COUNSELOR’S CORNER

Rethink High school

The information here is designed to help support students and parents through the high school years and prepare students for career and college readiness and success. School counselors work directly with students for their Academic Advising, College and Career Planning, Personal and Social Development, and can provide referral services as needed for a wide variety of issues.

DSISD School Counseling Program Mission Statement

To provide high quality, comprehensive school counseling services to all students. We help all students develop their academic, career, and personal/social strengths to empower them to own their learning, shape their dreams, and create a better world.

Resources by Grade

9th Grade Checklist
  • Username = DSISD ID number
  • Password: student’s 6-digit birthdate in mmddyy format  (Example: 060405)
  • Identify a careers that matches your interests
  • Complete the My ICAP survey in Naviance (on the About Me page)
  • You only need to complete the questions for your current grade level
  • Update your email in your Naviance profile (on the About Me page)
  • Research the course plan for your Career Cluster
  • Plan your courses for high school
  • Take the most rigorous classes you can handle (Honors or AP)
  • Get involved, both in and out of school
  • Research post-secondary programs
  • Helpful Resources for Freshmen

Quick Links

10th Grade Checklist
  • Complete the Career Cluster survey in Naviance
  • Your username is your ID number and your password is your 6-digit birthday
  • Identify careers that match your interests
  • My ICAP survey in Naviance
  • Update your email in your Naviance profile
  • Take the PLAN practice ACT test and the PSAT practice SAT test
  • Plan courses for high school that match with your career plan
  • Consider AP or Concurrent Enrollment classes
  • see your counselor for more information
  • Take the most rigorous classes you can handle (Honors or AP)
  • Get involved, both in and out of school
  • Research post-secondary (college) programs

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11th Grade Checklist
  • Complete one or more college searches
  • Naviance(Your username is your ID number and your password is your 6-digit birthday)
  • Identify colleges that match your goals and interests
  • Complete the My ICAP Survey in Naviance
  • Update your email in your Naviance profile
  • Plan courses for high school that match with your post-secondary plan
  • Attend college fairs, visit college campuses
  • Consider taking a Concurrent Enrollment class (see your counselor for more information)
  • Write a draft of your personal statement/college essay and post it in Naviance
  • Helpful Resources for Juniors

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    12th Grade Checklist
    • Complete one or more college searches
    • Naviance (Your username is your ID number and your password is your 6-digit birthday)
    • Identify colleges that match your goals and interests
    • Update your email in your Naviance profile
    • Attend college fairs, visit college campuses
    • Complete college applications for:
    • 1 Reach school – a school that may be a stretch academically and financially
    • 2-3 Target schools – schools that you are on track to be admitted to
    • 1 or more Safe school – a school you know you can get in to and is more affordable

    Quick Links

    Parent & Student Resources

    Financial Education
    As educators, we want our students to learn how to earn, make and manage money wisely.  Below are some community resources to help youth:

    Health & Wellness

    DSISD has a strong mental health team to serve our students.  We know it can be hard to ask for help, but we are here to support parents and students. 

    Colorado teens are under a rising amount of stress and pressure (CPR, 2020) and we need to provide health and wellness resources to educate our students to make healthy choices. The choices we make and the habits we form while we are young become the foundation for the lives we lead as adults.

    Suicide Prevention

    Colorado Public Radio has reported that the youth suicide rate has increased by 58% in the past three years. In September of each year, our mental health team teaches all students the Signs of Suicide Program to inform kids how to get help for themselves and their classmates.  Another way for students to get help is through the Safe To Tell website.  As a parent, it’s important to be aware of common warning signs, and when acted upon, can save lives. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with warning signs and remember that suicide is preventable! Below are resources if your student is struggling with mental health:

    Additional resources including mental health basics, digital wellness, healthy relationships and supporting LBGTQ+ students can be found here.

    Social Emotional Learning

    DSISD is committed to supporting the whole child, incorporating a student’s social-emotional skills in addition to their academic success.  SEL is at the heart of how our teachers engage students at DSISD.  

    Denver Public Schools focuses on supporting students with the Center for Social And Emotional Learning (CASEL) five competencies: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness.

    Mindfulness

    A growing body of evidence suggests that mindfulness practice can benefit teens, assisting them to cultivate empathy, improve concentration and manage impulse control. Mindfulness can help adolescents navigate the challenges of day to day life. For adolescents, this work begins with educating them about their brains and teaching them that mindfulness instruction is like getting the user’s manual for their brain.  Resources for practicing mindfulness can be found here.

    Restorative Practices

    Restorative Practices are essential to our work with students.  These practices allow us to approach school discipline in a way that focuses on repairing harm rather than doling out punishment.  Our School Dean leads this work of training teachers and students. Click here for an article on how Restorative Practice is working in three DPS schools and here for an explanation of Restorative Practice.

    Trauma-Informed Practices

    Trauma-Informed Practices are a part of daily work with students.  Our team deeply understands that trauma can contribute to educational barriers for students interfering with emotional and physical health.  Our goal is to help children and become more resilient in the face of serious challenges.  Click here to learn more and for resources on childhood trauma.

    Paul Garcia

    School Dean

    Substance Abuse Prevention & Education

    DSISD has a part-time School Health Professional focusing on substance abuse prevention for all students, small groups for targeted students and individual intervention for students with intensive needs.  Through an evidence-based program called Teen Intervene students are provided with screening, intervention, and referral. Getting help can feel overwhelming but intervention is important for students.   You can contact our School Health Professional, Haley Figueroa at Haley_Figueroa@dpsk12.org.

    Youth Connection with Parents is a Key Protective Factor
    DPS Substance Use Prevention Program published this important blog post about connection and the relationship between youth who experience higher levels of connectedness as teens and the decrease in risk of mental health challenges, violence, sexual risks, and substance use of those youth.

    Be the Influence

    Denver Public Schools is collaborating with an organization called Be the Influence (BTI). BTI is a parent support program for a network of parents who are dedicated to doing all they can to keep their teens safe and away from drugs for as long as possible. BTI provides access to a secure database of this network of Denver parents who pledge to host teen parties free of alcohol, marijuana, nicotine and other drugs. BTI sends out bi-monthly newsletters to its parents with parenting tips and facts about alcohol and drugs. We invite you to check out www.betheinfluence.us for more information about this community.

    Vaping 
    Educating students about the health risks of vaping is important. Teen vaping is growing at a staggering rate. A December 2018 study found that 37.3% of 12th graders had vaped in the previous year, up from 27.8% in 2017.Click here for Children’s Hospital Colorado’s advice and strategies for parents on how to talk to your child.    Stanford  has developed  the Vaping Tobacco Prevention Toolkit to give in depth information about vaping.   

    Marijuana
    Smart Colorado is a local organization that engages and informs Coloradans on the risks that marijuana poses to youth.  The Smart Colorado website is a good place to get information on THC potency, the different forms of marijuana and the health impact of marijuana on youth.  

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