Counseling and Guidance

Picture of Sibley Students TalkingThe Counseling and Guidance services at Henry Sibley are designed to help students with academic, personal/social, and career development. We are here to help students transition into high school and prepare them for a successful life after high school. We look forward to working with you in the areas of: 

  • Academic Counseling and Planning 
  • Personal and Social Growth
  • Career Planning  
  • Individual or Small Group Counseling 
  • Parent and Teacher Consultations 
  • Referral Assistance to Other Programs 
  • Test Interpretation

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

This month in the Guidance Office
On September 20th and 21st, counselors went to 9th grade Warrior Seminar classes to introduce themselves and let students know how we can best support their transition to high school. October is the heart of the college application season, so our seniors are busy working on essays, gathering letters of recommendations, requesting transcripts, and completing applications. Senior students are meeting one-on-one with their counselors about their college application process, as well as checking their credits to ensure they have everything needed to graduate. On October 26th, seniors will be working closely with the counselors on their college and scholarship applications, exploring careers, writing resumes, finalizing essays, and more. We will begin student support groups based on the information gathered in our needs assessments; please let us know if you do not want your child to participate in a group.

  • College Knowledge Month 2017 - October is College Knowledge Month in Minnesota! Counselors will be offering extra support to seniors in their college search and application process during the month of October. More information will be provided in the daily announcements and in classroom presentations with seniors.
  • ​FAFSA Night - At 6:00pm, on Thursday, October 12, a financial aid advisor will be presenting the most up to date information on FAFSA. This will take place in Warrrior Hall. Please utilize this opportunity to gather information or ask questions you may have. There will be a spanish speaking interpreter. 
  • October 26 - The morning of Thursday, October 26, school counselors will be working with seniors on their post-high school plans while 9th, 10th, and 11th graders are testing. This will take place during hours 1-4. Seniors will have options to work on their resumes, college essays, college applications, scholarship applications, completing their FAFSA and exploring careers. Hour 5-7, students will proceed with their regular schedule.
  •  2017 PSAT October 11: Registration will begin September 5 and it's first come first serve, and it is open until all seats are filled. PSAT/NMQST stands for Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It provides sophomores and juniors with practice for the SAT. More importantly, this is a chance for juniors to qualify for National Merit Scholarship Corporation scholarship programs. Sibley will administer this test on Wednesday, October 11, 2017. Students will be given information about the time and location of test when they register. There is a $15 fee. However, there is a fee waiver available for eligible students in 11th grade who meet USDA Income Eligibility Guidelines. If you have questions, please talk with your school counselor.  Students need to register with the secretary in the Guidance Office. 
  • ACT or SAT score for college applications - If your child did not list the colleges they are applying to as a recipient of their scores when they took the test, they may need to request an official score to be sent directly from ACT/SAT. If you have additional questions, please see your child's counselor for assistance.
  •  College Visits to Sibley: Admission representatives from various colleges come to Sibley throughout the year to meet with interested students. Students can check the calendar outside of the guidance office, the clipboard inside the guidance office, our counseling webpage, or log on to Naviance to see which colleges are visiting and sign up to meet the college reps. This is a great opportunity to connect and learn more. 
  • College Applications: Counselors will begin processing applications on September 5th. If the college requests letters of recommendation as part of the application, students should be sure to ask teachers early. Information about college applications procedure and ordering transcripts through Naviance can be found at www.sibley.isd197.org/services/guidance. Please see your child's counselor for assistance.
  • Minnesota National College Fair: At the Minneapolis Convention Center, Wednesday, September 27th, 9am-noon and 5pm-8pm, and Thursday, September 29th, 9am-noon. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) sponsors this event, attracting representatives from over 350 colleges and universities and nearly 25,000 students and parents. The National College Fair offers a variety of informative sessions and panels to help students and parents navigate the college search and financial aid process. More information can be found and www.nacacnet.org. 
  • Group Counseling: We will begin our group counseling sessions starting in November. If you do not want your child to participate in group counseling, please reach out to your students' counselor.
  • Naviance's Family Connection: This is a comprehensive website students can use to plan for college and career. Students can us the tools in Family Connection, and their school counselor can assist them along the way. Throughout the year, counselors will introduce career assessments, interests and college research tools to students throughout the school year. Family Connection also counselors to share information with students about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information. Student can also use the site to communicate with their counselor. Family Connection allows students to:
  • Get involved in the planning and advising process
    • Research colleges and careers
    • Create plans for the future 
    • Prepare for the ACT and AP exams

    Students can visit the Naviance website at http://connection.naviance.com/hsshs    
    Email log-in:
     Your Henry Sibley email address   Password: Your student ID


    Counselors are accepting and processing college applications. If your college is asking for letters of recommendation as part of the application, please be sure to ask teachers early. 

    COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE STAFF



    beth gjerde

    Beth Gjerde, Counselor 
    651-403-7203
    elizabeth.gjerde@isd197.org 

    Assigned students: A - C
    Hours Available: 
    7:30am - 2:40pm  
                  

    Leah Erchul
    Leah Erchul, Counselor
    651-403-7245

    leah.erchul@isd197.org

    Assigned students: H - Ma
    Hours Available:
    7:30am - 3:30pm

    james winkoski

    James Winkoski, Counselor 
    651-403-7204
    james.winkoski@isd197.org 

    Assigned students: Rol - Z
    Hours Available:
    7:30am - 3:30pm

     

    Photo Kristen Faber

    Kristen Faber, Secretary 
    651-403-7208
    kristen.faber@isd197.org

     

    ann henry 

    Ann Henry, Counselor 
    651-403-7192
    ann.henry@isd197.org 

    Assigned students: D - G
    Hours Available:
    9:30am - 3:30pm


     Margaret Nigro Margaret Citta, Counselor
    651-403-7202
    margaret.citta@isd197.org

    Assigned students: Mc - Rok
    Hours Available:
    7:30am - 3:30pm


     

    Wills 

    Kathy Wills, Registrar 
    651-403-7207
    kathleen.wills@isd197.org