COUNSELOR CONNECTION

Holmes/Business Careers High School

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HOLMES COUNSELING OFFICE

Students at Holmes are assigned to counselors based on their last name as follows:


Dr. Cristella Cantu, Head Counselor

for Holmes & Business Careers

cristella.cantu@nisd.net

397-7025


Mrs. Maria Barrientos, Counselor (A-DA)

maria.barrientos@nisd.net

397-7028


Mrs. Desiree Soliz, Counselor (DE-HA)

desiree.soliz@nisd.net

397-7030


Mr. Lauro Lira, Counselor (HB-ME)

lauro.lira@nisd.net

397-7026


Mrs. Angela Rodriguez, Counselor (MF-ROS)

angela.rodriguez@nisd.net

397-7031


Ms. Elizabeth Holbrook, Counselor (ROST-Z)

elizabeth.holbrook@nisd.net

397-7029


Mrs. Dolores Lopez, Counseling Secretary

dolores.lopez@nisd.net

397-7032


Mrs. Frances Phillips, Registrar

frances.phillips@nisd.net

397-7038


Mr. John Aguilar, Grade Reporting Secretary

john.aguilar@nisd.net

397-7048


Ms. Esmeralda Contreras, College/Career Readiness

esmeralda.contreras@nisd.net

397-5430

BUSINESS CAREERS COUNSELING OFFICE

Students at Business Careers are assigned to counselors based on their last name as follows:


Ms. Anissa Pennick, Counselor (A-L)

anissa.pennick@nisd.net

397-7073


Mrs. Mallory Bustos, Counselor (M-Z)

mallory.bustos@nisd.net

397-7075


Ms. Cindy Masden, Secretary

cindy.masden@nisd.net

397-7074


Ms. Valeria Crowson, College/Career Readiness

valeria.crowson@nisd.net

397-7067

HOW CAN I SEE THE COUNSELOR?

STUDENTS

Students can see their counselor at the following times:

  • Before school
  • During their lunch
  • After school


**For an immediate personal need and/or responsive services, students may be seen right away.**


PARENTS

Parents can call the Holmes Counseling Office (210)397-7032 or the Business Careers (BC) Counseling Office (210)397- 7074 to set up an appointment.

HOW THE COUNSELORS HELPED IN DECEMBER/JANUARY

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**PSAT RESULTS**

  • WEEK OF 1/2/17
  • Counselors met with students who took the PSAT during the month of October and walked them through an understanding of their PSAT results.
  • Students can access SAT practice and tutorials by linking their College Board account to Khan Academy.
  • https://www.collegeboard.org/
  • https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

**STAAR RESULTS**

  • WEEK OF 1/17/17
  • Counselors met with students who took the STAAR exams during the month of December and discussed their results with them.

IMPORTANT DATES IN FEBRUARY

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**FAFSA NIGHTS**

For: Holmes & BC Families

When: Most Thursdays in February

Where: Career Center

Why: The Counseling Dept. will discuss the importance of Financial Aid and assist families in filling out their 2017-2018 FAFSA Application. Mr. Venegas, from the San Antonio Education Partnership, will also discuss various resources including the Café College Scholarship.

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**GRADE-LEVEL CONFERENCES**


  • Students will be able to meet with the counselors in order to discuss their current credits, graduation plan, and will be able to select their classes and/or plans for next year.

Conferences

Counselors will meet with 9th grade students during the WEEK OF 1/30/17.

CONFERENCES

Counselors will meet with 10th grade students during the WEEK OF 2/6/17.

CONFERENCES

Counselors will meet with 11th grade students during the WEEK OF 2/13/17.
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STAAR END OF COURSE ASSESSMENTS

STAAR EOC will be administered in March for any student(s) who needs to take the following exams:


  • TUESDAY 3/28 - ENGLISH 1
  • THURSDAY 3/30 - ENGLISH 2


If a student is unsure if they need to test, they are welcome to speak with their counselor.

GUIDANCE FOR MARCH

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  • Guidance curriculum is used to help students develop basic life skills.
  • Guidance lessons are delivered in various classrooms throughout the year.

10TH GRADE GUIDANCE

WEEK OF 3/6/17
  • Topics: Interpersonal Effectiveness, Personal Health and Safety

INDIVIDUAL PLANNING

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  • Individual planning guides students as they plan, monitor, and manage their own educational, career, and personal-social development.

  • Through individual planning, students able to:

  1. Set challenging educational, career, and personal-social goals.
  2. Make plans for achieving short- and long-term goals.
  3. Analyze their strengths and weaknesses.
  4. Assess their current progress to their goals.
  5. Make decisions that reflect their plans.

RESPONSIVE SERVICES

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  • Responsive services are used to help students whose immediate personal concerns or problems put their continued personal-social, career, and/or educational development at risk.

  • The Counseling Department offers individual and/or group counseling as part of responsive services.

  • Responsive services are available through student self-referral, teacher referral, and/or parent referral.
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  • Small group counseling topics will vary throughout the year, but can include topics such as self-esteem, grief, and stress management.

  • Small groups consist of 4 or more students and meet once a week for 6-8 weeks.

  • If you are interested in referring a student for group, please contact the student's counselor.

SYSTEM SUPPORT

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  • System support describes services and management activities which indirectly benefit students.

  • System support can include:

  1. Consultation with teachers
  2. Participation in campus-based school improvement plans
  3. Counselor staff development
  4. Community outreach

COLLEGE & CAREER CENTER

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  • The College & Career Center is a resource location designed to help our students and parents towards post-secondary success.



  • Among many services offered at the College & Career Center, students and/or parents are able to:

  1. Receive information and/or register for the SAT or ACT
  2. Obtain scholarship information
  3. Work on college applications
  4. Participate in visits from various post-secondary programs (i.e. colleges, technical schools, military)

Holmes College & Career Center

Ms. Esmeralda Contreras

(210) 397-7000 ext. 75430

Located in Room A102

http://holmescounseling15.wixsite.com/holmesccc


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Business Careers College & Career Center

Ms. Valeria Crowson

(210) 397-7000 ext. 77067

Located in the BC Building


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Text @g89kfa to (210) 585-2911

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COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS


  • Communities in Schools (CIS) can provide additional services to our students on campus in areas such as supportive guidance, academic assistance, help with basic needs, career awareness, enrichment activities, and parent and family engagement.

  • You may reach CIS at (210) 397-7000 ext. 6950 or see them in Room D203.

San Antonio Education Partnership (SAEP)


  • The San Antonio Education Partnership (SAEP) works closely with students to assist in the college application process and providing information on various scholarships in order to help students earn a college degree.
  • Mr. Venegas is a Success Advisor on campus from the SAEP who can assist students and parents on Thursdays in the Holmes College & Career Center (A102).

CAFÉ COLLEGE

Café College is a resource available in downtown San Antonio at:



Café College can assist families with:

  • College Admission Assistance
  • Financial Aid Guidance
  • Career Exploration
  • College Applications
  • Advising
  • SAT & ACT Preparation

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