December 2019


The Counseling Office will be closed from 3 pm on December 2oth, 2019 and re-open at 7:15 a.m. on January 6tth, 2020.


Counselors are completing EDP presentations to the freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The Educational Development Plan or EDP is a plan that students use to help determine future educational goals and the high school classes that can help them achieve those goals. Counselors will discuss class options, graduation requirements, transcripts, college and career planning, as well as MME/SAT testing.

Parents please take time to talk with your son or daughter about his/her classroom presentation as well as review the Programs of Study your son/daughter received freshman year. This is an opportunity for you and your student to review class options and prepare for the scheduling of 2020-21 classes which will begin in February.

To access the Stevenson High School Programs of Study online click on the link below.


National Guard

Did you know the Michigan National Guard is a great way to serve your "Community, State, Country?" Guard Members train as little as one weekend a month and two weeks per year "so they will be ready should the Nation, State or Community need them." Plus, they have scholarships as well!


First semester final exams will be the week of January 21, 2019. The last day of first semester will be Thursday, January 23 and students will not be in school on Friday, January 24.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020: First and second hour exams

Wednesday, January 22, 2020: Third and fourth hour exams

Thursday, January 23, 2020: Fifth and sixth hour exams

Second semester classes begin on Monday, January 27.


Freshman be sure to save Thursday, JANUARY 16, 2020 for Freshman Cookies & Cram. The Counseling Department will host the first semester edition of Cookies & Cram immediately after school in the North and South Cafeterias. All freshmen are invited to attend this final exam study session which is designed especially for freshmen and their final exam preparations.

National Honor Society students, student mentors and staff will be available to help students study for final exams, complete review packets and talk study strategies. More information including registration instructions for Cookies & Cram will be distributed the week students return from the Holiday Break.


What grades do you expect from your student? Are these expectations realistic? Are they achievable? Do your expectations match your student's expectations?

Often times a student will work hard in class and achieve learning; however the final grade may not meet parent or family expectations. Research has shown that encouraging a child to try for excellence and learning as opposed to just getting a specific grade can be a huge motivator.

A recent University of Michigan study published in the Journal of Family Psychology noted that a punitive approach to "unacceptable" grades can actually result in lower achievement. Research done by the university noted that punitive strategies do not address the underlying issues when a student is not learning, nor does it provide the student with concrete skills or strategies for improving.

What are your expectations for your Stevenson student? As we near the end of the first semester you might consider sitting down with your child to discuss your expectations as well your child's expectations regarding grades. Take time to talk about learning and how your son/daughter can seek help when needed and where to find the resources that can support his/her learning. Be sure that each of you understand what expectations are realistic and achievable.


As we travel through a holiday season of frenzied gift giving ... could the gift of failure help your son/daughter learn to succeed? In this era of instant information and instant gratification, could waiting for something actually motivate your son/daughter to persevere?

Dr. Charles Fay of Love and Logic Institute asks the question, "Who are the most successful people you personally know? Have they always been successful, or have they experienced a good degree of failure? Do these adults demonstrate high levels of perseverance when the going gets tough, or do they avoid challenges like the plague?"

Fay notes that at the heart of all science and great innovation are risk and resulting failure. "Failure is not final." explains Fay, "It's informative."

So the next time your son/daughter comments on a failed assignment or a project that did not go well, maybe it is a good time to talk with him/her about success that grows from the seeds of failure. Then consider offering some thoughts on how he/she can talk with the teacher about improving. Or when your son/daughter speaks anxiously about a specific class or voices concern about having a specific teacher consider using this opportunity to highlight the importance of persevering through the uncomfortable to master success.

To read Dr. Charles Fay's article in it's entirety along with his list of ways to help your child reach success visit:

The Livonia Career Technical Center Open House

Tuesday, Feb. 11th 2020 at 7pm

8589 Newburgh Road

Livonia, MI


Many colleges and post-secondary institutions require that a senior submit a seventh-semester transcript. Seventh semester transcripts can be requested through Parchment

( and should contain first semester grades from senior year.

First semester grades should be posted to a senior's transcript by the week of February 11, 2019. However, students do not need to wait until February to request his/her seventh semester transcript. Seniors can request his/her seventh-semester transcript prior to February 11 by selecting the HOLD for GRADES option in Parchment. Seniors that complete a request for his/her seventh-semester transcript after February 11, 2019 should select CURRENT TRANSCRIPT.


Kim Clarke with Money Magazine stresses that every family should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) even families that believe they make too much money to receive financial aid. Clark notes that just submitting the FAFSA qualifies students and families for low-cost federal loans as well as certain school and state scholarships. Various private financial aid counselors have noted that, "Some private colleges have even offered 'need based' aid to families earning as much as $200,000.

To read Kim Clarke's article visit:

Scholarship Opportunities

Need money for college? There are many resources available:

-The Stevenson Website

Counseling tab

Scholarships & Financial Aid

list of scholarships

- The Counseling office

- Twitter

SHS_Money @money_shs

- Facebook Stevenson Scholarships and Financial Aid

Different scholarships have different deadlines so check back often for updates.

TO LOAN OR NOT TO LOAN? That's a tough question.

There are several financial aid options available to help students with the cost of post-secondary education and training. Research indicates that the majority of current college undergraduates utilize some type of financial aid, usually a combination of gift aid or scholarships coupled with a loan.

Most Michigan colleges/universities will begin sending admitted students Financial Aid Award Letters in the coming months provided the student completed the FAFSA. These Financial Aid Award Letters will highlight what type of financial aid the student qualifies to receive at that particular school.

The U.S. Department of Education offers resources to help families understand the different types of financial aid including the different types of loans. Visit for more information about accepting loans as a part of a financial aid package.

If a student has questions about the information received in a financial aid award letter the student should contact the Financial Aid Office of that particular college/university for clarification.

What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?

So, you've always wanted to be an astronaut when you grow up? Great! Why not check in and learn more about your dream career through the many career exploration and assessment tools available on the counseling website. If you need help or want to speak more about it, make an appointment with your counselor soon!

Click here for more info on careers:


6 Little Things

The frantic pace of the holiday season can sometimes make it easy to forget that some individuals are struggling with the holidays and all that the holiday season represents. People who have experienced the recent death of a loved one could be experiencing dread, sadness, anxiety or even panic as they face the holidays without that loved one.

Olecia Christie, owner of Optix Communications stresses consistency when letting someone that is grieving know that you care. Interested in learning more about what you can do this holiday season to support someone who is grieving? Stephanie Barnes' HuffPost article 6 Little Things You Can Do for Someone Who Is Grieving at The Holidays may be helpful.


The Stevenson Counseling Department will process transcripts via Parchment through the morning of Friday, December 20 and then will resume processing transcript requests after the Holiday Break is over.

Transcripts will not be processed over the Holiday Break which runs from December 21st, 2019 through January 6, 2020. Seniors that may need a transcript during these dates should plan accordingly. Seniors can make transcript requests through Parchment during the holiday break however all transcript requests made during the Holiday Break will not be approved/completed until school reconvenes on Monday, January 6, 2020.

The Counseling Offices will be closed for the Holiday Break. All emails and voicemails left during the Holiday Break will be addressed upon our return to the building on Monday, January 6, 2020.


The Stevenson Counseling Department would like to wish all our students and their family a safe, restful and joyful Holiday Break.

"Wishing you beautiful moments, treasured memories and all the blessings a heart can know." Anonymous