SHS Counselor Newsletter Semester 1, 2017

College & Career Readiness Day October 10, 2017: Interviewing, Networking & Resume Session


Counselors Role

Classroom Lessons

Academic Resources

Important Dates & Events


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What School Counselors are Doing for SHS Students

At Shakopee High School, there are five School Counselors. As your school counselors, we’re here to help students be successful in school, and we do so by supporting their social/ emotional, academic and college/career development. To meet these needs we teach lessons in classes, facilitate small groups, and meet individually to provide brief, solution-focused counseling and interventions in a safe, non-judgmental space. With well over 1,800 students in the building, we are always striving to maximize our impact with students. While the numbers can’t paint the entire picture, we’re hoping it will help give you an idea of what we do throughout the year.

Since September, counselors have hosted 2 parent evenings, 3 large group presentations in the auditorium, presented in 35 different classrooms, organized and presented 6 breakout sessions for College and Career Readiness Day, and started 2 small group counseling opportunities. In an average week, the counseling department sees 258 students with individual appointments and 10 students with walk-in crises.

College Application Work Session during College & Career Readiness Day October 10, 2017

Check out each of the following sections to see some examples of exactly what we’re doing in each area:

Academic Development

  • Individual grade checks
  • Credit checks
  • Academic planning
  • Communication of academic resources
  • Registration and scheduling
  • Intervention planning
  • New student enrollments

Social/Emotional Development

  • Individual meetings on anxiety, family/peer relationships, grief, and stress management
  • Stress management techniques in junior classrooms
  • Crisis response

College/Career Development

  • College and career planning lessons in junior and senior classrooms
  • Individual meetings on application process
  • Financial Aid and College Goal Night
  • Counselor Q & A
  • College & Career Readiness Day

Counselor Classroom Lessons

Similar to teachers, counselors have a set of standards that we are tasked with teaching students throughout their educational career. The ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards “identify and prioritize the specific attitudes, knowledge and skills students should be able to demonstrate as a result of a school counseling program.” Because these standards are designed for all students, our best way to deliver them is through classroom lessons.

This fall we have been in all junior and senior English classes helping students prepare for their future.

Senior Lesson

Our seniors received lots of information about the college application process and paying for college. In addition, they were given resources on college searching, apprenticeships, gap year, and career researching. Check out the presentation here, or ask your senior for their copy of the presentation!

During senior lessons, we asked students, “As of today, what are your post-high school plans?”

Seniors were polled in our classrooms as to what their post high plans were!

Junior Lesson

Our juniors spent time using college and career search tools, discussed standardized testing, and were given some next steps to help them plan for their future. Check out our lesson here, or ask your junior for a copy of the presentation!

Sophomore Lesson

In December, we will be visiting all sophomore classes. Our goal for that lesson is to give sophomores a tool to help them choose which academy will be a good fit for next school year.

Academy Mini-Lessons

In preparation for starting The Academies of Shakopee next school year, the counselors designed six mini-lessons that were taught by homeroom teachers. The goal of the lessons was to give students basic information about academies to help them make an informed decision when the time comes to choose an academy. Feel free to browse these lessons to see what they have been up to in homeroom!

Academy Basics

Academy Vocabulary with definitions

Arts & Communication and Business & Entrepreneurship

Health Science and Human Services

Engineering & Manufacturing and Science & Technology

Academy Mashups

Academic Resources for Students!

  • Writing Lab (in the learning commons) - available daily before school through 3rd hour and 5th-7th hour.
  • Math Lab (3rd floor South Wing) - available daily 1st-3rd hour and 5th-7th hour
  • Teachers by appointment before and after school
  • Spanish Peer Tutors (SW 2nd floor) - available Tuesdays and Thursdays 1-7 hours.
  • Technology Workshops - workshop offered to help students with organization and note-taking. Offered during 3rd hour. Contact your counselor if interested.
  • Academic Support (small group) - Weekly during 2nd quarter in the learning commons and counseling office. Contact your counselor if interested.
  • Reading Prep - students who qualify will have a class period designated for enhancing their reading skills.

important dates

December 11 – 15th: Counselors in 10th grade English classes completing an Academy Wheel Lesson

January 3-12: Students will give their Academy preference

January 10: Academy Information/Saber Showcase Night

January 24: PSEO Parent Meeting (12:00-1:00 PM)

January 25: PSEO Parent Meeting (7:30-8:30 AM)

January 29-February 9: Classroom Registration Presentations

February 12 – 16: Registration

February 27: Junior ACT

*11th grade students can pick up their Practice ACT scores in the career center.


Losing someone that's important to you can change your world. You miss the person who has died and want them back. You may feel sad, alone, or even angry. You might have trouble concentrating or sleeping. These feelings are normal. There’s no right or wrong way in dealing with grief and patience is a key part of the healing process. Here are some tips if your student is struggling in this this area.

If you are looking for additional support for your student in this area and you believe it is impacting their academics, please contact your students school counselor and they may be able to connect you with additional resources.

Thank you for sharing your amazing students with us!

The Shakopee Counseling Department

Erica Lang (A-D): elang@shakopee.k12.mn.us

Kelsey LaRue (E-Ji): klarue@shakopee.k12.mn.us

Beth Cordes (Jj-Mi): bcordes@shakopee.k12.mn.us

Nicole Drangstveit (Mj-Sc): ndrangst@shakopee.k12.mn.us

Jenny Severson (Sd-Z): jseverso@shakopee.k12.mn.us


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