Counselor's Corner

 

GOOD HOPE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

 

 

Mrs. Susan Aulds, M.Ed., NCC, NCSC - students with last names A-L, grades 6, 7, and 8; contact information – 396-9693 or saulds@opsb.net

Mrs. Terri Tyson, M.Ed., NCC, NCSC - students with last names M-Z, grades 6, 7, and 8; contact information – 396-9693 or tyson@opsb.net

 As the school counselors, some of the things we assist in: 

-registering/dropping students

-scheduling/creating master schedule

-schedule changes

-setting up conferences

-classroom presentations, if needed

-individual counseling for students

-meeting with parents

-assisting with testing

-high school/career guidance

-hosting parent nights

-small group counseling, when time permits

-consultation/collaboration

-referrals for outside help

-SBLC (Student Building Level Committee)/504

-feeder school visits

-high school transition

-Colin Herbet Scholarship

-Student of the Year

-serving on IEP teams

-threat assessments

-Crisis Management

-Duke Talent Search

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It is our goal to promote a healthy, safe, positive learning environment for our students and our faculty.  We are here for YOU!  If there is ever anything we can do for you and/or your student, just ask!  Our belief is that our students need to be mentally healthy in order to learn!

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How do students go see their counselor? (Student Services)
1.  Ask your teacher for a counselor pass (yellow) and come down to the counselor's office.  It is BEST to come during your PE time or your elective class time.
2.  Stop by the counselors' offices between classes or during lunch and fill out an "appointment" sheet and put it in the counselor's black mailbox.  The counselor will call you down as soon as possible.
3.  Have a parent or teacher contact the counselor and request they call you down.

Why would you need to talk to a counselor at school?
1.  talk about personal problems/issues
2.  talk about family issues
3.  talk about grades, teachers, classes, etc.
4.  talk about anything you just need help with

Parents may contact the counselors to set up conferences with teachers.  The only way to meet with all teachers at the same time would be to meet before or after school. Otherwise, parents can meet with individual teachers during the teachers' planning periods.

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Life After Middle School - High School and Beyond

 

“Choose a career you’ll love and you’ll never have to work another day in your life!”

 

EXPLORE, PLAN, & ACT:

The American College Testing organization has created 3 tests/assessments given to students to help prepare them for high school, college, and career.

 

The EXPLORE test is given to all 9th grade students.  Sometimes, this test is given to 8th graders.  It is the first part of the ACT testing system.  It covers English, Math, Reading, and Science.  It is given in multiple choice format.  It also includes an interest inventory.  The results help determine “where you are” at that time in your educational life.  It shows your strengths and weaknesses in academics.  Putting your strengths with your interests can help you choose a career path.  It is designed to help students explore a wide range of options for their future.

 

The PLAN test is given to all 10th grade students.  It is the second part of the ACT testing system.  It is just like the EXPLORE test, but harder.  It is interesting to see how your academics and your interests may have changed since taking the EXPLORE test in 8th or 9th grade.

 

The ACT test is given to all high school students during or before their 12th grade year.  This test determines college admission, scholarship opportunities, and courses required in college.  Scores usually range from 15-30.  The higher the score, the greater the opportunities.  Students may take this test as many times as they want to trying to achieve a highest score.  This test can be taken several times to achieve the highest score possible.

 

TOPS – the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students – a program of state scholarships for Louisiana residents/students who plan to attend a Louisiana college or university (scholarship money available to graduation seniors if they agree to attend a Louisiana college or university).  TOPS is not always a “FOR SURE” thing!  Hopefully, TOPS will be around for a long time!

4 levels of TOPS:

Tech Award – ACT score of 17

Opportunity Award – ACT score of 20

Performance Award – ACT score of 23

Honors Award – ACT score of 27

How to qualify for TOPS:

-submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Assistance) application

-must be a US citizen

-must be a CORE 4 curriculum graduate with GPA of 2.5 or above

-an ACT score of 17 or above or an SAT score of 820 or above

 

TOPS CORE Curriculum – a curriculum in high school that consists of:

-4 years of English

-4 years of Math

-4 years of Science

-4 years of Social Studies/History

-2 years of Foreign Language

-1 year of Fine Arts

-a total of 19 units (credits)

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students in Louisiana can pursue two types of high school diploma, a College and Career Diploma or a Career Diploma. With a College and Career Diploma, students can opt for one of two courses of study – the more rigorous LA Core 4 or the Basic Core. Students can also earn an Academic Endorsement or a Career/Technical Endorsement.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT PLANNING GUIDEBOOK

  • Jump Start TOPS Tech (Career Diploma) Requirements
  • TOPS University Diploma Requirements

COURSE EQUIVALENTS, COURSE CODES, AND WEIGHTED GPA DESIGNATION

 Students with disabilities can also earn a Certificate of Achievement.

 

DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS

Subject

Credits For
LA Core 4

Credits For
Basic Core

Credits For Career Diploma

English

4

Math

4

Physical Education

1.5

Health

.5

Science

4

3

3

Social Studies

4

3

3

Foreign Language

2

-

-

Arts

1

-

-

Electives

3

8*

7**

Total

24

24

23

*Students who pursue a Basic Core course of study must complete six credits in career area of concentration.

**Students who pursue a Career Diploma must complete seven credits in career area of concentration.

 

 

SAT – Scholastic Aptitude Test – essay type test given to high school students usually required to attend out of state colleges or universities; can be used in place of the ACT

 

Interest Inventory/Interest Survey – designed to help you discover what jobs or careers you would find most interesting, can combine your interests with your academic strengths; results can suggest a number of options that will hopefully enable you to do what you love for a career; an interest inventory can assure you that you are on the right path before you invest time and money getting a college degree or pursuing an unsatisfactory career

 

Career Clusters – represent a distinct grouping of occupations and industries based on the knowledge and skills they require; there are 16 career clusters that are used nationally; created to help students of all ages explore different career options and better prepare them for college and career

1.  Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources

2.  Architecture & Construction

3.  Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications

4.  Business Management & Administration

5.  Education & Training

6.  Finance

7.  Government & Public Administration

8.  Health Science

9.  Hospitality & Tourism

10.  Human Services

11.  Information Technology

12.  Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Safety

13.  Manufacturing

14.  Marketing

15.  Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics

16.  Transportation, Distribution, & Logistics

 

Area of Concentration – the specific area within a career cluster

  *example:  cluster of Health Science; area of concentration – nursing

- all 8th grade students need to determine a career cluster and an area of concentration on their 5 year plan/IGP (Individual Growth Plan) before entering high school; this can be changed during high school, if necessary

 

5-year Plan/IGP – the Career Options Law, also known as Act 1124, was initiated in the 1998-1999 school year.  The Options Act states that by the end of 8th grade, each student will develop, with the input of his/her family, a Five Year Educational plan.  Such a plan will include a sequence of courses that fall under a career cluster.  The state has 16 career clusters for the students to choose from.  The Five Year plan for each student will be reviewed annually by the student, the parent, and the school counselor/advisor and revised annually.  IGP stands for Individual Growth Plan.  In 2010, the Louisiana Department of Education changed the name for the 5 Year Plan to IGP.

 

What is the difference between a college and a university?

College:

-just offers a collection of degrees in one specific area

-smaller campus

-offers 2 and 4 year degrees

University:

-is a collection of colleges (example:  college of business; college of education, etc.)

-larger campus

-offers 2 and 4 year degrees

*very little difference academically

 

4 year college/university:

-offer more degree choices

-more expensive

-larger campus

-offers bachelor’s and associate degrees

-offers 2 and 4 year programs of study

-offers athletics, clubs, groups, organizations, fraternities, sororities

-entrance requirements are very specific

 

2 year college/Community College/Technical or Vocational Schools/Colleges:

-offers only associate degrees

-2 year program of study

-smaller campus

-less expensive

-entrance requirements not as rigorous

 

Just decide what is best for you!  Do you want to be a big fish in a little pond or a little fish in a big pond!?

 

What can you do to earn scholarships?

1.  Keep grades up

2.  Become involved in sports

3.  Score high on the ACT/SAT

4.  Be active in your community – volunteer

5.  Get letters of recommendation

6.  Check around to see who all (businesses, groups, organizations) offers 

     scholarship money

7.  Use free scholarship search services online (ex. FastWeb)

8.  Set aside plenty of time to fill out scholarship applications; they often require 

     an essay; start early – know deadlines

 

Portfolio:  something (like a folder) that helps you keep track of events in your life, both past and present, that relate to your overall abilities; a great way to present your achievements, strengths, awards, test scores, grades, etc.; used to present your “best you!”

Resources for making career choices:

-parents

-teachers

-counselors

-videos/DVD’s

-books – Occupational Outlook Handbook

-websites – www.bls.gov/ooh; www.louisianaconnect.org; www.counseling.careers.org

-employers

-summer jobs

 

Steps towards making a career choice:

1.  Assess yourself – take interest inventories, personality tests, career tests

2.  Talk to counselors, teachers, parents

3.  Ask people what they could picture you doing as a career

4.  Make a list of careers to explore – use the 16 career clusters

5.  Explore the list you create – look at job descriptions (online), interview those

     professionals in a particular career; look into the potential of a particular 

     career

6.  Narrow your list

7.  Set goals

8.  Create a career action plan

9.  Train for your chosen career

10.  Seek a position in your career (create a resume, interview, continue education)

 

What is the difference between a job and a career?

A career is one’s progress through life; a profession or occupation; a life style; a vocation; it is satisfying over time; involves much planning and allows you to express your talents and skills for a lifetime.

 

A job is just something you do, a task, and get paid for doing it; employment; doesn’t have to involve a lot of planning and training; can be less satisfying over time.

 

In a job, one works to live, and in a career one lives to work!!

 

Not going to college????  What else can you do?

1.  learn a trade – apprenticeships – seek out a job that will allow you to “train on the job” – learn by experience (Ex.  work for a pool construction company, then eventually learn enough about it to open up your own company)

2.  get a job – this will help you transition from being in school into adulthood

3.  volunteer

4.  travel – explore the world

5.  join the military – there are many opportunities for training in many different

     fields

 

Other:

Dual Enrollment – allows qualifying high school juniors and seniors to actually enroll in college-level course at a local college/university/technical school and earn college credits while still in high school

 

AP (Advanced Placement) classes – courses that high school students can take at their high school to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma