School Counseling and Career Guidance Program
How and Why do Parents Contact the School Counselor?
- Concerns over student achievement
- Family health problems
- New school orientation and registration
- Test Interpretation
- Discussing special needs of their child
- Early discussion of potential crises
- Family difficulties or concerns
Parents can call their student’s school counselor at any time for a phone conference or to set up a school visit.
The counseling department can schedule parent-teacher conferences at 8:00 a.m., or parents can contact teachers to set up a conference during planning periods or after school.
How does a Student See a School Counselor?
- Stop by and make an appointment
- Request of a counselor
- Parent referral
- Administrative referral
- Teacher or other staff referral
- Referral by friend(s)
For more information about the school counseling program, please contact one of the following school counselors:
Merlin Counselor (9th grade)
(865)594-1240 ext. 1351
School of Skilled Professions Counselor
(865)594-1240 ext. 1354
School of Health Science Counselor
(865)594-1240 ext. 1230
Testing Coordinator/RTI Counselor
School of Communications Counselor
(865)594-1240 ext. 1409
For more information about school counseling, log onto the American School Counseling Association website: http://www.schoolcounselor.org
Who are School Counselors?
School counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population.
Licensed with at least a master’s degree in school counseling, training includes coursework in career development, human growth and behavior, guidance and information services and a supervised internship.
Tennessee School Counseling and Career Guidance Standards for K-12
Our program is based on the Tennessee School Counseling and Career Guidance standards for K-12 which is aligned with the ASCA national standards, and have been adopted by the state board of education. This model incorporates standards of achievement in the following areas:
School Counselors assist students in educational planning by:
- Setting and reaching academic goals
- Developing a positive attitude toward learning
- Developing an educational plan
- Understanding individual learning styles
- Improving test-taking skills
- Recognizing and utilizing academic strengths
School Counselors help students grow personally & socially in:
- Developing self knowledge
- Making effective decisions
- Developing relationship skills
- Learning healthy choices
- Improving responsibility
- Resolving conflicts
School Counselors assist students’ career planning and decision-making by:
- Developing skills in career decision-making
- Analyzing the interrelationships of interests and abilities
- Understanding career stereotypes
- Exploring careers through shadowing experiences
- Utilizing the career planning process
School Counselors can help in many situations:
“My parents are getting a divorce. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
“I’m new here and I’m having trouble making friends.”
“I have a bad temper and need to learn how to control it.”
“Fred scores high on standardized tests but hardly makes passing grades in school.”
“Karen always tells me she doesn’t have homework, but I found out she isn’t doing it.”
“I need some ideas for helping students to get along with each other.”
“Bill hasn’t been himself lately. He seems to be preoccupied with something.”
“Mary has a lot of absences. I’m concerned about her grade in my class.”
“I need some ideas for helping students get along with each other.”
“I read something in Suzy’s journal and I’m worried about her.”
When and Why to See Your Counselor
Schools counselors address the academic and developmental needs of all students through collaboration with students, parents, school staff, and the community.
Why see your school counselor:
- Academic skills support
- Organization, study, and test taking skills
- Post-secondary planning
- Career planning
- Problem solving & goal planning
- Crisis intervention
How to see your counselor:
Students can be referred to the school counselor by a principal, teacher or other staff member, parent, or by themselves. Students who want to meet with their counselor should have permission from their teacher during an Elective class (non-Core Academic class).
GPA is the cumulative average of your semester grades for each class. It is recalculated after each full semester (not summer). GPA is important. It is one of the first things college admissions officers and possible employers look at. Your grades tell a lot about you as a person. High grades typically indicate that you are a hard worker and responsible. Knox County Schools reports a weighted and non-weighted GPA on your transcript; the non-weighted GPA is used to qualify for the Hope Scholarship.
Calculate your Non-Weighted GPA.
A=4 (How many do you have?) _____ x 4 = ______ points
B=3 (How many do you have? ) _____ x 3 = ______ points
C=2 (How many do you have? ) _____ x 2 = ______ points
D=1 (How many do you have? ) _____ x 1 = ______ points
F=0 (How many do you have? ) _____ x 0 = ______ points
Add the points together to get your total points _________.
Divide total points by the number of classes written above.
My GPA is ________________.
Links to GPA Calculators:
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All students who are enrolling at Fulton High School from outside of the Knox County School system will need to provide the following:
- New Student Enrollment Form –Available online at the Knox County District Homepage under the Forms link on the left-hand side, or in person at the Fulton High School Main Office (yellow).
- Proof of Residency or Transfer Letter
o If you are zoned for Fulton High School, you will need to provide proof of residency. Acceptable proof includes the following: most recent KUB bill or a copy of your lease agreement
o If you are NOT zoned for Fulton High School and are receiving a transfer, you need to provide a copy of your transfer letter.
· Guardianship / Divorce Papers if applicable
· Immunization Record – Immunizations must be recorded and signed on an official form and can be obtained from your primary physician or from the Knox County Health Department.
· Physical Exam – A current copy of a physical must be on file within 30 days of a student’s first day of school. Physicals must not be more than 2 years old.
· Social Security card COPY
· Birth Certificate COPY
If you have any questions, please contact Carol Morris, Fulton High School Registrar at 865-594-1240 x1356.