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.

2021 PSAT for 9th-11th grades – October 26th

All freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9 Digital version on their iPad, and all sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT paper version on Tuesday, October 26th.  Each sophomore and junior student has received a study guide booklet and practice test.  There are no paper booklets for the PSAT 8/9, but there is an online version.  Students have been given links for the online booklet, fact sheet, and more information on their “College and Career” Google Classrooms.  Please encourage your student to be preparing for this test by reading over the booklet and taking the practice tests.  

Seniors should use this day off to visit a nearby college or two that they plan to apply for.


Fall 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.

Do NOT hesitate to apply to a university because you are taking the SAT or ACT in November or December.  They will get your scores before they review your application.

SAT/ACT registration is open.  Check their websites for open testing locations from now until December 2021.  Don’t wait–seats fill up fast and are limited.

–Know your college application vocabulary— Early Decision, Early Action, Rolling Admissions, On-site Admissions, Regular Admissions.

UC Applications opened August 1st.  Submissions are accepted after November 1st, but don’t submit until Mrs. Pierson says to do so. Application deadline is November 30th.  CSU applications are open from October 1st through  November 30th or December 15th depending on the individual campus deadline.  Private universities have their own deadlines.  Seniors MUST use the Common Application if that is an option.

More information to come…stay tuned to Mrs. Pierson’s class presentations


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