MHS Counseling

September 2020

Welcome Back-to-School

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year. We hope that the start of the school year is going smoothly for your student despite all the new challenges we are facing together. The Madison counseling department will be sending out a monthly newsletter to share important information. We are looking forward to a great school year!

Malaina Guzman

Students with last names A-F.

This is Ms. Guzman's 7th year at Madison. In addition to counseling, she co-facilitates Madison's Native Club. Ms. Guzman is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College (Masters) and Portland State University (Bachelors).

To schedule a virtual or phone appointment visit

Erin Hale

Students with last names G-Ja + AVID students.

This is Ms. Hale's 10th year at Madison. Ms. Hale also facilitates the ECMC Scholars Program. Ms. Hale is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College, both undergraduate and graduate programs.

To schedule a virtual or phone appointment visit

Jerardo Marquez

Students with last names Jb-Ph.

This is Mr. Marquez's 6th year at Madison. He also co-facilitates the La Raza Unida student group. He is a graduate of Lewis & Clark College (Masters) and Portland State University (Bachelors).

To schedule a virtual or phone appointment visit

Brandon Rawls

Students with last names Pi-Z.

Mr. Rawls is beginning his 2nd year at Madison. Mr. Rawls is a graduate of Oregon State University (Masters) and Oakland University (Bachelors).

To schedule a virtual or phone appointment, visit

Schedule Changes

All schedule changes must be completed by September 25th. In order to request a change, students should communicate with their counselor either using the Google form sent out to them or via email. Please note, we cannot honor all schedule change requests due to scheduling limitations and class sizes.

Paying for College Night

Seniors & families, please join a virtual meeting on "How to Pay for College", learn tips & have questions answered in preparation for completing the FAFSA or ORSAA in October. Participants will be able to personally and privately interact with financial aid officers from across Oregon via a secure chat room, to ensure that they can receive information about their specific questions.

English Meeting:

Wednesday, September 16

6:00-8:00 pm

Register here for Zoom Webinar

Spanish Meeting:

Miercoles 30 de septiembre

6:00-8:00 pm

Registrar aqui

Student Health Center

During distance learning, Madison's Student Health Center is not physically open. However, students can still access their medical & mental health services at the following locations regardless of insurance provider. School counselors can also make referrals for students interested in receiving ongoing counseling support.

Call for an appointment 8:45 am - 4:45 pm

David Douglas 503-988-3554

1034 SE 130th Ave.

Parkrose 503-988-3392

12003 NE Shaver St.

Roosevelt 503-988-3909

6941 N Central St.

Portland Evening Scholars

Students in need of credit recovery or who are interested in retaking a class to improve their GPA should connect with their counselor about night school. Portland Evening Scholars registration is currently open now through Oct. 2. Classes will be held Oct. 5 - Jan.21, one night per week for each class, 5:00-8:15 pm. No tuition is being charged this term. Classes will be virtual all semester.

Senior Guidance

School counselors will be developing a plan to support Seniors this fall with their post-high school planning in a virtual environment. Students & families should stay tuned with info about the college application process, how to apply for financial aid and help for students if they are undecided about their plan.

Scholarship Opportunities & Resources

Find links under Scholarships tab on

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College Possible

College Possible is recruiting 40 Juniors to join their college-prep program. College Possible is a national program whose focus is on removing barriers for students who want to go to college. They provide support at Madison during 11th and 12th grade with a college coach. The support also continues as students transition to college.

Eligibility criteria:

  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Qualify for free/reduced lunch or Pell Grant

For more information on the program visit their website or apply online.

National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention month. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between ages 10 to 24.

How to Help: Take your loved one seriously. If your child, friend, or family member confides thoughts of suicide, believe them and get help. Listen with empathy and provide support. Minimizing what your child or friend is going through can increase his or her sense of hopelessness. Don't keep suicide a secret: If your child knows someone is considering suicide, they can't promise to keep it a secret. They should offer to help, but they need to involve other people, like a trusted adult. No one should have to face this alone.

Know the Risk Factors:

  • Mental health disorders
  • Alcohol or substance use disorders
  • Hopelessness
  • Impulsive/aggressive tendancies
  • History of trauma/abuse
  • Major illness
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Family history of suicide
  • Job or financial loss
  • Loss of relationship(s)
  • Easy access to lethal means
  • Local clusters of suicide
  • Lack of social support or sense of isolation
  • Stigma associated with asking for help
  • Lack of mental health care/treatment
  • Exposure to others who have died by suicide (real life or via media or internet)
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Have a Great School Year Madison!