January Counseling Newsletter

Hazel Park High School

Welcome Ms. Wilk!

Hello everyone! My name is Christina Wilk and I am the new counselor for students

with last names A-K. A little about me, I graduated from Oakland University with a

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and Master of Arts Degree in Counseling. I

enjoy playing and watching sports, traveling, reading, watching Netflix and spending

time with family and friends. I am eager to begin my journey at Hazel Park High

School and look forward to a successful year with students, parents and staff alike! If

you need to reach me, please visit the HPHS website. Thank you for your time! :)

“ Wake up every morning with the thought that something wonderful is about to

happen.” –Unknown Author

~Ms. Wilk~

Go To College Music Video (with FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA!)


Western Michigan University


Admissions Criteria

Minimum GPA: 3.3 Minimum ACT: 22

*Western Michigan University offers a conditional admittance if your ACT and/or GPA does not meet this criteria. See your counselor to learn more.



The University offers 147 bachelor’s, 73 master’s and 30 doctoral programs, along with one program leading to the specialist degree and several others that lead to graduate-level certificates. These programs are offered through seven degree-granting colleges: Arts and Sciences, Aviation, Education and Human Development, Engineering and Applied Sciences, Fine Arts, Haworth College of Business, and Health and Human Services.

Western Michigan University is a national research university enrolling nearly 24,000 students from across the United States and 100 other countries. Founded in 1903, it is a learner-centered, discovery-driven and globally engaged public university that stands out among America’s more than 4,600 higher education institutions. Read more.



The Bronson School of Nursing at Western Michigan University offers a four-year baccalaureate degree that gives graduates the widest range of options for nursing careers in such settings as hospitals, home care, public health, clinics, schools, hospice, occupational settings, and health and wellness centers. It prepares graduates for leadership and management roles and is required for entry into master's or doctoral programs.

A graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing began in fall 2006. Two areas of study were developed for this program: nurse educators and nurse leaders/managers.

Nursing Scholarships

Additional Nursing Resources:


TEDx opportunity for Juniors and Seniors

Dear Students,

We are writing to inform you that Oxford High School’s first ever TEDxYouth event called TEDxOxfordHighSchool will be taking place on Saturday April 23, 2016, in the Performing Arts Center at Oxford High School.

We are inviting 10 high school juniors and seniors from Oakland County to be speakers at TEDxOxfordHighSchool! There is an application process to be selected as a speaker, and the deadline is January 15, 2016. Giving a talk at a TEDxYouth event is a wonderful experience, and we hope you encourage your most interesting, talented, and high achieving students to apply to be a speaker. Furthermore, please keep in mind that speakers can perform musical instruments or perform poetry, among other things, in addition to giving a traditional TED style talk.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxOxfordHighSchool, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxOxfordHighSchool event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Please refer to our website http://www.tedxoxfordhighschool.com/ for more informaion about the event and application process.

We are looking forward to an interesting and enriching experience for the speakers and audience.

Please email us at contact@tedxoxfordhighschool.com if you have any questions or concerns..


The TEDxOxfordHighSchool Organizing Team

Joseph DeChicchis, Christopher Ivory, and others

Twitter: @TEDxOHS


It's FAFSA time!

Our big focus right now is Financial Aid and something you will hear over and over the next couple of months is, "Have you filed your FAFSA yet?" What is the FAFSA you ask? The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The key word here is FREE!!! Please make sure when you are getting ready to file that you use www.fafsa.ed.gov and that you are not being charged. Keep that in mind for all financial aid opportunities as well. There should not be any type of fee to apply for a scholarship or grant.

The priority deadline for the FAFSA is MARCH 1! The new application opened on January 1 so you can get started right away. Filling out the FAFSA for the first time can feel overwhelming which is why we have scheduled a Parent Night on Tuesday, January 19 6:00 - 8:00pm. This is a free event for Seniors and parents held at Hazel Park High School. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Thomas, the College Advisor. She is organizing the event and will provide more information soon.

The very first thing you should do is create a FSA ID. This ID is how you will login to the FAFSA website. Click on the link above to get started. You will need your Social Security Number to create your FSA ID. I suggest using your personal email address, not your school email address when creating your account. It will take one to three days for the Social Security Administration to verify your information. You will receive a confirmation email once it is verified and will be able to complete your FAFSA at that time.

We are all here to help so if you have any questions please see Ms. Thomas, Mrs. Gohl, Ms. Wilk, or Mrs. Smith at any time!

How to Get Your FSA ID


PSAT/NMSQT Testing Update

College Board has announced that scores from the October 14 PSAT/NMSQT will be released to students on January 7, 2016.

Students will be able to access their scores and AP Potential information at studentscores.collegeboard.org.

It is recommended that students create their own College Board account to access their scores. After creating a College Board Account students should also create a Khan Academy account and link the two. This will give students personalized SAT practice!

ACT Fee Waivers

If you are interested in taking or retaking the ACT please sign up to see your counselor. A limited number of fee waivers are available for juniors and seniors. All juniors will take the SAT for free in April though it is still recommended that students take the ACT as well.

You can register to take the ACT at www.actstudent.org.

If you are planning to take the ACT please see Mrs. Gohl in the counseling office for an ACT Prep Guide.


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Oakland Schools Technical Campus

On Monday, November 23, Hazel Park High School 10th grade students attended a showcase to explore different clusters at Royal Oak OSTC. Interested students turned in Request for Consideration forms and will be given priority registration for 2016-17.

Registration forms will be available soon, be sure to check your email. If you attended the showcase or open house at OSTC they will send you follow up information. It is the student's responsibility to turn in the completed forms by the deadline. Hazel Park slots are limited and will be awarded based on: EDP completion, no missing credits, attendance, behavior, and completion of OSTC packet.


December 3 - OSTC Open House (At each campus)

December 10 - Priority Registration and Request for Considerations DUE

February 3 - May 6 - Traditional Tours available

March 1 - Student Data and Emergency Forms DUE

April 18 - Wait List slots will be filled


5 Tips to Get Better Grades
Study skills are important for students at all grade levels, not just freshman. Freshman year is the most critical year of high school because it is the beginning of your high school resume/transcript. In just a couple short weeks the first semester will be ending and you will earn your first high school credits. Your progress report/marking period grades are averaged into one final grade for the semester. At HPHS, students have the opportunity to earn 6.0 credits each year, 3.0 credits per semester. Each class is worth 0.5 credits. Your semester grades are compiled into your grade point average (GPA) which is the #1 factor that colleges look at for admission.

The website in the video is not active but there are other places you can go to find information on study skills such as: Campus Explorer and the HPHS Counseling Website.