Highland Falls Intermediate School Guidance Office


    Welcome from the School Counselors

    At Highland Falls Intermediate School (HFIS), our Comprehensive School Counseling Program serves to support and encourage all students, grades 3-8. As they transition from the primary level, through elementary and begin their secondary education, HFIS school counselors work collaboratively with students, teachers, parents, and staff for all students to reach their maximum potential. Additionally, the HFIS school counselors partner with the local community to plan programs and activities that promote family and community engagement and recognize our diverse student population.

    What does the school counselor do?

    The school counselor supports students using a variety of strategies, activities, and resources to achieve academic success, college and career readiness, and social/emotion development in line with the American School Counselor Association standards (ASCA).

    The school counselor serves as a student advocate who believes that all students can learn. In an effort to support the healthy development of all students, the school counselor works with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community partners in a variety of ways.

    3-5 Counselor: Trisha Hannigan Vanzetta, trisha.vanzetta@hffmcsd.org; (845) 446-4761 x3600

    6-8 Counselor: Caitlin Nichols, caitlin.nichols@hffmcsd.org; (845) 446 - 4761 x3601

    Ms. Hannigan serves as the Dignity for All Students Act Coordinators at HFIS, along with the building's School Psychologist, Huma Imtiaz, Trisha VanZetta & Caitlin Nichols. 

    Click on the following link for more information: Dignity Act



    The following services are available for crises in Orange County: 

    • Mobile Mental Health: (888) 750-2266; MMH provides mental health urgent care services.
    • Text 4 Teens: (845) 39-1000; T4T is available 24/7 as a confidential texting support service for students dealing with stress and problems at school or home