NSHS Counselor Connection

Back to school 2020-2021 Edition!

Welcome Back!

NSHS Guidance Office becomes the NSHS Counseling Center

The Guidance Office is now the Counseling Center that houses the School Counselors, School Psychologist, and Student Assistance Counselor.

Scheduling Change requests

Student schedules for the 2020-2021 school year will be available on the IC portal after the freshman orientation on Thursday, September 10th ends. Students may request a schedule change by filling out the Google Form on Google Classroom for any schedule changes. The add/drop period will close on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

We will be limiting schedule change requests this year and fill them in priority order.


Good reasons to request a change include:

1. Empty block on the schedule

2. Need a class for graduation

3. Already have credit for a class on my schedule

4. Need to discuss a conflict with my school counselor

Bad reasons to request a change:

1. Don't like the teacher.

2. No friends in that period.

3. Want to duplicate my friend's schedule.

Student Schedule Requests must be made by the student (Not the Parent/Guardian) via the link in Google Classroom. We will not be accepting any requests by email, phone, or drop-in visits.

Virtual Peer Tutoring

We are looking for juniors and seniors that are interested in peer tutoring in a virtual environment. Please apply if interested. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Pepin.



Students absent from school for periods of three or more days, schoolwork will be made available by teachers through the NSHS main office. Students should check the Infinite Campus portal, Google Classroom, and student email to keep in touch with teachers for shorter absences. Serious long-term illness make-up work may require a meeting with the school staff.

The importance of regular school attendance

Attendance in the 2020-2021 School Year is critical as the community works together to help students achieve their academic, career, and personal goals. This includes attendance on all Distance Learning (DL) Days as well as in school days.

Encouraging regular school attendance is one of the most powerful ways you can prepare your child for success—both in school and in life. When you make school attendance a priority, you help your child get better grades, develop healthy life habits, avoid dangerous behavior and have a better chance of graduating from high school.

When students are absent for fewer days, their grades and reading skills often improve—even among those students who are struggling in school. Students who attend school regularly also feel more connected to their community, develop important social skills and friendships, and are significantly more likely to graduate from high school, setting them up for a strong future.

NSHS Counselor Meeting Schedule for 2020-2021

NSHS school counselors support students’ individual growth in the following areas: Academic, College & Career Readiness, and Personal/Social via individual, small group, and large group meetings. In the 2020-2021 Academic year, meeting will be either 1-1, Small group classroom meetings, or virtual meetings.

Semester One
  • 9th Grade-Freshman 1-1 Meetings
  • 9th-12th Grade-Counselor Check-ins as necessary
  • 9th-12th-NSHS ILP/Naviance
  • 11th & 12th Grade-College & Career Readiness Meetings

Semester Two

  • 9th Grade-Freshman 1-1 Meetings
  • 9th-12th Grade-Counselor Check-ins as necessary
  • 9th-12th-NSHS ILP/Naviance
  • 11th & 12th Grade-College & Career Readiness Meetings
  • HS Schedule Meetings
  • HS Exit Meetings

Google Classroom Accounts for School Counseling

The NSHS School Counselors have created Google Classroom Accounts for each grade level. Please encourage your child to join and to share with you. We post information on summer programs, scholarships, college visits, and more on a weekly (mostly daily) basis.

Class of 2024


Class of 2023


Class of 2022


Class of 2021


NSHS Contact Information and Counselor Assignments:

Please contact the Guidance Office at (401) 766-2500. Our Fax number is (401) 597-6198. Counselor assignments are listed below. Please click on the name of a counselor in order to email that person.

Mrs. Gibbons Grades 10 & 12

Mr. Pepin Grades 9 & 11

DO NOT email a counselor if you are in crisis. Please ask to see a counselor immediately. If it is after school hours, please call 911 if you are in crisis.