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News and Announcements
COUNSELOR WEBPAGE BLURB FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER.
This month, the counselors will be finishing 9th and 10th grade CCRs (College and Career Readiness Plans). The counselors will also track down students who missed their scheduled CCR in order to do make-ups. During these meetings, counselors help plan the remainder of their high school careers—including choosing courses for next year. They also begin planning for college and/or career. If you missed this appointment, please contact the West High Counseling Team to schedule a make-up.
With CCRs going this month, this is an important time to think about and explore the wide variety of programs at West High. There are many programs and courses that help students explore careers and get ahead in college or in a career. These programs and courses include CTE classes and Pathways, AP, IB and concurrent enrollment classes. If you have questions about these classes and programs, please contact your counselor.
This month also brings with it a certain amount of stress due to many issues associated with the holidays and the beginning of a new year. All members of a family can suffer from stress and the complications of not being able to cope with difficulties at this time of year. Please reach out to family, friends, community resources, and others, if you need help. Our Family Resource Center can help with small concerns, and you can reach them at (801) 578-8500 ext. 231 or 234. If you are suffering from a more severe emotional crisis, please call the CrisisLine at (801) 587-3000. We want everyone to have a healthy and happy Winter Break!
Some important dates to remember this month are:
December 1st – Midterm grades
December 9th – ACT
December 22rd – Last day of school before Winter Break
January 8th – Return from Winter Break (Late start Monday)
If your student would like to work on a packet over the Winter Break, make sure they see their counselor in plenty of time to get the necessary paperwork and pay the treasurer, so they can get their packet on the 21st of December.
Career and College Readiness (CCR) appointments- Beginning on November 14 and ending on December 22, ninth graders and their parents/guardians are invited to attend individual CCR meeting with their assigned counselor. Reviewing student progress, dealing with parent concerns, and scheduling students for the 2017-18 school year are agenda items in this 20-25 minute meeting. Parents are invited by letter to meet on a specific date and time. We appreciate the cooperation of PXP teachers who allow us to work with their classes to minimize missed work. Appointment times can be changed if necessary by contacting Chris Rogers at 801-578-8500 ext. 316.
Scholarships are available if you look for them. See Vicki Kranendonk in the Guidance Center.
Pro Tips: Searching and Applying for Scholarships - The first episode of "In a Nutshell: How to Pay For College" season two.
Parents and seniors: check out this informative article from the Deseret News on avoiding senioritis and preparing for college!!
Financial Aid and College Admission Information
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has created a very robust list of resources for addressing questions related to the series, “13 Reasons Why”. I wanted to provide the forwarded e-mail to all of you. May is Mental Health Awareness month.
From Suicide Prevention Organizations
• Tips for Parents for Talking with their Children about 13 Reasons Why and Suicide (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
• Briefing in Connection with the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why (International Association for Suicide Prevention)
From Other Mental Health/Professional Organizations
• 13 Mental Health Questions about 13 Reasons Why (American Psychiatric Association)
• 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: How School Counselors Can Help (American School Counselor Association)
• 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)
• 13 Ways to Continue the Conversation about 13 Reasons Why (Active Minds)
Other Related Resources
• The Trevor Lifeline (The Trevor Project)
• SPRC Web Page for Suicide Prevention in Schools (Suicide Prevention Resource Center)
• Information for Parents webpage (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide)
• Not my Kid: What Parents Should Know about Teen Suicide (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide) (Video)