Guidance and Counseling

Welcome to the Gaylord High School Guidance and Counseling Office Website.  Our goal is to provide services in educational development, career development, and in social/emotional development.  These services include counseling, consulting, and coordinating. 

Mrs. Somerville is responsible for students with the last name beginning with A-G, students with a 504 plan, and students who receive special education services.  Mrs. Eckstein is responsible for students with the last name beginning with H-O, and Mr. Hervela is responsible for students with the last name beginning with P-Z. 

Below you will find information on the following: ACT Test Dates, Scholarships, Financial Aid, NCAA-College Athletics, Dual Enrollment, Counseling Opportunites For Students, and Prevention Programs.

ACT/SAT

2016 - 2017 ACT Test Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Required
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6-19, 2017

 

The ACT                        


(Gaylord code:  231-620)
Free ACT online prep and registration, college and career planning

2016 - 2017 SAT Test Dates    

Test Date Registration Deadline
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017

                                                                                          

SAT test information: www.collegeboard.com     
(Gaylord code:  231-620)

Career Exploration

Sites for Career Exploration

EduTrek
Students can search database for colleges by state, degree, and subject.  Offers a free matching service.

Career Cruising
Students assess their interests and skills while matching them to possible career options.
Username: GCSD-XX (last two digits of graduation year) last name first initial
Password: School ID#    
(Example:  GCSD-17SmithJ)

Mapping Your Future

College App Map
A great resource to find apps to support, inform, and coach you to and through college.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
(click on "career exploration")

Occupational Outlook Handbook
A guide to career information

Career One Stop 
(click on "explore careers", then complete self-assessments)

Job Corps

Scholarships

VFW Voice of Democracy program--Students, grades 9 - 12, eligible for possible scholarship money and trip to Washington, D.C.  Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on "American History:  Our Hope for the Future."  Additional information and applications available in the Guidance Department, and at www.vfw.org.  Deadline:  October 31, 2017.  

ACT Student Champion Award ($500)--Student must have taken the ACT, plus have a composite ACT score of 22 on a single test date, or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale.  Preference will be given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.  Deadline:  December 31, 2017.  Apply online at https://www.act.org/readinesschampions.

2017 Future of Assisted Living Scholarship ($2,000)--High school senior must be enrolled in either a 2-year or 4-year college program for the fall of 2018.  Student must write a 250 word maximum introductory bio about his/herself, and write a 500-750 word essay response to the question:  How can your major of study improve the lives of seniors in assisted living facilities in your town?  Apply online at http://scholarship@senioradvisor.comDeadline:  December 31, 2017.

Sparkling Ice Scholarship ($5000)--Student must be a U.S. citizen and a graduating high school senior.  Student must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and be enrolled at a college, university, or trade school for the Fall 2018 semester.  Deadline:  February 15, 2018.  Apply online at https://www.SparklingIce.com/scholarship.

MEA Scholarship (~$1,000)--Student must be a dependent of a MEA member in good standing.  Community service, academic achievement, and extra-curricular activities will be considered.  One letter of recommendation required.  Must apply online at http://www.mea.org/mea-scholarship. Deadline:  February 22, 2018.

 

 

Other Scholarships

List of scholarships by state
List of national scholarships

NROTC Scholarship Program:  Additional information can be found at https://www.nrotc.navy.mil.

 

Financial Aid

It all starts with FAFSA

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Begin after Oct.1st)

Michigan--Paying For College

Financial Aid Night

October 26, 2016, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Gornick Auditorium at GHS

NCAA - College Athletics


It is extremely important to let your Coach and Counselor know if you plan to participate in college level athletics!  Counselors know the ropes for initial eligibility and will help guide you through the process.

All Gaylord courses have been submitted to the NCAA eligibility center; however, not all courses have been approved.  Talk with Mrs.Eckstein to make sure you are taking the right classes for NCAA eligibility.

Key Links

NCAA Website
NCAA Eligibility Center

Dual Enrollment

Get the jump on your college career with dual enrollment

General GHS Dual Enrollment Requirements & Information

The Dual Enrollment program enables students at Gaylord High School to enroll in classes offered by North Central Michigan College and Kirtland Community College and earn college credit while still in high school.

  1. Students can qualify for dual enrollment by taking one of the following assessments:  PSAT, SAT, ACT, or MME.   Contact your Guidance Counselor to see if your scores qualify.
  2. The college courses cannot be a hobby, craft, or recreation course, or in the subject areas of physical education, theology, divinity, or religious education.
  3. The district must not offer the college courses.
  4. School districts are required to pay the lesser of:
  • The actual charge for tuition, mandatory course fees, materials fees, and registration fees; or
  • That state portion of the students' foundation allowance, adjusted to the proportion of the school year they attend the postsecondary institution.
  1. Understand that dual enrollment may effect your class rank and GPA.
  2. Be aware that dual enrollment classes may conflict with GHS extra-curricular activities. It is expected that the college schedule take precedence over all GHS scheduled events.
  3. If a student withdraws from, or fails a dual enrollment class, he/she will be billed for the class and textbook. Classes typically cost between $600-$700 per semester, not including the textbook(s).

Always check to see if your college course will transfer to a four year Michigan university  (www.macrao.org)

Contact Mrs. Eckstein with any questions at (989) 705-3108.

Counseling Opportunities

Guidance Counselor: Compassion, Inspiration, Positivity

Topics include anxiety, stress, coping strategies, depression, and bereavement.   Please call Mrs. Somerville for more details at 731-0969 to schedule your student for counseling.

Prevention Programs

STOP Underage Drinking

The Sound of Your Voice is a short animated video that encourages parents to talk with their young adults about the consequences of underage alcohol use.

Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol is a companion guide for parents that emphasizes their continuing influence on alcohol use decisions by their young adults. It offers tips on how to discuss this issue before and during college.

This year the students enrolled in Health Class will receive a Bullying Prevention Lesson.  They will learn the definition of bullying, be introduced to Matt's Safe Law, and learn a specific strategy to deal with bullying if they are a victim or bystander, STOP-WALK-TALK, strategy.  If you would like more information about this program please contact Mrs. Somerville in the guidance office.

Stop Drug Use

Need help having the drug talk?  There's an app for that (http://talksooner.org/apps).

Talk Early.  Talk Often.  Here's how.

Visit http://TalkSooner.org, or download the app.  Learn conversation starters.

Research proves that children and teens whose parents are engaged and hands-on in their day-to-day lives are much less likely to misuse prescription drugs, smoke or drink alcohol.