VCMS Guidance



GUIDANCE PHONE: (860) 870-6072


If your child is going to be absent for an extended time please make sure to contact the main office in addition to Team Teachers and Guidance.  Homework requests for extended absences must go through Guidance.

Registration Information at Vernon Center Middle School

SUMMER SCHOOL 2017 Flyer - click here

Regular registration during the school year: A Request for Registration Form can be downloaded by clicking the link or you may stop in the VCMS main office to pick up a form: click here to download the forms.

 After the Request Form is received by VCMS guidance office, Evelyn Simler, Administrative Assistant for Guidance will be in touch with you within one (1) school day to schedule an appointment. 

Per Vernon Public Schools Superintendent, the REQUIRED items are needed to register student:

  • Student’s legal birth certificate (full size only, no wallet size accepted)
  • Parent or guardian photo identification
  • Proof of Residency: 
    • Lease or Mortgage and 2 current bills showing current home address; gas, electric, cable, insurance or paycheck
  • Most recent physical and immunizations
  • IEP/504 if applicable
  • Most current Report Card/Mid Term/Progress Report

The student's parent/legal guardian must sign a "Release of Records" form allowing VCMS to request and receive information from the current/previous school. It is important that the current/previous school be made aware of the student's intention to transfer schools, and be given the opportunity to complete formal withdrawal procedures (return books, receive current grades at time of withdrawal, and other final arrangements).

Registration packets for the regular school year include the following materials which must be completed and returned to the school:

Record Registration Form (provides biographical information regarding the student)
Release of Information Form (in order to obtain records from the previous school, this form is also with Request for Registration form)
Home Language Questionnaire
Registration Health Survey
Emergency Card for Health Office

Registration packets for the regular school year include the following materials for parents/guardians to keep:
Vernon Public Schools 2016-2017 School Calendar
Vernon Public Schools Health Requirements for School Entry (mandated by the State of Connecticut)
Notice of various Health Screenings conducted in the Vernon Public Schools

If you need a Registration packet during the Summer it can be picked up in VCMS Main Office. It is important that all forms mentioned above be completed and returned as soon as possible in order to ensure that new students are able to start school in a timely manner. Students must have proof of immunization and other important medical requirements fulfilled in order to begin school. It is the parents/guardians responsibility to make sure that all medically related requirements are fulfilled.


Miss Kim Sass

Current Position: School Counselor,Grade 6
Years Teaching: 14 years

B.S. in Physical Education from Southern Connecticut State University

M.S. in School Counseling from Central Connecticut State University

Professional History:
Ms. Sass began her career as a school counselor at Alfred E. Burr School in Hartford, CT.  She joined the Vernon Center Middle School staff during the 2004-2005 school year.

Extracurricular Activities:
Ms. Sass coaches the boys and girls cross country teams at Vernon Center Middle School.   She enjoys participating in triathlons and road races in various locations in the United States.

Mrs. Hillary Berard


Current position: School counselor,  grade 6
Years Teaching: 8

Degrees/Certifications:  BA in Psychology from Virginia Tech
MAEd in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech

Professional History:  Mrs. Berard began her career working for several years as a middle school guidance counselor in Woodstock. She then spent the next  9 years working in the community at a residential treatment facility in Durham, counseling victimized youth in Waterbury, and as supervisor of therapeutic foster care in Manchester. Mrs. Berard came to Vernon Public Schools in 2002 and has held several positions including Behavior Coach and School Counselor. She joined the VCMS team in 2016.

Extracurricular Activities: Mrs. Berard enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters. She loves the beach, travel and spending time with friends and family.

Mrs. Julie Bilyak

Current Position: School Counselor, Grade 8
Years Teaching: 13 years

College Degrees/Certifications:
B.S. from Bridgewater State University

M.S. from Westfield State University

M.S. from Central CT State University

Professional History:
Mrs. Bilyak began her career in the field of Criminal Justice. Prior to coming to VCMS she worked as a Probation Officer for the State of CT for 12 years.

Extracurricular Activities:
Mrs. Bilyak is a founding member of the PBIS committee.  Mrs. Bilyak and her Golden Retriever, Myah began volunteering as a Pet Therapy team in 2016.

Advisory Program Information - click here

Student Success Plan - click here

Career Information

  1. School-to-Career System - gives explanation of job clusters;  checklist for the Employment  of Minors in the State of Connecticut;  The Connecticut 
    Employers' Guide to Hiring Students in School-to-Career Programs; much, much more!Connecticut Department of Labor Website
  2. The nation's new resource of occupational information.  O*Net (Occupational Information Network) captures the changes in the field of job analysis.  
    Includes Holland's personality analysis and descriptions of over 1,100 occupations.U.S. Department of Labor Website - O*Net (Occupational Information Network)
  3. Experienced workers share their motivations, basic skills, and advice with those just entering the career field.  Hundreds of jobs- everything from Chimney Sweeps to CEOs.Job Profiles
  4. College Planning:  A little bit of everything related to a college education:  rankings of schools; financial aid info; applying to schools...College Rankings- U.S. News & World Report Magazine
  5. Calls itself "The premiere site for College Bound Students."  It features two popular search programs and provides easy access to College Websites.Fastweb: Scholarship and Financial Aid Information
  6. Comprehensive database of associate and bachelor's degree granting institutions.  Information in the college descriptions is gathered directly 
    from each college through the Annual Survey of Colleges conducted by the College Board.The College Board (SAT & AP Testing Information, etc.)
  7. The Princeton Review:  Provides information on College Rankings, College Admissions, Choosing a College, PSAT,SAT & ACT and Paying for college.
    The Princeton Review
  8. American Colleges and Universities:  Listing of all Home Pages for Colleges and Universities in the United States.
    Index of American Universities
  9. Provides links to Career and Technical Education Program.Connecticut Career and Technical Education Programs
  10. Website that links to Labor Market information, trends, and statistics.Connecticut Labor Market Information

Connecticut Career Pathways Website Links

  1. Connecticut State Department of Education Links and Publications relating to careers.Career & Technical Education Programs
  2. Check out the 16 career clusters and see which one might fit you best!Information on Career Clusters
  3. CT Department of Labor website that provides economic and workplace information.Labor Market Information
  4. Information regarding workplace standards, regulations, and laws.  This site includes acceptable and prohibited jobs for 
    teens, as well as information on minimum wage in the state of Connecticut.Connecticut Department of Labor Website
  5. An online dictionary of hundreds of occupations found in the United States.  Get information on the training and education 
    needed, earnings, expected job prospects,what workers do on the job, and working conditions. Occupational Outlook Handbook - Bureau of Labor and Statistics
  6. Right now, college probably seems like a million miles away. But really, middle school is the best time to start making plans 
    for what happens in and after high school.  Relax – you don't have to make any big decisions yet.  But the sooner you start thinking 
    about what you're interested in doing, the easier your choices will be later on.  Get started by learning about your high school graduation 
    requirements or the options offered by Connecticut's Technical and Agricultural Science and Technology high schools.
    Connecticut Know How 2 Go - College Readiness

High School Options:

Click here for a comparison of technical programs in our area

Rockville High School
70 Loveland Hill Road
Vernon, CT  06066
Phone: (860) 870-6050

Information for students entering high school for the 2016-2017 school year should be available some time during January 2015. Counselors from RHS will be coming to VCMS during the school day to explain about the high school and give an overview with regard to 9th grade class selection. The exact date for this visit has not yet been scheduled.  Grade 8 Orientation/Open House Night at Rockville High School - TBD

Agriculture Education Program @ Rockville High School
Agricutural Education is a Regional Program at Rockville High School serving the towns of Bolton, East Windsor, Ellington, Manchester, Somors, South Windsor, Stafford, Tolland, Union, and Vernon.

Content: Animal Science, Natural Resouces, Environmental Studies, Agricultural Mechanics, Aquaculture, Greenhouse Production, Floral Production, Veterinary Science
Skills: Public Speaking, Teamwork, Collaboration, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Presentation Skills, Career Exploration, Portfolio Development
Information Session at VCMS for interested 8th grade students:
Students should sign up in the Guidance Office.

Open House for interested students takes place in the Fall at the Ag Center at RHS. Meet the staff. Enjoy a self-guided tour. View student demonstrations.  Applications are due to the VCMS guidance office in early December.  VCMS will attach the required report card and CMT scores and then forward the completed application to the Agriculture Education Office by the official deadline.

Howell Cheney Technical High School
791 West Middle Turnpike
Manchester, CT  06040
Phone: (860) 649-5396

Freshman Orientation Flyer - click here

Specific information and applications for students entering high school for the 2016-2017 school year will soon be available in the VCMS guidance office or directly via the Cheney Tech website.  Applications can be downloaded and printed from the following link:

There will be Information Session at VCMS for interested 8th grade students.  Students should sign up in the Guidance Office.  Applications are are due to the VCMS guidance office one week prior to the Cheney deadline. This allows for the counselors to complete page 4 of the application and gather the necessary school records to send to Cheney Tech.  Specific deadline TBA.

A.I. Prince Technical High School
401 Flatbush Avenue
Hartford, CT  06106
Telephone: (860) 951-7112, FAX: (860) 951-152
Specific information and applications for students entering high school for the 2016-2017 school year will soon be available in the VCMS guidance office or directly via the Prince Tech website at


Mission Of The Department: The Vernon Center Middle School Guidance Department strives to accomplish the Vernon Center Middle School Mission Statement. The ideals embodied in the school's mission statement are shared by the counseling department and therefore serves as the mission for the counseling department. Noting this, the VCMS Counseling Department is "committed to provide an atmosphere and program that offer students sound academic, social, artistic, and emotional growth and transition from elementary school to high school. We are devoted to helping every student achieve his/her maximum individual potential recognizing that this goal requires the collective best efforts of the staff, the student, the parent, and the community at large. We encourage students to cultivate a respect for themselves and others and to make positive personal choices and decisions."

Vernon Public Schools Mission Statement

The Vernon Public Schools, in partnership with family and community, is committed to provide a quality education, with
high expectations, in a safe environment where all students become independent learners and productive contributors to society.