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WHS Counseling Newsletter September 2020

Counseling Center News


We'd like you to welcome Mr. Wes Mangum to our counseling staff! We bid farewell to Mr. Dahl and his new adventure at another school, but are excited for Mr. Mangum to join us here at WHS!

You may know Mr. Mangum already, he's been in our Wasatch District for quite a few years, 5 years at RMMS and 2 at Old Mill.

Students, if your last name starts with Ci-Go, Mr. Mangum will be your counselor! Pop-in, introduce yourself and welcome him to Wasatch High!

Counseling Center Staff

As we start the new school year, we feel it is important for you to know who you can turn to for academic support, mental health issues, personal matters that you might be struggling with, and a friendly face to turn to when you need one! WHS has school counselors and social workers to help in all areas. Here is the list of our staff, along with their assigned student caseloads.

School Counselors:

Mr. Carter A-Ch

Mr. Mangum- Ci-Go

Mrs. Cummings-Gr-La

Mrs. Jensen- Le-O

Mrs. Roskelley P-Sk

Mrs. Clark- Sl-Z

Social Workers

Alicia Powers

Julia Winterton

Jenny Pinter

Jodi Nichter(@alternative school)

Please contact your counselor directly about the services we can provide to your student. 435-654-0640.


New Test Dates

ACT is adding more test dates to the original testing schedule they had, yay!! If you had registered for a summer test date and it was canceled, please go to www.act.org for more details about rescheduling, refunds, etc.

Here are the September ACT test dates, registration opens August 3rd:

  • Saturday, September 12
  • Sunday, September 13
  • Saturday, September 19

**DEADLINE TO REGISTER for ALL Sept test dates is August 31st!!



NCAA has made adjustments to their acceptance of online courses during this pandemic. Please visit http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/COVID19_Fall2021_Public.pdf to learn more. According to this update, WHS eschool courses will be temporarily accepted by NCAA for eligibility during the 2020-2021 school year.


Are you thinking about playing a college sport? Make sure you are meeting their eligibility requirements. Visit http://www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/play-division-i-sports to learn about academic requirements for the NCAA. Talk to your assigned counselor to make sure you have the approved WHS courses needed for eligibility.

SENIORS (12th Grade)


The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and ALL STUDENTS should fill it out!!! Even if you know you won't qualify for federal aid, many other scholarships require it as part of their application process.

The application opens in October and you will use last year's tax information. We will be hosting a FAFSA Completion Night in October, more details to come.

The FAFSA will open October 1st www.fafsa.gov


The Utah Higher Ed Assistance Authority(UHEAA) will be hosting VIRTUAL FAFSA COMPLETION NIGHTS!!! You can fill out the FAFSA with help from an expert in the field, right from the comfort of your own home!! No lugging your computer, tax info, and yourself to the school!! You must select one of the many dates available and R.S.V.P. to reserve your spot. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VirtualFAFSANightRSVP to choose a date! (Dates are not visible until you start the RSVP survey from the link)

Classroom Presentations

Counselors will be visiting all 12th grade English classes (Eng 12, Bus Comm, AP, 1010) to deliver our annual "How to Pick A College" and "How To Pay For College" presentations. These presentations will talk about things to consider when choosing a college such as environment, cost, available majors and degrees, etc. We will also devote time for talking about financial aid, scholarships, and get the students started on their own scholarship search. These presentations will be made during the week of Sept 1st-4th. You don't want to miss it!

Freshmen (9th grade)

Classroom Presentations

Counselors will be visiting all 9th grade Math classes to present information about how to be successful in high school. We will be talking about the importance of GPA, attendance, setting goals, and more! Students will learn how to interpret their transcripts so they can monitor their progress towards graduation. Presentations will be made Sept 23rd & 24th.


How To Pay For College Night

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 7pm

930 500 East

Heber City, UT

Come and learn about financial aid, scholarships, and tuition details. This information has been shared with the students, but we've learned that parents want to know it too!!

Counselors Concessions @WHS Football

Friday, Sep. 18th, 7pm

930 500 East

Heber City, UT

Headed to the football game this night? Come and support the counselors in the concession stand! All money goes towards the counseling department's scholarship fund!

MID-TERM of 1st term

Friday, Sep. 18th, 12am

This is an online event.

PARENTS!! Today is a great day to check on your student's grades if you haven't been doing so already. Time flies! Help you student to stay on top of assignments and finish the term strong!


Tuesday, Sep. 8th, 12am

This is an online event.

Last day to drop a LIVE INTERACTIVE(DISTANCE ED) class and not have it show on transcript. Please note that concurrent ed classes have different deadlines


Thursday, Sep. 10th, 12am

This is an online event.

Last day to ADD a LIVE INTERACTIVE(DISTANCE ED) class to your UVU schedule. Please note that concurrent ed classes have different deadlines


Monday, Sep. 7th, 9pm

This is an online event.


Sept 7th- Last day to complete UVU CE ADMISSIONS

Sept 11th- Last day to submit prerequisites to the CE office (test scores, etc)

Sept 14th- Last day to complete a CE course sign up

Sept 23- Tuition due

Oct 19th- Last day to drop without a W

Nov 17- Last day to withdraw with a W(Fall Courses)

January 12- Last day to withdraw with a W (Full-year courses)



A big thank you to all the parents who are screening their students before they come to school! Thank you for keeping them home if they are sick!!! We want to stay in school and you play a big part in allowing us to do so!

A BIGGER THANK YOU to our STUDENTS who have been great at complying with the mask requirement! We know that it is uncomfortable, hot, and sometimes a bother, but we can do this!! You all have been great to bring a mask and wear it on campus. We know you want to stay in school, be with friends, and have a more engaging educational experience. Wearing masks allows you to do all that! If you need a mask, please visit the front office.

We are off to a great start of the 2020-2021 school year and we are so glad we get to be together at WHS!!! Lets keep it that way!!