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WHS Counselors Corner

Welcome to the Counselor’s Corner – the newest section of the newsletter where you can find important updates and information from the WHS Counseling Department! We are so excited you are here.
December 21 Update:
Please look out for an important email from the Counseling Department today with instructions on how to sign up for Junior Conferences this year ON GENESIS. It is very simple (and AMAZING) so please read carefully and follow the steps! 
How to Schedule a Conference:
1.      Please login to the parent portal for your junior student and click on the conference tab.
2.      Click on request a conference.
3.      Select a date range to view available time slots. Conferences are available from 1/11/2021 - 2/19/2021 and from 4/5/2021 - 4/23/2021.
4.      Select the day and time you prefer and click reserve.
We are excited to announce that as of today, student's unofficial transcripts are available on the parent portal for review. If you need this document for any reason, you can now easily access it and print it out from home. 
How to Access your Student's Unofficial Transcript:
1.      Please login to the parent portal for your student and click on the Grading tab.
2.      Click on Transcript
December 14 Update:
Did you know that we have an incredible website that houses important information such as:
·         Dates to Remember for parent/student programs at all grade levels, standardized testing, and much more
·         Parent Night Powerpoint Presentations to watch and re-watch to your heart’s content!
·         Our Program of Studies booklet so that you can learn about all of the different courses we offer, as well as review school policies and procedures in print form
·         Important Links to college application resources such as The College Board, ACT, and Financial Aid information
·         A link to our NEW Virtual Calming Room and other important Mental Health Resources for both students and parents
Speaking of our NEW Virtual Calming Room, we want to make sure that everyone knows that this link from our Counseling Department Website will bring students to a special website dedicated to resources for breathing/meditation techniques, yoga, relaxing music, art games, live animal cams, healthy cooking recipes, and so many other incredible resources dedicated to ALL THINGS WELLNESS. If you need a mental break and don’t know how to take it, this website is so valuable in that it provides tools to help you do JUST THIS! We all need a break like this, especially during these times, and we hope that you will take advantage of these resources. Check it out!
What else is happening in Guidance?
The counselors are continuing to meet individually with all Freshmen this month for a midyear “check in.” We love being able to see our students and connect one-on-one to get a better feel for how things are going. Although each counselor might be doing their sign-ups with Freshmen differently, multiple emails have now gone out to students and parents alike to remind the students to sign up! Please make sure that your child checks their emails and reaches out to their counselor. Aside from these “midyear check ins” please don’t forget that students can check in with us anytime by sending us an email to request a virtual meeting.
Coming up, we are looking forward to Junior Conferences. This is the individual meeting that we have with each junior and their parents/guardians. In the conference, we discuss each student’s progress through high school and learn more about their post-high school goals and plans. We encourage you all to look out for an email in the coming weeks with specific instructions on how you will be signing up for this conference this year. As with everything 2020, there are changes! We really appreciate and encourage you to read every email in full so that you are prepared. We can’t wait to meet with each and every one of you!
We need YOUR help!
Please make sure that you are encouraging your child to check their WHS SCHOOL EMAIL daily. We send important updates and announcements to students via email and we want to make sure that they are getting in the habit of checking and responding to any emails they receive. This is a life skill – one they will use for many years to come. Many of them have a personal email that they do check, but they need to check their SCHOOL EMAIL too – everyday! We really appreciate your help in encouraging this at home!