone: 508-285-0160

Fax Number: 508-286-2669

MISSION STATEMENT

The Norton Public School's Student Support Services Department, in partnership with students, parents/guardians, administration, staff, and community will assist all students by addressing their academic, career, and personal/social needs. As student advocates, we recognize the unique abilities, diversity, and personal worth of each child. Our Pre-K through 12 counseling program focuses on each student's potential for growth as they transition through the educational process to become effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers, and life-long learners.

Meet the Staff

Michelle Amaral

Titles: School Adjustment Counselor

Vincent Cerce

Titles: Director of Pupil Personnel Services

Heidi Kozikis

Titles: School to Career Specialist

Jennifer Proulx

Titles: Guidance Counselor, Students A-CH, GRIT

Julia Tavares

Titles: Guidance Counselor, Students J-O, Dual Enrollment

Michele Baeta

Titles: School Adjustment Counselor

Stephanie Bates

Titles: Guidance Counselor, Students Ci-I

Maria Peckham

Titles: Bridge Program Teacher

Michaela Sirois

Titles: Guidance Counselor, Students P-Z, DHH program

Daniel Marchant

Title: Administrative Assistant

 

School Profile 2022-2023

First page of the PDF file: NHSProfile_2022-23

NHS Program of Studies 2024-2025

NHS Program of Studies 2023-24

 

Community Service Hours Log

First page of the PDF file: CommunityServiceHoursLog

Course Selection

Course Selection

Dual Enrollment

Norton High School has Dual Enrollment agreements with the following Colleges and Universities. Applications are available in the Student Support Center. For an overview of the dual enrollment program see presentation below.

  • Bridgewater State University
  • Bristol Community College
  • Massasoit Community College
  • Southeastern Technical Institute
  • Wheaton College

College Planning

First page of the PDF file: Norton_High_School_College_Planning_Guide_2019-2020

Social Emotional

INTERFACE Referral Service

Where can you learn about Mental Health Resources in or near your community?

How can you access Mental Health Services?

Find answers at the William James College INTERFACE Referral Service.

William James College INTERFACE Referral Service works to increase awareness of mental health issues impacting children, families, and adults and to facilitate access to appropriate outpatient services. Visit our website for additional information and guides to help you throughout the process of seeking outpatient mental health services.

NORTON COMMUNITY PAGE

Call the INTERFACE Helpline at 1-888-244-6843 Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. to consult with a mental health professional about resources and/or receive personalized matched referrals.

What to Expect When You Call the Helpline

1. Intake—When you call, you will speak with a resource and referral counselor to complete a confidential intake. You will be asked for information, including: email and phone number, your or your child’s concerns, insurance type, preferences around therapist characteristics and treatment modality, demographic information, as well as your available timeframes for appointments. The intake generally takes about 15-20 minutes. After the intake is completed, you will be assigned a case number to use with both INTERFACE and potential provider match(es). The case number is used to protect your confidentiality. At times we may provide additional or alternate information to callers in order to meet more immediate needs or safety concerns.

2. Making a match—Your resource and referral counselor will be in touch with you in the first few business days after your call to introduce themselves and to let you know that they are starting to search for providers. INTERFACE resource and referral counselors search for a match by utilizing the information provided at intake and our database of over 9,000 licensed and vetted providers located throughout the state.

3. Providing matches—Once a provider match has been identified, an INTERFACE resource and referral counselor will contact you to give you the provider’s name, credentials, location, and phone number. They will also provide links to guides on our website that may be helpful in the process of seeking services. We aim to provide at least one match as quickly as possible; however, at times it can take up to 3 weeks to find a match. Although we do our best to find matches with current availability, at times matches may include waitlist options, as matches are based both on the criteria shared at intake and the availability of resources.

4. Following-Up—After you have received the match(es), your resource and referral counselor will follow up with you within 1-2 weeks to see if you have been able to connect with the provider(s), and if so, how it is going. INTERFACE Referral Helpline works with you to ensure you have connected with a suitable match.

5. Closing a referral—Once there is a successful match, the INTERFACE resource and referral counselor will close the referral process with you. However, if you need additional support in the future for other referrals or if the match does not work out for some reason, please know that you can always call the Helpline again to determine the next steps in the process of finding a new provider.


The INTERFACE Referral Service Helpline is available to you Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm (excluding holidays). If we are experiencing high call volume or it is after hours, you will be asked to leave a message with your name, community of residence and phone number and we will return your call as soon as possible. If you are already working with us, please also note your case number. Please review our website at interface.williamjames.edu for additional information and for a complete list of the communities we currently serve.

What makes INTERFACE unique is that they do not provide merely a list of providers, but rather matched referrals to outpatient mental health professionals and practices from our database of over 9,000 licensed and vetted providers who best meet the caller’s concerns, insurance or fee requirement, preferences around therapist characteristics and treatment modality, location needs and available timeframes for appointments.  INTERFACE aims to provide at least one match as quickly as possible; however, at times it can take up to 3 weeks to find a match.  After providing referral matches, Resource and Referral Counselors contact callers within 1-2 weeks to see if the caller was able to connect with the provider(s), and if so, how it is going. INTERFACE Referral Helpline works with the caller to ensure they have connected with a suitable match.   Once there is a successful match, the INTERFACE resource and referral counselor will close the referral process with the caller. However, if the caller needs additional support in the future for other referrals or if the match does not work out for some reason, please know that the caller can always call the Helpline again to determine the next steps in the process of finding a new provider.

Mindfulness

GETTING STARTED WITH MINDFULNESS - MINDFUL 

Want try mindfulness meditation but not sure where to begin? We'll show you how to start, feel better, reduce your stress, and enjoy life a little more.

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL BEING

Check out this resource that our very own Mr. Cerce, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, collaborated on with other local educators and mental health counselors!

Meditation

THE BENEFITS OF BODY SCAN MEDITATION

One of the most accessible meditation practices is a body scan meditation. Here’s info on what the benefits are and how to do it.

SELF-CHECK WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Here is a way to both manage your time AND reflect on your emotional well being. Be sure to make your own copy to utilize this resource.

Career Planning

SCP

Heidi Kozikis, School-to-Career Specialist

Email: hkozikis@norton.k12.ma.us

Website: www.schooltocareer.info/

*Located in the Guidance Department

 

What can Ms. Kozikis help me with?

Career Awareness & Immersion

  • Individual guidance/counseling to discuss career planning and exploration
  • Arranging job shadows, career field trips and facility tours to learn more about a career/field of interest
  • Understanding labor market information to help make informed decisions about my future
  • Completing career interest surveys and assessments (Interest Inventory, Strengths Explorer, MBTI, etc.) to better understand careers that are well-suited for me
  • Writing professional documents like resumes and cover letters to communicate and network effectively with potential employers
  • Finding jobs/internships or any other work-based learning opportunities to benefit my own career development
  • Arranging a guest speaker or informational interview to learn more about a career/field of interest

Presentations

Upcoming Presentations

None scheduled at this time.

 

Past Presentations 

11/29/23 6pm College 101 Presentation for 9th & 10th Graders

 

 

10/18/23 6pm 11th Grade College & Career Planning Part 1 

9/27/23 6pm Financial Aid for 11th & 12th Grade Families

 

9/20/23 Senior College Planning Night

Financial Aid Basics for 11th and 12th Grade Students and Families - 4/11/2023

Life After High School (for students and parents)

College 101 Seminar - 12/1/2022

11th Grade College & Career Planning Night - 10/18/2022

Financial Aid Basics for 11th and 12th Grade Students and Families 10/12/2022

Senior College Night for Students & Families 9/29/2021

2021-2022

College Financial Aid Basics for 11th and 12th Grade Students and Families - Virtual Presentation 5/11/2022

11th Grade College Planning Night – Part 2 4/13/2022

College 101 Seminar 12/02/2021

Grade 11 College Search & Planning Night Part 1 11/30/2021

Senior College Night for Students & Families 9/29/2021

2020-2021

Understanding Your Financial Award letters and Other Payment Methods for College Night

NHS AP Night 2021

College 101: Financial Aid Process

College 101: Application Process

College 101: Research Process

Senior College Planning Night

Grade 11 College Search & Planning Night