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: February means the beginning of the registration process for the next year. On February 10th and 13th we will go to Friendly Hills and Heritage to introduce students to their high school options and graduation requirements. February 13th at 6pm is our Freshman Information Night, where the same information we share with current 8th grade students will be shared with parents. We present to current 9th-11th grade students on February 7th-9th. Students should bring their registration materials home to discuss options with their parens about the best classes to take; students and families are welcome to contact teachers or counselors for assistance in the decision-making process. Eight grade students must turn in their registration forms February 17th, and current high school students will have their registration on February 24th and school. The counselors are implementing support groups for students in the coming weeks. If you do not want your student to participate in a support group, please let your child's counselor know.
  • Registration for 2017 - 2018: 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.
  •  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.
  • 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
    •  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