Counseling & Guidance

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Naviance is a Counseling and Guidance website for students.  Each student has an account and has been assigned tasks to do.  Parents, encourage your student to show you their Naviance account

2020-21 PSAT

All 9th and 11th grade students who took the PSAT in January will be able to access their results in the middle of March.  Counselors will inform students when their scores are ready and will be walking them through the next steps in working with their scores.

Spring Considerations for Seniors:

Keys to Navigating College Applications — Do your research–don’t depend on anyone else to inform you.  Be flexible.  Everything is changing all the time.  Figure it out on your own before asking.  Procrastination is your enemy.

The importance of Naviance— All documents will be sent through Naviance eDocs:  letters of recommendation, counselor evaluations, transcripts.  If you don’t list your colleges, we can’t help you!!  Include Community Colleges.  Use College and Career Matching.

Many fine colleges and universities remain open or have extended their application deadlines.

Scholarship season is NOW! Check Google Classroom for the latest releases and Naviance for the full list.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is still open—the priority deadline for most aid is March 2nd.

Colleges and Universities will be sending out acceptances and denials through March and even into April—it is important to read ALL correspondence. Most colleges will communicate primarily through email—so Seniors should be checking their accounts every day.

Community college applications are now open. If AVC is one of your choices, apply NOW! Make sure to follow instructions and see Mr. Landa once you have completed the application.

More information to come…stay tuned to Mr. Landa’s class presentations

If you have any questions, counselors are ready and waiting to help!
Mr. Landa: or 661-943-3255, ext 113 and Mrs. Pierson:, ext 119


Five Tips to Help You Practice Resilience in 2021

 Every year, we try to find a word to encompass the past 12 months, and there were some to be expected: coronavirus, pandemic, and lockdown. But the one we chose may be less obvious: resilience. There is no denying that 2020 was hard. But for all of its trials and tribulations, we made it to 2021.

The Oxford Dictionary defines resilience as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity.” It’s what we’ve needed to practice in 2020, and what we need as we move forward in the new year.

Stress related to COVID-19 is at an all-time high – the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America report found that nearly eight in 10 adults say COVID-19 is a major factor in their stress levels. Resilience includes our ability to bounce back from adversity and come back stronger, and while that may not come effortlessly, it is achievable. Here are some tips to help you get started…READ MORE.

Resources for Managing Stress and Anxiety during Covid-19

Managing Stress and Anxiety during Quarantine

Anxiety – Depression – Calming Help Bookmarks

Local Resources for Mental Health & Wellbeing

Past Mental Health Articles

Mental Health – Tips to Help Teens Cope During COVID-19

8 Practical Things Families Can Do at Home to Support Social-Emotional Learning

How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing

How To Stay Focused While Learning From Home!

Anxiety in Teens is Rising: What’s Going On?

Mental Health and Teens:  Watch for Danger Signs