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Edmond Woodway High School



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Edmonds Woodway High School

School Counseling Department Newsletter

November / December 2019

A time of gratitude, reflection, and transition into the new year

Quarter 1 Progress Reports Available

Our Warriors have completed the first quarter of the 2019-20 school year!  Families can access progress reports through Skyward.  The progress report card includes first quarter grades and comments from teachers.  Progress report grades are not posted on transcripts but they are an important indicator of the student’s academic progress.  If you have questions or concerns about a particular course, please contact that teacher.

“Signs of Suicide” Curriculum Shared with Students

School Counselors are in the process of delivering Edmonds School District approved mental health curriculum called “Signs of Suicide” to all 9th grade students through English classes.  This valuable curriculum includes depression awareness and suicide prevention training.  We conclude each lesson with a brief screening that each student completes, which allows Counselors to work directly with students in need.  Important outcomes from this training include knowing that depression is a treatable illness; that suicide is a preventable tragedy that often occurs as a result of untreated depression; and resources that students can access at school for help.

Holidays and Well-Being

The holiday season can bring a variety of emotions for people: excitement, stress, celebration, obligation, connection, loneliness, and many more.  The holidays can also put a unique financial pressure on families that adds to the stress of the season.  Recognizing the many emotions that you’re experiencing is an important first step of handling this time of year.  Relish in the moments of joy and celebration while also being present and compassionate towards the more difficult feelings of loneliness and obligation.  Adults, teens and children all experience this time of year differently and cope with feelings in different ways.  Some coping skills that you and your family might try include:

  • Exercise
  • Read
  • Listen to music
  • Color / draw
  • Complete a puzzle
  • Play with a pet
  • Go for a walk outside
  • Dance
  • Meditate

Academic Tips for Winter Break

Winter Break is a great opportunity to catch up on missing school work.  Communicate directly with teachers prior to Winter Break about what assignments can still be turned in.  Check Canvas / Skyward regularly as a family to prioritize what work should be completed.  Most teachers use Canvas to post assignments and grades. 

Semester 1 ends on January 24.  Students should strive to complete assignments and earn strong grades.  Any concerns about changing a class at the semester should first be problem-solved directly with the teacher.  Schedule changes are only granted for health conditions or academic misplacement.

FAFSA & WAFSA Information for Seniors

This year’s seniors (class of 2020) should file the 2020-21 FAFSA or WASFA. The FAFSA and WASFA Families should plan to file their applications as soon as possible, paying close attention to the financial aid deadlines each college sets.

Most families will file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  If a student is ineligible to file the FAFSA due to their citizenship status, they may file the Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA).  Some colleges may also require families to file the CSS Profile.

FAFSA:   https://fafsa.ed.gov             WASFA: www.readysetgrad.org/wasfa  

Important Upcoming Dates

Friday, December 20: Early Release

December 23 - January 3: Winter Break

Monday, January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (no school)

Friday, January 24: End of semester 1

Friday, January 24: Early Release

Monday, January 27: No School (professional development day)

January 27 - February 1: Timeframe to add/drop classes for semester 2

Meet Your EWHS School Counseling Department

EWHS School Counselors are assigned to students based on the student’s last names:

Alex Costumrado, Students last names A-E

Molly Challman, Students last names F-K

Evan Hatch, Students last names L-Q

Jillian Wellington, Students last names R-Z

Jennifer Luce, DHH Students

Cheryl Menteer, Counseling Secretary

Janna Kinnear, Registrar

Shana Lipscomb, College & Career Specialist

Teresa Polendo, Student Support Advocate

Kellee Guillaume, Graduation Assistance Coordinator