Counseling Connection

May 2016

Year in Review

It was quite the year for the GHS Counseling Department. We implemented many successful programs this year in efforts to support the GHS Community. Our goals were to provide improved communication to all stakeholders and assist in improving the graduation rate by offering extensive academic/emotional support for students. Below is a taste of what the counseling department accomplished this school year:

9 Classroom Guidance Lessons Grades 9-12

6 9th Grade Parent Chats

4 Parent Nights Grades 10-12

College/Career Center: Financial Aid Night/College Fair

146+ SST Meetings and/or 6 Teacher Conferences

8 Counseling Connection Newsletters

GA Apply to College Week:

  • Number of seniors who participated: 476
  • Number of applications started: 824
  • Number of applications completed: 517
  • Number of applications submitted: 409
  • Number of volunteers: 28

Senior Exit Survey: 100% participation

You Science: 100% participation from 10th grade students

Each counselor met with students individually on a daily basis to support students in the areas of academics, career/post-secondary planning, social/emotional support, and crisis management.

The Freshman Mentors met with 9th grade advisement classes throughout the school year and delivered lessons on various topics to assist with their transition to high school.

Peer Leaders ran small group sessions and worked with younger students throughout the Grayson cluster. In addition, they implemented the No Place for Hate program in efforts to decrease bullying and improve acceptance of others. As a result, our school has been named an official No Place For Hate school!

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Current and Upcoming Activities

The counseling department is currently conducting interviews for next year's mentors. There will be a mentor training July 27 and July 28.

The selection process of peer leadership has been completed. We welcome 22 new 11th and 12th grade students to serve as the 2016-2017 Peer leaders.