Counseling Responsibilities: Students will stay with their counselors through all four grade levels for greater continuity of service. Counselors are assigned to students by last names, as follows:
A-C: Tara Miller
D-H: Molly Woods
I-M: Jill Lloyd-Crucini
N-Sl: Jesika Stuart
Sm-Z: Kelsey Tarr
We’ve designed our counseling program to address the diverse needs of all students by helping them to acquire competencies in career planning and exploration, knowledge of self and others, and educational and vocational development. School counselors foster excellence by helping students to achieve their potential. They promote life-long learning through their work in four key program areas:
- Classroom presentations and large-group activities such as career days and college nights to help students learn coping skills, career planning/decision-making skills, and to plan for the future.
- Individual student planning for academic and career success through the development and short-term and long-term educational and career plans.
- Individual and small group counseling, consultation, and referral, related to helping students with personal goals and concerns, and with educational progress.
- Management activities to support the counseling program as well as other school programs.
A school psychologist has a permanent workspace in the counseling center, and Centennial also has a Students Taking a Right Stand (STARS) counselor and program. Additional professionals offering special education support and social worker services use the center as needed.
The Counseling Center is located in Suite 145, near the Cougar Dining Hall. Just as Centennial has a “dining hall” and not a “cafeteria,” it also has a “counseling center” and not a “guidance department.” The subtle differences in name reflect subtle contrasts in philosophy and services. While the staff serve primarily as academic counselors because of our school setting, they are also specifically trained to provide personal counseling and recognize each student’s mental health as an integral part of their academic success.
Time constraints and student load limit our personal counseling to short-term, crisis, and group settings. If a student or family needs help in locating an agency or counselor for long-term continuing counseling, our counselors can assist in that process.
Our counseling staff’s goal is to keep both students and parents well-informed as to the student’s progress toward graduation. Students are classified to a certain grade level by the number of years they have attended high school with the exception of senior status. To be classified as a senior, a student must have a minimum of thirteen (13) credits and be in his or her fourth year of high school.
In addition to academic advisement, the counseling center offers personal and career counseling to all students. Students and their parents are encouraged to contact counselors for assistance if a need arises. Teachers are asked to see the student’s counselor privately if they need to make a referral. Based on needs assessment surveys and obvious needs, the counseling center sets up various short and long-term counseling groups.
Students will meet with their counselors at least once per year via a scheduled appointment, to which their parents are invited. During this process, all stakeholders collaborate to create and continually update the student’s four-year academic plans, and students also receive orientation to aspects of the counseling center that they may use for academic and personal reasons. In addition to this scheduled meeting, our counselors encourage students to request appointments as necessary for specific needs or to keep the staff informed about academic and extracurricular issues, progress, achievement, and honors.
Students may request an appointment for a conference by coming to the counseling center and signing the appropriate counselor’s clipboard, located outside each office.
To protect this valuable time, teachers are asked to limit releases from class with a pass to the counseling center to students who are obviously in distress.