Groves Counseling - December

A newsletter of the Groves Counseling Department

FAFSA Workshop 2.0 - Dec. 2

Missed the FAFSA Workshop in Oct.? Not to worry! another FAFSA event is happening on Dec. 2 at 6:00 p.m.!

Register in advance for this meeting:

RESCHEDULED - - College Visit from Eastern Michigan University

time and date TBA

HBCU Summit Series - Saturday Dec. 4

There is nothing like the HBCU Experience! The HBCU Summit Series is designed to expand awareness of the Black College Experience as well as education, career, and financial aid opportunities for students and their families. Students will get an opportunity to speak with lots of HBCU Representatives about the many opportunities of attending an HBCU, Apply and get accepted on the spot to some of the HBCUs participating, attend the various workshops including the HBCU 101 Experience Seminar!

Time: 9:00AM PST - 2:00PM PST - Event is VIRTUAL

ALL students are welcomed to attend the HBCU Summit Series!! We highly recommend Middle School, High School and Community College students!

NHS Induction - Dec. 9

133 Groves students will be inducted into the National Honor Society on Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. Students received an invitation to attend; NHS contracts are due by Dec. 17, 2021.

Art as Therapy - Dec. 15

Please join the National Art Honor Society, Art and Counseling Departments at Groves High School for our first “Art as Therapy” event. The event will start promptly in the Little Theater on Wednesday, December 15th @6pm. Participants will need to register. All participants will start the event completing a mindfulness experience and then move to candle making (C-3) or painting (C-6). There are limited slots available. This event is open to families, students and staff.

“An art therapist uses art materials and directives to activate sensory responses and generate imagery that is directly connected to emotions. This process helps one to re-experience emotions in a way that allows them to organize their feelings and form a narrative around an overwhelming experience.” -

6:00pm - Welcome: National Art Honor Society, Art and Counseling Departments.

6:10- Mr. Cognetto (wellness counselor), will share a mindfulness exercise to help center everyone and open our mind so we are able to bring awareness toward the art and candles we will be creating. Mindfulness can help us bring all of our attention into the moment, allowing everything else going on in our lives to drift away.

6:15pm -Come relieve some stress and spread some holiday cheer while making your very own candle! You will melt, fragrance and pour your own wax! Choose between the relaxing fragrances of Lavender or Eucalyptus. Top off your candle by creating a custom label. There is a 24-person limit on this class. We hope to see you there! with Mrs. Barksdale (school counselor, room C-3).

6:15pm Settle your mind and spirit as you are guided through an acrylic painting experience, producing a landscape image, with the help of Ms. Belf (art teacher), Mr. Fink (art teacher) and the National Art Honors Society (room C-6).

Pre-College Programs are Popping

Visit the College and Career Center website and click, "PreCollege and Summer Programs for High School Students" to explore major university summer programs on campus & remote learning opportunities. Some offer for-credit as well as exploration programs.

"Casts" we Love

Mrs. Kondak recommends: Nothing Much Happens, Bedtime Stories for Grownups. For those that struggle to fall asleep, this is a soothing story that helps to "nest" the active mind to facilitate good rest. Available in podcasts, at "Nothing Much Happens" or visit

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Students can make an appointment with their counselor by using this Google Form. Counselors will reach out to connect.

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