School Counseling Department

About School Counseling

HPS School Counseling Department: Supporting Students on Their Pathway To Success.

The School Counseling Department at HPS supports all students on their individual pathways to personal, socioemotional, academic and vocational success through an equitable and inclusive, multi-tiered comprehensive school counseling curriculum with individualized supports. School counselors partner with school staff to ensure the best outcomes for all students striving to achieve their personal, academic and vocational goals.

Important Notes:

Counseling Department at Holyoke High School North Campus

Counseling Department at Holyoke High School North Campus

Each student has a school counselor assigned to them. The counselor assignment will depend on the student’s freshman team or their academy. School Counselors play a role in the following:

  • Deliver curriculum to all students about school success, college and career preparation, and academic planning.

  • Guide students in their academic and vocational choices, both through individual meetings and classroom lessons. 

  • Assist students in keeping track of their progress toward graduation.

  • Assist students in choosing courses for each year of high school.

  • Assist students in planning for and applying to colleges or careers. 

  • Counsel students who are seeking help with conflict, academic struggles and related topics. 

  • Contribute to the social-emotional and academic well-being of all students. Counselors are members of the Care Team, the Attendance Team, and academy and freshman teams, all of which help to support students in need.

  • Connect students with the HHS work-based learning program for internships and other career focused experiences

  • Connect students with opportunities and resources that support their overall wellbeing and development

Ways for students to communicate with their school counselor:

Way for parents and guardians to communicate with the school counselor:

  • Email

  • School Phone or Google Voice Phone Number

  • Talking Points messaging



Performing & Media Arts

Kimberly Izquierdo

Engineering & Life Sciences

Katelyn Fenn, Mark Rodrigues

Community & Global Studies

Rena Holder, Laura Vazquez

Newcomer Academy

Laura Vazquez

Grade 9 Team AVID

Rena Holder, Kate Fenn

Grade 9 Team Showtime

Laura Vazquez, Rena Holder

Grade 9 Team Next Generation

Mark Rodrigues

Ways for students and parents/guardians to learn about information and events related to college, career and school counseling topics

  • Join the School Counseling Google Classroom for your grade/your child’s grade (parents who do not currently have access should email a school counselor to get a new invite sent)

  • Ensure that you are receiving Talking Points text messages from the school (if you are not, contact the school to verify your phone numbers)

  • Visit the College Counseling webpage for an upcoming events calendar and the College Counseling newsletter


Xello is a college and career planning platform that counselors use with students. Students can also access Xello at home to work on career exploration, resumes, future plans, college searches, and more!

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School adjustment counselors (SAC’s) and school social workers are trained mental health professionals with a degree in social work who provide services related to a person’s social, emotional and life adjustment to school and/or society. Some individual students work with a school adjustment counselor on a regular basis as part of their individualized education plan. Other students can access the support of a SAC in the Student Support Room. The SAC team at HHS supports all students by delivering TRAILS social emotional learning curriculum to all students.