OHSW Student Services Newsletter

October 1, 2015


Welcome to Oceanside High School West Student Services Department where we are helping to inspire students to be knowledgeable, responsible, healthy, and compassionate citizens.

Each month, we will be providing you with a monthly newsletter of what's going on in the counseling department. This month we would like to introduce you to our staff.

What Does A School Counselor Do?

The 4C's of School Counseling

School Counselors are not scary people. Your team at OHSW consists of two very compassionate and caring adults. We look forward to working with students in classroom, small group and individual sessions as needs arise. Our duties are summed up using 4C's.

Counseling is available to individual students, small groups, and parents in conjunction if concerning students.

Consulting takes place between counselors, school social workers, school psychologists, teachers and parents.

Coordinating the efforts to assist a student and/or their family with community agencies.

Conduct Classroom lessons in the academic, career, and personal/social areas that follow a comprehensive developed school counseling program which is developed and based on American School Counseling Association (ASCA) National Standards.

What Programs Are Offered?

The OHSW Counseling Program is designed to focus on improving school climate and increasing academic performance, along with providing career and personal counseling to students. School wide programs being worked on are Internet Safety, Bullying Prevention and Kindness Promotion. Grade level programs focus on Career and College Awareness, Study Skills, Goal Setting, and Time Management

Parent Information

How Parents Can Help Promote Student Success

Parents play a key role in ensuring that their adolescent achieves school success. When parents, students, and school staff work together, the student will obtain his/her academic goals as well as become a productive citizen. Some of the actions that parents can take to promote school success are:

  • Communicate with school staff to be aware of homework assignments
  • Review your child's homework.
  • Encourage your child to seek friends who will be helpful to them.
  • Try to do something enjoyable with your child at least once a week.
  • Set clear expectations for students about homework; have a set place and time for homework.
  • Get acquainted with your child's teachers.
  • Monitor where your child goes. This will encourage them to stay out of trouble.
  • Communicate with school staff first when there is a concern with the school.
  • Attend school functions such as conferences, programs, and athletic events.
  • Encourage your child to participate in school-related after-school activities.
  • Consistently enforce household rules.
  • Set aside a time when the whole family reads.
  • Encourage your child to talk about school, social activities, and their interests.
  • Teach standards of right and wrong and demonstrate these standards.
  • Support school discipline policies.
  • Talk with your child about tobacco, drugs, alcohol, gangs, and violence.
  • Monitor your child's choices of TV programs, video games and music.
  • Monitor your child's social media use (what they are posting and receiving)

Parents are free to call the Student Services Office at any time for a meeting if you have academic, social, or personal concerns about your child. The Student Services Office can help to arrange parent-teacher conferences, small group or individual counseling, as well as, outside referrals for intervention.