JHS Counselor Connection
Keeping You Informed
In this Issue:
- SDQ at JHS
- Naviance Tip Time: Virtual College Visits at JHS
- Parent Techer Conference Registration
- Mental Health Minute
- Did You Know - JHS Library Mental Health Resources Available
- Filing the FAFSA Virtual Help Appointments
- Career & Technical Education Opportunities
Student No Mark-Pass/Fail Grading Update
- Resource Guide: Frequently Asked Questions and Helpful Links at the click of a button
Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire - Consent Forms Due Friday, November 6th
We believe it is good practice to screen students every year, as we know things can change quickly in the lives of our young people. With social media influences along with academic and general life pressures, it is a good way to check in with your student.
Below are the links to the consent form as well as other information regarding SDQ.
If you have questions, you can contact Melanie Steffen at email@example.com
Naviance Tip Time: Virtual College Visits - How do I Attend?
Each month, our office will highlight and feature a new aspect of Naviance with the hopes of educating our students and parents on the many benefits of this powerful resource.
THIS MONTH - our JHS Counselor & Naviance Expert, Erica Woods-Schmitz will explain virtual college visits at JHS.
Click below to watch her 2-minute helpful video!
Upcoming Virtual College Visits
Every month, we have admissions representatives from colleges in Iowa and around the nation visit JHS. Students can register to meet with these college representatives through their Naviance account. All meetings will now take place via zoom. If you have registered for the visit, you will receive the zoom link 15 minutes BEFORE the scheduled zoom time.
See our entire college visit calendar by clicking here.
Mon November 2, 2020 2:00 PM
Tue November 3, 2020 12:20 PM
Fri November 6, 2020 2:00 PM
Tue November 10, 2020 11:00 AM
Tue November 17, 2020 11:00 AM
Tue November 17, 202012:20 PM
Mon November 23, 2020 2:00 PM
JHS Parent-Teacher Conferences
In this new COVID era, we are trying to facilitate the most meaningful way to conduct Parent-Teacher Conferences. For the health and safety of our parents and staff, we are going to conduct virtual meetings through Zoom.
Conferences will be November 12th from 1:30 p.m.– 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
We will be using PTC Fast to make signups as convenient as possible. The link you need to make an appointment with your student’s teacher(s) is below:
· Before you begin the process you will want to have all the teacher’s names that you wish to conference with.
· With the link below you will register your name and contact information.
· Within 15 minutes you will receive an email from PTC Fast. This will give you access for setting one or more conference times, for one or more students.
· When the process is complete you will receive a confirmation email with the date and time of your conferences. You can change your date or time with the entry code contained in the email. Please KEEP THIS EMAIL JHS Staff DO NOT have access to this email.
· You will receive an email reminder from PTC Fast.
Conferences are not required, but are available for families who need a designated time to talk with a teacher. If a time slot is not available, please email the teacher to coordinate a different date. Please respect each conference is 10 minutes, if you need additional time with a teacher they will schedule additional time. If you are a split family, we ask that you coordinate a single conference appointment.
Before your conference time you will receive a ZOOM link from each teacher(s) you are conferencing with. When you sign into your conference please use your Students Name to register in Zoom. This will help teachers identify you when your conference time starts. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work through this new process.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET WITH YOUR CHILD'S COUNSELOR VIA ZOOM OR IN PERSON ON NOV. 12TH, PLEASE EMAIL OR CALL MINDY JOHANNSEN at 515.278.0779 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Minute
COVID Recovery Iowa offers free virtual counseling and assistance for all Iowans.
The State of Iowa has received federal funding from FEMA to offer free virtual counseling and assistance to those affected, in any way, by COVID-19. COVID Recovery Iowa provides counseling, virtual activities, referrals and help finding resources to any Iowan seeking assistance or a listening ear.
Counseling sessions with virtual counselors are available by video, chat, or phone.
COUNSELORS AVAILABLE 24/7 - please call 1-844-775-9276 to talk to a counselor or click HERE to learn more.
Did You Know: JHS Library has a dedicated Mental Health Resource Section?
How to access the library collections:
- Find the JHS Library Catalog icon on the iPad home screen
- On the left side, click on Resource Lists
- Click on the Public Lists tabs on the right
- Click on the Mental Health list to see books we have on that topic
Heartland AEA also has a wonderful resource site. Click here or on the picture on the left to access this option. Students can log in with their UN/PW.
Contact Ms. Ruth Thoreson at email@example.com with questions.
Need Help Filing the FAFSA? Book Your Virtual Appointment with an ICAN Advisor
ICAN understands that for many the FAFSA is a daunting task. In our Virtual FAFSA Completion Appointments, we strive to make the process as painless and stress-free as possible, while fulling explaining each detail of the form, the results and answering any questions you have about financial aid and the college planning process in general.
Book your virtual appointment using the below link:https://www.schedulicity.com/scheduling/ICARUB
Be sure to have these documents ready for your appointment.
Career & Technical Education: Connect with Industry Experts throughout Iowa
Check out these live seminars on the following topics:
- Healthcare Worker Demonstration/Panel
Agricultural Career Day (Virtual Panel)
- Careers in the Skilled Trades
- Cupcake Wars, Iowa Edition
Iowa High School Tech Summit
Helping Others: Counseling & Mental Health
For more information and to register for one of the above events, click here.
Student No Mark-Pass/Fail Grading Update
In the spring semester of 2020, our school district (per The Department of Education) provided students the opportunity to choose a Pass/No Mark as an alternative to a letter grade.
The Department of Education indicated that students who chose to have a NM would have the ability to make up work from the spring in order to move to a P or a letter grade during the fall semester of 2020.
The process outlined below meets the requirements of the Department of Education, and allows JHS the ability to track students who request to move from a NM to a P or letter grade.
- Make-up work must be completed and turned in no later than Jan. 12, 2021
- Student contacts their current JHS counselor
- Student completes the assignments needed for passing mark
- Make-up work meets the required proficiencies
- Work could be completed during class (if applicable) or before/after school
- Final grade is reported to the JHS Counseling office and the student transcript will be updated accordingly
Please note that students who were marked as QA (Quit Attending) for a DMACC Concurrent (Dual) Enrollment course in the spring semester are not eligible for this process. The student would need to re-enroll in the DMACC course and complete competencies not attained.
Questions should be directed to the JHS Counseling Office at 278.0779 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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