Counseling & Guidance

graduates tossing their capsNaviance 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

PSAT Paper Score Reports given out

Freshman, sophomores, and juniors who took the PSAT in October were given their paper Score Report during the week of January 6-10. Counselors were in Religion classes to hand out paper reports, help students log in to view the online report in their collegeboard.org account (which is much more in depth than the paper report), and link students’ scores to Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy. Counselors will continue to be available for students who have had any trouble logging in and viewing their scores, or linking their scores to Khan Academy.

College Admissions and so much more! Some general guidelines:

We are in the heart of both college application AND Financial Aid seasons! Students should be opening accounts with colleges and college systems:

-UC applications opened August 1st, but students may not submit their applications until November 1st. The CSU applications opened October 1st. The deadline for both UC and CSU is November 30th.

-Private universities all have their own deadlines, usually after November, but they are all open. Seniors MUST choose the Common Application if a private or out-of-state university gives that option. Students should be aware of Early Decision and Early Action regulations and deadlines.

Financial Aid: The FAFSA (Free Application For Federal Student Aid) is the primary tool that colleges use to determine how much aid a student for. Some private universities use other applications or the CSS Profile from College Board.

Seniors have their final attempts at SAT and ACT testing–December is their last chance. Most colleges will not accept testing after that month.

In general, Seniors are extremely busy with all this and maintaining good Senior year grades. Counselors are ready and waiting to help!
Mr. Landa: alanda@paracletehs.org or 661-943-3255, ext 113 and Mrs. Pierson: bpierson@paracletehs.org, ext 119

Mental Health and Teens: Watch for Danger Signs

Adolescence isn’t an easy time for parents, either. As children move through the various tumultuous transitions that accompany adolescence — physical, emotional, hormonal, sexual, social, intellectual — the pressures and problems they encounter can all too easily seem overwhelming. For many teenagers (/English/agesstages/teen/Pages/default.aspx), these and other pressures can lead to one or more of a variety of mental health disorders; all are matters of concern, and some are life-threatening.

Key Tips for Parents:
–Keep communication constant, open, and honest

For the rest of the article from healthychildren.org click here.

Past Mental Health Articles

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