Highland Falls Intermediate School Guidance Office

  • School Counselor Response to COVID19

    During this time, your school counselors are available at the numbers and e-mails listed below, as well as via Class Dojo to assist students, parents, and school staff in navigating this unique emotional, social, and academic experience. Do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns of how we can support you.

    Our school psycholgists put together a social and emotional resource for families regarding COVID 19. Click HERE for more information.

    Please know the following resources in Orange County are still providing services: 

    • 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


    Thank you to everyone who took part in our VIRTUAL SPIRIT WEEK March 23 - 27, 2020

    Click the links below to view links to pictures on animoto. 

    Pajama Day MONDAY HFIS Pajama Animoto

    Travel TUESDAY

    Whatchya' reading WEDNESDAY:  HFIS Read Animoto

    Think outside the box THURSDAY

    Spirit Day FRIDAY: HFIS Spirit Animoto



    Who are your school counselors?
    Trisha Hannigan-VanZetta, Grades 3-5   
    845-446-4761 (x3600) 
    Caitlin Nichols, Grades 6-8  
    845-446-4761 (x2602)  

    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 acheive 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 including:

    • School Counseling Core Curriculum
    • Individual Student Planning
    • Responsive Services
    • Consultation and Collaboration
    • Coordination/support of Respect for All and Positivity Project

    Ms. Hannigan and Ms. Nichols also serve as the Dignity for All Students Act Coordinators at HFIS, along with the building's Assistant Principal, Mrs. Maldonado. 

    Click on the following link for more information: Dignity Act