MHS Counseling

November - 2020

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Connect with Your School Counselor

Malaina Guzman - Last Names A-F

mguzman1@pps.net

971-319-3623

Virtual appointment


Erin Hale - Last Names G-Ja + AVID

ehale@pps.net

503-610-3792

Virtual appointment


Jerardo Marquez - Last Names Jb-Ph

jmarquez@pps.net

971-258-0405

Virtual appointment


Brandon Rawls - Last Names Pi-Z

brawls1@pps.net

971-710-8835

Virtual appointment

Experiencing Economic Hardship?

Fill out this quick form about your needs & we'll see how we can help.

Monitoring Grades: Canvas vs. ParentVUE

Due to distance learning this year, students & teachers are exclusively working in Canvas. This is where assignments, student progress, teacher feedback & grades are being shared. ParentVUE, which you may have used in past years, is only updated with a class grade every 4 weeks.


If you have not set up an observer account to review your student's class progress in Canvas please follow these instruction or watch the video below. Parent Canvas Instructions

501 - Observer Account Registration and Student Pairing

Mental Health Supports

Students needing mental health support during these challenging times can receive support virtually.

Multnomah County's Student Health Center continues to provide counseling services through virtual & phone appointments. If you want to help your student get connected, reach out to their school counselor for a referral.

Native/Indigenous High School Student Group

A district-wide weekly meeting of Native/Indigenous students happens every Tuesday @ lunch 11:55-12:45. They will be incorporating traditional teachings of health, wellness, well being & stress reduction.

This is a collaboration between PPS, Indian Education, NAYA & NARA.

Please encourage your student to attend via Google Meet Nickname - PPS Native Students

Black Youth Crisis Recovery Group

A district-wide support group for any Black/African American student in PPS is forming. This will be a safe affinity space for Black students to process & unpack the trauma & grief that they may be dealing with as a result of police brutality, opposition to the BLM movement, seeing fellow black people lose their lives without consequence, the pandemic, etc.


For more info contact Maurice Phillips mphilli1@pps.net or Jonicia Shelton jshelton@pps.net

Students can register through this FORM.

Virtual Family-Teacher Conferences

Nov. 23rd & 24th

8:45 am - 12:00 pm

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

6:00 pm - 7:40 pm


Conferences & time to connect with teachers will be virtual this year. This is a great opportunity to connect individually with your student's teachers, hear about all the great things they're learning, stay informed if there are any concerns & develop a plan for student success.


We will be using an online scheduling tool to help families select their times. For instructions, please visit the Madison website beginning Nov. 12 or look for a postcard with the link in the coming week.

Virtual College & Military Visits

Students should login to Maialearning.com using their school google account.

Under the "university" tab, the scheduled visits can be found.


Nov. 9 Maryland Institute College of Art

Nov. 9 Langston University

Nov. 9 US Army, Marine Corp, Coast Guard & Navy

Nov. 10 Northern Arizona University

Nov. 11 Smith College

Nov. 12 Colorado State Loves the PNW Event

Nov. 18 PCC

Nov. 20 University of Utah

Career Exploration Events

Many career exploration opportunities can be found on the PPS College & Career Readiness website. Here are some highlights:


Nov. 10 & 12 Trade Stories: Construction Apprentices Talk to Teens

Nov. 10 ZGF Architects Career Day

Nov. 12 Wieden + Kennedy Career Talk

Nov. 16 KGW Career Talk

Winter Workshop Wednesdays

To support Seniors & their college application work in the coming months, we will be hosting the following workshops. Students should look for details on their Add'l Student Support Canvas page or messaging through Remind.


Nov. 18

10:30 - Common App

12:30 - General college application help & MaiaLearning

12:30 - Explore HBCU's


Dec. 2

10:30 - PCC & Future Connect

10:30 - College essay support

12:30 - UO application workshop

12:30 - Explore Tribal colleges


Dec. 9

10:30 - PCC & Future Connect

10:30 - Scholarships & financial aid

12:30 - OSU application workshop

12:30 - Entering workforce after high school


Dec. 16

10:30 - PCC & Future Connect

10:30 - General college application & MaiaLearning

12:30 - Explore Hispanic Serving Institutions

FAFSA/ORSAA

We're making progress toward our goal of helping 80% of our Senior Class complete their necessary financial aid paperwork! Our big push was in October as getting everything completed early ensures students qualify for the most aid possible.


Our efforts will continue this month. If your senior still needs to complete their FAFSA/ORSAA. Drop-in support will be available on Wednesdays @ 1 (selecting Senior Drop-In button in Canvas) or by appointment with their counselor.

November is National Scholarship Month

Seniors should be searching for & applying to scholarships as much as possible.


  • Check out the Madison website for all the scholarships due in November!
  • Prioritize scholarships specific to the colleges they are applying to.
  • Create an account with Going Merry & apply for various scholarships with 1 application.
  • Get the OSAC scholarship application started. This is how students apply to the Madison specific scholarships available.
  • Studentscholarships.org
  • Check out this list from Oregon GEAR UP