Sanford JH/HS School Counselor

News & Updates - April 2020

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Sanford students and parents

As we navigate this school year through "distance learning" I am here to support you in any way that I can. If you need support academically, socially/emotionally, or with college and career readiness I am here to help! Just like before, stop by my "virtual office". I have set up virtual office hours. You can setup a time to meet with me by clicking below. Please also check my teacher page on our school website for more information regarding 7-12 ICAP completion. I will post information regarding 2020-2021 pre-registration at the beginning of May on my teacher page. You can also email me anytime at

8 Strategies for Distance Learning

Distance learning is something that is new to many and can be difficult to adjust to. Students may struggle with this transition and teachers are willing to be flexible as you adjust. The best advice is to communicate with your teachers. These connections are beneficial and will help. This list includes other helpful suggestions that may make your learning experience more manageable.

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Information taken from College Board

June SAT and SAT Subject Test Administration CANCELLED

To keep students safe, and in alignment with public health guidance and school closures across 192 countries, we will not be able to administer the SAT or SAT Subject Tests on June 6, 2020.

Future SAT Administrations, Including September

If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we’ll provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.

Students can register for these administrations starting in May. We’ll contact students directly when we have the exact date. Eligible students can register with a fee waiver.

For each administration, we’re preparing to significantly expand our capacity for students to take the SAT once schools reopen. We’re calling on our member schools and colleges, as well as local communities, to provide additional test center capacity so every student who wants to take the SAT can do so.

Students can get early access to register for August, September, and October if they’re:

  • Already registered for June
  • In the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores

To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, College Board and Khan Academy® will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools.

Sanford TEST Center information from Mrs. Duran

Sanford is a registered College Board Test Center. College Board may offer a test in July, I have indicated to College Board that Sanford schools will be an available test site if they are able to open a new SAT test date in July.

Juniors- we are a registered test site for the Saturday August 29th test date. I would highly recommend you take the SAT again either in July (if offered) or in August. The deadline to register for the August test is July 29th. Please contact me for a fee waiver if you qualify and help with registration.

Students 7-12 click here to complete your ICAP- Xello

Each student has an account in Xello. Now is a great time to do some exploring and find ideas for your future! Please check out my teacher page on our school website if you do not remember your user name and password.

Senior Information and Scholarships

SENIORS we are using Microsoft teams to communicate and complete senior seminar. Please check your school email. If you are unable to access teams make sure you contact me ASAP.

CESDA 4/5/2020

Doug Monter 4/6/2020 DEADLINE EXTENDED to 4/20/20
Emailed to students -See Mrs. Duran for Application

Ross Barlow 4/15/2020
Emailed to students -See Mrs. Duran for Application

Guadalupe Parish Credit Union Scholarship 4/24/20

Emailed to students-See Mrs. Duran for Application

Bear/Sheep Creek 4/22/2020
Emailed to students -See Mrs. Duran for Application

Conejos County DSS 4/30/2020
Emailed to students -See Mrs. Duran for Application

South Fork Fire Rescue 4/30/2020

4-H Scholarship 4/30/2020

Associate Home Loan Scholarship 5/1/2020

PB&J 5/31/2020

SLV Behavioral Health

SLV Behavioral Health is offering services amid the COVID-19 Outbreak. You can either contact our Erin Mobley or contact Mrs. Duran to assist with the referral process.

If you are experiencing a crisis, please call 719-589.3671 or call the crisis hotline 1 (844) 493-TALK (8255). For after business hours assistance, please call 911 or the crisis hotline 1 (844) 493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255 to receive mental health crisis support.

COVID19 Teen Toolbox- Click Here for Resources

Amazing resources for teens and parents

Resources and Articles for Parents and Students

Stress and coping CDC

Coping With the Coronavirus Crisis- Child Mind Institute

Supporting Kids Through the COVID-19 Crisis
Tips for nurturing and protecting children at home.

Supporting Teenagers and Young Adults During the Coronavirus Crisis
Tips for parents with older children at home.

Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus
For parents, prioritizing your own well-being benefits your whole family.

Anxiety and Coping With the Coronavirus
Managing worry — your kids’ and your own.

How Mindfulness Can Help During COVID-19
Tips for calming anxiety during a difficult time.

Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
Kids worry more when they’re kept in the dark. Here’s what to say.

Giving Kids With ADHD Support and Structure During the Coronavirus Crisis
Managing attention (yours and theirs) will help kids thrive.

Autism and the Coronavirus

Resources for Families of Children on the Spectrum
From how to talk to kids with autism about the coronavirus to how to teach handwashing and develop schedules.

Remote Learning

Family Resources for Remote Learning
Clinicians from our Learning and Development Center have organized resources for parents who are suddenly responsible for the home school environment.

Managing Anxiety

Anxious Stomach Aches and Headaches
Anxiety in children sometimes manifest physically. Here’s what to watch for.

How to Help Children Manage Fears
Tips for teaching children how to build resilience and learn to calm themselves down, even when things feel scary.

Tips for Calming Anxious Kids
Go-to techniques for coaxing anxiety-prone children out of their fears from a Mom who’s been there.

How to Avoid Passing Anxiety on to Your Kids
Help yourself, and them, by learning techniques to manage stress in a healthy way.

How Anxiety Leads to Disruptive Behavior
Kids who are acting out, melting down, or being defiant may actually be seriously anxious.

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious
How to respect their feelings without empowering their fears.

Panic Attacks and How to Treat Them
Knowing what to look for and how to help children calm down is key.

The Power of Mindfulness
How a meditation practice can help kids (and parents) feel less anxious and more relaxed.