Welcome to the EHS Counseling Website!
March is Career Month!
The EHS Counseling Office is proud to share that as part of our Career Month in March, we will be hosting virtual career speakers from throughout the Lehigh Valley. Using Naviance, students of all grade levels are able to sign up for visits to learn about the various career fields and individual paths our speakers have chosen. Our Career Speaker calendar is available here. Again, students must sign up for these speakers through Naviance.
Students are strongly encouraged to participate in these visits as part of their Career Readiness Plan and to help identify where their career path will lead. Students will need to fill out the Exit Survey for College/Career/Military Visit in the Career Readiness & Preparation 13.1 folder in their grade level Schoology course for it to count for Career Readiness. Please note that the calendar is subject to change based on weather as well as additional speakers being added; be sure to check the calendar and Naviance regularly for any updates.
There are also resources available regarding STEM Careers, Career Podcasts provided by EHS’ own Mr. Stuchko, and Hot Careers in the Lehigh Valley that can be accessed here.
We are truly grateful to all of the speakers who are giving up their time to help our students identify their career paths!
Advanced Placement Testing
Please see this link for NEW and IMPORTANT AP Testing Information: AP Exam Information March 2021. Registration for 2021 Advanced Placement exams for Spring Semester courses will begin on February 1st and end on February 26th. Please complete the registration form (2021 AP Exam Order Form Spring) to sign up for the AP exam for the class/classes you are taking. Directions for registration are included with the form. Students must be enrolled in the course on the AP Portal to register for the exam. If your family is experiencing financial hardship or you qualify for free or reduced lunch, please contact your counselor prior to registering.
Seniors: 2021 EHS Local Scholarship Program
The 2021 EHS Local Scholarship Program for 12th grade students is now open. Please click this link to see the list of scholarships, instructions to apply, and to access the applications: EHS 2021 Local Scholarships.
All scholarship applications are due by March 29th, 2021 at 2:30pm. Any questions should be directed to Ms. Burk (firstname.lastname@example.org), Mr. McInerney (email@example.com), or Mrs. Killo (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LCTI Application for 2021-2022
Students who wish to attend LCTI for the first time during the 2021-2022 school year must complete the LCTI Application and send it to their school counselor by March 3rd, 2021. To complete the application, please follow this link, download the form, and then fill in ALL portions of pages 1-3, including 5 complete sentences in the Student Statement of Interest portion. If all sections are not completed entirely, the application will not be processed. The half day LCTI application for 21-22 can be found here: 2021-2022 Fillable LCTI Application.
Students who wish to attend LCTI’s Academic Center for the first time during the 2021-2022 school year must fill out the Academic Center application and return the completed application to their school counselor. If the student will be new to LCTI, they must also fill out the 2021-2022 Fillable LCTI Application and be sure to follow the instructions above. Both applications are due to the student’s school counselor by March 3rd, 2021. If a student already attends LCTI as a half day student and wishes to move to the Academic Center, they should contact both their LCTI school counselor and their EHS school counselor as well as fill out the 2021-2022 Fillable Academic Center Application. This application will also be due by March 3rd.
EPSD Mental Health Symposium
The EPSD Mental Health Symposium is a collaborative effort between EPSD School Counselors, EPSD School Psychologist, and Communities in Schools of the Lehigh Valley. The event is geared toward the parents of children in grades K-12 and is meant to be a resource for families in the communities. Parents are invited to come learn virtually about pressing topics pertinent to children today and to leave the Symposium with practical tools and information they can utilize during these current times. There will be various sessions 2/15-2/28.
Please see the EPSD Mental Health Symposium site for more information or contact one of the committee leaders: Stephanie Cignarella (EHS School Psychologist), Lisa Shirvinski (EPSD School Counseling Dept. Chair), and Amy Williams (Communities in Schools Coordinator).
Guidance Information Nights
Our 8th-9th Grade Guidance Information Night link went live the evening of Wednesday, January 13th. Please follow this link to view the presentation from our 9th grade counselors: 2021 8th-9th Grade Guidance Information Night. We also have Flipgrid presentations from our Department Chairs, information from LCTI, information regarding Communities in Schools and SAP, as well as a 9th Grade Podcast episode discussing EHS Clubs & Activities.
If you missed or would like to view any of this year’s previous presentations, including our Post-Secondary Planning and/or 12th Grade Parent Night, please see our Guidance Information Nights pages for links to the information and presentations, if applicable.
EHS Wellness Resources Website
The EHS Counseling Office is pleased to announce that in collaboration with the EHS School Psychologists, Communities in Schools and other departments within the high school, we have put together the EHS Wellness Resources website. Each month, resources that can be used by anyone at any time, will be updated based on a topic or theme for that month. We encourage students, educators and families to utilize this resource and as always, we encourage students to reach out to their counselor or school psychologist if they are struggling.
Please see this site for COVID-19 Updates from the K-12 School Counseling Department and continue to check the EHS Website, as well as the EPSD website. We also have created a graphic, linked here, that can help to identify signs of struggle and with links to articles as resources for more information and how to help.
Virtual College Visits
The EHS Counseling Department is pleased to continue to offer Virtual College Rep Visits! Visits will be through Google Meet but will still require registration through Naviance, using the same procedure for that of our ‘traditional’ rep visits. Please visit Naviance for dates and times of the visits. Students who register will receive an email the day before the visit, providing them with the Google Meet code. Visits are open to all students, grades 9-12, and will allow you an opportunity to hear from the Admissions representative as well as to ask questions you may have about the changes taking place for their institution. Please check Naviance frequently, as we will be adding more schools frequently. If you have any questions, please contact your school counselor.
The EHS Counselors’ YouTube Channel
The EHS Counselors have created a YouTube Channel with videos on scheduling, navigating Naviance Family Connection, the assessments available via Naviance, and more! Our YouTube channel can be found by clicking the gray YouTube icon at the top of this page on the right (next to the Twitter icon), or by clicking on this link: Emmaus High School Counseling YouTube Channel. Please be sure to click “videos” once you have navigated to our page to see all of our videos, as the homepage only shows the most recent.
Naviance Login Changes for Students and Parents
As of 2020, Naviance, the career and college readiness platform used at Emmaus High School, will be changing the login/password credentials for students and parents/guardians. Students will start using Single Sign-on on their chromebooks and on other devices, will use their school district assigned email (i.e. email@example.com) to login rather than their 6 digit student ID number; their password will continue to be the password used for the school district email.
For parents/guardians, the username/email will not change, however, parents/guardians will need to change their password to meet the new requirements of Naviance:
- Passwords must be at least 10 characters in length.
- The username may not be part of the password.
- Passwords may not include more than 2 identical characters in a row.
- Commonly used passwords, simple patterns, and common names will not be accepted.
Any parents/guardians who have not activated their Naviance account are encouraged to do so. First time users will need to request a registration code from the Counseling Office and will need to adhere to the new password requirements.
Please contact your student’s school counselor with any questions.
2017-2018 Grading Scale and GPA Calculation Changes
For the past two years, an instructional leadership team in East Penn has been working to examine our district-wide assessment practices and evaluate them in terms of their efficacy and equity. Through that process, the secondary grading scale and high school grade point average calculations emerged as an area in need of revision. For these reasons, we have decided to modify the grading scale and calculation of student GPA to be more consistent with other schools both regionally and nationally. This change will go into effect beginning with the 2017-18 school year. For more information regarding these changes GPA changes please click here.
The counseling office is pleased to continue to offer the Naviance system to our students and their families. Naviance is the preferred postsecondary planning resource for EHS counselors. We encourage all families to utilize the resources found in Naviance. Students receive an introduction each school year on how to use and navigate Naviance Student. Below is a link to access Emmaus High School’s Naviance Student site. Starting 1/18/2020, students must log in using their eastpennsd.org email address and their EPSD password. Parents must register using a registration code, which can be obtained from your child’s counselor. Once registered, parents are able to input an email address and create a password for future use.
Reminders for Seniors Applying to College
- Be sure you are requesting your documents through Naviance Student with 15 school days to process prior to the college’s application deadline. (Please see our College Transcript Request Guide page for more information.)
- Scholarships are added to Naviance Student as we receive information from outside agencies, be sure to check in often.
Be sure to check your Naviance Student account for more information tailored to your grade level!