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WHS Counseling Newsletter January 2020


Please read through the following dates and times for schedule change options


Online schedule changes are available to students from Dec. 30- Jan 10. Students will be able to make changes to class periods, teachers, and swap out classes for a different option during this time frame. Log in to your SIS/Aspire account and click the "scheduling" tab on the right side to start the process. Schedule change tutorial video: https://youtu.be/0PMaWUqvHZM


Appointments are for those students in need of adding a parent release, TA, college course, or other special circumstance. Face to Face appointments ARE NOT for students trying to get into already full courses as listed on the computer!!

Appointments will be available Jan 8th & 9th. Visit www.myconferencetime.com/wasatchhs


Jan 13th & 14th will be reserved for students who failed to take advantage of online scheduling. Those students should come to the counseling center during the class period that they are missing a class. Another reason to try to make schedule changes online! If you wait until the "see counselor" days, options will be limited!

Counseling Department Needs Assessment

During the month of November, Wasatch High School counselors conducted a Parent and Student Needs Assessment. Needs assessments are crucial to the school counseling program because the results inform us, in part, on how to build our program- what topics students need to learn in guidance lessons, what kinds of counseling support groups our students most need, etc. Needs assessments allow school counselors to collect data on the issues that students feel they need support with and that parents want support with.

Our needs assessment results from this year shows that both parents and students are most concerned about student depression and anxiety. Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Research shows that untreated children with anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse. It is estimated that one in five adolescents from all walks of life will suffer from depression at some point during their teen years. However, while depression is highly treatable, most depressed teens never receive help.

Teen depression goes beyond moodiness. It’s a serious health problem that impacts every aspect of a teen’s life. Fortunately, it is treatable and parents can help. Your love, guidance, and support can go a long way toward helping your teen overcome depression and anxiety to get their life back on track.

If you feel your student is suffering from anxiety or depression and you would like resources to help, please contact your student’s school counselor. Here at Wasatch High School we have many resources to help your student including licensed mental health workers, specialized tutorials and 504 plans.



11th grade ACT prep class will run from Jan 28th- Feb 21st, 7:00am-7:50am. Registration available now! $40 to register. Pay at the finance window, take your receipt directly to the counseling office to pick up your practice ACT book!

This class is a 4-week class. Students will rotate through one test subject each week. Classes are taught by Wasatch High teachers. Questions? Contact Dave Carter, WHS counselor.


Jan 27th- All juniors will attend a presentation, during advisory, in the auditorium. Counselors will share strategies for navigating the ACT.

Counseling Tutorials

January 22nd - Guest Speaker- Jennifer Chipman (Senior Interior Designer with Alder and Tweed) who will also be offering 2 fall internships.

January 23rd- Career exploration using navigator.kuder.com

Dates TBA on Swarm for tutorials about: College Credit Options, Resiliency, Professional Skills and more!

WHS Resources

Gear Up

GEAR UP, Get Ready, and Go to College!

Great news! Wasatch High School participates in the statewide college prep program, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). Eligible 9th -12th grade students get extra support to get ready for college with ACT preparation classes, help finding money for school, and visits to universities and colleges throughout the state, among other services. GEAR UP Juniors and Seniors just to a trip to SNOW BLAST, an overnight trip to Snow College, where they stayed in the dorms, took a campus tour, and learned about college life from current college ambassadors. All GEAR UP activities are free for participants. For more information contact our GEAR UP Counselor, Cathy Cardenas, at cathy.cardenas@uvu.edu or contact any Wasatch Counselor.

TRiO Upward Bound

Upward Bound is a federally funded program that offers financial assistance, test prep, tutoring services, academic advising, identifying the right college and general overall college preparation through a variety of ways, including: Summer live-in college experiences, weekly meetings, identifying and applying for scholarships, free quarterly Saturday group activities and more!

Eligibility: students from low-income households and/or families where neither parent has earned a college degree. Contact Casey Wilde for more information Cwilde@uvu.edu or 385-208-0161


If you are an MTEC student or are thinking about enrolling in an MTEC program and have questions, MTEC counselors are available to WHS students on the following days:

January 7 -Karalee Clarke (kclarke@mtec.edu)

February 10 -Brooke Bradley (bbradley@mtec.edu)

March 10 -Karalee Clarke

April 13-Brooke Bradley

May 11- Karalee Clarke

You must send an email to the assigned counselor for that day in advance! They will only come to WHS if they receive emailed requests from students prior to the posted day.

College Info & Events

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Programs

Are you interested in having an educational summer experience at a prestigious university? Stanford offers summer programs in math, science, artificial intelligence, and medical subject areas. Click on the link for more info: https://spcs.stanford.edu/programs


Utah Sheriffs' Association

A scholarship for students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement and who will be attending college in Utah. Return the application to our WHS SRO, Deputy Mike Guymon.


PB&J Scholarship

Open to students to all college- bound seniors who will be attending a 2 year or 4 year college in the fall of 2020. Students must write a personal statement explaining a challenges in their life and their drive to succeed. Visit http://bit.ly/pbjscholarship . (requires registration with scholarsapp.com)

January Scholarship List

CTE Scholarship

Click on flyer below for more info. Contact teacher Kristen Distefano if you have any questions. Deadline is Jan 31st.

Important Dates

Utah State University Scholarship Deadline

Friday, Jan. 10th 2020 at 12am

This is an online event.

UVU Spring Semester Classes Begin!

Monday, Jan. 6th 2020 at 12am

This is an online event.

Students enrolled in a UVU distance learning class scheduled for M/W/F start on the 6th.

T/TH classes will start on the 7th.

CTE Scholarship Deadline

Friday, Jan. 31st 2020 at 12am

This is an online event.

See info in newsletter for more details.