Counselor Corner Newsletter

November 2017

Anxiety

More and more students are stating they are anxious. Here are a few links we found interesting and informative. Although these definitely do not address every reason that students have anxiety, it does give the basics.

Please let your counselor know if you need help exploring how to cope with anxiety.

The Scary Truth About What's Hurting Our Kids

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

Your Adolescent-Anxiety and Avoidant Disorders

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Career Cruising

Implementation of Career Cruising (soon to be Xello) has begun in both high and middle schools in Andover. Career Cruising is an online resource in which students can learn about their career interests, skills, preferences and aspirations. It also has career profiles and interviews, college and financial aid information, an employment guide, resume builder, and an online portfolio where students can make plans for the future. Students in grades 9-11 have already taken the basic matchmaker inventory during RAMP. It is optional for seniors. Counselors and RAMP teachers will have lessons throughout the year for students to explore the online tool and develop future plans.

High Demand Careers: Get a Jump Start or Join an Academy

The counseling office went to meetings at both Butler Community College and Wichita Area Technical College to learn about any changes or updates that are happening with their schools. Both schools stressed that there are demands in these career fields and job placement is high: Automotive Technology, Automotive Collision, Welding, Manufacturing, and Information Technology. WATC and Butler both provide programs for high school students: WATC has Jump Start and Butler has Academies for these programs and many others. We will discuss this more next semester during enrollment, but you can find out more now on their websites:

https://www.butlercc.edu/

http://watc.edu/

Grow Your Own Lawyer

Interested juniors and seniors can apply for the Grow Your Own Lawyer program. Each student is matched with a lawyer-mentor with whom the student will meet several times during the spring semester. Monthly programs are held for the students, which have included tours of the Sedgwick County DA's office, jail and juvenile detention facilities, a field trip to KU and Washburn Law Schools, the Kansas Supreme Court and the Brown vs. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka. Interested students should go to the Scholarships and Opportunities page on our website and download the application off the chart.

ACHS Counseling Department

A-G Lisa Stinson, stinsonl@usd385.org

H-P Laura Scaglione, scagliol@usd385.org

Q-Z Erin Eilert, eilerte@usd385.org

Registrar Vicki Goertzen, goertzev@usd385.org