HHS Counseling Department
Mission Statement / Counseling Appointments / Services Provided by Harrison Counselors: / Confidentiality / Tutorial Assistance / Grade Point Average and Credits / Course Selection and Scheduling Process / Policy for Adding/Dropping Classes / Independent Study / Dual Enrollment / Extended Learning Options / Academic Letter / Phi Betta Kappa / Honors/High Honors / MME-Test Prep/ Testing Calendar / MEAP, PLAN, PSAT, AP, ACT, SAT, ASVAB, EDP / College Admissions / Coop / FAFSA /Community Service and Summer Opportunities / NCAA
ATTENTION PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS & PARENTS/GUARDIANS
You must make an appointment to pick-up an enrollment packet. Please remember to bring the following items to confirm residency: A copy of a lease or mortgage and two utility bills.
Call Laura Rickert for an appointment at 248-426-4762 or send an email request
Phone: (248) 489-3504
Attendance Secretary: Debra Normali
Secretary: Laura Rickert
Counseling Technician: Lori Klotz
Counseling Technician: Vicki Palmer
E-K, T-V & Z
L-R & W-X
IB COORDINATOR-Dr. Polly Bachrouche 248-426-2918 firstname.lastname@example.org
Transcript requests for the class of 2012 and beyond are made through Parchment. There isn’t a transcript fee for the majority of colleges and universities.
Students from the graduating class of 2011 and earlier must visit the following link for the Farmington Schools Online Transcript Request System. The charge for all transcripts ordered through the system is $6.00
Did you know there is a document for you to sign if you don’t want any personal information released to military recruiters without parental consent? Please click on the following link for the form and turn in the signed document to the counseling office. Contact Laura Rickert at 248-426-4762 or email email@example.com with any questions.
Harrison's counselors believe that a quality comprehensive guidance and counseling program is a flexible, integral component of the total education program. Counselors will provide a quality program to include guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, and systems support to empower students to make responsible academic and career choices, to gain self-knowledge and understand others. Guidance and counseling ensures students the opportunity to learn to live, learn, and work throughout their lifetime.
NEWS FROM THE COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
*ATTENTION CLASS OF 2014:
MICHIGAN MERIT EXAM (MME) Testing Dates for the Class of 2014
February 11, 2014: Pre-administration for the MME (Delayed Start for all other students @9:50)
March 4th: ACT + Writing (No school for all other students)
March 5th: ACT WorkKeys (No school for all other students)
March 6th: MI Math, Science, and Social Studies (Delayed Start for all other students @ 11:20)
NEW-FREE ACT ONLINE TEST PREP NOW AVAILABLE FOR 10TH, 11TH & 12TH GRADERS
This official Michigan ACT Test Prep program features:
- Practice tests with real ACT test questions
- Practice essays for the ACT Writing Test with real-time scoring
- Comprehensive content review for each of the four required tests-English, Mathematics, Reading and Science
- Diagnostic test and personalized Study Path
- The program is free-anywhere, anytime via the Internet
PROCEDURE FOR COUNSELOR APPOINTMENTS
Please be aware that counselors are available by appointment only, unless there is an emergency.
Procedures are as follows:
STUDENTS-Stop by the counseling office before/after school or in between classes to make an appointment. You can also email your counselor to schedule an appointment.
PARENTS-Please email your son/daughter’s assigned counselor. All email addresses can be found on the HHS website. Or call 248-489-3504 to make arrangements.
*Procedures have been created and will be enforced due to the fact that the State Department of Education does not allow student aides. A number of your questions can be answered by reviewing the info on the HHS web site. Thank you for your continued support and cooperation!
- Assist students with course selection and planning in preparation for post-secondary experiences
- Continually review students progress towards graduation and advise students and parents accordingly
- Counsel students who are struggling academically and refer for assistance and tutoring as needed
- Provide students with strategies to work through specific classroom issues
- Guide students in researching college, career, scholarship and financial aid information
- Provide evening programs for parents and students that walk them through the College Selection, ACT/SAT Testing, Financial Aid, Scholarship Search, and Course Selection processes.
- Refer students to the school's Student Assistance Team Support Groups when appropriate
- Act as a liaison between students, parents, teachers, administrators, and other support staff to facilitate communication
- Make referrals to the building evaluation team for students who may require assessment or testing for learning disabilities or other special education concerns
- Provide counseling and/or referrals for students with personal problems
STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS
Counselors are members of the building's Student Assistance Team and offer educational groups for students with various needs. These groups may meet one hour a week on a rotating basis for six to ten weeks depending on the type of group. Some of the groups available are:
- Anger Management Group - the goal of this group is to understand how anger influences our life. Students will learn their anger style and ways to make anger a positive emotion. Students will also learn alternatives to violence in resolving conflict.
- Concerned Persons Group - educational information and discussion focusing on a concern about a good friend or family member's alcohol or other drug use.
- Families in Transition - provides students with a forum to discuss the impact of divorce and to learn ways to cope with the many issues that arise during a divorce.
- Insight Group - educational information and discussion for students to use to make healthy decisions regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs.
- Hawk Hospitality - a forum for students transferring into HHS to become acquainted with our school and discuss adjustment issues.
Confidentiality means that the information a student shares with a counselor remains private. A student may share information with others as he or she wishes, but we understand that there is an absolute right to privacy. We will guard that privacy as much as is permitted by the law, ethics, and school rules. We recognize the legal rights and responsibilities of parents in doing what is in the best interest of their children. If a student or parent asks that information be shared with outside professionals, that student and his or her parents will be asked to sign a release form. We will send only the requested information unless mandated by law or ethics. There are exceptions where we are obligated to break confidentiality, including potential harm to the student or to someone else, state laws that mandate reporting of child abuse, or a court of law that requires testimony or student records. Counselors occasionally consult with other school professionals, but in such cases only information necessary to achieving the goals of the conference will be shared.
Tutorial assistance is available in several forms. The best source of assistance is the classroom teacher and students are encouraged to make arrangements with individual teachers for additional help before or after school. Also, “Hawk Help” tutoring is available Monday-Thursday after school in the Media Center-no appointment is necessary!
Each term class is awarded
one-half credit. The grade point average is determined
by calculating each term grade for each class according to the following
guidelines: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0. A plus or minus does not change the point
value. Repeat classes will have the second grade averaged in the GPA and not
the first. Credit is given only once for successful completion of a course. (A
class may not be repeated if a higher level of that subject has been
accomplished.) The original grade remains on the transcript, although the
credit may be removed.
Final Year of High School Math Requirement
Q: There has been quite a bit of confusion about the MMC requirement for taking math in the final year of high school. Does the MMC require a student to earn one full math or math-related credit in the final year of high school?
A: Michigan law (380.1278a(1)(a)(i)) states that “Each pupil must successfully complete at least 1 mathematics course during his or her final year of high school enrollment.” Because the law requires one course rather than one credit, this requirement should be interpreted to mean that while a student must take a math or math-related course in his final year of high school enrollment, he may earn less than one credit for that course. The 4.0 credit mathematics requirement (or 3.5 credit requirement for students receiving a PC to modify Algebra II), which includes at most one math-related credit, will help determine the number of credits a student needs to earn in the final year. For example,
• A student who receives a PC to reduce the Algebra II requirement from 1.0 credit to 0.5 credit may earn that 0.5 credit Algebra II in the final year of high school enrollment without having to earn an additional 0.5 math/ math-related credit, provided the student has earned a total of 3.5 math credits, inclusive of the 0.5 credit Algebra II, prior to graduation.
• A student who has earned 4.0 math/math-related credits by the end of her junior year may elect to take a 0.5 credit math-related course in her final year of high school. Although she has already met the MMC requirement for total math/math-related credits, she must still take a mathematics course in her final year.
• A student who has earned three mathematics credits in his first three years of high school must enroll in, and successfully complete, a math/math related course or courses for which a total of 1.0 credit will be earned in his final year of high school.
Schedule Change Request Information
*Please note: May only be submitted during the first 3 days of the trimester.
High school students in Michigan have the opportunity to dual enroll in college courses at Michigan post-secondary institutions when certain criteria are met. This would enable the student to receive both high school and college credit. The school district will cover the cost (or part of the cost) of the tuition according to a state formula.
Students may wish to employ Extended Learning Options in order to pursue courses not available in the regular high school program, recover credit for failed courses, meet a graduation deadline, or advance their studies in a specialized area. The Farmington district allows a student to earn up to two credits (four classes) through Extended Learning Options (classes outside the district). This includes any summer school at other districts, correspondence classes with Indiana University, or classes on the internet. Note: each option requires the completion of special forms. Additionally, summer school out of the district is for repeat classes only. For new credit a class must meet a minimum of 75 hours.
Farmington students must have written permission prior to pursuing credits from outside sources if they intend to apply these credits towards graduation. Permission must be obtained in writing from a parent, and school counselor. Grades for courses which are pre-approved, and earned at schools or programs affiliated with accredited institutions, will be recorded on transcripts and used in calculating class rank and grade point average.
The district will not pay for the cost of Extended Learning Options unless they meet the criteria for the state mandated dual enrollment and are included as part of the student's regular schedule.
Academic Letter-To be eligible for the academic letter award, a student must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.3 during the previous school year. The students will be recognized at our Academic Letter Award Ceremony that takes place in the Fall.
Please note: Students will be informed of their eligibility with a letter from the counseling office.
National Honor Society-3.5 Overall GPA. References which show: Service, Leadership & Character. Average is computed for 9th, 10th, 11th and the first trimester of the 12th grade. No rounding off allowed.
Open to Juniors & Seniors. All classes counted.
Phi Beta Kappa-3.75 Academic Grade Point Average. Average is computed for 9th, 10th, 11th and the first trimester of the 12th grade. No rounding off allowed. Open to Seniors. Only academic classes counted.
Graduation with High Honors-3.5 Overall Grade Point Average. Average is computed for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade. No rounding off allowed. Open to Seniors. All classes counted.
Graduation with Honors-3.0 Overall Grade Point Average. Average is computed for 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade. No rounding off allowed. Open to Seniors. All classes counted.
Note: Third trimester grades of senior year are NOT counted.
Why take the PSAT? The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test (PSAT) includes the National Merit Scholarship Competition. It is important that juniors take the test so that they have the potential to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions, as well as to prepare for the SAT. Freshman & Sophomores may also register to take the PSAT, but will not be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. Testing takes place at Harrison High School on Sat. Oct. 19th, @7:45 am until approximately 11:30 am.
Registration begins in early September. Late registration is available but there is an additional charge and testing availability is not guaranteed. The cost is $25.00. Students must use Total Registration to register and pay for the exam online. Watch for announcements on listserv for information about the online registration. All registered students should pick up a student guide (includes practice test) in Mrs. Klotz or Ms. Palmer’s office in the media center. Information for 11th graders about the National Merit Scholarship and National Achievement Program are included in the guide. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Visit www.collegeboard.com to learn more about the test.
ACT Test Dates- Visit www.actstudent.org for test information & fees
Michigan Competitive Scholarship (ACT)
You may view information about your award by visiting www.michigan.gov/osg and clicking on the Quick Link “MI Scholarships Online.” Click on “Students” to access the login screen. Your username is the first four letters of your first name, followed by your birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy) Example: John Doe born on January 5, 1989 , would be entered John01051989. Your password is your Social Security number (no hyphens). This student update screen allows you to view your award or update demographic data such as name, address, email and phone number.
What is the difference between the ACT and SAT?
The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities.
The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading , Science, and an optional Writing Test. The SAT has only 3 components: Verbal, Mathematics, and a required Writing Test.
The College Board introduced a new version in 2005, with a mandatory writing test. ACT continues to offer its well-established test, plus an optional writing test. You take the ACT Writing Test only if required by the college(s) you're applying to.
The SAT has a correction for guessing. That is, they take off for wrong answers. The ACT is scored based on the number correct with no correction for guessing.
ACT lets the student decide what set of scores they want sent. The College Board's policy is to send all scores.
The ACT has an interest inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.
Taking the Advanced Placement exams in May is an important part of all AP courses. Scoring well on an AP exam can often earn students college credit for their high school class, saving a significant amount on tuition. Students will register online in February; watch for listserv announcement and note the important deadlines. The registration will only take a few minutes. We strongly recommend that a parent or guardian and student are present while registering to ensure that the correct exams are ordered.
In order to register, students visit www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/231404. If you’re having trouble accessing the site, the help number is 800-974-2187. Questions??? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com .
To complete registration, students must answer all of the required questions and print a permission slip from the Total Registration site. Registration is not complete until payment has been provided on the Total Registration website and the permission slip is submitted to Mrs Klotz or Ms. Palmer in the media center office. ALL REGISTERED STUDENTS MUST TURN IN A PERMISSION SLIP!
Please visit link to access a list of universities and colleges for AP scores required and credits awarded. http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/apcreditpolicy/index.jsp
GRADE LEVEL TESTING INFORMATION
Fall of 9th grade-Social Studies MEAP:
Mandatory for all 9th graders in Farmington Schools. Administered free of charge. Position statement & terms are taken from the Social Studies Benchmarks in the Michigan Curriculum Framework - FPS-SS MEAP Letter
Spring of 9th & 10th grade-ACT PLAN:
Mandatory for all 9th & 10th graders in Farmington Schools. Administered free of charge. The PLAN is a practice ACT (American College Test) for sophomores to predict ability to do college work. Tests areas include-English, Math, Science and Reading. The PLAN also includes an interest inventory and the results will be noted with the score report. www.actstudent.org/plan
Fall of 9th, 10th & 11th grade–PSAT:
The Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test includes the National Merit Scholarship Competition. It is important that juniors take the test so that they have the potential to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions, as well as to prepare for the SAT. Sophomores may also register to take the PSAT, but will not be eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. This test will be administered only once in October as determined by the College Board. Students are required to register and pay for these exams. www.collegeboard.com/testing/
Spring of 11th grade-MME:
The Michigan Merit Exam is a mandatory assessment for all juniors throughout Michigan. Administered free of charge. Further information about the test can be accessed at www.michigan.gov/mme. Join the Michigan Dept. of Education's MME Listserv for current information. The MME consists of ACT plus Writing, WorkKeys (Applied Math, Reading for Information, and Locating Information), Michigan Math, Science and Social Studies. The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is available for students who have successfully completed the ACT WorkKeys Assessments with a score on each of Level 3 and above. This certificate provides confirmation to employers that the recipient is well prepared to enter the workforce.
Spring of 9th-12th grade-AP Testing:
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program offers students the opportunity to take challenging college-level courses while still in high school, and to receive college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP exams. Colleges may award a certain number of credit hours in a subject area. Individual universities determine the hours of credit earned based on test scores. Testing occurs in May during the national testing window. Students are required to register and pay for these exams. www.collegeboard.com/testing/
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is offered free of charge to 11th & 12th graders by the military. There are comprehensive career components as well as Math, Science and English curriculum. Vocational aptitude is also assessed. The ASVAB registration and test date will be announced on listserv. 11th & 12th Graders: Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you’re interested in taking advantage of this opportunity. Add link-titled ASVAB Information http://www.asvabprogram.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=overview.test
The district Career Guidance Plan provides an opportunity for each high school student to explore interests and abilities as they relate to career clusters. In 9th and 10th grade, students receive information teaching them to use various resources to investigate interest inventories, college searches, resume writing, the job application process and scholarship opportunities. Eleventh and twelfth graders receive specific information on the college testing process, feedback on their performance, college majors and the college application process. All students complete and/or update their Educational Career Development Plan (EDP) on a yearly basis. EDP Course Planner Link
What is an EDP ?
Think of an EDP as a career and educational online filing cabinet! An EDP is an Educational Development Plan that students update every year. All high school students in the Farmington School District and throughout Oakland County complete standards that are specific to their grade level. Your son/daughter can research schools throughout the U.S. (tech ed, undergraduate & graduate), careers, scholarships and create a resume.
Click here to read about EDP Standards and Career Cruising Features You are encouraged to visit the site with your son/daughter in order to take advantage of all of the features. Students need their username and password to view or edit an individual account. Students can access their account for five years after graduation.
Career Cruising Employment Guide & Job Search Tool
Log into your EDP www.farmington.k12.mi.us/edp for more information.
Career Cruising Parent Portal https://www.careercruising.com/parent/Default.aspx
Parents, guardians, or other authorized individuals can explore Career Cruising and see the career development and education planning work that their child has accomplished.
The guide provides valuable advice for people at all stages of their job search. The Employment section is designed to help users learn the skills they need to navigate the job search process successfully and make the transition from planning a career to searching for their next job. There is information for resumes and cover letters, as well as preparing for an important interview through to the first day on the job. The Employment Guide’s in-depth content is conveniently organized to help users quickly find information, hints, examples, and best practices relating to situations they’re facing as they proceed through their job hunt.
Job Search Tool
Our job search tool helps users make the connection between career planning and the job hunt. Accessible from the Employment section or from the Search for Jobs button on each occupation profile within Career Cruising, the job search tool helps users relate their career planning to jobs actually available in their area. Search results are fed from Indeed.com, the leading job search aggregator. Each time Career Cruising users search for a job, Indeed.com will search thousands of leading job sites, job boards, and company recruitment sites. When seeking more details about specific job postings, users are directed to the original source of the posting, in a new window.
COLLEGE AND FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
We will begin accepting college applications beginning in September. Carefully review the Senior Packet and Senior Transition Powerpoint. An updated, signed EDP must be turned into counseling before transcripts and/or recommendations can be sent to prospective colleges or universities. Please be advised: Students will not be able to pick-up their cap and gown unless the signed EDP has been turned in as required!
New procedures for requesting transcripts: The State of Michigan has mandated that all high schools send transcripts electronically using Docufide by Parchment. Visit the following links for:
Docufide by Parchment
Scholarship Guide (Will be updated in the fall)
Tips for College Applications
FARING WELL AT A COLLEGE FAIR
Click on link for a calendar to local fairs
College fairs are an exciting opportunity to talk to the people in the know. Admission representatives from a variety of colleges are all gathered in one place, just waiting to answer your questions. But it's easy to get caught up in the crowds and confusion. Soon you're criss-crossing the room, stopping at any booth that catches your eye or seems popular. When that happens, you end up with lots of pretty brochures, but not a lot of clear impressions about which colleges you may be interested in. Making the most of a college fair means planning your strategy before you enter those double doors.
"Treat a college fair like a buffet dinner," advises Susan Hallenbeck, director of undergraduate admission at Saint Leo University (FL). "There will be more there than you can possibly take in, but then again, not everything is to your taste." Experienced buffet diners know that it's best to scope out their choices before they start filling their plate. Choose the colleges you most want to find out more about. If possible, research colleges before the fair by reading information in your guidance office or by checking out college websites.
Write up a short list of questions to ask admission representatives. To compare several schools, plan on asking the same questions at each table. The questions you ask should be unique to your interests and not easily found in standard college materials. Avoid questions like, "How many people are in the freshman class?" Instead, ask what the two or three most popular majors are (that can give you a good idea of the main interests of the majority of the students). If you have a particular major in mind, don't ask "How good is major X?" No college representative will tell you that a program is bad. Instead, ask how many students take that major; what research faculty members are involved in (and the opportunities for undergraduates to participate in it); or what courses you would take your first year in a particular major. Students who are undecided should ask about what services and support are available to help them explore various majors. Other things you can ask about: extracurricular activities, what kinds of students the college is looking for, what percentage of students receive financial aid, and other concerns unique to your interests and situation.
Mapping out a strategy
Before you leave for the fair, make sure you have the following supplies: a small notebook with your list of colleges and questions you want to ask; a pen or pencil; and a backpack or tote-bag to hold all of the college information you'll be collecting. A notebook and pen are great tools for keeping all those conversations straight. After you leave a table, jot down your impressions of the college and the answers the admission representatives gave you. Try to do this before you visit the next table, while your impressions are still fresh.
If a family member attends the fair with you, talk about your plan ahead of time. You may decide to split up--perhaps a parent can attend the financial aid seminar so you can visit more colleges. You may find that your parents or siblings ask different questions than you do. Also, it can be helpful to get a second opinion on your impressions of particular colleges.
Planning ahead ensures that you get to visit the colleges that most interest you. But also make sure to leave time for browsing. "Be adventurous! Don't just focus on 'name' schools," says Hallenbeck. "You may find that a school you've never heard of offers the exact major, etc. that you're seeking."
By the time the fair is over, you'll have a bag filled with information about colleges--and a possible case of information overload. Don't succumb to the temptation of just piling all those brochures in some obscure corner of your bedroom. If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a day or two away from the college search. Then get out all of those brochures, along with the notes you took while at the fair, and read through them. You may find that some colleges aren't as interesting as you first thought. Others only look better the more you research them. For those colleges, follow up by filling out the information cards in the brochures or by starting to schedule college visits.
Adapted from Jennifer Gross.
Online College Options
AccreditedOnlineColleges.Org/Michigan -- is a comprehensive and informative resource that ranks each university throughout the nation by size, degrees offered, tuition costs, admission, graduation, and retention rates.
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) worksheet is available in the counseling office in early January. Feel free to pick one up or apply on-line at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov The forms can't be completed until after Jan. 1st of the senior year. The deadline for Michigan is March 1st, the Federal deadline is June 30th. Check the form or Web site to make sure you adhere to the deadline which applies to you.
FAFSA4caster is an online tool that helps students and parents determine their current eligibility for federal student aid. Learn how much aid you would receive if you applied today.
FEDERAL STUDENT AID ON THE WEB
MyFSA is an online account that provides students with access to college and scholarship searches, career and self-assessment tools, and other valuable resources regarding college and financial aid. Students can learn about MyFSA's various functions and set up an account at
Counseling encourages co-curricular and extra-curricular activities for all students as an opportunity to develop his/her interest areas and potential. Community Service Form Return completed form to Mrs Maher in counseling.
Information regarding Summer School can be found on the following link http://www.farmington.k12.mi.us/curriculum/summerschool
Many colleges offer summer enrichment programs for high school students throughout the summer. The Counseling Office maintains a file of a wide variety of summer enrichment opportunities that are available.
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Guidelines
NCAA CLEARINGHOUSE STUDENTS
If you have a senior interested in competing in Division I or II athletics, you must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. On-line registration can be found at www.eligibilitycenter.org. All course requirements align with FPS graduation requirements. Other keys for qualification include 16 CORE academic credits and a correlating test score. You must request a test score be sent directly to the NCAA Clearinghouse. Go to www.actstudent.org to order ACT scores, and www.collegeboard.com to order SAT scores. Upon completion of the on-line registration, please bring the student authorization forms to the Counseling office so we can send off your student’s transcript to the Clearinghouse.
NAIA-National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
NAIA schools offer athletic scholarships as well. NAIA requires two of the following three: 2.0 overall grade point average, 18 on the ACT, or graduate in the top 50% of class. Visit www.PlayNAIA.org for information and to register.
What are my chances to play college or professional sports? http://www.collegesportsscholarships.com/percentage-high-school-athletes-ncaa-college.htm
The Counseling Office also maintains a small library of reference books that can be checked out by students or parents. Among these books are college reference guides, books to help find colleges with programs in a particular area, ACT and SAT test preparation manuals, and references for scholarships and financial aid. Additionally, many of these books may be found at the local libraries and bookstores.