Guidance Office: 203.245.6360

FAX: 203.245.6356


Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Daniel Hand High School Guidance and Counseling Department, during this unprecedented time is committed to updating the students and their parents/guardians on counseling services we are continuing to provide. At this time, our counselors are working to connect with students on various levels.  In addition to keeping this department website updated with information as the semester proceeds, counselors will be emailing students to set up times to provide video conferences with their students using Zoom.   It is important to note as Zoom is an online platform, we are unable to guarantee the same level of confidentiality that we could in our offices.  We ask that parents/guardians, siblings, etc. provide our students with as much privacy as possible when they are video conferencing with their counselors.  

The best way to reach counselors is via email, Counselors will be available for support during school hours.  We want to be mindful of students' confidentiality needs, special circumstances and other unique situations, so that we can provide equitable services to our students. Your children’s continued success is important to us.

 Below are additional local resources that are available to families during this time:

  • Meals are being provided at DHHS for all students in need.
  • Teachers are available through their class platform to answer any questions.
  • Madison Youth & Family Services are available to our students and families.

As we all continue to navigate through distance learning, the counseling department will be here to help students as much as we possibly can. While the support we provide may look different, we want to make sure students are still feeling supported by our counseling staff.

Sincerely, the DHHS School Guidance and Counseling Department

Ms. Coyle:
Mrs. Curran:
Mrs. Hawley:
Mr. Heins:
Mrs. Judson:
Ms. Skarsten:

I am your school counselor.
I don’t have a magic wand, a crystal ball or all the answers.
But I do have ears to listen, a heart to care, and time to give.
I have ideas and an open mind.
I am your school counselor.
And I am here for you.

PSAT/NMSQT Test Saturday, October 17th at 7:30 AM

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will again be given at Daniel Hand High School on Saturday, October 17th at 7:30 AM to all interested sophomores and juniors. The fee is $27.00 (payable only through the student's Infinite Campus Fees Portal). Registration will begin on Tuesday, September 15, 2020 and end on Friday, October 2, 2020.

Payment must be made online through Infinite Campus.  Click on Optional Fees, then click on "Make Payment" button and follow the instructions on the screen.

Please note: Dates for registration are firm and we will not be able to honor any late registrations.

We will distribute the Student Bulletin, which includes information to help prepare them for the PSAT, to the registered students in advance of the test. We encourage students to sign up early so they will have ample time to go over this information and take the practice test.

Juniors planning to continue their education after high school are strongly encouraged to take this exam as it not only provides firsthand practice for the SAT, but also gives students the chance to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NSMC) scholarship programs. For sophomores the test is optional, however many have found the practice helpful.  The PSAT lets you compare your ability to do college work with the ability of other college-bound students. 

For more information and additional practice, you may visit the College Board website.


Should you have any questions please contact the Daniel Hand High School Guidance and School Counseling Department at 203-245-6360.



Attention Parents/Guardians:

The guidance office frequently sends important information via Naviance to parent/guardian emails. Please make sure that you have an active email account in Naviance.


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