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EVHS Counseling Spring Update

(Almost) Spring Updates from the EVHS Counseling Dept.

We are excited to enter 2020 and as we are inching toward spring there is much happening both in and outside of Eastview High School. For us that means registration, testing, counseling groups, our college fair, and more! Please see the updates below from the Eastview Counseling Department and we hope to see you at some of the upcoming events!

 Lightning Bolts

 Perspectives on Parenting Seminar- College Planning

  • Thursday, March 5th - 6:30- 7:30 PM -  East Commons
  • This seminar is very timely for parents of sophomores and juniors, but all grades are welcome to attend.   This parent night outlines the process for planning and preparing for a post-high school education. Topics include college readiness, ACT and SAT college entrance exams, college visits, choosing a college, college requirements, and the necessary timelines in the application process. The powerful tools of NAVIANCE, a web-based college and career program, will also be introduced to parents.

 District 196 College Fair

  • Monday, March 9th - 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.-  Eastview High School Commons 
  • Over 100 colleges and universities will be present to connect with and ask questions regarding their programs, campus, admission requirements, and more!
  • To save time, register your personal information before you come to the fair. Visit: www.gotocollegefairs.com, select ‘Minnesota’ and the ‘Eastview High School fair’ to get your barcode.

 Sophomore Counseling Groups Recap

  • Counselors met with sophomores the week of February 18th. This touchpoint focused on getting students logged back into Naviance, using the new and easier than ever Naviance single sign-on. They also completed a needs assessment and the ‘Do What You Are’ personality assessment.
  • ‘Do What You Are’ reveals information about a student's strengths and blind spots, recommended career paths and college majors, as well as tips for conducting the most effective career search. Students enjoyed learning their four letter code to see what personality type they were and the strengths that go along with it. We encourage you to connect with your student about this lesson and have them share what they learned with you. More information on the personality types can be found here.

 Upcoming - Junior Groups

  • We will recap and discuss next steps after taking the ACT, begin resume writing, and discuss college and career preparation with the juniors in April.  

 Senior Updates

  • As you receive college application results, you are required to enter the status on your Naviance account (accepted, denied, waitlisted, etc). Please be sure to keep your ‘Colleges I'm Applying To’  information as accurate and updated as possible! 
  • Senior year grades matter!  Colleges will ask for a final transcript at the end of senior year and if they see a dip in grades or something else looks a little off, it could have an implication on your admissions decision. Keep the momentum strong!

 Assessments

  • ACT/ PreACT testing day - Tuesday, April 7th

Sophomores will take the PreACT and juniors will take the official ACT exam on April 7th.  Juniors will pre-register in their social studies classes and no registration is needed for sophomores. Please note there is no fee, make-up test date, or writing exam for April 7th. Students should bring the following items with them to the ACT exam:

·       A photo ID such as a driver license or school ID.

·       Two (2) number 2 pencils.  Mechanical pencils or pens are not allowed.

·       An ACT permitted calculator 

·       A snack, water and/or beverage

  • Freshman and Seniors will participate in a flexible learning day on April 7th.
  • Looking to prepare for the ACT? 
    • Use Naviance Test Prep - a free test preparation resource on your Naviance account under ‘Resources to Get Ready’ or visit http://www.act.org.

 Mental Health - Vaping Information

  • Vaping is the process of inhaling and exhaling substances within E-cigs. The E-liquid within vaping devices contains chemicals that are known to be dangerous or to be potentially dangerous such as Nicotine, Diacetyl, Formaldehyde, etc. These chemicals can cause headaches, dizziness, insomnia, chronic lung disease, mood disorders, permanent lowering of impulse control, and even premature death.  According to a survey done in 2018 by the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 21% of 10th graders, and 26% percent of 12th graders have vaped in the last month.  Both of these rates show a statistically significant increase from the previous year, demonstrating the rapid rise of vaping among teens in the US.
  • Due to the serious consequences and high rates of vaping for teens, the Eastview Counseling Department partnered up with the Developmental Psychology (DP) program to lead an Anti-Vaping Campaign, February 24th – 28th. Through daily announcements and fliers around the school, students will be educated on the side effects and consequences of vaping, and support systems and resources for students who want to quit. Students will also be given a chance to sign our #DontBeTheNext Pledge during lunch that Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.  At the end of the week, the DP Seniors will present the pledge banner to Mr. Miller at the WinterFest Pep Fest.  
  • Eastview will continue this initiative on March 18th, “Take Down Tobacco National Day of Action”.  This day is an opportunity for students, along with parents, educators and concerned citizens to come together and raise recognition of the problems tobacco causes in their community, educate youth on the deceptive marketing strategies of the tobacco industry in order to encourage them to stay tobacco-free, and call upon elected officials to promote legislation to protect students from tobacco.  As part of this day, Eastview plans to provide opportunities for students to write postcards to their legislators to address these issues.  

 Local Library Events

  • Teen Job Fair
    • Wednesday March 18, 3-6 pm
    • Wentworth Library, West St. Paul
    • Meet with local employers and learn how to develop the skills to get your first job.
  • Summer Job Application Workshop for Teens
    • Tuesday March 3, 5-7 pm (Heritage Library, Lakeville)
    • Tuesday March 10, 4-6 pm (Farmington Library)
    • Thursday March 12, 3:30-5:30 pm (South St. Paul Library)
    • Monday March 30, 3:30-5:30 pm (Wescott Library, Eagan)
    • Drop in any time to get help with your online application or résumé from a Dakota County Workforce specialist. Bring names or types of employers you would like to work for.
  • Financial Aid 101
    • Monday April 13, 6-7:30 pm
    • Wescott Library, Eagan
    • Learn the basics of how to pay for college and apply for financial aid. Presented by Dakota County Technical College.
  • Dogs for Finals
    • Saturday May 9, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
    • Wescott Library, Eagan
    • Relieve stress brought on by end-of-year studying for high school or college finals. Drop in to visit with therapy dogs, refill on coffee and snacks and enjoy a coloring sheet or craft.