WHS Counseling Connection


In This Newsletter

-Upcoming Dates

-Freshman/Sophomore/Junior Seminar

-UNL Computer Science Summer Camp

-Dual Enrollment

-Scholarship opportunities

-Graduation Checklist

-Volunteer Opportunities

-Jobs for Teens

-Free Rides on Metro Transit

-Roles of a School Counselor

-Guidance Counselor vs School Counselor

-Resources for Parents

-Avenue Scholars

-Become A Teacher

-General Education Academy

-College Possible

-Ways to stay connected

-Contact Us

Upcoming Dates

February 7-11 National School Counseling Week

February 16 1:10 dismissal for homeroom advisor/advisee Parent Meetings

February 18 No School for Students

February 21 No School for Students

March 10 Parent Teacher Conferences

March 11 No School

March 28 All Foundation Scholarships are Due

April 11-15 No School/Spring Break

May 15 Graduation

Seminar Classes

9-11th grade students are currently meeting in seminar class to discuss course selection and graduation requirements for the 2022-2023 school year. They will be coming home with registration sheets with all courses available to their grade level. These forms need to be reviewed and signed by a parent/guardian prior to the student's registration appointment. These individual appointments will be starting next week in their seminar class.

2022-2023 Course Guide Book


Scholarship Opportunities

If you are looking for scholarships, check out the new WHS Scholarship Webpage! Towards the top, scholarships are listed by due date. As you scroll down the site, you will see links to specific college scholarship web-pages and links to scholarship databases. Check this site out frequently as new ones are added every day.


WCS Foundation Scholarships Now Available-DUE MARCH 28, 2022

(Link will only be accessible to WHS students with a Westside Google Account).


UNL Computer Science Camp

The Jeffrey S. Raikes School of Computer Science and Management at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is pleased to announce a summer learning opportunity for high school students. We are hosting “Innovate: The Raikes School Way” and “Girls Who Innovate: The Raikes School Way” computer science camps that will be led by Executive Director of the Raikes School, Dr. Steve Cooper. This opportunity was highlighted in a 2019 Forbes article, "STEM-Focused Summer Programs for Ambitious High School Students".

During the two-week, overnight camp students will:
  • Learn basic programming skills, primarily Java, and innovation concepts through a project-oriented curriculum
  • Receive instruction from Raikes School faculty members and experience what classes can be like in the Raikes School
  • Visit campus research labs and local businesses
  • Interact with Raikes School students and staff, all of whom play a key role in the competitive selection process to our program each year

What: Innovate: The Raikes School Way & Girls Who Innovate: The Raikes School Way

For: High School Students (primarily the graduating class of 2023)

Where: Kauffman Academic Residential Center, home of the Raikes School in the heart of Nebraska's City Campus

When: July 10-23, 2022

Cost: $1,550 (Need-based scholarship opportunities are available. Cost covers all housing, meals, instruction, and activities associated with the camp)

Programming Experience: None (in fact, no experience is preferred)

Application Deadline: April 15, 2022

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and, if necessary, make adjustments to the camp format and activities to ensure the health and safety of participants.

Please consider sharing this invitation with interested students, as well as teachers or community partners who may encourage students to apply.

Interested students can find more details and application materials at http://raikes.unl.edu/summercamps. The video below, captured at our 2021 camp, gives you a glimpse of what students can expect to experience.

If you have any questions about the camp, please email me at adam.britten@unl.edu.


Adam Britten
Assistant Director of Recruitment & Outreach

Dual Enrollment

Dual Enrollment with UNO is now open. The deadline to enroll is February 25, 2022.

The following WHS classes are available for dual enrollment with UNO this semester.

AP Biology - Mr. Caffey

AP Computer Science Principles AP - Mr. Stejskal

AP Human Geography - Mr. Fey

AP US History - Mr. Brousek, Mr. Bramley

AP Latin - Mrs. Harvey

AP Physics 1 Lab - Mr. Powers

AP Physics 1 - Mr. Powers

AP Calculus AB - Mrs. Kneifl

AP Calculus BC - Mrs. Kneifl

AP Physics 2 - Mr. Powers

AP Physics C - Mrs. Stucky

AP American Government - Mr. Priester (If your teacher is Mr. Bywater, still select Mr. Priester)

Honors Sociology - Mr. Nemecek

AP Spanish - Mrs. Paskach

Intro to Education - Miss Cosentino

AP Literature (on the registration website you will select Intro to Genre Studies) - Mr. Klepfer

This link will take you to Westside's UNO Dual Enrollment Website. Here you can find more information about dual enrollment.

UNO Dual Enrollment Registration Link

Graduation Checklist

Here are the graduation checklists our counselors use to track the process of their students:

This checklist will be used for class of 2025 and beyond:


This checklist will be used for all current 10-12th grade students:


Volunteer Opportunities

Each student is required to have service learning hours to graduate from Westside. This link will provide some organizations to volunteer with.



K-12 Rides Free is a pilot program that offers free access to bus, MOBY, and ORBT services for kindergarten through 12th-grade students in the Omaha region during Metro’s regular service hours. The program started on May 10, 2021 and will run until June 1, 2022. All K-12 students in the Omaha metro and surrounding area are eligible. High school students must show a valid school-issued ID when boarding. For those who do not have a school-issued ID, Metro will provide one. Identification is not required for elementary and middle school students. Details can be found at ometro.com/k-12.

Role of a School Counselor

Counselors provide social, emotional, and academic support for students. Through solution focused counseling we work with students to help them problem solve and come up with solutions to cope in many different situations. We are not licensed to provide therapy, so when a student needs more support than what we can provide, we refer them to the appropriate resource.

Part of our academic support is working with students to find a career they might be interested in. Once we know a career field a student is interested in, we can work to see what classes would best match their career interest.

Post Secondary planning is a major part of what counselors do also. Each student will sign up to meet with their counselor individually to discuss their post secondary plans. Many times this will be college, and the counselor will help them with the planning time lines, and possible options for where they might want to attend.

Guidance Counselor vs School Counselor

Throughout this year we are working on changing our signage, websites, and a variety of other places which lists the counseling department as "Guidance." The new wording will list counselors as "School Counselor." This change of our title was put in place in the late 1990's with the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) model.


A brief History of School Counseling


Avenue Scholars

Starting next year, Westside will partner with Avenue Scholars to offer career coaching and support to juniors and seniors. If interested, email knott.ashley@westside66.net, or connect with your counselor. See some additional information on the flyer below.


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Ways to stay connected to the WHS Counseling Department

WHS Counseling Mission

The mission of the Westside High School Counseling Program is to ensure that all students reach their highest potential in the career, social/emotional, and academic domains through access to the comprehensive school counseling program. As advocates for all students, Westside High School counselors work collaboratively with faculty, parents/guardians, and members of the community to prepare students to compete respectfully in a changing world.