Welcome to the School Counseling Website 


    School Counselor: Mrs. Sheren Attal

     Email: sattal@schools.nyc.gov

    Phone Number: (718) 815-0186 x23134

     Guidance Office: Room B313



    My name is Sheren Attal and I am the School Counselor at Michael J Petrides School.

    As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students.

     During the school year I will…

                 ...meet with students individually and in small groups, which can be initiated by the  student(s) or   requested by a parent or teacher.                 

                   ...teach classroom lessons from the Character Education          

                    ...consult with parents, teachers, administrators, and community agencies.



    Dear Parents and Guardians,

     I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myselfmy name is Sheren Attal and I joined the Petrides family as the School Counselor during the 2014-2015 school year.

     As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social development of all students.  I look forward to offering support to the students, staff, families and community.  I will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom lessons using the Character Education curriculum, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to benefit and meet the needs of all Petride students and families.

    Any student can request to meet with me or they can be referred by a teacher, administrator, or parent.  I encourage you to reach out if you have concerns regarding your child.  If you would like for me to meet with your child please do not hesitate to contact me.
    I am here to help students achieve their personal/social and academic goals, as well as provide support for the parents and teachers. I can be reached by email at sattal@schools.nyc.gov or phone at 718-815-0178. 

     Warm Regards,

      Sheren Attal

     Guidance Curriculum

     Elementary level

    Children establish lifelong behavioral patterns when they are between six and ten years of age - the first years of school. For this reason, it is critical that counseling services and early intervention be available to students during their early years. Elementary counselors identify students who need interventions to succeed, and work with high-risk students with such difficulties as poor attendance, peer relationships, behavior problems, poor work habits, and family transitions.


    Middle school level

    Middle school counselors continue the service begun in the elementary school. Large group instruction, small focus groups, individual assistance and crisis intervention comprise a great majority of student contact time. They recognize students’ struggles with emerging independence and their need to manage the accompanying responsibility. Counselors work closely with academic teams to develop the whole child. Self discovery, student achievement, and the acquisition of decision-making and interpersonal skills are at the core of the middle school experience. The middle school counselor is deeply engaged in that process and supports students and families on a successful journey toward high school.


    High School Level

    High school guidance services continue to focus on preparing students to become contributing members of society. Counselors work closely with administrators, teachers and parents to assist at-risk students or refer them to appropriate community resources. The high school counseling team also monitors and advises students in appropriate academic course selection. Through career exploration activities, large and small group instruction, preparation, organization and administration of standardized testing, and interpersonal skills development, high school counselors help promote students' successful transition to post-secondary endeavors. 


    Role of the School Counselor:

     To provide classroom and small group activities that focus on developing relationships, conflict resolution, problem-solving and decision-making skills in all grade levels. 

     To assist students and families in acquiring help from within the school and from community agencies when needed. 

     To help students develop an understanding of differences and responsibility in their interaction with others. 

     To provide parent education and information. 

     To provide consultation and support services to parents. 

     To serve as a resource and support to teachers and other staff. 

     To identify and prevent potential academic, personal and social problems. 

     To help identify and support children with special needs. 

     To provide crisis intervention when necessary.