MHS Counseling

December - 2020

Afternoon Attendance Expectations

We have made a shift in how we log attendance and have added a required 10 minute check in for students during their afternoon classes (mostly at 12:35 & 2:00 M, T, Th & F). This started on Nov. 30. Students who are working or have family responsibilities need to email their teacher and we will create a plan for these students.
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College Applications & Maia Learning

If your Senior is working on college applications this winter, please check-in with them about whether they are using their Maia Learning account. Students login to their Maia account using their PPS google account. Parents were sent an invite to access Maia Learning as well this September via email.

Maia will be used to track ALL college applications and is the portal for sending all associated documents to colleges (transcripts, school reports & letters of recommendation).

If you need assistance accessing your parent account, please reach out to your student's school counselor. Please review these Maia Learning instructions on how seniors should be using the tool to make their applications go smoothly.

FAFSA/ORSAA Completion Night

Wednesday, Dec. 9th, 6pm

This is an online event.

Register HERE.

Breakout rooms for 1x1 support.

Language support in Spanish, Somali, Russian, Mandarin & Vietnamese.

Please be prepared with: Parent/guardian in attendance, 2019 Taxes, FSA ID for Student & Guardian

Junior Guidance - Post HS Options

Wednesday, Dec. 9 @ 12:30 counselors will be meeting with Juniors. Students should using the "grade level meeting" button on their Add'l Student Support Canvas class page.

We'll be presenting an overview of options students should be exploring to create a plan for after graduation. Information about 2 & 4-year college, trade/apprenticeships & military will be the focus. An introduction to MaiaLearning will also be included.

Noticing My Emotions Tool

The Noticing My Emotions tool is for students and their adults to:

  • Identify how they look and/or feel when experiencing different emotions

  • Have both students and their adults identify self-regulation “resiliency” tools to use to help students return to calm.

Having a range of emotions is normal and okay. It can be hard for students to navigate big feelings (like anger, frustration or sadness). This tool can help your student feel more prepared and empowered to handle big feelings by knowing that they have the tools to help them return to calm. One of the best tools a student can have for managing big feelings is a relationship with a supportive caregiver.
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Career Exploration Opportunities

Wed. Dec. 9 (1:00-1:45 pm) - PCC Engineering Technology

Wed. Dec. 9 (3:00-3:45 pm) - Career Presentation: Architecture

Wed. Dec. 9 (12:00-3:20 pm) - Explore Careers in Navy, Marines & Army branches (register on MaiaLearning)

Wed. Dec. 16 (1:00-1:45 pm) - PCC Auto Service Tech Program

Wed. Dec. 16 (2:00-2:45 pm) - Career Presentation: Customer Service Pro Verizon

Thurs. Dec. 17 (8:45-9:30 am) - Kaiser Permanente careers in healthcare & medical technology

Winter Wednesday Workshops

To support Seniors & their college application work this month, we will be hosting the following workshops. Students should look for details on their Add'l Student Support Canvas page or messaging through Remind.

Dec. 9

10:30 - PCC & Future Connect

10:30 - Scholarships & financial aid

12:30 - OSU application workshop

12:30 - Entering workforce after high school

Dec. 16

10:30 - PCC & Future Connect

10:30 - Instant Viking: Apply to PSU prior to event & meet w/ admission to receive results

12:30 - Explore Hispanic Serving Institutions

Mental Health Supports

Students needing mental health support during these challenging times can receive support virtually.

Multnomah County's Student Health Center continues to provide counseling services through virtual & phone appointments. If you want to help your student get connected, reach out to their school counselor for a referral.

Madison Renaming Website

Please share your input on the community survey to be used as a part of the renaming process.