Counselors' Corner 09/12/2014
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The Counselors' Corner is a series of
articles that are written by the guidance department to keep our families informed about a variety of things that are important to your daughters. Since we work with all of our students, the entire department is responsible for contributing articles from time to time. We try to keep our articles brief and timely. These articles also appear in the weekly Tiger Tracks sent to parents each Friday.

Counselors' Corner 09/12/2014

Center for Wellness and Student Support: Ask the Wellness Counselors

Everyone has heard the phrase “there are no stupid questions,” but most people have, at some point, caught themselves thinking, “Wow! That was a stupid question.” Here at the Center for Wellness and Student Support, we want to affirm that there are no stupid questions when it comes to your daughter’s education and wellbeing. We have added a link to our Wellness and Support Resources page called “Ask the Wellness Counselors.” The link will take you to a simple form where you can ask general questions of the wellness counselors. This is the place to ask questions about things like transitions, sibling rivalry, or even the grief process. For urgent concerns, please directly contact one of wellness counselors via email or phone. We will be responding to questions bi-weekly on our website, in Tiger Tracks, and in a Q&A email (which you can sign up for through the form). Your privacy will be protected in anything we share with the community and no names will be mentioned. Feel free to ask away—there are no stupid questions. You can find the survey here!

Mock PSAT Opportunity for Class of 2016

Kaplan, Inc. will be offering our juniors an opportunity to take a mock PSAT on Saturday, September 20th.   The test will begin promptly at 9 am and finish around 12 pm. We will be using the St. Agnes Cafeteria for the test.  All interested juniors are asked to sign up on the SAA website if they plan to participate. We are asking that all participating students bring a $5 cash donation the day of the exam.  This money will go to support our sister school in Kenya.  Students should bring two #2 pencils, a bottled water, snacks and a calculator (with extra batteries) with them to the exam.  We will also be offering an extended time room for those juniors who have documentation on file in the Academic Services Center.  All students wishing to have this accommodation need to email Ms. Skelly at no later than September 17, 2014. Students can register here.

Kaplan, Inc. will have a follow-up seminar on Wednesday, September 30th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm in the Fleming Room to return the score report and to go over the results.

We ask that our juniors taking Kaplan Test Prep Review class at St. Agnes continue with their weekend preparation.  They should not sign up to take this mock PSAT as Kaplan will not be able to re-schedule any makeup times because of this event.

This is a reminder that the sophomore and junior students will take the PSAT on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 during the school day.  They will be dismissed around 11:30 am that day.

Junior Parent Night: Final Reminder

The college counselors would like to remind you we will host our annual Junior Parent Information Night on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Strake Family Cafeteria at St. Agnes Academy.  Come meet your daughter’s counselor and learn about the junior programming at St. Agnes.  The college counselors will be discussing testing, the college admissions process, trending and preparing for senior year and the college application process.  We hope that you can join us. Light snacks will be served.

Catholic High School College Fair

Strake Jesuit College Prep will be the site of the annual Catholic High Schools College Fair on Wednesday, October 8th.  Please save the date. Traditionally, over 240 colleges and universities participate. To see a list of the colleges and universities that plan to attend, please click here.   The program begins at 6:30 pm and will wrap up around 8:30 pm.  Parking is a premium at this event, so we ask that you carpool with other families.  Sophomores, juniors and seniors students are encouraged to attend. 


In a world that challenges our young women in so many ways, one of the most important gifts you can offer your daughter is the gift of… Perspective. Your daughter’s years in high school are an emotional and challenging time.  Any sense of perspective you can offer your daughter will help her to navigate the jumbled landscape that is her high school emotional/social life.  Your daughters rely on you to be their barometer in deciding how to react to the difficult things they face.  Remember, as their parent, you are in the position of accepting the height of their emotionality.  They believe it is safe to “freak out” or “melt down” with you and as a result you see their extremes.  Rest assured, they are likely not this emotional with others and they move on quickly.  Parents, your job is to let them emote, not to absorb or take on what they are feeling.  That is where your gift of perspective comes in!

Some examples:

Academic… It is important to remember that everybody has had a bad test or quiz at some point in their academic career.  Help her to believe it is not the end of the world… but rather an opportunity to change how she prepared or to ask for help. 

Social… Homecoming, now that’s a topic that begs perspective.  Not everybody goes, in fact, only a small percentage of students participate in Homecoming at either Strake Jesuit or St. Thomas.  Please help your daughter to learn that being invited to events like Homecoming do not define her worth/attractiveness/popularity. 

Much of this feels automatic, but if we don’t offer our daughters perspective, we heighten their level of anxiety or cause them to question their worth. Successfully enduring challenges and disappointments will build strength and resilience in your daughter!

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