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From the Counseling Office

Freshman Parent Night

Join the Counseling Staff as we provide information and answer your questions about the department, BVSD graduation requirements, and college entrance requirements.

September 20th, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Monarch High School (MHS) Auditorium.

Senior College Application Night

Seniors, please plan to attend. This is the time when we communicate everything you need to know about the college application process, how Naviance and Monarch “talk to each other,” updates and how to use the Common Application, and much, much more!  Really, you need to be there!

There are 420 seniors, so coming to this presentation means we can provide the info you need. Please read your e-mails and take advantage of the opportunities we give you to get the information and support you need!

September 14th, 6:30-8 pm in the MHS Auditorium.

Out of State College Fair

Boulder Valley School District high school counselors and the Colorado Council on High School and College Relations, are holding the Out of State College Fair at Monarch High School on September 28th.  There will be a Financial Aid Presentation from 5:15-6:00 pm in the Auditorium. The College Fair will take place from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Free to students and parents. This is a chance to meet with admissions representatives from around the country.   More information can be found here.

PSAT Sign Up

PSAT sign up for Juniors will take place in September.  Sign up for Sophomores will be based on a space available basis. Students must pay at time of sign up. The PSAT Test will take place on October 19th. More information to follow.

Coffee Talks

Coffee talks will take place throughout the year.  These events take place in the Monarch High School Post Grad Center and provide an opportunity for seniors to get answers to their questions about the college application process.  Seniors should come in during lunch or during an off period.  Students can ask questions on topics such as how to order transcripts, request letters of recommendation, begin the scholarship search, find a good college fit, use Naviance in the college search and application process, etc.  Dates to follow.

ICAP Lessons

Monarch Counselors will be visiting 9th through 11th grade classrooms over the next two months to talk with students about ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) and help them update their plan. Students will learn about the ICAP program and the incredible tools available at their disposal through Naviance.

According to the CDE: The intent of  the ICAP policy is to ultimately decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates by assisting students in developing and maintaining a personalized post-secondary plan that ensures readiness for post-secondary and workforce success. An ICAP should be designed to assist a student and his or her parent or legal guardian in exploring the career and educational opportunities available to the student, align course work and curriculum, apply to post-secondary education institutions, secure financial aid, and ultimately enter the workforce.

Students who are identified as talented and gifted will be completing their Advanced Learning Plan requirements through ICAP.

We will work with students to develop a four year plan, complete interest and career inventories, and explore career and college options. Students and parents can access Naviance through the counseling website.  Parents/Guardians can obtain log in information by contacting their assigned counselor or calling the Counseling Office at 720-561-5634.

BVSD Online Courses

BVSD Online is a District program offering online courses to students enrolled in Boulder Valley School District.  Students can choose supplemental, extension or remedial courses.

Important Dates and Deadlines for 2016-2017

Fall Term Full Courses

08.15.2016 – 09.09.2016  Registration Window Open*

08.29.2016 – 12.09.2016  Courses Open (No Extensions)

*Registrations and payments received after September 9, 2016 will result in late enrollment into the class. No extensions are granted due to late registrations.

Fall Term Credit Recovery Courses

8.15.2016 – 10.21.2016  Registration Window Open*

*Fall Term begins Monday, September 12th. Registration and payment must be received by Friday, September 9th to start on Monday, September 12th.

Enrollment takes place approximately 2 business days after registration and payment.

Credit Recovery Courses will be open for seven (7) weeks after the start date (no extensions).  All Fall Term Credit Recovery Courses must be completed by December 9th.

Contact Information
Last names beginning A–D: Thomas Hacker, thomas.hacker@bvsd.org, 720-561-4207
Last names beginning E–K: Alex Cyr, alexandra.cyr@bvsd.org, 720-561-4204
Last names beginning L–Rn: John Vidulich, john.vidulich@bvsd.org, 720-561-4210
Last names beginning Ro–Z: Jill Benisch, jill.benisch@bvsd.org, 720-561-4203

Please be sure to check out the new and improved MHS counseling website here.

Alexandra Cyr
School Counselor