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Counselor's Corner (Newsletter)

Grizzly Guidance

Directions and Connections


Welcome to the family!  The counselors extend a special welcome to all our new ninth graders and incoming students.  It’s going to be another exciting year ahead.


Grizzly Retreat:  On August 6th 9th graders and new students will come together for a time of fun in an effort to get connected and familiar to the school before it actually starts.  For more information or to sign your student up for the retreat, please complete the sign up form.  Keep an eye on the GBHS website for information on how to sign up.


Schedules:  Schedules can be picked up on the student’s assigned day (see assigned days below).  If students have questions about their schedule, they may see an administrator in the gym foyer on schedule pick-up day.  The only changes that will be made on schedule pick up days will be for obvious academic errors (i.e. missing a class, duplicate classes, or required academic level changes).  We strive to make schedule changes as quickly as possible, and the process we have is as equitable as possible; please note that email and voicemail change requests cannot be honored.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation in working with our process as it is designed to get students settled into classes as soon as possible. 


Schedule Changes:  Students that would like to request a change to their schedule may do so by coming to the theater, at the end of the day, on the first day of school.  Students that participate in the schedule change process will be given a random number so there is no need to rush into the theater; this is not a first come – first served process.  Class changes will only be available where there is room in the master schedule.  Parents are welcome to attend with their student. 


Schedule Pick Up Days:  Seniors: Mon., Aug. 4th (morning), Juniors: Mon., Aug. 4th (afternoon), Sophs:  Tues., Aug. 5th(morning), Frosh: Wed., Aug. 6th, (morning). 


Math and World Language Recommendations:  Please be aware that there are certain grade prerequisites for placement in the next level of math and world language.  If your student has signed up for the next level but failed to meet the grade requirement after finals in May, the class may be changed to repeat the current course before moving on.

Refer to the course catalog (available on GBHS website) for more details on prerequisites http://www.granitebayhigh.org/Page/1078.  



Drop “F” Policy:  Remember that we have a two-week “drop-F” policy which means any necessary changes must be made within the first two weeks of the term. Because of the 4X4 schedule, most academic changes must be made during the first week of school.  After the second week of school (ending August 22nd), a student will receive a “drop F” grade from any class being exited.  Exceptions will be made only for teacher initiated/approved level changes within the same subject area.


GBHS Counseling Department Website


We would like to continue to point you to the GBHS Counseling website!!!  We have been working hard to provide relevant information in a timely and readily accessible format. Hopefully you will find it helpful in providing current school news, grade level advising, academic resources, social/emotional resources, test-taking strategies, stress management help, college and career searches, college handbook, study skills help, etc. 


NAVIANCE is a great resource to assist in college and career decisions!  Every student and parent has an account!

Log on at  http://connection.naviance.com/gbhs


Below are suggestions, per grade level, that families can focus on during the summer break:

  1. Freshmen – During 9th grade advising, we had students start the ‘Do What You Are” personality profile.  Consider starting or completing that section which can be found under the “colleges” tab.
  2. Sophomores – During 10th grade advising, we had students start the “Career Interest Profiler.”  Consider starting or completing that section (which can be found under the “colleges” tab) to connect with careers and potential college majors that may be a good fit for your student. 
  3. Juniors – During 11th grade advising, we encouraged students to begin their college or post-secondary search in Naviance.  This summer is the perfect time to research colleges, 2 year programs, military, etc. in order to be prepared for the Fall application season.
  4. Seniors – Current seniors will continue to have access to their Naviance account for the next three years (through May 2016) should they need to continue career or college research, take interest inventories, or need a resume template.


It’s Time To Start and/or Continue Your College/Career Search @


CaliforniaColleges.edu is the state’s official website that provides information about higher education and career planning in California for students and parents.  It has been developed in collaboration with the California State University (CSU), University of California (UC), California Community Colleges (CCC), Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU), and the California Department of Education.  You will find it is a great place to start the college/career planning journey with guidelines for exploring colleges/careers, paying for college, how to navigate the admissions process, how to pick the college right for you, etc.






Remember you can access your student’s classroom assignments, current grade, attendance status, transcripts etc. from home on your own internet-connected computer.  To create a student or parent account, please visit this address http://homelink.rjuhsd.us/.


Study skills: www.studygs.net, http://lsc.sas.cornell.edu/ 


Stress Management: www.stressmanagementtips.com


College Searches:  www.collegeprowler.com,   www.princetonreview.com,  www.californiacolleges.edu


Career Searches:  www.cacareerzone.com,  www.cacareercafe.com, http://www.osha.gov/                    


SAT and ACT Practice Tests:  www.collegeboard.com, or www.actstudent.org


Volunteer Work:  www.roseville.ca.us/hr/volunteer_center/default.asp


Occupational Handbook:  http://online.onetcenter.org/find/ -O-net


Personality Test:  http://www.humanmetrics.com/