Counseling and Guidance

GuidanceThe 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

  • 2017-2018 FAFSA Changes: ​Students graduating in 2017 are able to file a 2017-2018 FAFSA - the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - as early as October 1, 2016, rather than January 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling students to complete and submit early. Click here to view a Quick Guide from Sallie Mae.
  • For college and career readiness resources, log onto  Naviance's Family Connection. Counselors will introduce career assessments, interests and college research tools to students throughout the school year. Students can log on and begin their research http://connection.naviance.com/hsshs                              Email log-in: Your Henry Sibley email address   Password: Your student ID
  • Scholarship Information: Students can access lists of available local/national scholarships through their Naviance accounts!  
  • This month in the Guidance Office: Counselors are currently meeting individually with sophomores to review their Pre-ACT results, and returning PSAT score reports to sophomores and juniors who took the test. We are also preparing schedules for second semester. Students can access their second semester schedules online through their Campus Portal accounts. If there are errors, students should see their school counselor as soon as possible to make corrections. In February, we will begin the registration process for next year. We will be presenting to all students in their classes about options for next year and requirements for graduation. We are running 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.
  • Registration for 2016-2017: The registration process for 2017-18 school year will start in February. School counselors are going to Friendly Hills and Heritage to explain course offerings and begin the registration process with incoming 9th graders February 10th and 13th. We will then have our Registration Night on February 13th at 6pm for parents of incoming 9th graders. Current Sibley students will start the registration process the second week of February.
  •  ACT or SAT scores for college applications: If your child did not list the colleges they are applying to as a recipient of their scores whey they took the test, they may need to request an official score be sent directly from ACT/SAT. If an official score is not required and they had scores sent to Henry Sibley, see the counseling office secretary for assistance. If you have additional questions, please see your child's school counselor for assistance.
  • College applications: Counselors are working with seniors to complete their college applications and submit required documents. If the colleges requests letters of recommendation as part of the application, students should be sure to ask teachers in advance. Information about college application procedures and ordering transcripts can be found at www.sibley.isd197.org/services/guidance. Please see your child's counselor for further assistance.
  • ​Group Counseling: Groups will begin as soon as November. If you do not want your child to participate in group counseling, please reach out to your students' counselor.
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
              

Leah Erchul
Leah Erchul, Counselor
651-403-7245

leah.erchul@isd197.org

Assigned students: H - Ma

james winkoski

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

Assigned students: Rol - Z

 



Kinden Vazquez, Secretary 
651-403-7208
kinden.vazquez@isd197.org

 

ann henry 

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

Assigned students: D - G


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

Assigned students: Mc-Rok


 

Wills 

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