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Meet the Counselor

6 months ago

Mrs. Prusinski

Dear Parents/Guardians:

     Hello, my name is Linda Prusinski, and I am the school counselor at Valley View Intermediate School.  I have been a certified K - 12 counselor since 1991, and have worked here at the Intermediate School since 2002.  I am a resident of Valley View School District and proud mother of two VV graduates. 

     I am committed to assisting our students develop socially/emotionally, to achieve academically, and to identify their personal interest and strengths so that they may explore the world of career oportunities.  With that in mind, I conduct guidance classes periodically during your child's library encore rotation.  Throughout the year, I will also be conducting informal small groups on specific skills.  Short term individual supportive counseling is also available as needed, as well as crisis/emergency care.  Please be aware that my services are not a substitute for therapy.   I am always happy to provide a list of community resources to address those needs.  Additionally, group and individual support services require parental/guardian permision.

     As the school counselor, I am also directly involved with our Instructional Support Team and our Student Assistance Program.  For more information on those, please see the corresponding tags in the navigation area on the left.  

     As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns, or suggestions you may have.  I may be reached via phone at 570-876-2263 or by email  I look forward to getting to know you!


Mrs. P  :)



Community Referrals

6 months ago

Community Counselors/Therapists/Psychologists/Psychiatrists


Biliski Counseling and autism services, LLC

142 N. Main St. Moscow 



Dr. Joel Cahn, Psychologist

421 S. State St., Clarks Summit



Melissa Cottone, BA., LPC, BCBA

321 Spruce Street, Scranton



Dr. William Dougherty, Counselor

301 West Grove Street, Clarks Summit 

570-480-6140/ 570-587-2273



Dr. Anthony Galdieri, Psychologist

321 Spruce Street, Suite 4, Scranton



Dr. Tiffany Griffiths, Integrated Psychological Services/Counseling

502 North Blakley St., Dunmore



Dr. Chet Muklewicz, Psychologist

1030 Marion Street, Scranton



Dr Palmiter, Counseling/Psychotherapy

304 Royal Oaks Drive, Clarks Summit


Dr. Ronald Refice and Associates, Psychiatrist

650 Boulevard Avenue, Scranton


Dr. Gerald Solfanelli, Psychologist

1141 Clay Avenue, Dunmore



Aaron Center, Pediatric and Adult Therapy Services

851 Commerce Blvd. #107, Dickson City



Advanced Community Service Associates, Psychology Services

1141 Clay Avenue, Scranton

570-207-7919 & 570-963-2079


Family Enrichment Center, Counseling and Therapy Services

541 Wyoming Avenue, Scranton



NHS Human Services

30-32 North Main Street, Carbondale



Scranton Counseling Center

326 Adams Avenue, Scranton


*student clients of SCC may be serviced here at school by SCC therapist Kristen


Youth Advocate Program

1418 Main Street #101, Peckville



A full listing of Lackawanna Drug and Alcohol and Mental Health Agencies can be viewed at:


Crisis Management Services

The Advocacy Alliance



NHS human Services of NEPA


Scranton Counseling Center



Voluntary Action Center (VAC) of Northeastern PA

570-347-5616  24/7 Helpline

*******Or the closest Hospital Emergency Room!!

**The information included here is informational in nature.  It is a courtesy provided to assist parents/guardians in contacting community resources.  It is not meant to be exhaustive in nature, and those listed are not affiliated with Valley View School District.  Payment is the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian


Instructional Support Team

6 months ago

The Instructional Support Team is designed to assist our students who may be struggling with academic and/or behavioral issues.  A student may be referred to the team by staff or parent/guardians.  The team is comprised of professional staff which may include the principal, school counselor, teacher/s, school psychologist, nurse, academic specialist, special education representative, as well as agency representatives if necessary, and the parent/guardian.  The purpose of the team is to look for avenues of intervention in order to support the student and allow the child to function at the top of their ability level. 


So, how does a student get referred to IST?  If you feel your child is struggling, please first contact your student's teacher to discuss your concerns.  Often, opening a dialogue with your child's teacher can alleviate the need to proceed further.  If however, the concerns continue, please contact the school counselor to schedule an IST meeting.  The second way a child may be referred is if a teacher or staff member communicates a concern to the school counselor.   As in the case of parent/guardian referral, the teacher or staff member has also communicated his/her concerns to the parent/guardian and worked to resolve them prior to making the counselor contact.  If however, the concerns continue and the child is referred to IST, you will be contacted by the counselor to schedule a convenient meeting.


Parents/guardians play a significant role on this team.  As experts on their child, they provide invaluable insight into the individual's strengths, weaknesses, motivations, medical needs, culture, backgrounds, and so much more. By working together, hand in hand, we hope to provide each student with the necessary supports to allow them to grow.


Should you have questions about this process or you would like to make a referral, please feel free to contact me.   

Mrs. P  :)



Student Assistance Team

6 months ago

What is the Student Assistance Program (SAP)?

Pennsylvania’s Student Assistance Program (SAP), is a joint effort of the Department of Education, the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.  It is designed to assist school personnel in the early identification and prevention of personal and family concerns including alcohol, drug, and mental health issues which may be contributing to lack of student success. The primary goal of the Student Assistance Program (SAP) is to help students overcome these barriers in order that they may achieve, remain in school, and advance.   


The core of the program is a professionally trained team, including school staff and liaisons from community alcohol and drug and mental health agencies. SAP team members are trained to identify problems, determine whether or not the presenting problem lies within the scope of the school and to make recommendations to assist the student and the parent.   When the problem lies beyond the scope of the school, the SAP team will assist the parent and student so they may access services within the community. The student assistance team members do not diagnose, treat or refer to treatment; but they may refer for a screening or an assessment for treatment.


There are four phases to the student assistance process:


Referral - Anyone, school staff, a student's friend, a family member, or community member can refer a student to SAP when they are concerned about the student's behavior.  The students themselves can even go directly to the SAP team to ask for help. 


Team Planning – The SAP team gathers objective information about the student’s performance in school from all school personnel who have contact with the student. Information is also collected from the parent. The team meets with the parent to discuss the data colleted and also meets with the student. Together, a plan is developed that includes strategies for removing the learning barriers and promoting the student’s academic and personal success to include in-school and/or community-based services and activities.


Intervention and Recommendations – The plan is put into action. The team assists in linking the student to in-school and/or community-based services and activities.   The team might recommend a drug and alcohol or mental health assessment. 


Support and Follow-Up – The SAP team continues to work with and support the student and their family. Follow-up includes monitoring, mentoring, and motivating for academic success. 


The involvement of parents in all phases of the student assistance program underscores the parents’ role and responsibility in the decision–making process affecting their children’s education and is key to the successful resolution of problems.


        The student assistance process is based upon state guidelines, professional standards and policies, and procedures adopted by the local school board of directors. Professional training for team members in all phases of the student assistance process, which is consistent with state guidelines and conducted by a Commonwealth approved training provider, is required to ensure the appropriateness of the recommended services, effective inter-agency collaboration and compliance with state and federal laws protecting the privacy rights of parents and students.


            If you would like more information on the SAP team please contact the guidance counselor at  If you would like to make a referral please complete the SAP Referral Form



6 months ago

***Please be aware that the tutors listed below are Private Pay and not part of Valley View School District's services or responsibilityThank you!


Al Callejas                     Elementary Teacher                 Cell 570-650-9858, School 570-489-7579


Marisa Callejas             Intermediate Teacher               Cell 570-575-4173, School 570-876-2263


Tim Callejas                  Intermediate Teacher               Cell 570-877-4124, School 570-876-2263


Kristine Casarella         Intermediate Teacher             School 570-876-



Kyle Davis                     Intermediate Teacher               Cell 570-903-5280,


Jamie Lastauskas         Intermediate Teacher              Cell 570-241-6085


Meghan Mileski            Intermediate Teacher              School 570-876-2263


Jennifer Munley            Sp. Education Teacher            Cell 570-499-7943,


Jill Pierson                     Sp. Education Teacher             Cell 570-872-6584


Sue Scanlon                   Intermediate Teacher              Cell 570-313-0604, School 570-876-2263



I can't go to school. My stomach hurts

6 months ago

 Have you experienced multiple weekends with everyone healthy until Sunday night or Monday morning when you hear "Mom/Dad I can't go to school, my stomach hurts?"   If you have, you're not alone.  Many children experience anxiety about going to school. You can help your child overcome these feelings by taking the following steps:

  • GO TO THE DOCTOR - The reason behind this is two-fold.  One, to rule out a medical concern.  Our primary issue is to make sure your child is not in need of medical attention.  Two, to support the mind/body connection. When we have ruled out a medical issue, we can reassure the student that the physical discomfort they are experiencing is due to anxiety.  
  • VALIDATE THE PAIN - The physical discomfort is real.  Our bodies react physically to stress, real or perceived.  Talk to your child about how the body reacts to stress. 

·  EXPLAIN ANXIETY - Discuss issues that can cause feelings of anxiety.   The underlying reasons for this can range from separation anxiety, fear for the safety of themselves or a family member while apart, fear of vomiting in school, performance anxiety, and fear of peer rejection to name a few. Talk with your child about times you experience anxiety and what works for you in reducing those feelings.  Please keep in mind that everyone is different and what works for you may not work for them.

·  AVOID KEEPING THEM HOME - As parents we want to protect our kids from the difficulties that they may face in life, but realize by allowing them to avoid the situation you are in fact making it worse by not assisting them in developing coping strategies to overcome difficulties.

·  GET HELP - If these difficulties persist, seek professional assistance.  Your pediatrician and or school counselor can assist you in finding professional help.  Please feel free to contact, or see the community referral link on the left of this page for some resources.   

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