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Atlantic School Counselors

Letter to Our Families During COVID-19

Dear Parents and Students,

We know that this can be a difficult time for all of you and we want you to know that we are in this together!  While the way in which we interact may have changed, our commitment to our students and their overall well-being and success has not.  Below you will find the contact information for each counselor.  Counselors are available Monday-Friday, 8:00-3:30 via email and will do our best to get back to you within 24 working hours. 

The link to district web-site is https://www.vcsedu.org/ .  Here you can find an abundance of information and up-to-date info as we get it.  We will also be updating and posting information on our twitter account that will be used to update parents and students; follow us at @atlguidance. 

This is unchartered territory for all of us so please be patient as we navigate this situation and know that we will be here to help you in any way we can.  Your school counselors are working together to figure out new ways to reach our students and to get information out to you all. We miss all of our students and we hope to be back to campus soon!  Until then, take care and stay healthy.  Fins up!

If you are experiencing an emergency after hours here are a few hotlines available to you:

  Suicide prevention hotline - 1-800-784-2433

  Crisis intervention hotline - 1-800-273-TALK

  Mental Health assistance - 1 - 800-539-4228

or if you are experiencing an emergency - dial 911

Hoping you are staying home and safe.  We will get through this!

Update from College Board for AP Students

Student/Parent updates: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/students

  • Highlighted free AP live classes on every student's homepage, and added links to recorded classes on key topics and review concepts.
  • Students should be strongly encouraged to test during the standard testing window of May 11-22.  The make-up dates are to be reserved in case of an emergency…a power outage when a student tries to sit for the exam in the first window….internet connectivity issues….etc.
    View the full testing schedule.
  • AP Classroom has enabled all free-response questions to be taken by students at home on any device, without requiring the LockDown Browser.  The AP Exams will not require a Lockdown Browser either.

  • AP Classroom has provided optional, self-paced student practice, with free-response questions to help students practice their knowledge and skills as they prepare for the exam. Students can see scoring criteria from past exams to help revise their responses.

  • Any student who does not have access to a device and/or internet should contact us directly to let us know by April 24.  An AP Coordinator or teacher may also fill this out on the student’s behalf.

  • Parent Webinar:  hosted by Trevor Packer, head of the AP Program, to learn more about at-home testing, the exam schedule, and AP review classes. He'll interview an AP teacher about how to best prepare for exams and a representative from college admissions about how students can earn college credit and placement with exam scores. The webinar will take place on Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m. ET.  Register Now

School Counselors

Mrs. Anne Ornstein (previously Mrs. Giacovelli) - ext. 38132, Teams ext. 76579 [email protected]

        Students whose last names begin with A-E

Mrs. Jan Turp- ext. 38183, Teams ext. 75933 [email protected]   Director of Guidance

         Students whose last names begin with F-I

Ms. Anna Tai- ext. 38139, Teams ext. 75864 [email protected]

         Students whose last names begin with J-Q

Ms. Tonya Jackson- ext. 38130, Teams ext. 75778  [email protected]

         Students whose last names begin with R-Z

Counseling Office Staff

Ms. Yolanda Kennedy, Registrar- ext. 38141

Mrs. Renee GutierrezGuidance Secretary- ext. 38497

For Seniors Only -Final Transcript Request Form

  • Seniors -please fill out and return to Ms. Yolanda Kennedy. You should only be sending your final transcript to the college/university you are attending in the Summer/Fall semester. Final transcripts are typically released in late June and contain the graduation date that is set by the District. 2020 Final Transcript Request Form.pdf (109.8 KBs)

News Update: Financial Aid

This week, Oct 1, saw FAFSA and FFAA open! Very exciting time for our seniors. Please check out Florida Shines’ Pay for College Feature

 https://www.floridashines.org/go-to-college/pay-for-college

FL State University System Guide

GENERAL INFORMATION

HOMEWORK REQUEST PROCEDURE

For absences of less than 3 days, we ask that the student make arrangements directly with their teacher to get any make up work. In order to request make up work due to a lengthy absence of 3 or more days, contact the Guidance Office at 386-322-6100 ext. 38497. Please allow 24 hours for the work to be collected from the teachers.

PARENT CONFERENCES

School Counselors are available for conferences throughout the school day, however, to ensure that your child's counselor is available we recommend that you call ahead and set up an appointment. Please contact our secretary at 386-322-6100 extension 38497. Parent/Teacher conferences are setup with at least 24-hour advanced notice.

Gradebook/VIMS

VIMS (Volusia Instructional Mgmt System) is your tool for staying informed as a student or parent by providing access to attendance, grades, current and upcoming assignments and teacher e-mail addresses. VIMS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any computer with an Internet connection. Access to VIMS requires a confidential username and password that may be obtained by contacting the DLTL Coordinator at 386-322-6100 extension 38109.

PARENT PORTAL

The ParentPortal will allow parents to monitor their child's progress in school by providing Internet access to grades, attendance, discipline, academic history, graduation verification, and standardized test results in a secure password protected environment. An authorization form needs to be obtained through the School Counseling Office (Mrs. Gutierrez) in order to access your child's data.

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