Students and Parents,
Your Highland Counseling Staff is very concerned about each and every one of you. We know that things are very different than we thought they would be at this time when you registered for school last fall. We are learning to be flexible and waiting to see what the next day holds for us as we adapt to our new method of education. We, as counselors, are working on getting resources to you for every possible need. Student Services has asked us to compile our resources with them and all other schools, so you can visit the Salt Lake School District homepage to find a centralized source of information for all types of resources. This will make it easier for you to access information for all students, regardless of their grade or location.
We understand that uncertainty can cause anxiety. Remember that no one has experienced what we are experiencing today, so you are not alone. This is new to all of us. There are many apps that you can download for free that focus on helping us calm ourselves when we begin to feel overwhelmed. The lesson you learn to remain focused and calm during adversity can be one you take with you throughout your lifetime. Change and uncertainty are the one constant we can rely on. (Pardoxical, isn't it?) How you get through this and other of life's trials is entirely up to you.
Students, especially seniors, we are continuing to monitor your progress toward graduation, and we are available to all students every weekday through email at this time. We will get back to you as soon as possible. Some of you will have questions we can't answer without direction from those above us, so if we don't answer immediately, it doesn't mean we haven't read your message. We promise to get back to you as quickly as we can.
You are all in our hearts. Knowing you are looking to us for direction is a huge responsibility that we don't take lightly. Just because you can't meet with us in person or see us in our offices, doesn't mean we aren't here for you, because WE ARE. Hang in there. WE WILL get through this. Life is hard. It shapes who we are. Extreme pressure changes coal to diamonds. Times like this, refines us and develops our character. Because you are so young, the opportunity for growth is tremendous. Breathe into the pressure, and you will be surprised by what comes out on the other side of this adversity. (We all look forward to seeing your shining faces when we return!)
Go RAM FAM!!!
Your Counseling Staff
WELCOME TO THE COUNSELING CENTER WHERE OUR COUNSELORS AND STAFF ARE WORKING HARD TO HELP STUDENTS PREPARE FOR GRADUATION AND LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL. BELOW ARE RESOURCES THAT WILL ASSIST YOU AND YOUR STUDENT IN PLANNING FOR GRADUATION FROM HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL AND BEYOND!
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9th GRADE | FRESHMAN
REGISTRATION FOR 2020-2021 COURSES HAS CONCLUDED. THIS WEEK COUNSELORS WILL BE WORKING TO FIND STUDENTS WHO DIDN'T PARTICIPATE IN REGISTRATION AND GET THEIR COURSE SELECTIONS PUT INTO POWERSCHOOL.
IF YOUR STUDENT IS NOT CURRENTLY ENROLLED AT HIGHLAND, YOU WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE PRE-ENROLLED TO CHOOSE CLASSES. BECAUSE OPEN ENROLLMENT IS NOW OVER, YOU SHOULD BE RECEIVING A LETTER SOON TELLING YOU WHETHER YOUR STUDENTS HAS BEEN ACCEPTED OR NOT. ONCE YOU HAVE RECEIVED A LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE, YOU CAN PRE-ENROLL YOUR STUDENT WITH THE APPROPRIATE DOCUMENTATION. PLEASE CALL THE ATTENDANCE OFFICE TO FIND OUT WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BRING.
HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS:
- HONORS DIPLOMA REQUIREMENTS:
- 16 Honors courses taken and passed in 4 years at Highland HS, 3 credits of which need to be AP or IB or Concurrent.
- Must have a cummulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
- Must have taken and passed 2 consecutive years of a World Language. (Level III or higher World Language classes count as Honors.)
IMPORTANT SENIOR INFORMATION
- Sending your ACT scores flowchart
- https://spark.adobe.com/page/obeWoaaR8Pg6V/ Senior College and Career Readiness Planning Meeting Slide Show
- Letter of Recommendation Request Form
- Valedictorian Requirements
ONLINE OPTIONS FOR STUDENTS
- Online options at https://www.schools.utah.gov/edonline. Choosing to do online courses during the school year will reduce the number of classes and credits you can take at Highland HS.
ACT Testing Dates Highland does NOT administer the July test.
SAT Testing Dates Highland does not administer any SAT tests.
ACT PREP Class at Highland
- Next Class - Feb. 19th - April 1st
- Wednesdays for 6 sessions
- CLASSES FILL UP FAST!
- Pay $5.00 to the treasurer to sign up OR go to www.myschoolfees.com. Paying the $5 gets you into the class.
- Contact your student's counselor for more information on when the next class begins.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
COLLEGE ADMISSIONS INFORMATION
- Certificate and Associate Degree Training Programs
- College Prep Websites
- Personal Statements
- What is a College Portfolio?
FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIPS
- What is FAFSA?
- Setup my FSA ID for FAFSA
- Tips for Writing Winning Scholarship Essays
- Regent's Scholarship Student Portal
- Scholarships for Undocumented Students (DACA and non-DACA)
- PACE Program (Full Scholarship to SLCC)
PLAYING COLLEGE SPORTS
Parents - Looking for information on how to talk to your student about vaping? Here is some good information: NPR
MENTAL HEALTH CONCERNS & HELPFUL INFORMATION
SAFE UT HOTLINE (CRISISLINE) or call 1-800-273-8255
The SAFEUT app is also available for free from any app store. Students can use this app to report bullying, harassment, suicidal thoughts or ideation, or any troublesome behavior. Reporting here is anonymous.
Click on links below to access services and additional resources:
- University of Utah Health Care via the University Neuropsychiatric Institute
- Available 24/7 even on holidays
- PROVIDES CRISIS INTERVENTION AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT
MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOLARSHIP OFFICE:
MANY SCHOLARSHIPS, BOTH ACADEMIC AND VOCATIONAL, ARE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS WHO QUALIFY. WHILE DONORS OF THESE GRANTS ARE INTERESTED IN STUDENTS WHO HAVE ACHIEVED SCHOLASTIC EXCELLENCE, THEY ALSO LOOK CLOSELY AT THOSE WHO EXHIBIT GOOD CITIZENSHIP, QUALITIES OF LEADERSHIP, AND DEVELOPMENT OF INDIVIDUAL TALENTS. STUDENTS INTERESTED IN SCHOLARSHIPS SHOULD CONTACT THEIR COUNSELOR OR THE SCHOLARSHIP COORDINATOR IN E106. STUDENTS MAY ALSO WRITE TO THE FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIP OFFICE OF ANY PARTICULAR COLLEGE. SENIOR STUDENTS SHOULD BE AWARE OF EARLY APPLICATION DEADLINES. THERE ARE MANY SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NON-SENIORS. PLEASE CHECK THE LIST BELOW FOR SCHOLARSHIPS EXPIRING SOON.
COUNSELING CENTER HOURS
7:30 AM - 2:45 PM
Please email your counselor to make an appointment. Appointments are available before and after school.
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SCHOLARSHIP BULLETINS 2019-2020
Utah Scholars Recognition Application for Seniors
Seniors: to earn the Utah Scholars Recognition certificate and medallion, you will need to apply through the Step Up To Higher Education website. https://stepuputah.com/utah-scholars-recognition-application/
Complete the grade-by- grade checklists and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA. The application opens November 1 and closes March 1.
Throughout the school year we have been messaging seniors about the changes via email, newsletter, social media and text messaging and encouraging them to apply. If you are able we would love your help in promoting this application. Below are some suggested ways on how to promote the Utah Scholars Recognition.
Please keep in mind that while Utah Scholars Recognition is important, it is not a scholarship and does not carry a monetary award.