R5 High School Counseling

Planning and Resources 2020-21

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact one of the following:

  • Colorado Crisis line at 844-493-8255

  • Text TALK to 38255 (The Crisis Text Line),

  • Safe2tell: 1-877-542-SAFE

  • Online chat at: ColoradoCrisisServices.org

  • Mind Springs Health: 1-877-519-7505 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

  • Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room/hospital.

  • Check out: The Lifelines: Youth Suicide Prevention project is now on our RMPBS home page… https://www.rmpbs.org/lifelines


In light of schools going remote due to Covid, we are moving to the digital world to continue to support our learners. While counseling is best done in person - we have systems in place to support you, answer questions and hold our meetings digitally.

My hours will continue to be 7:08-3:08 Monday-Friday

I can be reached by email at kirk.golba@d51schools.org. We can do most communication via email. However, if you feel like you would like to video conference we can make that happen as well.

Our school psychologist, Karin Vermeulen, can be reached at Karin.Vermeulen@d51schools.org

Our College and Career Advisor is Cori Ward and she can be reached at cori.ward@d51schools.org.

Below is information regarding graduation requirements, college and career guidance as well as financial aid and scholarship information. As well as other information regarding online support during this closure.

Counseling Resources

Youth and families needing housing or community resources:

  • The house- A Safe Place for Western Slope Teens

    • For immediate assistance call the on call number at (970) 234-7004

    • Our youth advocate is Mackenzie. Her number is (970) 234-7687

  • Resources, Education, and Advocacy for Children(REACH)

    • REACH is a school-based program that responds to the needs of students in temporary or transitional housing situations.

    • Our advocate is Belinda Howery. You can contact her at Belinda.Howery@d51schools.org or (970) 254-5528 ext. 12130

Need to know information for during the closure

Graduation Requirements

You must have at least 25 credits to graduate.

Graduation Checklist

  • 1 credit of Careers

  • .5 credit of Computer Science

  • 1 credit of 9th Lit/Comp

  • 1 credits of 10th Lit/Comp

  • 1 credits of 11th Lit/Comp

  • .5 credits of 12th Lit/Comp

  • .5 credit of English Elective

  • 3 credits of Math

  • 3 credits of Science

  • 1 credit of Global Studies

  • 1 credit of U.S. History

  • .5 credits of Soc Studies Elective

  • .5 credits of American Government

  • 10.5 credit of Electives

      • In addition to the credits above, learners will also need to complete the following:

          • Must complete .5 credit of personal financial literacy # as a part of careers

          • Must have completed your three proficiencies

            • Reading (lvl. 5 Workplace Documents, SAT, NWEA)

            • Math (lvl. 5 Applied Math, NWEA, SAT)

            • writing (ICAP Essay)

          • Must take workkeys

            • Passing level 5 in workplace documents

            • Passing level 5 in applied math

            • Passing level 4 graphic literacy

2021 Graduation Information

Job Search Websites

Click on the link above (Connecting Colorado) for current job postings in Mesa County . (You must register to view jobs)

College Info

Naviance Family Connection is a one-stop shop for planning for life after high school. Click on the icon and then log in using your regular school username and password. You will find:

    • SAT prep

    • Search Scholarships

    • Explore career interests

    • Research colleges (2yr, 4yr, technical)


Click the link below to learn how to apply for financial aid

Click the link below for information on why you should fill out the FAFSA!

Click the link below for help creating a FAFSA ID!

Scholarship Info

A $1,000 Scholarship For Those Affected By Auto Accidents

The Dirk Derrick Car & Truck Accident Injury Scholarship is an award for any current or soon-to-be undergraduate student in the United States who has had his or her life altered due to an injury from a car or truck accident, be it their own injury, that of a loved one, or an influential individual. The Dirk Derrick Scholarship has a brief submission process, and applicants will be judged on their ability to convey the lasting effect an auto accident has had on their life as well as their journey to overcome those challenges. Applicants may apply via the Google Form below.

Students applying must submit an essay where you explain, present, inspire, or otherwise convince us as to why you deserve to win this scholarship. There are no conditions or outside requirements for this essay. Please keep submissions to 5 paragraphs and 600 words at the absolute maximum. This is not a standardized test. While spelling, punctuation, and general cohesiveness will make your essay easier to read, and therefore judge, you are not being graded. The winning submission will be one which clearly conveys a non-fictional story of your life before and after an auto accident.

Auto accidents can be life changing. At The Derrick Law Firm, we believe in keeping the public safe by bringing first hand experience to those who haven’t had it, as well as easing the stress of accident victims as they enter one of the most important phases of their lives.

This is a one-time $1,000 scholarship and the winner will be announced on December 20th of each year.

Click the link below for more information and to learn how to apply



U.S. Army


Recruiting Office

2502 Hwy 6 & 50

Suite 600A

Grand Junction, CO 81505


U.S. Air Force www.airforce.com

Recruiting Office

2502 Highway 6 & 50, Ste 600 B

Grand Junction, CO 81505

Air Force Recruiter: Michael Bahr

970-243-8197 or 970.242.9417


National Guard


Recruiting Station

2820 Riverside Pkwy.

Grand Junction, CO 81501

National Guard Recruiter: Phillip Hindson

720-250-5581 or 720-584-3738




Closest office is in Littleton, CO

8996 W Bowles Ave.

Littleton, CO 80123


303-229-2686 or 303-349-4202

Marines Corps


Recruiting Station

2829 North Ave., Unit 211

Grand Junction, CO 81502


U.S. Coast Guard


Recruiting Station (closest one is Denver)

7355 W 88th Ave Unit H

Westminister, CO 80021



Career Info