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Counselor's Presentation February 23, 2011

Counselor's Presentation February 23, 2011



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    • Welcome to High School:
    • Meeting the
    • Changes and Challenges
    • Introduction to counselors
    • Grade-level information
    • High school counseling
    • Changes and Challenges
    • How can I help my child transition to high school?
  • Counseling Assignments counselor family last name Patrick Stenger A-Ha Cynthia Nordmeyer He-Lit Jennifer Melton Liu-S Kristi Cooper T-Z
    • Counselors will stay with students throughout HS until student or counselor leaves
    • Counselors will serve siblings
  • SAS Pudong High School grade # students 2010-11 # students 2011-12(projected) 9 145 133 10 160 130 11 130 153 12 115 123
    • “ Secondary school counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population.”
    • - from the website of ASCA (American School Counselor Association)
    What is the role of the high school counselor...
    • social and emotional well-being
    • academic goals
    • college and career goals
    ...helping students feel successful about themselves and school
    • build self-esteem , identity , and autonomy
    • learn strategies and skills to make good choices (academic, social, emotional, college/career)
    • create and maintain healthy relationships
    Counselors help students...
  • How do we do this?
    • Guidance Curriculum : delivered to students in grade-level meetings, Flex classes, individual or family meetings (as needed)
    • Individual Student Planning : help students develop personal and academic goals, and future plans
    • Responsive Services : meeting individual student needs that require counseling, referral, information, or intervention
    • Systems Support : support from administration and teachers (team approach)
    • “ Perhaps the only thing more difficult than being a teenager is parenting one”
    • A time of great development: physically, socially, emotionally, cognitively
    Challenges and Changes
    • Trying to understand who they are or who they are trying to be
    • Peer group is the strongest influence
    • Increased pressure from peers regarding risky behaviors: alcohol, drugs, sex
    • Exploration of boundaries in relationships and behavior
    Social Development
    • ‘ Roller Coaster Ride’ of hormones and mood swings. Often one heartbeat away from laughter or tears.
    • Students are evaluating themselves and trying to understand who they are.
    • With change comes uncertainty.
    Emotional Development
    • In tune with technology (digital natives)
    • Respond well to cooperative learning, academic variety
    • Increase in cognitive and reasoning ability
    • Critical thinking and writing skills are emphasized across the HS curriculum
    Cognitive Development
    • Listen to what your child has to say and offer your support.
    • Stay connected and communicate. Spend time together.
    • Establish (together with your child) clear rules, specific expectations, and consequences. This sets a tone of respect, trust, and fairness. Review them regularly.
    • Respect your teen’s privacy – e.g., knock before entering his/her room!
    How can I help with the transition to high school?
    • Understand your child is transitioning from childhood (needy, dependent) to adulthood (freedom, trust, responsibility)
    • Be a parent first, not a pal. Boundaries are important -- model them.
    • Stay in touch with teachers and counselors and know what is going on at school through the teacher and high school blogs.
    • Help monitor sleep (average of 9 hours), diet, and exercise
    More advice on helping your teen
  • Teenagers are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world, who are probably not so sure themselves.
  • Congratulations…
    • In six months, you will be the parent of a high school student!
    • First, some vocabulary:
    Freshmen Grade 9 Sophomores Grade 10 Juniors Grade 11 Seniors Grade 12
    • IB = International Baccalaureate
      • a two-year rigorous academic program offered to Juniors and Seniors
    • AP = Advanced Placement
      • college-level courses offered to high school students
    • Both are strong college-preparatory programs but not of immediate concern for Grade 9 students.
    IB and AP
  • What does a HS day look like? Day A (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) Day B (1B, 2B, 3B, 4B) Homeroom: 8:05 – 8:20 Homeroom: 8:05 – 8:20 Block – 80 minutes Block – 80 minutes Break - 20 minutes Break - 20 minutes Block – 80 minutes Block – 80 minutes Block – 80 minutes Block – 80 minutes Lunch – 55 minutes Lunch – 55 minutes Block – 80 minutes Block – 80 minutes
    • English 9
    • Lab Science
    • Asian History 9
    • Math : per 8 th grade teacher recommendation and placement test
    • Physical Education/Health 9
    Required subjects for grade 9
    • French – per 8 th grade teacher recommendation
    • Spanish – per 8 th grade teacher recommendation
    • Chinese – per 8 th grade teacher recommendation
    • ESOL – per testing and MS ESOL teacher recommendation
    Foreign Languages:
    • Art Foundations
    • Introduction to Drama
    • Band Intermediate
    • Orchestra Intermediate
    • Choir Intermediate
    • Dance 1
    Fine/Performing Arts Electives:
    • counselor meetings/ Naviance
    • time to meet with teachers
    • Supervised Study Flex
    • ESOL Flex
    • productive study time
    Students have 7 academic blocks -- the 8 th block is FLEX
  • SAS High School Graduation Requirements Graduation Requirements Subject Credit English 4 Math 3 Science 3 Social Studies 3 Foreign Language 2 PE/Health 2 Fine/Performing Arts 2 Electives 5 TOTAL 24
    • Ask your child for the course selection sheet he/she will receive on Friday, March 4th
    • Check out the course description catalog at the high school blog at
    • Contact your child’s counselor for questions
    • Discuss course choices with your child
    • Submit the selection sheet by March 16th to student’s advisory teacher: first come, first served
    What can YOU do now?
    • Keep up on high school news by checking the Dr. Borden’s high school blog at:
    • course signup info session for 8th graders on March 3rd in advisory
    • meeting with HS counselors on Friday, March 4th about course selection
    • A Day in the Life of a High School Student: Nuts and Bolts
    What do WE do now?