Phone: 616-532-1593     

Fax: 616-532-3733

Welcome to KHS Counseling! 

Happy 2021 Rockets!  We look forward to seeing you in-person at KHS soon.  Please see the important dates for January, the services we offer, and links to important information below.  

Looking for Virtual Learning Information? Virtual Learning Expectations and Schedule


10th & 11th Graders: KCTC Program Virtual visit signups are live. Check your email and contact your school counselor with any questions.

KHS Virtual Meeting PRIDE Tips--English
KHS Virtual Meeting PRIDE Tips--Spanish


Scroll down to the Career Readiness tab for all the details!


Credit Recovery

Scroll down to the bottom of the page for all the details and deadlines for this semester's Credit Recovery!

What We Do:

The counseling office staff is committed to supporting all KHS students as they work toward success in academics, post-secondary planning, and in their social/emotional well-being.  The goal of KHS counselors is to support, guide, and direct students as they navigate various high school experiences, and to help prepare them for a successful, fulfilling life after graduation. 


School counselors meet with students individually and in a classroom setting to discuss academic goals and various post-secondary options.  Academic plans are developed based on a student’s career preferences, Educational Development Plan (EDP) results, and academic performance.  School counselors emphasize the importance of consistent attendance, the development of effective study habits, responsible time-management, and successfully passing classes in order to graduate in four years.  

Post-Secondary Planning:

School counselors help students plan for a successful life after high school by exploring various post-secondary options.  College and university representatives visit KHS and meet with students throughout the first semester.  Students who are interested in vocational training typically meet with both the counselor and the KHS School-to-Work Coordinator to explore job training opportunities and vocational school options.  Military recruiters from each branch also visit the school and meet with interested students throughout the year.  


School counselors are available to support students with personal issues with which they may be struggling; however, these services are time-limited.  If deemed necessary, counselors will make referrals to professional counseling organizations with student and parent consent.  Small group counseling is also offered during the school day (on a weekly basis, for six to eight weeks).  The goal of small group counseling is to help students learn coping skills and gain support from others who struggle with similar issues.  Topics of focus range from anxiety, depression, anger management, grief and loss, stress, healthy relationships, and more.  

All counseling offered in the KHS counseling office is confidential.  Confidentiality is maintained unless a student threatens to harm him/herself, or discloses that he/she plans to harm another individual, or shares that he/she is being harmed or exploited illegally.  


Graduation Requirements 


= 4 Credits


= 4 Credits


= 3 Credits

Social Studies

= 3 Credits

Health & P.E.*

=.5 Credits Each


= 4 Credits

World Language**

= 2 Credits

Fine Art**

= 1 Credit



* P.E. waivers for Marching Band & Athletics accepted when the student has played for the organization for two seasons (Due to COVID-19, P.E. waivers will not be granted for 2020-2021 Fall Semester) 

** Students can complete (1) World Language credit & (2) Fine Art credits to fulfill requirements.

Groundhog Shadow Day

Friday, February 5, 2021

Student Registration Opens Wednesday, January 13 at 10:00am! It will be open until January 24th, 2021.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in up to three virtual job shadows, offered by local employers in a wide variety of occupations and career pathways.

Click the link below to check out the Job Shadow Board, to learn of the benefits gained from participating in this event, and for registration information: 

Check out the Job Shadow board to learn the benefits gained from participating in this event

Have questions?  Please email your assigned school counselor.  
This year, we will be offering three time slots running 60-minutes each:
7:30am - 8:30am
9:30am - 10:30am
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Choose one session! (You will be responsible for the work you miss in your class.) 

Click here to preview opportunities, but keep in mind, we are still adding employer sessions!

Talk & Tour Career Series - Virtual!

Our Talk & Tours allow students to get a brief insight into different job clusters allowing them to explore employers, talk to professionals and take a virtual tour.

Upcoming Dates:
Health Sciences: Mary Free Bed
Tuesday, February 16 - 3:30 - 4:30pm
Public Safety: Grand Rapids Police Department
Thursday, February 25 - 2030pm - 3:00pm

For the full schedule and to register, click here!

P3: Professional Pop-Up Panel

During P3: Professional Pop UP Panel sessions, you will get a chance to meet and chat with Professionals of Color to learn about overcoming obstacles and achieving success. Sessions are 40 minutes and feature professionals from various career pathways so students can explore a variety of options. As Chris Webber stated, “You can’t be something until you see it”!

Next Session:
Thursday, January 14 3:00pm - 3:40pm
Tynae Richardson, Associate Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Recruiting
BISSELL Homecare, INC.
Rebecca Spann, Licensed Professional Counselor
About You Counseling & Consulting

Click here for more information and to register!

West Michigan Career Readiness Conference

This year's West Michigan Career Readiness Conference has gone virtual! It is scheduled for four 1-hour sessions on Wednesday starting January 20th. Each day will have 3-4 breakout options for attendees to customize their experience. Find out more and register here!
SCECHs available for all attendees including counselor specific SCECHs.

Historical Black Colleges & Universities Panel Discussion & College Fair

Saturday, February 27
Virtual, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Theta Chi Omega Chapter is hosting a free HBCU panel discussion and college fair, open to all students grades 8 - 12. They are featuring breakout sessions and attendee gift card raffles.

Students can register in advance here!

Health Careers Immersion Program

February 16 - March 25, 2021
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Kent ISD and local health care professionals are offering Kent County students, grades 9-12, a virtual internship learning about a variety of health careers, so that they can make an informed career decision upon graduation. While in-person job shadows are certainly preferred, we are excited to offer a virtual version of the Kent ISD Health Careers Immersion Program from February 16 - March 25, 2021 (Tuesdays/Thursdays),  3:30 PM - 4:00 PM.

The program is open to all Kent County students grades 9-12. Registration closes February 8!

Click here for more information and to register!

MI Career Quest

Save the Date! April 21, 2021
MiCareerQuest is returning virtually this year. Registration is now open. As always, space is limited to be sure to mark your calendar and check often for updated information.

Monthly Career Readiness Resource

Each month we'll share with you different resources to assist you with career readiness.

January: Navigating a Job Search in the Covid-19 Market

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Any student who has completed all graduation requirements by a date earlier than his/her designated class must submit a request in writing (signed by a parent if the student is under the age of 18) to the principal to graduate at the earlier date. The request must be completed by/on the last Friday of September during Junior/Senior year.

 The principal will review the request to ensure all conditions for graduation are met (see Early Graduation Document Options 1-4 on the form). A letter will be issued in lieu of the regular diploma attesting to the student’s early completion of graduation requirements. A diploma will be available to the student after the scheduled commencement date. The student may opt to return and participate in regular graduation ceremonies with his/her designated class or completion year class in late spring.  In addition, once all requirements are deemed to be complete, it is recognized that the student has completed high school and will no longer attend. Seniors who complete credit requirements by the end of the first semester of their senior year, can complete their senior year with administration approval. Early graduation forms are available in the counseling office.

Credit Recovery (CR)  is an opportunity available to students to recover credits required for graduation.  It is only offered to students who did not pass a class; it cannot be taken for academic enrichment or advancement purposes.  CR utilizes the Odysseyware online curriculum, and it is currently offered online.  All students have received an email from their assigned school counselor with the link to a Google Form that must be completed and submitted for enrollment. School counselors will double check a student's course selection for CR. Enrollment for CR will end on January 22, 2021, at 3:10 p.m. 
Once enrolled, the CR process is listed below: 
1) Student receives an email from Mr. Muhammad (Director of 54th St. Academy) with login and course information.  
2) Student should double check the title of the course in which he/she is enrolled. This is the student's responsibility.
3) Student takes a pretest to begin the CR course, and should strive to his/her best.  Doing well may reduce the amount of online work required to recover credit. 
4) Student can begin work on assignments and projects online at school (during down-time) or at home.  
5) Student and school counselor receive an email once a student successfully passes his/her online CR course, and is granted credit toward graduation. 
6) Seniors: All CR work must be completed by Thursday, April 22, 2021, to participate in the graduation ceremony and festivities.
7) UnderclassmanAll CR work must be completed by Thursday, May 20, 2021, to recover credit by 11:59 p.m.

Seal of Biliteracy

The Michigan Seal of Biliteracy is presented to students who have demonstrated proficiency in the English language, as well as in at least one other language. This seal benefits students if they attend a post-secondary institution or if they enter the workforce.  Qualifying students may take the assessment in the spring of their senior year.  Click on the link below to learn more about the criteria needed to be eligible to apply. 

State of Michigan Biliteracy Brochure--English

State of Michigan Biliteracy Brochure--Spanish

State of Michigan Biliteracy Poster

Click on the images to enter the KHS Virtual Counseling Office! From there you can click on Mrs. Hardy or Mr. Moncada to enter their offices!

KHS Counseling Virtual Office


GVSU K-12 Connect Virtual Tutoring is a free virtual, one-on-one tutoring service that uses the Zoom platform to work with students.  This service will be available beginning on Monday, October 5, 2020.  For more information, visit the website provided and follow the directions to register your child.

Khan Academy is a free online service that offers support in several core subjects. Students have a quick link on the Clever homepage of their chromebooks.  Visit Khan Academy by clicking the link provided.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

Judy Bergsma
Counseling Office Secretary
Bethany Hardy
David Moncada
Aimee Stevens
Social Worker

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