PHS Counselor Connection

Spring 2022

In this Newsletter:

  • Important Dates & Information
  • Future Ready
  • Helpful Resources for Families and Students
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Career Planning, Job Openings & Networking Event in Oconomowoc

Current 10th, 11th and 12th grade students have an opportunity to attend the Oconomowoc High School Job Expo on the morning of April 21st. Counselors have arranged a bus to be able to take interested students to this opportunity. Students will register using the interest survey that was sent to them. If interested, this must be completed by the end of the day on April 14th. This is a great chance for high school students to engage with lake country area employers to learn more about careers in various industries. It is also an opportunity to explore job opportunities, whether your are looking for a part-time position or want to launch right into your career. Website with deatils and a list of employers that will be at the event.

Explore Careers at WCTC this Spring and Summer!

WCTC has some pretty cool events coming up to help students explore careers and learn about opportunities available at WCTC. See your counselor if you have questions about any of these opportunities.


Serving up Success: For high school students interested in baking, culinary or hospitality. Spend Friday, April 29th touring WCTC's state-of-the-art kitchens and labs while also preparing lunch and dining in the training restaurant. Registration information on the linked flyer.


Nontraditional Occupations Career Events: WCTC is offering these 2-hour long workshops in April for the following- Men in Nursing, Men in Human Services, Men in Human Resources and Women in Welding. See the flyer for dates and registration information.


Spring Open House: Learn about all of the programs and serices available at WCTC on April 21st from 3-7pm. Students who attend will receive an application fee waiver. Register on their website or use the QR code on the linked flyer.


Hands-on Career Exploration Summer Camp: This is for students entering 9th-12th grade. From June 18th-20th, students can learn about the following careers. Register online or use the QR code on the attached flyer.

- Designing with Computers

- Construction

- Manufacturing

- Engineering

- Public Safety & Health

- Human Services

Speaking of Summer...

If you are looking for a job this summer, there is something out there for you! Check out the student Job Post list and start making some $$$ while learning great life skills!

Interested in getting paid to learn about various trades this summer?

Superior Crane Corp. in Waukesha runs a fantastic, paid, summer program called SCCUniversity which introduces students to the following: Welding, Machining, Service/Maintenance Repair, Electrical, Engineering and a solid foundation to Life and Financial skills. Students who will be 16 by the start of the program are eligible to apply. See the Brochure for more information and complete the Application if you would like to be considered. Questions can be directed to your counselor or Candace Christensen at the number on the brochure

Camp Hope

Students who are grieving any kind of loss are invited to spend the weekend at Camp Hope.


At Camp HOPE, kids will build connections with other kids their age who are processing similar losses and emotions. They are invited to participate in all the same summer camp activities, such as boating, fishing, hiking, ropes courses and wall climbs, music, campfires and arts and crafts- but we also make lots of time for sharing stories about our loved ones, journaling, mindfulness yoga, building memory crafts and participating in a special candlelight memorial.


Campers arrive at the Wisconsin Lion's Camp located in Rosholt, WI on Saturday morning at 9:00am with the closing ceremony at 2:30pm on Sunday. For more information, please visit: www.camphopeforkids.org and see the info flyer, student registration and adult registration information. The registration deadline is April 15th.

It's Time For Our Seniors to Leave These Hallowed Halls...but first!

Graduation Info Website: End of year and graduation details will be added to this site as they are finalized.


June 3:
Graduation Walk and Senior Picnic
Students will meet in the atrium and cafeteria in their cap and gown to line up for the graduation walk.
9:00 AM: Students will leave through PHS front doors

Upon completion of the walk, seniors will meet for a class picture then board the busses to the picnic.


June 9:
Graduation Practice - 10:00 AM
Arrive by 9:45 AM


June 10:
Commencement Ceremony - 7:00 PM
Graduates should arrive no later than 6:30 PM

Guests may arrive starting at 6:30 PM



Sending & Accessing Your Final Transcript

  • Your selected college will need to receive your final transcript after graduation. At this point seniors can go to www.parchment.com, make an order and select “Hold for future grades”, this will automatically send your final transcript when it is ready. Or, you can wait until one week after graduation and send your transcript through parchment using the "send now" feature.

  • Remember you will not see your Semester 1 grades if you have not updated your transcript view. You have to do this after each semester grading period.

Seniors: It's Not Too Late to Apply For Financial Aid

The UW System has started a campaign to ensure that all college bound families have completed the FAFSA (Free Application For Financial Aid). Financial aid counselors at universities all across the UW System are collaborating in this effort, and they’re willing to help parents and students successfully complete the form. Furthermore, UW financial aid counselors will provide this assistance regardless of where a student ultimately decides to go to college. To schedule a time with one of our counselors, please visit https://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/fin-aid/ for contact information.

Here are some additional resources:

College access and affordability have never been more important, and we want to ensure that all students who wish to go to college can have that opportunity. Submitting the FAFSA can be a key step in turning a dream into reality. Let’s work together to make it happen!

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2022-2023 Schedules

Course requests for '22-23 are final in Skyward. Students and parents should look at future requests to verify that all is correct. If there are any issues, please connect with your counselor right away.


Current Sophomores and Juniors will soon receive information (in homeroom) regarding the arena scheduling process. Students will build their schedules between May 2nd and May 16th. Schedules for the younger students will be completed following May 16th. Students will receive a communication when schedules are available for viewing in Skyward.


Arena Scheduling Important dates (current 10th and 11th graders only)


Tuesday, April 26th Course sectioning information is viewable in Skyward

Monday, May 2nd 7:30 a.m.: Arena Scheduling window opens for the class of 2023

Wednesday, May 4th 7:30 a.m.: Arena Scheduling window opens for the class of 2024

Monday, May 16th 8:00 a.m.: Arena scheduling window will close

Summer Opportunities

Marian University is offering Academic and Career Planning college courses again this summer.

Courses offered: Intro to Health Professions and Intro to Business Professions.

Courses are hosted online for 5 weeks, meeting on Monday’s at 7pm for one hour. Presenters tie together majors with career paths as well as their own personal journey’s.

Each course is 1 credit, costs is $50 to earn a $500 pre-college award from Marian per course completed. Any high school student grades 9-12 are encouraged to enroll.


UW-Whitewater Journalism & Media- Calling High School Journalists and those interested in media! You’re invited to the Summer ‘22 KEMPA Journalism Kamp "No Time like Today" at UW-Whitewater on July 17-20 for high school students interested in media. More information available on this website.


Mount Mary Fashion Academy- Fashion Academy is a week-long experience for students entering grades 8-12 who have a love of fashion and want to learn more about the industry. More info and registration HERE.


The Whitewater Forensics Institute (WFI)- For students on or with a desire to be on a speech team. More information Here


Like Golf? Caddie Leadership Program & Summer Job Opportunity- Some students who have done this have been able to receive full tuition scholarships to college! Program overview flyer, leadership academy info sheet, Website


MSOE summer programs for the engineering and STEM interested. See this link for more information.

UW System Info workbook

Students at any grade level interested in learning about the UW College system can request a summer workbook. While the workbook is specifically geared toward current juniors, all other grades could find beneficial information in the guide.

Seniors: Scholarships

There are still scholarships coming in so keep watching the spreadsheet and applying! HERE is a link to the PHS list of scholarships that come through our office. HERE is a flyer with some of the popular scholarship databases.

A note to seniors about your Google Files:

If you want to keep any of your google files or emails, you will need to download them to a PC or flash drive. Accounts will be deleted after July31st and files will be lost at that time.

Google Takeout allows you to transfer files from school to another personal Google account or to download everything as a zip file. The site is located at: https://takeout.google.com/transfer Here is a Youtube video done by another school that shows how to use this. Files can take up to a week to transfer if you have a lot.

Paying for College Resource

The website from Sallie Mae has great resources from the basics to more detailed info about the various methods to help afford college. A great video series is also available.

Want to Register for Another ACT?

Juniors are reminded that you can sign up for additional ACT tests dates by logging into the Myact.org account that was created in the physics classes in February. Upcoming test dates are in June, July and September. The deadline to register for the June test is May 6th.


Click here to find other National Test Dates

ACT Prep Resources

Prep Material provided by DPI or Individual Prep resources see link for more options.


Remember- All juniors have access to our online Method Test Prep ACT program. You can access this through your Xello account (log into Xello through the PHS-Guidance splash page).

Career Coaching Services Offered by WCTC

Mr. John Pritchett, WCTC Career Coach, is available to meet with PHS students for individual Career Coaching meetings. These will be scheduled as 30 minute appointments, and students can coordinate with Mr. Pritchett to have a meeting by using the following link: Schedule an appointment . Appointments are typically available Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM. If an appointment is made during the school day the student should coordinate with their counselor to have a space available for the session. Ideally, this program offering is for junior and senior students however, younger students interested in early planning are able to set up appointment.

Learning Differences Virtual College fair

Save the Date: MAY 4, 2022

More Information and Registration here

GoToCollegeFairs has always actively looked for ways we can support access and inclusion programming. We will be hosting a college fair on May 4th as an extension of our missional goal to help students and colleges find a fit because we know that a college education can be life-changing.


This fair’s program focuses on opportunities for students with a history of IEPs, 504 plans, or therapeutic supports and accommodations. Each year, about 20 percent of graduating high school students fall into this category. It will also aid students who do not have formal accommodations because learning differences can come in many forms.

College Representative Visits and Presentations

Admissions officers are making the rounds this spring. Students can register in the student services office. College and Military visit info is on this Visits document which is shared regularaly with students via email.



Opportunities to Learn about Colleges

Wisconsin Education Fairs

Christian College Fair

National College Fair

WCTC - see above for spring open house info

College Search on your XELLO program

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Tutoring Resource Through the Pewaukee Library!


The library is encouraging students to check out this opportunity to receive live, online academic tutoring. Click HERE (or see the directions on the picture below) for more information.

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Student Job "Board"- Often times, local employers will let us know of positions that they are hiring for. This document will be updated each time we learn of a new opportunity so check back often!


District Community Resources List

(use the links on the left to navigate resources for various topics)


Parenting Teens With Depression Website/Podcast- Rogers Memorial Hospital has created a website with resources to supports parents of teenagers with depression. One resource on this site is a 5-part podcast series that provides critical insight on risk factors associated with teens and depression, symptoms to watch for, tips to use at home, when it’s time to seek help, and effective therapies used in treatment.


(free!) mental health resource for LGBTQ+ youth- the PRISM Program! This is a virtual peer-support program meant to serve LGBTQ+ youth around the ages of 16-26 years old. We offer weekly support groups as well as a warmline that people can call to be connected to 1:1 support. All the peer-specialists on the Prism team are part of the LGBTQ+ community and have lived experience with mental health challenges. Anyone interested in using this service can call 414-336-7974 to get connected, or email prism@Mhawisconsin.org.


Your Choice Parent Webinars- Sessions on various topics that parents may find useful. Topics include resiliency, drugs, alcohol, vaping and screen addiction


College Goal WI- Assistance with completing the FAFSA (seniors) All virtual event this year


Healing Hearts Healing Hearts of Waukesha County has enhanced our grief support programs with relevant issues our children and families are forced to deal with in our current times. In addition to our family support groups, we are offering a Young Adult and an Adult only grief support group. Children and adults now have a great opportunity to connect with others virtually to receive support and strengthen their resiliency.

Any family dealing with a life altering event is welcome to join us, because grief is a response to all types of loss, and it impacts our thoughts, emotions, and well-being.

All Healing Hearts grief support programs are free to all participants. Sessions are starting soon and can be applied to even after they begin.

For more information or to register, contact us at 272-751-0874 or info.hhwc@gmail.com

More info on Young Adult Support Group

More Info on Adult Support Group



Resources from the Pewaukee Library- Help Now (Live online tutoring), Teen Reading Challenge, Teen Book Club, Virtual Magna & Anime Club


District/School Calendars

The Hook

Get the latest student news from our friends at the PHS Hook!

Speak Up, Speak Out

THE POWER TO SAVE LIVES? WE GOT THAT.

When you, a friend or the community needs help, you can make it happen. Speak up and speak out by reporting a tip! The Speak Up, Speak Out Resource Center will respond quickly and confidentially to make sure we can get help to you or to someone who is hurting, struggling or in danger.

Students can download the app to make reports or they can go to the Speak Up, Speak Out WI website to submit a tip. In addition, we always encourage students to tell an adult in the building if they have safety concerns for self or others. See Something, Say Something!

Teen Central

Resource for teens facing mental health issues. This website is filled with resources and information to get help. (click the picture to go to the site)
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