Guidance Department Program

 

The goal of the Guidance Program of Msgr. McClancy Memorial High School is to assist each student to reach his greatest potential.  It is our hope that each student receives whatever type of guidance service deemed useful and/or necessary.  A variety of processes are used to accomplish this goal.

 

The high school counselor has the responsibility of guiding students through the high school experience and helps students prepare for their lives during and after high school. 

 

Solutions and or pathways to personal, social, academic and other types of challenges are often discovered by interaction and discussion with a counselor. 

 

Choosing colleges, technical schools, careers, work programs, and other potentials and desires may also be recognized in the counseling process. 

 

Primary Tasks of the Counselors:

1)     Assisting students to adjust to high school and in particular to the environment and challenges particular to Msgr. McClancy High School.

2)     Assisting students to formulate and pursue goals and directions consistent with their tentative long-range goals and hopes

 

Specific Activities:

 

A. Individual Counseling

a.      Personal and social counseling

b.     Review of educational progress

c.      Follow-up of progress reports and report cards

d.     Crisis intervention

e.      Referral to appropriate agencies and/or resources

f.        Management of standardized testing

g.     Future Planning

 

Individual counseling is the most important aspect of the guidance program.  It provides the student the opportunity to discuss privately with a counselor whatever he may wish and to explore with the help of a counselor his academic progress,  future plans, personal or social concerns, and emergency situations which might require the intervention or assistance of other professional personnel or competent agencies or services.

 

B. Group Guidance Program

A major focus of the program will involve group guidance in which students will have the opportunity to share feelings and discuss issues of general concern on a series of topics with a counselor and their peers. 

 

Primary Freshman Goal: Adjustment to High School

 

I. Orientation

  1. Summer Program for Freshman
  2. Start of School Freshman Orientation Program- Lunch
  3. Freshman Parents’ Night
  4. Learning Styles Assessment
  5. How to Study Instruction
  6. Academic Progress – Progress Cards, Report Cards and Teacher   
  7. comments
  8. Standardized Testing- Freshman PSAT program
  9. Campus Ministry Senior-Freshman Mentoring Sessions
  10. Parent-Teacher Meetings

 

II. Academic Skill Support for Freshmen:

  1. meet with students to assess academic performance
  2. encourage students to seek assistance from their teachers                                                                                                                                      
  3.  provide students with educational websites that they can use for tutorial assistance
  4. provide students with career sites where they can research a number of occupations for the future
  5. evaluate the reading comprehension skills of each student utilizing the cloze technique
  6. encourage students to seek assistance from the school sponsored tutoring program

 

The purpose of each of these programs from the view point of the guidance office is hospitality and welcoming of students and parents to the school as well as introducing students to the means of academic success.  The summer program also includes many opportunities for new students to familiarize themselves with the school building, programs and expectations prior to the regular school schedule days.

 

III. Academic Skills Support for Sophomores:

  1. meet with students to assess academic performance
  2. encourage students to seek assistance from faculty members who teach them in their respective school subjects
  3. provide students with educational website that  they can use for tutorial assistance
  4. provide students with career sites where they can research a number of occupations for the future
  5. evaluate the reading comprehension skills of each student utilizing the cloze technique
  6. encourage students to seek assistance from the school sponsored tutoring program
  7. provide students with information package to prepare them for SAT and ACT test for their junior school year show students how to research colleges and universities online
  8. encourage students to obtain a SAT or ACT prep test book to prepare for these test
  9. give students a practice SAT test to encourage them to prepare for this test
  10. encourage students to take practice tests online

 

IV.             Programs for Juniors:

  1. Personal Interviews
  2. Class Presentations – College Application Process
  3. Junior College Parents’ Night
  4. PSAT Testing
  5. Financial Aid Night for Junior Parents

 

V. Academic Skills Support for Juniors:

  1. meet with students to assess academic performance
  2. encourage students to seek assistance from faculty members who teach them in their respective school subjects
  3. provide students with educational websites that they can use for tutorial assistance
  4. encourage students to seek assistance from the school sponsored tutoring program
  5. meet with student to discuss registration process for SAT and ACT tests
  6. show students how to register for these tests online
  7. give students test dates for when these test are given
  8. show students how to research colleges and universities online
  9. encourage students to research scholarship possibilities with their parents
  10. encourage students to sign-up for an online site that the school uses to help them prepare for college

 

VI. Programs for Seniors

  1. Personal Interviews
  2. Open Office Visits for personal, college, career advice
  3. Senior Webpage
  4. Class Visits and Presentations
  5. Application and Admission Procedures for Parents and Students
  6. Financial Aid Night for Senior Parents and Students
  7. College Representative Meetings for seniors
  8. College and Career Representative Tables during Lunch Periods
  9. Financial Aid Individual Help
  10. Preparation for Graduation and Beyond

k.  September Application Meeting for Seniors and Parents

 

VII. Peer Relationships and Effective Social Skills

  1. encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities that are sponsored by the school: athletic teams, school clubs, campus ministry sponsored events
  2. encourage students to attend different events that the school sponsors throughout the year
  3. encourage students to interact with their peers on different grade levels to feel “at home” here at school

 

VIII. Setting Directions and Making Plans

  1. Review of current and past academic performance
  2. Review of students’ interests, hobbies, and talents
  3. Explore students’ personal expectations and possible college interests
  4. Establish a tentative plan for future goals
  5. Review and analyze PSAT results for freshmen, sophomores and juniors

 

IX. Course Selection for Next Year for freshman, sophomore, and junior classes- Class instruction and approval of course selection for the following year.  Counselors work with students in course selection to make certain graduation requirements are met and they choose appropriate courses given their goals and abilities.

 

X. Relationship with Faculty and Staff:

Counselors maintain a personable relationship with faculty and staff members as well as with parents and students.  Referrals from faculty, staff, and parents are welcomed and facilitated to the highest degree. 

 

XI. Chaplain Services

  1.  Mass and sacraments
  2. Special Masses and liturgies throughout the school year
  3. The Sacrament of Reconciliation during Lent
  4. Consultation, guidance and spiritual direction for students, faculty, and staff.