Student ServicesMiddle School


Merritt Guercio, M.Ed, NCC, PLPC
Office Hours: Monday-Friday during school hours
383-3871 Extension 133 


Dear Parents,

Welcome back! I am very excited to be starting my 3rd year here at St. Aloysius. As the Middle School Counselor I am here to assist you and your child in any way possible to fulfill our school’s mission. I am available for short-term individual and group counseling, as well as class-room lessons, consultation, and parent training and support. During this upcoming semester we will focus on transition into middle school for 6th grade, exam planning for 7th grade, and high school preparation for our 8th graders. The mission of our Counseling Department is to provide a supportive environment in which each child can develop emotionally, socially, spiritually, physically, and academically. We know that each child is an individual with specific needs, interests, and abilities. I receive recommendations from administrators, teachers, parents, and students. Please do not hesitate to contact me by email or phone with any questions or concerns involving your child. I look forward to a magnificent school year ahead and am very excited to continue working with your families!


What is Growth Mindset?

Your mindset is a way of thinking that determines behavior, outlook, and attitude. In a fixed mindset, struggles or challenges define you. However, in a growth mindset, trials or challenges are seen as temporary setbacks and an opportunity to grow. Growth mindset is a scientific theory that suggests intelligence can be developed with perseverance and hard work. Studies have shown that growth mindset results in higher test scores, better grades, and increased in-class involvement. At St. Aloysius we want to encourage our students to make mistakes and learn from them. We promote students to keep trying despite challenges, therefore creating an "I can do this" mentality. We strive to praise students for their effort, determination, and persistence not just how smart they are. I would like to encourage you to incorporate growth mindset at home and embrace problems at opportunities to learn.


High School Open House Dates

Catholic High School: November 9 

St. Joseph’s Academy: October 19

St. Michael the Archangel: October 26


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***Link to Our Counseling Resource Page***