Counseling Weekly 04.25.17

Counseling Weekly 04.25.17


Peak to Peak Counseling News and Announcements

NEW: Autism Awareness Month - Week 4 – Social Interactions

Individuals on the autism spectrum struggle with social interactions to varying degrees. They may not get the social nuances of nonverbal communication; the meanings and interpretations of facial expressions and physical gestures and the importance of eye contact. Some individuals may appear to lack the desire for social interaction and are content by themselves. Others may seek to engage and communicate effectively but do not have the skill set for accomplishment. Direct instruction, practice, and modeling appropriate social exchanges are beneficial. There are also structured opportunities for social engagement (scouts, gymnastics, youth groups, etc.) in the community setting.

Something to read:

  • The Autistic Brain-Thinking - Across the Spectrum (Temple Grandin and Richard Panek)
  • Unwritten Rules of Social Relationships: Decoding Social Mysteries Through the Unique Perspectives of Autism (Temple Grandin and Sean Barron)

Something to watch:

  • Ben X
  • Loving Lamppost



12th Grade: Senior Parent/Guardian Transitioning to College Night – Monday, May 1st at 5:30pm in the College Counseling Center

All 12th grade parents/guardians are invited to a final counseling workshop on how families can help their seniors prepare for the transition to college. Ms. Gannett and Academic Advising staff from CU Boulder will be presenting on strategies for success during the crucial first year of college, as well as common pitfalls and how FERPA affects parent interactions with colleges. Parents/guardians who are sending their first student to college are especially encouraged to attend this informative event.


11th Grade: Junior Days Wrap Up & College Application Boot Camp Sign Up

11th grade students successfully concluded their Junior Days college planning course by presenting two colleges of their choice to small groups of classmates. Counseling staff were so impressed with the time and effort students put into their research and presentations, and we encourage all students to share this experience with parents/guardians.

As these juniors begin their transition to 2018 seniors, Peak to Peak counseling staff will again present five “College Application Boot Camp” workshops in August to kickstart the senior year and college application process. 11th graders can sign up for any one of the five boot camp workshops through the “Upcoming College Visits” section in Naviance. Workshops are four hours in length, and will take place on:

College Application Boot Camp (Gannett) Thu August 3, 2017 11:30 AM

College Application Boot Camp (Campbell) Fri August 4, 2017 11:30 AM

College Application Boot Camp (Thompson) Fri August 11, 2017 11:30 AM

College Application Boot Camp (Bostic) Mon August 14, 2017 11:30 AM

College Application Boot Camp (Gannett) Tue August 22, 2017 3:30 PM


NEW Leadership Opportunity: American Red Cross Mile High Youth Advisory Board

Calling all students with a passion for community service, taking initiative in their leadership positions, and enthusiasm for working with others to produce a positive means of changing their community.

The American Red Cross Mile High Youth Advisory Board is looking for rising freshmen and sophomores (but anyone from 9th grade to university level may apply) to apply for the 2017-2017 term. As a part of the American Red Cross, accepted applicants will be a part of one of the largest humanitarian organizations in the world at the highest level in Colorado AND Wyoming. Accepted applicants will oversee Red Cross youth activities across the Colorado-Wyoming region, working closely with regional headquarters in Denver.

Students will have opportunities to gain professional development, leadership, project planning and facilitation skills. Accepted applicants will be able to work with a wide range of Red Cross personnel, planning activities for fellow youth volunteers, and leading in non-profit setting. Thinking of college? Seeing the American Red Cross name on any application will greatly boost one's chances of being accepted and receiving scholarships!

Accepted applicants must commit to monthly meetings at Mile High Area Regional Headquarters in Denver (444 Sherman St, Denver, CO 80203), be it by virtual or in-person means. Prospective applicants must also commit to continuous correspondence with other board members through group messaging, conference calls, and/or email between meetings.


1. Visit and complete the online orientation.

2. Register on Volunteer Connection here ( Scroll down and click "Youth Application". Follow this process.

3. Start your application in the meantime and submit before the deadline, regardless of whether you are done registering.

More information on the Mile High Youth Advisory Board can be found here, and take a look to learn more about the organization, its values, and its lines of service.

The application can be accessed at: and is due on May 31st, 2017 at 11:59pm, emailed to .



Quest University Canada Visit – Wednesday, May 10th at 1:30pm at P2P Counseling Center

Notre Dame, Emory, Johns Hopkins, University of Virginia, & Washington University in St. Louis Admissions Program – Sunday, May 14th at 5pm at Regis Jesuit HS -

Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, & Stanford Admissions Program – Monday, May 22nd at 7pm at the Hotel Boulderado -



ARTS!Lafayette is looking for some High School student volunteers to help with the setup and cleanup at the monthly Art Night Out events this summer. This is an evening of art, live music, food and fun located at Festival Plaza in downtown Lafayette. It is outdoor, city wide celebration held monthly throughout the summer. We need lots of volunteers to make it successful. This is a terrific way for students to earn community service hours in a fun outdoor setting, truly supporting a Lafayette community event.

Shifts times are variable between 2:00 pm and 11:00 pm on the Friday event dates. We need volunteers for the following dates:

May 12, June 9, July 14, August 11, and September 8

Responsibilities include:

Setting up and taking down tables, tents, temporary fencing, booths, trash/recycling stations and more.

Please contact: Rachel Hanson ( for additional information and to sign up.


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