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Mrs Nicole Rippey » Counseling Department

The mission of the Loyalsock Township School District school counseling department is to provide a comprehensive and developmental school counseling program that addresses academic, career and personal/social needs of each student. In partnership with our schools, families and community, the school counselors support and inspire students to reach their fullest potential.


How Do School Counselors Impact Student Achievement?

“The school counselor is an integral system support for the school-family-community relationship that meet the personal/social, academic, and career needs of a large number of students through collaboration, coordination, and consultation with school and community stakeholders.”
–An Examination of School Counselor Involvement in School-Family-
Community Partnerships, J. Bryan, C. Holcomb-McCoy, Professional SchoolCounseling, June 2007.


School counselors help students create an academic plan for their education to prepare for successful careers after graduation and help students develop the necessary skills, such as organizational, time management, and study skills.

  • 4 year plans are developed every year with every 9th grade student
  • We meet with Seniors several times during the year to discuss progress in post-secondary planning.
  • We provide information and preparation strategies for the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT), the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), and Advanced Placement exams.


School Counselors assist students in career awareness, exploration and planning in order to prepare them for success in post-secondary education and a rapidly changing workplace.

  • The career exploration students completed in 8th grade is built upon in 9th-12th grades.
  • Every year a Career Expo is hosted at LTHS for all students to learn more about areas of interest.
  • A job shadowing experience is required for all Juniors.
  • Students will leave high school with a formal resume.
  • Interviewing skills are taught to prepare students for employment.
  • All students will complete a mock interview using the interviewing skills they learned.

Social/ Personal

School Counselors offer conflict resolution strategies and individual counseling opportunities as the need arises.

  • Peer relationships and social skills
  • Separation/divorce situations
  • Transfer students who are having difficulty adjusting
  • Illness or death within the family
  • Difficulty with peer relationships
  • Extended absence of a parent or loved one
  • Coping strategies
  • Communication/ Problem solving
  • Includes goal-setting and decision making
  • Transition planning
  • Leadership development
  • Both counselors are members of the school’s HEART team (Helping Effort for At-Risk Teens), which works to identify, intervene with, and refer students who are at-risk for drug, alcohol, and/or mental health issues.

Consultation and Collaboration

School counselors address the academic and developmental needs of all students, not just those in need, by collaborating with students, parents, school staff and the community.

Counseling Staff

Donald E. Schick Elementary

Mrs Nicole Rippey

School Counselor, Grades 9 and 10LTHS
Work Phone: 570-326-3581
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For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for education and working with others, especially kids and young adults.  This is my eighth year as a school counselor and my third year as part of the Loyalsock Township School District family.  I have previously worked at both the elementary and middle school levels, but I couldn’t be happier to now call the high school home.

I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education from Western New England University in Springfield, MA in 2009.  I went on to earn a M.Ed. in Counselor Education with an emphasis on School Counseling in 2012 from Penn State University and have continued my work with students ever since!

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, our 7-month old daughter, and my German Shepherd.  My favorite hobbies are hiking, camping, tennis, swimming, skiing, and traveling.

Loyalsock Township Middle School

Loyalsock Township High School

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