Cedar High School

Counseling Center

Welcome to the Cedar High School Counseling Center. Here you will find information and support for your journey through high school and beyond. As a community based school that focuses on interdisciplinary and integrated learning, we have unique opportunities to work together in ways that represent life after high school. Cedar is guided by the core values of Collaboration, Engagment, Diversity, Agency, Respect with vision that will inspire students to be active, engaged citizens in their community and advocates for their own futures. If you need something that cannot be found here, please let your school counselor, Susie Honaker Wirzbicki, know shwirzbicki@sheltonschools.org.

Join us on the Cedar Counseling Center Advisory Board.

Each trimester the advisory board will meet to review progress around the targets shared for a responsive and proactive counseling center.

These targets focus on academic growth and development, personal/social wellness and resilience, and career and college opportunities and access.

Your input will shape the development of the counseling and advisory program for the upcoming trimester.

Students, family members, community supports- you are welcome to join the team of 6 people that make the annual commitment to collaborate.

Our introductory meeting will be held Wednesday, September 8th at 5pm. via zoom.

Please RSVP to shwirzbicki@sheltonschools.org your intentions to attend.

Watch below for monthly updates to targets for 9th-12th grade planning purposes

Academic and High School and Beyond information

9th-12th grade

All students benifit from being at school daily and engaged in the collaborative opportunites at Cedar. If you are not able to be in attendance on campus, please log into Echo and work to the best of your ability. You can also message your teachers as needed. There is a check in form for those days that helps us know you are making progress and lets you ask questions when needed.

As a New Tech Network school, grades are based on the traditional Knowledge and Skill but additionally on Colaboration, Engagement, Written and Spoken Communication, and Agency.

Academic and High School and Beyond information

11th grade

Sophmores and Juniors were inventoried this week to see if they would like to take the PSAT . Currently we are working with SHS for access to the PSAT on Oct. 16th. After taking this assessment, students will gain infomation and advising access to supports as they make plans for moving forward. This can be to study for the SAT or to use the career inventory moving forward with planning. Thank you to Angie Gourley and SHS for supporting this endevor with us.

Academic and High School and Beyond information

12th grade

Seniors- It Is Time!


Join us in thanking Gear UP for helping us with our FAFSA ID event during the school day 9/27



If you would like further supports, Oct. 14th students will have support availible 10/14 1:30-3:30 on campus and/or by zoom with families 5:30-7pm

ALSO- a very helpful text service called Otterbot is availible for free. Text Hi Otter to 360-928-7281 for help with Financial Aid!

The above graphic is the outline from OSPI regarding the HSBP graduation requirement. We use My School Data as our resource for this requirement along with You Science inventories through advisory. Ask your student (or check yourself if you are the student) to take a look each year as this dream turns into a plan. The student can access it through Skyward. Before graduating, all students will complete their HSBP as well as the required credits/courses and testing requirements.

YouScience - Empowering Intentional Individualized Success and Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021 | SBE (wa.gov)

What Does Your School Counselor Do?

Open this for a technical outline of what your school counselor can do for you

Academic, Personal/Social and Career and College Readiness School Counseling

As your school counselor, I want to support you to make your best plans and choices. I understand that a neutral and confidential resource can help you find your way. You may need brief and strategic one on one counseling to support you through a challenge. You may need a referral to at trusted resource for more serious or on going situations. You may want to discuss your options for after high school. You may need support to negotiate a challenge in your personal life.

I am so grateful to be your school counselor. I worked as a teacher in Kent at a Junior High, a Alternative High School, and an inter-disciplinary program like Cedar. I moved to Choice when my kids were small and they had a day care. I became a school counselor in 07' at SHS and have been there ever since. Working together as you launch your dreams into plans is absolutely a thrill.

Thank you for this opportunity!

Susie Honaker Wirzbicki

shwirzbicki@sheltonschools.org Call or Text 530-431-8030 7:30-3:30

*All counseling is confidential in nature for people over the age of 14 unless you are being harmed, you are harming someone, or a crime has been committed. Be assured, I will work with you in support for what kind of reporting may happen next if the situation warrants. You deserve to be safe and well. .

FAQs for YOU

  • Here's a list I have used often for support with housing, food, mental health referrals:

Resources often shared that have been helpful and here is a more extensive list of local resources . Want the whole fat file of fun? The most extensive list I have:) Here's a new one:

  • Cedar HS is a community that addresses conflicts and works together to solve them. Please work with Amber Hosford ahosford@sheltonschools.org if you feel this is not resolved on campus in a way that gives you access to your educational rights. If you have a situation you want to report to the district office or you need more information about Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, here is the district resource page.

Bullying - Shelton School District (sheltonschools.org)

  • Let's say you want to know more about Running Start? There will be an information night in the winter for prospective students, but for general information, check here:

Running Start | Olympic College

  • Signing up for the SAT or the ACT is rather simple once you get started. Additionally, many Juniors take either one of these tests in the spring and then again in the fall of their senior year if their scores need support for admissions purposes. Reminder, only universities require these tests AND there is a new wave of schools moving to 'test optional' so check your desired schools' admissions requirements. *students who qualify for free/reduced lunch should see Susie for a fee waiver.

The ACT - Solutions for College and Career Readiness | ACT and The SAT | College Board