12th & 11th Grade School Counselor Sherry Dagnan Dagnan_S@hcde.org
10th & 9th Grade School Counselor Leslie Sharpe Sharpe_L@hcde.org
6th, 7th, 8th Grade School Counselor Lorie Summerlin Summerlin_L@hcde.org
College Advisor Sandy Mitchum Mitchum_S@hcde.org
Registrar Susan Patton Patton_S@hcde.org
To assist all students in the process of personal, academic, and career development so that they may reach their full potential as productive citizens in a changing society. Our goal is to help each student develop and successfully complete an education plan that meets and exceeds graduation requirements.
Our comprehensive school counseling program is predicated on the belief that all students are unique and dynamic individuals, capable of becoming responsive and productive adults. Our program is proactive and preventative in nature and is committed to meeting the needs of ALL students.
Although working with students is the primary focus of the mission and philosophy; communicating, coordinating, and consulting with administrators, teachers, parents, and community agencies are integral to the work of our Guidance and Counseling Program.
While it is impossible to list all of the services provided by our school counseling department, the primary areas of service includes individual counseling, small group counseling, Directed Studies assistance, classroom guidance, academic counseling, college and career counseling.
Throughout the counselor’s work with students in each of the following areas, confidentiality is very important. Our school counselors keep information confidential unless disclosure is required to prevent clear and imminent danger to the student or others or when legal requirements demand that confidential information be revealed. Counselors will consult with appropriate professionals when in doubt as to the validity of these exceptions.
- Individual counseling is available to students upon request (from a student or parent/guardian) or from a referral from a teacher, coach, or administrator.
- The school counselor is available to assist students with a wide range of personal issues. The counselor is not there to make decisions for the student but can provide information which will help the student arrive at this or her own decisions.
- School counselors are available for parent conferences and referral resources as needed or upon request.
- Crisis intervention counseling, drug and alcohol abuse prevention information, education, and referrals are always available.
- Students in need of assistance should make an appointment with their assigned counselor.
Small Group, Advisory & Classroom Guidance
Topics May Include:
- Keeping students informed of their progress toward meeting graduation requirements
- Explaining GPA, class rank, scholarship potential
- Facilitating the understanding of self and careers in planning an academic program as it relates to promotion and graduation
- Providing information for students on career planning, college admissions, vocational training, military options, and world-to-work opportunities.
-Discussing student need for assistance on topics such as course rehabilitation, financial aid, and academic choices.
- Job skills training: interviewing, resume writing, time management, and decision making.
- Aiding students in the exploration and development of strategies to achieve future career goals with success and satisfaction through understanding of the relationships among personal qualities, education, training, and the world of work.
Individual & Small Group Sessions may also include Personal/Social Development Topics such as:
2 . decision-making
3. goal setting
4. study skills
5. test taking skills
6. attendance issues
9. self concept
10. peer pressure
11. social skills
12. conflict management
13. interpersonal relationships
14. bullying prevention
15. coping skills
16. stress reduction
18. anger management
- Course Selection
- Academic Requirement Review Sessions
- Course Placement
- Parent Information Evening Programs
- Courses and Summer Session
- Standardized Testing: Information, Administration, and Interpretation: Explore, PLAN, PSAT, ACT, SAT I, SAT II
College and Career Counseling
- Administration and interpretation of the EXPLORE, PLAN, and PSAT
- College information and Financial Aid Parent-Student Evening Programs
- Campus visits by representatives of universities and colleges
- Internet, print and video resources in the College Counseling Center
- Individual parent/student appointments available for college planning, decision-making, and application processes
- Assistance with creating an appropriate College Application list and with organizing the college application process
- Assistance with organizing application materials and meeting deadlines
- Workshops for writing college essays and preparing for interviews
- Letters of Recommendation and contact with University representatives as appropriate
- College Information News for parents and students through Naviance and on the SMMHS website