Guidance and Counseling

  • Ms. Janice Thomas, School Counselor

    Mrs. Angel Mitchell, IPC

    Ms. Ana MacDonna, School Counseling Clerk



                                  Welcome to the Guidance Office!

    Our mission is to assist your child and his/her teachers in facilitating Fessenden Elementary's mission statement and goals for each and every student. Please call 671-4937 if we can be of service.


    We would like to invite you to come in and get to know us and the services that are available. You may come by school or call during "teaching hours" to make an appointment. You don't need to wait until you have a problem or special reason! We hope that, together, we can lay a good foundation for future success and achievement by making your child's years at Fessenden Elementary a happy and rewarding learning experience.

    Counselors' Goals

    • Help children understand themselves and others
    • Help to identify children with special needs
    • Provide crisis intervention
    • Develop plans to prevent academic/behavioral problems from developing
    • Provide Character Education program
    • Coordinate the efforts of other professionals working for children
    • Provide orientation for children coming to Fessenden Elementary for the first time
    • Promote positive attitudes toward persons of diverse cultural, racial, ability, and socioeconomic backgrounds


    New Enrollment Process: All new students must register online – Please visit for more information


    As parents, it is your responsibility to assure your child/children have regular, timely attendance. However, if a child arrives at campus after 7:40am, he/she must be checked in at the Front Office by a parent/guardian before reporting to class. Also, if children are chronically absent, tardy, or picked up early, notices may be sent from the Guidance Office in accordance with Marion County School System policies and FL statutes.  Please call the Front Office if your child is absent.  Upon your child's return to school, send a handwritten note as to the reason for the absence. Be sure the note includes the child's first and last name, date(s), and reason for their absence.  If your child was seen by a doctor, please send the doctor's note.


    Advance Absences

    Please contact the Guidance Office if you know in advance if your child will be absent. Please remember all advance absences must be approved by Mrs. Newmones, Principal.

    Official Records

    Your child's cumulative records are digitally stored. In the event that you may need copies of your student's records, please allow 24–48 hours prior notice. Please contact our office for transfers or withdrawals.