Parents - We will have our second Counselor's Coffee next Friday, September 29th, at 7 a.m. in the HS Library. The topic will be Winning the College Scholarship Game. If you missed the financial aid meeting please plan on attending. This is NOT just for seniors - Parents of all grades are welcome to attend to see how the CHS Counseling Office helps student's plan for college. Come join me for coffee, a short presentation, and time for questions and socializing while we help our student's plan for college.
Don't miss out on a SINGLE scholarship opportunity! Keep this ULTIMATE scholarship list handy for maximum scholarship opportunities. This list will be continually updated as more scholarships come through the CHS Counseling Office.
Parents - Are you worried that your student might "drop the ball" on finding scholarships and meeting deadlines? NO WORRIES we got your back. Just click the links below to subscribe to the CHS Counseling Office Google Calendar and the 2017-18 Scholarships Folder. By following both you will be aware of EVERY college and military representative in the building, EVERY scholarship that comes through CHS, and EVERY deadline :) Happy hunting seniors!!!
Google Calendar link: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/render?tab=mc#main_7%7Cmonth
Scholarship Folder link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B1-qIPmm7k3Oc2FUa29PMU9zVUU?usp=sharing
Chadron High School will host the following testing dates for CHS students:
September 27th: ASVAB
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be administered to ALL juniors during the morning of Wednesday, September 27th in the CHS auditorium. The ASVAB is a multiple choice tst, administered by teh Unites States Military Entrance Processing Command, used to determine qualification for enlistment in the United States Armed Forces. Although the test is administered by the military, it is not a requirement that test-takers with a qualifying score enlist in the armed forces. The ASVAB contains 10 sections: General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematics Knowledge, Electronics Information, Automotive and Shop Information, Mechanical Comprehension, Assembling Objects, and Verbal Expression. Student scores are often used to correlate SAT and ACT scores as well as for career exploration and future transition planning. Please have your student (junior) in the high school auditorium by 7:45 this day!
October 11th: PSAT
The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a preparatory version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and most students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year! Testing your skills in reading, writing, and math, the PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520. CHS students can take the PSAT on October 11th 7:45 a.m. in the HS library. The PSAT exam is an optional test and is $16 per student due to the HS Office before exam date. Please contact the Cardinal Counseling Office if you would like your student signed up to take this exam.
October 28th: ACT
The ACT college readiness assessment is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions. The ACT consists of four mandatory sections: English, Reading, Math and Science, and one optionally Writing assessment. The four main tests are scored individually on a scale of 1-36, and a Composite score is provided which is the rounded whole number average of the four scores. Chadron High School and Chadron Sate College offer multiple Saturday testing dates throughout the year. Students can register for Saturday exams by going to www.act.org and creating an account, tests are $42.50 an exam unless student is on free and reduced lunch (see counseling office for a fee waiver). All juniors will be given a free ACT exam on April 3rd during the school hours. These scores are vital for college admissions and scholarship opportunities. The CHS counseling office recommends taking the ACT as often as possible for increased score opportunities. The next upcoming test at CHS will be given October 28th and students must be registered online no later than September 22nd.
Chadron High School Counseling Office will host it's annual Financial Aid Presentation and Fall Senior/Junior Meeting Thursday September 14th at 6:00 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. This meeting will include information regarding: Financial aid, the college application process, scholarship hunting, and the FAFSA. Chadron High School will be partnering with Andrew Hunzeker from EducationQuest to provide parents with the most up to date informations regarding the college process.
Senior students who attend an EducationQuest Financial Aid Program (FAP) will be eligible to register for a $500 scholarship. EducationQuest will randomly select six student winners on or around December 1, 2017.
To be eligible, a student must:
We look forward to talking to both students and parents Thursday night during parent teacher conferences!
As we approach our upcoming school year here are a few important dates for the calendar:
iPad Orientation: Monday and Tuesday August 7th/8th 6:00 p.m. (Auditorium)
In order to receive a school iPad students must attend one iPad orientation session either Monday August 7th or Tuesday August 8th. Students MUST be accompanied by a parent to this event in order to receive iPad. If you cannot attend one of these two events iPad orientation sessions will have to be set up individually with the CHS Tech Department after the first full week of school.
Fall Sports Meeting: Thursday August 10th 6:30 p.m. (Auditorium)
All CHS students planning to participate in high school Fall sports need to attend the Fall sports meeting with a parent/guardian. We will start in the auditorium and then have sport specific break out meetings. If you are considering a Fall sport please plan on attending.
Freshman/New Student Counselor’s Coffee:
Thursday & Friday August 10th/11th 7a.m. (CHS Library)
We would like to invite all 9th grade and new/transfer parents to attend a coffee get together in the HS Library. Mr. Mack and Mrs. Watson will give a short presentation and parents are welcome to ask questions and get a feel for CHS, pick one of the two day’s and join us! We will be hosting counselor’s coffee’s throughout the school year to hit on hot topics such as college & scholarship searching, dual credit, social media concerns, mental health, and more!
Schedule Changes (CHS Guidance Office)
The deadline for Fall schedule changes was May 25th, however I do understand that career interest and course changes can happen during the summer. If there are any students that would like to look at their schedules for a possible change this semester, I will be in my office starting July 31st. I would be happy to look at any schedules to see if a change is possible. However, there will be NO changing schedules once school begins, unless there is a mistake in your schedule (example: duplicate classes, missing pre-requisite class, ect) or by teacher request. This means you cannot try out or “test” a class for a few days and then switch.
Due to new staff assignments we have had a few changes in course offerings since the end of the school year, so your schedules may look slightly different than it did in May. Please go over your schedule (attached) one final time and make sure you are comfortable with the courses you have chosen for the entire year, we will not make any changes once school begins.
Due to a schedule placement change I am looking for kiddos to consider taking Medical Terminology class first block first semester. This course is dual credit and is worth 2 college credits through WNCC. If you are interested in taking this course PLEASE contact me ASAP. Students who are free and reduced lunch get this course and college credits for no cost.
First Day of School
Last reminder, first day of school is a 1:30 out on August 16th! We will start the day out in the HS auditorium.
Enjoy the last few weeks of summer break! If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to call or email.
Schools have an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors in students’ lives is vital to this responsibility. The trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on a young adult novel of the same name, is raising such concerns. The series revolves around 17-year- old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role.
Producers for the show say they hope the series can help those who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. However, the series, which many teenagers are binge watching without adult guidance and support, is raising concerns from suicide prevention experts about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide. The series graphically depicts a suicide death and addresses in wrenching detail a number of difficult topics, such a bullying, rape, drunk driving, and slut shaming. The series also highlights the consequences of teenagers witnessing assaults and bullying (i.e., bystanders) and not taking action to address the situation (e.g., not speaking out against the incident, not telling an adult about the incident).
We do not recommend that vulnerable youth, especially those who have any degree of suicidal ideation, watch this series. Its powerful storytelling may lead impressionable viewers to romanticize the choices made by the characters and/or develop revenge fantasies. They may easily identify with the experiences portrayed and recognize both the intentional and unintentional effects on the central character. Unfortunately, adult characters in the show, including the second school counselor who inadequately addresses Hannah’s pleas for help, do not inspire a sense of trust or ability to help. Hannah’s parents are also unaware of the events that lead to her suicide death.
While many youth are resilient and capable of differentiating between a TV drama and real life, engaging in thoughtful conversations with them about the show is vital. Doing so presents an opportunity to help them process the issues addressed, consider the consequences of certain choices, and reinforce the message that suicide is not a solution to problems and that help is available. This is particularly important for adolescents who are isolated, struggling, or vulnerable to suggestive images and storylines. Research shows that exposure to another person’s suicide, or to graphic or sensationalized accounts of death, can be one of the many risk factors that youth struggling with mental health conditions cite as a reason they contemplate or attempt suicide.
What the series does accurately convey is that there is no single cause of suicide. Indeed, there are likely as many different pathways to suicide as there are suicide deaths. However, the series does not emphasize that common among most suicide deaths is the presence of treatable mental illnesses. Suicide is not the simple consequence of stressors or coping challenges, but rather, it is most typically a combined result of treatable mental illnesses and overwhelming or intolerable stressors.
School psychologists and other school-employed mental health professionals can assist stakeholders (e.g., school administrators, parents, and teachers) to engage in supportive conversations with students as well as provide resources and offer expertise in preventing harmful behaviors.
GUIDANCE FOR EDUCATORS
points for conversations with youth specific to the 13 Reasons Why series, available online. GUIDANCE FOR FAMILIES
Tips or Parents and Educators for additional information. SAFE MESSAGING FOR STUDENTS
understand, respond, and then remember what is being said. Put your own agenda aside
Chadron High School Guidance Counselor