Grafton High School Counseling News

Information from the GHS Counseling Dept. March 2021

Freshman ACP Conferences

All freshmen families will receive an invitation regarding individual Academic and Career Planning (ACP) Conferences with school counselors. These conferences will be scheduled during the school day either during your student's study hall or an elective class. Parents/Guardians can attend the conferences virtually and will be emailed a link to join the meeting. Topics which will be discussed include course planning, post-secondary options, available resources and planning for after Grafton High School.

Senior Families- Do you still need to complete your FAFSA?

COLLEGE GOAL WISCONSIN - FAFSA

College Goal Wisconsin provides free information and assistance to families who need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For students and families who have yet to fill out the FAFSA, College Goal Wisconsin is offering additional dates this spring to assist with the completion of the 2021-22 FAFSA. The last date is below:


Thursday, April 15th at 6:00 pm.


To register for one event or to request additional information, please refer to https://collegegoalwi.org.

Community Service at GHS

Coming soon to GHS...community service/volunteer opportunities will be posted on the Volunteer Message Board across from the counseling office and in Canvas. More information to follow!

UW System Placement Testing

Seniors who are planning to attend a UW System school next fall need to take a placement test. Admitted students should receive information from the campuses they are planning to attend. Here is a link for more information.
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Thinking About Applying to a UW System School

If you are thinking that a UW System school might be in your future, you can order a Summer Workbook to start the planning process. Order here.

Summer Jobs

Area businesses are sending "help wanted" information to the GHS Counseling Office. The jobs are posted on the Black Hawk Communications message board between the counseling office and the cafeteria.

Summer Learning/Pre-College Opportunities

There are many opportunities for summer career and pre-college programs found on the GHS Counseling Website. Some deadlines are fast approaching!

United States Naval Academy STEM Summer Programs

The US Naval Academy is holding its world-class Summer STEM Camp and Summer Seminar this coming June in a virtual format.



There is a fee associated with each - but scholarships are available (depending on the family's individual circumstances). The fee includes USNA apparel and program materials. Click on the links above for more information.

Grad Grams-Scholarships for GHS Seniors

Grad Grams are available for purchase for 2021 graduating seniors at all the Grafton schools as well as Ace Hardware. Grad grams are cards sent to congratulate a current Grafton High School Graduate. All grams created for a student are then compiled into a memory book for the graduate, to be handed out at the graduation ceremony. All proceeds for the Grad Grams go to the Grafton Community Scholarship Fund, which provides local scholarships to graduating seniors.

What Is A Grad Gram?

Grad Gram Order Form

2021 Class List

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GCSF Grafton Give$

The Grafton Community Scholarship Fund Grafton Give$ 2021 campaign is April 14-18. All GHS students are encouraged to participate in the Packet Drop-Off and/or Telethon. New this year, students will be placing flyers on door knobs or mailbox flags instead of knocking on doors. Funds raised will go toward scholarships for each graduating class. Information was distributed to students in school and emailed to GHS families. Contact Kelly Rieck at krieck@grafton.k12.wi.us or 262-376-5523 with any questions.

Wisconsin Education Fairs

Modeled after the successful National College Fairs, WEF events allow high school students, adults and transfer students to obtain information from approximately 150 different post-secondary institutions, including reps from Wisconsin and out-of-state colleges and universities,

vocational schools, trade schools, and the military.


Wisconsin Education Fairs

Sunday, April 11 • 3–6 p.m.


Create your account or log in to update your existing registration, HERE

NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA)

Potential Division I and II athletes must meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements in high school prior to entering a college. Students must apply junior or senior year.



Go to the NCAA website at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net to register and learn about the eligibility requirements

7 Essential Life Skills for High Schoolers to Build Before Graduating

The College Parent Central blog recently posted an article about skills for high school students to build prior to graduating. The article can be found here. The website for can also be found here.

Today’s Anxieties in Our Children and Ourselves-Tuesday, March 30, 6:00 – 7:30 pm (via Zoom). FREE

Even before the pandemic, Americans were struggling with anxiety. Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Michael Mazius, will describe the more common forms of anxiety seen in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Mazius will also describe the neuroscience underlying and driving these anxieties and the healthy practices we can teach our children, and adopt ourselves, to manage them. This presentation could not come at a more important time as we all make our way through the pandemic. There will be plenty of time for Q&A at the end. Here is a link to the registration sponsored by Ozaukee Family Services.

How to be Your Teen's Best Mental Health Advocate

The teen years and young adulthood are often when the first signs of depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses begin to appear. Teens need help - and they often have no idea how to ask for it. Fortunately, there’s a whole lot you can do as a parent to make this time easier on your teen.


To learn more about being your teen's best mental health advocate, reference this recent REDgen article: https://bit.ly/2MEb1cE

Parenting Teens with Depression Podcast – Rogers Behavioral Health

Information on podcasts can be found here.

Selective Service

All males are required to register with the selective service when they reach the age of 18. Students can register at the Selective Service website.

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Grafton High School Counseling Department

GHS Counseling Staff

Greg Johnson (A-G, V-Z)

Director of School Counseling

gjohnson@grafton.k12.wi.us

262-376-5520


Megan Greischar (R-U)

School Counselor

mgreischar@grafton.k12.wi.us

262-376-5521


Rosalyn Isbell (H-Q)

School Counselor

risbell@grafton.k12.wi.us

262-376-5522


Kelly Rieck

krieck@grafton.k12.wi.us

Counseling Office Registrar

262-376-5523