News From your PHS Counselors

October/November 2014

Your PHS student services office is an informational hub of academic, career, and personal/social support for students. We look forward to using new technology tools to communicate important information to families. Please keep an eye out for our monthly newsletter to stay current on important information!

Campus Visits

Be prepared for your next college visit! Here is a list of the top 25 questions you should ask your college representative about their campus.

Are you concerned about the cost of out of state tution?

The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program with nine of the 12 states in the Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC) participating. Help your students and their families find ways to save on out-of-state tuition by viewing a printable brochure with more MSEP information in the Paying for College section of the UW HELP website.

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Battery) to be offered at PHS in November.

If a student is planning on going into the military, they will need to take the ASVAB test. The test is a multiple-aptitude battery that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success in the military. The ASVAB is free and will be administered at PHS on Wednesday, November 5th at 8:00am. Students should sign up in student services. Space is limited so students should sign up early to reserve a spot!

Sophomore Planning Conferences starting on November 4th!

Tuesday, Nov. 4th, 7:30am

Pulaski High School Student Services Office

All sophomore students and their parents are invited to participate in a 30-45 minute conference with their school counselor. The purpose of the conference is to guide a family through post-secondary options. Topics include a transcript review/credit check, high school course selections, review of test scores, information related to ACT/SAT/Accuplacer testing, 2 year/4 year college options, military options and career information. Conferences are held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays November-January. Sign onto Skyward, click on "Teacher Conferences" and sign up for a time that is convenient for you.

Local Health Care Job Shadow Opportunities!

Every year the Greater Green Bay Healthcare Alliance offers a group job shadowing opportunity for high school students in the fall and spring of the school year. Check out the 2014-2015 schedule here!

Athletic Training Opportunity at UW-Oshkosh on 12/6/14

This workshop provides an opportunity for students to understand more about the athletic training profession and the UW Oshkosh Athletic Training Program. Participants will learn and practice various skills used by athletic trainers. Sign up here.

Looking for Junior/Senior tutors in all subject areas!

Would your son/daughter like to tutor a struggling student? Tutoring is a great way way to help someone in need, develop interpersonal skills, increase their knowledge in a subject and it looks great on a resume. Click the orange bar to sign up!

Parents! Can you serve as one of our career experts?

We would love to compile a list of professionals in our community that students can reach out to to learn more about a career. If you are open to talking to a student about your career please fill out our survey by clicking the orange bar above!

Financial Aid Night-Monday December 15th @ PHS.

A representative from Great Lakes Higher Education Corp will give a presentation on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Anyone is welcome but seniors going on to college, along with their parents, are strongly encouraged to attend!

What is Alateen?

Alateen is part of Al‑Anon Family Groups. Alateen is a fellowship of young Al-Anon members, usually teenagers, whose lives have been affected by someone else's drinking. Alateen groups are sponsored by Al-Anon members who help the group to stay on track. Alateens come together to:

  • share experiences, strength, and hope with each other
  • discuss difficulties
  • learn effective ways to cope with problems
  • encourage one another
  • help each other understand the principles of the Al-Anon program
  • learn how to use the Twelve Steps and Alateen's Twelve Traditions

If you know of a teenager that could use support with coping with someone's drinking there are Alateen support groups at:

Apps that should NOT be on student's phones...or should at least be monitored!

At PHS particularly in the counseling office, we work with students a lot on cyber-bullying and how to appropriately use social media. While the majority of students use apps appropriately there are some that do not. Apps sometimes fill a void for students craving connection with people. Those students tend to turn to social media for validation i.e. "how many likes or shares did I get"?, or bullying in a passive aggressive way. If you do not know what a sub-tweet is, you need to read this article. Be aware of your child's electronic reputation!

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