Counseling Corner

Keep up to date with important information from your Saber School Counselors!

Stairway to Heroin - A MUST attend

posted Feb 20, 2017, 3:26 PM by Mindy WIllard

Children increasingly are coming into contact with illegal drugs. Some children may smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol when still very young, but by the time they graduate high school, almost 40% of all teens have tried marijuana. We cannot assume that all children who smoke marijuana will become heroin addicts. However, the danger does exist, and research supports the progression of use.

Parents are still the most powerful influence in their children’s lives. Children who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are 50% less likely to use than those who don't. Please join us to learn how you can be part of the solution to this ever-growing concern in our community.

Featured speakers include:

  • Melanie Crandall, parent testimony
  • Dr. Timothy Westlake, Medical Director, Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital
  • Chris Kohl, Waukesha County Sheriff's Department
  • Chris Gleason, MA, CAADC, MAATP, Director, Rosecrance McHenry County and Wisconsin Offices
  • The Lyberts, A Family's Journey to Recovery

A resource fair will take place from 5:30-6:30pm with the presentation beginning promptly at 6:30pm.

To register for this event. Click here

Common App 2017-2018 Essay Prompts Released

posted Feb 16, 2017, 2:22 PM by Mindy WIllard

We are pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts with you. The changes you see below reflect the feedback of 108 Common App member colleges and more than 5,000 other Common App constituents, as well as consultation with our advisory committees and Board of Directors. Students represented the single largest share of constituent survey respondents (59%), followed by school counselors (23%), and teachers (11%).

Read The Common App Essay Prompts Are Changing 

We were gratified to learn that 91% of members and 90% of constituents agree or strongly agree that the current prompts are effective. In addition, the narrative comments we received helped us see areas for improvement in three of the prompts. Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear in italics. You will also notice two new prompts. The first asks students to share examples of their intellectual curiosity. The second is a return to inviting students to submit an essay on a topic of their choice, reframed to help students understand that they are welcome to draw inspiration from multiple sources, not just their own creativity.

The word limit on the essay will remain at 650.

The goal of these revisions is to help all applicants, regardless of background or access to counseling, see themselves and their stories within the prompts. They are designed to invite unencumbered discussions of character and community, identity, and aspiration. To this end, we will be creating new educational resources to help students both understand and approach the opportunities the essay presents for them.

2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. [No change]

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? [Revised]

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? [Revised]

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution. [No change]

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. [Revised]

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? [New]

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]

CNA Applications available in Student Services

posted Feb 15, 2017, 7:55 PM by Katharine Reid

Applications are now available in Student Services for students interested in completing a course this summer toward earning Certified Nursing Assistant certification.  Stop by today to find out more!

February Academic & Career Planning

posted Feb 15, 2017, 7:47 PM by Katharine Reid

Some helpful tips for Academic & Career Planning for the month of February:


Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12

8th Grade Preview Nights

Complete Course Selection worksheets & online registration

8th Grade Course Selection finalization  at FPMS

Enrollment & Course Selection for 8th grade students new to Franklin Public Schools

All Course Selections due!

Consider Informational Interview of someone in your ideal job

Complete Course Selection worksheets & online registration

Course Selection meetings  with counselors

All Course Selections due!

Consider Informational Interview of someone in your ideal job

College & Career Readiness Virtual Day Activities

AP Registration online

All Course Selections due!

Consider Informational Interview of someone in your ideal job

College & Career Readiness Virtual Day Activities

AP Registration online

All Course Selections due!

Consider ACT Prep Options

ACT & ACT WorkKeys State Testing

Update Academic & Career Plan and Post-High School Resume with 11th grade Activities and Accomplishments

Continue career research with WisCareers and post high school program research

Consider Informational Interview of someone in your ideal job

AP Registration online

Mid Year College Application Reports, report mid year grades and request Transcripts if required

Finalize FAFSA Applications

Update Academic & Career Plan and Post-High School Resume - College & Career Readiness Virtual Day Activities

Apply for scholarships

Complete college placement tests as needed

Contact Apprenticeship Committees

Consider Informational Interview of someone in your ideal job

Interested in Law Enforcement? Don't miss this!

posted Feb 15, 2017, 10:48 AM by Mindy WIllard


On behalf of The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin, we are proud to announce our newest program – The Wisconsin American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy.  This program is open to all Wisconsin students between their Junior and Senior years of High School and will provide first-hand experiences and insight into the operations of law enforcement agencies.  It will also afford highly motivated young people an opportunity to consider law enforcement as a potential career choice.  The program will be held June 19 – June 23, 2017 at Fort McCoy.  See the flyer below: 


Course Selection is Complete!

posted Feb 15, 2017, 9:39 AM by Katharine Reid   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 9:47 AM ]

Thank you to all 8th-11th grade students and their families for completing the Course Selection process for 2017-18!   FHS will begin the process of building a schedule based on your requests.  In May, students will have the opportunity to view the courses they will have for the coming year, and actual schedules will be available in conjunction with the online enrollment period in August.

Now is the time to sign up for AP tests!

posted Feb 9, 2017, 5:27 AM by Diane Gilroy

Is your student enrolled in an AP class?  This past week, AP teachers discussed the AP Student Bulletin and information for test registration.  Students interested in taking AP tests must register online between February 8 and February 17 using the student’s school email account.

Cost is $93 per test.  Payment is due by February 17, 2017  to Student Services.  Checks must be made out to Franklin High School.

We encourage you to speak with your student about participating in this opportunity.  AP teachers and School Counselors are valuable resources if you have questions.  

*Any student with an IEP or 504 who would like to apply for accommodations through the College Board should contact Mr. Decker by February 14, 2017.

Seniors - Do you need to submit mid year grades to colleges?

posted Jan 24, 2017, 5:52 PM by Katharine Reid

Dear Seniors,

Many colleges require a mid year report or an update on your first semester.  Please check your college requirements and make sure you are taking steps to meet them!  Please see your counselors with any questions!  Don't delay!

ACT Prep

posted Jan 19, 2017, 4:46 PM by Diane Gilroy

Juniors!  There is still time to prepare for the February 28th ACT test!  You have many options!  Search Free ACT Prep on line and find some valuable practice tests.  The ZAP ACT workshop will be held at FHS on February 8th and 9th.  Go to for more information.  You may also check out a low cost on line program through
Or stop by Student Services and see your School Counselor for more suggestions.

Supporting Your Student's Academics

posted Jan 18, 2017, 11:12 AM by Mindy WIllard

Are you looking for ideas on how to support your student's academics? Are you concerned about your child's grades? Curious about resources available at FHS? Check out this fantastic virtual newsletter the Counseling Department created with ideas and suggestions for how to support your son or daughter. 

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