• September 2018 Counseling Department Newsletter

    Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year! As we launch the school year, our department wanted to briefly outline how our collective efforts support the post-secondary planning of ALL MIHS students.

    First, counselors will provide planning information in large groups as our first layer of intervention. As you will see below, we have a variety of grade level activities, evening events and field trips to support students’ efforts with their planning. In addition, following our presentations we will continue to post any slideshows on our Counseling Department website. Additional communication regarding important events will be posted monthly in this newsletter, with reminders and “alerts” sent through e-mail and/or Schoology. (Students: make it regular practice to check your MISD e-mail accounts!).

    As an additional layer of support, the Counselor of the Day Table is up and running. Students can visit the “C.O.T.D.” table during their off periods or at lunch for drop-in questions with a counselor. A counselor will be at the table Monday through Friday from 8:00am-3:00pm. Parents are also welcome for a quick consult at the C.O.T.D. table if they check in at the main office first.

    Our friendly and helpful secretaries, Ms. Lopez-Salvador and Ms. Brintnall, are available to direct student and parent inquiries as well.

    On behalf of our entire team, we look forward to supporting all of our Islander students and families!

    MIHS Counseling Team


    Grade level plans for Naviance

    9th Grade Classroom Visits - Counselors will visit 9 th grade classrooms starting the week of September 24th to begin work in Naviance. This program is a tool that students and parents will use throughout high school for career/academic planning and college applications. Topics will include: study skills, time management, navigating high school and self-advocacy.

    10th Grade Activities- On the morning of the PSAT October 10th sophomores will continue their planning in Naviance. Topics that will be covered include updating High School and Beyond plans and a career interest survey.

    11th Grade Classroom Visits - Counselors will visit 11th graders in classrooms the week of September 24th. Visits will focus on the upcoming PSAT (see below) and how to use Naviance for college searching.

    12th Grade Bridges Talk –Ms. Sutherin will host seniors in the PAC during Bridges on Wednesday, September 19th to review the College Application Process and how Naviance is used to support the processing of counselor forms and official transcripts. Following her talk, the PowerPoint from her presentation will be posted on the MIHS counseling website. As a follow-up to support seniors, counselors will be available for help with Naviance tech support and other college application questions on several upcoming Fridays (9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12 and 10/26) during both lunches in the LPR (library). Seniors are encouraged to bring their i-Pads for Naviance and college application questions.

    Upcoming Events Counselor Series Night #1 - PTSA and the MIHS Counseling Team will be co-hosting “The College Application Process” on Monday, September 24th from 6:30-7:30pm in the PAC. Susan Sutherin will provide an overview of the college application process for seniors and their parents, including how to use Naviance to process transcripts, counselor forms and teacher recommendations. This will be the same information provided in the 12th grade Bridges Talk on 9/19.

    A High School Parent’s Guide to Student Success in College & Beyond

    Sponsored by the Mercer Island Public Library

    Monday, Sept 17, 7:00pm

    Presented by Denny Meadows, Silverfern Advisory

    Islander Middle School Commons / 7447 84th Ave SE / Mercer Island

    "How a student goes to college is much more important than where he or she goes." Does this phrase apply to your student? And what does it really mean? One thing is increasingly clear: it's no longer enough to choose the "best" ranked school and then assume that everything will work out fine. Join us for an informative presentation – followed by Q&A – to learn about key skills and attitudes for teens in a rapidly changing world. We'll address several questions, like "How can we choose a college to improve post-college outcomes?" and "What are the important action-steps now, during high school?" If you have questions please e-mail Carrie Bowman at the MI Public Library: clbowman@kcls.org.

    PSAT- Juniors will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 10th. No registration or fees are needed. The schedule for the day and testing locations will be posted at a later date. In the meantime, juniors can get a sense of the PSAT format including sample problems and a link to free practice via Khan Academy at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice.

    Performing and Visual Arts College Fair - Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Fischer Pavilion, Seattle Center. Details can be found at https://www.nacacfairs.org/attend/pva/seattleperforming-and-visual-arts-college-fair/.

    Juniors: Save the date! The National College Fair Field Trip is on Friday, November 2