Counseling Weekly 03.21.17

Counseling Weekly 03.21.17


Peak to Peak Counseling News and Announcements

NEW: Middle School Social/Emotional Learning

On Monday, March 13th Ms. Salvo & Ms. Short partnered with Mr. Brison to teach a Suicide Prevention lesson to 7th graders in their Health class. The students engaged in a powerful lesson about human connection and the importance of a support network. We reviewed the risk factors & warning signs of individuals at risk for suicide

Suicide has become the leading cause of death of young people in the state of Colorado. Our hope is that we can continue to keep our students safe through suicide prevention education. Please talk with your child about their support network and explore some of the resources we talked about in class through the links provided.

NEW: Middle School Article of the Week:


UPDATE: 9th to 12th Grade Community Service Hours

By the end of this academic year, all HS students should be closer to completing the 100 hour of community service graduation requirement.

9th grade: 25 hours

10th grade: 50 hours

11th grade: 75 hours

12th grade: 100 hours BY APRIL 3RD!

The community service log form is online here:

Not sure where to volunteer? Talk to your counselor or check out this list:


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:


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:

  • 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 ( & Girls State – due 4/1 (

· Current 9th/10th grade students – Colorado Student Leadership Institute – due 4/1

· 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!


11th Grade: Upcoming Events & Information

Case Studies Program: Wednesday, April 5th at 5:30pm This has become a favorite activity for both parents and students to hear directly from admissions representatives about what they are hoping to see (or not see) in your student’s applications.

This is a mandatory event for all Juniors, and we do ask that you dress appropriately (ie no jeans or shorts). All students are expected to attend along with at least one parent/guardian. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from actual admissions representatives and find out what they are looking for when they read applications. What are “red flags” they don't like to see? What are the hidden things they are hoping to see? We will divide everyone into groups of 15-25 each with students separated from their parents/guardians. Each group will work with one college admissions representative and will review four mock applications and then decide whether that candidate would be accepted, denied or waitlisted at the mock college. Following this activity there will be a mini "college fair" for those wanting to get to know the very people who will be reading your applications and making the final decisions.

In order to best use the time of the college representatives, all students and parents should read the four applications ahead of time. Students will have time in Junior Days on Tuesday, April 4th. Parents, please use the following link to access materials: Link to Case Studies Materials

Program Schedule:

5:30 - Check-in begins for Parents/Students in the Auditeria

5:45 - 6:15 – Welcome & Introductions in Auditeria

6:15-7:45 - Break-out Case Studies discussions - HS classrooms in North Building

7:45-8:30 - College Fair – College Counseling Center

Attending Colleges Include:

Dickinson College

Saint Louis University

Case Western Reserve University

University of Colorado Boulder

Miami University (Ohio)

Colorado College

University of Denver

Chapman University

The University of Chicago

Dartmouth College

Sewanee: The University of the South

Texas Christian University

Grinnell College

Rhodes College

The College of Wooster

Smith College

Wesleyan University

University of Redlands

Earlham College

Bates College

Lehigh University

Lafayette College

Lake Forest College

Testing Update: Juniors received their SAT practice scores in Access class last week and created goals for how and what they will study in preparation for the State SAT. Students have access to a digital copy of their score report for only 30 days and so we asked them to save their report to their google drive so that they won't lose access to it. The report, along with the copy of the test booklet they took home on 2/27, is very useful in preparing for the State SAT on April 11th. Through the report, students have information regarding specific areas of content they need to work on. In addition, MTP's blog entry below gives students a great method to conquer areas of difficulty unique to them by using the "Scores by Concept" tool or the "Quiz on Demand" tool.

What is Your SAT Kryptonite? (And how can Method Test Prep help?)

Did you know Method Test Prep's self-paced program includes tracking features that will help you monitor progress, distinguish weaknesses, and target key areas for improvement? Read here to learn more!

The MANDATORY STATE SAT test is on Tuesday, 4/11

Juniors will have Monday, April 10th off to unwind, prepare as needed, and get a good night's sleep before the test on Tuesday.

On Wednesday and Thursday of that week (the 12th and 13th), juniors will either be attending a college field trip of their choice (more details on those trips is coming soon), or will be at the Boulder Rock Club for their Balance Day activities.

Please remember that attendance is expected for all activities during this week. We are confident that all students will benefit from each unique experience.



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