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

  • Summer in the Guidance Office: As the school year begins, we check credits of all our students to prepare and ensure students are taking the correct classes. If your student needs to make a change to their courses for the 2017-18 school year, please contact your child's school counselor as soon as possible. Sibley Start Up, when students will receive their schedules, is on August 30th. We are also registering new students, and working closely with seniors as they begin applying to college.
  • Summer School 2017: Summer school registration is now available online! To locate summer school registration, go to the Henry Sibley website, navigate to the "Academics" tab and you will locate it. Any students who failed a required course, this year or in previous years, should register for credit recovery summer school to make up the credit. If you have further questions, please contact your child's school counselor.
  • Student Schedules for 2017-18: bring your smartphone or other device to access your child's first semester schedule online, or pick up a paper copy during Sibley Start Up Day. Please review your child's schedule with them to ensure they are schedule for the appropriate courses they need and that they have 7 class periods. Their printed schedule is based on the courses they registered for in February. Information was gathered from students' requests to determine course offerings, numbers of sections for each course, and teacher assignments. These factors cannot be changed. Therefore, we may not be able to accommodate all requests for course changes. Students may have had one of those alternate choices scheduled for next year due to (1) a course no longer being offered or (2) two classes requested are scheduled during the same hour. In both instances the alternates were selected from the students' registration form, and we consider those requests as equally valid as the original fourteen requests. Schedule changes will be made with the student's counselor only if there is space available int he course change requested and if it will work with the other classes already in the student's 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. 
  •  College Visits to Sibley: Admissions representative 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.
  • 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
                  

    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

     



    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


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

    Assigned students: Mc-Rok


     

    Wills 

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