UHS SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWSLETTER

SUMMER 2021

Congratulations- summer break is here!!! Your school counselors want you to soak up all the goodness summer provides and take time to enjoy friends and family. We want to give you a brief summary of helpful information and reminders for future planning as you transition into the 2021-2022 school year!

SUMMER HOURS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

UHS School Counselors work on a rotating schedule from 6/17/21 - 8/24/21. During this time, there is usually one counselor and one support staff member available Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 3 pm for most of the summer. All district buildings are closed on Friday. In an effort to process and respond to you in the most efficient manner possible, we ask that you use uhscounselor@ucfsd.net for email rather than our individual email addresses.

COURSE LEVEL CHANGE REQUESTS- DEADLINE 6/25/21

Students should plan their course loads carefully. Students who do not meet the grade prerequisite are strongly encouraged to reevaluate the course level selected. It is advised that students request a course(s) for which they qualify. Students can use this link to submit a course level change: Course Level Change. This link is also posted on the UHS website. All schedule change requests after 3 pm on June 25, 2021, should be submitted to a UHS administrator.

SUMMER READING REQUIREMENTS & AP SUMMER WORK

Refer to the ACADEMICS link on the UHS website for information about summer reading requirements and AP summer work.

CLASS OF 2022: COLLEGE PLANNING DURING THE SUMMER

Looking for some information about the college application process and what to expect? Please download the Class of 2022 - College Application Tips and Checklist for Summer (pdf posted below). This will answer many of the frequently asked questions students have over the summer. The UHS Counseling Center will be busy over the summer preparing for the 2021-2022 college application cycle. Please review the attachment to better understand what to focus on this summer and what to expect at the start of senior year!

Our hope is to offer in-person visits with college admission representatives again this fall; however, all of this is contingent upon the UCFSD Health and Safety Plan. Many colleges are offering tours and on-campus events in-person for prospective students. Be sure to check the college websites and social media regularly for updates.

Employment, Leadership, and Volunteer Opportunities

Looking for local opportunities to work or get involved in the community? Check out the Volunteer, Leadership & Enrichment, and Career Opportunities section of the UHS Counseling Center website. Additional enrichment opportunities are also listed in Naviance.

LOOKING FOR A RAINY DAY SUMMER ACTIVITY?

UHS CAREER & COLLEGE READINESS PORTFOLIO ARTIFACTS

Eight artifacts are due at the end of the fall semester of students' junior year. Use this link to review the portfolio chart and read the directions. The portfolio chart and the reflection forms can also be found on the home page in your Naviance account under document resources (towards the bottom of the home page). Completed artifacts need to be uploaded in Naviance. You can upload an artifact under the My Planner tab, click on tasks, and then click on the artifact you would like to upload. If you are looking for artifact activities, complete Roadtrip Nation (located under the Careers tab) or Strengths Explorer (located under the About Me tab, then assessments). You can also refer to the second page of the portfolio chart for additional activities.


Visit the UHS Counseling Center website and click on the Career & College Readiness Portfolio link for additional information, video instructions, and to access your Naviance account. Students should use the "Continue with Clever" button to access their Naviance account.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A SUCCESSFUL 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR!

1) MAINTAIN BALANCE:

While grades are certainly important, so is your physical health and emotional well-being. It is critical that students in high school get enough sleep and eat properly. Your mind and body are growing at a rapid rate during this time. You will be more successful if you maintain proper balance with what your body needs.

2) MAKE USE OF YOUR AGENDA:

You cannot rely on your memory any longer. It is imperative that you write things down. This is a life skill that you should develop now. Use your agenda for short and long-term assignment planning.

3) PRACTICE EFFECTIVE SELF-MANAGEMENT SKILLS:

The method by which people stay organized is personal. It is difficult for one person to tell another person HOW to organize. Your organizational offense might change depending on the teaching style of your teacher or the structure of a specific course. Get in the habit of making good choices and planning properly. It's best to accustom yourself to get things done early and out of the way rather than waiting until the last minute. Procrastination leads to unhealthy stress. It is important to recognize and understand that there is a significant relationship between stress and overall functioning/performance!

4) LEARN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HOMEWORK AND STUDYING:

Success in high school requires higher-order thinking, which is obtained through regular and consistent studying. Doing your homework is only the beginning. To understand the material, you must spend time thinking, reviewing, making connections and associations. The content you are learning in the class should make sense and have meaning to you as a learner. If not, strive for it. Use various learning styles until you find several that work for you. Your approach may vary depending on the content of the course or the type of assessment.

5) GET INVOLVED:

High School is a great time to explore and discover your interests, gifts, and talents. You might be good at something you have never considered trying before now. Don’t put limits on yourself, rather challenge your comfort zone. Students who get involved in activities and invest in the community tend to be happier and more successful.

6) CARE NOW ABOUT LATER:

You have four years in high school and each year is weighted equally. As a freshman, you are starting high school with great potential and endless possibilities. Lose any bad habits you brought from middle school and start with a clean slate. Identify your learning strategies and apply them to every class. It has been said that a goal without a plan is only as good as a wish, so plan ahead and take action. Practice responsible decision-making!

7) ESTABLISH AND MAINTAIN HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP SKILLS:

Be confident and be yourself. Get into the habit of saying hi to people, and don’t be afraid to talk to new people. Set a goal to become more comfortable with a more diverse group of people. Accept that changes in social relationships may happen and that is all part of growing up. Understanding that change is inevitable and equipping yourself to navigate such changes is a life skill that will help you later.

8) DON’T COMPARE YOURSELF TO OTHERS:

Accept that you will face new challenges as a student and as a person, and challenges provide opportunities to grow and equip yourself for future endeavors. High school is a time to focus on developing yourself in all areas of your life. Focus on your strengths, interests, passions, and on seeking opportunities that help further develop these areas. Focus on what you can do to make yourself better. Then, most important, go for it!

9) BUILD SELF-DETERMINATION:

Students generally want to do well, mature, and become more autonomous throughout high school; however, it can be uncomfortable and sometimes frightening to trust the process of growing through challenges. The opportunities for building skills and self-efficacy through such challenges are truly priceless experiences. Students who have a supportive social network, identify and pursue personally relevant goals, and make room for safe failures are more equipped to face the inevitable challenges of life in high school and beyond.

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MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS CENTER CONTACT INFORMATION

If you are in need of immediate mental health support in Chester County, please contact Valley Creek Crisis Center, available 24 hours/ 7 days a week, at 610-280-3270. For Delaware County residents, contact Crozer-Chester Medical Center at 610-447-7600. Please do not use email or virtual conferences if you need immediate mental health crisis services.

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