News from School Counseling
Jeremiah Wiencek, Director
In my first year as Director of School Counseling at West we began the implementation
Naviance/Family Connection post-secondary readiness program. Now, as I head into my
fifth year, with all students having 1:1 technology, I'm proud to state we have fully integrated Naviance/Family Connection into the School Counseling developmental curriculum. A curriculum which culminates students' senior year with an all-electronic college application process. The
initial step in applying to college for all seniors is completion of the
tasks on students' Naviance/Family Connection accounts, referred to in the letter sent home from School Counseling this summer. The second step
will be all seniors
with their counselors on several occasions commencing with the Senior Convocation on September 7. This will be followed by small group sessions in early September, then
ending with individual clarificaton sessions as necessary going into October, ensuring we provide support up until the ever popular November 1 deadline. All seniors will learn
about the Naviance/Family Connection procedures by receiving an introduction to the
process, reviewing a college application timeline, and receiving step-by-step assistance developing their college application portfolios for transmission to students' post-secondary choices. The School Counseling Department will continue to communicate with our
students and families to ensure these procedures run as smoothly as possible. We encourage you to attend our sessions on Open House, September 1 at 5 p.m. to receive much of the
same information that will be presented to our students. We appreciate your support
during this process as we continually strive to improve our Hilltopper students'
Open House meetings with counselors:
- Meeting for parents of seniors begins at 5 p.m. in the library.
- Meeting for parents of juniors begins at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria.
- Meeting for parents of sophomores and freshmen begins at 5 p.m. in the auditorium.