Counseling 411

November 2019

Educational Development Plan

Counselors will be visiting 9th, 10th and 11th grade classrooms during the months of December and January to discuss the EDP with students. The Educational Development Plan or EDP is a plan that students use to help determine future educational goals and the high school classes that can help them achieve those goals. Counselors will discuss class options, graduation requirements, transcripts, college and career planning, as well as MME/SAT testing. Parents please take some time to talk with your son or daughter about the classroom presentation as well as review the Programs of Study ( . This is a prime opportunity for students to review class options and prepare for scheduling which will begin in March.

Did Someone Say Practice Test?

Are you looking for additional ways to prepare for the SAT? Look no further than the College Board website. SAT practice tests are readily available. What better way to practice than directly from the SAT's own website?

Stevenson Welcomes Fleece and Thank You for the 3rd Year!

Help us reach our goal of making 150 blankets for children in local hospitals! This event is a fun and heart felt way to give back as we enter into the holiday season. Blanket kits cost $24 and can purchased through the link (at the bottom of the flyer) or by paying Mrs. Wojtyniak in the Counseling Office. Please join us in spreading some warmth this holiday season!
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With college acceptance letters fast approaching this holiday season, what's better than a new pair of socks or sweater? How about some scholarship money? By using tools such as the Student Financial Services Bureau (SFSB), located within the Michigan Department of Treasury or the Stevenson Guidance and Counseling website, many scholarship opportunities are right at your fingertips. Searching for and completing scholarships may seem like a daunting task. However, if students ask these questions along them way; hopefully the process will be smooth and rewarding!

1. When is the scholarship application due? And, do I have time to complete it? Organizing possible scholarships by application due date is critical to making the most of your time and effort.

2. Is what is asked of the scholarship worth the time and effort that is put in? For example: A $50 non-renewable scholarship in which the student is asked to write a 10 page paper and submit 8 letters of recommendation may not be worth the headache.

3. Hmmm...this says I need to pay $20 to submit this scholarship application, can that be right? No, it's not right! Do not ever pay money to submit a scholarship application.

4. If I'm on the Nice List, will Santa bring me some scholarship money? Unfortunately, the socks or sweater seem like a more likely gift but you never know!

Remember that there is money out there; it just takes a little time, effort and dedication in putting in the work. The class of 2018 reported being awarded over $2.7 million in scholarships last year; what will the class of 2019 report?

Top 3

Crisis Text Line , a free 24/7 confidential support for those in crisis, recently revealed in their October TL; DR (text for summary) that data showed that the top 3 words used in text conversations to their crisis line about anxiety were: semester, math and elections. The Crisis Text Line was born from which is an organization dedicated to young
people and social change.
The majority of the Crisis Text Line texters mentioning anxiety were 14-17 years of age and their mostcommon stressors where academic & social pressure, performance anxiety and bullying experienced at school. Anxiety increased for those texters under 13 years of age when social media was mentioned in the texter’s conversation.
If you believe that your child is struggling with anxiety to the point that it disrupts their daily routine,consider reaching out to his/her school counselor or the Student Assistance Provider. And frequent check-ins with your child can be a great opportunity to help him/her build resiliency to stress. Not sure how to initiate that frequent check-in – maybe start with a text.
How do colleges and universities make their decision? Have I done everything I can to get into my "dream school?" New York Times columnist, Eric Hoover has been attempting to unravel the secrets to college admissions for over a decade. The two articles below may help shed some light on the popular question of "who is accepted and why?"

What is an Apprenticeship, anyway?

An apprenticeship is an arrangement in which someone learns an art, trade or job under the guidance of another; typically a master or specialist in a particular field. Most apprenticeships offer on-the-job training and some accompanying study- whether that be in or out of the classroom. So what are some of the benefits of an apprenticeship?

  • Develop useful skills- In an apprenticeship, there is the opportunity to undergo specialized training and become highly skilled in a particular area.
  • Earn while you learn- Many apprenticeships are paid which means that you're earning a paycheck while you are learning. That's a good thing- no student loans, no tuition and hopefully no debt.
  • Chance to be your best- You will have the chance in learning "real life skills" while developing confidence and knowledge in a particular field. Apprenticeships offer the chance of expanding various skill sets and interests.
  • Build contacts- Working alongside various experts in a field offer up the chance to build relationships, network and meet many people who are already working and established in various areas.

Looking for resources on apprenticeships? Check out these websites for more information:

The below article from the Bureau of Labor Statistics offers up some information on the outlook, employment and wages for some top apprenticeships.

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Choose a Major! (or not.....)

The question of "what's your major going to be or have you chosen your major yet?" occurs so frequently, students often feel they need to know their area of study before they've even graduated high school! The below article from takes a look at six common myths surrounding college majors.
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You are a SOMEBODY!

You are SOMEBODY Is the student safety program which allows students to confident
“OK2SAY is the student safety program which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at school students, school employees, and schools.” . . . . This comprehensive communication system was created by the Michigan State Attorney’s office to support both the safety and learning of our Michigan students. Stevenson High School supports all our students and take their safety very seriously. If your child is concerned about harmful actions, words or intentions please encourage him/her to talk with their school counselor or reach out to a staff member.
If your child would prefer a more anonymous method, please consider OK2SAY as an option.
Students can find information about OK2SAY in every classroom or visit:
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