Student Services Overview

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Marian’s Student Services Department assists each student in her academic and personal/social development and college planning. The Department cooperates with teachers, administrators, parents and specialists to help each student define and achieve appropriate educational and personal goals.

Educational/Academic Preparation

Marian offers all students a highly academic, college-preparatory course of studies. The Student Services Department facilitates course selection consistent with ability and interest, preparing young women for future opportunities beyond the walls of Marian.

Marian’s Educational/Academic Preparation Program:

  • Provides individual and small group educational planning
  • Organizes freshman study skills sessions
  • Develops a four-year plan of study
  • Monitors academic progress
  • Coordinates registration process
  • Facilitates peer-tutoring program
  • Facilitates testing program
  • 6th & 7th grade test
  • 8th grade placement exam
  • PSAT
  • PLAN
  • ACT and SAT
  • Advanced Placement tests
  • Reports and interprets test results
  • Conducts PSAT, ACT and SAT preparation classes
  • Assesses alumnae information
  • Facilitates Marian’s dual enrollment program
Student Success Information
The Student Success Coordinator works with students who have both diagnosed and undiagnosed learning disabilities. There are several strategies that the Student Success Coordinator uses in order to improve academic success at Marian. From organizational tips, providing visual and auditory directions, exams offered orally and overall study skill techniques, Marian will work individually with each student to ensure their continued growth and success at the college preparatory level.

 

Important Documents for parents and students:

Personal/Social Development
Marian’s Guidance Department strives to enhance personal and social maturation. High school is a new, exciting, and sometimes intimidating experience. The Department sponsors several different groups and programs to ensure your daughter finds her place and continues to grow personally. Marian’s Personal/Social Development Program:

 

  • Organizes support groups
  • Assists with adjusting to high school
  • Provides individual and group counseling
  • Sponsors IDEAS – Increasing Diversity and Equality Among Students – a multi-cultural student group
  • Coordinates life skills education through a seminar series that includes:
    •   Drug/alcohol related topics
    •   Health/fitness education
    •   Relationship strategies
  • Coordinates life skills across the curriculum
  • Facilitates crisis and emergency intervention
  • Provides response counseling for everyday needs
Support Groups
Once again, during the fall semester, students will have the opportunity to participate in support groups. These three groups will meet during the school day, once a week for eight weeks. The groups are led by the Student Services Department and offer support in the following areas:

 

  • Divorce Group: for students who are coping with the dynamics of divorce.
  • Grief Group: for those students who have experienced a loss of someone close to them.
  • Drug/Alcohol Group: For those students whose lives have been or are impacted by another person’s abuse of drugs/alcohol.

*Contact your daughter’s counselor for more information.

College/Career Exploration
Marian views college preparation as a four-year journey, beginning with career exploration and culminating in the college search process. The Student Services Department works closely with students, parents and faculty in preparing young women for college and beyond. Marian’s College/Career Exploration Program:

 

  • Assists with searching for and applying to colleges
  • Administers and interprets interest inventories and career search programs
  • Organizes career information
  • Coordinates Senior Job Shadowing Program
  • Facilitates parent meetings
  • Informational Parent Evenings
  • Junior Parent College Night
  • Senior Parent College Night
  • College Financial Aid Night
  • Guest speaker programs for the community
  • Coordinates college fairs and admission counselor visits
  • Operates a student-focused College Center
  • Posts scholarship and open house opportunities
  • Offers a variety of resources for college planning on Marian’s website
  • Posts information on educational forums, travel abroad programs and other leadership events

Student Services Department

 

  • Jennifer Christen is an Assistant Principal; she oversees the Student Services Department.
  • Kathy DeWispelare will work with the students whose last names begin with (A-G).
  • Laura Gelecki will work with students whose last names begin with (H-N).
  • Joanne Fisher will work with students whose last names begin with (O-Z).
  • Priscilla Trecek is the Learning Services Coordinator.
  • Mary Steiner is the Assistant Director of Student Services and will assist the counselors and staff in Student Services.

*All services are provided in confidence, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, consistent with ethical and professional guidelines.