York Community High School
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York School Counselors

Bendicsen, Cathleen
Counseling Department Chair cbendicsen@elmhurst205.org
Dollaske, Kara
School Counselor kdollaske@elmhurst205.org
Feldkamp-Pradhan, Julie
School Counselor jfeldkamp-pradhan@elmhurst205.org
Fuller, Andrew
School Counselor afuller@elmhurst205.org
Gardner, William
School Counselor wgardner@elmhurst205.org
Goldman, Karla
School Counselor kgoldman@elmhurst205.org
Julian, Lisa
School Counselor ljulian@elmhurst205.org
Oliveros, Diane
Bilingual Counselor/ELL Coordinator doliveros@elmhurst.org
Thompson, Amy
College and Career Counselor athompson@elmhurst205.org
Tucker, Ashley
School Counselor atucker@elmhurst205.org
Walz, Ryan
School Counselor rwalz@elmhurst205.org
Weber, Trisha
School Counselor tweber@elmhurst205.org

Confidentiality Statement

Your confidentiality and privacy as a student is important to  us as school counselors. What you tell us will never be repeated unless you reveal information on harming yourself, harming others, situations of being physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, or we are required by the court or legal proceedings to do so. If there is ever a need to reveal information, we  will ensure that you are aware of this and we will work with you to handle the situation in a way that respects you, your feelings, and your needs. 

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Counseling Department

Course Selection 2018: FORMS AVAILBLE

  • Due to the change in timeline for course selection, the following timeline will be used.  This is for course selection for student's 2019-2020 classes. 
  • Freshman and Sophomores heard a comprehensive presentation about this process, changes to courses and the timeline on Wednesday, October 10th. 
  • Junior students will get this information in a presentation on Friday, October 26th.  Students should listen to announcements and read their emails for their 3rd period presentation location for 10/26/18.  
  • Class-specific packets with Course Selection worksheets were/will be distributed to students in their grade-level presentations by their counselor.  These packets are available for printing here as well (if lost, etc.).  
  • When students attend their Individual Course Selection Meeting with their counselor, they need to bring their COMPLETED Course Selection worksheet. 
  • It is important to familiarize oneself with York's Academic Policies when making choices for next school year.  York's Graduation Requirements are also important to know.   
  • Failure to participate in the Course Selection process may result in the student's counselor being forced to enter course selections on their behalf.  These selections may not be able to be changed.  
  • York High School makes many efforts to provide students and families with ample opportunities and resources in order to be able to make informed decisions regarding the levels of courses to take, selection with regard to post-secondary plans and elective opportunities that our school possesses.  For this reason, we encourage all students to take ownership in their process.    

COURSE SELECTION TIMELINE 2018

 

October 10                        Course Selection Process Introduced to students

October 29 - Nov 9           Online course selection OPEN (*part of FOG lesson, *only for current freshman)
November 12 - 20             Current Junior Individual Course Selection Meetings
November 26 - Dec 4       Current Sophomore Individual Course Selection Meetings

December 5 - 12               Current Freshmen Individual Course Selection Meetings

January 22 & 23               Make-Up meetings
January  23                       Course Selections closed

 

Class of 2022 Materials:

Current Freshman (C.O. 2022) Course Selection Worksheet: Sophomore Course Selection Worksheet 18-19(1).pdf (PDF)

Reminders for Freshmen: COURSE SELECTION REMINDERS for SOPHOMORE COURSES (current Freshmen).pdf (PDF)

Courses by Career Cluster (for current Freshmen): Career Cluster Sophomore Classes to take at York.pdf (PDF)

 

Class of 2021 Materials:

Current Sophomore (C.O. 2021) Course Selection Worksheet: Junior Course Selection Worksheet 18-19.pdf (PDF)

Reminders for Sophomores: COURSE SELECTION REMINDERS for JUNIOR COURSES (current Sophomores).pdf (PDF)

Courses by Career Cluster (for current Sophomores): Career Cluster Junior Classes to take at York.pdf (PDF)

 

Class of 2020 Materials:

Current Junior (C.O. 2020) Course Selection Worksheet: Senior Course Selection Worksheet 18-19.pdf (PDF)

Reminders for Juniors: COURSE SELECTION REMINDERS for SENIOR COURSES (current Juniors.pdf (PDF)

Courses by Career Cluster (for current Juniors): Career Cluster Senior Classes to take at York.pdf (PDF)

Articles and Resources!

Successful High School Students do THESE 10 THINGS (article)

 

10 Reasons Why Today's Teenagers Are So Anxious

 

For JUNIORS, especially:  How to begin post-secondary planning

In The News: Info You Want to Know!

Looking for the latest news and information in adolescent development, post-secondary trends and other hot topics?  Here are some great articles and resources that you may find helpful in your household:

 

"Growth Mindset": What is it?

 

Resources for Teaching Growth Mindset

 

How parents can hep in the college application process

 

Parents: Helping in the College Process and Maintaining Sanity!  

 

Help your counselor help you!

 

Resilient Teens: Helping your teen 'bounce back'

 

Mindset: What kind of mindset do you have?

 

Mission Statement

The overall mission of the York Counseling Department is to form strong connections with York students and families.  Through these connections, counselors support student's development through the areas of academic, career/college/post-secondary and social/emotional growth.  An underlying theme throughout the work of your student's counselor is "self-advocacy".  Self-advocacy, that is the individual's ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert their own interests, desires, needs and rights, is critical to develop throughout the high school experience.  This involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions.  

The York Counseling Department assists each student in the normal developmental tasks and challenges that all adolescents face.  York Community High School counselors are committed to the continual and reflective personal growth of our students.  The counseling program is designed to assist each student in learning skills and setting goals to reach one's potential in the academic, social/emotional and career/college/post-secondary domains.     

The majority of York students stay with the same counselor throughout their high school years and a strong attempt is made to allow counselors to remain with families when siblings attend York.  As York counselors, we have the responsibility to provide a comprehensive counseling program that is mindful of the developmental needs of all students.  Planning for the future is an important aspect of the counseling program. 

Freshman Orientation and Guidance (FOG) Curriculum

Academic Resources

There are a variety of ways in which students can seek support within the walls of YHS!  

From Peer Tutoring in the Learning Commons, the Math Lab, the Test Make-Up Center (TMC) and our College and Career Resouce Center (CCRC), we have a lot to offer.  

Academic Resources for York Students

Academic Supports During the School Day

Learning Commons & Test Make-Up Center

Transcript Request Form

Attendance Office & Absence Guidelines

AP Course Descriptions

ACP Program Information

College and Career Corner

York's College & Career Resource Counselor is Mrs. Amy Thompson.  The work that Mrs. Thompson does complements the comprehensive counseling services that the York Counseling Department provides throughout each student's high school career.  

Junior and Senior students receive the most direct-services from the CCRC, but all students are encouraged to discuss post-secondary planning with their assigned school counselor, in addition to utilizing York's post-secondary planning resources: Naviance and Career Cruising.  

Link to: College & Career Resource Center

Link to: Career Cruising

Link to: Naviance Family Connection 

Standardized Testing

York's CEEB Code is 141-805.  This code is necessary when registering for a standardized college admissions test.  

College and Career Exploration and Planning

PE Medical Limitation Form