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

Course Selection Forms 2020-21

As of this week, all students have been given their Course Selection Form for the 2020-21 school year. Please talk with your child about which classes they will be taking next year. The forms must be submitted by February 28th to their counselors and MUST have a parent signature. More information and the PowerPoint presented in class can be found on each grade level’s Google Classroom to which every student has been given access. There is also the AP and Honors Application for EACH honors and AP class that they are applying for. These forms must be submitted to the appropriate department by February 28th.

Spring Considerations for Seniors:

• 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 are 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.

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

Mental Health – Tips to Help Teens Cope During COVID-19

When our world changes quickly and suddenly because of things like COVID-19, it is common to experience changes in our thoughts, feelings and behaviors. Feelings of anxiety, fear or worry are typical in stressful situations.

Typical reactions include:

  1. Feeling stressed or overwhelmed, frustrated or angry, worried or anxious
  2. Feeling restless, agitated, on ‘high alert’ or unable to calm down
  3. Being teary, sad, fatigued or tired, losing interest in usually enjoyable activities or finding it difficult to feel happy
  4. Worrying about going to public spaces, becoming unwell or contracting germs
  5. Constantly thinking about the situation, unable to move on or think about much else
  6. Experiencing physical symptoms such as increased fatigue or other uncomfortable sensations

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, so you should not expect any specific reaction. Still, take a few moments to talk with the teens in your life about how they are feeling and what may help them during this difficult time.  Read more…

8 Practical Things Families Can Do at Home to Support Social-Emotional Learning

Because teens with good SEL skills become successful adults.

With kids home for the foreseeable future, social-emotional learning (SEL) may be some of the best at-home learning kids do. We know SEL skills are key to our students’ success in life, but not everyone knows how to explicitly teach these skills. Here are some practical activities that support social-emotional learning at home.  Read more…

How to Care for Yourself While Practicing Physical Distancing

This is a stressful time for many. With the government and media sharing updates throughout the day and the fear of the unknown, it is understandable to feel overwhelmed, stressed and anxious. You are not alone.  Millions of people across the country are facing the same worries and challenges that you are. During this time, it is important to remember that it’s OK to not be OK. It’s also important to take care of your mental health.

While practicing physical distancing, there are easy self-care strategies that can help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, or prevent anxiety before it even starts.  Use these tips from the MHFA curriculum to take care of your mental health while practicing physical distancing.  Read more…


Resources for Managing Stress and Anxiety during Covid-19 

Managing Stress and Anxiety during Quarantine

Anxiety – Depression – Calming Help Bookmarks

Past Mental Health Articles

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

Mental Health and Teens:  Watch for Danger Signs