GKHS Counseling Digest

Staying Connected to Your Support Network

Your Counseling Team

Danielle Melvin (A-Col), dmelvin@bethelsd.org

Brad Hostak (Com-Gra), bhostak@bethelsd.org

Megan Wardle (Gre-La), mwardle@bethelsd.org

Jennie Colgan (Le-Pam), jcolgan@bethelsd.org

Jodi Greyeyes (Pan-Sol), jgreyeyes@bethelsd.org

Mike Stallman (Som-Z), mstallman@bethelsd.org

Katie Kimball, Social Worker, ckimball@bethelsd.org

Kelly Woyak, Career Specialist, kwoyak@bethelsd.org

Emmalee Kronoff, Career Counselor, ekronoff@bethelsd.org

Congratulations Class of 2020!

From the Counseling and Career Center, we wish all our graduates the best in their futures! We look forward to hearing your stories as you come back to visit!

In this issue...

  • Senior Life Track Survey
  • PCSC Summer School
  • SAT Registration Update
  • LAST IGNITE Panel of the Year
  • College Admissions 101
  • Scholarships
  • Green River College
  • Apprenticeship Info
  • Staying Connected

GKHS XCXCXC - Summer Program

Do you like to RUN?

Join GKHS Cross Country in the Fall!

For Boys & Girls!

Learn about the Summer workout program!

Interest Meeting this Friday, June 12th at 1:00pm

Kelly Woyak is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 755 0085 1454
Password: 7dd2yU

Coach Kelly Woyak


Senior Life Track Survey - Complete by June 10th

Every year, the Bethel School District conducts a survey that allows them to track what our students are doing after graduation and how their experiences with our schools and curriculum have prepared them for success. It also helps us as a District evaluate areas we can improve. Please complete this survey as soon as possible. It takes just a few minutes. Thank you!


The PASSWORD is your six digit student number.

Pierce County Skills Center SUMMER School ONLINE

PCSC Summer School Dates: July 13-July 30


Senior/Junior Priority Registration: June 10-12

Open Registration: June 15-July 7 - No applications will be accepted after July 7

Tentative Summer School Classes


Business & Marketing A

Construction Trades

Criminal Justice

Culinary Arts

DigiPen Video Game Development

Family Health

Financial Fitness A

Fire Science

Graphic Design

Microsoft Office Applications

PC Networking & Hardware Repair

Physical Fitness Technician

Pre-Pharmacy Technology

Pre-Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine

Pre-Veterinary Technology

Technical Writing

SAT Registration Update

For students, the uncertainty stemming from the virus has also created a heightened anxiety around their fall applications. On May 28, we opened SAT registration for students who were most in need of a testing opportunity—students in the high school classes of 2020 or 2021 who don’t yet have an SAT score. There was a flood of demand for testing opportunities that caused interruptions and delays in our registration system. We regret any stress that caused you or the students you serve. Since Friday, registration has flowed smoothly.

Registration opens to all students this week. This year, many centers will have fewer seats because of social distancing guidelines and may encounter unexpected closures.

The College Board continues to do all it can to expand availability of the SAT at in-person test centers. We're providing additional SAT administrations every month, beginning in August. Today, we also announced there will be an exam date in January 2021 if there's demand for it. While we can't directly control capacity and test center availability, we're working with local high schools, colleges, and other sites to increase seating capacity in areas where August and September registration is filling up.

Additionally, state and large district SAT School Day partners plan to offer the SAT to students, for free, in the fall to replace canceled administrations in the spring.

Last IGNITE Panel of the Year

Thursday, June 11 at 1:00 PM PST

Students: Click here to sign up!

Invite your students to learn about an amazing variety of STEM careers from an inspiring panel of women who work in the field.

Speakers include:

Elle Andrews (Associate Scientist at Amgen)

Elle spends most days hurrying around a lab, conducting experiments that support the development of cancer-fighting drugs. The drugs she works on—called BiTE® molecules—fight cancer by recruiting a patient’s immune cells to attack cancer cells.

Kavita Kamani (Group Program Manager at Microsoft)

Kavita works on the Supply Chain team, which powers our hardware supply chain to bring products like Surface, Xbox, Hololens and PC accessories. She has worked on products like .NET Framework, Skype, Microsoft Teams, OneDrive and SharePoint!

Sonia Xu (Computer Science Graduate Student)

Sonia is earning a Master’s degree in Computer Science at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She is learning how interests like design, photography, writing, and programming all contribute to projects in their own way. Sonia will be starting an internship soon at Amazon Web Services!

Katelyn Lichte (Production Engineer at Corteva Agriscience)

Katelyn works at a crop protection manufacturing site, where they produce pesticides, herbicides, etc. She is passionate about agriculture and educating others about its impact on all of our lives!

Courtney Thurston (Software Engineer I at Microsoft)

Courtney is a recent college grad who works on Microsoft Azure Spark offerings like Apache Spark, an open source analytics engine for big data processing. Apache Spark is used in all sorts of Microsoft products like Azure Synapse Analytics and HDInsight.

Aria Nikkhoui (Data Analyst II at PitchBook Data)

Aria analyzes financial data that PitchBook Data sells in software form, helping clients look at data in different ways. She uses SQL (similar to a programming language) and Excel to pull, manipulate, and deliver data, and is getting her feet wet in the Python programming language as well!

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

This 2-week virtual program teaches girls the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Participants will get exposure to tech jobs, and join a supportive sisterhood of girls in tech.


Suit Up for Senior Year: College Admissions 101

Pacific Lutheran University is hosting a great series all Summer to learn more about the college process, and not just for PLU, but for college in general. Here is the link to sign up for a session! Open to all Juniors, Sophomores & Freshman who want to start educating themselves and get a jump start on the process. https://www.plu.edu/admission/important-dates/suit-up/

Paying for College Webinar Series by Sallie Mae

How to Pay the Remaining Balance: Many students and families will consider financing a portion of their college education. The focus of this session will be on encouraging responsible borrowing and what students and families can do to find the right solution for their borrowing needs.

Wednesday, June 10: 1pm-2pm EST Register here

Thursday, June 11: 7pm-8pm EST Register here

Understanding the cost of student loan borrowing: This presentation covers financial literacy topics such as the relative cost of a student loan, loan repayment tools, and tips on managing student loans. It identifies important things students should know about their loan portfolio, identifying their servicers and understanding the cost of their student loan.

Wednesday, June 17: 2pm-3pm EST Register here

Thursday, June 18: 8pm-9pm EST Register here

Sallie Mae’s free Paying for College Resource another great tool you can share with students and families as they navigate their college journey. As always, I'm available to answer questions from you or your students directly. Feel free to contact me at anthony.lombardi@salliemae.com or 206-200-8815.

Have You Considered Green River College?

Green River College is an open-access, public college where students from all over the world come together to learn, grow and enrich their lives. The Green River College main campus in Auburn, Washington stretches over 180 acres of beautifully forested land. Branch campuses, located in downtown Auburn, Kent and Enumclaw bring unique educational experiences to local communities.

At Green River, students can choose from a wide variety of transfer degrees, Bachelor of Applied Science degrees, Career and Technical Education, pre-college and basic skills courses and continuing and community education classes. High-quality faculty and motivated staff advise, counsel and support students in their chosen educational careers, creating an encouraging atmosphere that fosters achievement.

The combination of strong academics, solid student services, a diverse and lively campus community and state-of-the-art facilities allow Green River to provide students an exceptional education with lessons that will stay with students throughout their lives. At Green River College, we are committed to ensuring student success through comprehensive educational programs and support services responsive to our diverse communities.

$$$ Elizabeth Wesley Incentive Award $$$

An exciting award is available to 9th, 10th, and, 11th-grade students called the Elizabeth Wesley Youth Merit Incentive Award. Information and application details are outlined below.

2020 Eligibility

  • Qualifying Cumulative GPA is 2.5
  • Must be African American 9th, 10th, or 11th-grade student in the following Tacoma/Pierce County school districts- University Place, Tacoma, Clover Park, Franklin Pierce, Puyallup, Bethel and Steilacoom

The Incentive Award

  • Students who are awarded will receive a check for $350 at our annual awards ceremony in September 2020! *

3) Ways to apply: All applications are due by midnight on June 30th!

  1. Go to https://www.ewesleyaward.org/ then “How to apply” and go to the new electronic application/ “On-line Application” Your essay and letters of recommendation will need to be ready to attach. You will not be able to re-enter the application once you start.
  2. Go to https://www.ewesleyaward.org/ then “How to apply” and print a paper application
  3. Get a paper application from your school or a community person,

Don’t delay!

If you have questions please contact your school representative or email us at ewesley.org @gmail.com

Interested in Apprenticeship?

LiUNA invites you to the Virtual Career Spotlight: Northwest Laborers Apprenticeship meeting. Join us for an introductory webinar on the Northwest Laborers Apprenticeship Program!

We have two different dates that this will be available. Please sign up for whichever one is most convenient for you!
See you then!

When: Jun 4, 2020 02:00 PM PST
Register in advance for this meeting:

When: Jun 9, 2020 06:30 PM PST
Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Billy Hetherington

Political Director

206.441.0470 (Office)

206.552.3284 (Cell)

22323 Pacific Hwy. S.

Des Moines, WA 98198

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Nutritional Resources & Ordering

Beginning Monday, April 6th the following eight "Meals in Motion" sites will be operating-

  • Camas Prairie Elementary School
  • Cougar Mountain Middle School
  • Graham-Kapowsin High School
  • North Star Elementary School (re-opening)
  • Roy Elementary School
  • Shining Mountain Elementary School (re-opening)
  • Spanaway Lake High School
  • Spanaway Middle School

ORDER your meals here!


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