Guidance Program

Guidance Department Mission

The St. John Paul II High School guidance department supports the mission of the school by providing high-quality, comprehensive school counseling support to all students. Our programs are designed to enhance the development of each student’s academic, career, social and personal competencies through collaboration with students, faculty, parents and the community.

Guidance Calendar

Guidance News

Mr. Mark Tanguay

Guidance Director

mtanguayMr. Tanguay is a graduate of Colby College and Bridgewater State University. He has extensive experience working with high school students and student-athletes serving as Guidance Department Chairperson at Plymouth North High School and Plymouth Community Intermediate School.

Mr. Tanguay also has experience teaching high school history and economics and coaching football, basketball, and baseball.

He is a certified school counselor and holds the highest level of certification within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has been a member of the American School Counselors Association (ASCA), the Massachusetts School Counselors Association, the Cape and Islands School Counseling Association (CISCA) and the South Shore School Counselors Association.

Mrs. Maureen Hufnagle

Guidance Counselor

mhufnagleMrs. Hufnagle holds a B.S. from Worcester State College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. She is JP2’s NEASC Accreditation Coordinator. Mrs. Hufnagle belongs to the Catholic School Counselors Association and the Cape and Islands School Counselor Association. In 2014, she received the highest award offered by the Catholic School Counselors Association.

Guidance: What, When, How


School counselors provide an array of services, including:

  • Emotional, social, developmental, and behavioral support
  • Academic advising and support
  • College and career awareness, exploration, and planning
  • Collaboration and coordination of resources within the school and the community
  • Planning, implementation, and evaluation of a comprehensive developmental guidance and counseling program
  • Consultations with parents, teachers, support staff, and administrators.
  • School crisis intervention
  • Staff development and training


Students should contact their guidance counselor with:

  • Academic concerns
  • Social/ emotional problems
  • Interpersonal conflicts
  • Class scheduling
  • Career exploration
  • College, career, and post-secondary planning

Parents should contact their child’s guidance counselor with:

  • Concerns regarding academic performance
  • Concerns regarding social and/or emotional well-being
  • Information about special needs/ family situation
  • Coordinating meetings with teachers and other support personnel
  • College, career, and post-secondary planning


Every student has an assigned counselor who remains with him/her throughout all four years of high school. A guidance counselor may be contacted by:

  • Student self-referral: Stopping by, leaving a note, emailing, or calling
  • Teacher, administrator, or staff referral
  • Parent referral
  • Peer referral

Four-Year Guidance Program

Wednesday Night Workshops

  • The college process
  • Meet the faculty evening
  • Inside the college admissions process
  • New student evening
  • Financial aid evening
  • SFXP parents night
  • College planning Night I
  • Sophomore planning evening
  • PSAT’s
  • Standardized testing
  • The scheduling process
  • College planning night II
  • AP information evening
  • Planning the senior year
  • Open parent conference evenings
  • JPII admissions evenings

Freshman Year

Freshman Year

  • Transition to high school
  • Community building
  • PSAT 8/9 review
  • School activities
  • Organization skills
  • PSAT 8/9 results
  • Study skills
  • Time management
  • Resources/extra-help
  • School life
  • Individual scheduling

Sophomore Year

Sophomore Year

  • Intro to sophomore year
  • PSAT review
  • Career cluster inventory
  • Career project
  • PSAT results
  • Resume workshop
  • Scheduling seminar
  • Career pathways & college majors
  • Sophomore review & junior goals
  • Individual scheduling

Junior Year

Junior Year

  • Intro to Junior year
  • PSAT’s and NMSQT
  • Career interest profile
  • Initial college search
  • PSAT results
  • Resume workshop update
  • Standardized testing
  • Scheduling seminar
  • Refining the college search
  • College interview & essay
  • Junior review & senior goals
  • Individual scheduling

Senior Year

Senior Year

  • College process
  • Individual plan and assessment
  • Common application
  • College list and deadlines
  • Financial aid 101
  • College comparisons
  • Outside scholarship searches
  • “Reality check” – the cost of college
  • ACCUPLACER & college orientations
  • Final plans & assessment
  • Individual scheduling