WHS GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT

 

The guidance department mission is to help students to become curious, knowledgeable and independent thinkers grounded in strong values and integrity.We help our students to lead balanced lifestyles and be prepared for the real-world, taking on new challenges and embracing responsible risks. 

PERSONAL

Phone: 769-8440

Fax: 769-0596

Nicholas DiPaolo, Dept. Chair - Ext. 1610 - ndipaolo@mtplcsd.org

Lauren Cody, Counselor............. Ext. 1603  -  lcody@mtplcsd.org 

Tina Matusiak, Counselor....... - Ext. 1604 - tmatusiak@mtplcsd.org

Tim O'Dwyer, Counselor......... - Ext. 1602 - todwyer@mtplcsd.org

Susan Zorrilla, Secretary.... - Ext. 1601 - szorrilla@mtplcsd.org                      

GUIDANCE EVENTS

View Monthly Calendar

Congratulations to the Class of 2020

We would like to give a big shout out to the Class of 2020 on all their college acceptances and commitments. During normal times, when a student commits to their college, they bring a pennant to the guidance department to be proudly hung in the WHS lobby. In lieu of that, we have created a college pennant page here. Send your pictures to ndipaolo@mtplcsd.org so your student can be added to the list!

THE APPLICATION PROCESS

College Application Deadline Worksheet

Use this form to keep track of individual college deadlines.

 Using eDOCS thru Naviance Students Guide 

Below is a step‐by‐step guide on how students can utilize the extremely fast and seamless eDocs program to process their college applications.

Information on Campus Visits

Tips on getting the most out of your campus visits.

 Parent Brag Sheet

A guide to parents input.

Senior Year College Applications

A how-to-apply guide

 Senior Notes for Class of 2020 

 2019 Fall College Visit Schedule 

STUDENT RESOURCES

The Guidance Department keeps all materials and resources in this depository for students to access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

NAVIANCE FAMILY CONNECTION

Naviance is a comprehensive, interactive, guidance-based program that allows students and their counselors to explore the world of colleges, careers and personal interest inventories.  Students are given access in 9th grade. 

QuickStart Guide to Naviance          

Introduction to Naviance        

Naviance & Family Connection Website

 

GUIDANCE & COUNSELING SERVICES

The guidance and counseling services at Westlake High School are designed to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of students at each grade level. Upon entering the ninth grade, students are assigned a counselor. The counselor is deeply interested in assisting students to achieve their maximum potential academically while they encourage social and extracurricular experiences which provide maximum personal growth. Guidance and counseling involves a commitment on the part of the counselor to each student as an individual. The programs are designed to address common concerns — scheduling, orientation, transition, testing, academic issues, and the college selection process — and at the same time provide a highly-individualized focus for every student. The counselors are not merely academic advisers — they are trained professionals with interest and experience in assisting students as they face and explore concerns that are important to their lives.

 Students are encouraged to view the counselor as supportive in dealing with the complexities of decision-making and problem-resolution in their academic and personal lives while at Westlake High School.  Counselors receive copies of all progress, academic and discipline reports. They are in constant contact with teachers, administrators, and parents and are, therefore, in a position to have a comprehensive understanding of each student in their case load. 

 Our aim is to foster student growth so that it is the students themselves who become excellent self-advocates. While we invite and welcome parent/guardian support, we do ask that students initiate and make every effort to address any issues and approach any experiences on their own. Of course, if a student is not able to or experiences difficulty in addressing questions and concerns, we expect that parents/guardians will then do so.