Guidance Services

  • Guidance counselors serve at the secondary schools to assist students with course selections, to meet with and counsel individuals or groups of students in order to help them overcome obstacles to learning and personal growth, to provide career information, and to guide in the selection of a prospective career and further education. Guidance counselors also serve as an important liaison between the school and the home, and provide parents with information on the student's progress in school.

    If you are in need of a work permit for a summer job, please contact Mrs. Stephanie Schumaker, Guidance Secretary (sschumaker@kasd.org), to make an appointment.  She can be in the office on a very limited basis if someone needs to process a permit.  Please be patient and understanding as we navigate this change in procedure.  


    COUNSELING STAFF

    Mr. Andrew Brett
    Grades 10 & 12
    Class of 2021 and Class of 2023
    Contact: (484) 641-5539 

    Ms. Lauren Cicale Smith
    Grades 9 & 11
    Class of 2022 and Class of 2024
    Contact:  (484) 641-5541

    Mrs. Stephanie Schumaker
    Guidance Office Secretary
    Contact: (484) 641-5549

    Current and past issues of the Cougar Update are available for preview / download. Information pertaining to upcoming college visitations, fairs, and open houses, scholarship opportunities, useful online resources, and upcoming district events are found within the Cougar Update. Additionally, the K-12 Guidance Plan can also be found here.

     

    Information from the High School Counselors: 

    We hope this finds you and your families safe and healthy.  There are many questions during this uncertain time and we hope we can still be a resource for you and your student.  Listed are some links to helpful information. Please reach out to us if you have any questions. We still have access to our voicemails, so you can call the school to our direct numbers to leave us a message.  Please make sure you leave a valid email address, that you check regularly, so we can get back to you (also leave your name and your student’s name).

    Andrew Brett (Grades 10 and 12) - 484-641-5539 or abrett@kasd.org

    Lauren Cicale Smith (Grades 9 and 11) - 484-641-5541 or lcicale@kasd.org 

     

    Help is available:

    Need Help?  Call 2-1-1 - By calling this FREE and confidential information referral service, individuals are connected to community programs and resources, including child care, housing assistance, health programs and more. 2-1-1 is available 24/7 and staffed by trained bilingual call specialists.

    If someone in your house is in need of mental health support, please contact Berks County’s Service Access and Management:  

                         https://www.sam-inc.org/pa/homepage.html

    If your child needs to talk to someone, RUok Berks County has trained professional ready to listen:               

                         http://www.ruokberks.com/

     

    Other Helpful Websites:

    https://www.girlshealth.gov/feelings/index.html

    https://teenshealth.org/en/teens/your-mind/

    https://www.caron.org/our-programs/education-alliance/digital-learning



    OTHER NOTES:

    -We encourage students to check their school email regularly for updates and encouragement from the counseling staff

    -We encourage students to access their courses in Canvas regularly.  Teachers are working hard to create activities to keep students engaged while at home.  

    -We encourage students who are taking virtual courses through KVA to continue working on their courses.  

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