Counseling Department Spring 2020 Newsletter

Dear Students and Parents,

The next couple of months are a very busy time in the counseling department. We would like to share what we have upcoming so you can plan ahead in your calendar and know what we are working on to assist your students.

Schedule Changes for Semester 2

1/27/20 The 1st day of the new semester- Students wanting to make schedule changes for the new semester have until 1/31/20 to get them signed off and finalized. All changes require teacher and parent signatures. Students can choose to change to classes that are offered for S2. Changing of instructors only is not permitted by the counseling department. In addition, going less than 6 credit bearing classes as a senior must be approved by Mrs. Kidder. Other grades require additional meetings with admin and extenuating circumstances to be approved. For Grades 10 and 12-, Mrs. Kidder, for Grades 11 and 9- Mr. Chancy.


Dual Credit Timeline

Students in S2 Dual Credit Courses (Statistics, Intro to Lit, Contemporary Math, Speech, MS Excel, Auto) will be given their registration forms on Monday (1/27/20)

Registration forms are due to the counseling department on Thursday (1/30) when the rep from Helena College will be in the counseling department from 8:30-2:00 to collect the papers. If they are not turned in during this window, students will have to deliver them to Helena College by 2/3. Students who need to take the Accuplacer for placement will have until 2/10 to get a passing score on the test. Items that miss the deadlines will not be accepted. Also, for students who have not taken their 2 free dual credit classes, their class this semester will count for free. Additionally, we have a scholarship opportunity for students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, see Mr. Robinson for more information.


2020-2021 Class Registration

February is registration month in the counseling department, and our attention will be shifted to helping students apply for classes next year.

Students will receive materials on Monday each week and have until Friday to pick classes, get parent signatures, and meet with any teachers to get signatures for advanced courses. For access to the registration materials please visit (2020 info will go live 1/31)

Junior Week- Future Senior Registration February 3-7

Monday- Class Visits by counselors (American History Classes)

Tues-Thursday- Counselors available to answer student registration questions

Wednesday- Junior Parent Night (6pm, Auditorium)

Friday- Students register with counselors in Library- Forms must by signed by parents

 Sophomore Week- Future Junior Registration February 10-14

Tuesday- Class Visits by counselors (English 2 Classes)

Wed-Thursday- Counselors available to answer student registration questions

Friday- Students register with counselors in Library- Forms must by signed by parents

 Freshman Week- Future Sophomore Registration February 18-21

Monday- Class Visits by counselors (World Cultures Classes)

Tuesday-Thursday- Counselors available to answer student registration questions

Friday- Students register with counselors in Library- Forms must by signed by parents

Missing Forms Collection Week- February 24-28

We will spend the week trying to collect any forms that have not been submitted due to absences, missing signatures, or various other reasons. If your child has not turned it in by this week, expect a call from your child’s counselor.

CRA Week- Future Frosh Registration  March 2-6

Monday- Counselors Meet with Students

Tuesday/Wednesday- CHS Counselors at CRA Parent Teacher Conferences

Wednesday – Incoming Frosh Tour CHS

Thursday – Parent Night 7:00 PM CHS Aud.

Friday- Counselor Pick up Reg forms

New Pre-Apprenticeship Program

For students interested in trades related to the construction industry (construction, electrical, plumbing, etc. ) our CTE department has worked out an exciting new opportunity with the Montana Department of Labor and Industry. Students who complete a course sequence and gain various certifications in those courses will be able to count their hours towards an apprentice program in Montana. They have started working with local contractors who will accept the hours towards a journeyman license. It is an exciting opportunity that will allow students to enter the workforce a higher earning band and set themselves up well for a career. For more information, check out the registration guide or reach out to Mr. Canney or Mr. Kain.

Parent Nights

We will be hosting a current Junior Parent Night on Wednesday, February 5th at 6PM in the CHS Auditorium

We have stopped running Freshman and Sophomore parent nights due to low attendance, but feel free to make an appointment with your child’s counselor to get all your questions answered.

We will be hosting an CRA Parent Night for incoming freshman on Thursday March 5th at 7:00 PM in the CHS Auditorium.


Suicide Prevention at CHS

The counseling departments at both high schools have worked hard to help develop a comprehensive suicide prevention and mental health awareness program.

 YAM (Youth Aware of Mental health)– Freshman year program run through the Frosh PE courses presented by outside mental health professionals. All freshman students will begin the program within their Freshman PE class on January 29th.  Outside mental health professionals will be meeting with students during 5 individual class periods of Freshman PE.  For more info on YAM, please contact Mrs. Meldrum or Josyln Davidson at

 QPR (Question, Persuade, Respond)- Sophomore program run through the Health classes by health teachers. The focus of this program is for students to reach out for help if they feel their friend is at risk.

 SOS (Signs of Suicide)- Junior year program, presented in US History classes by counselors. Was presented in December, and the focus was to try to learn how to recognize the signs of mental health struggles in themselves or peers and to reach out for help. Students will be taught ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell)


 Career Cruising

The counseling department has completed career cruising lessons with the Freshman, Sophomore, and Senior classes. We will do Junior Career Cruising lessons in March, so students have the opportunity to come up with their 5 colleges to send their ACT Scores to.

The focuses at each level are

 Freshman Year– Learning Styles Inventory, Career Matchmaker (looking at interests and careers that match them)

 Sophomore year– Reality Check- Looking at the lifestyle students want, and the salaries needed to provide that lifestyle. We then researched careers and the salaries and checked to see if they would match up with the lifestyle plan.

 Junior Year– Post Secondary High School planning. We will spend the period working with them on their post high school plans.

 Senior Year– We worked with them on finalizing their post high school plans, taught them how to do scholarship searches.


ACT for Juniors

Once again, CHS will be facilitating the ACT test for all juniors on Tuesday, April 14th at Capital High School. You will receive several communications from CHS regarding this, but we wanted to make sure it is on your calendar.


We have several ACT Prep opportunities upcoming; you should have received a flier about this as well.


We will have an online prep option, afterschool option, as well as an intensive ACT Prep class offered by Sycamore learning. The prep class will be Monday and Tuesday February 3rd, 4th . We will run 2 different evening sessions, one from 3:30-6 and the other from 6:30-9 so you can pick the time that works best for you. This is a great opportunity and the cost is $80. You should have received a letter in the mail regarding this course and you can sign up at . Please feel free to contact Mr. Robinson if you have additional questions.


AP Testing

Students in AP courses will start getting information about the tests in March and signing up for the tests between 3/4 and 3/22. The cost is $94 per test and they will sign up through the book keeper.


May Test Dates

4- AP Government (AM)- @Delta (old Radisson)

5- AP Calc AB (AM) @Delta

5- AP Calc BC (AM) @Intermountain

5- AP Human Geography (PM) @Intermountain

5- AP German (PM) @Helena High Library

6- AP English Lit (AM) @Delta

6- AP Euro History (PM) @Intermountain

7- AP Chemistry (AM) @Delta

7- AP Physics 1 (PM) @intermountain

8- AP US History (AM)@Carroll College CUBE

11- AP Biology (AM) @Carroll College CUBE

11- AP Environmental Science (PM) @Carroll College CUBE

12- AP Spanish (AM) @CHS Library

13- AP English Lang (AM) @Carroll College CUBE

15- AP Computer Science (AM) @Intermountain

15- AP Statistics (PM) @Helena College


Senior Awards

With the class of 2020 being the 1st class to go through with our added graduation requirements, increased rigor for the B.E.A.R. award as well as continued lower attendance at our Senior Awards Night, we are in the process of revamping our awards ceremony. More information about this new recognition event will be out this spring.


Graduation this year will be on June 6th  and this year CHS will be at 2 P.M.

Stay tuned to this webpage for updated info on graduation.

Graduation Requirements

Speaking of graduation, just a reminder that the class of 2020 needs to earn 23 credits in order to graduate and per a school board policy enacted last year, students must have earned all the required 23 credits prior to the graduation ceremony in order to participate in commencement. We will be sending out a letter explaining this policy in more detail as well as a copy of your child’s 7th semester transcript in early February to help you know exactly what your child needs to graduate.

Final Transcript Requests

On Wednesday May 27th we will be going into Government classrooms to hand out graduation tickets (in case of inclement weather) and asking students for final transcript requests. This will be your senior’s opportunity to let the counseling department know where they would like their final grades sent, whether that is a college, NCAA, NAIA, military recruiter, or home. Once a student graduates, transcript requests go through and they cost $8, so it’s important for students to take advantage of this opportunity.

Scholarship Information

Remember to keep checking our scholarship page; it is updated at least weekly. There are currently over 50 scholarships listed on the page.

One big scholarship with an upcoming deadline is the Montana University System Honors Scholarship.

It has a March 15th deadline


More information:

The MUS Honor Scholarship is a 4-year renewable scholarship that waives the recipient’s tuition when used at an eligible campus. The value varies depending upon which campus the student attends

Another scholarship to highlight is the Angel Fund Scholarship, which is only for Helena Public Schools students.

 Angel Fund Scholarships

  • Deadline: March 2019

Award:  $1,000

(For Helena Graduates Only)

As always, you can also follow our social media accounts for up to date information.


Contact Info

If you need to contact your counselor, you can at

A-D students- Mr. Robinson

E-K Students- Mrs. Meldrum

L-Ri Students- Ms. Bawden

Ro-Z Students- Mrs. Berg

Career Center- Mrs. Doran

Counseling Secretary- Mrs. Herndon

We hope this helps you navigate this spring and all the big things happening.

All the best, CHS Counseling Department