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

  • This month in the Guidance Office: On March 10th, we visited 9th grade classes for college/career lesson centered on finding and exploring the students' Myers-Briggs personality types. We host our 8th graders from Friendly Hills on March 15th and from Heritage on March 16th to give them tours of the high school, allow them an opportunity to ask questions of current students, and give them some tips for success in high school. On March 27th, we will work with our 10th graders for a Naviance career lesson to explore their strengths and interests. Throughout March we continue our work registering students for the 2017 school year, making adjustments to course requests as needed. If your student needs to make a change to the courses they registered for, please contact your child's school counselor as soon as possible. We will also begin registering students for summer school to make up credits they have failed. 
  • 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.
  • AP Test Registration: Students in AP courses need to turn in their registration for AP test by March 10th.
  • 2017 ACT April 19: All juniors will take the ACT plus Writing on April 19th. This is now a required test for juniors, and can be used as an official test score for colleges admissions. Students do not need to register or pay for this test.
  • 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.
  • 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. This is a great opportunity to connect and learn more.
  • 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

    • 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. This fall's FAFSA, submitted for students attending college in the 2017-2018 school year (including this year's graduating seniors), will use income and tax information from 2015. If you'd like more information, follow the link to a fact sheet called College Students and Parents: What you need to know about the 2017-18 FAFSA
    • ​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