Counseling/College & Career Readiness Department

The Counseling and College & Career Readiness Department at Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School seeks to assist students and families by providing supportive services and post-high school planning.

These services support the areas of social-emotional development, student academics, and College/Career Readiness (CCR) and planning.This site will provide our students and families with various tools to help navigate a students' education through 7th - 12th grade and beyond. 

Please use the links below and to the right to learn more.If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your students' CCR school counselor.


Important Dates

Feb. 10th - Interim Time - Please Check Schoology

Feb. 13th - President's Day - No School

Feb. 14th - Teacher Inservice Day - No School for Students

Feb. 25th - The 59th Annual Cake Walk!

Please use the following links to be taken directly to that section of this page.  Thank you.

CCR Info

Summer Programs

News Articles

College Visits


DPHS Academic Info

Latest News:  

Return to this screen for updated info on job postings, events and HS counseling news

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month - Help us to get need info and resources out to our students.  Click HERE for more resource information and HERE for an information booklet on Project AWARE. 

Scheduling 2017-2018

Grades 8 - 11 - Click HERE for information about the process.  Forms are available in the CCR and via each student's Naviance account under Document Library.  Click HERE to see the Academic Course Planner.

Grade 6 - 7 - Click HERE to see the presentation on electives.  Forms are available in the Amity office (for 6th grade), and with Ms. Sullivan and the CCR Office (for 7th grade).

CCR Conferences and ACT Scores:  Our winter Student-Lead Conferences are coming up on March 2nd and 3rd.  Please be on the lookout for an online scheduler.  Part of that night will be review your students ACT Aspire scores; these were administered to students in grades 7 - 10.  Click HERE for a pamphlet on how to interpret these results.  

#Noplaceforhate:  As you may or may not have heard, the students at Withrow High School recently had their school vandalized with racist images and words.  We want to send a message to the students and faculty there, as well as to all of Hamilton County, that the students and community of Deer Park do not support these acts of hate.  Instead, we want to send a heartfelt message of support to the students and faculty and want them to know that they will not be alone in this battle against words and images of bigotry. 

On Friday, we are asking for students and families to show their support by wearing the Withrow school colors of orange and black.  We will be sending out positive images and words using the the hashtag  #Noplaceforhate;  parents, please feel free to join us in this campaign.  We also want our students to sign the banner of support that will be in the cafeteria Thursday and Friday; representatives of our school will deliver this to Withrow Friday afternoon.

While we feel extremely sorry that the Withrow students suffered this heinous acts, our students' compassion towards others is what truly makes Deer Park the place to be!

College Credit Plus - Letter of Intent.  Click HERE to get a copy and turn in to Ms. Madden

Cincinnati State is hosting a parent/student info night Jan 26th.  Find out more info HERE

The Super Saturday Program is pleased to announce our Winter 2017 Class Listing.  Regular registration runs through January 7th.   Winter session dates will be from January 21st through February 25th.  There are a lot of great class offerings, a few old favorites and a lot of new courses for kiddies ages 4-14.  Click HERE for more info!

Be the Difference:  The juniors took place in this program on Nov. 11th.  Please ask your student how incredibly powerful this event was!   If you have any questions, you can contact Jason Spelic at 936-4652 or at  


Graduation Information:  The Ohio Department of Education would like to share some information re: graduation options.  Please check out the information HERE.

Bullying Awareness Month:
October is generally recognized as Bullying Awareness Month, and Deer Park Junior/Senior High School has many different events planned throughout the course of the next four weeks.  As your students walk through the hallways, they will notice new signs encouraging students to be patient, caring, and inclusive.  This year's Unity Day T-shirt sale has also begun  and a flier was emailed to every student  However, this concern cannot be handled by the school alone.  We ask that parents speak with their children about the need to handle conflicts appropriately, reporting concerns to teachers and administration as things happen, and not just being a bystander to acts of unkindness that can happen on the way home school, the park, or online, but to be an upstander to those who will need someone to pull them away from instigators and be a witness on their behalf.  Together, we can continue to make DP a great place to be!

Thriving Learning Communities comes to Deer Park!  TLC (Thriving Learning Communities) is a strengths-based character education program that will be incorporated into our Junior High Xbells.  Along with having students spend some time on Happify, our students will learn ways to improve upon core strengths that we all have.  This is one of the many activities DP is doing to focus on it's district goal of character development.  Click HERE to watch a video that will give you more info about TLC! Click HERE to learn about what your child is working on this month.

Jobs! The following business have let us know they are hiring.  Stop by the CCR office for info.

  • Great Wolf Lodge
  • Deer Park Public Library

Bullying Awareness Month / Character Education - Click HERE to see a 2015 slide show of the different events at Deer Park and contact Jason Spelic at 936-4652 or at for more info about these incredible events! Again, check out our new character education program called Thriving Learning Communities by clicking on this video for more information.   More events will be happening this October!  Be on the lookout! 

Graduation Requirements:  Click here for information from the Ohio Department of Education re: Graduation Requirements.

Surviving 7th Grade:  Click HERE to see the 7th grade orientation presentation.  

Surviving the Teens - Suicide Prevention Information:  If you missed the presentation by Cathy Strunk, RN, from the Psychiatry Department of CHMC, and would like more information about this program, please click HERE to be taken to the Children's Hospital Medical Center website.



CCR Information

Deer Park Junior/Senior High school continues to utilize Naviance as the focal point of our College and Career Readiness Program.  You can find the Naviance link by clicking here and you'll find it under Quick Links.  Ask your student to log in and show you all that they've done!

Career in Medicine?

TAP MD’s mission is to seek and find “untapped” talented high school students to increase the number of future Tristate physicians, throughout the Greater Cincinnati area including both urban and rural regions. Info can be found at

College Goal Sunday

Click HERE for more details if you missed last year's event.

FAFSA help? 

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Interested in info about College Credit Plus?  Click on the link to the left or HERE for UC's Main info page.



Visits to Colleges & Universities (+ Other Opportunities!)

Ohio colleges and universities are having special programs for students and families to get to know their programs better.  Colleges also send reps to school to present to our students.  The fall 2016 visits are done, so watch here for when our 2017 list will be posted; you can also find it on Naviance! Thank you!

Cincinnati State is hosting a parent/student info night Jan 26th.  Find out more info HERE



Web Articles About Jobs and Learning

Check out these recent online articles for some interesting facts about social media and our thoughts about learning, especially math.


Scholarship Info! Updated 2/16/2017

Below is a list of current and past scholarships brought to the attention of the CCR department.  

Parents:  Students receive information on current scholarships via their Naviance Family Connections account. Their account is the most updated reference point.  If you are curious as to what is available, please ask your student to log in with you.  

This list is maintained so that parents and students may see what is available without logging into Naviance.  The CCR department does not always receive information on scholarships that are renewed, so expired opportunities are also included and may be offered again.   

Note: Scholarships are available via Deer Park Board of Education. Interested seniors can obtain copies from Mr. Hubbard or Ms. Madden.

Available Scholarships:

Guaranteed Scholarships:  A searchable site for possible scholarships to various colleges.  Found at:

The Spangenberg Law Firm invites students who will be enrolled in college next fall and who share our passion about important societal issues to participate in our 2017 Video PSA Scholarship Contest. This contest challenges entrants to create an original, compelling, and impactful 30-60 second video public service announcement (PSA).  More info can be found HERE.

The William D. Squires Scholarship:  15 scholarships available to Ohio Students.  Info can be found HERE.

Financial Aid Info for Minority Students: has some info that may be of assistance.  Click HERE for more information.

AIC College of Design. Upcoming deadline for the Art and Design scholarship, due February 2, 2017 @ 4:00pm.  More info found at:

2017 Milton Fisher Scholarship for Innovation and Creativity is available for the U.S. high school junior or high school senior or any person entering an undergraduate degree program in the fall.  Application Deadline: April 30, 2017.  Award: $20,000.  Info at:

The Levy Law Offices are offering a $2,500 scholarship to one student who will be enrolled in a two-year to five-year institution (college or university) in 2017 in Kentucky or Ohio. To apply, students will create a short (2–3 minute) video or write a 1000 word essay.  Applications are due March 20, 2017. Full info at:

The Congress-Bundestag Vocational Exchange Program:  See your CCR counselor if you're interested in an exchange program in Germany!

The Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program provides scholarships for talented, high-achieving young women from the Midwest to participate in academic summer programs at some of the country's top colleges.  Click HERE for more info.

Gettysburg College/National Science Foundation is offering STEM scholarship program for students interested in STEM fields (Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics). STEM Scholars will have their full demonstrated financial need met for all four years with no loans.   Deadline for Regular Decision admission (using the Common Application) is January 15, and students should file both the CSS Financial Aid Profile and FAFSA by January 15.  Click HERE for more info.

Full Sail University:   Designed for 2017 high school seniors who are exceptionally talented in their written and visual communication, academically successful, and passionate about the entertainment and media industries this scholarship can award up to $20,000 to qualified applicants.   Click HERE for more info. 

Nuxhall Miracle League Scholarship:  The Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields provide positive athletic experiences for children and adults with disabilities and challenges.  This is a one-time scholarship available to current players and volunteers with our organization. The number of scholarships available will vary each year, and the scholarship amounts range from $250-$1,000 per award.  Due January 15, 2017. See your CCR counselor for an application.

Robert A. Klingler Co., L.P.A. Is offering its second annual Ohio Problem-Solving Scholarship for 2017. Info can be found at:Scholarship Page:

The Children’s Defense Fund Beat the Odds® Scholarship Program annually honors, celebrates and rewards five outstanding Ohio high school seniors who have overcome tremendous adversity to achieve academic excellence, demonstrate leadership in their community, and aspire to continue their education.  We need your help to identify deserving high school students.  Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by Wednesday, November 30, 2016.Those selected as the 2017 Beat the Odds scholarship recipients will receive the following:

·       $5,000 college scholarship
·       Laptop computer
·       Access to CDF’s network of leadership opportunities and Beat the Odds alumni
Info can be found at:

 CollegeExpress:  A website that allows students to search for various scholarships;

Air Force Academy:  Information, including scholarship info, can be found here:

The Wendy’s High School Heisman® Scholarship:  Scholarships ranging from $1000 - $10,000.  Deadline Oct. 3.  Apply at:

The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Dallas:  Valued at more than $250,000 (out of state) or $150,000 (in state).  Deadlines: Oct. 25, 2016 (early) or Jan. 4, 2017 (regular).   Info at: scholarship currently open until December 2016.  Info at:

Frank Kazmierczak Memorial Migrant Scholarship at

Davidson Fellows Scholarships at

Siemens Math, Science, and Technology Award Scholarships at

Students Shaping the Future of TV Scholarship at

American Fire Sprinkler Association at

Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarships at

Gannon University via  Gannon recently launched a new scholarship program on   Through, students can earn “micro-scholarships” from Gannon and over 180 other colleges (including Denison, Butler, and the Indiana State) for their academic and extracurricular achievements.  Sign up at:

Avant Garden Decor $500 available.  Go to::  for more info.

Medical Assistant Courses Online:  $2,000 video essay scholarship competition.  More info at:  They have sent out a list of various scholarship opportunities.  Consider checking out the following:  

The Bob Hollifield Scholarship is named for a social studies and head football coach at Deer Park.  The scholarship is given to students with a good academic record  who have been involved throughout high school in a variety of extracurriculars.  As of 2015-2016, thirty eight students have been given scholarships since inception.  Be on the lookout for this scholarship opportunity to be emailed to you via Naviance Family Connections in the spring of 2017; you may also see your CCR counselor re: this.  People wishing to contribute to the scholarship may do so by contacting Mr. Phil McCluggage at

The Para and James Carnes Scholarship Award is a local, merit based scholarship designed to provide financial support for one high school student accepted into a college and/or post secondary continuing education program.  Each academic year one or more students will be selected as the recipient(s) of a $2,000.00 scholarship award which will be paid directly to the college/post secondary institution for which the recipient has been accepted. Applications are due April 29; see your CCR counselor for one.

The Louis Manning Athletic Memorial Scholarship Award is a local, merit based scholarship designed to provide financial support for one high school student accepted into a college and/or post secondary continuing education program.  Each academic year two students (1 female and 1 male) will be selected as the recipients of a $500.00 scholarship award which will be paid directly to the college/post secondary institution for which each recipient has been accepted. See your CCR counselor for an application, due by April 29.

Golden West Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning Scholarship.  $1000 Scholarship.  Deadline: November 30, 2016.  More info at:
Eligibility:  If you have an interest in engineering, home design, or home improvements such as plumbing, heating or air conditioning you are eligible to apply for our scholarship program. Eligible students can reside in any state.

All Pro Plumbing, Heating & Air Scholarship:  Deadline: November 30, 2016.  $1000.00 scholarship each year to help with college or trade school tuition for students interested in engineering, home design, or home improvements.  Info at:

Sales Training and Development Scholarship  For those planning to pursue a degree in business or teaching or have plans to own your own business we invite you to apply for our scholarship program. $1000.00 annual scholarship.  Deadline is December 31, 2016.  Scholarship link with details and entry form:

Deer Park Business Association:  A scholarship is available for those candidates who might not be on a college-prep track and whose next step in career readiness may not be a two- or four-year degree.   See Mrs. Madden for an application.

National Hispanic Health Foundation:

National Black Nurses Association Scholarship Program:

The Deer Park PTO Scholarship: Go to


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