PHS Counselor Connection

November/December 2021

In this Newsletter:

  • Important Dates & Information
  • Emotional Well-Being: Be the Boss of Your Thoughts
  • Future Ready: Info for All Grades
  • Helpful Resources for Families and Students
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Considering WCTC? Join them for an in-person Open House on November 18th!

Register for the WCTC open house scheduled for 4-7pm on November 18th. Students and parents can attend anytime in that window. Check out the list of the over 150 programs that WCTC offers HERE and don't forget to scroll way down the page to learn about the transfer agreements that exist to aid in transferring credits to 4-year colleges. For example, did you know that the Electrical Engineering Technical students can easily transfer 60+ credits to MSOE, Marquette and UWM!

And the best news...there is a NEW TRANSFER AGREEMENT with the 4-year UW campuses that allows students to transfer CORE classes from WCTC to the UW system colleges. Students can now save a TON of $$$ by beginning their college career at WCTC and then transferring to a 4 year campus! Read more about the new agreement in this article. Check out this site for more information on specific transfer credits.

There's Still Time to Apply For Financial Aid!


Join UW HELP, along with representatives from UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse and UW-Milwaukee as they discuss the financial aid process, how to compare financial aid offers, how financial aid funds are disbursed, and more. Students and families are encouraged to attend. Registration is required.

Wisconsin Education VIRTUAL Fair Pre-registration

Check your intended college(s) for more information about their priority deadlines.

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What Can I Do When I'm Experiencing Too Much Stress?

Here are some tips from the experts at WebMD:

Tame tense muscles. Relax them with this simple exercise: Choose a muscle group, tighten it for a few seconds, then let go. Focus on one section at a time and work through your whole body. This is sometimes called progressive muscle relaxation.

Be the boss of your thoughts. Try to turn any negative thoughts into positive ones. Picture yourself facing your fears head-on. The more you do this in your mind, the easier it will be to deal with it when it happens.

Schedule your worry time. It may sound backward to plan to worry, but doctors actually recommend that you pick a time to think about your fears on purpose. Take 30 minutes to identify what’s bothering you and what you can do about it. Have your “worry session” at the same time every day. Don’t dwell on “what-ifs.” Focus on what actually makes you anxious.

Breathe deep. It sends a message to your brain that you’re OK. That helps your mind and body relax. To get the most out of it, lie down on a flat surface and put one hand on your belly and the other on your chest. Take a slow breath in. Make sure it fills your belly enough that you can feel it rise slightly. Hold it for a second, then slowly let it out.

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Recap: Future Ready Days

October 13th and 14th found students busy being Future Ready! Students spent the mornings participating in activities to help them prepare for life after high school and hearing from 4 different career speakers. Most career speakers presented virtually however, there were some who were able to speak to students in person. Students may have heard about being an actuary, a creative director, a teacher, a business sales analyst, a lawyer, a building trades specialist, a doctor, a radiologist, a nurse, a conservation specialist, a police officer, an electrical apprentice, an executive recruiter and so much more!

When you have a moment, talk with your student(s) about these experiences. What did they learn that may help with future decisions? What careers did they learn about? Was there a career that they found an interest in? Maybe there was one that they need to cross off the list! What is something that they can take away from this experience?

Juniors (and parents) have all received their practice ACT score reports via email and have their question book and answer sheet- if you have a junior and have not heard about this you may want to ask ;-). Pre-ACT reports for freshmen and sophomores take about 6 weeks from when we send them in. We expect to be able to distribute the reports in December.

Future Ready Conferences Feedback

“Our Future Ready Conference provided us with great insight into our daughter’s future plans.”

~PHS Parent

Last spring, approximately 400 personalized Future Ready Conferences were held between students, Future-Ready advisors, and parents/guardians. While parent/guardian participation was not required, we are excited to share that 90% of these conferences included an adult family member! We truly appreciate your involvement and support in these important conversations with each student! Additionally, based on the survey data, only 2 parents/guardians (raw number) did NOT find the conference to be beneficial! We believe in the value of having these conferences, focusing on how our students are developing their future plans for life beyond high school!

Over the summer, all of the feedback provided by students, families, and staff were read and analyzed. We would like to share some of the highlights of that feedback here. This feedback is being incorporated as we revise and enhance our Future Ready lessons and conferences for this year.

  • Students felt that discussions regarding career exploration were most valuable, followed by the four-year plan and personal strengths/interests.

  • Parents/guardians felt that discussions regarding goal-setting were most valuable, followed by discussions on personal strengths/interests and career options.

  • Students indicated a preference to return to in-person conferences, while families preferred an option of in-person or virtual conference formats.

  • Both students and families would like more exposure to careers through speakers or other formats.

  • Students requested more opportunities to check in with their advisors throughout the year.

  • Both students and families would like the conferences to include more dialogue between students and families.

Thank you to all who provided feedback!

If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to Continuous Improvement Coordinator Adriana Plach at

Getting to Know Your Counselor!

Most freshmen have now met with their school counselor. Those that did not schedule a meeting will be called in over the next couple of weeks.

Counselors will be begin meeting with sophomores very soon!

Juniors will have their 1:1 family meetings this winter/early spring. If you'd like to meet with your students counselor earlier, please reach out to schedule a meeting.

Tutoring Resource Through the Pewaukee Library!

The library has shared with us this opportunity to receive live, online academic tutoring. Click HERE for more information.

College Representative Visits

College are still having info meetings!

Link to List of Current College and Military Scheduled Visits (for PHS students only-check back often!). Come meet with these reps for some great info that you can't learn from a website!

College Representatives are calling regularly to schedule times so make sure to check this list regularly.

Scholarships & Resources

Now is the time to be looking for and applying to scholarships. They will continue to come out throughout the spring. 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. Going Merry is particularly nice as it is like a common app for scholarships; apply for multiple scholarships with only one application.

On December 16th during resource, all seniors will attend the Pewaukee Scholarship Fund meeting to learn about scholarships through that orgnaziation.

Remember to use your Future Ready planning document and Resource Guide to help with some basic information. Counselors are here to help with every step of the way!

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

Check out the community organizations looking for volunteers on this Volunteer Opportunities spreadsheet.

Looking for a JOB?

We get (almost) daily calls or emails from local employers looking to hire current high school students. Sometimes the calls are for recent graduates or seniors getting ready to gradauate who want to head into full-time employment. Check out this virtual job board for all of the great opportunities out there to earn some money and gain experience for your future!

ACT Prep Opportunities for Juniors

ACT Prep: Don’t forget- all juniors have access to the online ACT prep course through Method Test Prep. This is true wether they are enrolled in the ACT prep class through PHS or not. Students can find the program in their Xello accounts on the menu on the right. This can be used at any time. The counselors keep this list of area tutors who reach out to us about their services. We do not endorse anyone but provide this list as a resource for your convenience.

Most students take their first ACT with the high school in February/March and then take the April, June or July tests if they wish to retest. Some juniors will take the December test. Some seniors will take the September or October tests if they are still trying for a certain score.

Thinking about the UW System?

This booklet has great information for those starting to learn about options within the UW System. This is a nice checklist (9th & 10th) checklist (11th) for those planning on attending college.

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.

Juniors- Considering College Athletics?

If there is a possibility that you will be enrolling at a D1 or D2 college (NCAA) or a NAIA program, you need to be sure to be knowledgeable about and follow the steps required for eligibility confirmation. For juniors, this means creating an account a some point this year and then uploading a transcript at the end of the school year. Accounts must be created before you can attend an official visit or sign a letter of intent. Potential division 3 students should complete the profile page. See your counselor for assistance and to be sure that you have met the academic requirements. More information (regarding all divisions) can be found in this slideshow from the NCAA.

Main NCAA Info Page

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete

NCAA D3 Profile Page

Main NAIA Page

NAIA Eligibility Center

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District Community Resources List

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

In Building Community Therapy Options

Pewaukee School District works with two local agencies to provide in bulding Mental Health services. Various insurance companies are accepted. Families should reach out to the contacts indicated on the form

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

Healing Hearts Fall Grief Groups (youth and adults)

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

District/School Calendars

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!

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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