• PHS Counselor Newsletter-Summer Edition

    Kelly Wiedmeyer, Class of 2020/2024 Chrissy Grabel, Class of 2021 Desiree Gould, Class of 2022

    kwiedmeyer@vikingmail.org cgrabel@vikingmail.org dgould@vikingmail.org

    Demetria Brown, Class of 2023 Andrea Burroughs, Career Counselor Kelly Meyer, Secretary

    debrownr@vikingmail.org aburroughs@vikingmail.org kmeyer@vikingmail.org

    Preparing for Next School Year

    We know that we still have some uncertainty leading into next school year, but your counselors will be providing as much information as we can to students and their families.  While things remain up in the air, there are still plenty of things you can do over the summer to prepare for the next school year!

    • Are you taking an IB or AP class next school year? Many of our courses require some sort of summer assignment. Students enrolled in these courses should have been contacted prior to the end of the 2019-20 school year and are expected to complete all summer work before the first day of the new school year. Here is the list of summer assignments from the PHS website
    • Tour colleges virtually!  Many college websites have virtual tours of their campuses that you can take.  You can even sign up for Q and A sessions on Zoom or Google Hangouts.  For tips on touring campuses virtually, go to this website for helpful links and great questions to consider when looking for a good college fit.
    • Update your resume for a new job.  While this may not be the most exciting thing to do over the summer, you will have time to really spruce up your resume by either getting a job or searching for a new one.  Use this worksheet to help get you started and then use a resume template in Google Docs to put it all together.  
    • Relax and have fun!  Whether you are busy doing summer assignments or working, find time to take care of yourself (while also social distancing).  Being able to start the next school year refreshed means you will be ready to take on new challenges.

    Class of 2021, You’re Next!

    Can you believe you are (almost) seniors? Time has flown by and we are so excited to see what the future holds for you.  What can you do to prepare you for your senior year? Here are a few ideas from Ms. Grabel, your school counselor:

    • Do some career exploration in Naviance or on College Board.  When you find a career that interests you, remember to keep in mind the level of education you will need to have to get there. 
    • Does your post-high school life hold workforce, college, or something else? How about the best of both worlds by looking into apprenticeship and trade school options.  You can earn money while you get on-the-job training.  Even better, you will have minimal student loan debt.  The Greater Cincinnati Apprenticeship Council is a great place to start. 
    • If college is in your future, it is important to do some research on which colleges or universities you think you would like to attend.  You need to keep in mind that each college will have their own set of admission requirements and you should be aware of any specialized programs that will have higher expectations.  Check out the College SuperMatch on Naviance to help narrow down the type of school you want. 

    ACT and SAT Updates

    The next ACT test date is July 18th, with a registration deadline of June 19th.  Check ACT’s website for updated information regarding ACT administration during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The SAT scheduled for June 6th has been canceled, but they have added an additional testing date for September 26th.  The next available test is August 29th, with a registration deadline of July 31st.  Please go to the SAT website for updated information. 

    Community Resources

    Crisis Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK or text 838255National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

    Women Helping Women: (513) 381-5610Talbert House: (513) 281-CARE

    Su Casa Hispanic Center: (513) 241-7745

    The Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386


    Community Food Resources

    Grab & Go Meals at Princeton ElementariesSt. Monica’s Recreation Center, Lincoln Heights

    • 10022 Chester Rd

    Lincoln Heights Outreach Inc.

    • 9913 Wayne Ave

    The Healing Center, Springdale

    • 11345 Century Circle W