Vernonia High School | Middle School Counseling/Career Planning
The mission of the counseling office is to empower all students to maximize their potential in the areas of academic achievement, career planning, and personal/social development. Our goal is for students use the resources available to be successful in high school and beyond!
Click the link for related information and application, which becomes available online some time in November.
The Oregon Scholarship Application is an important application for Oregon High School Students going to College in Oregon. One scholarship application exposes students to 400+ scholarships, and ones they are not eligible for are automatically not displayed.
Students can then choose up to 20 to apply for.
*Of Great Importance* Be sure the choose the Ford Family Foundation Scholarship as one that you apply for. If awarded, this scholarship will pay for 90% of remaining funds needed for school, after all other awards are made.
Oregon Scholarship Essay Questions - Start writing the essays now!
Four questions, 150 words each. Get feedback from school staff and others, then revise:
1. Explain your career aspirations and your educational plan to meet these goals.
2. Explain how you have helped your familiy or made your community a better place to live. Please provide specific examples.
3. Describe a personal accomplishment and the strengths and skills you used to achieve it.
4. Describe a challenge or obstacle you faced in the last ten years. What did you learn about yourself from this experience?
The Local Scholarship Application will be available March 3rd. The list of scholarships offered this year will be available in the Library on March 1st. The deadline for most local scholarships is April 15th. Seniors can start preparing for the application *right now* by:
1. Start listing all significant activities and accomplishments, both in school and in the community. Include work and volunteer experience, sports and club participation, and awards or honors received.
2. Start working on the essay questions, which are:
Essay #1 – Describe your most significant challenge or accomplishment and explain its value to your life. Limit to 250-350 words.
Essay #2 – Explain your long-range goals – for school and career – and describe what you will gain by continuing your education. Limit to 250-350 words.
Fill out one college application that is used by almost 350 colleges. Many of these colleges are private and have higher tuitions. *However,* usually they are very well funded. Students may receive higher financial aid packages that make the final cost competetive with public colleges.
You have nothing to lose, and perhaps a lot to gain, by applying to one or more of these schools - Check it out!
U.S. citizens or legal residents ages 16-24 whose income meets Job Corps guidelines may apply to enter this federally funded program. While enrolled, young people may earn their GED or high school diploma and train, for free, for any one of a number of in-demand careers. Housing, meals and basic medical care are provided to Job Corps enrollees
Ask people who might have work connections Check local newspapers, bulletin boards, church bulletins, etc. Visit and revisit employers you want to hire you - persistance pays! Offer to volunteer first!
Concerned about how things are going for you lately? Answer the 5 minute private survey to take an honest look at your drug or alcohol use. Talk to a trusted adult about your answers. See your counselor or trusted teacher if you want/need help.
Download the attached document for more information about this program offered by Columbia County Mental Health. Students eligible for the Oregon Health Plan may be able to attend for free, including transportation.
If you are concerned about your daughters or friend's concerning behavior, read this!
Noticing Concerning Changes in you Daughter or Son?
3% of all individuals develop Psychosis, limiting their ability to function through out life. Psychosis is treatable and when caught early people have a much better chance to function in life. If untreated, psychosis prevents a person from knowing what is real.
If you notice brain memory changes, sensory overload, increased problems in what was normal functioning (and not related to suspected alcohol or drug use), then your child should be screened!
Columbia County Mental Health provides free screenings, and if diagnosed, extensive free services for treatment and family support. Contact your counselor or call CCMH directly at 1.800.294.5211 ext. 282
A student who, for sound educational and vocational reasons, wishes to graduate from high school in less time than the ordinary grade 9-12 sequence may request permission to complete graduation requirements on an altered schedule. The student and his/her parents wil consult with high school guidance personnel in order to develop a graduation plan. Their intention to accomplish this plan will be stated in writing to the building principal for final approval.