Emily MacEwen

School Counselor / VES Title IX Coordinator

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What's happening this year 

Short term individual and group counseling will be offered to all students. If you would like your child to see me, just let me know! Students may also be referred to counseling groups by family and/or teachers. Group topics vary and are determined by the needs of the school. Topics can include but are not limited to friendship, anger, organization and test taking skills. Each week informal lunch groups to help children work on social skills are offered. Your child may be invited to lunch by some of the members in the group to serve as peer role models to help members learn appropriate and health social skills from others.


All students K-8 will be given developmental guidance lessons in their classrooms every other week. The lessons will include kindness, goal settings, career exploration and development, study skills, understanding feelings and emotions, mindfulness, relaxation skills for anxiety, understanding feelings and how to appropriately express them and healthy choices.


We will also continue to use restorative practices to promote positive and behavioral changes in our students. We will be doing this through "conference circles." As a reminder, conference circles are voluntary, vary in duration and size, and strive to include all those affected by the students’ behavior. We hope that with the learning and teaching of these skills we will continue to promote a positive and safe school climate and will benefit our students in the future. 


As a school counselor, privacy and confidentiality are important to me. I maintain confidential relationships with students, families, and faculty. I share information on a “need-to-know” basis only and will assess what information needs to be shared with the best interest of our students in mind!


Please contact Emily MacEwen, school counselor at (860) 376-2325 ext. 127 or with any questions or concerns. Thank you!



Be a Mentor!

Join the VES Mentoring Program


Why Mentor?

  • It’s fun, rewarding, and takes only a half hour per week

  • Children in need of one to one attention are now waiting for a mentor

  • Children who have a mentor do better in school and in the community. It’s a fact.

  • One person really can make a difference


What do Mentors do?

  • Take an active interest in the life of a student

  • Serve as a guide, coach, and an understanding friend

  • Model patience, confidence, warmth, dependability and flexibility

  • Build a connection that enhances self worth, sharing of ideas, and offers support

  • Meet with mentees weekly for about 30 minutes

  • Play games, read together, have lunch together, or participate in some other similar activity.


How do I get involved?

To find out more about volunteering, please call or email Emily MacEwen, School Counselor, at (860) 376-2325 ext. 127 or  



High School Choices

8th grade students will be visiting each High School starting in mid October. We encourage you to also attend each High School's Open House.


Norwich Free Academy

Norwich, CT

We will be visiting NFA on October 15th from 9:45-11:30am

NFA will be hosting an Open House on October 28th starting at 1pm, registration begins at 12:30. You can pre-register for this here

Information sessions will also be held on November 8th and December 6th at 6pm, registration begins at 5:30pm. You can pre-register for this here



Griswold High School

Griswold, CT

We will be visiting GHS on October 10th from 12:30-2:30pm

GHS will be hosting their Open House during this time, October 10th from 12:30-2:30pm as well

GHS will be having Student/Parent Tours on November 15th starting at 5:30. You may register this event by contacting Mrs. Melgey at 860-376-7680 or email her at



Ellis Technical High School

Danielson, CT

We will be visiting Ellis Tech on October 16th from 11:15am-12:45pm

Ellis Tech will be hosting their Open House on October 18th from 5:30-7pm



Norwich Technical High School 

Norwich, CT

We will be visiting Norwich Tech on October 17th from 9:30-10:30am

Norwich Tech will be hosting their Open House on November 14th at 5pm



Marine Science Magnet High School

Groton, CT

We will be visiting MSMHS on October 11th from 9:30-10:30

MSMHS will be hosting their Open House on November 14th and December 6th at 6:30pm



Killingly Agricultural Education Program

Danielson, CT

We will be visiting Killingly on October 16th from 9:30-10:30am

Killingly Agricultural Program will have their Open House in the Auditorium on November 7th from 7-8pm



Quinebaug Middle College

Danielson, CT

We will be visiting QMC on October 16th from 1-1:30pm

QMC will be hosting their Open House on December 5th and January 16th from 5:30-7pm