MHS Counseling

June 2021

Counseling Department Changes - We are growing to a team of 5!

Goodbye from Ms. Guzmán

"It has been very rewarding for me to work at McDaniel the past six school years, and to work with so many great students, families and staff. I will be moving out of state to be closer to family. Congrats to the 2021 Grads! To those of you who will be graduating in the next three years I wish you all the best in your future. Until our paths cross again."

Welcome Tracy Morrison

Ms. Morrison will be joining the McDaniel counseling team next year. Here are a few things about her:

"I live in Portland with my partner & 2 kids. We spend summers exploring as much as possible. I love to read, watch my kids play and find new places to enjoy nature. I have lived all over the west coast and have found a home here in Portland. During this past year we spent a lot of time putting together puzzles and creating lego scenes.

My passion is to work in high schools supporting students while they find their super power and connect to what makes them excited about the future."

Welcome Neomi Navarro

Ms. Navarro is also joining the McDaniel counseling team next year. Here are a few things as we get to know her:

Neomi, is a Portland native, a mother of a teenager and a college graduate!

She is passionate about working with first generation and immigrant students. She attended Cleveland High School and loved Global Studies and was involved in the Latino Student Union.

She is an advocate for student’s educational rights. She is inspired by her children, students, advocacy, leadership, collaborative practices and social justice. She will be helping to build a new M.E.Ch.A. chapter at McDaniel.

Summer Support for Graduating Seniors & Juniors

Juniors & Seniors - Interested in receiving summer support?

Contact: Jeffrey McGee (College Coordinator) 503-522-6177

Class of 2021: College supports for graduating Seniors who need assistance with transcripts, financial aid, college registration, and other college related questions.

Dates: June 21st to Aug 5th

Days: M, T, W, TH

Time: 10am to 12pm

Class of 2022 Current Juniors: Virtual College Workshops will give the class of 2022 seniors an opportunity to receive virtual college/career prep during the 4 week program.

Week 1 Career Exploration/Trades/College Majors

Week 2 College Fit & Exploration

Week 3. Scholarships

Week 4 College Essays

Dates: July 12th to Aug 5th

Days: Monday & Wednesday

Time: 12:30pm to 2pm

Summer Scholars

Pre-registration for PPS Summer Scholars is currently happening with priority being given to current 10th & 11th grade students needing credit recovery. Current 9th grade students needing credit recovery will be in the 2nd group to be registered if space is available.

Summer classes this year will be FREE with both in-person & online options available.

Two sessions will be offered & students can take 1 semester class per session.

Session 1: Mon-Fri June 28-July 15

Session 2: Mon-Fri July 19-Aug 4

In-person class information:

  • Locations: Ida B. Wells, Alliance @ Meek, Franklin, Grant & Roosevelt. Students can choose which location to attend class.
  • Class time: 9:00 - 12:00pm; students enrolling in an in-person course should plan to attend for the whole 3 hours.
  • Limited selection of courses.
  • Classes will follow a 3-foot social distancing practice.

Online class information:

  • Courses will be offered at 9:00am, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm.
  • Courses will consist of synchronous & asynchronous learning time.

Students should contact their counselor to get pre-registered ASAP. Classes are filling quickly.

Ms. Guzman - 971-319-3623

Ms. Hale - 503-610-3792

Mr. Marquez - 971-258-0405

Mr. Rawls - 971-710-8835

Leap Into 9th & 10th Grade

The Leap into 9th and 10th Grade summer program prepares incoming ninth and tenth-grade students to excel in high school by building a foundation for success before starting high school. Due to the pandemic, this has been expanded to include rising 10th graders.

Monday - Friday, August 2 - 20, 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

McDaniel HS incoming 9th graders and rising 10th graders can apply to attend.

For more details go to the PPS website. Kathryn Moran, our McDaniel HS Community Agent, is available to answer questions via email at or by calling her at 971-276-2734.

If you would like to apply for your student, please use the link below to complete an application.

Leap Into 9th Grade Application Links: English, Spanish

Leap into 10th Grade Application Links: English, Spanish

Welcoming Incoming Freshman

Incoming Freshmen (current 8th graders) & their parents/guardians are invited to join counselors virtually this week. We know there a lot of nerves around starting high school, particularly given the challenges of this past year.

Wednesday, June 2: 5-6 pm (en Espanol) meeting link


Thursday, June 3: 5-6pm meeting link

Student Forecasting Verification

Counselors will be working on next year's student schedules in the coming weeks. Please ask your student to review their class selections in StudentVUE (or you can look in ParentVUE) under "course requests". Since forecasting occurs yearly each winter, students often forget what choices they have made. Students should notify their counselor with any level changes (math, world language) but we will not be making elective updates as teacher staffing & the overall school schedule has been decided.

Junior Guidance

On May 19th Juniors were invited to attend a grade-level meeting with counselors. Students can find this presentation in their Canvas inbox if they missed this meeting.

Information was shared to help students learn what action steps they should take heading into summer to realize their post-high school plans. Students were introduced to MaiaLearning & completed a career interest inventory as well as beginning their college search. Resources & timelines were shared around college, trade/apprenticeship and military options.

BIPOC Students Vibing & Thriving

Vibing & Thriving: A virtual space for Black, Brown, and Indigenous POC PPS students (ages 8-18) for healing, hanging, and holding each other in fierce love. Available all summer.

Summer Health Clinic Resources

The Student Health Center @ Parkrose High School is open all summer. They serve youth ages 5-18 who reside in or attend school in Multnomah County. They provide services for both medical and mental health needs.

Call 503-988-3392 for an appointment. Translation services are available.