Counseling Weekly 01.31.17

Counseling Weekly 01.31.17


Peak to Peak Counseling News and Announcements

TONIGHT: 2017 Gap Year Fair - Tuesday, January 31st

USA Gap Year Fair in the Peak to Peak College Counseling Center

6-6:45pm in the College Counseling Center - Gap Year Presentation by Marion Taylor of Taylor the Gap

6:45-8:30pm - Gap Year Fair - 30-45 organizations expected!

Interested in taking a gap year after high school? Not sure what a gap year is? Come learn more! This event is great for any high school students and parents/guardians.

NY Times article on the benefits of a gap year: here


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Saturday, February 4th

This Saturday, Peak to Peak is co-hosting the first annual Colorado High School Ethics Bowl at CU Boulder. Any juniors or seniors interested in volunteering for the event should see Ms. Amidon by Thursday afternoon. You will receive community service hours for your time.



Parents/guardians of Juniors: Please familiarize yourself with the SAT with essay 'opting in' policy, so that you can advise your student how to respond when counselors teach them a lesson on 2/8 and 2/9 and help them to log into their College Board account. A letter from Ms. Durland, our Testing Coordinator, is online here.


7th Grade Student Opportunity: The Courage Retreat

To Peak to Peak Parents & Guardians,

We are excited to let you know about a great opportunity for our 7th grade students! On Wednesday, February 15th, 2017, the 7th grade class will participate in an all day special event called The Courage Retreat. This is an in-house “field trip” that is designed to make a big impact on our students through teaching them to stand up for themselves and others. As part of Peak to Peak’s mission, we strive to educate the whole student, not forgetting about character building and healthy relationships with each other. This event will provide a platform from which we can grow these ideas.

Youth Frontiers is an organization which specializes in helping to create positive school communities in a variety of different ways. Their programs are designed to break down social barriers in order to facilitate trust and growth towards a common goal. By hosting one grade level at a time, Youth Frontiers will run a “retreat” which is a high energy, self reflective opportunity for students to grow personally and together with their classmates.

The Courage Retreat teaches students to “act with moral courage and identify the social fears and peer pressures that impede responsible decision-making. The retreat encourages them to take positive risks that make a healthy difference for themselves, their peers and your school.” Find out more about the Courage Retreat at

Teachers, counselors and our own High School 360 leaders will help to lead breakout groups throughout the day.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Andrea Salvo at or call 303-453-4649.


SAVE THE DATE: Summer Experience Fair - Tuesday, February 28th 2:30-4:30pm

Peak to Peak will be hosting our second annual Summer Experience Fair in the Counseling Center next month. This event is recommended for all students looking for local jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and/or research experiences. Do you work for or know of local organizations or companies that offer summer opportunities for students? Email for details on this free event.

Current list of registered organizations:

· Boulder County Youth Corps

· Butterfly Pavilion

· City of Boulder Aquatics Division

· City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks

· City of Lafayette

· City of Louisville

· City of Westminster

· Colorado Outward Bound School

· Community Food Share

· CU Science Discovery

· Denver Botanic Gardens

· Emergency Family Assistance Association

· Foothills United Way, Volunteer Connection

· Growing Gardens

· “I Have a Dream” Foundation of Boulder County

· Lafayette Miners Museum

· Luvin Arms Animal Sanctuary

· Sister Carmen Community Center

· Thorne Nature Experience

· Town of Erie

· WOW! Children’s Museum

· YMCA of Boulder Valley

In addition, the Counseling Center maintains an online listing of summer programs, and the updated version is posted here.



According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the occupation that is projected to have the second largest number of new jobs between 2014 and 2024 requires only a bachelor’s degree and had a 2015 median pay of $67,490 per year. It’s not engineering or computer programing. It’s nursing.

Nursing is projected to be among the faster growing professions as well. Registered nurses are expected to increase by 16% compared to just 7% for all occupations. And given the increasing pressure on reducing healthcare costs, it’s likely that nurses role in healthcare will only be expanding.

Nursing dominates the generic “Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences” major category at the Bachelor’s degree level representing well over half of all degrees. This category does include other majors such as official pre-med majors, health care management, speech language pathologists, athletic trainers, and dental hygienists. The presence of these programs varies by schools and degree levels. But in virtually all cases, nursing is the largest major in the category.

All potential majors should check with their state nursing board for specific requirements. Students interested in nursing will need to pass the NCLEX examination in order to receive their state license. The should also look up the NCLEX passing rates for the programs they’re considering. You just need to search on your state and “nclex passing rates” and you should find a listing for all the programs in your state. You can see an example of California’s information here.