The Guidance and Counseling Program of District #200 provides developmental as well as pro-active, preventative and remedial services. The program is a cooperative effort involving students, staff members, parents and the community. Its purpose is to empower all learners to lead satisfying and productive lives by assisting them in identifying and achieving educational, career, personal and social goals. We are here to help by working with academic issues, educational and career planning as well as personal concerns.
THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR
School counselors are actively committed to helping students explore their abilities, strengths, interests and talents as these traits relate to career awareness and development.
School counselors help parents focus on ways to further the education, personal and social growth of students.
School counselors work with teachers and other educators to help students explore their potential and set realistic goals for themselves.
School counselors seek to identify and utilize community resources that can enhance and compliment comprehensive school counseling programs and help students become productive members of society.
Comprehensive school counseling programs are considered an integral part of the educational process that enables all students to achieve success in school.
MOMENTS IN AMERICA
Every 2 seconds during the school year a public school
student receives an out-of-school suspension.
Every 9 seconds during the school year a public high school
student drops out.
Every 20 seconds a baby is born to an unmarried mother.
Every 21 seconds a child is arrested.
Every 30 seconds during the school year a public school
student is corporally punished.
Every 32 seconds a baby is born into poverty.
Every 47 seconds a child is abused or neglected.
Every 62 seconds a baby is born into extreme poverty.
Every 70 seconds a baby is born without health insurance.
Every 1-and-a-half minutes a baby is born to a teen mother.
Every 1-and-a-half minutes a baby is born at low birth weight.
Every 3-and-a-half minutes a child is arrested for a drug
Every 8 minutes a child is arrested for a violent offense.
Every 22 minutes a baby dies before his or her first
Every hour a child or teen dies from an accident.
Every 3 hours and 15 minutes a child or teen is killed by
Every 4-and-a-half hours a child commits suicide.
Every 5-and-a-half hours a child is killed by abuse or
Every 11 hours a baby’s mother dies due to complications
from pregnancy or childbirth.
The counselors give me support in ways that I don't get from my friends or at home. -8th grade student
Because my friend told my counselor about my problem, I am alive today. -7th grade student
My high school student is not your typical, run of the mill, high school student, and his counselor has been his, and my, port in the storm throughout his high school years. -parent
There is probably a whole group of students the counselor will only see for class registration. But for some students, she is a vital component in their support system. I do not know what we would have done without her these past 3 years. Life certainly would have been far more difficult. I am very grateful for the good counseling program in the Hastings school district. -parent
I've gone to my counselor when I've been scared, confused, angry, or bewildered. He has been my source of stability when I've needed it most. -10th grade student
After I found out my friend died in a car accident, I was extremely scared, and I went to my counselor for comfort. After talking, he sent me to class with a handful of signed passes JUST IN CASE I got scared during the day. He showed me how much he cared. -12th grade student
Applying for college can be a frustrating task, but together my counselor and I conquered the process. He took the time to write me a superb recommendation that, I believe, MUST have been a key factor in my acceptance. -12th grade student
I’ve found it helpful to be a part of one of the schools depression groups which is really nice because I get feedback from my peers, a counselor and the school psychologist. With help from the counseling office and others I’ve been able to work through many of my issues and I am glad they are there to support me. -11th grade student
My junior year I was so freaked out about college. I had no idea what I wanted to do in life and I felt like all of my friends were so far ahead of me. I went to see my counselor and she was amazing. She told me that I was totally fine and that I was not behind. Then we got to work. We researched careers and colleges. It was because of her I ended up at the perfect college for me! -12th grade student
Register now or by June 10 for the annual College Boot Camp this summer!
Dates: August 8th - 9th Cost: $15
This Boot Camp offers presentations and workshops with representatives from local colleges and the HHS counseling staff along with 2 campus visits! The goals of the Boot Camp are to help you prepare the best application and essay possible, become familiar with the resources and technology available to help you, and get ready for the college experience.