Student and Parent Information
- Graduation Requirements
- Absenses & Homework
- Mental Health & Community Resources
- Volunteer & Leadership Opportunities
- Military and Family Life Program
- Individual Career & Academic Plan
- Total credits - 48
- 16 Elective Credits
- 32 Required Credits
- 8 credits (4 years) English
- 6 credits (3 years) Math
- 6 credits (3 years) Science
- 2 credits Biology
- 2 credits Earth Science/Geology
- 2 credits Physical Science/Chemistry
- 7 credits (3 1/2 years) Social Studies
- 1 credit Soc Studies 9
- 1 credit Geography
- 2 credits World History
- 2 credits American History
- 1 credit American Government
- 2 credits P.E.
- 1 credit Health
- 2 credits Fine Arts or Foreign Language
- Students must pass a Competency Test (beginning Class of 2021)
- Homework can only be requested from the Counseling Center if students are absent for three consecutive days.
- It takes 24 hours to process the homework request and collection, so please call prior to the third day of absence.
- We STRONGLY recommend that all students find a buddy (and phone number) in each of their classes to contact for information about their common homework.
- Also, contact their teachers.
There are many issues that face our youth today, and one of our goals as a counseling center is to provide families with community resources to meet your student’s specific mental health and emotional needs. Though school counselors are available to help students during the school day, our goal is also to empower families to access more comprehensive services.
In addition to many community resources, we have linked some online assistance through articles and links. We hope these resources will help you and your family with your specific needs.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-Talk(8255)
- Aspen Pointe Crisis Hotline: 844-943-8255
- Cedar Springs: 719-633-4114
- Peak View Behavioral: 719-444-8484
- Safe2Tell: 1-877-542-SAFE(7233) or http://safe2tell.org
- Second Wind Fund
- The Second Wind Fund is available for your referrals of students who are at risk for suicide and who are facing social or financial barriers to receiving therapy. To refer a student, call 303-988-2645
Widefield School District 3 has adopted the Signs of Suicide Program or SOS which will be presented to all students at Mesa Ridge High School. This curriculum deals with the difficult topic of suicide but also provides students with the needed information and steps on how to access help. The SOS program presentations will be completed by Spring Break.
Reasons to volunteer: Pay it forward, Help your community, College and Scholarship Awards
Places to try:
- Humane Society
- Penrose Hospital
- Habitat of Humanity
- Local Hospitals
- The Rocky Mountain Field Institute
- Your church
- Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
- Get involved in a cause to help others
Please fill out the parent consent form from the link below if you would like your student to engage in services or activities with the Military and Family Life Counselor. If you have questions or are interested in services, please contact Devon Burnore at 719-367-1409 or [email protected] Thank you!
What is an ICAP/4 Year Plan of Study?
ICAP is an Individual Career and Academic Plan or plan of study designed to guide students in post-secondary planning and providing individual pathway options. Post-secondary planning assists students with career planning for life. It can include military career options, trade and vocational schooling, two year and four year colleges or the world of work.
Why are ICAPs/Plan of Study’s important?
- Planning for life after high school is a multi-year process. Mesa Ridge High School Counselors meet with grade level advisory classes to provide valuable resources and information to help students in creating a meaningful ICAP.
- ICAPs and yearly NAVIANCE tasks are a graduation requirement.
- When families, students and schools work together, it helps students explore different careers or goals thus creating a successful ICAP/Plan of study while in high school.
- Postsecondary and Workforce readiness: ICAP is the avenue for students to explore careers and create action steps in meeting career goals. Students complete yearly milestones in the NAVIANCE program to assist with ICAP development.
- Creating a culture where parents, students, schools, industry professionals and community leaders help students gain knowledge, soft skills and explore pathways are key to creating successful ICAPS.
- Family role in ICAP
- Continue to communicate with your student about goals after high school.
- Be involved and track student’s progress towards graduation and educational/Work/Military goals.
- Visit NAVIANCE to view your student’s input with interest inventories, game plans and surveys.
- Based off career interests, you can look at an actual plan of study in NAVIANCE to guide students in the classes to enroll while in high school.
- You can also look at colleges of interest and gather information regarding financial aid and scholarships.
- Yearly ICAP development with Mesa Ridge High School Counseling Center
- Mesa Ridge High School Counselors present valuable information to advisory classes to guide students for success at Mesa Ridge and to plan for their future.
- Since advisory classes are grade level, Counselors present information appropriate to the grade level for future planning .
- Counselors provide tasks for students to complete to gain an understanding of individual goals and how these tie to postsecondary goals/planning. These tasks are accessed through the NAVIANCE Program.
Grade level presentations/task completion
- GRADE 9
- Review resources for success at MRHS
- Complete Interest profiler
- Create ICAP/4 year Plan of Study
- Create a post-secondary goal
- GRADE 10
- Complete a Personality Profile
- Update ICAP/4 year Plan of Study
- Review Resume Builder and encourage to start
- Review and update career goal
- GRADE 11
- Update ICAP/4 year Plan of Study & resume
- Complete the Game Plan and/or College Search
- Junior Survey
- Introduce financial resources if applicable
- Grade 12
- Add ACT/SAT scores
- Finalize ICAP/4 year Plan of Study and Resume
- Post-Secondary Action plan and senior meetings
- Includes information and guidance of the following:
- Apply for colleges
- Apply to scholarships
- Enlist in Military
- World of work - Print resume
- Senior Survey