Counseling & Guidance

graduates tossing their caps

 

 

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.

PSAT Scores available online

Freshman, sophomores, and juniors who took the PSAT in October reviewed their scores during the week of January 10-14.  Counselors were in Religion classes to help students log in to view the online report in their collegeboard.org account (which also includes a downloadable 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. 

9-10th grades – Mrs. Schoorl pschoorl@paracletehs.org

11th grade – Mrs. Pierson bpierson@paracletehs.org

 

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 after the UC presentation in senior Religion classes. 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 and reference Google Classroom for the posts after they are presented in class.

 

Talking to Your Teen About Mental Health

As conversations around mental health become more common, it is increasingly important that we consider the mental health of everyone – especially teens. Half of mental health challenges begin by age 14, so it’s crucial to start these conversations early so you can maintain an open dialogue as teenagers mature.

Studies show that healthy friendships are important to mental wellbeing. They can help increase a sense of belonging, improve self-confidence and help reduce stress and anxiety. COVID-19 continues to complicate life, forcing many teens to spend more time than usual away from friends and peers. That shift has taken a toll on many teens’ mental health, with nearly one-third reporting feeling unhappy or depressed in recent months.  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

Five Tips to Help You Practice Resilience in 2021

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