CHS Counseling Department

The mission of the Carmel High School Counseling Department is to support and enhance the academic, college/career, and social/emotional development of each student. All students are assigned a school counselor who will work with them on issues including the transition into high school, personal/social growth, problem solving skills, crisis management, curriculum development, and post-secondary planning. School counselors work in conjunction with the professional learning community collaborating to assist students towards a successful high school experience. The Counseling Department views parents as partners in education and welcomes parent involvement throughout their child’s high school experience.  

Important Announcements

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    Opportunity for seniors to meet with Dutchess Community College rep and apply for admission

    Dear Seniors:

    Have your plans for next year changed? Thinking of attending college closer to home?  Or have you been intending to apply to Dutchess and haven't gotten around to it yet?

    If so, you are invited to join a representative from the Dutchess Community College Admissions Office ONLINE on Tuesday, June 2 at 1:00 p.m. to learn about the application process. After brief instructions, you will have an opportunity to apply to DCC online during this session and the representative will be available to answer questions in the chat room. 

    PLEASE NOTE: In order to participate, you must register in advance to get the link to this session. This process will be much easier to complete using a computer, as opposed to a phone.

     The link to register is:


    CHS Counseling Department
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    SUNY Virtual Tours

    Hello Juniors-
    We all hope that you are continuing to stay safe and healthy. 
    Please consider signing up for the SUNY virtual college fairs.   SUNY is excited to announce our first ever virtual college fairs!
    The fair will include representatives from nearly every SUNY campus. During the fair students will be able to communicate with campus representatives using text and video chat.

    This is a unique opportunity to explore all of the opportunities at The State University of New York: challenging academics; innovative research; global study; and financial support. 

    Take Care,
    Your CHS Counselors,
    Ms. Jaffe, Mr. Feliciotto, Ms. Powers, Mr. Ruotolo, Mrs. Mancini, Mrs. Schulman,  Mr. Ruotolo, and Mr. Mahon 


    CHS Counseling Department
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    Hi Juniors,

    The CHS Counselors miss you and hope that you are staying safe and healthy.

    Since you aren't able to get out and visit colleges and universities, we wanted to share  some great resources for Virtual College Exploration Week that begins Monday, April 20th. Please click on the following links and sign up for virtual presentations from hundreds of colleges through and through

    If you haven't had a junior conference with your counselor, and would like to schedule a conference, please email your school counselor (emails below).

    Strive for College Knowledge - Virtual College Exploration Week - College Registration
    Nationwide virtual college exploration week for juniors.  Similar to an online college fair, but featuring panel presentations from hundreds of colleges.
    Students from across the country.
    Activities and Events - SUNY
    Activities and Events - Visit a Campus.  If you have questions about these events or the online event registration process, please contact the SUNY Recruitment Response Center at 1-800-342-3811 or by email at

    The CHS Counselors
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    Letter from the Counseling Department

    Dear Families,
    We hope that you are all doing well and staying healthy and safe. The CHS Counselors would like to provide continued support to both students and their families during these stressful and unsettling times. In the ensuing weeks, students will be hearing from the counselors via e-mail regarding ways in which they can manage the unexpected changes to their daily lives.
    As always, we will also be available to students and parents via e-mail.  Please do not hesitate to reach out and stay in touch regarding any academic and/or social emotional questions or concerns that you may have. We are happy to assist in any way we can. Even if you don't know who to contact, you are always welcome to start with us!
    Our hopes are that even though we may not be in the same building for the time being, we can still stay connected to everyone in our school community in a meaningful way.
    The CHS Counselors
    Heather Jaffe, Kristen Mancini, Juliet Powers, Tom Feliciotto, Nick Ruotolo, Danielle Schulman and 
    Tim Mahon
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  • Important Information for Incoming 10th Graders

    Tenth grade students will transition from their Freshman Counselor, Mrs. Danielle Schulman, to their new counselor who will continue with your student throughout the remainder of their Carmel High School career.

    Tenth Grade Counselor Breakdown:

    AB - DOR:  Ms. Heather Jaffe

    DOS - LYN:  Mr. Nicholas Ruotolo

    MAC - REP:    Mrs. Kristen Mancini

    REY - ZAR:      Mr. Tim Mahon

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  • Every Child Succeeds Act

    To opt out of having your child's contact information given to Armed Forces, please complete the "Every Child Succeeds Act" form and return it to the Counseling Office.   The form can be found on our CHS Counseling, Carmel High School and CCSD web pages.

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  • College Representative Visits

    For college admissions counselors to schedule a visit with student's at CHS we have introduced REPVISITS.COM"

    We hope you can find a date & time that fits your busy schedule and look forward to meeting you.  

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Ms. Heather Jaffe, Department Chairperson -- 845-225-8441, ext. 451 -

Mr. Tom Feliciotto, School Counselor  -- 845-225-8441, ext. 416 or ext. 452 -

Ms. Kristen Mancini, School Counselor   --  845-225-8441, ext. 442 -

Mr. Tim Mahon, School Counselor   -- 845-225-8441, ext. 444 -

Ms. Juliette Powers, School Counselor   -- 845-225-8441, ext. 443 -

Mr. Nicholas Ruotolo, School Counselor   --  845-225-8441, ext. 418 -

Ms. Danielle Schulman, School Counselor   --  845-225-8441, ext. 440 -

Dr. Karin Brenner, Social Worker --  845-225-8441, ext. 446 -

Ms. Julie Nacerino, Psychologist--  845-225-8441, ext. 445 -

Ms. Danielle Kraus, Psychologist -- 845-225-8441, ext. 428 -

Counseling Office Support Staff

Miriam Liso - ext. 448 -

Liz Harrison - ext. 400 - 


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