Counseling and Guidance

Picture of Sibley Students TalkingThe Counseling and Guidance services at Henry Sibley are designed to help students with academic, personal/social, and career development. We are here to help students transition into high school and prepare them for a successful life after high school. We look forward to working with you in the areas of: 

  • Academic Counseling and Planning 
  • Personal and Social Growth
  • Career Planning  
  • Individual or Small Group Counseling 
  • Parent and Teacher Consultations 
  • Referral Assistance to Other Programs 
  • Test Interpretation

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND UPCOMING EVENTS

This month in the Guidance Office
On April 3rd and 4th counselors worked with 9th grade students to learn their Myers-Briggs personality type and explore careers they might be interested in. All juniors will be taking the ACT on April 24th, so counselors visited junior classrooms on April 16th to discuss progress toward graduation and future plans. We will meet individually with all juniors students this month and next to discuss their post-high school plans and help them with their college/career research. Throughout April we continue our work on students' schedules for next year, making adjustments to course requests as needed. If your student needs to make a change to the courses they registered for, please contact your child's school counselor as soon as possible. We are also registering students for summer school to make up credits they have failed.

  • ​Summer School 2018: Summer school registration is available online on the Henry Sibley website, under the "Academics" tab. Any students who failed a required course, this year or in previous years, should register for credit recovery summer school to make up the credit.
  • Job Opportunities: Are you looking for a job? Here is a resource that will help you find that summer job or part-time job you may be interested in. Click this link to access the website, Jobs For Teens for more information.
  • 2018 ACT April 24th: All juniors will take the ACT plus Writing on April 24th. This is now a required test for juniors, and can be used as an official test score for college admissions. Students do not need to register or pay for this test.
  • ACT or SAT score for college applications: If your child did not list the colleges they are applying to as a recipient of their scores when they took the test, they may need to request an official score to be sent directly from ACT/SAT. If you have additional questions, please see your child's counselor for assistance.
  •  College Visits to Sibley: Admission representatives from various colleges come to Sibley throughout the year to meet with interested students. Students can check the calendar outside of the guidance office, the clipboard inside the guidance office, our counseling webpage, or log on to Naviance to see which colleges are visiting and sign up to meet the college reps. At this time, we do not have any colleges visiting until Fall 2018. 
  • Naviance's Family Connection: This is a comprehensive website students can use to plan for college and career. Students can us the tools in Family Connection, and their school counselor can assist them along the way. Throughout the year, counselors will introduce career assessments, interests and college research tools to students throughout the school year. Family Connection also counselors to share information with students about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other resources for college and career information. Student can also use the site to communicate with their counselor. Family Connection allows students to:
  • Get involved in the planning and advising process
    • Research colleges and careers
    • Create plans for the future 
    • Prepare for the ACT and AP exams

    Students can visit the Naviance website at http://connection.naviance.com/hsshs    
    Email log-in:
     Your Henry Sibley email address   Password: Your student ID


    Counselors are accepting and processing college applications. If your college is asking for letters of recommendation as part of the application, please be sure to ask teachers early. 

    COUNSELING AND GUIDANCE STAFF



    beth gjerde

    Beth Gjerde, Counselor 
    651-403-7203
    elizabeth.gjerde@isd197.org 

    Assigned students: A - C
    Hours Available: 
    7:30am - 2:40pm  
                  

    Leah Erchul
    Leah Erchul, Counselor
    651-403-7245

    leah.erchul@isd197.org

    Assigned students: H - Ma
    Hours Available:
    7:30am - 3:30pm

    james winkoski

    James Winkoski, Counselor 
    651-403-7204
    james.winkoski@isd197.org 

    Assigned students: Rol - Z
    Hours Available:
    7:30am - 3:30pm

     

    Photo Kristen Faber

    Kristen Faber, Secretary 
    651-403-7208
    kristen.faber@isd197.org

     

    ann henry 

    Ann Henry, Counselor 
    651-403-7192
    ann.henry@isd197.org 

    Assigned students: D - G
    Hours Available:
    9:30am - 3:30pm


     Margaret Nigro Margaret Citta, Counselor
    651-403-7202
    margaret.citta@isd197.org

    Assigned students: Mc - Rok
    Hours Available:
    7:30am - 3:30pm


     

    Wills 

    Kathy Wills, Registrar 
    651-403-7207
    kathleen.wills@isd197.org