A JK-12 pluralistic school that engages students in an exemplary and inspiring general and Jewish education.

Guidance

We are fortunate at CESJDS to have a staff of three professional guidance counselors available to work with our students, their parents and teachers. Through a comprehensive, developmental school counseling program we facilitate the growth of the “whole child.” In furtherance of this goal we provide:

  • Classroom guidance lessons, focused on age-appropriate subjects
  • "Safe havens" for children to speak with a counselor in confidence, individually or in groups
  • Materials and resources for teachers and parents
  • A collaborative approach to working with teachers, administrators and parents about the emotional, behavioral, intellectual and social development of children
  • Referral to outside agencies and professionals
  • Support to new students and their families as they adjust to life at CESJDS

Our Purpose

The counselor's objective is to help students emerge from their CESJDS experience as responsible, caring, and self-directed young adults who are ready to meet the challenges of today's society. The Guidance Department is an integral part of the school's total education program and our services are designed to promote self-awareness, self-exploration and self-expression in students.

Our Role

Counselors work with students individually and in groups to help them reach their greatest academic and personal potential. In addition to supporting a student's academic progress, counselors also provide information about making the most of the CESJDS experience by becoming involved in creative extracurricular activities and finding meaningful ways to meet the community service requirement. Counselors also serve as a resource for psychological and educational referrals, as well as providing students and parents with information about standardized testing and mental health and personal wellness concerns.

Students meet with counselors several times during the year, but are always welcome to set up additional appointments.

Our Purpose

The counselor's objective is to help students emerge from their CESJDS experience as responsible, caring, and self-directed young adults who are ready to meet the challenges of today's society. The Guidance Department is an integral part of the school's total education program. Our services are designed to promote self-awareness, self-exploration, and self-expression in students.

Our Role

Each student in Middle and High School is assigned a guidance counselor. Counselors work with students individually and in groups to help them reach their greatest academic and personal potential. In the spring of sophomore year, each student will begin working with a College Counselor to facilitate the college application process.

In addition to supporting a student's academic progress and advising on course selection, counselors also provide information about making the most of the CESJDS experience. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities and find a meaningful experience to meet the Community Service requirement. Counselors provide programming for students and their families on a wide variety of topics including alcohol and drug awareness, internet safety, healthy relationships, and decision making.

Counselors serve as a resource for psychological and educational referrals as well as providing students and parents with information about standardized testing, mental health, and personal wellness. Counselors work closely with a student’s teachers, parents, tutors, and mental health professionals to offer the best support available. Students are encouraged to visit the counselor often to address any issues, which may include:

Academic Issues:

  • Having difficulty with a class
  • Finding out how to meet PE requirement
  • Looking for information on standardized tests
  • Discovering potential major & career interests
  • Looking for strategies for effective studying
  • Asking questions about course choices
  • Getting ideas for Community Service projects
  • Exploring options for summer activities
  • Working on time management
  • Developing organizational skills


Personal Issues:

  • Finding ways to communicate ideas & feelings
  • Getting along with parents or family
  • Having a fight with a friend or boy/girlfriend
  • Resolving conflicts with a teacher or classmate
  • Sharing good news or a special achievement
  • Navigating a difficult time
  • Feeling stressed out and overwhelmed
  • Making healthy life choices
  • Helping a friend who might be in trouble
  • Needing a non-judgmental listener


The Guidance Department welcomes all of our students and is committed to ensuring that each one gets the most out of their CESJDS experience.

Lower School Guidance Team

Leslie Ashman

Leslie Ashman
4th and 5th Grade Guidance Counselor

Dara Buchman

Dara Buchman
Kindergarten-1st Grade Guidance Counselor

Lindsey Sherer

Lindsey Sherer
Guidance Support Specialist

Cheryl Taylor

Cheryl Taylor
2nd-3rd Grade Guidance Counselor

Upper School Guidance Team

Melissa Gartner

Melissa Gartner
HS Guidance Counselor

Jodie Macht

Jodie Macht
MS Guidance Counselor

Rebecca Philbrick

Rebecca Philbrick
MS Guidance Counselor

Rachel Soifer

Rachel Soifer
HS Guidance Counselor

Marissa Tisch

Marissa Tisch
MS Guidance Counselor
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