About

Our model

The MHS counseling program offers a personalized and proactive approach, which is designed in correlation with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Comprehensive School Counseling Model. Our curriculum includes small group, grade-level seminars and individual planning meetings between students and their school counselor.

The role of the counselor

School counselors make a measurable impact in every student’s life, assisting with academic, career and personal/social development. Professional school counselors are trained in both educating and counseling, allowing them to function as a facilitator between parents, teachers and the student in matters concerning the student’s goals, abilities and any areas needing improvement. School counselors provide services not only to students in need, but to all students. (From the ASCA website.)


Grade-Level Events

Freshmen

  • 9th Grade Parent Orientation Night
    An informational evening led by administrators and counselors. This occurs the Wednesday evening before school begins.
  • Freshmen Fall Seminar
    Counselors meet with their freshmen students in small groups to discuss the high school transition and provide information on school resources, co-curricular activities and graduation requirements. This seminar takes place in September.
  • Fall 9th Grade Parent Night
    Counselors present to parents of freshman during fall conferences. Information provided will include school resources, coursework, the importance of grades and suggestions for parents on how to support their student’s success.
  • Freshmen Individual Meetings
    Counselors individually meet with each of their freshmen students to discuss the transition, check-in on academics, create goals and ensure that students are aware of school resources and activities. These meetings occur during Quarter 2. Students should schedule their own meeting.
  • Freshman Registration Parent Night
    An informational evening to help parents of freshman learn about the course selection and registration process. This occurs in late January or early February.

Sophomores

  • Sophomore Fall Seminar
    Counselors meet with their sophomore students in small groups to introduce the PLAN test, encourage co-curricular involvement, review academic resources and discuss future planning using Family Connection. This will take place in October.
  • PLAN Results Interpretation Meeting
    Counselors offer an informational meeting for parents to explain how to interpret and use the results of the PSAT in educational planning.
  • Sophomore Registration Parent Night
    An informational evening to help parents of sophomores learn about the course selection and registration process. This occurs in late January or early February.
  • Sophomore Registration Seminar
    Because of the increased amount of academic programming options that become available to students in 11th grade, counselors meet with their sophomore students in small groups during the course registration process. Various programs are explained and students have the opportunity to ask questions. This seminar will occur in February during registration season.

Juniors

  • Junior Fall Seminar
    Counselors meet with their junior students in small groups to provide details about and register for the upcoming NACAC National College Fair. Students will also use Family Connection. This seminar occurs in September.
  • NACAC National College Fair
    The NACAC College Fair is an optional field trip, but all juniors are strongly encouraged to attend. The college fair takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center and occurs the first week of October.
  • Junior Parent Night
    An informational evening to help parents of sophomores learn about the course selection and registration process. This meeting will also provide an introduction to the college application process. This occurs in late January or early February.
  • Junior Registration Seminar
    Counselors meet with sophomore students in small groups during the course registration process. Various programs are explained and students have the opportunity to ask questions. This seminar will occur in February during registration season.
  • Junior Spring Seminar
    Counselors meet with their junior students in small groups to discuss post-secondary planning, review college planning tools in Family Connection. This seminar occurs in late February.
  • Junior Individual Meetings
    Counselors individually meet with each of their junior students to discuss post-secondary planning. These meetings occur during February, March and April. Students should schedule their own meeting.

Seniors

  • Senior Parent Night
    An informational evening for parents of seniors, led by MHS College and Career Counselor Phil Trout. This meeting helps prepare Senior parents for the upcoming college application season. This occurs in September.
  • Senior Fall Seminar
    Counselors meet with their senior students in small groups to discuss logistics of the college application process, including how to request transcripts, letters of recommendation, understanding Early Decision vs. Early Action, essay writing, Common Application, Family Connection, etc. This seminar occurs in September.
  • Senior Individual Meetings
    Counselors individually meet with each of their senior students to discuss post-secondary planning. These meetings occur during Quarter 1. Students should schedule their own meeting

Students from the Class of 2017 on Decision Day