WHS Counseling Connection

11/29/2021

In This Newsletter

-Upcoming Dates

-Sophomore Seminar

-Freshman/Junior Seminar

-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

-College Possible

-Ways to stay connected

-Contact Us

Upcoming Dates

December 4 SAT

December 11 ACT

December 22-January 4 No School/Winter Break

Sophomore Seminar

This week our Sophomores are working on defining their strenghts.

Freshman and Junior Seminar

Freshman and Junior seminar will resume in January.

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:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ECXSBPllpHrEeE0Cj0ZzwH4ajyo92UAS/view?usp=sharing


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

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1t55_dOLi4Iwx8Hn27LPiJt51ClrljNPR/view?usp=sharing

Volunteer Opportunities

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


https://shareomaha.org/search/volunteer-opportunities

FREE RIDES ON METRO TRANSIT FOR STUDENTS

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.


https://www.schoolcounselor.org/getmedia/c8d97962-905f-4a33-958b-744a770d71c6/Guidance-Counselor-vs-School-Counselor.pdf


A brief History of School Counseling

https://www.schoolcounselor.org/getmedia/52aaab9f-39ae-4fd0-8387-1d9c10b9ccb8/History-of-School-Counseling.pdf

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.