Working with Your Goddard High School Counselor
One valuable resource for Goddard High School students and parents is your counseling department. Here are some tips you can use to help build helpful relationships and get the most of what we have to offer. In general, we serve as a guide through academic, career and personal/social issues as they relate to the high school experience.
Get to know us.
We will see students on a regular basis as they progress through high school, however, please make an effort to get to know us early in your student’s high school career. Make an appointment to talk to us, learn about our policies and procedures, and learn about programs we host. This will make future conversations much more productive.
Help us get to know your son or daughter.
When you meet with us, give us some background information about your student that will help us understand more about your son or daughter, such as special talents, skills, or needs, any strengths and weaknesses, who their friends are, what their family situation is like and what challenges he or she might have overcome. The more we know about your son or daughter, the easier it will be for us to assist you and your student.
Keep in contact.
Don’t limit yourself to just one counselor meeting. Keep in touch with us throughout the school year, whether through email, phone or additional face-to-face appointments. Don’t forget to encourage your student to navigate the course of high school with the counselor. While you should never hesitate to ask us questions, you will be helping your son or daughter develop into a responsible adult by encouraging him or her to take charge of his or her issues.
Participate in as many parent activities as you can, including enrollment meetings, open houses, college fairs, college workshops, evening programs and/or financial aid workshops. The information you’ll receive at these types of events will help you become more knowledgeable about the types of educational, occupational and personal choices your student will be making about high school and life beyond high school.
Utilize counseling resources.
We do our best to make resources on a variety of topics available to you. Newsletters, websites, pamphlets and informational programs are all often available to give you more information. Take advantage of these resources. By keeping your email address up to date, and by using Skyward on a regular basis, you can remain current on what is happening.