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News & Information
"Together with parents and educators, Stafford County's school counselors assist all students to respond to educational, career development, and social and emotional needs.  Children's lives are constantly changing and their lives are affected by today's societal issues.  Such issues may cause children to have difficulty achieving their academic potential.  All students can benefit from the assistance provided by a school counselor."  (SCPS School Counseling Program 2007-2008)

                                                                                                 
Your Stafford High School Counselors and Staff:
                Click on Name to E-Mail


Ms. Susan Biggs - Director of Guidance - Students A-Cox                                              
Ms. Nina Brown -  Students Coy-Hol  email : brownns@staffordschools.net 
Ms. Cathie Tobin - Students Hom-Me                                                     
Mr. Harry Mack - Students Mi-Se 
Ms. Mary Worhatch - Students Sh-Z

Ms. Mia Morrison - 9th Graders - A, B, Mi-Q
Ms. Kitty Colville - School Social Worker
Mrs. Beckie Campbell - Registrar
Mrs. Valerie Bryant - Administrative Assistant
Mr. Daniel Tryon - Testing Coordinator


Counseling Center FAX 540-371-2389 
SHS CEEB Code:  470800                
                             
Announcements
SUMMER SCHOOL
Summer School packets are now available in the Counseling Center for pick up.
This includes: High School Summer Session (for new and repeat classes)
Behind the Wheel Summer Program
SOL High School Summer Remediation Program
ESL Summer School.

High School New and Repeat Credit and Driver’s Education
SITE: All classes will be held at Brooke Point High School. Please see the flyer for Behind the Wheel Summer Program for information related to the driver education program.

CALENDAR

PRE-REGISTRATION: May 11 through June 6 in the high school or middle school counseling centers. The only exception is registration for Behind the Wheel. Please see Behind the Wheel Summer Program flyer for the two specific dates and sites for registration of this particular summer program.

OPEN REGISTRATION: Thursday, June 16, 8:00 am – 11:00 am at Brooke Point High School and North Stafford High School. Note: Pre-registered students will receive priority in class placement. Enrollment on June 16 is on a space available basis. Stafford County students will be placed before students from other school divisions. Students from other school divisions must register on June 16.

Please contact Mrs. Valerie Bryant in the Counseling Center with questions. 540-371-7200 extension 13131.

Financial Aid Night Jan 13, 2016 -- Powerpoint
Dr. James Copeland, from the US Dept of Education Federal Student Aid Office, gave a very informative presentation on Federal Student Aid and the FAFSA on January 13, 2016. The presentation was well-attended and the parents who attended asked a lot of excellent questions. The Powerpoint presentation from this evening has been posted in the files at the bottom of this page. Dr. Copeland welcomes the opportunity to communicate with parents and has a short survey to evaluate his presentation that he would like to share. If you would like to ask questions about financial aid, or would like to complete the survey, please email Dr. James Copeland at james.copeland@ed.gov . Handouts from this presentation are also available in the Counseling Center.
Common Black College Application now available!
http://www.commonblackcollegeapp.com

Students can now complete the 2015-2016 Common Black College Application (CBCA) and apply to any number of 43 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), at the same time, for only $35.

The completion of the CBCA significantly increases the educational options of students by allowing them to receive acceptance letters, financial aid packages and scholarship offers from several different HBCUs.
Graduation Requirements!!!
Attention Seniors and Graduating Juniors!! Beginning this year the only students who will be allowed to participate in the June Graduation Ceremony at SHS will be those seniors/graduating juniors who have completed ALL of their credit and SOL graduation requirements by June 11, 2016. A summer graduation ceremony will be held at the summer school site for any seniors/graduating juniors who complete their graduation requirements in summer school by August 6.
Transcript and College Applications deadlines
If you need a transcript to meet a college deadline, how soon do you need to submit it to the Counseling Center? There is a new file below: Transcript and College Applications Deadlines. This should make it easier for you to get your transcript requests in on time!
NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT
Welcome to Stafford County and Stafford High School !
The counsel center is here to assist you with the transfer of your student to Stafford all year long. However, during the summer we have limited hours and limited counselor appointments. Please telephone ahead to ensure a counselor is on duty to help you with your needs.
Below is a folder with the required documents and a list of items needed for the enrollment appointment. If you have any questions feel free to contact Mrs Bryant and Mrs Campbell in the counseling center. (540-371-7200).

Naviance Family Connections
STUDENT/SENIOR IMMUNIZATION RECORD
If you are a  current student and need a copy of your Immunization record for college, a job or parent records, please request them from the Nurse's office . There is a 24-hour turn around time for the request.  
** Note for summer request**: The Nurse's staff is not on duty during the summer and the immunization record may not be readily available.
CLASS OF 2017
The following is a list of GPA requirements for senior recognition for the Class of 2017 graduates:
Honor Graduate status will be 3.8 cumulative GPA
Distinguished Honor Graduate status will be 4.0 cumulative GPA
Summa Cum Laude Graduate status will be 4.25
If you have questions please speak to your students guidance counselor during school office hours
.

Scholarships!
Parents and seniors -- remember to check the Scholarships page regularly.  New scholarships are posted every 2 weeks! In addition, there are links to several scholarship search engines that will help you find more money for 2-year or 4-year college or technical school. Good luck and keep checking!
NCAA Eligibility Center Information
Attention Juniors interested in registering with the NCAA Eligibility Center:  the following link will bring you to the NCAA information page so you can find out more about how to register for NCAA eligibility! 

emailrpts.delivra.com/t/11058974/237320966/53966051/0/
International High School Exchange Programs
AFS Intercultural Programs:  Offers students the opportunity to study aborad for a semester, a school year, a summer, or for the "gap year" after high school.  Scholarships are available for placements in Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceana. Go to www.afsuas.org for more information.

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs: Offers students the opportunity to study abroad through Adacemic year HOmestay, Summer Homestay, Teen Twin programs.  Placements are in 32 countries in Europe, Africa, Oceana, Asia, and Canada and Mexico.  Scholarships are available.  Go to www.asse.com for more information.
Excellence in Civics Diploma Seal
Attention Seniors!  Many of you have given numerous hours of service to the school and community.  We would like to recognize your efforts by placing a gold Excellence in Civics Seal on your Diploma.  The criteria for the Civics Seal are:
1. Earn a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma;
2. Complete US History and US Government with a "B" or
    better;
3.  Complete 50 hours of participation in extracurricular
    activities or community service in areas like:
     *  Volunteering for a charitable or religious 
         organization,
     *  Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, or similar youth groups;
     *  JROTC
     *  Political campaigns, government internships, Boys
         State or Girls State, or Model General Assembly;
     *  School activities with a civics focus;
     *  Enlistmen in the US Military
4.  Have good attendance and NO disciplinary infractions.

The application for the Civics Seal is included under the "Important Forms and Handouts" section to the right.  Please complete this form and turn it in to Ms. Biggs in the Counseling Center right away!
Confidential Scholarship Committee Survey
The SHS Scholarship Committee is often asked by local scholarship donors to nominate seniors for their consideration based on career plans, financial need, or special circumstances.  The Committee is currently distributing to interested seniors a confidential survey to gather this information.  All information submitted by seniors on this survey will be kept confidential by the Committee and only shared with donors if the student is nominated for a scholarship.  (Completion of this survey does not guarantee that the student will be nominated.)Surveys are being distributed in Government classes and a copy of the survey is available on this page. Seniors should bring completed surveys to Mrs. Bryant in the Counseling Center as soon as possible.

Important Forms and Handouts
 NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT INFORMATION
If you are new to Stafford county and need to enroll your student at Stafford high school; here is the information and some forms required. You must call ahead and schedule an appointment for enrollment. Please contact the Counseling Center at 540-371-7200.
 015 PROFILE Split.docx
SHS school profile.
 Civics Seal Form.doc
Application for the gold Excellence in Civics Seal for Diploma.
 College Recommendation Questionnaire.doc
If you would like your counselor to write a recommendation for you for colleges or scholarships, please complete and return this questionnaire with your transcript requests.
 FAFSA 101 12.15.pptx
Federal Student Aid presentation from Dr. James Copeland, US Dept of Ed Federal Student Aid Office.
 High School Resume.doc
How to write a resume -- with a worksheet to help you put it all together.
 Homework Request Procedures.doc
Homework Request Procedures
 Life after High School 2010-11 presentation.pptx
Preparing for Life after High School is complicated. This powerpoint can give you some tips and links!
 PAST STUDENT Records or Transcript Reques_1.doc
Request for past students form must be signed by the student. Please fill out, sign and return to SHS for processing. You may drop off the form and payment to SHS, fax the form to 540-371-2389 or email the signed form to Mrs Campbell at Campbellbl@staffordschools.net
The payment can also be mailed to SHS at 63 Stafford Indian Lane Falmouth VA 22405.
 Transcript and College Application Deadlines 2015-16.pdf
Transcript and College Application Deadlines
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