Mr. Pagnotta - 8th Grade School Counselor

2016 - 2017 8th Grade School Counselor

Welcome to the Guidance Team Website

Welcome to Mr. Pags' webpage. I am the school counselor for the 8th grade.

 Welcome Back!

It's normal to be a little nervous and also excited starting a new grade. Let's get started and make this year a great year at DMS!

Here's a little bit about me:

This is my 12th year as a professional counselor, my 5th year at DMS. I received my Masters (M.Ed) from the UNH counseling program in 2004 and my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) from Plymouth State in 2010.  I enjoy being outside, especially in the woods mountain biking, snowboarding or skiing, or hiking. I love reading, playing most sports, listening to music and hanging with friends and family. Sometimes I like to sit at home and do nothing although that rarely happens anymore with two young kids!

Parents/guardians, feel free to call or e-mail me with questions or concerns, or just to help me get to know your child. 603-516-7211

Students, say hello to me around school and feel free to ask your teacher to come talk with me if you need to. I'll also see you in class for guidance lessons.

Looking forward to a great year!

-Mr. Pags

Team Members


Mr. Justin Pagnotta aka "Mr. Pags"



Click here for Calendar!

What's New!


As we head into a new school year, what are your SMART goals? Are you looking to make new friends? Staying (or becoming) active? Less video games? Balancing homework, family/friend/down time?

Be Specific :

Make sure it's Measurable :

Include Action Steps .

It is Realistic ?

What's the Time frame? Have some short term, medium term, and long term goals!

Useful Links

American School Counselor Association 

Career Cruising

Family Resources

Bullying Prevention Information

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County

I Statements
Attached is a quick reference for "I" Statements to use when you need to get your feelings and point across in a healthy, appropriate way.
Be Assertive.
(Not too pushy... Not too meek.)