Counseling Office


OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT REQUEST 
 

For current high school students: Please request through Naviance - LINK 

For alumni: Please mail a $5 check along with a letter including the following information: 

Current full name
Full name while attending Henry Sibley
Birthdate xx/xx/xxxx
High school graduation year
FULL address that the transcript should be mailed to


Send $5 check and letter in the mail to the following address:
Henry Sibley High School
Attn: Guidance - Transcripts
1897 Delaware Ave
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
   


      

 

Photo: Three students at the graduation ceremony
The counseling services at Henry Sibley are designed to support students with applying academic achievement strategies, managing emotions and applying interpersonal skills, and planning for postsecondary options, whether that is through higher education opportunities, the military, or work force. We are your students' advocate and here to help transition into high school and prepare them for a successful life after high school. 


Counselors Corner
- Counselors continue to work with seniors in helping them with their college applications, requesting transcripts, and asking for letters of recommendation.  As we enter into second quarter, we continue to build rapport with our new ninth grade students and helping them pave their pathway to high school. Going into classrooms is something that we are beginning to do, presenting lessons through Naviance. This is something that allows the student to learn more about themselves, as well as their school counselor.

Night School - For Juniors and Seniors only, there will be a  credit recovery opportunity starting in January. Three different sessions will be available to you to recovery a Math or Language Arts semester credit. If your student is in need of this opportunity, have them stop into the guidance office to pick up a form(s). Seats are limited and the deadline is Friday, January 3rd, 2020, by 3:15 p.m. If you have any questions, please connect with your students School Counselor.

AP Exam - Students who plan to take the AP exam in May, must sign up and pay by October 4, 2019. There is no extensions on time. For further questions, please contact Beth Gjerde. 
elizabeth.gjerde@isd197.org or 651-403-7203

College Visits to Sibley - Admissions 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, or log on to Naviance to see which colleges are visiting and sign up to meet with the college reps in the Guidance Office. This is a great opportunity to learn about the programs that different colleges offer as well as the application process. 

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Students - Students who have enrolled in PSEO classes at local colleges are reminded to schedule an appointment with their counselor to update their schedule at Henry Sibley. We will need a copy of their PSEO courses for second semester before the start of the school year. Whether the student is taking an online or campus class. It is the student's responsibility to make sure they are taking the necessary credits to graduate. Call 651-403-7208 if you would like to schedule an appointment with your child's counselor to verify their graduation requirements.

Financial Aid Changes - Students graduating in 2020 are able to file a 2020-2021 FAFSA-the Free Application for Federal Student Aid-as of October 1, 2019, rather than beginning of January 1, 2020. The earlier submission date is a permanent change that began in 2016, enabling students to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. This fall's FAFSA, submitted for students attending college in the 2019-2020 school year (including this year's graduating seniors), will use income and tax information from 2017.

Naviance's Family Connection - Students can use the comprehensive tools in Family Connection to plan for college and a career, and their school counselor can assist them along the way. Family Connection allows students to: get involved in the planning and advising process, research colleges and careers, create plans for the future, and prepare for the ACT and AP exams.

Family Connection also lets us share information with students about upcoming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and resources for college and career information. Students can also use the site to communicate with their counselor. Students can log in to their account using their school email address and student ID number at http://connect.naviance.com/hsshs.

Facilitated Counseling Groups - As the school year progresses, we will begin our group counseling sessions. If you do not want your child to participate in group counseling, please reach out to your students' counselor.

If your child is no longer planning to attend Henry Sibley - If you have registered your child to attending Henry Sibley, but have since decided not to do so, please contact our Guidance Office at 651-403-7208 and let us know. Thanks!

 

Photo: Beth Gjerde

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

Assigned students: A - Da
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: S - Z
Hours Available:
7:30am - 3:30pm

 




Danielle Barbosa Brown,
Administrative Assistant
651-403-7208
danielle.barbosabrown@isd197.org

Hours Available:
7:15am - 3:45pm

 

Jessica Grochowski

Jessica Grochowski, Counselor 
651-403-7181
jessica.grochowski@isd197.org

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


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

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


 

Wills 

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

Hours Available:
7:00am - 3:30pm