Grafton High School Counseling News

Information from the GHS Counseling Dept. February 2021

College Decisions

Many students in the class of 2021 have applied to at least one college for next fall and are beginning to make college decisions. When those college acceptance letters start coming in, be sure to share the good news with your School Counselor! If you are planning to apply to college and have not yet, see your counselor. Seniors are asked to indicate in Naviance their college decisions and to also see Mrs. Rieck in the counseling office to get a banner placed on the Class of 2021 wall across from the counseling office! Seniors usually have until May 1st to make college decisions.


If your student needs a mid-year transcript sent to any colleges, please have them contact

Mrs. Rieck.

2021-2022 Scheduling

All students in grades 9-11 began the scheduling process for the 2021-2022 school year and received information in homerooms during the week of January 26.


Students are encouraged to talk with teachers and parents/guardians, refer to their four-year plan in Naviance and read the GHS Academic & Career Planning Course Guide to make informed decisions. Student course requests need to be entered in Skyward by February 12th. Please contact your school counselor with any questions. Click here for the scheduling video students viewed in their homeroom.


The GHS School Counselors recently shared academic and career planning information with students and families of current 9 and 10 grade students. The presentations can be found below.

Freshmen Parent Information Presentation

Sophomore Parent Information Presentation

National Association of College Admission Counselors Virtual College Fairs

NACAC’s is hosting a series of virtual college fairs which are designed to help students connect with college admissions officers and ask important questions about the application process. These sessions support all students, including seniors who have not yet applied. Students can prepare ahead of time by tagging the Zoom sessions they want to attend. Find more details including dates here.

Virtual Career Experiences

The Northeastern WI Area Health Education Center is hosting a series of Virtual Healthcare Career Experiences. Click on this link to view the events!

Wisconsin Education Fairs

Modeled after the successful National College Fairs, WEF events allow high school students, adults and transfer students to obtain information from approximately 150 different post-secondary institutions, including reps from Wisconsin and out-of-state colleges and universities,

vocational schools, trade schools, and the military.


Wisconsin Education Fairs

Wednesday, February 10 • 3–6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 10 • 3–6 p.m.

Sunday, April 11 • 3–6 p.m.


Create your account or log in to update your existing registration, HERE

College Board Big Future Days

College Board is hosting virtual events for high school students to connect directly with college admissions representatives and take action on the most important steps for college. To find out more information, click here.

What's Your Future Career" February 4

The Grafton School District has designated February 4th as "What's Your Future Career" night. Families are encouraged to have a discussion using the questions found here as a guide.

Senate Scholar Program

The Wisconsin State Senate is offering the opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to be a part of the Senate Scholar program. One student from each of the 33 Senate Districts will participate in the program, which will be held virtually this year. More information can be found here. Applications are due February 8.

Scholarships

Students and families should never pay for a scholarship search. There are great search tools available for free at studentaid.ed.gov .The Federal Trade Commission cautions students to be on alert for these lines suggesting the scholarship may be a scam:

• “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”

• “You can’t get this information anywhere else.”

• “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.”

• “We’ll do all the work. You just pay a processing fee.”

• “The scholarship will cost some money.”

• “You’ve been selected” by a national foundation to receive a scholarship – or “You’re a finalist” in a contest you never entered.


Students are reminded to check Naviance Student for a listing of scholarships. These can be found under the College tab-Scholarships and Money-Scholarship list.


Fastweb is another source of scholarships for seniors.


Local Scholarships

The Grafton Community Scholarship Fund and Local Scholarships application will be available February 5th and due March 5th. Applications will be available on the GHS Counseling website.

STUFF Business Magazine

Each Year Biz Times Media publishes several editions of STUFF Magazine. The magazine highlights southeastern Wisconsin companies, their products and services as well as stories about the people who work there, many past youth apprentices. We have included the LINK to the latest digital edition for you. This publication was provided to GHS from the Ozaukee Youth Apprenticeship program.

Ozaukee Family Services

Ozaukee Family Services is offering a variety of parenting classes. Click here for more information.

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA)

Potential Division I and II athletes must meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements in high school prior to entering a college. Students must apply junior or senior year.



Go to the NCAA website at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net to register and learn about the eligibility requirements

Ozaukee Youth Apprenticeship

Youth Apprenticeships are a great way for high school juniors and seniors to pursue a job in an interested career area while getting paid. OYA is planning 2 virtual information sessions to let students and parents know how to apply for Youth Apprenticeships on February 9th and February 16th. Each virtual session will be from 6:00PM to 6:30PM with the option for people to ask questions after the presentation. Click below to register for the meeting:


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeav2E90AMUaxG4T0w37V0weFCZ-ri84g4iMJa1XuFq4MnhIQ/viewform

More information can be found at ozaukeeya.com

Freshman ACP Conferences

All freshmen families will receive an invitation in February regarding individual Academic and Career Planning (ACP) conferences with school counselors. These conferences will be scheduled during the school day either during your student's study hall or an elective class. Parents/Guardians are encouraged to attend the conferences. Topics to be discussed will include 10th grade courses, post-secondary options, available resources and planning for after Grafton High School.

ACT for all Juniors March 9

All juniors will be taking the ACT at GHS on March 9, 2021. There is not a fee for this test and students will register for it at school. All juniors have Method Test Prep accounts and are encouraged to utilize this free ACT prep program as well as attend Black Hawk Time devoted to specific subject area ACT prep. There are additional resources available on the GHS Counseling Website under College Entrance Test Preparation .

REDgen

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

GHS Counseling Staff

Greg Johnson (A-G, V-Z)

Director of School Counseling

gjohnson@grafton.k12.wi.us

262-376-5520


Megan Greischar (R-U)

School Counselor

mgreischar@grafton.k12.wi.us

262-376-5521


Rosalyn Isbell (H-Q)

School Counselor

risbell@grafton.k12.wi.us

262-376-5522


Kelly Rieck

krieck@grafton.k12.wi.us

Counseling Office Registrar

262-376-5523