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


This month in the Guidance Office
On March 6th, we visited 9th grade classes for college/career lesson centered on finding and exploring the students' learning styles - Ask you Freshman how they learn best! We host our 8th graders from Heritage on March 12th and Friendly Hills on March 19th to give them tours on the high school, allow them an opportunity to ask questions of current students, and give them some tips for success in high school. On March 16th we will work with our 10th graders for a Naviance career lesson to explore their interests and career plans. Throughout March we continue our work registering students for the 18-19 school 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 will also begin 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.
  • 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. This month we have colleges such as The University of Nebraska - Lincoln, The University of Tampa, and Northern Arizona University coming to visit. This is a great opportunity to connect and learn more. 
  • College Applications: Counselors are working with seniors to complete their college applications and submit required documents. If the college requests letters of recommendation as part of the application, students should be sure to ask teachers early. Information about college applications procedure and ordering transcripts through Naviance can be found at Please see your child's counselor for assistance.
  • Financial Aid Changes: Students graduating in 2018 are able to file a 2018-19 FAFSA - the Free Application for Federal Student Aid - as of October 1, 2017, rather than beginning on January 1, 2018. The earlier submission date is a permanent change that began in 2016, enabling students to complete the submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year. This fall's FAFSA, submitted for students attending college in the 2018-19 school year (including this year's graduating seniors), will use income and tax information from 2016.
  • 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    
    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. 


    beth gjerde

    Beth Gjerde, Counselor 

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

    Leah Erchul
    Leah Erchul, Counselor

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

    james winkoski

    James Winkoski, Counselor 

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


    Photo Kristen Faber

    Kristen Faber, Secretary 


    ann henry 

    Ann Henry, Counselor 

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

     Margaret Nigro Margaret Citta, Counselor

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



    Kathy Wills, Registrar