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 – January 2021

All 9th and 11th grade students will have the opportunity to take the PSAT in January this year.  The 9th graders will take the PSAT 8/9 on Monday, January 25th, and 11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT on Tuesday, January 26th.  Parents should read the weekly email blast for more details.  Registration will be required for each student.

CSF Applications are open from January 12-28th

What is CSF? — CSF is an honor society that shows students have performed strong academically. It is recognized by colleges and scholarships committees.  CSF is an honor that students will be able to list on college applications. Students can also EARN the CSF gold cords that can be worn at Baccalaureate and Graduation.  In order to earn cords for graduation, students MUST be a member at least 4 semesters (in grades 10-12), and 1 MUST be during senior year. 

CSF is for ALL students who earned high marks on their report card last semester. The applications are now available in Counseling Google Classrooms and the Paraclete Counseling website. Students should READ the application carefully before filling it out. The due date to turn it in is Thursday, January 28th. All forms must be uploaded to the Counseling Google classroom by the deadline. Dues of $5.00 will be required after acceptance.

CSF application

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


How To Stay Focused While Learning From Home!

Staying focused in school is hard enough, but it becomes even more difficult when knowing your bed is just a couple of steps away. Follow these tips to stay motivated and focused throughout the school year.
Get DressedI know, I know. Doing math in your pajamas is one of the few perks of learning from home. However, getting dressed in the morning is a great way to kick start your motivation and keep you focused.

—Take Notes —It’s easy to become distracted or bored during a long online lecture. Try keeping yourself engaged by taking notes instead of letting your mind wander.  Read more…


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Past Mental Health Articles

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