Phone: 616-532-1593     

Fax: 616-532-3733

Welcome to KHS Counseling! 

Fire up Rockets!  The third marking period ends March 12, 2021.  Finish the next two weeks strong. You can do it!  

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Announcements

Kent ISD's Launch U program is offered to current 9th graders.  This program begins in 10th grade.  Students accepted via the application process earn both a high school diploma and an Associates's Degree (for free!).  If this interests you, please check out the video below! Launch U Program Informational Flyer 

**The application extension is for the Mechanical Design program only.

If you are interested in applying for Launch U, please see Mrs. Hardy or Mr. Linker.  Applications for Launch U are located in the KHS Counseling Office.  

Want to learn more about KCTC (Kent Career Technical Center)?  If so, consider attending the KCTC's virtual Spring Open House on Thursday, March 25th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Although KCTC enrollment has now closed at KHS for the 2021-2022 school year, this is a great opportunity for underclassmen and parents to learn about the opportunities available at KCTC.  

KCTC Open House Information

 

KHS Testing Dates and Information for Spring 2021

The majority of KHS students will test on the dates listed below. 

However, a formal letter with specific testing information pertaining to each student will be mailed to each student's address.  Please read the specific information in the letter for your child.

April 13: Juniors take the SAT

April 13: Seniors CPR Training (required for graduation)
                  2 sessions (by last name): A - L  @  8:30 - 10:00 a.m. 
                                                                M - Z @ 10:15 - 11:45 a.m.               

April 14: Juniors take the WorkKeys Test

April 15: Juniors take the M-STEP

April 15: Sophomores take the PSAT 10

April 16: Freshmen take the PSAT 8/9

Helpful Test Preparation Resources include

FREE SAT/ACT Practice Tests!  Sylvan Learning Center of Grandville is offering FREE SAT/ACT Practice Tests on the following dates: Saturday, April 10 & Saturday, May 8.  Both tests begin at 9:00 a.m.  If you are interested in participating in the practice tests, please call Sylvan at 616-530-8488.  For more information, go to www.sylvanlearning.com .

Credit Recovery

If you are an in-person student, you may remain at school Monday - Thursday from 3:05-4:05 p.m., to work on your Credit Recovery in Room 1808.  Mr. Moncada and Mr. Ursiny will be there to offer support and supervise.  If you plan to stay, you must get to the CR room right away.  Seniors must complete their CR coursework by Thursday, April 22, 2021. Underclassmen must complete their CR coursework by Thursday, May 20, 2021.

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.  

 

Graduation Requirements 

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.  CR utilizes the Odysseyware online curriculum. CR course work can be completed at home and/or in-person only students may remain at school from 3:05-4:05 p.m., Monday - Thursday to work in room 1808 and receive support from two staff members. 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 downtime) 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.

 

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.

Upcoming Dates:
Engineering Careers: Amphenol Borisch Technologies (register here)
Thursday, April 15: 9:30am - 11:00am


Health Science Careers: Mary Free Bed (register here)
Wednesday, April 21: 6:00pm - 7:00pm


Health Science Careers: Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan (register here)
Tuesday, May 4: 5:30pm - 6:30pm

 

Career Explorers


Business - Virtual


April 13 - May 20, 2021 (Tuesdays/Thursdays), 3:30pm - 4:00pm

We are excited to be offering a new virtual career exploration program designed to give students grades 7-12 a deep dive into a career pathway of interest. Over 6-weeks, students will have the opportunity to meet 12 career mentors through 30-minute Career Chats. These Zoom-based career conversations allow mentors to share their own career path, information about education and daily work, along with valuable industry insights. Additional Explorers activities include self-assessment and conducting an information interview. Students can earn a Certificate of Completion for college/scholarship applications. Explorers will help young people make educated career choices.

Careers in Business will be the first pathway focus. Click here for more information or to register!

 

Summer Camp Opportunities

Summer camps are BACK! We’ve assembled a comprehensive list of academic camps to help your student explore an area of interest, or try a have fun learning about a new one. Camps serving PreK – 12th grade in a wide variety of subject areas is available. Check out our list of local summer programs here!

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.  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

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

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