COUNSELING CORNER

AUGUST 2022

WELCOME BACK COLTS!

We are so excited to start this new school year with you!

There are so many exciting things happening on campus please make sure

you explore our website to stay informed.

https://www.cusd80.com/cchs

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DEPARTMENT UPDATES

NEED TO SEE YOUR COUNSELOR?

Use our QR code below. These codes are posted all around campus. When you scan the code, an email is sent directly to your counselor and Mrs. W. It is the fastest way to let your counselor know you need to see them.


If you need to report a crisis or safety concern, see Mrs. W. immediately in the front office.


PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE REQUESTS ARE ONLY MONITORED DURING NORMAL SCHOOL HOURS.

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SCHEDULE CHANGES ARE COMPLETE!

The last day for schedule changes was July 29th.


If a student feels they need to level down in a course, they can request this at quarter 1 progress report. Only changes in levels will be considered during that time.

MEET YOUR COUNSELING TEAM

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UPDATES FROM THE HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS

HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELORS

Hailey Tyler (A-DAV) tyler.hailey@cusd80.com

Ann Pierson (DAW-HOG) pierson.ann@cusd80.com

Rachel O'Brien (Hoh-Mik) obrien.rachel@cusd80.com

Carrie Shropshire (Mil-Sch) shropshire.carrie@cusd80.com

Counselor (Sci-Z)

ICYMI Senior Information Night was Aug. 4th

Seniors this is your year!!

In case you missed the Senior Information Night please use the following link to view the presentation - https://www.cusd80.com/cms/lib/AZ01001175/Centricity/Domain/9714/Senior%20Presentation%20class%20of%202023.pdf

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PSAT TESTING

PSAT / NMSQT REGISTRATION OPENED 8/5 FOR 11TH GRADE ONLY

Starting August 25th registration opens for Sophomores and Freshmen



1. What date & time will the test be administered?

On Tuesday, October 25, 2022, we will be offering the PSAT NMSQT at Casteel.


2. Where will the test be administered?

At Casteel High School from 7:35 am – 12:00 pm


3. Who is eligible to take the PSAT NMSQT?

Casteel offers 400 testing spots for current 9th,10th & 11th graders (priority is given to 11th

graders).



TO REGISTER FOR THE PSAT - https://user.totalregistration.net/PSAT/030820.

DUAL ENROLLMENT

Registration dates & deadline:

August 1, 2022 - Dual Enrollment Registration Opens

August 31, 2022 - Tuition Assistance Grant Application deadline

September 12, 2022 - Registration deadline for fall and year-long classes

February 6, 2023 - Registration deadline for spring classes

Registration fees:

$85.00 credit, with a $15.00 registration fee per semester


Payments can be made online at my.mariopa.edu, over the phone at 480-732-7312 or in person at the Chandler Gilbert Community College, Coyote Center.

Tuition Assistance:

Tuition assistance is a Maricopa Community Colleges Grant program available for students based on financial need. Funding is limited and awarded on a first-come first served basis, so applicants are encouraged to apply early. At the end of each school year, applications will become available for the upcoming school year and must be submitted by August 31st for consideration. For more information regarding Tuition Assistance, please visit Chandler Gilbert Community College website.

COUNTDOWN TO GRADUATION

This will help keep you on track as you prepare for GRADUATION!

COUNTDOWN TO COLLEGE TIMELINE

This will help keep you on track as you prepare for your next phase in life - COLLEGE

UPDATES FROM THE JUNIOR HIGH COUNSELORS

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Junior High Counselors

Liz Glascom (A-Ki) glascom.elizabeth@cusd80.com

Christy Cunico (Kl-Z) cunico.christy@cusd80.com

TRANSITION TO JUNIOR HIGH

Welcome to Junior High!!


We know that your transition from Elementary School to Junior High School is a big change! You're learning how to navigate a new way of life; new buildings, people, classes, and expectations. It can be easy to become overwhelmed. Follow the list of things below that will help your transition into Junior High.


1. Get to know Casteel's campus and rules.

2. Expect more homework.

3. Find an organization plan that works for you.

4. Join clubs and make new friends.

5. Make sure you are sleeping and eating breakfast.

6. When in doubt, ask!

Got WEB?

Casteel is proud to announce that we have brought WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) to Junior High. This is an inclusive program which welcomes new incoming 7th graders to Casteel. During orientation 7th graders had the opportunity to meet and make connections with other 7th graders and 8th grade leaders. This gave students a chance to start the school year with a great support network. They learned about their school in an interactive, positive environment with other student leaders. 8th grade leaders were trained last year and over the summer to participate in this wonderful program.

MENTORING PROGRAM

Junior High is gearing up to kick start our Peer Mentoring Program for this school year. This program is designed to give extra support to our Junior High students. Students meet with high school mentors one day a week during conference time. Counselors are currently accepting students into the program. Please see your Junior High counselor if you are interested in the extra support. If you are a High School student interested in mentoring please reach out to Ms. Glascom. Glascom.elizabeth@cusd80.com

MATH TUTORING SCHEDULE

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UPDATE FROM THE COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER

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Welcome back Casteel Colts!


After what felt like a very short summer, the College and Career Center is up and running and already very busy. I am very excited to be working with our seniors as they plan for life after Casteel High. It will be a very exciting year and I look forward to every aspect. Please reach out with any questions you may have, I’m happy to help.

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS AND DEADLINES:

Aug 10 5:00pm-7:00pm Dual Enrollment Open Lab, Career Center

Aug 22-26 7:30-2:25pm College Week (College Visits and Various Activities)

Aug 24 5:00pm-7:00pm Dual Enrollment Open Lab, Career Center

Sept 22 6:00-8:00pm CUSD College Fair, Chandler Center for the Arts

Oct 26 5:00pm FAFSA ID Open Lab, Career Center

Oct 26 6:00 pm Casteel Financial Aid Night, PAC

Nov 2 5:00pm-7:00pm FAFSA Open Lab Night, Career Center


College Presentations will be held in the Career Center during conference time (Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am-10:00am). Students can stop by the Career Center and sign up to receive a pass to attend.


Interested in taking the SAT/ACT Test? Please click here https://www.cusd80.com/Page/104062 for more information.

5.5 COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS

Congratulations to all our students who earned the Casteel 5.5 Community Service awards for the 2021-22 school year! Please be sure to log your hours here for the 2022-23 school year.

Freshmen Class may now sign up for Chandler Education Foundation IMPACT Scholarship. Full details listed here. https://www.chandleredfoundation.org/what-we-do/invest-in-students/impact-program.html

Class of 2023! If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for the Senior Google Classroom, code is: bh4dnud

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarship opportunities will continue to roll in throughout the school year. We will advertise local scholarships and their application details as they come. Please check here https://www.cusd80.com/domain/7416 to begin your search.

TESTING INFORMATION ~

SAT/ACT Testing information can be found here. https://www.cusd80.com/domain/10201


2022 – 2023 SAT Testing Dates


August 27, 2022

October 1, 2022

November 5, 2022

December 3, 2022

March 11, 2023

May 6, 2023

June 3, 2023


Please see the College board website for registration deadline dates - https://www.collegeboard.org/

UPDATES FROM MRS. WILLIAMS OUR SOCIAL WORKER

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WELCOME BACK!

Welcome to a new school year, Colts! I am so excited to be a Colt and look forward to meeting you. I hope our Casteel families had a great summer. The transition back to school after summer break can be tough and come with a variety of emotions. My role at Casteel is to support our student to help them maintain positive mental health. I truly enjoy meeting with our students and helping them through some of their hardest moments. I am looking forward to a great school year!


NEED TO MEET WITH MRS. WILLIAMS?

Students who need emotional and mental health support can request to see me by scanning the QR code posted in various locations throughout the school, or by filling out a pass in the counseling offices (front office and J Building). As always, parents can contact me at williams.hope@cusd80.com if they need resources or support for their student's mental health.


WEBINARS AND RESOURCES FOR PARENTS:

Please check out the social work webpage on the Casteel website to find resources for students and parents. I will keep this webpage updated throughout the year with resources, so be sure to check back often. You can access the webpage here: https://www.cusd80.com/domain/11225



LOOKING FORWARD:

The Counseling Department will be working on forming support groups for students in the coming months.

MINDFULLNESS ROOM

Hello Casteel community! This year we will be starting a mindfulness room. Mindfulness is the practice of being fully in the present moment utilizing all five senses and research shows that it is effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. The mindfulness room will be a calming environment that students can utilize when they are experiencing emotions or feelings that are interfering with their ability to perform at their full academic potential. We are asking for donations to assist with completing this room. Please keep an eye out for more information on how to donate, in Mr. Phillips’ Round Up.

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Hope Williams - williams.hope@cusd80.com
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Mrs. Williams our Social Worker

Mrs. Williams was born in Arizona and raised in New Mexico. She obtained her Bachelor of Social Work from Arizona State University in 2017. She started her career in social work by working in child welfare for four years. In 2022, she obtained her Master of Social Work from Arizona State University, during which time she interned with a community mental health agency providing therapy to children and adolescents. Mrs. Williams is excited to join the Casteel team!

OUR DEPARTMENT MISSION

The mission of the Casteel High School Counseling Department is to provide all students with a comprehensive school counseling program that develops young adults to challenge their limits academically and socially, to put service for others above service of self, and to positively impact their family, school and community through their continued growth in academic, career and personal/social domains. The counseling department examines achievement, discipline and attendance data to ensure access and equitable opportunities for academic rigor, leadership, and college/career planning for all students to excel in college, career and life.