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 November 3, counselors met with all 10th grade students for a college and career planning lesson centered on the Gallup Strengths Explorer. We will be working with juniors in their classrooms this month and next on building their resumes and completing an initial college search in Naviance. Once results arrive, we will meet individually with all sophomore students to discuss their PreACT results and their career interests. 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.

  • ​Financial Aid Changes - Students graduating in 2018 are able to file a 2018-19 FAFSA - the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - as of October 1, 2017, rather than beginning on January 1, 2018. The earlier submission date is a permanent change that began in 2016, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. This fall's FAFSA, submitted for students attending college in the 2018-2019 school year (including this year's graduating seniors), will use income and tax information from 2016.
  • 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.
  • 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