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Mr. DeGruttola is a state certified school counselor who has been with the Epping School District since 2008.  Guidance services address whatever interferes with a student's ability to learn, to succeed, and to participate in the learning process.  Please feel free to contact him by phone at 603-679-2544 or via e-mail at

School Counselor

Adventure Based Counselor

504 Case Manager 

Weekend Food Program

Epping Middle School is proud to once again offer a weekend food program to families in need this school year.  In collaboration with 68 hours of hunger, the food program provides students with food for the 68 hour time frame between Friday’s lunch at school and breakfast Monday morning at school.  If you are interested in accessing this great program please contact Mr. DeGruttola in Guidance at 679-2544 ext. 6202 or

Adventure Based Counseling

Adventure Based Counseling focuses on the development of positive communication, leadership, conflict resolution,and self confidence.  These areas are addressed through group challenges and discussions. 

Groups are designed to be a safe place for students.  Students are asked to follow the philosophy of "challenge by choice," allowing participants to choose just how and to what extent they want to challenge themselves.  Participants are also expected to agree to the behavioral guidelines listed below (Full Value Contract).  These guidelines are used to insure that everyone understands what is expected and what is accepted during group.

Full Value Contract

Be Present – Be present mentally, physically, and emotionally throughout the group. 

Pay Attention – Listen to what others say and focus on understanding the ideas.

Speak Your Truth – Share your thoughts and opinions openly and honestly.

Be Open to Outcomes – Try not to prejudge what is happening.

Create a safe Environment – Be aware and sensitive to the impact of what you say and what you do.  

Adapted from Steve Butler, The Signature Bag (2002) Project Adventure