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.
Results for those juniors and sophomores who tested this past fall are now available in the guidance office. While you may have already reviewed your scores online, your counselor can provide you a paper copy and help you interpret the significance of your scores.
You will also receive your original test booklet back to help you evaluate your errors and prepare for future testing. This is an excellent time to ask your counselor about both ACT and SAT testing programs this spring. Please come to guidance and schedule an appointment.
Attention Seniors (and Senior Parents)
Hopefully you have now filed all your college applications and are awaiting letters of acceptance. The next step is to be sure you are attending to financial aid issues. There are three basic levels of aid to attend to:, federal, state, and local (College based aid is simply determined and awarded independently of applications.)
- Federal - complete the FAFSA
- State - complete the Vermont State Grant application from VSAC and complete the Scholarship Packet from VSAC.
- Local - Watch for an announcement (coming late February) that guidance has published the list of scholarships offered by local organizations, in memory of individuals, and from various towns.
VSAC has created two videos to help families apply for financial aid. The first video is a step-by-step review of how to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that starts with applying for your FAFSA ID and takes you through the entire online application. Every student who is thinking about continuing their education beyond high school should fill out this critical application that is used to determine federal Pell Grants, college aid, state grants, and even eligibility for loan funds. Students and parents can watch the FAFSA event on Facebook or YouTube.
The second video walks you through – question by question – on how to apply for your Vermont State Grant and how to apply for over 100 scholarships administered by VSAC. The average state grant that eligible students received last year was just over $2,000 so you don’t want to miss out on applying for these funds! The Grants and Scholarships tutorial also is available on Facebook and YouTube.
If you have any questions please see your School Counselor in the Guidance Office.
- Clarkson University, in Potsdam NY, has a new scholarship opportunity. This is a merit based scholarship which covers 4 years of tuition costs for 10 incoming students. Interested in Clarkson? More info is available at [email protected] or 315-268-6480. Filing deadline: Jan.15, 2020
- Maida F. Townsend Scholarship (website) If one of your parents is a teacher in the State of Vermont and belongs to the Vermont NEA Union, please consider looking at this scholarship. Eligibility: A high school senior majoring in any discipline, preference given to those majoring in education (if you have siblings that are undergraduate or graduate college students, they are also eligible to apply).
Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizenship Award - This recognition and potential scholarship is awarded to a grade 12 student demonstrating dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism. The Faculty and his grade 12 peers selected Andrew Lanthier for this award. Congratulations Andrew on being an exemplary student and role model for your peers.
The Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Program (HOBY) - This program offers two sophomore students the opportunity to attend a three day leadership conference at St. Michael's College in Winooski. Students learn to cultivate their leadership ethics and drive for social change for personal use, and to make their school and community a more enriching environment. This year's interviewees showed great promise. Alexandra Williams and Jillian Hetrick will represent FHUHS with enthusiasm and strong oration skills. Congratulations to both girls on this great opportunity.