The mission of the School Counseling program at EHS is to create and support an ethical, nurturing and challenging learning environment for all students. As professional school counselors we provide academic, career, and personal/social development leading to high academic achievement and successful post high school pursuits for every student....every day.
Every student deserves to be treated with dignity and respect.
Every student is a unique individual who will learn and process information differently and, given proper support and encouragement, will achieve and be successful.
All students have the right to a safe and supportive learning environment.
In setting high academic and personal/social standards for all students.
School Counselors provide Academic, Career and Personal/Social Development and serve as an advocate for all students.
In collaborating with administration, teachers and parents to support student achievement.
We have a role in educational reform; that is our responsibility to address barriers to student achievement and success.
Our behavior and words impact student learning and motivation; that as a school community we must insist on student's achievement.
The California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Education, Section 852, states, "A parent or guardian may submit to the school a written request to excuse his or her child from any or all parts of any test pursuant to Education Code Section 60640. A school district and its employees may discuss the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program with parents and may inform parents of the availability of exemption under Education Code 60615. However, the school district and its employees shall not solicit or encourage any written exemption request on behalf of any child or group of children."
Hello! Attached is a list of community services opportunities the school has been made aware of during the month of September and ongoing opportunities to earn community service hours. Remember to bring the attached Community Service Verification Form with you when you volunteer at a non-profit organization.
Students must serve a minimum of 40 hours of community service as a requirement for graduation from Newport-Mesa Unified School District. It is recommended that students complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service each year. Students may accumulate more than 10 hours per year. Students are advised to complete the community service requirement prior to their senior year.
What qualifies as community service?
- Community service hours must be completed at a non-profit organization.
- A student may volunteer for a single organization or at a variety of organizations.
- Students are encouraged to complete their hours in areas related to their personal interests.
- Paid experiences do not qualify.
- Working without pay at your job or for a family business does not qualify.
- Court ordered community service will be accepted for up to 20 hours of the required 40 hours.
- Students can earn a maximum of 20 hours through a sport.
- Students cannot earn hours for donating items or money...only their time.
How do I prove my community service hours?
Students must complete a Community Service Verification Form for each organization he/she volunteers at. A supervisor's signature is required on each form. The parent of a student may not sign as the supervisor. Verification forms are located in the main office and Counseling Office as well as on our website. Forms must be submitted within one month of the date of service and are to be turned into the Counseling Office. Hours earned over summer should be turned in at the beginning of the school year in September.
If you have any questions regarding community service, please contact Jennifer Chamberlin at (949) 515-6551.
The Teen Program through the City of Costa Mesa Recreation Program is hosting a teen event called 'Ool Party at the Downtown Aquatics Center on Friday, September 23 from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The 'Ool Party is for teens in Grades 7-12. Please see the attached flyer and parent permission slip for the event.
The Teens Program offers a Drop-In Teen Center after school where teens can enjoy a safe and fun space where they can work on homework, play video games, participate in monthly challenges, and create unique art. Please see the attached flyer for more information about the Drop-In Teen Center.
The Downtown Recreation Center offers open gym hours where they can play basketball after school.
The Teens Program offers 6 events throughout the school year for teens. Please see the attached flyer for the upcoming teen events scheduled.
Sophomores - mark your calendars! The PSAT will be given in the large gym on Wednesday October 19th starting at 8am