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Mental Health Screening

In an effort to promote the health and well being of students in Methuen Public Schools, students will be periodically provided with questionnaires, surveys, and screeners that address issues related to mental health. The information gained will support the school’s ability to provide comprehensive and timely support for your son or daughter if they require any assistance. Students can opt-out of filling out any questionnaire, survey, or screener that they are not interested in taking and you can opt-out your son or daughter at any time by contacting the Guidance Office of your son's/daughter's school or filling out the opt-out form here. A list of the questionnaires, surveys, and screeners is available below for you to review.
We are committed to ensuring your son or daughter is supported academically, socially, and emotionally, and we look forward to partnering with each of you toward achieving this goal.

A list of FAQs related to mental health screening is available here.

Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) Research Study

An evaluation of the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment (SBIRT) program is being conducted by Boston Children's Hospital to gauge the effectiveness of Methuen Public School's work in screening students in grades 7 and 9 for substance use. SBIRT is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. Information about the study, including the survey being administered and the parent and student info letters are available below:
Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium (MASMHC)


The Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium is comprised of Massachusetts school districts committed to improving the mental health services and supports available to students across the Commonwealth. MASMHC member districts recognize the growing needs of our student populations relative to mental illness and substance use and seek creative solutions to enhance prevention efforts, reduce wait time for therapeutic services, and increase the quality and sustainability of school mental health services and supports. Through shared learning, collaboration, and consultation, member districts will actively engage in efforts to improve the well-being of students in order to support their future success.
The MASMHC is supported not only by the collective efforts of each member district, but also by some truly important individuals and organizations who are committed to enhancing school mental health for our students, including:

University of Maryland - Center for School Mental Health (CSMH)
SAMHSA/Center for Mental Health Services
Lahey Health and Behavioral Services
Representative Linda Dean Campbell
Merrimack College

***Follow us on Twitter @MassSMHC***

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

What is Social and Emotional Learning?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

CASEL has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective and behavioral competencies. The definitions of the five competency clusters for students are:


Mental Health Presentations & Workshops

The Massachusetts School Mental Health Consortium (MASMHC): Advancing Wide-Scale Adoption of School Mental Health
University of Maryland: Center for School Mental Health (CSMH): 23rd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health
MPS Workshop on Trauma-Sensitive Schools
November 8, 2017
District-wide Mental Health Screening: Using Data to Promote Early Identification and Quality Services
University of Maryland: Center for School Mental Health (CSMH): 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health
October 18-20, 2017
Tier II Mental Health Services: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Group Model
University of Maryland: Center for School Mental Health (CSMH): 22nd Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health
October 18-20, 2017
Mental Health Screening in Schools: Practices and Applications

Cooperative Educational Services Workshop
July 13, 2017
The “Mental Health Initiative” in Methuen, MA: Advancing the Quality and Sustainability of the Methuen Mental Health System
Massachusetts School Counselors Association 2017 Spring Conference
April 4, 2017
Using Behavioral and Psychosocial Data to Inform Interventions
MA DESE Drop-out Prevention and Re-Engagement Work Group Gathering
March 29, 2017
MPS Workshop on Trauma-Sensitive Schools
March 9 and 16, 2017
MPS Workshop on Social Emotional Learning Competencies
February 16, 2017
MPS Workshop on Recognizing and Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns
December 8, 2016
Empowering Multiple Stakeholders in Tier 1 Decision-Making
12th Annual NEPBIS Support Forum
November 9, 2016
MPS Mental Health Initiative Overview Presentation
November 1, 2016
Systematic Screenings in Tiered Systems: Illustrations & Critical Conversations
2016 PBIS Leadership Forum
October 28, 2016

The “Mental Health Initiative” in Methuen, MA: Advancing the Quality and Sustainability of the Methuen Mental Health System
University of Maryland: Center for School Mental Health (CSMH): 21st Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health
September 29, 2016
College Planning Resources

The MHS Postseconary Planning Site contains information and resources to assist you and your family with successfully planning for life after high school.

MHS Grade 11 College Planning Presentation
January 24, 2018
MHS Grade 12 Scholarship Info Session
January 24, 2018
MHS Grade 12 College Planning Presentation
October 3, 2017
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Course Request Resources

The 2018-2019 Program of Studies is available to assist parents and students in requesting courses for the 2018-2019 school year.


Guidance Department Directory

John Crocker, M.Ed.
Director of School Mental Health & Behavioral Services
Phone: (978) 722-6040, ext: 2331
Twitter: @MPS_Counseling

Methuen High School

MHS Automated Directory - 978-722-6040
MHS Guidance Fax - 978-722-6046

Michele DeFrancesco, Guidance Secretary, ext: 2366

Jessica Cockroft, Guidance Counselor, ext: 2364
Jordan Hamilton, Guidance Counselor, ext: 2616
Sonya Kelley, Guidance Counselor, ext: 2337
Joann Lanari, Guidance Counselor, ext: 2333
Simon McCaffery, Guidance Counselor, ext: 2334
David O'Hearn, Guidance Counselor, ext: 2336
Ryan Sacco, Guidance Counselor, ext: 2353
My Nguyen Smith, Guidance Counselor, ext: 2330
Alison Sumski, Bridge Program Support Specialist
Martha Tatro, Guidance Counselor, ext: 2637

Comprehensive Grammar School
 
Main Office - 978-722-9051

Samantha Asmar, Guidance Counselor (PK-2), ext: 5219
Janette Diaz, Bilingual Guidance Counselor, ext: 5246
Mark Houle, Guidance Counselor (6-8), ext: 5218
Elaine Light, School Psychologist (PK-8), ext: 5341
Jillian Perrault, Guidance Counselor (3-5), ext: 5220
Erin Walker, School Psychologist (Grades PK-8), ext: 5229


Marsh Grammar School

Main Office - 978-722-9076

Karen Fruscio, Guidance Counselor (K-4), ext: 6513
Chris Gordonsmith, School Psychologist (K-8), ext: 6215 
Kim Nutter, Guidance Counselor (K-4), ext: 6512          
Eric Saum, Guidance Counselor (5-8), ext: 6511
Kelly Shaffer, Guidance Counselor (5-8), ext: 6510     
     
Tenney Grammar School

Main Office - 978-722-9026

Judith Bly, School Psychologist (K-4), ext: 4439
Christine Crocker School Psychologist (5-8), ext: 4416
Amanda Lewis, Guidance Counselor (5-8), ext: 4428
Alicia Mellor, School Psychologist (5-8), ext: 4428
Robert Rodriguez, School Psychologist (K-4), ext: 4441
Lauren Rosenbaum, School Psychologist (5-8), ext: 4429
Edward Shields, Guidance Counselor (K-4), ext: 4426

Timony Grammar School

Upper School Office: 978 722-9006

Bryanna Fitzgibbons, Guid. Counselor (5-8), ext: 3409
Karen Krull, School Psychologist, ext: 3145
Rachel Mitchell, Guidance Counselor (5-8), ext: 3409
Deborah Mousley, Guidance Counselor, (5-8), ext: 3567
Tina Quick, Guidance Counselor, (5-8), ext: 3411

Lower School Office: 978 722-9004

Cynthia Antaya, Guid. Counselor/School Psych. (K-4), ext: 3410
Melissa Fernandes, Guid. Counselor/School Psych. (K-4), ext: 3408
Colleen Leary, Guid. Counselor/School Psych. (K-4), ext: 3412

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MHS Colleges, Careers, & Community Service Fair
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PSAT Administration
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MHS Senior College Planning Presentation
October 2, 2018
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Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Financial Aid Seminar
October 2, 2018
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MHS Vocational/Technical School Fair
January 24, 2018
9:18 AM - 10:18 AM in the MHS Cafeteria

MHS Grade 12 Scholarship Presentation
January 24, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the MHS Auditorium

MHS College Planning Presentation for Juniors 
January 24, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the MHS Auditorium

MHS Scholarship Info Breakfast for Seniors
January 25, 2018
7:45 a.m. in the MHS Cafe

SAT Administration
November 4, 2017
Registration Deadline: October 6, 2017
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PSAT Administration
October 11, 2017
7:15 AM - 11:28 AM at MHS

MHS Colleges, Careers, & Community Service Fair
October 11, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM in the MHS Field House
Click here for the list of attendees confirmed as of 9/18/2017.

Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Financial Aid Seminar
October 3, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the MHS Auditorium

MHS Senior College Planning Presentation
October 3, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the MHS Auditorium

SAT Administration
October 7, 2017
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Grade 11 Field Trip to the NACAC National College Fair
May 8, 2017
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

MHS On-The-Spot Admissions Day
April 26, 2017

Colleges in Attendance
  • Fisher College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • North Shore Community College
  • Rivier University
  • Southern New Hampshire University
Methuen Mental Health Parent & Student Advisory Council Meeting
April 25, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the MHS Guidance Career Center

Methuen Mental Health Parent & Student Advisory Council Meeting
March 21, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the MHS Guidance Career Center

Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Paying the College Bill Seminar
March 9, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the MHS Cafe

***Canceled Due to Weather*** 
Methuen Mental Health Parent & Student Advisory Council Meeting
February 7, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the MHS Guidance Career Center

MHS Vocational/Technical School Fair
January 24, 2017
9:18 AM - 10:18 AM in the MHS Cafeteria

MHS Grade 11 College Planning Presentation
January 19, 2017
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the MHS Auditorium

MHS Grade 12 Scholarship Presentation
January 19, 2017
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the MHS Auditorium

Methuen Mental Health Parent & Student Advisory Council Meeting
January 17, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the MHS Guidance Career Center

Methuen Mental Health Parent & Student Advisory Council Meeting
December 20, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the MHS Guidance Career Center

Methuen Mental Health Parent & Student Advisory Council Meeting
November 15, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the MHS Guidance Career Center

Methuen Mental Health Initiative Presentation
November 1, 2016
6:30 p.m. in the Timony Grammar School Auditorium

MHS Colleges, Careers, & Community Service Fair
October 19, 2016
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM in the MHS Field House
Click here for a full list of attendees.

PSAT Administration
October 19, 2016
7:15 AM - 11:28 AM at MHS

MHS Senior College Planning Presentation
October 5, 2016
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the MHS Auditorium

Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Financial Aid Seminar
October 5, 2016
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the MHS Auditorium
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