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Counseling Corner: January Edition

AP Exam Ordering

AP Exams must be ordered online between January 7th - February 24th at Total Registration.

Complete information in the AP Order Form 2019 document below.

Wellness Corner

Beckman will be hosting two workshops in January and one in early February.


Wellness Wednesday topic for January 30 is Stress and Anxiety Coping Strategies and will run from 8:15-9 am in the Commons.

Lunch and Learn will host EOPS/ Care/ Guardian Scholars (financial aid resources/ information for first generation college students) on January 22, 2019 and Accommodations and Services for Mental Health at IVC on February 7, 2019 in the library during student lunch.



Adolescence is a time of significant growth and change. Challenges in school, family, or social relationships can result in significant emotional distress and difficulties meeting the demands of daily life. When an adolescent is feeling overwhelmed, and lacks effective tools to manage and overcome life stressors, they are more likely to engage in unhealthy and maladaptive behaviors that hinder growth and can be harmful.

See videos below to hear the advice from Dr. Safahieh, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Licensed Marriage Therapist, Valeri Trezise, at Hoag Hospital on how parents can support their children dealing with emotional distress.

https://youtu.be/g0SzAng4ln4
https://youtu.be/_B5WXts8QMc

Senior Scene

We want to remind you to keep your counselor informed of your post high school plans. We want to provide you with as much support and guidance as possible regarding post-secondary plans before you graduate in May. In effort to understand where you are in the process, please log in to Naviance and update your list of universities/colleges you have applied to (including four year universities, community college, military, or vocational/certificate schools). As you begin to hear from colleges, please update the “result” of your applications (ex. admission, waitlisted, denied).

We ask that you update the list of colleges applied to or will be applying to by January 23, 2019.


In the meantime, here is some important information about upcoming workshops for community colleges.

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Irvine Valley College Fast Fridays

IVC offers several Fridays for students to go to campus to compete their advisement and orientation steps all in one day. Click the pdf below for more information.

Junior Junction

Counselor Coffee, Grade 11 - Parents, please plan to attend the 11th grade Counselor Coffee on January 17th at 8:00 am in the Commons. We will discuss the registration process for senior classes.


Senior Course Selection - Juniors meet one-on-one with their counselor February 15-23 to finalize their course selections for 12th grade.


Parents can access their Naviance account by logging into their account and using the email address they have listed in their Aeries Parent Portal.


Practice SAT/ACT - Sign up to take the practice SAT or ACT in the Beckman Commons on Saturday, March 3, 9 am -1 pm. The exam costs $10 and tickets can be purchased at lunch outside the student store or online until February 4th. March 1st is the last day to buy a ticket.


CLICK HERE for testing information and links to the JUNIOR MONTHLY CHECKLIST. Be sure to log onto Naviance. Go to the About Me Tab, then under Assessments, complete the “Do As You Are” Assessment. This will give you valuable feedback about career interests and college majors.

Sophomore Stop

Counselor Coffee, Grade 10 - Parents, please plan to attend the 10th grade Counselor Coffee on January 16 at 8:00 am in the Commons. We will discuss registration for 11th grade classes, upcoming dates and activities, and summer school. If students haven't completed the Career Interest Profiler and the Cluster Finder in Naviance, we encourage them to do so before selecting next year's courses as this will assist students in making appropriate selections based on their potential career path.


Sophomores will meet one-on-one with their counselor January 29-February 4 to finalize their course selections for 11th grade.


Practice SAT/ACT - Sign up to take the practice SAT or ACT in the Beckman Commons on Saturday, March 9th. The exam costs $10 and tickets can be purchased at lunch outside the student store or online until March 1. Sales start Feb. 4th.

Freshman Forum

Freshmen will register for their 10th grade classes January 22nd - January 28th. They must have their 10th grade course selections entered into Aeries by January 21st. There are short video tutorials on how to choose 10th grade courses and input them in Aeries on the 9th grade Haiku page.

To prepare, students will attend an informational meeting with their English class on January 18th in the PAC and will be given a 10th grade course selection sheet. Please be sure to review your student's selections and sign accordingly. Following the meeting, students will meet one-on-one with their 10th grade counselor to finalize the appropriate schedule.


During this registration process students also explore their interests by completing the Naviance Career Cluster Finder. At the end of the exploration activity students save three careers of interest to their Naviance account.


Practice SAT/ACT - Sign up to take the practice SAT or ACT in the Beckman Commons on Saturday, March 9th. The exam costs $10 and tickets can be purchased at lunch outside the student store or online until March 1. Sales start Feb. 4th.

Upcoming Dates

Parent Events:

1/15: The Well-Balanced Student, 6 pm in the Performing Arts Center

1/15: 9th Grade Counselor Coffee, 8 am in the BHS Commons

1/16: 10th Grade Counselor Coffee, 8 am in the BHS Commons

1/17: 11th Grade Counselor Coffee, 8 am in the BHS Commons

1/18: 12th Grade Counselor Coffee, 8 am in the BHS Commons


Student Events:

1/15: 12th Grade Meeting

1/16: 11th Grade Meeting

1/17: 10th Grade Meeting

1/18: 9th Grade Meeting

1/22: Lunch & Learn Financial Aid Resources for First Generation Students, lunch in the library

1/30: Wellness Wednesday Stress & Anxiety Coping Strategies, 8:15 am in the Commons

2/1: Last day for schedule change requests

2/7: Lunch & Learn Accommodations & Services for Mental Health at IVC, lunch in the library

2/24: Last day to register/pay for AP exams