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 test results coming in December

Freshman, sophomores, and juniors who took the PSAT in October will receive an email from College Board when their scores on ready to view on the website. Sophomores and juniors who took the test previously should already have a College Board account. If students cannot remember their account information, they should not sign-up for a new account. Counselors will be available to help them recover the correct information. Freshman will be logging in to set up their new accounts with the help of the counselors in early January. Parents– please do not make an account for your student. Students with double accounts will have problems viewing their scores. Counselors will be in classes to go over scores with the students and help them to read the online reports.

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?