COUNSELING

The Mission:

The mission of the CCPS Professional School Counseling Program is to empower all students to become productive and contributing members of society. In partnership with families, staff, and the community, school counselors provide a developmental program that addresses students’ academic, emotional/social and career development needs

School Counseling Services at Thomas Dale:

The following school counseling services are available to all Thomas Dale High School students:

  • Academic counseling which assist students and their parents in acquiring knowledge of the curricula choices available to students, planning a program of studies, arranging and interpreting academic testing, and seeking post-secondary academic opportunities.
  • Career counseling which help students acquire information and plan actions about work, apprenticeships, and post-secondary educational career opportunities.
  • Personal/social counseling which assist students in developing an understanding of themselves, resolving conflict and defining individual goals that reflect their interest, abilities and aptitudes.
  • Parents may choose to opt their child out of any or all counseling services by sending a letter to the school principal.
  • Parents may review any or all materials used in the school counseling program by making an appointment with the School Counseling Coordinator.
  • Small group counseling or on-going, structured counseling of a personal/social nature requires written parental permission.

Your Counselor

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Mrs. Reva Pryor
School Counseling Coordinator
Specialty Center 9-12: Music

Mrs. Pryor attended JMU where she earned a B.A. in Business Management. She went on to graduate with an M.Ed from VSU. She’s a career switcher, having worked as a Retirement Plan Analyst prior to joining TDHS Counseling! In her spare time, you’ll find her cheering on the Dallas Cowboys, spending time with her family & friends, and watching old movies!

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Dr. Brian Curtis
9th: A – Mb

Dr. Curtis has spent 30+ years in education. He earned his doctorate from Virginia Union University, has authored books, and serves as a motivation speaker. He especially enjoys the topic of neuro-magic. You can find him reading or cheering on the Washington Redskins in his free time!

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Ms. Jennifer Klenzmann
9th: Mc – Z

Ms. Klenzmann graduated from Roanoke College in 2013 with a degree in Psychology.  While working in higher education she earned her M.S. in Educational Psychology, from UNT, and then her M.Ed. in School Counseling from VCU!  She is excited to work the Freshman Knights!  In her spare time, you can catch her drinking Vanilla Lattes and crocheting!

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Mr. Ishaq Lee
10th – 12th: A – C

Mr. Lee is a Knight through & through! He graduated from TDHS in 2001 and later earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice from VCU and his M.Ed from VSU (HAIL STATE!). After spending 15 years in law enforcement, Mr. Lee made the switch to School Counseling and joined the TDHS family in 2018! In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife & their 3 children, running, gaming, and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers!

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Mr. Gonjoe Winn
10th-12th D – Gr & 9th – 12th ELLS A-I

Mr. Winn attended JMU (GO DUKES!) and earned his M.Ed from VCU (GO RAMS!). He’s always worked in Education, beginning his career at a Wilderness school and joining CCPS in 2012. Outside of work, you can find Mr. Winn selling his homemade hot sauce, cheering for the Washington Redskins & Boston Red Sox, going on runs through RVA, and going on hikes with his family.

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Mrs. Jessica Wood ([email protected])
10th-12th HAN-LEO & 9th – 12th ELLS J-Z

Mrs. Wood attended Bridgewater College where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. A few years later, she then earned her Master’s Degree in School Counseling through Capella University online. She loves to travel and has been to around 20 countries, including Thailand where she taught English for a year. She  loves spending time with others, animals,  playing board games, and almost any sport! Soccer is the best sport though. She loves to help others so she looks forward to meeting you!

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Mrs. Eleanor Kotowski
10th-12th Lan – Mb & SPCR (Art, Dance & Theater)

Mrs. Kotowski graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Finance and later an M.Ed from the University of Virginia. She joined CCPS in 2012 and loves working at TDHS! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and their dog, travelling, and hanging out with friends. Football season is always dedicated to cheering on the VT Hokies!

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Ms. Cori Jackson
10th-12th Mc – Sal

Ms. Jackson is a Libra who graduated from VCU with her B.I.S. in Early & Elementary Education. She went on to earn her M.Ed in, also at VCU (Go Rams Go!). Ms. Jackson joined the Knight family in 2016 and loves her TDHS counseling family! In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, shopping, reading and journaling, along with hanging out with friends

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Mr. Kevin Cook
10th-12th SC-Z

Mr. Cook graduated with both a B.S. and M.Ed from Virginia Commonwealth University. He’s a career switcher, having worked for UPS for 25 years. He began as a school counselor in 2006 and loves TDHS! In his free time, Mr. Cook enjoys spending time with his wife of 31 years and his three grown children. He also enjoys reading, travelling, spending time in his garden and cheering for the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and VCU Basketball!

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Mrs. Terri Shaw
School Counseling Registrar (9th)

Mrs. Shaw is originally from Russellville, Arkansas, where she up in a farm family. She has an Associates Degree in Elementary Education from Drury College in Missouri and she’s worked in school staff support for 20+ years. She enjoys spending time with her husband of 39 years and travelling to see their 2 grown daughters!

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Mrs. Bridget Lehman
School Counseling Registrar (10th – 12th)

Mrs. Lehman relocated from Ohio and she’s always be an OSU Buckeyes fan! Her 3 sons graduated from TDHS and she enjoys being a part of the School Counseling team! In her spare time you’ll find her hanging out with her grandsons, cooking, or reading a good mystery!

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Ms. Andrea Vogel
School Counseling Secretary (10th – 12th)

Ms. Vogel grew up here in Chester Va. As a native of Chesterfield she was Miss Southside Virginia and Miss Teen Southern Virginia. She danced for 16 years then taught tap, ballet, jazz and lyrical as an adult. She coaches flag cheerleading and is blessed with three daughters Skyler, Sophia, & Scarlett Vogel. She loves being able to see and interact with the kids at TDHS & working in the counseling department gives her that amazing opportunity!

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Mrs. Darby Dickerson
Career Center Coordinator & Testing Coordinator

Mrs. Dickerson is a CCPS graduate and obtained an Associates degree in Business Administration.  While she’s new to the testing world, she’s worked at TDHS for 5 years in the front office.  When not working you can find her spending time with her husband, 6 kids, and her new grandson.

College & Career Center

The College and Career Center is provided as a resource to help our TD Knights determine the next step in their journey following graduation. Students are able to visit the Center to explore different colleges and other career options. Military information and SAT/ACT test dates and registration information is also available in the Career Center.

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Career Center and Testing Coordinator (Main Campus)
804-768-6245 Ext. 6611

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Testing / PathWays Centre Coordinator (West Campus)
804-768-6145 Ext. 258

College Visits

College Admissions Representatives from various colleges will schedule visits, here, at Thomas Dale HS to meet with interested students to discuss college opportunities, requirements, etc. These sessions are for Juniors and Seniors ONLY, and students must register at least one day prior to the visit. The college sessions are an excellent opportunity for our students to speak, individually, with a college representative. If the student is unable to attend, they can stop by the Main Campus College and Career Center for more information. Visits will be scheduled during Enrichment on Wednesdays and Thursdays, NON Morning Meetings (Mondays) and during lunches.

Students:

  • Research your college choice first.
  • Choose schools that both interest you and whose admissions criteria are aligned with your own credentials.
  • Check out the Career Center Bulletin Board and this web page for regular updates.
  • Please choose no more than four college visits.
  • Register at least ONE DAY BEFORE the visit. Passes will be sent to your first block of the day of the scheduled visit.
  • Click on the College Visit Registration link to register for a visit. Please complete a form for EACH visit.
  • Passes WILL NOT be sent for LUNCH VISITS.
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Graduation June 2021 date TBD

Senior Class Sponsors: 

Herff Jones Cap & Gown Information: Coming Soon- Check back for updates!

Senior Portraits: Still need to take your senior portrait? Contact Candid Color at Candid Color Photography at 703-590-0187 or email at [email protected]

grasp logo. their letters with a graduation capWhat can GRASP do for YOU?

  • Navigate the financial aid process for students and families.
  • Provide assistance with completing the FAFSA and CSS profile.
  • Maintain confidentiality about financial matters.
  • Offer GRASP scholarships to students at Thomas Dale.

GRASP Advisor: Miriam Tice
Contact [email protected] to schedule an appointment.

Industry Certification (Credentialing):

To encourage more students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma, the Path to Industry Certification: High School Industry Credentialing program was developed.

A credential is defined as:

  • State-Issued Professional License, required for entry into a specific occupation as determined by a Virginia state licensing agency (Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Cosmetology);
  • Full Industry Certification, from a recognized industry, trade, or professional association validating essential skills of a particular occupation (A+ CompTIA, Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP);
  • Pathway Industry Certification, which may consist of entry-level exams as a component of a suite of exams in an industry certification program leading toward full certification (Automotive Service Excellence, (ASE), Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS); or
  • Occupational competency assessment, a national standardized assessment of skills/knowledge in a specific career and/or technical area, (NOCTI).

Virginia Department of Education Industry Certification Formation

  • Academic Support
  • Enroll New Students
  • Enter Academic History
  • Individual Counseling
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Attendance Meetings
  • Follow-up with At-risk-students
  • Social & Emotional Support
  • Child Study / IEP Meetings
  • Critical Incidents Team
  • Risk & Threat Assessments
  • College & Career Planning
  • Scholarship
  • College Representative Visits
  • Ongoing Parent Communication

Other Services:

Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling is a one-to-one meeting with the counselor to discuss a problem or topic of interest that may be affecting their academic success. Friendship issues, worries, conflict resolution, difficulty coming to school, grief, and anger management are frequent issues facing students.

During sessions, students might:

  • talk about things that are important to them
  • role play situations
  • work on a plan to reach a goal
  • use the counseling office as a safe place to calm down when feeling upset

Referrals for students to meet with a school counselor can be made by classroom teachers, principal, parents, or through student self-referrals. Parents are welcome to call or email the counselors at any time to request individual counseling for their child. While students may see us at any time for brief discussions, parental permission must be granted in order for a counselor to work with a student for a series of multiple, planned sessions.

While we provide many services for students and their families, we are unable to testify in child custody matters. We are also unable to provide intensive, long-term counseling services to students.

Group Counseling

Small group counseling (typically 6-10 participants) is needs based.  Small groups provide members the opportunity to share ideas and learn from each other.  Group topics are chosen based upon student needs, and can change throughout the school year.  Participation, which is voluntary and confidential, requires permission from a parent or guardian. Referrals for groups are made by parents and teachers.   Priority is given to students who show an academic need.

September

  • New Student Orientation
  • Senior Classroom Guidance
  • Senior Parent Night
  • ACT Administration

October

  • College Applications
  • PSAT Administration
  • Signs of Suicide (SOS) Presentations
  • 9th grade Meet & Greet
  • SAT/ACT Administrations

November

  • Summer Residential Governor’s School Applications
  • College Applications
  • SAT Administration

December

  • College Applications
  • SAT/ACT Administrations

January

  • College Applications
  • PSAT Interpretation
  • CTC Visits
  • Program Planning with Students

February

  • Boys State/Girls State Applications
  • CTC Opportunities Day Visit
  • Program Planning with Students
  • ACT Administration

March

  • Junior Symposium
  • Program Planning with Students
  • SAT Administration

April

  • Complete Program Planning with Students – send home course requests to families
  • ACT Administration

May

  • AP Exam Administration
  • Grade-level award ceremonies
  • Assist with SOL Testing
  • SAT Administration

June

  • Summer School
  • End-of-year processes
  • SAT /ACT Administrations

School Year Scheduling – Tentative Timeline

  • November: Registration Knight (Scheduling Information & Course Planning Night)
  • January: Counselors meet with rising 10th through 12th graders to share scheduling information including what courses are offered.
  • November– January: TDHS teachers offer recommendations on core course levels to all students
  • January/February: Counselors will meet with rising 9th graders at Davis Middle School & Carver Middle School.
  • February – March: Counselors will meet with current TDHS students individually to discuss credits/SOLs and course selections, beginning with rising Seniors.

Testing

TDHS AP Test Schedule for 2022

Taking an AP Class and need to register for the AP Exam? All exams must be ordered by November 1, 2021! The cost for each exam is $96. If you qualify for a fee waiver (see criteria) or are experiencing a financial hardship, please contact [email protected] prior to ordering your exams.

AP Exam Orders can be placed between October 1, 2021 and November 1, 2021. Online payment is accepted HERE. Simply select each AP Exam, add it to your cart, and pay via credit card. A service fee applies.

You can also pay by cash (exact change) or check in the Commons during all lunches from Monday, October 25 – Friday, October 29, 2021. Any exams ordered after November 1, 2021 will incur a $40 late free. Students at West Campus can pay Mr. Keller or your school counselor if you opt for in-person payments.

SOL Testing: The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science, technology, the fine arts, foreign language, health/physical education and driver education.

SAT: 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 to have who are taking the new SAT.

PSAT: 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 you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

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

AP Exams: 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.

W!se Testing: Instruction in economics and personal finance prepares students to function effectively as consumers, savers, investors, entrepreneurs, and active citizens. Students learn how economies and markets operate and how the United States’ economy is interconnected with the global economy. On a personal level, students learn that their own human capital (knowledge and skills) is their most valuable resource.

Industry Certification: Industry Certification (Credentialing): To encourage more students to work toward a selected industry credential or state license while pursuing a high school diploma, the Path to Industry Certification: High School Industry Credentialing program was developed.

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Transcript Request Process for Current Seniors:

Current Seniors who need to request a transcript can do so through Parchment, an organization that Thomas Dale High School partners with to submit electronic transcripts. Students must submit a Transcript Release Form signed by a parent or legal guardian and an Official Transcript Request form to the School Counseling Office. The Transcript Release Form only needs to be submitted once and will remain on file in the School Counseling Office. The Transcript Release Form is located on this page and in the School Counseling Office.

Once the Transcript Release Form is signed and submitted to the School Counseling Office, students will be given a Parchment registration code. Seniors can click on the button below to begin setting up their Parchment accounts once they have received their code.

Transcript Request Process for students who graduated between 2011 – 2018:

Students who graduated between 2011 – 2017 can request transcripts using Parchment and can click on the above button to set up an account. Alumni pay $3, plus a $3 Parchment fee.

Transcript Request Process for students who graduated prior to 2011:

The Thomas Dale High School Counseling Office is only permitted to keep student records for five years after students have graduated. Records older than five years are sent to Central Office to be put on microfilm. Click the link below to get instructions on ordering your transcript.

Order your Parchment Transcript

Welcome 9th Grade Students!

It is time to start thinking about your schedule for next year.

TALK TO YOUR TEACHERS if you have any questions about courses!  Your School Counselor will also be available to discuss courses with you when we meet individually in February and March.

You can also find out more information regarding courses by clicking on the Academics tab in the site menu and selecting the subject you would like to see.

Welcome 10th Grade Students!

 


It is time to start thinking about your schedule for next year.

TALK TO YOUR TEACHERS if you have any questions about courses!  Your School Counselor will also be available to discuss courses with you when we meet individually in February and March.

You can also find out more information regarding courses by clicking on the Academic link on this site and selecting the subject you would like to see.

Please take a moment to view school year and summer opportunities through the College and Career Center.

Welcome 11th Grade Students!


It is time to start thinking about your schedule for next year.

TALK TO YOUR TEACHERS if you have any questions about courses! Your School Counselor will also be available to discuss courses with you when we meet individually in February and March.

You can also find out more information regarding courses by clicking on the Instructiontab at the top of this page and selecting the subject you would like to see.

Please take a moment to view school year and summer opportunities through the College and Career Center.

Welcome 12th Grade Students!

Above you will find links to information important for your class throughout the year, such as the FREE PERSONALIZED SAT practice and information pertaining to the college application process.

Main Campus Office: 804-768-6245 ext. 6622 or 6623 West Campus Office: 804-768-6145 ext. 235
Fax Number Main Campus: 804-796-5062 Fax Number West Campus: 804-768-6151