HHS Counseling Newsletter

Vol. 14


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Online registration will be opening for students who are currently enrolled at Hamilton High School on Tuesday, January 19th. Please visit our hamiltonhuskies.com website for registration information, instructions and forms. This information can be located by going to the REGISTRATION TAB.

Students who are currently attending Hamilton will be viewing the PowerPoints through their English class week of January 18th. They will have access to the PP and step-by-step directions in Google Classroom, as well as in the Registration Tab. English teachers have a designated day in Jan./Feb. that they will be bringing their students down to meet with their alpha counselor individually.

If students have specific registration questions, please have them email their counselor. This is going to be the quickest response. All other questions can be answered during the individual meeting.

Contact Information

Mike Maluski (A-BROO) maluski.mike@cusd80.com

Taylor Harris (BROO - DASH) harris.taylor@cusd80.com

Margarita Trujillo (DAU-GEN) jimeneztrujillo.margarita@cusd80.com

Rachel Celaya (GEO-HUSS) celaya.rachel@cusd80.com

Amy Furrow (HUY-LUV) furrow.amy@cusd80.com

Jessica Anaya (LEW-MOH) anaya.jessica@cusd80.com

Steve Spykstra (MOI-PHAM) spykstra.steve@cusd80.com

Amanda Tietjen (PHAN-SEAW) tietjen.amanda@cusd80.com

Shana Lacerenza (SEB-TUP) lacerenza.shana@cusd80.com

Steve Kanner (TUR-Z) kanner.steve@cusd80.com

Dyan Randall (Counseling Secretary) (480)883-5046 randall.dyan@cusd80.com

EVIT Registration 2021-2022

10th & 11th grade students interested in attending the East Valley Institute of Technology next year, please view the video below or contact your counselor for more information. Registration for the 2021-2022 school year has already begun. You can also go to EVIT.com for more info

EVIT Video

HHS Flinn Semi Finalists

Almost 80 of Arizona’s highest-performing high-school seniors, including 5 from Hamilton HS, have advanced to become Flinn Scholarship Semifinalists, an elite honor for students vying for the prestigious merit-based scholarship.

By virtue of reaching this state in the Flinn Scholarship selection process, the Class of 2021 Semifinalists qualify for a specially designated scholarship from Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, or the University of Arizona.

The 78 Semifinalists will be interviewed by three-person panels later this month. Following the Semifinalist interviews, about 40 Flinn Scholarship Finalists will advance to an interview in March with the five-person Selection Committee, which chooses approximately 20 students for the Flinn Scholarship. .The Flinn Scholars Program received 951 applications for the 2021 scholarship from 209 high schools and 73 cities and towns in 13 of the 15 Arizona counties.

The Flinn Foundation will announce the Flinn Scholars Class of 2021 in April.

The Class of 2021 Flinn Scholarship Semifinalists from Hamilton HS are:

Anika Attaluri, Hamilton High School

Viveka Chinnasamy, Hamilton High School

Manvi Harde, Hamilton High School

Liane Ozoemelam, Hamilton High School

Matthew Torel, Hamilton High School

HHS sophomores who are interested in attending the 2021 HOBY Leadership virtual seminar should contact Mr. Kanner (HHS Counselor) for more information. The dates of the seminar are June 3-6/2021.


Seniors, here is some info on your ACT Scores

Printed Scores

* Available 3-8 weeks after tests are submitted for scoring.

* These scores are also sent to colleges within this timeline.

Online Scores

* Students need to create an account using www.actstudent.org

* Available online about one week after printed scores are received.

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Need Tutoring!? We got YOU!

If your students want to sign up for one-on-one tutoring, here are some options and the information they will need:

In order to book a peer tutoring session: students must use their gse.cusd80 email or personal Gmail to create an account through PeerSquared platform, (approved by the district) and then follow the prompt to confirm the request in their desired subject area.

Link for the PeerSquared: https://peer-squared.com/school/hamilton_high_school/register

The school code is: HHS2020

For drop-in virtual tutoring, please click on the link below. Tutoring starts at 3:00pm every Monday. https://meet.google.com/lookup/gqccxxakso?authuser=0&hs=179.

Contact info: peertutoringhhs@gmail.com

Remind 101: text @peerhhs to 81010

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Common Application and Letters of Recommendation

Seniors, please make sure you are aware that Counselor's require TWO weeks prior notification when asking for a letter of recommendation. Do not wait until the last minute to approach your counselor with this information. Be sure to stay on top of your deadlines and not procrastinate until the very last minute.

Attention Senior Students!!

If you still need to complete your Senior ECAP, please see instructions below. Remember this is a requirement for graduation!!

This is a 3 step process as follows:

  1. View Power Point
  2. Complete Google Form
  3. Parent/Guardian Verifies 4-year plan in Infinite Campus

The link to all components is included on this email and instructions are attached.

**If you are a part time/concurrent student at COA your parent/guardian may not be able to access your 4-year plan in Infinite Campus. If this applies to you, please print your 4-year plan through your student portal on Infinite Campus, have your parent/guardian sign, and return Dyan Randall (counseling secretary at Hamilton High School). This may be returned in person (A-121) or sent through email.

Forms may be emailed to: randall.dyan@cusd80.com


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REMINDER, $$$$!! The FASFA application opened on October 1st, complete yours ASAP!

We strongly encourage all students to complete a FAFSA whether they know their college or post- high school plans yet. This is a great way to see if you can qualify for federal free grants, loans or work study programs. There are many FAFSA events throughout the year so look for those if you are needing assistance completing your FAFSA


Step by Step Instructions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uop9NGRkkfc

College Depot FAFSA LABS - free virtual assistance Tuesdays from 11:30AM - 1:00PM throughout November & December. Register at tiny.cc/CDevents


Test Anxiety 101

What is test anxiety?

Test anxiety is actually a type of performance anxiety — a feeling someone might have in a situation where performance really counts or when the pressure's on to do well

What causes it?

All anxiety is a reaction to anticipating something stressful. When you're under stress, your body releases the hormone adrenaline, which prepares it for. That's what causes the physical symptoms, such as sweating, a pounding heart, and rapid breathing. These sensations might be mild or intense. The more a person focuses on the negative things that could happen, the stronger the feeling of anxiety becomes.

What Can You Do?

Test anxiety can be a real problem if you're so stressed out over a test that you can't get past the nervousness to focus on the test questions and do your best work. Feeling ready to meet the challenge, though, can keep test anxiety at a manageable level.

Use a little stress to your advantage. Stress is your body's warning mechanism — it's a signal that helps you prepare for something important that's about to happen. So use it to your advantage. Instead of reacting to the stress by dreading, complaining, or fretting about the test with friends, take an active approach. Let stress remind you to study well in advance of a test. Chances are, you'll keep your stress from spinning out of control. After all, nobody ever feels stressed out by thoughts that they might do well on a test.

Ask for help. Although a little test anxiety can be a good thing, an overdose of it is another story. If sitting for a test gets you so stressed out that your mind goes blank and causes you to miss answers that you know, then your level of test anxiety probably needs some attention. Your teacher, a school guidance counselor, or a tutor can be good people to talk to test anxiety gets to be too much to handle

Be prepared. Some students think that going to class is all it should take to learn and do well on tests. But there's much more to learning than just hoping to soak up everything in class. That's why good study habits and skills are so important — and why no amount of cramming or studying the night before a test can take the place of the deeper level of learning that happens over time with good study skills.

Many students find that their test anxiety eases when they start to study better or more regularly. It makes sense — the more you know the material, the more confident you'll feel. Having confidence going into a test means you expect to do well. When you expect to do well, you'll be able to relax into a test after the normal first-moment jitters pass.

Watch what you're thinking. If expecting to do well on a test can help you relax, what about if you expect you won't do well? Watch out for any negative messages you might be sending yourself about the test. They can contribute to your anxiety.

If you find yourself thinking negative thoughts ("I'm never any good at taking tests" or "It's going to be terrible if I do badly on this test"), replace them with positive messages. Not unrealistic positive messages, of course, but ones that are practical and true, such as "I've studied hard and I know the material, so I'm ready to do the best I can."

Accept mistakes. Another thing you can do is to learn to keep mistakes in perspective — especially if you're a perfectionist or you tend to be hard on yourself. Everyone makes mistakes, and you may have even heard teachers or coaches refer to mistakes as "learning opportunities." Learning to tolerate small failures and mistakes — like that one problem you got wrong in the math pop quiz — is a valuable skill.

Take care of yourself. It can help to learn ways to calm yourself down and relax when you're tense or anxious. For some people, this might mean learning a simple breathing exercise. Practicing breathing exercises regularly (when you're not stressed out) helps your body see these exercises as a signal to relax.

Source: https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/test-anxiety.html

For more information on Test Anxiety

Test Anxiety Handout: https://www.anxietycanada.com/sites/default/files/Test_Anxiety_Booklet.pdf

Rajani Rastogi, LMSW, HHS Social Worker

Email: Rastogi.rajani@cusd80.com Phone: 480.883.5182

Virtual Office: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1hapGQ3rsHsYb6SY1nV_W89HzIeIMIdZcVz85w6CYoxc/edit#slide=id.g8f28df55ae_0_13

Julianne Haddad, LMSW, HHS Social Worker

Email: Haddad.julianne@cusd80.com Phone: 480.883.5275

Virtual Office: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1po0Y0JykZpuUTuwbeJZbj6QP2AD-ZyBoqoslQFLuayI/edit?usp=sharing

Student & Parent Virtual Presentation Schedule

(Link will be sent out via email a couple days prior to presentation. Students earn 2 volunteer hours to attending)

February 3rd – Depression & Suicide Awareness

February 17th – Teen Substance Abuse

March 3rd- Building Self Esteem & Confidence

April 7 – Overcoming Anxiety

May 5th – Building Healthy Relationships


24-hr Crisis Line: 602-222-9444

State Treatment Hotline: 800-662-4357

Mercy Maricopa 24-hrs. hotline: 800-631-1314 (AHCCCS only)

24-hr Teen Lifeline: 800-273-TALK or 602-248-8336

24-hr Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

EMPACT: 866-205-5229

Terros: 602-685-6000

Counseling Appointments

If you would like to schedule an appointment please use the QR code to meet with your counselor. QR codes can be found in teacher's classrooms, in the main hallways and outside the counselor's main office. Please note that once a request is received it may take 24 hours for your counselor to follow up. We will do our best to get you in as soon as possible. If your need is urgent, please feel free to email us directly.

Hamilton High School Resources

Main Office - 480.883.5000

Attendance - 480.883.5003

Health Office - 480.883.5002