Counselor Assignments & Contact Information
Counseling assignments are identified by students’ last name:
A-D Mrs Shari Smith – [email protected] – 323-5527
E-K Mrs Krista Hovestadt – [email protected] – 323-5420
L-Ri Ms Amy DiMaggio (Director) – [email protected] – 323-5472
Rj-Z Mrs Cindy Figueroa – [email protected] – 323-5424
Stacey Hunter, Admin Assistant – [email protected] – 323-5475
Kim Loiselle, Admin Assistant – [email protected] – 323-5464
Counseling office fax machine 323-5550
7:00 am to 3:30 pm. To schedule an appointment with a counselor, please call Stacey Hunter at 323-5475. Counselors will be in departmental meetings every Tuesday from 1:00 until 2:00 pm to meet as a Professional Learning Community. Enrollment is by appointment only. Please call Stacey Hunter at 323-5475 to make an appointment to enroll.
Class of 2024 Scheduling Presentations
In the first week of February 2020, our counselors met with current 8th graders at both North Middle and West Middle schools. These presentations included these slide decks for each school: North Middle School and West Middle School.
Financial Aid Night
If you were unable to join us October 7, 2019, WMU’s Office of Financial Aid and Kalamazoo Community Foundation both presented, and handouts included Federal Loan Programs, Federal Grant Programs, Financial Aid Common Mistakes, and Programs at a Glance.
Test Scores and College/Career Readiness
During our November 2018 parent-teacher conferences, Principal French and our counseling department presented information on interpreting test scores for college and career readiness. The slides can be viewed here: Using PN Scores for College and Career Readiness.
If you’re need more information about Khan Academy, here is a full presentation on utilizing this valuable college prep resource.
Need information regarding linking College Board scores with Khan Academy? Here is a slide presentation you might find helpful.
Each September our counselors present via English classes to each group of our students. These presentations contain grade-specific information to help set up students for success. The presentations can be viewed below:
Freshmen: Introduction to the Counseling Staff and Services (updated 9/16/19)
Sophomores: Counseling Services, Credits and Curriculum (updated 9/16/19)
Juniors: Career and College Planning (updated 9/16/19)
Seniors: Graduation, Post-Secondary Planning, College Applications (updated 9/6/19)
A Note to Parents
The counselors would like to remind parents and students that we are here to advocate for the students and their needs. We would like to encourage parents to:
1. Contact the individual teachers first with concerns about assignments, grades or student progress.
2. Ask teachers for specific feedback and to offer specific recommendations/suggestions for improving academic achievement in their classes.
3. Contact counselors if grade concerns are not resolved.
4. Seek additional help from teachers before or after school.
5. Consult teachers to make appointments.
6. Utilize the free “drop-in” tutoring service provided by NHS.
7. Contact counselors if/when questions arise.
Career Cruising Website
The Career Cruising website is for students interested in exploring career choices for life after high school. This free site allows students to take a short interest inventory that aligns them with individualized career options to consider, as well as military careers and vocational studies. Students were introduced to this site briefly during counselor presentations in English classes earlier this year. Also, the Health/Freshman Focus classes began using this site as a part of their course curriculum last year. Students log in using their Skyward user name and password to create their account. Visit the Career Cruising site here.
If you need a transcript for college or scholarship applications, here is a link directly to the Parchment site. To apply to all in-state colleges, students must request their PN transcript thru Parchment. Out-of-state transcript requests are handled within the Counseling office. Click here for a great student “Tool Kit” from Parchment.