Corner Canyon High School, located in Draper, is the newest high school in Canyons School District. Their student body consists of about 1,800 students in grades 9-12. Interestingly, because seniors could opt out of moving to the new high school, the senior class is the smallest and around one-third of the students are freshman! Just last year, ninth grade was still part of middle school, so these students not only found themselves in high school, but in a big, new high school, and that brought some challenges.
Fortunately, team leader Allyson Hanks (A-C) and fellow counselors Amy Hardcastle (D-H), Sally Matsen (I-M), Dina Kohler (N-R), and Phil Handley (S-Z) were totally up to the challenge. They developed a program – “Get Some Grit” – to increase the awareness of key skills and attitudes they need to succeed in high school and beyond.
Of course there are the other 1,200 students in grades 10-12 to serve, and counselors are equally dedicated to assuring the success of these students. “Visibility” is a key counseling strategy. It is important that students know the counselors – especially their own – and that students perceive their counselors as available and helpful. The number of students who drop in, and the days that counselors are spending in classrooms add up to a focus on student success as they progress through their high school careers.
The “Senior Silver Star” newsletter keeps seniors apprised of dates and deadlines, but also offers them other information to promote their success beyond high school.
Another practice worth mentioning is the building-wide effort to “catch students being good.” School staff carry “Charge Cards” – Care, Honor, Achieve, Respect, Give, Engage – to hand out to students. Students can then enter their cards in drawings for prizes.
This is just a sampling of the counseling and guidance practices being implemented at Corner Canyon High School by a team of exemplary counselors with the support of administrators at both the school and district level. Utah CTE wishes CCHS counselors and students continued success!
Great things are happening in every school across the state. Utah CTE wants to hear from you. Educators and students, what is your CTE story? Tell Utah CTE about what is taking place in your school/classroom by sharing your CTE story.
Students, nominate your favorite school counselors for an “I Love My School Counselor” honor in February, during Career and Technical Education Month. Entries are due Friday, January 31, 2014.