Class of 2027 Wellness Team | Room 723

class of 2027

Each Wellness Team is composed of two counselors, a social worker, and an attendance teacher, working collaboratively to provide comprehensive support to all freshmen students. Whether it's navigating the challenges of high school, managing academic rigor, or fostering a sense of belongingness within our school community, our Wellness Team is here to help. Our goal is to ensure that every student feels supported, empowered, and equipped to thrive both academically and personally. Through individual counseling, group sessions, and targeted interventions, our Wellness Teams work tirelessly to address the unique needs of each student and provide them with the tools and resources they need to succeed. As active stakeholders, we encourage open communication and collaboration between home and school. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our Wellness Teams if you have any questions, concerns, or if your child could benefit from additional support.


In collaboration with classroom teachers and instructional Assistant Principals, school counselors push-in to classrooms at least once a marking period to deliver wellness lessons that support cohort social, emotional, behavioral and self-management goals. From tutoring and study skills workshops to academic planning and goal setting, our Team is available to provide personalized support to help students excel in their studies.

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In a hands-on approach, 9th grade counselors provided students with necessary materials to kickstart their organizational journey. Each student received a supply bundle, including a planner, folders, index cards, highlighters, and pens/pencils. Taking it a step further, the counselor sat down with students individually to organize their book bags, binders, and notebooks, instilling a sense of order and preparedness.

One of the key components of these workshops was the creation of individualized plans for each student. Collaborating with the counselor, students mapped out missing assignments, discussed areas of improvement, and established goals for academic success. This tailored approach not only addressed immediate concerns but also laid the groundwork for sustainable organizational habits. Students also completed a pre assessment questionnaire and a goal setting worksheet.

As part of the workshops, students were introduced to effective time management strategies. The counselor assisted in providing tutoring schedules, identifying subjects where students needed the most support. This proactive approach aimed to enhance not only academic performance but also the overall well-being of the students.

By combining practical tools with personalized guidance, these organizational workshops have become a pivotal initiative in nurturing the executive functioning skills of the class of 2027. The investment in individualized support, data-driven decision-making, and tangible resources sets a strong foundation for these students to navigate their academic journey with confidence and success.

College & Career


In a quest to ignite the flames of ambition and pave the way for future success, our 9th-grade students embarked on an exhilarating college exploration tour. With eager minds and hearts full of anticipation, they ventured to Queens College, Brooklyn College, and Baruch College, taking crucial steps towards ensuring their readiness for both college and career paths.

Guided by the spirit of discovery and fueled by dreams of a bright future, our students immersed themselves in the vibrant campus life of each institution. From the bustling streets of Brooklyn to the iconic landmarks of Queens, they explored the rich tapestry of academic opportunities that lay before them. Our students were welcomed with open arms into communities dedicated to academic excellence and cultural diversity. They engaged in informative campus tours, attended insightful admissions presentations, and even had the chance to meet with current students and faculty members, gaining invaluable insights into college life and learning.

As our students returned from their college exploration tour, their minds brimming with inspiration and excitement, they were more determined than ever to seize the opportunities that lay before them. Armed with knowledge, confidence, and a sense of purpose, they are ready to chart their own course towards a future filled with endless possibilities. Early access can streamline the application process and ensure that students are well-prepared for the transition to higher education. Knowing that higher education is attainable can inspire students to work harder and set ambitious goals. Exposure can instill a sense of purpose and direction, encouraging students to strive for excellence in their academics.

Mental Health Resources

In School Support

     In-School Support

     Class of 2027 Social Worker, Patria Ayton

     Falcon Health Center, Sarah Presseler

     Partnership with Children (PWC)

     Teen Choice

     SPARK, Ruth Nunez

     Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP), Hannah Johnson

  New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC)

     New York Psychotherapy and Counseling Center (NYPCC) is a non-profit, community-oriented mental health organization, licensed by the New York State Office of Mental Health. They provide exceptional services to children, adolescents and adults throughout the NYC area.

NYPCC believes everyone deserves access to the best mental health care, and they translate that belief into action every day. From hiring bilingual, multicultural staff who live in the neighborhoods they serve, to staying open 7 days a week, to their ongoing community outreach efforts, They are committed to improving the quality of mental healthcare services throughout the NYC area.

     Teen Talk Space

     Talkspace is an online therapy service that connects individuals to a dedicated, licensed mental health therapist through private messaging, live sessions, or both from the privacy and convenience of their computer or smartphone. Users can regularly message their dedicated Talkspace therapists via text, voice, or video as life happens — anywhere, anytime. Talkspace also offers free virtual resources and online classes through Talkspace Go, an app designed to improve teen mental health.

     The Door

     At The Door, young people between the ages of 12 and 24 can access comprehensive services—health care, education, mental health counseling and crisis intervention, legal assistance, high school equivalency and college preparation services, career development, housing support, arts, sports and recreational activities, and nutritious meals—all for free.

     Valera Health

     Valera Health offers therapy and psychiatry services for adults (18 +) and children, adolescents, and teens (12 -18). Expert clinicians work to support goals and make it easy to connect to the care team via tele-mental health platform. Valera Health’s approach is collaborative and focused on one goal: Wellness.

     Health Outreach to Teens (HOTT) - Callen-Lorde

     Health Outreach To Teens (HOTT) is a welcoming, non-judgemental, confidential program designed specifically to meet the medical and mental health needs of LGBTQ adolescents and young adults ages 13-24, as well as other young people in need. These services are offered both at a youth-only medical suite at Callen-Lorde as well as a mobile medical unit that travels to areas throughout the five boroughs to meet people where they feel comfortable. All of HOTT’s services are provided free of charge or low cost (insurance is also accepted).                                                                                                                                          


     988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

The 988 Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

     Mindful Practices

     Meditation: Regular meditation can help reduce stress and promote emotional well-being.

     Deep breathing exercises: Taking slow, deep breaths can help calm the mind and body.

     Journaling: Writing down your thoughts and feelings can help you process emotions and gain insight into your mental state.

     Gratitude practice: Taking time to reflect on things you're grateful for can cultivate a positive mindset and improve overall mood.



Wellness Teams play a vital role in creating a sense of belonging, acknowledging achievements, and fostering motivation through recognition. Collectively we contribute to a school environment where every success is celebrated. The intentional coordination of celebrations not only uplifts individuals but also strengthens the bonds that make a school community thrive.

     Ice Cream Social

     Photos: Ice Cream Social

The Annual Ice Cream Social emerges as a delightful celebration where 9th graders not only indulge in a sweet treat but also cultivate connections that will shape their high school journey. From the first lick to the final shared laugh, the Ice Cream Social becomes a memorable chapter in the book of high school life—a celebration of the sweet moments that bind students together on their path of growth and camaraderie.

     Hogwarts comes to HSFI Halloween Celebration

     Photos: Hogwarts comes to HSFI Halloween Celebration

In a magical twist to the school year, the 9th Grade Wellness Team conjured up a spellbinding experience for students at HSFI with a Halloween-themed Harry Potter extravaganza. The Wellness Suite underwent a whimsical transformation, bringing the enchanting world of Hogwarts to life. This immersive event was designed not only for fun and celebration but, more importantly, to foster belongingness and community building among the 9th-grade students. From the moment students stepped into the transformed Wellness Suite, they found themselves transported to the halls of Hogwarts. The meticulous decorations, inspired by J.K. Rowling's wizarding world created an ambiance that was both mystical and inviting. The attention to detail, from floating candles to house banners, made it clear that something magical was afoot.

     Hot Cocoa and Donuts (Sip & Chat)

     Photos: Hot Cocoa and Donuts (Sip & Chat)

“Do-nut stop, you're on a roll" takes on a literal meaning as 9th-grade students enjoy Krispy Kreme donuts in celebration of their accomplishments. This delightful winter themed celebration not only acknowledges students who have demonstrated academic improvements but also creates a lasting memory that inspires these students to continue reaching for the stars. The sweetness of success is savored, and the school community comes together to celebrate the remarkable journey of these young scholars.

Upcoming Events & Trips:

     Brooklyn Aquarium

     Club Getaway

     NY Yankees


Ms. Carter

Guidance Counselor
ext. 7235


Ms. Padron

Guidance Counselor
ext. 7233


Mr. Ovalles

Attendance Teacher
ext. 7234


Ms. Ayton

Social Worker
ext. 7232