High School Counselor Grades 9-12: Chrissy Kafkalas

Address: Jenkintown High School, 325 Highland Ave., Jenkintown, PA 19044

Email: kafkalac@jenkintown.org    |  Telephone: (215) 884-1801 x 214  |  Fax: (215) 886-2283

College Board School Code/CEEB Code: 391920

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JENKINTOWN SPECIFIC GUIDANCE EVENTS/INFORMATION:  
  • Click HERE for the Guidance Calendar of Events

COMMUNITY EVENTS: 

  • Free Family Dinners for those who could use a nice hot meal, sponsored by the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. Guests are served a hot homemade meal with leftovers packaged to go home. There are also desserts, fruit, and non-perishables that also may be taken. This year we are planning to offer tutoring and storying telling for children. Meals are offered on most Sundays from 5-6pm.  Please click HERE for exact dates and more information.
  • Jenkintown Parents and Former Grads:  Help us gather Dual Enrollment data.  Guidance would like to know if your child was able to transfer their MCCC Dual Enrollment Credits to the college they are attending.  Please fill out the Dual Enrollment Participation Survey for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Graduates: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AVUak2o0FbP31CYg6i5fpHizhAgESYdmRF-JNA6toDc/viewform.  To view our current MCCC Dual Enrollment College Credit Transfer Statistics, please click HERE

 

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ARTICLE/VIDEO OF THE WEEK:
Netflix just released its highly publicized series 13 Reasons Why, an adaptation of the popular 2007 novel of the same name by Jay Asher. The series consists of 13 episodes that tell the tale of Hannah, a high school student who tragically ended her own life, but not before recording 13 sides of audio cassette tape implicating 13 individuals in her death. The novel is quite captivating and an unfortunate harsh truth about adolescence for some youth. Its move to Netflix will expose its content to a far wider audience. 

For those who may struggle with similar challenges as Hannah or live with their own vulnerabilities, the overall message of this series may get distorted into a sense that suicide is a natural way of solving life's struggles. It is not. The Pennsylvania Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative <http://www.payspi.org/> is pleased to share with you key talking points developed by SAVE <http://www.save.org/> and the Jed Foundation <http://www.jedfoundation.org/>. It is with near certainty that many of our students will be talking about this series in school and at home. Being armed with appropriate and positive messages will help students struggling with their own emotional response to this series to put the dramatized content into realistic perspective and afford you with new opportunities for engaging these youth and providing necessary support and resources.


SUMMER/SPECIAL PROGRAMS:  Find more programs HERE.



    STUDENT RECOGNITION 2016-2017:

    1) Congratulations to MIKAYLA CASEY & JACKSON CUMMINGS for winning the Won Buddhism of Philadelphia, Inc./Won Community Service Scholarship.  They will receive an award of $500.00.  They were selected based on their excellent academic, work, interviewing skills, extra-curricular achievements and excellent volunteer service to the community.

    2) I am happy to announce this year's Cord Bearers and Ushers for the Class of 2017 Graduation.  Cord Bearers are the top eight members of the junior class and the honor is based on academic achievement and good citizenship.  The Ushers are the next four students in line and they are also chosen based on academic achievement and good citizenship. Congratulations
    CORD BEARERS: Caleb Limmer, Caitlin Frazee, Keith Richie, Ari Ellison, Charles Mangan, Augie Sissick, Courtney Todaro, Eli Kravinsky, Sydney Brown
    USHERS: Rose Glantz, Jon Golden, Amelia Mulvaney, Esther Koudossou

    3) Congratulations to JACKSON CUMMINGS for being chosen to represent Jenkintown for the 6ABC “Best of Class” Salute to Academic ExcellenceThis is 6ABC’s 32nd year of community service endeavor to recognize the region’s best and brightest high school students. The event this year will be held at the New Jersey Adventure Aquarium on Monday, May 15, 2017. 

    4)  Congratulations to MIKAYLA CASEY for receiving the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Award.  She was awarded $1000 for her strong commitment to community service and her leadership abilities in school activities.  Congrats Mikayla.

    5)  Congratulations to CALEB LIMMER for being selected to receive Widener University and NBC10 High School Leadership Award – a $20,000 scholarship to Widener University over four years as an undergraduate.  This awards program is designed to recognize high school students in the region, like Caleb, who embody the university’s commitment to develop and inspire leaders to affect positive change. With this award, the Widener University High School Leadership Awards Committee recognizes Caleb’s ability to demonstrate courage by standing up for what is right, finding a way to address a wrong, or making a difference in a significant way.  Caleb will receive an invitation to join the other award winners at a special event on March 23, 2017 at the National Constitution Center. In the fall, Caleb will be invited to join the 2017 award winners on Widener’s campus for an exciting day of leadership training.

    6)  Congratulations go out to CLAIRE GRIFFIN for having a painting selected for the Pennsylvania State Educator’s Association's (PSEA) “Touch the Future Exhibit 2017”. This is an annual celebration of the best of the best work from artists in our region. It is an exclusive exhibit with limited space- so teachers may only submit up to 5 works, and then the event’s juror edits down that field with only about a third of the work being accepted for display… so just to be included is a real accomplishment for Claire.
    Do yourself a favor and check out the exhibit, on display nearby this year at:
    2017 PSEA 30th Annual High School "Touch the Future” Student Art Exhibit
    Arcadia University’s “University Commons Art Gallery Area & Great Room Lobby"
    450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
    The exhibit is open to the public and will be on display through the month of February.
    Opening Reception: Sunday February 5, 1-3pm

    7)  Congratulations to  MAYA POSECZNICK and YUSRA ALI for WINNING the  Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania Foundation Founders AwardFor the past 61 years, The Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania has honored outstanding ninth grade girls from local area high schools through its Founders Award.  The foundation recognizes the good citizenship of young women from the Philadelphia area. They were chosen by the faculty for their exemplifying community spirit and leadership potential.  The award serves as an incentive to these young women as it validates their efforts at a very vulnerable time in their school careers. Please also congratulate Laura Dibble who came in as runner up!

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