Guidance

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am pleased to introduce myself as the school counselor at St. Louis School. I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about my roles and responsibilities as your student’s new school counselor.

My roles and responsibilities are aligned with St. Louis School’s mission to ensure your student is successful during their school career and in their future through a rigorous and spiritual educational program. While working with administrators, faculty, and staff, I will provide new counseling methods and techniques; as well as support current counseling programs of Advisor/Advisee Program, Rainbows, anti-bullying, and drug and alcohol prevention programs.

I also align my roles and responsibilities with the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) to provide support in the areas of: academics, personal, social, career, and spiritual education to your student. I actively work with administration, teachers, staff, community members, and parents to make sure we are addressing your student’s needs. To meet these needs group work, developmental classroom lessons, and responsive services will be available.

My door is always open, but I am also available by phone, (901) 682-9692, if you have any questions or concerns about the counseling program.

Thank you,

Bullying

St. Louis school has a zero tolerance policy towards any bullying behavior. The definition of such behavior is:

“Bullying happens when someone with more power unfairly hurts someone with less power over and over again. Power may be physical strength, social skill, verbal ability or any other resource.”

During the course of the school year all students receive developmental guidance lessons on bully prevention strategies and how to report a bullying incident. Speakers are also invited to discuss strategies to avoid bullying and ways to maintain safety both in and outside of school. It is essential to report bullying situations so we, as a school, can reinforce Catholic Christian values.

Investigate the links below to learn more about bullying and what you can do to stop it as a parent, student, or faculty member:

1. Stop Bullying Now!

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) parent and kid-friendly website to learn what you can do about bullying and what you can do to stop it. Take a look around and you’ll find games and cartoon Webisodes that help you Take a Stand. Lend a Hand. Stop Bullying Now!

http://www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/kids/

2. Help Tips for Reporting Offensive Profiles

Created by Patti Agatston, Ph.D. (2010)

http://cyberbullyhelp.com/Help_Tips_for_Reporting_Offensive_Profiles.pdf

3. Kids Health – “We're a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. TeensHealth is part of the KidsHealth family of websites. These sites, run by the nonprofit Nemours Center for Children's Health Media, provide accurate, up-to-date health information that's free of ‘doctor speak.’ (Taken from kidshealth.org)

This site provides information for parents, kids, and teens on a variety of issues. The link below will provide specific information about bullying.

http://kidshealth.org/teen/school_jobs/bullying/bullies.html

High School Placement Test Information

About the Exam:

The High School Placement Test (HSPT) is made up of five, multiple-choice, parts: verbal, quantitative, reading, mathematics, and language skills. The exam takes two hours to complete and contains 298 questions. The multiple-choice questions are designed to indicate how well a student performs tasks that can be expected of an average eighth grader.

Exam Format:

Every question uses a multiple-choice format, with three to four answer choices, lettered (A), (B), (C), or (D). The questions are written consecutively, so make sure you mark your answer in the corresponding number on the answer sheet! Here is a break down of your time allotted and number of questions in each section of the test:

Test Section Number of Questions
Time Allotted
Verbal Skills 60 16 minutes
Quantitative Skills 52 30 minutes
Reading 62 25 minutes
Mathematics 64 45 minutes
Language Skills 60 25 minutes
Scoring:

Your score on the HSPT is based on the number of questions you answer correctly. NO POINTS are subtracted for incorrect answers, so answer every question even if you have to guess! Your score will be reported on a scale of 200-800, which tells you how your performance on the HSPT compares with the other 120,000 students taking the exam.

On Test Day



What should I bring to the exam?

  1. Two or more sharpened #2 pencils. Do not bring a mechanical pencil.
  2. Identification and admission ticket (if given one).
  3. Unless you were told to bring a calculator, do not bring one to your exam. Most high school entrance exams do not allow calculators. Contact your exam site, before test day, for more information about calculators.
  4. Wear a watch, this way you know how much time you have left in each section. If you have a watch with an alarm, make sure to turn it off. (Calculator watches are not allowed.)
  5. When you enter the room, find a seat and relax! You will be able to concentrate better if you can relax before the exam is given.


What should I expect on test day?

  1. The first step to the exam is filling out forms. You will be given detailed instruction on this procedure. Listen to the proctor, read, and follow the directions. This is not timed, so do not rush through this!
  2. The exam proctor will give you instructions for taking the exam. You will be told when to start and when to stop. You will also be given instructions on procedure if you find a problem with your test, or if you have to stop for any reason.
  3. Read ALL directions carefully! Directions will be similar to practice questions, but they might have changed. So read everything!
  4. Read every word of every question. Be alert for little words that might have a big effect on your answer. Examples of words: not, most, all, every, and except.
  5. Read all of the answer choices before you select an answer!
  6. If you don’t know, guess! You have a 20-25% chance of marking the correct answer! Make a small mark you can erase next to the question number and come back to it after you have answered all other questions in that section.
Where should I take the exam?

Each high school has a different policy on the HSPT regarding scholarships and accepting scores from other exam sites. Below you will find brief information regarding the HSPT from the high schools we toured. For more detailed information please contact the Admissions Department for your high school of choice.

Immaculate Conception:

When: The HSPT is offered the first Saturday in December.

On Test Day:

Test takers should arrive by 8:15 a.m., and will be dismissed by 11:30 a.m. There is a$20.00 charge for the HSPT that can be pre-paid or paid the morning of. Checks can be made to ICCS. Students need to bring two #2 pencils (not mechanical).

Questions:

Contact Director of Admissions, Betsy Mckay, by phone (901) 435-5309 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. The admissions office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Scholarship Information:

Immaculate Conception (IC) will be offering a $1,000 renewable scholarship to the student with the highest test score over the 85% percentile from each parochial school. The student with the highest overall score will receive an additional $1,000. In order to qualify for one of these academic scholarships, you must take the HSPT at IC.



St. Benedict at Auburndale:

When: The HSPT is offered the first Saturday in December.

Registration:

Complete the Application for Admission (available at www.sbaeagles.org/Admissions or call 260-2875) and return with $75 non-refundable application fee.

  • Please note registration form for the High School Placement Test on the application*
  • Include a copy of your child’s birth certificate and immunization record with the application.
  • PLUS applicants also need to include a copy of their most recent psychological evaluation (no more than 3 yrs).
  • Report card and ITBS scores are not necessary at this time. The Admissions Office at St. Benedict will request these records at the semester.
On Test Day:

Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. until 8:25 a.m. Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Test ends at approximately 11:30 a.m. No one admitted after 8:25 a.m. Students need two #2 pencils for testing (not mechanical), no calculators are allowed.



Taking the test at St. Benedict is taken as an indication of a strong desire to want to come to SBA. Preference is given to those students who test with St. Benedict.

Questions:

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please call Ann O’Leary, Director of Admissions (901) 260-2875.

St. Agnes Academy:

When: The High School Placement Test is offered the first Saturday in December.

Registration:

It is recommended that students take the HSPT at St. Agnes Academy as scholarships are awarded from the results. However, we do accept test results from any diocesan schools. Please forward a copy of the test results to the Admissions Office. To register please download the form (http://www.saa-sds.org/Admissions/AdmissionsHome.html).

In order to begin the admission process, parents are asked to sign and return the Application for Admission and Records Release Form with the $75 application fee as soon as possible.

*The test fee is included in the St. Agnes Academy Application fee. There is a $25.00 test fee, if an application has not yet been filed.

On Test Day:

Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. until 8:15 a.m. Testing begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Test ends at approximately 12:15 p.m. No one admitted after 8:25 a.m. Students need two #2 pencils for testing (not mechanical), no calculators are allowed.



Questions:

If you have questions, please contact Terry Forsythe, Dean of Admission, at (901) 435-5817 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Christian Brothers High School:

When: The High School Placement Test is offered the first Saturday in December.

Registration:

Fees for entering freshmen include a $75 registration fee

Christian Brothers High School offers academic scholarships and financial aid. Financial aid may be pursued through the CBHS business office once contracts have been submitted.

Test Day Information and Questions:

Please call Admissions Director Nancy Lanigan at (901) 261-4952, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Needs Assessment

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As the school counselor at St. Louis School I am here as a resource for both you and your students in the areas of academic, personal, social, and career development.

To better understand our school’s needs, please select the topics you feel would most benefit your student. Based on the responses and feedback received, information will be presented through classroom guidance, small group discussion, or individually.

  1. _____ Anger Management
  2. _____ Bullying
  3. _____ Career Exploration
  4. _____Character/Virtue Education
  5. _____ Divorce
  6. _____ Drug/Alcohol Use
  7. _____ Feelings of Loneliness
  8. _____ Grief or Loss
  9. _____ High School Preparation
  10. _____ Honor Roll
  11. _____ Positive Peer Interactions
  12. _____ Relationship Issues
  13. _____ Self-Esteem
  14. _____ Stress Management
  15. _____Time Management


Rainbows

Rainbows is in its 16th year at St. Louis School. It is an international program that offers support to children who have experienced a loss in their family due to death, separation or divorce. It is not a counseling or therapy session but rather a peer support group that assists in the emotional healing of children.

At St. Louis the students come together once a week with a small group of peers who are experiencing a similar loss. A trained facilitator meets with each group for a period of 12 to 16 weeks. The facilitator gently listens and supports the child while they express their feelings, sort through their confusions, and seek a new beginning.

High School Links

Christian Brothers High School www.cbhs.org

Immaculate Conception Cathedral School www.iccathedralschool.org

St. Agnes Academy www.saa-sds.org

St. Benedict at Auburndale www.sbaeagles.org