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, Engagement, Diversity, Agency, Respect and with a 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

This very, very cool thing is happening, and you may not even be aware. 

ALL our students with a 3.0 GPA and meeting CADERS (CADERS ) will be admitted to Washington public universities participating in WAGAP (Washington Guaranteed Admissions Program)  include Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, University of Washington Tacoma, Washington State University and Western Washington University.

This is beginning now but would be expected to continue SO encouraging students to get and keep a 3.0 or higher is important. 


Students need to meet two criteria to be eligible for guaranteed admissions:

If a student meets the criteria or is on track to meet the criteria by fall 2024, they are guaranteed admission to all six participating institutions. Students eligible who receive guaranteed admission must supply additional data as part of supplemental admissions application. The institutions are required by law to collect this additional data. Students are encouraged to engage in challenging high school coursework and maintain their high school GPA during their senior year to meet the guaranteed admission criteria.

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.  

Scheduling and Concerns

The schedules built are based on our master schedule and your needs for academic progress to meet all Washington State Graduation Requirements  

Remember, these schedules are made by people, and sometimes people make mistakes, so if you have concerns, please take these steps:

Amber Hosford  Principal ahosford@sheltonschools.org Susie Honaker  Wirzbicki School Counselor shwirzbicki@sheltonschools.org

Colleen Kost 12th Advisor ckost@sheltonschools.org Kurt Garrison 11th Advisor kgarrison@sheltonschools.org

Michael Dallas 11th Advisor mdallas@sheltonschools.org Hannah Palmer 10th Advisor hpalmer@sheltonschools.org

Luanne Bigbear 10th Advisor lbigbear@sheltonschools.org Chester Hoberg 9th Advisor choberg@sheltonschools.org

Abby Prybylski 9th Advisor aprybylski@sheltonschools.org

Post Secondary Advising

Each trimester, each grade level will work with Susie on High School and Beyond advising through advisory seminars. 

Using the  https://wsac.wa.gov/actionplan   resources, students will know how to pace their plans for after high school. 

Families are encouraged to view and discuss these seminars with their students. https://readywa.org/

Guaranteed Admission! The Washington Guaranteed Admissions Program (WAGAP) supports a college-going culture and guaranteed admission efforts at Central Washington University, Eastern Washington University, The Evergreen State College, University of Washington Tacoma, Washington State University and Western Washington University

1st Trimester Advising Seminar: 


Registration for the PSAT is open for 9th, 10th and 11th. National Merit scholarships are only awarded to 11th graders but any student planning to take the SAT will get information for career and college advising and resources to study for the SAT. The cost is $18 due in October on testing day (still TBD). Sign up information to follow. 

Advising Resources 

YouScience is the first stop on your planning journey. Complete your YouScience and use your results to help craft your plans.

Then, log in to your My School Data to update your plans AND find further resources. This is reviewed every spring until final completion for graduation. 

ACCUPLACER Testing services are found HERE for Olympic College.   Entrance into community college, as well as the  Running Start program begin here. 


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

Testing for 2023-2024 SAT SAT Dates and Deadlines – SAT Suite | College Board  and ACT ACT Test Registration - The ACT Test | ACT 

Attend a college fair in your 10th and 11th grade years to be ready to apply in your 12th. Here is a start:  https://NACAC College Fairs

Academic and High School and Beyond information 

9th-12th grade

All students benefit from being at school daily and engaged in the collaborative opportunities 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 Collaboration, Engagement, Written and Spoken Communication, and Agency. 

Pick up your guide to beyond High School planning here. This starts in the 9th grade and continues to after graduation. 9-12 College Knowledge Materials. Please Look! 

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! 




A very helpful text service called Otterbot is available 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)

Bullying - Shelton School District (sheltonschools.org)

Want more data on the impacts of New Tech Network as model? This is for you 2021 NTN Research - New Tech Network New Tech Network