Dear Students and Parents of sophomores,
The counselors can’t believe we’re halfway through this school year! We want to take this opportunity to share some information with you, as sophomore year can impact a student’s future choices and career options. In February and March, the counseling department will be working with sophomores on the career portion of their Naviance this semester as well as helping your child select appropriate courses for their junior year in February/March. College Readiness Night will be held on January 16, 2019. Parents and students are able to hear from an expert in the field regarding the PSAT, SAT, ACT and college application general advice and current trends. Please visit sphstigers.org and click on the hyperlink of counseling & guidance to view the power points from the event after the week of January 21st.
We are fortunate to provide a mock ACT/SAT exam on January 26th at the high school. The mock exams allow students to recognize their strengths and determine which test, (ACT or SAT) would be best to take.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Sophomore programming presentations for choosing the 2019 fall classes will begin on January 24th in English classes. Counselors will present vital information and pass out pertinent forms, which need to be filled out by the students/parents with a parent/guardian signature. Please discuss the fall course selection with your son/daughter. Please also be mindful of their daily activities, in and out of school, when making a balanced schedule for the fall.
Stay connected to your child’s education through Naviance, a web-based resource that streamlines the planning and advising system for our students. Helping students increase awareness of their post-secondary options ensures them to achieve at higher levels. Each student has the ability to assess learning styles, skills, and interests; research post-secondary and career opportunities; track the college application process from start to finish, and learn about scholarships and financial aid. The “Family Connection” component of Naviance offers a wide array of services and content, such as bulletins about programs, events, and other items of interest, multi-criteria college search, college acceptance data, and scheduled visits by college representatives. Students and parents can register for individual Family Connection accounts through their counselor. Please make sure we have the most up-to-date student email account (stu.net)on record to ensure the smooth delivery of services. Sophomores should also be checking their students accounts.This year they will research careers and acquire a better understanding of how their interests and goals tie into them. Please use Naviance regularly at
Important SPHS information is also tracked through the Aeries Browser Interface (ABI). Both parents and students should have a spusd.net account, where you can access and check your child’s demographic information, daily attendance, transcript, assignments, progress reports, and report cards in real time. You no longer have to wait for the hard copies to be sent home! To access the ABI, you need an email address entered into our system. Your password will be emailed to you if this is the first time your email address is entered into our system. If you have forgotten your password, changed your email, or are missing a password, please stop by the main office and complete our ABI information form. The main office will work on getting the password updated and emailed to you. Also, SPHS will be sending updates and reminders of important counseling and school news. If you would like to receive this information and you have spam blockers, please allow email from the following addresses: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The counselors are very excited about the road ahead and we are looking forward to a meaningful and successful second semester for all of our students.
The SPHS Counseling Department
Olinda Cazares, Marylin Garcia, Tracy Ishimaru, Maria Long, and Nan Ng