Mr. Matthew DePalo

Phone: (718) 335-7500 x 4282


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Matthew DePalo



Welcome students and parents...I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Matthew de Palo and I am the Guidance Counselor.

Please do not hesitate to call if you have any concerns, questions or comments regarding your child or children. I am available for parent conferences between the hours of 8:20am through 3:10pm

Scheduling an appointment insures that I will be able to see you promptly upon your arrival to LAMS.





    The Middle School Counseling and Guidance Program is designed to deliver a comprehensive range of services for all of our students. The program is based on the developmental needs of students and addresses the intellectual, social, physical, and emotional aspects of pre-adolescence and adolescence. Emphasizing life skills, students learn more about themselves, the world around them, and the power of choices and consequences. In order to accomplish this goal, the program focuses on the following: Academic Achievement, Career Awareness and Exploration, and Personal and Social Development.

    At the Louis Armstrong Middle School, Counseling services provide support to students in transition from childhood to adolescence. Teachers, staff and I will help students to understand themselves, to make the best of their abilities, to know the educational and career opportunities available to them, and to help them make plans and decisions for their future. I meet with students individually and in small and large groups to discuss many topics ranging from the High School selection process to inter-peer relations. I also meet with teachers and parents to discuss achievement or any issue related to the student's school experiences. I encourage parents to contact me if there are any questions or concerns regarding academic, social, or emotional development concerning their child.

    ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT Our goal is to assist students to become independent learners. Academic responsibility is taught, encouraged, and reinforced in a partnership between school and home. Aptitudes, interests, and learning styles that relate to academic achievement are strengthened through this collaborative effort.

    PERSONAL AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT - Counselors encourage individual growth and a broader understanding of relationships with others. Students develop skills and knowledge to be lifelong learners, establish personal goals, and become productive members of society.

    Guidance activities provide developmental experiences through classroom and group lessons. This gives all students the knowledge base needed for academic planning and assists them in acquiring and using life skills.

    Individual planning consists of activities that help students become independent learners. This helps students make informed decisions about their academic goals, career goals, and personal choices.

    Counseling services respond to students' needs and concerns. These services may be initiated by parents, students, and school staff members. Students' needs may be addressed through consultation, counseling, crisis intervention, or referral to other resources.


    All Teachers assign homework on a regular basis because practice is needed before children fully understand new skills or concepts. The value of homework extends beyond school. Homework also increases the amount of learning time available and allows students to do more in-depth learning. Here are some general guidelines for helping with homework:

    ·      Reward progress; use lots of praise; display good work.

    ·      Check your child.s planner each day, make sure he/she is consistently writing homework assignments and test dates. Check for teacher notes to you and use the planner as a communication tool by writing comments/questions to the teachers.

    ·      Find out how much and what type of homework is assigned in each class, how students are expected to prepare it and turn it in, and what students can do when they don't understand something; help your child manage the workload by dividing it into small doses.

    ·       Help your child develop a homework schedule that he or she can stick to. Making a schedule is often helpful. Don't forget that your child worked at school all day.

    ·      Talk to your child each day about homework assignments; go over work; see if it's complete; ask questions about it. But don't do your child's homework yourself.

    ·      Provide a suitable place for study (if possible, make it quiet and away from the distractions of TV, phone, computer, and loud music).

    ·       Avoid making homework a punishment.