Mission

The Wellness Team provides both proactive and reactive school-based support for students and families in the social and emotional development realms.

Wellness educational programming at The Rivers School is comprised of school-wide, division, and grade level initiatives to promote effective decision-making and help students develop effective self-care skills.

Direct counseling services at The Rivers School are confidential and can take the form of short term or ongoing support. With student and parent approval, counselors can communicate with faculty members, community partners, and outside service providers. This important work often takes the form of skills development to empower students as they navigate normal and expectable challenges that arise through adolescence. Through counseling, students develop an understanding of the world as they reflect on their values, actions, and who they want to be. With new knowledge and skills, students become better equipped to set goals and navigate challenges they face.

At The Rivers School, we make sure that wellness education and counseling complement and complete each other, and we work to collaborate with the student advisory system, the school nurse and athletic trainers, and the Dean’s Office. The Counseling and Wellness Department’s work is a direct expression of the school’s culture of care, compassion, and respect for each student’s humanity.

Upcoming Events

List of 14 events.

  • Oct
    7

    9th Grade Parent meeting on Substance Use Prevention

    with Will Slotnik
    MacDowell Athletic Center - Hutton Hall - HH
  • Oct
    8

    7th Grade Parent Meeting

    On Individual Biological Development & Puberty Program.
    MacDowell Athletic Center - Hutton Hall - HH
  • Oct
    15

    7th Grade Individual Biological Development & Puberty Program

    During Science classes.
  • Oct
    16

    7th Grade Individual Biological Development & Puberty Program

    During Science classes.
  • Oct
    17

    7th Grade Individual Biological Development & Puberty Program

    During Science classes.
  • Oct
    18

    7th Grade Individual Biological Development & Puberty Program

    During Science classes.
  • Nov
    7

    8th Grade Parent meeting on Substance Use Prevention

    with Will Slotnik
    MacDowell Athletic Center - Hutton Hall - HH
  • Nov
    12

    8th Grade Drug & Alcohol Prevention Program

    During Humanities classes.
  • Nov
    13

    8th Grade Drug & Alcohol Prevention Program

    During Humanities classes.
  • Nov
    14

    8th Grade Drug & Alcohol Prevention Program

    During Humanities classes.
  • Nov
    15

    8th Grade Drug & Alcohol Prevention Program

    During Humanities classes.
  • Apr
    9

    8th Grade Parent Meeting

    On Healthy Relationships Program
    Note: This program is also offered in the evening at 6:00 pm.
    Library-Periodical Room
  • Apr
    9

    8th Grade Parent Meeting

    On Healthy Relationships Program
    Note: This is the same program presented in the morning session at 8:00 am.
    MacDowell Athletic Center - Hutton Hall - HH
  • Apr
    30

    Senior Transition Program

    "Hunting Ground" screening
    Campus Center - Kraft Dining Hall - KDH
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Meet the Wellness Team

List of 7 members.

  • Photo of Benjamin Liston

    Benjamin Liston 

    Director of Counseling and Wellness
    339-686-4504
    Bio
  • Photo of Sarah Knortz

    Sarah Knortz 

    Counselor
    339-686-4511
    Bio
  • Photo of John Bower

    John Bower 

    Assistant Head of Middle School, Middle School Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Music
    339-686-2265
    Bio
  • Photo of James Long

    James Long 

    Assistant Head of School
    339-686-2272
    Bio
  • Photo of Myron Mentis

    Myron Mentis 

    Athletic Trainer, Science
    339-686-4583
    Bio
  • Photo of William Mills

    William Mills 

    Upper School Dean of Students, History
    339-686-2429
    Bio
  • Photo of Claudia Silva

    Claudia Silva 

    School Nurse
    339-686-4480
    Bio
The Wellness team collaborates on an as-needed basis to discuss support for students. The purpose of these meetings is to collaborate on situations when students are managing challenges across various realms of their experience at The Rivers School, which may include academic, extracurricular, physical health, and social/emotional health components.