The Helena School District is following the state’s recommendation for social distancing. Our school will begin with remote learning starting on Thursday, March 19th and continuing through Friday, March 27th.
What does this mean for school counseling services?
The Capital High School Counseling team will be available remotely during our school closure. We will be available through email and Microsoft Teams for students and parents beginning Thursday, March 19th (8 AM – 3:30 PM). Scroll down to access your school counselor’s email address.
Video/audio calls must be scheduled through email first. Directions of how to make a video/audio call in Microsoft Teams can be found by using this link: Teams Infographic
We have included some resources below that can help to facilitate conversations with your student regarding their concerns with COVID-19.
How to Talk to Your Kids and Teens about COVID-19
A Parent’s Guide for Talking about COVID-19
Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
Ways to Support your Mental Health During Covid-19
Tips to Ease Anxiety: 7 Tips
Daily Schedule Suggestions: Sample Schedule
Study Tips: Basic Tips for Teens to Stay Productive with Online Classes
Take care of yourself and each other during this time away from school. Remember that if you are in crisis, call 911 or report to the Emergency Room. Other resources would be the crisis hotline: 1-800-273-8255 or the Crisis Text Line: Text MT to 741 741.
We understand that this uncertain time can increase anxiety for some or make some angry, or even others want to just shut down. We encourage you to stay engaged in your academic progress, find ways to care for your physical and mental health and use this time for rest and rejuvenation as much as possible.
Hopefully, this time away is short-lived and we can get back to helping you all Be A Graduate!
Keep up to date with the Counseling Department and Career Center
THE CHS COUNSELING DEPARTMENT
Jeramie Robinson, 324-2493 firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsible for students with the last name beginning: A – D
Dana Meldrum, 324-2491 email@example.com
Responsible for students with the last name beginning: E – K
Jamie Bawden, 324-2492 firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsible for students with the last name beginning: L – Ri
Sara Berg, 324-2490 email@example.com
Responsible for students with the last name beginning: Ro – Z
Anna Doran, 324-2483 firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Counselor (Scholarships, Jobs, Career Search, etc. )
Aspen Herndon, 324-2604 email@example.com
What you can expect from your Capital High School Counselors . . .
- POST-SECONDARY PLANNING/COLLEGE, CAREER & LIFE SKILLS!
- Course Selections & preparing for High School.
- INDIVIDUAL PERSONAL SUPPORT
- FAMILY SUPPORT
We use a systematic approach to accomplish these goals with all students and families. . .
- YEARLY PRESENTATIONS —
- Class registration and information night
- OPEN OFFICE/WALK IN TIMES —
- Counselors keep “open office” time during both lunches for general walk-in questions. Your individual counselor may not be available, but someone in the department will be available to assist you.
- INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS —
- Personal Interviews & Post Secondary Planning, general information, scheduling, career/college/scholarship opportunities, personal concerns/referrals, your counselor needs to see you for various reasons, etc. . .
All services provided by your school counselors are free, voluntary and completely confidential, except as required by law to the students, families, teachers and school staff in the Helena Public Schools.
Helena School District has partnered with Intermountain to offer a free mental health screening for its students. The following letter and consent form can be returned to your student’s counselor and a screening with take place.
2018-19 Mental Health Screening Letter
Mental Health Substance Use Screening Parent Guardian Consent Form
CHS CAREER CENTER
The College and Career Center provides information and assistance with academic progress, course selection, careers, college searches, scholarships, financial aid, and other post-secondary opportunities. Individual guidance and classroom group instruction are provided to assist students in making educational and vocational/career plans.