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.
- Oct. 8th - Sophomore Parent Class Ring Night - 3 - 7 pm.
- Oct. 18th - Student half day; Parent/Teacher conferences
- Oct. 19th - No School; Parent/Teacher conferences
- Oct. 26th - Jr/Sr High Unity Day
Return to this screen for updated info on job postings, events and HS counseling news
Unity Month - Bullying Prevention: October is generally recognized as Bullying Prevention Month. At Deer Park, we also recognize Unity Day on Oct. 26th. As a school, we know that this is a topic that should be addressed all throughout the year. As with any important movement, support from the whole community is key. HERE is just a short list of resources and suggestions that we ask you to review and discuss with your student throughout this school year.
College Fair: Princeton HS is hosting a college fair this Wed., Sept. 12th. More info HERE.
TLC: Attention 7th and 8th grade parents - Thriving Learning Communities continues for our Jr High students! We know that students are more successful when they are able to identify and utilizes their strengths. Next week, your student should take the Strengths Explorer survey, so please ask about their top 5! Click HERE for a recent newsletter and HERE for a video about how strengths can assist your student!
Super Saturday Programming: If you are a parent of a gifted student, please check out these enrichment courses for students ages 4 -14! An informational brochure was sent home with your student this week and a list of courses can be found HERE.
Cincinnati National College Fair: SUNDAY, September 23rd, 2018 1pm – 4pm at the Duke Energy Convention Center – Downtown 525 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the Ohio Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC)
would like to invite all sophomores, juniors, and seniors to the National College Fair! Information and pre-registering can be found HERE! - IT'S FREE!!!
7th Grade Orientation: Weren't able to attend? Click HERE for the presentation!
Deer Park Public Library Events. Click on the following links to learn about some fun events:
Graduation Pictures: Lifetouch, our official commencement photographer, will have portraits available online at Events.Lifetouch.com approximately ten days after the ceremony. Celebrate your achievement with these professional portraits. More info can be found at: www.events.lifetouch.com
WSTEM: The 2018 WiSTEM (Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) Camp at Sinclair Community College Courseview Campus in Mason will give young women in high school the opportunity to explore different fields of study associated with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each day these young women will focus on an area of study like computer science, biology, chemistry, and physics. The ultimate goal of the camp is to expose young women to the vast array of exciting careers and opportunities available in STEM fields. The field trips to the Cincinnati Zoo and Kings Island, along with hands-on activities are designed to inspire the development of passion for STEM. If interested, you can register here.
New Scholarship Search Engine: Click HERE to try this option from LendEDU.
Important! Tide Pod Challenge Info: If you are unaware that students are being hospitalized for biting into and ingesting Tide Pods detergent packets, please click HERE to read about this dangerous activity.
Social Media and Depression
Click HERE to read an article from the Prevention Action Alliance that connects the two.
Jr High Cell Phones
As you may already know, all 7th and 8th grade students are asked to keep their cells phones in their lockers. As a result of this, discipline related to cell phone usage has decreased tremendously. Please click HERE to read about how you at home can set up an effective cell phone contract with your child that may keep them safe from cyber bullying and/or from committing acts of cyber bullying.
Substance Abuse and Bullying
Click HERE to be taken to DrugRehab.com to learn about the links between the two.
Lindner Center Opportunities
The Lindner Center for Hope offers many counseling groups to parents and students. See a list here.
Prevention Action Alliance
This organization, founded 30 years ago by a group of Ohio parents, seeks to raise awareness about the dangers of drug and alcohol misuse. Read their recent newsletter here, KNOW! Visit their website.
Be the Difference - Look for this in 2019-2020! Here is a preview!
Coming up in Nov, 2017, our 7th, 8th, and 11th grade students will take part in the programs The ID Project (Jr High) and the Be the Difference (for Juniors). These programs identify disrespect, stereotyping, and bullying as the main causes negatively impacting middle and high school climate and seeks to help our students grow through a day of fun activities, presentations, and learning about each other. Each program from Changepoint Learning is designed to give adolescents key tools that will serve them lifelong. The primary emphasis will be Self-Leadership focusing on the following: SMART Action Goals and SMART Action Plans, Future Self (focusing on personal values and who each one desires to become), Time Management (utilizing the metaphors of Four Quadrants/Big Rocks), Key Behaviors of Leadership, Qualities of Character . Each program does involve learning about the challenges and hardships that others have gone through and students are given the opportunity to share their experiences if they are willing. While we hope that all students will participate, you may choose to OPT OUT if you do not wish for your child to participate. If you have any questions or wish to OPT OUT, you can contact Jason Spelic at 936-4652 or by email.
Bullying Prevention Month - Coming up in October! This is last year's post!
Please read a letter from Dr. Orso re: the activities from this month, as well as to see some fun photos! Take a stand against bullying! See a slide show of the different events at Deer Park here and contact Jason Spelic at 936-4652 or at firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Cincinnati National College Fair
Sunday, October 22 from 1:00pm-4:00pm. Duke Energy Convention Center downtown. Pre-registering is required. Parking should be plentiful as the Bengals are playing out of town that day. More info can be found here.
8th Grade DC Scholarships
Due Monday, the 25th. Download the application form here!
Great Wolf Lodge is Hiring
New to DP?
Please contact your student's CCR counselor for a course selection form. You can access our Academic Course Planner here.
Missed Some Gifted Summer Opportunities?
Be on the lookout for the The Super Saturday Program. This program is organized to provide enrichment for those students who have been identified as gifted and/or are looking to expand and enrich their growth. Go to this link for information about this program.
February Was Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month
Be on the lookout for further information about an upcoming project that will help make Deer Park Jr/Sr High School a No Place for Hate!
College Credit Plus
Letter of Intent. Get a copy here and turn in to Ms. Madden
The Ohio Department of Education would like to share some information re: graduation options. Please check out the information here.
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. Watch a video that will give you more info about TLC! Learn about what your child is working on this month.
Surviving 7th Grade
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 go to the Children's Hospital Medical Center website.
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 going here and you'll find it under Quick Links. Ask your student to log in and show you all that they've done!
Women in STEM
Check out some interesting info here! Possible scholarship opportunity!
Accredited Colleges Data Based
Search here for a list of 3,539 accredited learning institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and other accreditation agencies.
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 Cincinnati MD Jobs website.
College Goal Sunday
Go to the College Planning page for more details if you missed last year's event.
Check out http://studentaid.ed.gov/.
Interested in info about College Credit Plus? Click on the link to the left or go here for UC's Main info page.
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. Please check Naviance for the 2017 list.
Check out these recent online articles for some interesting facts about social media and our thoughts about learning, especially math.
- A New York Times Article re: Social Media
- A Yahoo Finance Article re: Learning & Math
- U.S. News and World Report/Yahoo! Finance - "Best Jobs of 2014." If you ever needed a reason to pursue education after high school, this story gives you plenty.
- Read an article about the regional indicators re: careers in the future.
- Read an article about the top 10 disappearing jobs in the US.
Parents and Students,
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.
Note: Scholarships are available via Deer Park Board of Education. Interested seniors can obtain copies from Mr. Hubbard or Ms. Madden.