HPHS Counseling

December Newsletter❄️

Happy Holidays + Happy New Year 🎉

Hello and welcome back to your Counseling Newsletter. This semester has been filled with a lot of ups and downs, and we are all feeling ready to ring in the New Year! We hope that this newsletter will help provide you with useful information and resources that you can use throughout the remainder of the school year. In this edition we'll be covering plans for 21/22 Course Registration, Drop-In, SEL Lessons for 9th graders, and Career Exploration & Information. Let's get started!

Students, remember that your counselor has a Class Page in your Schoology account. Be sure to check that Class Page as you'll be able to find helpful information, updates and your counselors office hours.

2021/2022 Course Registration

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will begin in January 2021! Counselors will host virtual presentations for each class to discuss courses for the following year. Students will then schedule individual appointments with their counselor to review teacher placement recommendations, outstanding graduation requirements and discuss class preferences. We encourage families to start discussing classes for next year with their students. Parents and Guardians will be able to review placement recommendations and student selections before registration is finalized on, February 12, through Infinite Campus! Important updates and links will be sent out to students through Schoology/email.

Virtual Presentation Schedule 👩🏽‍💻

  • Class of 2022 Presentation: Period 1 on Jan 25, 2021 - individual appointments Jan 25-29
  • Class of 2023 Presentation: Period 2 on Jan 11, 2021 - individual appointments Jan 11-15
  • Class of 2024 Presentation: in PE Jan 7/8, 2021 - individual appointments Jan 19-22

Drop-In Update

The Drop In Center continues to operate virtually and is working with students both individually and in a variety of counseling groups. Our goal is to help students access support when in crisis or through ongoing counseling. We recognize that the pandemic is a collective trauma for the world at large and we want to provide support to students. We also recognize that remote learning is challenging and we support students who are navigating those unique circumstances. Please take a minute to check out the Drop In website where appointments are available within a 2 hour window. Also, you'll find descriptions of groups and supports available thought Drop-In.

In addition, we have created a site entitled DIY Mental Health where students can explore their own moods and resources are linked to reinforce healthy coping strategies.

Career Exploration & Information

In presentations and individual meetings with postsecondary counselors, students are shown how to use the Interest Inventory and Career Matching Tools in Maialearning to learn more about potential careers that fit their interests, strengths and personality. We have partnered with the city of Highland Park to create the HP Career Exploration Program, which matches sophomores, juniors, and seniors with professionals in the community in fields or positions that interest them. Participating students (more than 150 since 2016) gain valuable insights into the day to day activities, job prospects, and educational requirements of their chosen area of interest. During course registration in January, counselors will advise students on numerous career exploration programs offered during the school day at Lake County Tech Campus.
Why Lake County Tech Campus?

SEL Lessons for 9th Graders

During Quarter 1, all counselors partnered with our PE partner teachers to deliver a “get-to-know you” lesson as well as introduce a mindfulness activity. As a follow-up, counselors met with freshmen for 1:1 get-to-know you meetings. We also did check-ins focusing on social-emotional and academic progress for those students who either indicated they wanted a check-in with their counselor or for those students who appeared to need extra support. During Quarter 2, we once again invited all students to participate in a check-in survey and we followed up with students needing academic or personal support. Also in Quarter 2, our department issued a Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) through PE courses. Counselors followed up with students who presented with individual challenges. For second semester, we will collaborate with PE to develop additional programming focusing on social-emotional learning.

Important Dates 🗓


December 14-17 = Last week of Semester 1

December 18 = End of Quarter 2

December 21 = Winter Break Begins

January 5 = First Day of Semester 2 Classes

January 18 = Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (No School)

February 12 = Last Day to make Course Registration Requests

February 15 = Presidents' Day (No School)

February 16 = Institute Day (No School)

For a full version of the school calendar please click the button below.

Remote Learning 411

During this time of Remote Learning we want to help support you and guide you.

Top Ten Tips for Success (from the 2020-2021 HPHS Remote Learning Information Packet)

  1. Get enough sleep so you can wake up and follow the school day schedule.
  2. Find an appropriate place to do your work and take video calls.
  3. Communicate with your teachers. They can only help you if they know what is going on.
  4. Set reasonable goals for yourself.
  5. If you need help, reach out and ask.
  6. Check Schoology often for updates and information.
  7. Do your best work. Grades matter.
  8. Check your email and respond in a timely manner.
  9. Connect with your classmates.
  10. Charge your chromebook each night.

Video Call Guide Lines 😀

  • Can't make the video call? Contact your teacher via email.
  • Make sure your wifi is working & that you are connected
  • Find a paper & pen/pencil so you can take notes
  • Your camera will be on, dress appropriately (follow school guidelines)
  • Choose an appropriate setting and background
  • Locate link for your video call on Schoology
  • Can’t login? Email your teacher ASAP
  • Mute your mic, unless it is your turn to speak
  • Keep language & conversations school appropriate
  • Use chat feature to ask a question
  • Know that your teacher might be recording

If you need Tech Support ⚙️🛠

💻 Check Student Tech Resource Page

💻 Email helpdesk@dist113.org

💻 Briefly describe your tech issue

💻 You will be contacted to resolve the issue

If you need Academic Support 📚

📗 Check with classmates

📗 Contact your teacher

📗 Schedule tutoring sessions through TLC

Helpful Links + Resources for Students & Parents

Drop In Center

Make an appointment for a virtual meeting with someone from our Drop In Team.

Program of Studies

Learn all about the variety of courses offered at HPHS

The HPHS Counseling Team + Contact Information