February Counseling Newsletter

Hazel Park High School

Beaumont Saturday Series

Oakland Schools and William Beaumont Hospitals​ have partnered to offer high school students opportunities to l​​earn about emerging health care careers. Two session of the series are offerend annually, fall and spring.

Program Information

  • ​Eligibility: 10th - 12th grade students living in or attending high school in Oakland county that have complete Biology and Algebra 1
  • Cost: $25 (Refund Policy: Email notice of cancellation my be recieved 7 business days prior to the event.)
  • Lunch: Students will need to bring a bag lunch with them as food is not available for purchase at all location
  • Attire: Students should wear business casual attire unless otherwise noted in session descrIption.

Session Descriptions

  • ​Imaging Technology: Investigate what "Imaging Professions" means. With the use of computers, light boxes, and medical equipment, students will explore different imaging professions and their diagnositc and treatment purposes. FEBRUARY 27.
  • Pharmacy: What role does a pharmacist play in a hospital? Come learn more about this while getting a tour of the hospital facility. MARCH 19.
  • Occupational and Physical Therapies: Explore athletic and balance training, industrial rehabilitation, and vision rehabilitation through a full body work shop. (Please wear work out clothing.) APRIL 16.
  • Laboratory: Explore the modern medical laboratory disciplines of urinalysis, toxicology, phlebotomy, and tissue analysis through video and hands-on activities. APRIL 23.
  • Nursing: Spend the day with experienced Registered Nurses exploring every aspect of their fast paced world. APRIL 30.
  • Surgical Services: Work side by side with Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists and Registered Nurses with the Human Simulators in our Mock Operating Rooms in our Surgical Learning Center to learn about preoperatove nursing and surgical technologies. MAY 7.



Ferris State University


Admissions Criteria

Minimum GPA: 2.5 Minimum ACT: 17

*Ferris State University offers a conditional admittance if your ACT and/or GPA does not meet this criteria. See your counselor to learn more.



Ferris State University offers more than 180 educational programs - including doctorates, master's, bachelor's and associate degrees - are offered through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Services, Engineering Technology, Health Professions, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Kendall College of Art and Design. http://www.ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/homepage.htm


Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology EEET

Electronics, automation, and computers are the lifeblood of today's high tech societies. The Bachelor of Science in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology (BS EET) program graduates professionals that develop, design, apply, manage and direct the future of these technologies.

Graduates are prepared for careers in Industrial Automation and Controls, Digital and Embedded Systems Design, Instrumentation, Programming, or Control Networks. Our graduates often obtain positions with titles such as Control System Integrator, Product Designer, Embedded Systems Developer, Control and Network Specialist, Technical Sales Specialist, Electrical/Electronics Product Specialist, etc.

The Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology boasts a history of excellent placement, high starting salaries, and graduates enjoying very successful careers. The program has strong support from several corporations influential in these fields and is accredited through ETAC-ABET.


College Cash Campain

I know that the focus last month for seniors was also FAFSA but it is that time of year! You've applied to college, acceptance letters are coming in the mail, and now it is time to figure out how to pay for college. Your first step is completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Ms. Thomas held a FAFSA Parent Night on January 19 to help you through the process. As a follow up Hazel Park High School will be offering FAFSA Drop-In dates to help students and parents complete the FAFSA.

Saturday, February 6: 10:00am - noon and 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Monday, February 8: 6:00 - 8:00pm

Tuesday, February 23: During school hours (1st, 2nd, 4th, and 6th hours)

We will be doing raffles throughout the month for students that bring proof of completing your FAFSA to Ms. Thomas. Make sure you forward her your email confirmation or bring her in a printed copy.

The priority deadline for the FAFSA is MARCH 1!

How to Fill Out the FAFSA


Winter College Planning Timeline

Stay involved, organize college lists, and prepare for standardized tests

Stay involved with extracurricular activities.
Colleges look for consistency and depth in the non-academic activities you pursue. Taking on leadership roles and making a commitment to the same groups are more important than trying out tons of new activities each year.

Organize your college information.
Set up a filing system with individual folders for each college’s correspondence and printed materials. This will make it easier to locate the specific information you’re looking for.

Begin narrowing down your college choices.
Make sure you have all the information you need about the colleges you’re interested in (entrance requirements, tuition, room and board costs, course offerings, student activities, financial aid, etc.). Then begin comparing the schools by the factors that are most important to you and rank your choices.

Prepare for standardized tests.
Find out if the colleges you are interested in require the SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests. Register to take the tests you need; most juniors take them in the winter or spring. You can take them again in the fall of your senior year if you’re unhappy with your scores.

Talk to your family.
Have a discussion about the colleges you’re interested in. Your family can learn about what you want to pursue and you can hear any concerns or suggestions they might have.

Learn more about financial aid.
Examine your family’s financial resources and gather information about financial aid from the schools you’re interested in. High-school sponsored financial aid nights, college financial aid counselors, and advice articles are also good sources of information.

ACT Fee Waivers

If you are interested in taking or retaking the ACT please sign up to see your counselor. A limited number of fee waivers are available for juniors and seniors. All juniors will take the SAT for free in April though it is still recommended that students take the ACT as well.

You can register to take the ACT at www.actstudent.org.

If you are planning to take the ACT please see Mrs. Gohl in the counseling office for an ACT Prep Guide.

Dual Enrollment

Check out the HPHS Dual Enrollment Site

Dual Enrollment is an opportunity for High School students to take college classes for free!

The main qualifier for students to be able to take Dual Enrollment courses is test scores: ACT, SAT, or COMPASS.

Visit the website above for more information or speak to your counselor.

Dual Enrollment registration for Fall 2016 will begin in the Spring.


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Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts

The 2016-17 Application is now available - pick up your application in the counseling office today. Seats are on a first come, first serve basis.

CASA is one of a kind! The concept, the courses and the diversity make the CASA experience truly exceptional.

CASA is a seven-school consortium. Students from Berkley, Clawson, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Lamphere, Madison, and Oak Park High Schools attend CASA in the afternoon.

CASA courses are both challenging and rewarding. Students elect to take two 55-minute courses designed to engage students in higher levels of thinking. Please see the Classes & Staff link for course times.

CASA currently offers 14 Advanced Placement courses. Students intending to pursue post-secondary education are encouraged to participate. Students taking Advanced Placement exams may earn college credit upon successful completion of the exam.

Advanced courses include two world languages, philosophy, interpretive literature, world history, astronomy, and genetics, just to name a few.

Fine Arts courses, such as dance, acting, stage design, and art, allow students to expand their talents. Students are able to engage in competition, both local and regional, for possible scholarships. A complete listing and description of the 2016-2017 courses offered at CASA can be found here, along with a copy of the welcome letter to parents and students here.


Your high school transcript has officially begun

Now that 1st semester grades have posted you officially have a high school transcript. Every semester grade you earn will now be placed on your transcript and gets averaged together throughout your four years in high school. Hopefully you passed all of your classes but if something happened and you failed any classes it is important to update your graduation plan to make sure you are still on track to graduate in 2019.

9th and 10th grade are very important years. We hope that you are able to get as many graduation requirements out of the way the first 2 years so that your options are wide open 11th and 12th grade. Some opportunities include OSTC (Oakland Schools Technical Campus) and CASA (Center for Advanced Studies and the Arts). Another opportunity available to students in high school is Dual Enrollment. Check out the post in this newsletter for more information about Dual Enrollment.

Credit Recovery information is available through your counselor and Summer School information will be available in the coming months.

Upcoming Dates

February 1: CASA Application Opens

February 6: FAFSA Drop-in Saturday

February 8: FAFSA Drop-in Night

February 23: FAFSA Drop-in School Day

Feb 29 - Mar 4: Career Cruising/EDP's

March TBD: Scheduling Presentations

March 24: P/T Conferences

March 30: OSTC Application Deadline

April 12: SAT (11th Grade) and PSAT 9 (9th Grade)

April 13: WorkKeys (11th Grade) and PSAT 10 (10th Grade)

April 14: M-Step (11th Grade)