Grafton High School Counseling News

Information from the GHS Counseling Dept. December 2020

The Class of 2021 is Making Plans

The college application season is well underway for many seniors at GHS! Seniors have been meeting with school counselors to review the application process and answer questions. Students are encouraged to be mindful of application deadlines and to request supporting documents two weeks prior to the application deadline.

Let Mrs. Rieck know when you want your post-secondary plans put on the Class of 2021 wall!

College Admissions Program-January 7

All GHS students and families are invited to attend a Virtual College Admissions Program on January 7, 7-7:30 PM. GHS is hosting a technical college, public four-year and private four-year admission representatives to explain the admissions process for each of their type of schools. All GHS families will be receiving an email with the Zoom link.

2021-2022 Scheduling

Believe it or not, it's time to start talking about selecting courses for next school year! Students will be meeting during BHT in homerooms on the following dates to learn about new course offerings, the scheduling process and important dates:

Freshmen-January 26

Sophomores-January 28

Juniors-January 29

The 2021-2022 Academic & Career Planning Course Guide will be available on the GHS Counseling website in January so students can begin to plan courses that work with their Academic and Career Plan.

Virtual Career Fest Series-Nursing Careers-January 27, 2021

The previously scheduled virtual session on Nursing Careers has been reschedule for January 27, 6:30-7:30. All students in grades 9-12 who interested in exploring the many nursing careers are invited to attend! Students must register prior to the event.
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MATC Virtual Open House Dec. 15 & 16

MATC is hosting a virtual open house December 15 and 16. Click here for more information.
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Mindful Minute Activity

The quality of our breathing tells us a lot about where our headspace is at. Chances are, if you're feeling a bit anxious, your breath may feel short, shallow, or constrained. So one simple way to relieve stress is to practice deep breathing through the diaphragm.

Taking long, deep breaths when feeling cluttered, distracted, or ungrounded begins to relax the nervous system and draws the attention to the present moment.

If you're new to deep breathing exercises, try the four count method. Breathe in for four seconds, then breathe out for four seconds. Repeat this five times.

-adapted from NYC-based meditation instructor Kirat Randhawa.

Seniors: Financial Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA opened on October 1st. Each college can set their own priority deadline- if you haven't yet, be sure to complete the FAFSA ASAP and prior to the first priority deadline. If you need help completing the FAFSA- check out the opportunities for College Goal WI or the GHS Financial Aid Fall 2020 presentation.

The website from Sallie Mae has great resources from the basics to more detailed info about the various methods to help afford college. A great video series is also available.

Junior State ACT Test March 9

All juniors will be taking the statewide ACT exam on March 9. New this year, students will have the option of taking the test either on-line or traditional pen and paper. Please discuss with your student as to which format might be best for him/her. Both testing options will take place in-person at GHS.

Grafton High School is committed to providing all Juniors with opportunities to prepare for the ACT. Students have been setting ACT goals and organizing a prep plan in their Communication Arts classes.

ACT test prep options available through GHS include:

Method Test Prep: Free -online ACT test prep is available to all students.

Wisconsin Test Prep: ( on-site ACT test prep class). Instructor is a GHS teacher. Starts in January for 6 weeks. Brochures are available in the counseling office

● Additional test preparation resources are available online at the counseling website under the Testing Information page

All junior parents received an email with the Junior Parent ACT Information Session which included an ACT informational video and ACT presentation slides . We hope this information will help you support your junior through this important step toward postsecondary readiness.

Details about the March 9 test will sent to all juniors and families.

Virtual College Fairs

Students and parents are invited to connect with colleges virtually. Below are a few specific college virtual tour sites.

Wisconsin Education Fairs

Christian College Fair

National College Fair

WCTC Virtual Visits Registration

O*Net: Research career clusters, specific careers and even take a skills test on this great resource for those looking to explore careers.

Here is a list from the GHS Counseling website with many options.


REDgen stands for resiliency(R), education(E), and determined(D) to make a difference in the health of a new generation (gen). This organization was founded by parents, educators and community leaders who are "dedicated to advocating for the mental health and well being of all youth." Visit REDgen's website for a calendar of events they sponsor throughout the greater Milwaukee area. New this year, GHS has a REDgen school chapter and all students are invited to part of this group. REDgen will be planning activities for our school community to help improve mental fitness and resiliency. See Mrs. Lori (school psychologist) or Mr. Johnson (school counselor) for more information.

Selective Service

All males are required to register with the selective service when they reach the age of 18. Students can register at the Selective Service website.

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Grafton High School Counseling Department

The GHS Counseling Department wishes all GHS families a happy and safe winter break!

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GHS Counseling Staff

Greg Johnson (A-G, V-Z)

Director of School Counseling


Megan Greischar (R-U)

School Counselor


Rosalyn Isbell (H-Q)

School Counselor


Kelly Rieck

Counseling Office Registrar