Changes to the Niwot High School Counseling Department

For the 2018-19 school year, there will be two changes to our counseling department. First, St. Vrain Valley Schools recently announced funding for an additional counselor for every comprehensive high school in the school district. Second, Aimee Brown has accepted a new job opportunity as a school counselor at Lyons Middle Senior High School.

Leah Messinger has been hired as our newest team member to replace Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Messinger has experience as a school counselor in our district and is coming to us from Timberline PK-8. She completed her counseling practicum at Niwot High School and is a Niwot Alumnae. We are very excited to have her join our team!

Our counseling and leadership team is still in the process of hiring our additional counselor. St. Vrain Valley Schools attracts many highly-qualified candidates, and we are sure we will find a great school counselor to support our students.

Because of the additional counselor, the student assignments have shifted slightly. Our student-to-counselor ratio will be much lower which will allow our school counselors to better serve our students with both academic and social/emotional needs. This ratio will be within the recommended guidelines of the American School Counselors Association and almost half the national average.

A-C: David Keyek

D-H: To Be Announced

I-Mi: Kelly Christensen

Mo-Sa: Sarah Lucas

Sc-Z: Leah Messinger

Rising seniors: your new counselor will be writing your letter of recommendation in collaboration and consultation, if necessary, from your previous counselor. We are committed to fully supporting students through the college application process and continuing the tradition of post-secondary success of Niwot High School graduates!

Thank you for your support, and we look forward to a fantastic school year!

Concurrent Enrollment

The application process is open for the Fall 2018 Concurrent Enrollment program, which allows students to apply to take college courses FRCC or CU-Boulder. There are important deadlines that must be adhered to, so please click here for complete information.

College + Career Planning for Seniors

Seniors: If you did not schedule a senior meeting with your counselor…

  • Review your transcript and current schedule on Infinite Campus to make sure you are meeting graduation requirements.  See your counselor if you have questions or concerns.
  • Complete Naviance “Senior Planning Worksheet” (under the About Me tab)
  • Consider registering for another ACT or SAT (with writing)
  • Continue researching colleges (use Naviance and College Board’s college search tools)
  • Ask 2 teachers for Letters of Recommendation – give them deadline, ask what they need to be able to write the letter (resume, Naviance survey, etc) Check to see how many letters your college/s need for your application.
  • Update your Colleges I’m Applying To list on Naviance
  • Divide up colleges into “reach”, “target”, and “safety” categories
  • Write down deadlines on your calendar or make a spreadsheet
  • Open college applications and create accounts
  • Turn in a transcript request form to Mrs. Hollingsworth in the Counseling Office.