Midlothian High School

Chesterfield County Public Schools

School Counseling

Mission Statement

The mission of Midlothian High School counseling program is to empower all students to reach their full potential by providing a comprehensive school counseling program to facilitate their academic, career, social-emotional development. As guided by the ASCA National Model, the ultimate objective is to assist students in identifying their interests and skills, enhance productivity, responsibility, self-expression, healthy decision-making and conflict-resolution skills along with other competencies that will remediate students deficits, strengthen their unique capabilities and enable our students to participate as contributing members to society.

Counselors can help students with

  • academic planning and educational progress;
  • concerns that interfere with learning;
  • ability to cope with pressures;
  • test results and what they mean;
  • various school programs and community opportunities; and
  • college planning and technical training beyond high school.

Chesterfield school counselors

  • are trained to work with parents, students, and other school staff members;
  • work with students individually and in groups to help resolve problems that interfere with learning;
  • support students with special needs and may serve as a member of the child study team;
  • coordinate gifted program opportunities;
  • offer crisis intervention and prevention;
  • maintain contact with and make appropriate referrals to various community and social agencies;
  • provide information about community and other resources;
  • plan and coordinate various schoolwide programs for students and parents; and
  • help students explore options regarding college, work, and vocational training.

Counselors focus on SUCCESS by

  • facilitating the transitions from elementary school to middle school to high school to post-secondary choices
  • providing counseling and guidance services regarding
  • academic progress,
  • vocational and career planning,
  • test interpretation,
  • academic planning,
  • problem solving, and
  • college and post-secondary options.

Counseling Office

Phone ~ 804-378-2440
Fax ~ 804-379-9810
Office Hours are Monday – Friday from 8:00am – 4:00pm
Registration by appointment only

Find your counselor (Request to see your counselor)

Students A–Ch: Mrs. Lawson
Students Ci – Har: Mr. Birmingham
Students Has – Mah: Mr. Erby
Students Mai – Ra: Mrs. Brady
Students Re – U: Ms. Harrison
Students V – Z: Ms. McWhite
IB students: Ms. Speller
Theresa_Kniphuisen@ccpsnet.net
AngelaB_Brown@ccpsnet.net

9th Grade

WELCOME CLASS OF 2022!

This page will provide information relevant to 9th graders here at Midlothian High School. As you peruse our resources, if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to your School Counselor!

Graduation Requirements

Standard Diploma

Advanced Diploma

SOL Tests

How to Read your Transcript

  • Grade Scale for CCPS
  • Calculating your GPA
  • Weighted vs. Unweighted
  • When do I get credit?

Freshman Year Checklist Things to be thinking about throughout the course of the school year…

Need to see a school counselor?

Tips for Freshmen

  • Make sure you are enrolled in classes designed to prepare you for college
  • Meet your School Counselor, they will likely be writing a college recommendation for you
  • Talk about careers, professions, and/or studies that interest you
  • Visit a the website VA Education Wizard- www.vawizard.org and take Career Assessments
  • Join service organizations in high school and in your community that may expose you to new interests and possible careers
  • Look for opportunities to work or volunteer with people who are professionals in careers that interest you.
  • Look for enriching summer programs that you can participate in during the summer
  • Talk with your parents or relatives about your options, ambitions, and aspirations
  • There have been increasing concerns about how students’ social media image could be affecting their college and employment prospects.
  • If you start to feel overwhelmed, talk to someone! Tell your parents, counselor, or teachers, don’t wait until it’s too late!
  • Get involved!

Enjoy being a TROJAN!!!

Using your PSAT Scores to investigate career pathways. Click Here!

10th Grade Resources

  • Start keeping track of your activities and accomplishments – use a spreadsheet on Google Drive or another type of document that you will continually have access to throughout high school. You can later use this list to create a resume or fill out applications, and you won’t forget anything!
  • Visit your teachers during office hours or after school – you will want to have a strong relationship with your teachers so later on you can ask them to write letters of recommendation for colleges or serve as a reference for job applications.
  • Take some career assessments to start getting an idea of what you want to pursue after high school! Some assessments include:
  • Look for opportunities to work or volunteer with people who are professionals in careers that interest you. Stop by the school counseling office for the Community Service permission form and the log where you can record volunteer hours.
  • Schedule college visits. Research the schools ahead of time and don’t be afraid to ask questions on the tour! Find out what programs they offer and what life on campus will be like. Identify characteristics that you like in a school and try to avoid wanting to go to a school just based on name. Remember you will be looking for the school that is the best fit for YOU.
  • Sophomore students will take the PSAT mid-October 2019
  • Start doing test prep for the SAT/ACT.
  • Khan Academy Practice – (https://www.khanacademy.org/) www.khanacademy.org/test-prep/sat
  • PSAT Practice Material – https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice
  • Clean up your social media accounts. Colleges and jobs use social media to get an idea of what kind of people their applicants are. Don’t post anything you wouldn’t want a grandparent to see!
  • Do your homework and make time to review and study every day. Your grades this year matter! Your freshman and sophomore year grades go into the GPA that you will use to apply to colleges. Even if you are not happy with your current GPA, you can work to improve it!
  • Work with your school counselor to ensure you are fulfilling graduation requirements and planning for an appropriately rigorous schedule over the next two years.
  • Thinking about taking an AP course? – https://ap.collegeboard.org/
  • AP Credit Policy – https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/creditandplacement/search-credit-policies
  • Learn to make the most efficient use of your time
  • Use SMART goals to keep you on task (www.studyright.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/SMART-Goals-Tracker.pdf)
  • Include down time in your schedule
  • Prepare for the ACT (www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation/act-academy.html)
  • Review your four-year academic plan with your counselor
  • Plan rigorous academic courses for your junior year
  • Enroll in Honors, Dual Enrollment (DE), Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, which may earn college credit, if you are looking to pursue college as an option beyond high school
  • Extracurricular activities – Join a club or try out for a sports team
  • Volunteer for something you find important
  • Explore summer opportunities—be mindful of application deadlines Career exploration
  • Seek summer opportunities to work or volunteer in your field of interest
  • Take an interest inventory—it expands your ideas for careers you may enjoy (https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/explore-careers)
  • Have conversations with counselors, teachers, family and community members about their career paths and what they studied in college College search
  • Visit campuses—think about size, location and campus programs
  • Attend local college fairs in your area (www.nacacfairs.org/attend/national-college-fairs)
  • Try online college fairs and virtual campus tours (https://campustours.com)
  • Use an online search engine to find colleges (http://bigfuture.collegeboard.org) Summer Summer opportunities
  • Create a summer reading list from teacher recommendations
  • Confirm your summer plans (e.g., work, academic enrichment programs, summer workshops, service learning, travel, camps, internship, campus tours) Money management
  • Learn about types of scholarships and grants (www.finaid.org, www.studentaid.gov)
  • Take a financial education course (www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/young.html)
  • Use the tools found on the College Affordability and Transparency Center website (https://collegecost.ed.gov) to compare and estimate your college costs.

11th Grade Resources

Important reminders for Junior Year:

  1. Do your best in all classes! If you are planning to apply to college, this year will be the most recent academic progress colleges will review when you apply in the fall/winter of your Senior Year.
  2. If college bound, sign up to take an SAT or ACT test – or both! Most schools will accept either test, some schools no longer require a test score at all. Do your research for the colleges you are interested in.
  3. Start thinking about your plan for after high school – you don’t have to have it all figured out, but start researching and investigating what interests you. https://sites.google.com/a/ccpsnet.net/mdhs/home/resources/college-career-center

Resource list for Juniors!

  1. Opportunities Booklet – this booklet is given to our Juniors during their spring scheduling meeting. This is a fantastic resource covering everything you need to know regarding higher education in Virginia!
  2. You may download a copy here: https://www.ecmc.org/students/opportunities-guide-workbook.html
  3. SAT / College Board: www.collegeboard.org
  4. Sign up for SAT testing, free study prep for the test using Khan Academy, review information on AP courses, college search engine “Big Future”
  5. ACT: www.actstudent.org
  6. Sign up for ACT testing

12th Grade Resources

Parchment – Sending Transcripts

​Requesting a transcript does not automatically send it to the school. Your school counselor processes the transcript using Parchment. If a student requires a letter of recommendation from their counselor, they MUST communicate that request to their counselor.

Transcript Release Form

Graduation Dates have been announced – Midlothian High School will graduate on June 3, 2020 at 7:00pm
Senior Female scholarship opportunity! Click Here for details!

If your senior has received an award or scholarship, please complete this link! http://bit.ly/2020AwardAnnouncement

ABC Contractors Inc, will be coming to Midlothian High School for a presentation on March 19th at 10:00 am in the Library. There will be 4 to 5 companies present. The presentation will include information on the specifics of each company, apprenticeships, pay, upward potential and various career opportunities. The students will have opportunities to network with these companies immediately after the presentation.

This program, piloted in the 2018-2019 school year at several schools, led to 17 students that had interest in the construction field or did not have plans for after high school, to enroll in ABC’s Summer Core Construction training program for a direct avenue to apprenticeships within their chosen fields.

Students must be interested in construction field apprenticeships and graduating this school year to attend the meeting. If you wish to sign your student up for this presentation, please use this link to register.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1diKZ0i8OAMKd4A88C8oJq7gQGZtfkUQX/view?usp=sharing

SATCollegeBoard.org

This is a FABULOUS resource for parents and students to use as they prepare in advance for the SATs. It includes content tips, calculator tips, and frequently asked questions about changes to the Math SAT and is a MUST for students who are taking the new SAT. Link your CollegeBoard account to Khan Academy for personalized SAT prep!

PSATCollegeBoard.org

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It’s a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT®. It also gives students a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

PSAT Score Reports: Students who took the PSATs in October will receive their PSAT Score reports back in January. Families are encouraged to attend the PSAT interpretation at CTC @ Hull Street on Tuesday, December 17th from 6:30-7:30PM.

Instructions for official SAT practice can be found here!

ACTACTStudent.org

An independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to measurement and research for those making educational and career transitions; administrates a widely taken college admissions test.

AP ExamsCollegeBoard.org

The Advanced Placement (AP) program, sponsored by the College Board and administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), offers secondary school students the opportunity to participate in challenging college-level course work while still in high school. Students can receive credit, advanced placement, or both from thousands of colleges and universities that participate in the AP program. Each exam consists of multiple-choice and free-response sections. Most exams are three hours long and cover two semesters of college-level work; those that test one semester of work are generally two hours long.

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)http://www.military.com/asvab

We have a number of resources that are available to students in all grades:

Freshmen: begin your planning now. We can help you assess your academic and personal interests/strengths.

Sophomores: continue to add to your student resume with in and out of school experiences. We can provide you with some SAT/ACT prep materials as you review your PSAT results and acquaint you with career planning websites.

Juniors: develop your career and training paths–in order to focus your efforts as you approach senior year. Begin to attend college representative visits here in the Career Center and prepare for standardized testing-if college bound.

Seniors: refine your list of schools/majors as you compare your college options. Complete the FAFSA [available October 1] and make an appointment with the GRASP representative, to assist with college funding questions. If post-high school employment is your goal, we can assist with this transition as well.

Looking for Scholarships? Check out these lists

Midlothian Scholarships (applications available online or in the Career Center)
Outside Scholarships (links to application information online) – coming soon!

Ms. Maureen Martin
Coordinator, Career Center
378-2440, x. 4142