Counseling Weekly 04.11.17

Counseling Weekly 04.11.17


Peak to Peak Counseling News and Announcements

NEW: Autism Awareness Month - Week 2 – Concrete Thinking

People with autism take idioms and figurative language quite literally. Just think of the imagery conjured in the mind by phrases such as: raining cats and dogs, cat got your tongue, dog eat dog world. Homographs in the English language confound things even further: Farms produce produce. The birds scattered, and the dove dove into the woods. Instructions that seem perfectly clear to us may seem abstract and ambiguous to the person with autism: Hang it over there (Hang what over where?). Being clear and specific with the action will lead to better results: Hang your coat on the hook by the door. Inferences are particularly challenging so don’t assume that an individual knows what you are implying with your statements or requests.

Something to read:

  • Thinking in Pictures - My life with Autism (Temple Grandin)
  • Asperger’s Syndrome – A Guide for Parents and Professionals (Tony Attwood)

Something to watch:

  • Normal People Scare Me
  • The Story of Luke

Resources to check out:


11th Grade: Case Studies & Field Trips Follow Up

Thanks to all of our students and parents/guardians who attended the annual Case Studies program last week. College representatives were highly impressed with both groups, and gave feedback such as I had a group of hilarious, charming, inquisitive, and eager students to work with. They spent the entire 80 minutes completely engaged and excited about the activity. It is always a treat to visit your school – thank you again!” Job well done, Pumas!

We also wanted to encourage all students and parents/guardians to talk about both Case Studies and college field trips and visits. The more you can share your experiences, reflections, feelings, and values about higher education, the easier the 12th grade year and transition to college can be. Know that your counselors are ready to follow up with any questions or concerns you have about these impactful events.

Lastly, please know that Peak to Peak counseling staff put many, many hours into planning and coordinating these events, and we hope that all students participate in all college field trips and events. It's an important part of our college counseling curriculum, so skipping these events makes it much more difficult for us to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the college search process and beyond.


FINAL REMINDER – COMPUTER PROGRAMMING OPPORTUNITY – Girls Go Code Boulder – Saturday, April 15th, 9am to 3pm

All Middle and High School girls are invited to attend a free six hour workshop at CU Boulder on how to use HTML to make websites. More details and registration is online here:


UPCOMING – U.S. Service Academy Information Day – Saturday, April 22nd

This event will offer information about the nomination and application processes for service academies, and it is free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 22 in Denver at 1pm at Denver South High School, 1700 E Louisiana Ave. in Denver. The session will provide students and parents the opportunity to meet representatives from the following institutions:

· U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

· U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY

· U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

· U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, NY

· U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT


COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY – Saturday, April 22nd – Lafayette Library

The Friends of the Lafayette Library, a non-profit organization is offering community service hours on Saturday, April 22 starting at 10:00 AM. We will be moving boxes of donated books, from the Lafayette Library to a storage facility. Volunteers will load boxes into vans or small trucks and then unload them into the storage facility which is located just across the street from the library. In the past this has taken approximately one to 1 1/2 hours.

If you volunteer for this project, more community service hours will be available when we have a big book sale in September. For this sale, volunteers will have an opportunity to earn from one to 15 hours of community service.

Please contact Ginger McKay at for information or to sign up.


UPCOMING OPPORTUNITY – Mental Health First Aid Training Opportunity - Friday, April 28th

Mental Health Partners, our community based mental health center, is offering an 8-hour Mental Health First Aid course on Friday, April 28, 8AM-5PM at their Lafayette location, 1455 Dixon Avenue. Mental Health First Aid is a ground-breaking, internationally recognized, prevention program. The course teaches participants the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges, empowering individuals to identify, understand and respond to those in mental health and substance abuse crises. The course reduces stigma, enhances behavioral health literacy and improves participants’ behavioral health. Cost is $35, free for MHP clients. Community members can register through the MHP website, scroll through the classes by date. Questions, contact Mental Health Partners at 303-443-8500 or


AP TEST PREP – Princeton Review AP Test Online Cram Courses


REMINDER – Leadership Programs

Counselors encourage students interested in leadership opportunities to consider applying to one or more of the following leadership-oriented programs and positions:

The Teen Advisory Board (TAB) at YWCA Boulder County is comprised of young women aged 15 - 18. The purpose of the group is to provide leadership and teambuilding skills. The TAB does this by planning mission-driven events throughout the year. TAB members will create, plan, and execute three of these events this year. The group also provides the opportunity for TAB members to interact with members of the YWCA board and learn more about social justice issues in the community. The application is attached to this email and is due May 26th.

· Current 6th-12th grade students: La Raza Youth Leadership Conference (Saturday 4/29 in Denver)– includes potential college scholarships - due 4/26 -

· Current 7th/10th/11th grade students: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Program (RYLA) – due 4/30 (After applying online, contact Bill Rubin,, to set up interview.

· Current 9th-12th grade students: National Leadership Academy – due 4/15

· Current 11th grade students: Boys State – due 5/1 (

· Multiple Opportunities – Colorado Young Leaders – ongoing -

· Current 9th/10th/11th grade students – Youth Roots – due 4/17 -

Counselors are ready to help with any applications. We have a number of current students involved in many of these organizations, so let us know if you want to learn more about any of these!