Guidance Department

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    Counselors
    9th Grade                   Patricia McDaniel ext. 2004 mcdanielpa@pcsb.org
    10th - 12th, A - G Krysta Nymark ext. 2012 nymarkk@pcsb.org
    10th - 12th, H - O Twila Jackson ext. 2013 jacksontw@pcsb.org 
    10th - 12th, P - Z  Electra Polizzi ext. 2016  polizzie@pcsb.org
     
    Clerks
    A - G Lisa Reitz       ext. 2018 reitzli@pcsb.org
    H - O Tammy Bowling ext. 2020 bowlingt@pcsb.org
    P - Z Cathy Nolan ext. 2009 nolanca@pcsb.org
    Fundamental Donna Kelly ext. 2006 kellyd@pcsb.org
    Sr. Data Technician Tena Claerhout ext. 2019 claerhoutt@pcsb.org
    Data Technician Cristy Valdes ext. 2015
     

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Guidance Department is to empower all students to achieve their full potential, make positive choices and to be well prepared for their post secondary life.

    In addition to Guidance Counselor services, students have access to materials available in the Guidance Resource Area and are encouraged to make use of the availability of materials found here.


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    Frequently Asked Questions:

     
    How does a student meet with his/her guidance counselor?
     
    OFHS counselors have an open door policy for students -- however, sometimes we are in meetings, parent conferences, conducting seminars, testing, etc. If a student comes to visit us and we are unavailable at that moment, the student should fill out the Request to See Your Guidance Counselor slip to make an appointment. These slips are available in the Guidance Lobby and Student Services. Students can drop the request into the mailbox that is attached to their guidance counselor’s door. The counselor will call each student down to the office for a meeting as quickly as possible.

    How do I arrange a parent/teacher conference?

    Many times questions can be answered and concerns can be resolved as easily as emailing the teacher or by requesting a phone conference with the teacher. Using your FOCUS ID and password, parents can see current grades, assignment grades, attendance and click a box to quickly email your student's teacher. After an email correspondence or phone call has been made, if there are further concerns or questions, please contact your student's assigned clerk to set up a conference time. Depending on the concern, the clerk will set up a time for a conference which will include the teacher, school counselor and/or administrator.

    How can I change my current schedule?

    The current year’s schedules are determined by the student's course request that they submitted during registration in February of the previous school year. Counselors allow requests to be changed and modified from February through the last day of school of the previous year. Students should consider the course request document as their contract for the following year. Students are urged to pick their courses carefully and to put thought into what they list as their alternate preferences as sometimes these alternate courses will need to be utilized to complete a student’s schedule.

    The process for schedule corrections is as follows:

    If there is an error on the student’s schedule at the start of the school year or new semester they are to fill out the Schedule Correction Form. This form must be completed in its entirety, including all required signatures, and submitted to guidance by the announced due date. Your student can pick this form up during lunch at the guidance table in the cafeteria at the start of each new semester. Requests submitted via phone or email will not be accepted.

    Change of mind requests cannot be honored.
     
    If your student received what they requested or one of their alternate course options, they will need to remain in the course. Schedule corrections also cannot be honored for period preference, lunch preference, teacher preference and personal opinion to the difficulty of a course.

    Mid-semester schedule changes, such as dropping a course, are not permitted. If there is a major area of concern, please contact the counselor assigned to your child to best determine next steps.
     
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