Dear Freshmen Parents/Guardians:
Welcome class of 2017! The counselors are excited to help your child begin his/her first steps toward a successful high school career, so that he/she will be able to actively participate in school activities, take on leadership roles and reach his/her academic goals. Successful students tend to work in study groups, write in their Tiger Guide, and organize their time successfully to fulfill long-term assignments. With block scheduling, students agree that the key to success is completing assignments the same day the class meets, not waiting until the night before the assignment is due. Please encourage your child to continue to use these techniques to attain academic success.
Earlier this month, the counselors, along with the administrators visited with 9th grade students to introduce your child to SPHS. Topics such as how to contact your counselor, 9th grade study hall benefits, as well as how to get to know your counselor were discussed. Ms. Anderson, Mr. Dunn and Ms. Merritt all explained their many job duties at the high school and encouraged students to join clubs, seek support for academics and make the next four years memorable!
Students can access their counselor by walking in during brunch and lunch as well as making an appointment for concerns that may need a longer period of time. Email is another resource tool to contact your child’s counselor. Pertinent information is also on our school website under the tab counseling at sphs.spusd.net.
In December, the counselors will be visiting the 9th grade Study Halls to introduce them to Naviance, a web-based resource that streamlines the college and career planning and advising system for our students. By actively engaging students and parents, counselors work together in guiding families to make timely and relevant educational decisions. Each of our students will create a personalized success plan that connects their learning to meaningful personal goals. They will also have the ability to research post-secondary and career opportunities, track the college application from start to finish, and learn about scholarships and financial aid. Parents will be given the opportunity to register for Naviance accounts that can be accessed from any computer location at any time of day to view your child’s college/career/guidance activities information after the introduction with the students. Many key pieces of information will be emailed through Naviance in the next four years so please let us know if your email changes.
The counselors are here to support your child and you throughout his/her high school years working collaboratively to help each student reach their true academic goals and aspirations.
Ms. Cazares, Ms. Garcia, Ms. Ishimaru, Ms. Jarrous and Ms. Long
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The Counseling Staff of SPHS