Have you ever wondered what a day in the life of a high school guidance counselor at Memorial Composite High School would be like? It sounds like a great job, doesn’t it? And it is!! Mr. White and Mrs. Porter have their days filled with many interesting conversations, appointments, and tasks. Here is a sample of the kinds of things that they do.
In September and February a great deal of time is spent looking at student timetables and making sure that timetables are balanced, courses are chosen appropriately, graduation and post-secondary requirements are going to be met, and that students are happy .
Students also speak to their guidance counselor about their plans after high school. Career information and career counseling can be very enlightening and help to make informed decisions. Guidance counselors can access interest / aptitude tests to ensure that students choose careers that are appropriate for their skills and abilities.
Grade 12 students often have great questions about post-secondary options, scholarship opportunities and student finance. We can help students decide between a college, a university, or a technical school. Students can complete part or all of their application with a guidance counselor present. Students can search for scholarships at www.scholarshipscanada.ca or www.studentawards.com. They can also link to scholarships on the school website at www.psd70.ab.ca/schools/MCHS/Students/StudentServices/Pages/Scholarships.aspx. Scholarships offered by local clubs and organizations for the graduates of Memorial Composite High School come out in the spring and Mrs. Porter and Mr. White talk to grade 12 students about these opportunities.
October and February are two favorite times in a guidance counselor’s life. Being able to visit grade nine students in our 13 different feeder schools and help to prepare them for the transition from middle school to high school is very exciting. We encourage students to choose courses that are academically appropriate. We also encourage students to attend the Open House held in the spring of each school year. Open House helps to solidify elective course choices.
The door to Student Services is always open to help students deal with personal issues. Whether a student or a friend is dealing with stress, anger, depression, peer conflicts, grief, study habits, test-taking, organization, suicidal thoughts or other stressors in a teenage life, a guidance counselor is available.
The two counselors at MCHS are caring and supportive individuals whose goal is to help students in any way they can to make their high school experience a successful and enjoyable one. Drop in to see one of them whenever you wish!