MHS Counseling

February - 2021

Happy National School Counseling Week!

Feb. 22-26 we celebrate National School Counseling Week and is a great opportunity to remind our community about the work we do daily to support Madison students.

School Counselors provide students with academic, college/career and social/emotional development through our work in the classroom (when we're in-person!), in small groups and individually with students. We partner with families, teachers, administrators and support staff to help each student reach their goals.

Please continue to connect with us to partner in supporting your students!

Malaina Guzman - student last names A-F


Erin Hale - student last names G-Ja + AVID


Jerardo Marquez - student last names Jb-Ph


Brandon Rawls - student last names Pi-Z


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SUN Tutoring

Virtual tutoring will begin on February 1st.

Tutoring hours are between 3 and 6 PM, Monday - Thursday.

Students will be able to request tutoring appointments online. For each request, the student will be matched with a tutor for a one-time appointment through Google Meet. Students can request as many appointments as needed, but appointments will only be granted by request (not on a recurring basis).

Students who want to access free virtual tutoring should submit the Tutoring Request Form.

Night School Registration

Portland Evening Scholars Spring term registration will begin Tuesday, February 2nd.

Students needing the credit recover a class or who are interested in improving their GPA should connect with their counselor to sign up.

Classes are free, distance-learning model & occur 1 evening/week for each class.

Classes will run from Feb. 22 - May 27.

Forecasting Continues!

Counselors will be inviting students to schedule an individual meeting with them to review their course plans for next year.

10th grade - Feb. 4 - 11

11th grade - Feb. 16 - 23

9th grade - Feb. 25 - Mar. 4

Reminder - parents & students can view the course choices made for next year through "Course Requests" in Parent or StudentVUE.



Applying to college can seem daunting, and the prospect of paying for it can seem even more overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges.

To learn more info or apply, check-out their website.

Applications due March 24, 2021.

Historically Black Colleges & Universities Virtual College Tours

In celebration of Black History Month, The College Place is hosting an HBCU Virtual College Tour Series! Throughout the month of February, they will feature virtual tours of over 30 Historically Black Colleges and Universities on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 PST

Interested students should sign up through their MaiaLearning account under university visits.

Scholarship Writing Workshop

The Portland Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in partnership with Black United Fund of Oregon is offering a scholarship writing workshop on February 13. This virtual learning event will help students develop their personal statement that can be used for various scholarship applications. The cost is $25 & they do have a few scholarships available.

In addition to the scholarship support they have also added:

  • a laptop drawing for all students who register and attend the full workshop (on time and there until the end)
  • a panel discussion with Portland Area professionals
Register HERE for the event.

PCC Preview Day

February 17, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Is your student thinking about attending PCC? Students should plan on joining them for a virtual preview day to see if it's right for them.
  • Learn the "whats, whens & hows" of attending PCC
  • Hear about their degrees, scholarships & more
  • Meet with PCC faculty & staff
Register HERE.

Future Connect

Is your Senior considering PCC for next year?

Future Connect is a scholarship and support program for students who identify as first-generation or low-income. They focus on eliminating barriers to college, and provide students with on-going support throughout their time at PCC.

Through scholarship money, career guidance, and personalized advising, Future Connect helps students build pathways to their futures.

Priority deadline for application is March 1.

Interested students should start their application HERE.

Mattress Lot Dream Big Scholarship

$8,000 Scholarship - New Deadline April 30

This is a merit-based scholarship available to one (1) graduating senior who plans to enroll in an accredited 4- year university in Fall 2021. Students from these PPS East Side schools are invited to apply: Grant, Madison, Franklin, Cleveland, Jefferson and Roosevelt.

In order to qualify for this scholarship, you must meet the following criteria: •

  • Graduate from high school in June 2021
  • Plan to attend an accredited 4-year college/university in the USA (Fall 2021).
  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5
Applications for this scholarship will be reviewed by faculty members from each high school

Find more information here.


Career Exploration Opportunities

All links below are live Google Meets that the student should join at the scheduled meeting time.


Mental Health Support

Students needing mental health support during these challenging times can receive support virtually.

Multnomah County's Student Health Center continues to provide counseling services through virtual & phone appointments. If you want to help your student get connected, reach out to their school counselor for a referral.

Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

A district-wide support group for any Black/African American student in PPS is forming. This will be a safe affinity space for Black students to process & unpack the trauma & grief that they may be dealing with as a result of police brutality, opposition to the BLM movement, seeing fellow black people lose their lives without consequence, the pandemic, etc.

For more info contact Maurice Phillips or Jonicia Shelton

Students can register through this FORM.

Native/Indigenous Student Group

A district-wide weekly meeting of Native/Indigenous students happens every Tuesday @ lunch 11:55-12:45. They will be incorporating traditional teachings of health, wellness, well being & stress reduction.

This is a collaboration between PPS, Indian Education, NAYA & NARA.

Please encourage your student to attend via Google Meet Nickname - PPS Native Students