CHS School Counseling Corner

Semester 1 Happenings

The role of School Counselors

The OPS School Counseling framework is built on a strengths-based foundation, utilizing the American School Counselor Association model. Through classroom curriculum, group activities, and individual sessions, school counselors guide all students toward academic success and post-secondary education goals. Students are sometimes challenged with the demands of school and life. Decision-making, conflict resolution, problem solving, and healthy relationships are some of the topics school counselors discuss with students.


School counselors actively promote leadership, collaboration, student advocacy, and systemic change through evidence-based and research informed practice. School counselors focus on improving school connectedness to assist students and families in overcoming barriers that are impacting the students’ success. Every student will be empowered to gain the attitude, knowledge, and skills necessary for lifelong academic, career, and personal success. Every student will be provided a system of support to address immediate needs and concerns impacting school success. Strengths-based school counseling focuses on identifying strengths and promoting positive development.


Students who need support beyond the School Counseling Program can also access the Community Counseling Program and School Social Worker at Central High School.

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Programming for ALL Students

High school counselors work with all students individually, as well as in small groups and in the classroom. They focus on: assisting students in updating their four-year Academic Plans, providing support to ensure students stay on track for graduation, preparing students to be college and career ready, and supporting students experiencing personal challenges. All students receive information about and support with: ACT/SAT preparation and testing, career assessment and decision-making, 2- and 4-year college selection, application and admission, NCAA Eligibility Guidelines, military or job applications, financial aid, scholarships and FAFSA completion. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact their student’s counselor for information and resources.

1st Semester for all 9th Graders

  • Freshman First Day - 9th grade activities and Counselor Welcome
  • Schedule Updates - one-on-one with assigned counselors
  • Course Planning/Transition to High School - classroom lesson with counseling staff
  • Personal Learning Plan meetings - one-on-one with assigned counselors
  • College Colors Day - in classrooms with teachers
  • Career Exploration Lesson - classroom lesson with counseling staff

1st Semester for ALL 10th Graders

  • Social Emotional Lessons (Stress/Wellness) - in classrooms with counselors
  • Personal Learning Plan meetings - one-on-one with assigned counselors
  • College Colors Day - in classrooms with teachers
  • PreACT Interpretation - one-on-one with assigned counselors

1st Semester for all 11th Graders

  • Job Corps Visits - in counseling office with Job Corps Admissions Staff
  • Social Emotional Lessons (Stress/Wellness) - in classrooms with counselors
  • College/Career Lesson - in classrooms with college counselor
  • College Colors Day - in classrooms with teachers

1st Semester for all 12th Graders

  • College/Career Lesson - in classrooms with college counselor
  • Job Corps Visits - in counseling office with Job Corps Admissions Staff
  • Career/College Visits - in courtyard, schedule using your Naviance account
  • Personal Learning Plan meetings - one-on-one with assigned counselors
  • 12th Grade College Night - evening event with counselors/college experts
  • Apply2College Week - small groups with counselors and college admissions reps
  • College Colors Day - in classrooms with teachers
  • FAFSA Appointments - one-on-one with EducationQuest Staff

Supports for Individual Students

  • Course Planning
  • Academic support
  • Social/Emotional concerns and referrals as needed
  • Career/College concerns and referrals as needed
  • Problem-solving and goal-setting
  • Graduation support
  • Student advocate during SAT/IEP team meetings
  • Scholarship/college application support
  • FAFSA support
  • Consultations with community agencies
  • Access to The Nest clothing and necessities closet

UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES - See your counselor!

  • College Visits - Midland University, Nebraska Methodist College
  • Job Corps Visit - Denison, IA
  • Career Center Visit - TAC Building
  • Promoting Empowerment in Our World Conference - Anti-Defamation League
  • Zoo Academy 2020-2021 Application
  • Career Center Application
  • Grief Group
  • 11th Grade College Night
  • 9th/10th Grade College Night

Your child's school counselor can help with any resources you need. Please use the above contact information any time!