Contact

Diane Pfeiffer

Counselor

Diane.pfeiffer@ops.org

531-299-7481

Guidance Information

 Reasons To See Your Counselor

  • Academic/Educational: from scheduling classes to looking up college information
  • Personal/Social: Talk about what is happening in your life or with your friends.
  • Career/Occupational: obtain information on how to fill out a job application or look for what careers are right for you.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Everything that you share with your counselor is confidential.  This means s/he cannot and will not tell anyone what is discussed without your permission or consent unless you are a danger to yourself or others.

The Role of the School Counselor

School counselors deliver a comprehensive guidance program to all students.  The PreK-12 program is both proactive and responsive to the unique needs of individual students.  The competency-based curriculum includes three domains:

  • Academic/Educational
  • Personal/Social
  • Career/Occupational

 Components of the Guidance Program

There are four components of the guidance program:

  • Guidance Curriculum that is delivered to all students and emphasizes personal, occupational, and academic skill-building through classroom presentations and a variety of activities.Lessons designed for the achievement of knowledge or skills in academic, career, and personal/social development:
    • PreK-12 Classroom Instruction
    • Competency-Based Lessons
    • Interdisciplinary Curriculum
    • Group Activities
    • Family Workshops
  • Individual Student Planning that developmentally helps students plan for their future, set career goals, manage conflict, prepare for learning beyond high school, strengthen academic skills, and more. Individual Career and Educational Plan for every student:
    • Course selection and credit management
    • Education and Career Assessment
    • Career/Occupational Information
    • Financial Aid Information
    • Labor Market Information
    • Work-Based Learning Opportunities
    • Seamless Transition to Post-Secondary Options
  • Response Services that provide support for issues of immediate concern to students and their families. A plan that meets the immediate needs of students:
    • Individual and Small Group Counseling
    • Crisis Counseling Response Consultation
    • Referrals for Students and Families
    • Peer Mediation
  • System Support that recognizes the school counselor as part of the school team and supports the other three components. Activities that establish, maintain, and enhance the total school counseling program:
    • Professional Development
    • Consultation, Collaboration, and Teaming
    • School Improvement Involvement
    • Data Gathering and Interpretation
    • Family Involvement
    • Community Outreach

Naviance Information

Go to: https://connection.naviance.com/parrish

Login:  Student ID (your lunch number)

Password: Your Date of Birth  mmddyyyy  (no dashes or slashes, two digit month, two digit day, four digit year)

Naviance is a comprehensive website that students and parents can use as a tool in planning for their future.   Here are some of the features to explore:

  • “Do What You Are” personality assessment: Students complete the Self Discovery Assessment in 30 to 45 minutes and receive useful Personality Type information as well as individual suggestions for careers and college majors.
  • College Lookup: This research tool provides comprehensive information on thousands of colleges. In addition to general information and admissions information, further data is presented on academics, cost and financial aid, student body characteristics, extracurricular and athletic programs. A link to each college’s website is provided.
  • College Search: Enter criteria such as size, location, cost, availability of specific majors or athletic programs, and students can produce a list of colleges that meet their criteria.
  • Resources: This feature provides links to other useful websites relating to college information, financial aid, test preparation, NCAA eligibility, etc.