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VHS Counseling Department Newsletter - November 2022


Need information on the next ACT or SAT test date, registration deadline, cost, or test prep materials. Checkout each tests respective website:

Civics Test - Graduation Requirement

Want to learn more about the Civics Test required for graduation in the state of Arizona? Check out the following site:

Not only will you find background information on how the requirement came to be, you will find a practice test with an answer key!

College & Career Assistance

Mr. Navarro, our Career Specialist, is here to assist you with your college and career readiness. If you have questions or need help with the college selection or admissions process, scholarship applications, the FAFSA, building a resume' or another college/career topic, see Mr. Navarro.

Need help getting started or completing an application? Mr. Navarro can help with job applications, college applications, West-MEC applications, and more!

The Career Center is located upstairs in the Reading Room area. Stop by or click here to request a meeting.

2023-2024 Course Selection Process

Before you know it, we will begin the registration process for the 2023-24 school year.

Later this month, we will hold an electives fair so that students can be exposed to many of the courses we offer at VHS. In addition, students are encouraged to talk with their teachers as they can offer insights on the next course a student may take, what level they would recommend (including Honors and/or Advanced Placement courses), and other courses their department might offer. Before each grade level registers, information about the registration/course selection process will be shared.

Be sure to listen to the announcements and follow the school's and our department's Remind messaging for updates. Instructions for joining our department's Remind messaging can be found on our webpages,

Did you know?

A few years ago, the Arizona Board of Regents adjusted the 1.0 credit fine arts requirement for admission into ASU, NAU, and UofA. Now, the 1.0 credit requirement can be met by an Art or Career & Technical Education (CTE) credit.

Please remember that many private and/or out-of-state schools may still only accept credit in the arts. Be sure to check the schools' admission requirements for the schools you plan to apply to.

EMCC Embedded Advisor

Our EMCC Embedded Advisors are here to help students apply to EMCC and so much more! If you are interested in an EMCC program such as Dual Enrollment, ACE, and Hoop of Learning, they can help. Look for them in the Career Center on Thursdays and alternating Wednesdays!

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

The FAFSA opened October 1st for current seniors.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA),, determines your eligibility for federal, state, and college-sponsored financial aid, including grants, educational loans, and work-study programs. Colleges/universities may require you to complete the FAFSA for their merit-based scholarships (even if the scholarships are not need-based)...don't be caught off-guard...complete your FAFSA!

Visit, to learn more about the FAFSA.

You and your parents will need an FSA ID to complete the FAFSA.

Go to to create a FSA ID. This is required to start the FAFSA.

If you want to know the information you will need to complete the FAFSA, go to

Remember, completing the FAFSA is just one step in the financial aid process! Learn more at

Get Involved

Did you know that getting involved in your school can increase your happiness with school, improve your time management skills, help you connect with others that have shared interests, and more?

Whether you are joining in with Spirit Week, fundraisers, or participating in clubs or athletics, there are many opportunities to connect with others.

Be sure you sign up for our school's and department's Remind messaging to receive information on activities/events you may want to be a part of.

You can also check out the Clubs site, Athletics page, and/or main VHS Website.

Google Classrooms - Counseling

Each grade level (cohort) has their own Google Classroom that the counselors oversee. Students can find college, career, Wellness Wednesday activities/information, announcements, and more. Be sure you are checking your cohort's Google Classroom throughout the year as it will continue to grow!

Parents - you are welcome to join as well. The links to join are grade-level specific so please join based on your student(s) grade level.

Class of 2023:

Class of 2024:

Class of 2025:

Class of 2026:

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline (aka, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you.

School Counselors

School counselors work to maximize student success, promoting access and equity for all students. We are members of the school leadership team and work to create a school culture of success for all. School counselors hold, at minimum, a master’s degree in school counseling, meet the state certification/licensure standards, fulfill continuing education requirements, uphold ASCA ethical and professional standards. School counselors help all students: apply academic achievement strategies, manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills, and plan for postsecondary options (higher education, military, work force). -from ASCA's The Role of the School Counselor

Verrado High School has five school counselors on campus. Students are assigned to their counselor based on their advisory class.

  • Mrs. Schepker - A-wing

  • Ms. Palmgren - B-wing

  • Ms. Enders - C-wing

  • Mr. Pratt - D-wing

  • Ms. Hink - E-wing

Southwest Family Advocacy Center - Community Resource

Learn more about the work of the Southwest Family Advocacy Center at, including their educational resources and information,, for parents, teens, educators, and more!


Official transcripts can be ordered on for a fee. This method allows you to track your request and expedites the process.

If you prefer to not pay the fee, you can still order through our Registrar, Mrs. Rodriguez. You will need to complete an Official Transcript Request Form in the main Counseling Center.

Please note: If you would like your class ranking on your transcript you must indicate such in your request.

You can also get an unofficial copy of your transcript from Mrs. Rodriguez.

West-MEC 2023-24

The 2023-24 West-MEC program application opened October 31st.

Check out their website at and attend one of their Open House events,, to learn more about their programs and requirements.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can apply to attend a West-MEC program; however, completion of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program. Also, take a look at the various upcoming West-MEC presentations we will have on campus (see the Upcoming Events section of this newsletter).

Students apply online at, then, print the verification form. Once you and your parent have signed the verification form, you must turn it in to your VHS counselor by December 22, 2022 for consideration in the primary round of allocations.

Upcoming Events

College & Career Wear Day


Counselor Cart

Mondays & Fridays



Zen Den

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays


Innovation Lounge

West-MEC Open House Events

October - December

Dates and times vary by campus during this window. Check out the following for details:

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

November 6

West-MEC Application Help

November 7

December 5


Innovation Lounge

AP Exam - Payment Deadline

November 10


November 10

8:15 AM

Juniors & seniors*

*Seniors that did not test previously

MHS/VHS College & Career Night

November 15

5:30 - 7:30 PM

@ Millennium High School

Open to all students and their families.

VHS Scholarship Marathon

November 16

1:30 - 3:00 PM


Seniors Only

VHS Application Campaign

November 30

1:30 - 3:00 PM


Seniors Only

2023-24 Course Selection Week for Class of 2026

December 5 - 9

EMCC's ACE (Achieving a College Education) Application Deadline

December 16

2023-24 West-MEC Application Verification Form Due to VHS Counselor

December 22

EMCC's Hoop of Learning Application Deadline

March 1, 2023

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