York Community High School
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York School Counselors

Dollaske, Kara
School Counselor kdollaske@elmhurst205.org
Feldkamp-Pradhan, Julie
School Counselor jfeldkamp-pradhan@elmhurst205.org
Gardner, William
School Counselor wgardner@elmhurst205.org
Goldman, Karla
School Counselor kgoldman@elmhurst205.org
Julian, Lisa
School Counselor ljulian@elmhurst205.org
Oliveros, Diane
Bilingual Counselor/ELL Coordinator doliveros@elmhurst.org
Saylor, Heather
Department Chair, Counseling hsaylor@elmhurst205.org
Thompson, Amy
College and Career Counselor athompson@elmhurst205.org
Tucker, Ashley
School Counselor atucker@elmhurst205.org
Walz, Ryan
School Counselor rwalz@elmhurst205.org
Weber, Trisha
School Counselor/504 Coordinator tweber@elmhurst205.org

Confidentiality Statement

Your confidentiality and privacy as a student is important to  us as school counselors. What you tell us will never be repeated unless you reveal information on harming yourself, harming others, situations of being physically, emotionally, or sexually abused, or we are required by the court or legal proceedings to do so. If there is ever a need to reveal information, we  will ensure that you are aware of this and we will work with you to handle the situation in a way that respects you, your feelings, and your needs. 

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Counseling Department

Counselor's Summer Message 2017

Counselors are out of the office beginning Wednesday, May 31st for the summer break.  We will all return on Thursday, August 3rd for the 2017-2018 school year.  There is a counselor available for students and families on many days (M-Th) during the month of June.  If you would like to meet individually with a counselor during the month of June, please email your counselor to schedule an appointment for one of the days that they are in the office.  

 

IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED AN INCOMPLETE NOTICE:

Any student needing to turn in work or take an exam because of an incomplete grade should come to Student Services on the following dates. There will be 2 exam periods offered:

 

8:30 am - 10:00 am & 10:15 am - 11:45 am

 

Thursday, June 1

Monday,  June 5 & Wednesday, June 7

Tuesday, June 13 & Thursday, June 15

Tuesday, June 20 & Thursday, June 22

 

If you need further assistance, please call the York main office at 630-617-2400 or Student Services Administrative Assistant Mary Gajewski at 630-617-2458Please note that only a counselor can make adjustments to schedules.  The York Summer School contacts are: 630-617-2448 and yorksummer@elmhurst205.org.   Student schedules become available in print in August during book sales. All counselors return on Thursday, August 3rd.

 

Have a relaxing and safe summer!

Summer 2017 Articles and Resources!

Summer is meant as a time to re-boot, relax and to refine oneself for the new school year that draws near with each passing day.  Are you making the most of your time off from classes?  Here are some things that will help get you ready and set for when the school bell rings in August!  

 

Summer Bucket List for Rising Seniors

 

Get Busy Locally - Things to do in Elmhurst!

 

Summer Must-Dos for all high school students

 

From College Research to Watching Netflix: The Complete To-Do List!

In The News: The Latest Info You Want to Know!

Looking for the latest news and information in adolescent development, post-secondary trends and other hot topics?  Here are some great articles and resources that you may find helpful in your household:

 

"Growth Mindset": What is it?

 

Resources for Teaching Growth Mindset

 

How parents can hep in the college application process

 

Parents: Helping in the College Process and Maintaining Sanity!  

 

Help your counselor help you!

 

Resilient Teens: Helping your teen 'bounce back'

 

Mindset: What kind of mindset do you have?

 

Mission Statement

The overall mission of the York Counseling Department is to form strong connections with York students and families.  Through these connections, counselors support student's development through the areas of academic, career/college/post-secondary and social/emotional growth.  An underlying theme throughout the work of your student's counselor is "self-advocacy".  Self-advocacy, that is the individual's ability to effectively communicate, convey, negotiate or assert their own interests, desires, needs and rights, is critical to develop throughout the high school experience.  This involves making informed decisions and taking responsibility for those decisions.  

The York Counseling Department assists each student in the normal developmental tasks and challenges that all adolescents face.  York Community High School counselors are committed to the continual and reflective personal growth of our students.  The counseling program is designed to assist each student in learning skills and setting goals to reach one's potential in the academic, social/emotional and career/college/post-secondary domains.     

The majority of York students stay with the same counselor throughout their high school years and a strong attempt is made to allow counselors to remain with families when siblings attend York.  As York counselors, we have the responsibility to provide a comprehensive counseling program that is mindful of the developmental needs of all students.  Planning for the future is an important aspect of the counseling program. 

Academic Resources

There are a variety of ways in which students can seek support within the walls of YHS!  

From Peer Tutoring in the Learning Commons, the Math Lab, the Test Make-Up Center (TMC) and our College and Career Resouce Center (CCRC), we have a lot to offer.  

Academic Resources for York Students

Academic Supports During the School Day

Learning Commons & Test Make-Up Center

Transcript Request Form

Attendance Office & Absence Guidelines

AP Course Descriptions

ACP Program Information

College and Career Corner

York's College & Career Resource Counselor is Mrs. Amy Thompson.  The work that Mrs. Thompson does complements the comprehensive counseling services that the York Counseling Department provides throughout each student's high school career.  

Junior and Senior students receive the most direct-services from the CCRC, but all students are encouraged to discuss post-secondary planning with their assigned school counselor, in addition to utilizing York's post-secondary planning resources: Naviance and Career Cruising.  

Link to: College & Career Resource Center

Link to: Career Cruising

Link to: Naviance Family Connection 

Standardized Testing

York's CEEB Code is 141-805.  This code is necessary when registering for a standardized college admissions test.  

College and Career Exploration and Planning

Curriculum Guide 2017-18