MHS Counseling

March - 2021


NW Youth Career Expo

March 16 & 17 1:00-4:00

High school students from across the metro area will be attending the NW Youth Career Expo virtually. This is the Northwest's largest career-learning experience for high school students with opportunities to learn more about health care, technology, construction, manufacturing, business, design and more.

The Expo will feature a virtual Exhibit Hall where students and educators can “visit” booths to learn about different organizations. Exhibitors can share materials and videos about their workplace, and they can host chats to answer questions. In the virtual Auditorium, students can hear Career Talks on topics including job-hunting, networking and interviewing.

Interested students should submit this FORM to attend.

Join College & Career Exploration Activities Each Wednesday

The following events are open for student registration:

Wednesday, March 3

Wednesday, March 10

Check out all the March Career Opportunities HERE.

Scholarship for Madison Students to Study Language Abroad

Wednesday, March 3rd, 3pm

This is an online event.

This is an exciting opportunity for a scholarship program for students wanting to study language in France, Spain, Italy or Japan! Students and families are invited to attend this info session specifically for Madison and Benson students.

To attend join Zoom Meeting

Personal/Social Supports

New Support Services at Madison: Prevention Education Program & Confidential Advocacy

A new partnership with Rafael House & Volunteers of America is now providing new students supports. We have a pair of new advocates that will be working with our school community & providing the following:

--Confidential advocacy:

  • Non-judgmental & low barrier
  • Create plans for safety
  • Open to all relationships, genders & sexualities

--Trauma-informed comprehensive education on dating violence:

Topics include

  • Equity, Consent, Boundaries,
  • How to identify abuse, Exploitation, Sex Trafficking
  • Empathy & support

Safe Relationships Advocate Hotline 503-809-4357 (HELP)

Parent/Family Resources for Student Substance Use

PPS Substance Use Supports Team is starting drop-in hours for families that will be offered bilingually in Spanish & English.

This is a space for parents & caregivers K-12 to drop-in:

  • ask questions
  • get support
  • find out about resources
  • brainstorm with staff and other parents ideas for helping their students

Are you a parent or caregiver that is concerned about your teen's substance use?

This Six Week Family Support Group will help families gain support, understanding, and tools to help them interact with their child in a way that increases connection and encourages change. This group is a 6-week mini course using evidence-based approaches, including CRAFT, that teaches parents and guardians how to understand and invite the process of change and communicate better with their child.


Madison College Night

Thursday, March 11: 6:00 - 7:30pm

Ideal for 9th-11th graders (but open to all) & their adults, our virtual college night will cover the following topics as well as be a good time to talk with counselors about our supports.
  • Why go to college?
  • What type of college is right for me?
  • How can I pay for college?
Students (9th-12th) should attend & will be entered into a drawing for a $1000 scholarship!

Submit this FORM if you're interested in attending to be sent the Zoom link just prior to the event.

Save the Date - District College & Career Night

April 15 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Portland Public Schools is excited to introduce our first district-wide, virtual college & career info night for students and families grades 9-12:

This will be a virtual event with breakout sessions targeting both students & parent needs.

Sessions will include:

  • Parenting through the college application process
  • Understanding the cost of college
  • College test preparation and updates during COVID times
  • 9th & 10th Grade College Planning
  • Information about advanced training and job readiness options

Senior Updates - College & Scholarships

As Seniors receive their college admissions decisions and scholarship awards, the Madison Counseling Department would love to hear about it!

College admissions results should be added to MaiaLearning accounts.

Students can forward email notifications of scholarship awards to their counselor

Counselors are also happy to help review financial aid award letters; they can be confusing! If students plan to attend a 4-year college next year, the deadline to commit to a college is May 1.

Mattress Lot Dream Big Scholarship

$8,000 Scholarship - New Deadline April 30

This is a merit-based scholarship available to students from these schools: Grant, Madison, Franklin, Cleveland, Jefferson and Roosevelt.

In order to qualify for this scholarship, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Graduate from high school in June 2021
  • Plan to attend an accredited 4-year college/university in the USA (Fall 2021).
  • Minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5
Applications for this scholarship will be reviewed by faculty members from each high school

Find more information HERE.

SAT Test for All Juniors

In April, we will be providing an opportunity for 11th graders who want to take the SAT to come in & take the exam in-person. We will be offering the test on April 13th and 27th.

The SAT is used by some colleges/universities for admission and/or scholarships. Based on the Pandemic, there are some colleges/universities who have decided NOT to require the SAT, here is a link to the list.

This in-person testing opportunity (similar to Limited In-Person Instruction) will be optional for 11th-grade students and is FREE.

We will be setting up all protocols in accordance with our district, state, and the College Board Guidance.

  • Students & staff will be required to wear masks

  • Cohort size will be 10 students or less, based upon the occupancy of rooms

  • Starting times will be staggered to allow for small groups of students to come at once.

  • Students wanting to test will be assigned 1 or the 2 test days.

Please complete this SAT Test Survey if:

1. You DO NOT want your 11th-grade student to come in and take the SAT this April.

2. Your 11th-grade student NEEDS a testing accommodation (IEP or 504 Plan)

SAT Practice Support

Resources for student test prep:

  • Look at and review information about the SAT from Khan Academy- practice tests, tips and strategies, and lots of preparation tools.
  • Sign up to take a practice SAT with Portland-based North Avenue Education. See their schedule HERE. PPS students have been offered one free practice test through this business. Sign up, then use the code FREETEST to have the $35 fee waived. If your teen is pursuing this route to prep, we advise scheduling a practice test soon so that there is time to review academic areas that are recommended for improvement.

EAGLE Caddie Program - Freshman Applicants

Portland Parks EAGLE (Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment) Caddie program offers summer employment and is a unique internship – one which could result in a full college scholarship to the University of Oregon. The requirements for an Evans Scholar are based on financial need, good citizenship, and being a top student and caddie.

The deadline for the program application is Friday, May 7.

Learn more and ask questions at our EAGLE Caddie Application Zoom calls on March 9th and April 6th. For more information and the links to those meetings, please go to our webpage.