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JWMS Guidance Services

Mr. Burr, Principal
217 Walnut Lane
Princeton, NJ 08540

Tel: 609.806.4270
Fax: 609.806.4271
Guidance: 609.806.4272

Telephone: 609-806-4272      Fax: 609-806-4271

Adam Rothschild ~ 6th Grade Counselor

Jennifer Walters ~ 7th Grade Counselor

Cathy DiLorenzo ~ 8th Grade Counselor


Mission Statement

The mission of the Princeton Public Schools Counseling Program is to advocate for the equity, access, and success of every student.~ Professional School Counselors collaborate with stakeholders to maximize the development of educational, career, and personal/social competencies necessary for students to thrive as responsible citizens in a diverse and changing world.

Philosophy Statement

School counseling is an essential and integral part of student achievement.~ The program is built on the philosophy that our mission is attainable when school counseling is provided for every student.

Belief Statements

School Counselors believe:
  • All students have dignity, worth, and the ability to learn;
  • All students have the right to participate in the school counseling program;
  • All students' ethnic, cultural, racial differences and special needs are considered in planning and implementation of the school counseling program;
  • All students, K-12, shall have access to a full-time, state-certified counselor holding a master's degree;
  • All students and parents are actively engaged and are responsible for monitoring student progress with the aid of their school counselor
And that the School-Counseling program is:
  • Attentive to the unique and dynamic needs of our students;
  • Collaborative, proactive, and responsive;
  • Dedicated to building effective family-school partnerships;
  • Coordinated with representatives and resources within the school and greater Princeton communities;
  • Based on specified goals and age-appropriate developmental student competencies;
  • Committed to using data to create, implement and evaluate programs and lessons
And that all counselors:
  • Abide by the professional ethics of guidance and counseling as advocated by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA);
  • Will participate in professional development essential to maintaining a high quality school counseling program


At the John Witherspoon Middle School, we believe in teaching a comprehensive Social, Emotional, Career, and Character Development based program, which is designed to respond to the needs of ALL students. It is founded in the belief that individuals experience general stages of growth and our counseling program is structured to fulfill the academic, personal/social, career and transitional needs of ALL John Witherspoon students.

School counselors are assigned by grade level and work closely with the academic houses in each grade.

Students may be referred to their school counselor by:

• Self-referral
• Teachers
• Administrators
• Peers
• Parents


The school counselor functions as an advocate for the student and provides a connection to school services (teachers, Child Study Team members, administrators, et al.) for both the student and parent. The goal is to foster academic growth and development in a positive educational environment for each student.

Efforts to encourage positive communication between home and school are always a primary concern of the school counselor. The school does this for students by:

• Fostering positive attitudes towards school, learning, and work;
• Helping with academic achievement;
• Encouraging personal responsibility;
• Facilitating educational planning;
• Developing career awareness.

School counselors also coordinate state-wide testing for JWMS students.


To connect all of our adolescents to the services of the Guidance Department, school counselors provide support and teach life skills individually, in small groups, and in classroom settings.

In these various settings the school counselor will cover topics or themes related to:

• Problem-solving
• Decision-making
• Social Interaction
• Conflict Resolution
• School Performance
• Stress Management
• Communication Skills
• Self Concept/Awareness
• Transition Issues

The school counselor helps to meet the needs of our middle school students directly or by coordinating small group programs such as STAR, GENTS, Crossings, and Peer to Peer. Our program follows the guidelines of the American School Counselor Association and meets their standards in the areas of Academic, Career/Vocational, and Personal/Social.


Adolescence is an amazing time in the life of a student and his/her family. Many changes and transitions occur during these years and some happen without warning or the ability to prepare for them. The school counselor is a resource at these times by providing individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, and resource/referral services.

The school counselor is available to the student and his/her family to facilitate in the coping, healing, and decision-making process. While most contacts are related to performance in school, the school counselor is available for all life issues facing adolescents and their families (separation and divorce, death, substance abuse, etc.). The school counselor also becomes a referral resource should the counseling issue and process need longer term and more specific attention.

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