Student Services is comprised of School Counselors, School Social Workers, and the School Psychologist. The Student Services team works collaboratively to best help students in the areas of academic achievement, personal/social development and career services, as well as providing responsive services.
Student Services News:
Start Scheduling Your Courses for the 2019-2020 School Year
Students can begin to make course requests for the 2019-2020 school year using their Career Cruising account! Students will officially submit their schedule on "Course Submit Day,” which is February 4th, in their homeroom classes. Please take time to review course scheduling information to make informed decisions about your requests as well as your alternate requests. Students will not be able to change their schedules after their schedules are submitted.
To learn about scheduling at SPHS, or if you need a reminder about how to schedule using Career Cruising, please click the following video links:
How can I get help scheduling?
Prior to Course Submit Day (February 4th), students should be talking with their teachers, counselors, families, consult our scheduling videos and quick links, and attend the Course Expo on January 17th from 5-7 pm to make the best decision about their course selections. Students can also sign up for a Cardinal 30 session with their counselor, see their counselor during most lunch periods, or schedule an appointment for scheduling questions. We encourage students to make appointments during nonacademic blocks.
Username: SPASD-XXXXX (Student ID #)
Password: MMDDYYYY (birthday)
Click on "Choose My Courses"
Important Career Cruising Tips when Scheduling
To add a study hall, use the "Keyword" option and type "study"
To add a quarter study hall opposite Traffic Safety, use the "Keyword" option and type "Q1" or "Q2" etc. for the desired quarter study hall
If you choose a compacted course, the first semester option must be accompanied by the second semester option
You must fill out all alternate course boxes before you are able to submit your schedule
Students do not need to turn in any Sign-off sheet, but can review it for their benefit
Remember to attend the Course Expo on January 17th from 5-7pm at the High School Field House to speak with teachers about the variety of courses being offered.
Sun Prairie High School counselors are committed to maximizing the success of all students through academic, personal/social, and career development. To best become familiar with our students and their needs, students are assigned to counselors by their last names and keep the same counselor throughout high school. If you would like to make an appointment with your counselor, please stop by the Student Services office and schedule a time before or after school or during study hall. Lunch hour appointments are also available if necessary.
Students are assigned to counselors based on their last name:
Students with last names beginning with A-D are assigned to:
Students with last names beginning with E-J are assigned to:
Students with last names beginning with K-O are assigned to:
Students with last names beginning with P-T are assigned to:
Students with last names beginning with U-Z are assigned to:
Who Are School Psychologists?
- School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
- School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education.
- School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).
What Do School Psychologists Do?
- School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation; they use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems.
- School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, addressing abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises.
In addition, most school psychologists provide the following services:
- Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems
- Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior
- Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community
- Evaluate eligibility for special services
- Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning
- Determine social-emotional development and mental health status
- Evaluate learning environments.
- Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance
- Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning
- Provide training in social skills and anger management
- Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma
- Design programs for children at risk of failing at school
- Promote tolerance,understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community
- Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments
- Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health
- Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments
Research and Planning
- Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs
- Identify and implements programs and strategies to improve schools
- Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions
Growing Up Is Not Easy
All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may:
- Feel afraid to go to school
- Have difficulty organizing their time efficiently
- Lack effective study skills
- Fall behind in their school work
- Lack self-discipline
- Worry about family matters such as divorce and death
- Feel depressed or anxious
- Experiment with drugs and alcohol
- Think about suicide
- Worry about their sexuality
- Face difficult situations, such as applying to college, getting a job, or quitting school
- Question their aptitudes and abilities
School psychologists help children, parents, teachers, and members of the community understand and resolve these concerns.
Ms. Amy Kohl
Ms. Amy Giza
Psychologist (Full Day Monday, Wednesday & every other Friday)
School Social Workers
School Social Work Services
Helping students to:
Working with administrators to:
2. Ensure compliance with special education laws
Supporting parents to:
Linking schools and communities to:
Assisting educators to:
Ms. Talitha (TJ) Hansen
Ms. Kim Martin
Sophomore Students viewed an Academic & Career Planning (ACP) presentation video on Monday, October 22nd in their homeroom. Please be sure to view the following video to be most informed about how to support your student through their ACP process.
One aspect of the presentation was learning how to utilize Career Cruising for students' ACP Portfolio. The ACP is being implemented statewide. More information about the ACP can be found HERE.
Dear SPHS Junior Students and Families,
As Junior year is winding down, there is much to think about in preparation for senior year and beyond. All Junior students viewed a Video Presentation about senior planning during their homeroom classes on May 13th. Please view and refer back to this material when planning for senior year and beyond.
Below you will find links to important websites mentioned in the video linked above. This information will be reviewed with next year's seniors in September.
Important Links from the Presentation
Wisconsin Education Fair (coming to SPHS on September 19th)
Post Secondary Planning Guide (See last page for more helpful websites)
Please make individual appointments with counselors to discuss specific plans or additional questions after reviewing this presentation.
SPHS School Counselors
On September 18th, seniors heard a presentation about post-high school planning.
Topics discussed included Career Cruising, application processes, sending transcripts, ACT scores, letters of recommendation, and searching for scholarships.
In homeroom, students will have the opportunity to sign up for small group meetings for individual follow up questions through the Flexi Sched program.
Please view the Senior Planning Presentation
- College Goal Wisconsin (workshops that help students and families fill out the FAFSA for financial aid).
- Career Cruising and ACT Test Prep
Senior Information Survey
Seniors: If you did not complete the survey, please go to this link:
Students can access the Career Cruising website HERE.
- Username: SPASD-studentID#
- Example: SPASD-1234567
- Password: your birth date (mmddyyyy)
- Example: 085511990
Other topics included are:
- Career Assessments
- Careers Exploration
- Post High School Education Exploration
- Academic Planning & Scheduling
- ACT Test Prep Materials (Method Test Prep)
- Click HERE for a Video Tutorial on Method Test Prep
- Graduation Requirements
Guidance/Student Services Secretary