Counseling

Phone: 616-532-1593     

Fax: 616-532-3733

Welcome to KHS Counseling! 

Fire up Rockets! 

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. 

Academics:

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.  

Social/Emotional: 

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.  

 

Math

= 4 Credits

English

= 4 Credits

Science

= 3 Credits

Social Studies

= 3 Credits

Health & P.E.*

=.5 Credits Each

Electives

= 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.

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. 

Credit recovery will begin September 20th through Friday, December 10th.

Monday - Thursday 3:05 pm- 4:05 pm in Room 2807

Working may be completed online with tests being administered in person. Students may signup through the link on their Grade Level Google Classroom page until October 15th at 3:00 pm.

 

Talk & Tour Career Series - Virtual!


Our Talk and Tours provide a virtual panel of professionals in select industries that share their own career path, the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like, along with their perspective on what you can do to prepare for a career that interests you.
 

Career Explorers

 

Summer Camp Opportunities

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. 

More information regarding application

State of Michigan Biliteracy Brochure--English

State of Michigan Biliteracy Brochure--Spanish

State of Michigan Biliteracy Poster

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.  https://www.gvsu.edu/k12connect/k-12-connect-virtual-tutoring-2.htm

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. https://www.khanacademy.org

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

Name
Position
Judy Bergsma
Counseling Office Secretary
David Moncada
Counselor
Aimee Stevens
Social Worker

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