Guidance/Counseling

barbara.baker@oesj.orgThe guidance program is available for all students in grades 7-12 to ensure effective participation in their current and future educational programs. The guidance program provides the following services:

  • An annual review of each student’s educational progress and career plans
  • Instruction to help students learn about curriculum options and careers
  • Individual and/or group counseling assistance to help students develop and implement postsecondary education and career plans
  • Individual or group counseling assistance to help students who exhibit any attendance, academic, behavioral, or adjustment problems

Employment of Students

Students under 18 who are interested in working papers may pick up applications in the Junior-Senior High School main office. The Guidance office can sometimes offer assistance in finding summer employment, since guidance counselors often keep in touch with community employers. Despite the attraction of having a part-time job after school hours, students should give careful consideration to the amount of time and energy an after-school job can demand. Students should remember that school responsibilities always take precedence over such jobs.

Student Organizations

The following list presents current student organizations. If a student is interested in joining any of the activities sponsored by these organizations, he/she should ask the counselor for further information.

  • Computer Club Ski Club
  • Drama Club Band
  • Spanish Club Chorus
  • Future Farmers of America National & Junior Honor Society
  • Science Student Council
  • Art Technology
  • Yearbook

OESJ National Honor Society

The purpose of the OESJ National Honor Society is to create and promote enthusiasm for scholarship, render service, promote leadership and develop character in the students of OESJ High School.

Guidance Office Resources and Information

Below is information from the Guidance Office. If you have any questions please contact a counselor or the guidance secretary at (518) 568-7824.

Course Selection: The 2018-19 Junior-Senior High School Course Selection/Curriculum Guide is now available.

College acceptance: Seniors are to bring in their college acceptance letters when they are received.

NYS Excelsior Scholarship Information/Application: Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature have enacted the nation’s first tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship. The Scholarship is making college possible for hundreds of thousands of students across the state and helping to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt.

Walmart jobs: The Walmart Distribution Center in Sharon Springs has full time positions available for students 18 of age and over who are looking for full time employment after graduation (although high school diploma is not required).  Step by step instructions on how to apply for positions at this location can be viewed here. Please apply using a computer/laptop, not a cell phone.  If you have any questions or concerns please contact our Human Resource Manager, Rita Franko, at (518) 284-5585 or email her directly at Rita.Franko@walmart.com.