Madison High School Counseling Staff
Roberta Cooper, Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Hale, Counselor: email@example.com
Kelly Shelton, Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Hunt, Counseling Secretary: email@example.com
How counselors support Madison students
The guidance and counseling program addresses the needs, assets, and potential of each student by facilitating the development of skills for learning to learn, to work, to live, and to contribute to the community.
Madison High School's counseling program contains the following components - guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, system support and integration, and student advocacy - to enhance student success. For a description of each component and a timeline for implementation, click here.
How to find your counselor
Counselors are assigned to one of four freshman academies and will remain with your child as long as they are a student at Madison High School. To know which counselor you will be working with, you can find the counselor's name printed on their course schedule or by calling the counseling office at 503-916-5220.
Parents: Counselors spend the majority of their day working with students. Therefore, the easiest way to contact your counselor is via email. Clicking on the counselor's name will initiate an email. You may also call 503-916-5220 and follow the prompts to be connected to a counselor. If the counselor is with students, you may leave a message on their confidential voicemail.
Students: If you need to see a counselor and it is not an emergency, sign up for an appointment with Julie in the counseling center. You will be provided a pass, allowing you to come and see your counselor.
Thank you for your cooperation with this process. Your support contributes towards a smoothly running, efficient and effective counseling staff!
Academic support for students
Study Tips for High School Academic Success from a former senior senator
Daily/weekly grade check form (English)
Formulario de control diario/semanal (Espanol)
Edbox - keep in touch with your student's progress by logging into the online grading tool used by Madison teachers. A personal username and password are required. The district will mail parents/guardians this information in September. If you do not receive by the end of September, please contact Julie Hunt in the counseling office. We believe this tool is a vital connection between home and school, allowing families to be on top of their student's academic progress well in advance of report card time!
Academic Excellence program - The Academic Lettering Program began in 2012 to recognize student achievement. Students that have a minimum of 5 classes where a letter grade is earned and have achieved a 3.5 grade point average three out of four quarters in a single academic year will earn an Academic Letter & Academic Pin.
Personal & Social support for students
Multnomah County School Based Health Clinic - Madison's health clinic serves students and community members through the age of 21. Counseling is also available four days a week. To schedule an appointment for a health related concern or individual/family counseling, call (503) 988-3382. Se habla espanol.
Madison Clothes Closet & Food Pantry - Please contact your counselor for more information.
Title X - This program works to remove barriers that may prevent students from achieving academic success. Eligible students are those that are in transition, homeless, or living "doubled up."
College & Career support for students
Madison students and families connect to colleges, scholarship and volunteer information using Naviance. With a personalized account, students can conduct personality & interest surveys to create a 'game plan' for life after high school. Anyone can explore Naviance as a guest! Go to: connection.naviance.com/madisonor, click "I'm a guest" and enter the password: gosenators (one word, each letter is lowercase).
Are you a visual learner? Check these instructions out for:
The College & Career Center hosts college representatives and career talks. For an up to date calendar of events, login to Naviance and click "Campus visits." If you are interested in presenting a career talk or volunteering in the CCC, please contact Kelly Shelton at 503-916-5220 x79353 or firstname.lastname@example.org
College Visits on Naviance
Colleges will begin visiting Madison students in late September. Don't miss out on visiting with a college rep! See Naviance "College Visits"
Check regularly for recent additions.
Students that have entered colleges in "Colleges I'm Thinking About" will receive email notification when a visit for that college is scheduled at Madison.
Save the Date: Financial Aid Night
On Tuesday, December 11, 2012 from 6:30 pm-8:00 pm, Madison High School will welcome the Director of Financial Aid from Pacific University, Michael Johnson, to kick off the financial aid season for seniors and their families. More information to follow.
ACT Test for Juniors at Madison (April 2013)
To get ready:
- practice sample questions online
- click here for test taking tips
- sign up for test preparation resources in our community
Credit Advancement & Credit Recovery options
On-line courses and off-campus learning are a way for some students to earn high school credit(s). These classes can be used to retrieve credit or to take classes the student may not want to take/can't take in the regular school day. Please consult with your high school counselor for more information.
Outdoor School with MESD....high school students may earn Elective credit for their leadership as Outdoor School student counselors. Eligible students have a minimum 2.5 GPA and excellent attendance. For more information, see Ms. Cooper in the counseling center.
Credit by Proficiency in World Languages with SLIP & STAMP exams. See your counselor for more details and a calendar of testing dates.
Madison Publications & Resources
- ACT vs SAT- which one is best for me?
- Essay writing tips under construction
- Guide to Planning for College adapted from Grant High School's Guide to Planning for College
- Madison H.S. Profile
- Naviance classroom guidance lessons
- Princeton Review's COLLEGE BOUND to do and know (for grades 9-12)
- Senior Handbook under construction
- Junior Time Line under construction
- Tips on Financial Aid & Scholarships adapted from Grant High School's Tips on Financial Aid & Scholarships
ACT- This is a national college admission examingation that consists of tests in: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning. ACT results are accepted by all U.S. colleges and universities. Register online. ACT fee waivers are available to students that qualify for Free/Reduced meals. See your counselor for details.
SAT- The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills you'll need for academic success in college. The SAT assesses how well you analyze and problem solve. Like the ACT, SAT results are accepted by all U.S. colleges and universities. SAT Subject Tests are designed to demonstrate to colleges mastery of specific subjects like English, history, mathematics, science, and foreign language. Many colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, course placement, and to advise students about course selection. Colleges that requires a Subject Test will specify in their admission requirements. SAT fee waivers are available to students that qualify for Free/Reduced meals. See your counselor for details.
Naviance - Login by clicking "I'm a Guest" and enter the password gosenators (one word, lowercase)
Student Aid on the Web - Scholarship search wizard and lots more (U.S. Gov)
Oregon Scholarships- Lots of information & a l ink to the online OSAC application
U.S. News College Information- Great resources in addition to college rankings
College Navigator- Detailed information from U.S. Dept. of Education on all U.S. schools including "net price" & much more.
Western Undergraduate Exchange- Residents of WICHE states can gain affordable access to programs, states avoid costly and unnecessary duplication of programs and facilities, and colleges and universities can devote their resources to improving the quality of their educational offerings.
Scholarships for Undocumented Students- Scholarships for Undocumented College-bound students who are not citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States are nto eligible for State or federal financial assistance because of their immigration status. In addition, they are generally classified as international students and therfore are required to pay higher tuition and fees.
Native American Scholarships- Scholarships for Native American Students. This is a very small list, but will grow shortly. Please check back by before winter break.