Slate Valley Guidance Services
Our guidance department fosters the educational, career and social/emotional development of our students throughout their academic careers. Our goal is to support students in reaching their full academic potential and enjoy a positive school experience.
We work with students, parents, and fellow staff members to help students receive the support needed to be successful. As counselors, they meet with students individually, in small groups, and in a whole class format. They teach students various coping strategies, skills, and methods to handle various challenges.
Students, parents, and staff members may request counseling services. All counseling services are brief and solution focused. We also provide referrals as necessary for more intense services at parents’ request. Counselors act as a liaison providing information and resources with school based support systems and outside agencies.
FHUHS Counseling Services
The High School Counselor Can Help A Student:
- Assess Strengths and Limitations
- Improve study skills/habits
- Make thoughtful, informed decisions
- Develop Positive Attitudes
- Address Personal Issues (with family, peers, teachers, etc.)
- Choose appropriate Courses
- Discover Talents and Abilities
- Find Further Assistance through a Referral
- Plan For Further Education
- Address a Crisis
- Seek Employment
- Explore Career Choices
- Assist with referrals for IEP, 504 services
Activities may include:
- Classroom presentations
- Small group counseling
- Individual meetings
- Coordinate parent/teacher conferences
- Summer Transition Day (Schedule, Building tour)
The above lists are not all inclusive, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your student’s counselor.
Making an Appointment with the School Counselor
Students should meet with their counselor regularly throughout the year. Students can arrange a meeting with their school counselor by going to the Guidance Office and requesting an appointment from Mrs. Anderson, the Guidance Secretary.
In the event of a situation where a counselor is needed immediately, Mrs. Anderson can locate the counselor. It is important to keep all appointments that are scheduled, whether they are arranged by the student or the counselor. Parents may also arrange to meet with the school counselor by calling Mrs. Anderson at 265-3636 to make an appointment.
The Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership program allows students to attend a four-day leadership seminar at St. Michael’s College May 21st - 24th 2020. You will participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders of Vermont State, and explore your own personal leadership skills, while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact in your community. From the moment you attend a HOBY program, you will be treated like a leader and encouraged to think critically about a wide range of issues that impact your life and the world.
If you are interested in being one of our 2020 HOBY Ambassadors, please write a short 1-2 paragraph statement about why you would like to attend. Submit it to the Counseling Office by Wednesday, November 20th. We will then have interviews and select 2 students to be the FHU representatives. The cost of the program is free to the students, however, you will need transportation to and from Colchester where it is being held.
See your School Counselor in the Guidance Office if you have any questions.
Stafford Field Trip:
There will be a presentation from Stafford Technical Center during Inquiry on Tuesday Nov. 12th (for Sophomore Inquires only). Those Sophomores who have turned in permission slips will then attend a field trip over to Stafford on Monday, Nov. 25th. Students will leave at approximately 8:30 and return between 12:00-12:30. Permission slips are due on Thursday, Nov. 21st. Please let the Guidance Office know if you have any questions.