Guidance Program

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.

Mr. Mark Tanguay

Guidance Director

Mr. 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

Mrs. 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.

Four-Year Guidance Program

Freshman Guidance

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 Guidance

Sophomore Year

  • Intro to sophomore year
  • PSAT review
  • Career cluster inventory
  • Career project
  • PSAT results
  • Resume workshop
  • Scheduling seminar
  • College search
  • Planning for the junior year
  • Individual scheduling

Junior Guidance

Junior Year

  • Intro to Junior year
  • PSAT preview
  • Career interest profile
  • PSAT and SATs
  • Scheduling seminar
  • Creating the college list
  • Understanding the college process
  • Individual scheduling
  • Preparing for the senior year

Senior Guidance

Senior Year

  • Intro to the senior year
  • The college process
  • The college list
  • Understanding financial aid
  • Comparing colleges
  • Outside scholarship searches
  • “Reality check” – the impact of loans
  • Getting ready for college
  • Guidance reviews and final decisions

Wednesday Night Workshops

  • Senior Information Night
  • Financial Aid Nights
  • Freshman Parent Night
  • Junior Planning Night 1: The Application Process
  • Sophmore Parent Night
  • PSAT Night
  • Standardized Testing: The SATs and ACTs
  • AP and Scheduling Night
  • Junior Planning Night 2: Financial Aid Process
  • College Admissions Representatives Roundtable
  • Open parent conference evenings
  • Guidance admissions evenings
  • JPII admissions evenings

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