Counseling Department

Nordhoff High School


Counseling Staff

Carly Futoran

Last Name A-Hi

Bronwen Cull-Michels

Last Name Ho-Ma

Kelly Grady

Last Name Mc-Z

Jaime Rooney

Assistant Principal

Essie Landsverk

Counseling and Athletic Secretary

Contacting your counselor

Students:

In person

The counseling office is open from 7:25 to 3:00 and counselors are usually available before and after school and at snack and lunch. Students may drop by the office outside of class time to ask if their counselor is able to see them. If your counselor is not available, you may make an appointment by filling out a white counselor appointment sheet in the Counseling Office. Your counselor will send you a call slip.

By e-mail

Click on your counselor's name above to send an e-mail.

Parents:

By e-mail

Click on your child's counselor's name above to send an e-mail. E-mail Counseling Secretary Essie Landsverk elandsverk@ojaiusd.org to make an appointment.

By phone

Contact the counselors or make an appointment by calling Counseling Secretary Essie Landsverk at 805-640-4343 extension 1764.

Ways counselors can help

Academic

Counselors help students and families by monitoring academic progress at each semester and helping to create 4-year plans for students.

College and Career

Counselors work with students through the Get Focused, Stay Focused curriculum presented in their Social Studies and English classes to plan their lives after high school.

Personal and Social

Counselors can provide short-term and crisis counseling for students dealing with a variety of issues. Referrals are provided to families who require additional professional support.

Are you or a friend feeling:

Anxious? Sad? Overwhelmed? Stressed? Angry?

Counselors are here to help.

Stop by the counseling office to speak with your counselor. In an emergency or crisis, Essie can help locate her or another counselor if she is not in the office. For non-emergencies, you can fill out a counselor appointment sheet if your counselor is not available.

Need help right now?

Call 211 for resources in Ventura County

  • counseling
  • food assistance
  • domestic violence services
  • health care
  • substance abuse services

Need help outside of school hours?

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 1-800-273-8255 or chat here

Read more about the counseling department in our brochure

College and Career Center

The Nordhoff High School College and Career Center assists students with college and career exploration and provides information on educational and career opportunities. It is located next to the Library and is open Monday-Friday 9:30 to 12:30 (subject to change).


The CCC is coordinated by Sarah Escobar who can be reached at ext. 1831.

Please visit the CCC webpage for more information on the Center.

Resources

The 2018 Course Catalog contains descriptions of the courses offered at NHS (including the Health Science Academy and Career Technical Education Pathways), graduation requirements, and four-year university entrance requirements. The course catalog includes:

  • NHS Graduation Requirements
  • University requirements: UC/CSU a-g list

Summer School information: schedule, classes offered, rules. Students who require summer school based on past semesters have already been registered for classes by their counselor. Students who require summer school based on final grades for Semester 2 in June will be registered after the last day of school once grades are submitted. A phone dialer message will go home to families of all students registered for summer school.

College Career Ready

Three Pathways to Success


As a Nordhoff student, you will be college career ready when you graduate. You will explore your interests, abilities, values, and goals in order to choose a path to success that is best for you. You will graduate ready to begin college-level course work at a Trade School, Community College or University and/or possess the knowledge and skills needed for employment or further training in a career.


To become College and Career Ready, pass your College and Career Foundations course, articulate it at the community college, and choose a pathway:

a-g Pathway

CTE Pathway

Combination Pathway



a-g Pathway Graduation Requirements

All semester grades must be A, B or C

English, P, H or AP: 4 years

Math, P, H or AP: 3 years, 4 recommended

Science: 3 years, 4 years recommended

History/Social Science: 4 years

Language other than English: 2 years required, 3 years recommended

Visual Performing Art: 1 year

PE/sports: 2 years/4 seasons

Additional courses: 3.5 years/35 credits

225 credits total



CTE Pathway Graduation requirements

English: 4 years

Math: 3 years

Science: 3 years

History/Social Science: 4 years

Career Tech Ed: 2 years in the same pathway

PE/sports: 2 years/4 seasons

Additional courses 4.5 years/45 credits

225 credits total

Combination Pathway Graduation Requirements

All semester grades must be A, B or C

English, P, H or AP: 4 years

Math, P, H or AP: 3 years, 4 recommended

Science: 3 years, 4 years recommended

History/Social Science: 4 years

Language other than English: 2 years required, 3 years recommended

Career Tech Ed: 2 years in the same pathway

Visual Performing Art: 1 year

PE/sports: 2 years/4 seasons

Additional course: 1.5 years/15 credits

225 credits total


Calendar of 2018-19 Counseling Activities

Activities and reminders of important deadlines are also announced in the daily bulletin. Some dates are subject to change.

September

Seniors

College Career Ready: Planning your Future

Each week in October in Government classes

Topics:

  • Choosing a major
  • Community Colleges and trade schools
  • California State Universities
  • Universities of California
  • Private/Independent Universities
  • The Common Application
  • Application deadlines
  • Resumes
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement/essays
  • Financial Aid: FAFSA, Dream Act, Cal Grant, Scholarships

College Career Ready: Planning your Future Week 1 slideshow

Senior Future Planning Meeting

Saturday, September 15 2018 9:00 am -12:00 pm (Classroom B-3)

Slideshow

Wednesday, October 24 2018 7:45 am - 2:45 pm (F-2 Computer Lab)

Saturday, October 27 2018 9:00 am -12:00 pm (Classroom B-3)

Wednesday, November 14 2018 7:45 am - 1:00 pm (F-2 Computer Lab)

Thursday & Friday, November 2018 29-30 7:45 am - 2:45 pm (F-2 Computer Lab)

Senior Future Planning Meetings are a series of workshops held at the Nordhoff campus inside and outside of school hours. 12th grade students looking for help planning their futures will have the opportunity to receive direct assistance from Nordhoff counselors. Come join us and work on making a list of schools to apply to, picking a major, working on applications, including UC, Common App and Community Colleges, college essays and financial aid. Our first meeting will take place on Saturday, September 15th from 9AM to noon. Interested students should sign up in the counseling office. Students who have questions about or need help with their applications but cannot attend the workshops may make an appointment with their counselor during the school day.


SAT Bootcamp

September 22-23 2018, 9 am - 1 pm

Seniors applying to universities can attend the SAT Bootcamp to help prepare for the October, November or December SAT. Sign up at www.triedandtruetutoring.com


9th Grade

Get Focused, Stay Focused

Counselors will work with students in their CCF class, getting to know them better, discussing the College Career Ready (CCR) program, and presenting targeted lessons in the Get Focused, Stay Focused curriculum, focusing choosing a CCR pathway and, 4-year high school planning.

College Career Ready Slideshow

CCR 4-year plan template


October

9th, 10th and 11th grades

PSAT (Preliminary SAT)

Wednesday, October 11, 2018 8:00 am at NHS. Cost: paid by NPA.

All freshmen, sophomores and juniors enrolled in Integrated Math 2 P or higher should take the test.

PSAT is the Preliminary SAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. It allows students practice for the SAT. It also gives students a chance to enter scholarship programs and provides them with access to college and career resources. Students may sign up for the test with Registrar Cher-Ami Murphy in the counseling office, ext. 1763.

Please visit the College Board website and the link on the left of this page for more information about the SAT and PSAT.


Seniors

(Ongoing Activity)

Senior Future Planning Meeting

Saturday, September 15 2018 9:00 am -12:00 pm (Classroom B-3)

Wednesday, October 24 2018 7:45 am - 2:45 pm (F-2 Computer Lab)

Saturday, October 27 2018 9:00 am -12:00 pm (Classroom B-3)

Wednesday, November 14 2018 7:45 am - 1:00 pm (F-2 Computer Lab)

Thursday & Friday, November 29-30 2018 7:45 am - 2:45 pm (F-2 Computer Lab)

Senior Future Planning Meetings are a series of workshops held at the Nordhoff campus inside and outside of school hours. 12th grade students looking for help planning their futures will have the opportunity to receive direct assistance from Nordhoff counselors. Come join us and work on making a list of schools to apply to, picking a major, working on applications, including UC, Common App and Community Colleges, college essays and financial aid. Our first meeting will take place on Saturday, September 15th from 9AM to noon. Interested students should sign up in the counseling office. Students who have questions about or need help with their applications but cannot attend the workshops may make an appointment with their counselor during the school day.

Community College Night

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 6:30 in the library

Scholarship Information Night

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 6:30 in the library

The CCC will be holding a scholarship information night at 6:00 p.m. in the NHS Library. Both students and parents are welcome to attend. The presentation will discuss local and national scholarships, where to apply, major deadlines, and what the College and Career Center has to offer. Please visit the CCC webpage for more information on the Center.

Senior Small Group Check-in

November 6, 2018 NHS library during school hours

Counselors will call in seniors to discuss their progress in the college application process. Topics discussed will be important deadlines and opportunities for help. Students will be able to ask questions and make a plan to continue their work.

10th grade

Get Focused, Stay Focused

Counselors will work with students in their World History or AP European History class, discussing the College Career Ready program and CCR pathways, and presenting targeted lessons in the Get Focused, Stay Focused curriculum, including reviewing the 4-year high school plan, high demand careers, post-secondary high school options, preparation for college or jobs, and researching admission requirements. These topics will be reviewed in lessons occuring in October and May as well.

11th grade

Get Focused, Stay Focused

Counselors will work with students in their US History class, discussing the College Career Ready program and CCR Pathways, and presenting targeted lessons in the Get Focused, Stay Focused curriculum, including reviewing the 4-year high school plan, choosing a major, choosing a college, creating a timeline for college applications, and the college entrance exams SAT and ACT. These topics will be reviewed in lessons occuring in January as well.

November

Seniors

Financial Aid Night

Thursday, November 1, 2018 6:30 pm

Spanish presentation: D-6

English presentation: library

Speakers from Ventura College present the basics of the financial aid process for post high-school education.

Topics include: the FAFSA (free application for federal student aid), the Dream Act, the Cal Grant, and scholarships.

Students and parents should read the Financial Aid To-do List, review our Financial Aid page, and watch this video for more details.

Cash for College Workshop

Thursday, November 8, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, NHS Library

Financial Aid Officers from Ventura College will conduct a free FAFSA workshop to help parents and 12th grade students complete this essential application for financial aid. This checklist will help you come prepared to finish this application.

Junior/Senior Parent Night

November 6, 2018 6:30 pm, NHS library

Parents of seniors are invited to a meeting with the counselors and fellow parents to learn ways to support their children during the college application process, financial aid process, and the transition to life after high school. A special guest speaker, whose child recently graduated, will address the topic from a parent perspective. Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the 2017 meeting. Click here to access the handouts for university-bound students.

University Application Help

November 29-30, 2018 all school day

Counselors will be available in the F-2 computer lab to help students working on their online University applications. Students will need to get prior permission from their teachers to be able to miss class to work in the computer lab.

12th grade Ranger in Danger Meetings

November 26-30, 2018

Counselors will meet with seniors who have been reported by their teachers as at-risk in a class required for graduation. The student will make a plan of action to improve their grade before the end of the semester with their counselor. A letter summarizing the plan is then mailed home.

December

Seniors

Ventura College Application Workshop

Wednesday, December 5, 8am to 12pm, F-2 Computer Lab

Tuesday, December 11, 8am to 12pm, F-2 Computer Lab

Get assistance in completing the Ventura College Application.

All Grades

Final Exams

December 19-21 2019

After final exams, teachers submit semester grades. These grades appear on transcripts and are used to determine course placement in the following year, along with second semester grades issued in June.

January

11th grade

Get Focused, Stay Focused

Counselors continue work with students in their US History class presenting targeted lessons in the Get Focused, Stay Focused curriculum, including reviewing the 4-year high school plan, choosing a major, choosing a college, creating a timeline for college applications, and the college entrance exams SAT and ACT.


February

8th grade students

Matilija 9th grade Registration

February 5, 7, 8, 11 2019 at Matilija Junior High

8th grade Matilija students will register for NHS classes beginning February 8. On that date, they will participate in a presentation by the NHS counselors where they will receive information on 9th grade courses, graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, summer school, and how to complete their registration paperwork. Students will bring home a packet with registration papers and instructions on how to complete them, and a course catalog containing descriptions of all NHS courses. Counselors will return At this appointment, each student will turn in paperwork, discuss next year's schedule and counselors will answer individual questions. If parents have questions, they can included them with their child's paperwork or submit them via e-mail. It is very important that students are present for this meeting.

Slideshow

Registration Form, Instructions Page

11th grade

SAT Bootcamp

February 23 & 24 2019, 9 am-1 pm Room E-2

Juniors planning to apply to universities in the fall of their senior year can attend the SAT Bootcamp to help prepare for the March, May or June SAT. www.triedandtruetutoring.com

9th, 10th and 11th grades

Registration

February 26-March 9 2019

All students attended a presentation in the library with their English class during the week of February 25. In this presentation, counselors distributed and gave instructions on completing registration paperwork for the 2019-2020 school year. Please review this paperwork with your child and discuss his/her options for next year. Every student has an individual appointment scheduled with his/her counselor during his/her English class between March 1 and March 8. At this appointment, each student will turn in paperwork, discuss next year's courses and counselors will answer individual questions. If parents have questions, they can include them with their child's paperwork or submit them via e-mail. It is very important that students are present for this meeting. Counselors have time set aside to meet with absent students throughout the registration period. The deadline to change any course requests after the paperwork has been turned in is April 8 at 9am. Requests to change courses can be made by phone, note, email or in person. Any registration form turned in, or course request change made before April 8 will not affect a student's chance of getting the courses requested.

Click here to view the 2019 Registration Slideshow presentation.

2019 9th grade registration form

2019 10th and 11th grade registration form

2109 12th grade registration form

Supplemental forms students may need (hard copies available in the office):


March

11th grade

SAT Bootcamp

Date TBD

Attend the SAT Bootcamp to help prepare for the SAT. www.triedandtruetutoring.com

April

Seniors

Ventura College Registration Workshop

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 8am-12pm, F-2 Computer lab

Get assistance registering for classes at Ventura College.


8th-11th grade

Deadline to make changes to course requests for next school year

April 8, 2019 9 am

This is the last day to make changes to requests. A change request form should be submitted to your counselor.

May

Seniors

12th grade Ranger in Danger Meetings

May 14-15 2019

Counselors will meet with seniors who have been reported by their teachers as at risk in a class required for graduation. The student will make a plan of action to improve their grade before the end of the semester with their counselor. Counselors will mail a copy of the plan along with advice for parents for communicating with their child's teachers. A phone dialer message will be sent to parents if their child is at risk in one of their classes.

Get Focused, Stay Focused lessons: University and Community College

Double days in Economics and AP Government

Counselors continue lessons, focusing on creating a college schedule.

10th grade

Get Focused, Stay Focused

Double days in World History and AP European History

Counselors will work with students in their World History or AP European History class, discussing the College Career Ready program and presenting targeted lessons in the Get Focused, Stay Focused curriculum, including reviewing the 4-year high school plan, high demand careers, post-secondary high school options, preparation for college or jobs, and researching admission requirements. These topics will be reviewed in lessons occuring in October and May as well.


June

Seniors

Awards Night

June 5, 2019 6:30pm Nordhoff Gym

Seniors

Graduation

June 13, 2019 6:00pm

Congratulations, Graduates!

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