High School Guidance Office
The focus of the High School Guidance Office is to prepare students for their life beyond school. We are here to work with students and parents to help guide students' academic, behavioral, and social growth. We offer a variety of programs and tools to assist students as they navigate their educational journey. We hope to ensure today’s students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.
Our team is made up of highly-qualified staff members and includes:
William Bower - Mr. Bower is a school counselor and the 504 Coordinator in our building. Mr. Bower also works with our students who attend the PASS Alternative Education Program in our district. Helping students be successful while in school and assisting them with their post graduation plans is a passion for Mr. Bower.
Leslie Cummings – Mrs. Cummings is the high school counselor, she works with all students in grades 10-12 to help support their learning and guide their post-high school college and career goals. In addition to this, Mrs. Cummings is the mentor teacher for students who are taking Michigan Virtual courses as part of their high school schedule and is the contact counselor for students who are interested in attending the Wilson Talent Center. Mrs. Cummings truly loves working with our students, if she doesn’t have an answer to their questions she can always point them in the right direction.
Kristy Rivers - Mrs. Rivers is the counselor for grades 7-9 and works as our testing coordinator for our building. Mrs. Rivers loves working with and interacting with our students to help support their learning in school and wants to be the person that students feel safe coming to with their questions and concerns.
Rachel Zemla - Ms. Zemla is our College Adviser and she is excited to be here to work with all of our students! Ms. Zemla is happy to support you and answer any questions you may have regarding post-secondary education. Ms. Zemla will be in the office Monday, Wednesday, and every other Friday in room 102A. You can also reach her by email at email@example.com. Feel free to stop by anytime her door is open, or email Ms. Zemla at any time and she will respond as soon as she can!
You can follow Ms. Zemla on Instagram: @stowebcollegeadviser
College and Career Planning
Junior Year Check List for College Planning – A helpful planning guide for college bound juniors and their parents! The College Board offers free test prep resources for the new redesigned SAT. Register to take the ACT if you wish to take this college entrance exam in addition to the SAT for college admissions and scholarship consideration!
Senior Year Checklist for College Planning – A helpful planning guide for college bound seniors and their parents. Seniors once you’ve selected the college you wish to attend in the fall, don’t forget to request a final transcript (hold for grades) in your Parchment student account to be delivered electronically to the academic destination of your choice once second semester transcripts are finalized in late June.
The Michigan Transfer Network – allows students, advisers, and the general public to view transfer course equivalencies between many Michigan colleges and universities. If you would like to go back to school, transfer to another institution in Michigan, or simply see how courses at your current institution would transfer to another school, this site is for you!
The Michigan State Legislature passed Public Act 160 of 1996, the Post-secondary Enrollment Options Act and Public Act 258 of 2000, the Career and Technical Preparation Act also known as the “Dual Enrollment” bills. These bills modify and expand on provisions of the State School Aid Act providing for students to earn college credit while in high school. The bills also require that the board of a school district or public school academy ensure that each student in eighth grade or higher be given information about college course taking opportunities. The classes that students are eligible for must not be offered by the high school or academy and must lead towards post-secondary credit, accreditation, certification and/or licensing. Visit the Michigan Department of Education Dual Enrollment website to view the most current information available.
Seniors who are planning to attend college in the fall can begin applying for financial aid on December 31st! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA evaluates a family’s ability to pay for college expenses on an annual basis. The on-time priority FAFSA completion deadline for some State of Michigan Scholarships is on May 1st this year. Listed below are some helpful resources that will hopefully answer many of your questions!
The Financial Aid Tips and Timeline document will make sure you don’t forget any important step in the financial aid process. The financial aid process begins with the student and their FAFSA contributors creating their unique Federal Student Aid Identification or FSA ID, which can be done NOW if you’d like! The FSA ID is a personalized user name and password that represents your legal electronic signature and should be kept private and secure at all times.
Parchment provides you with the ability to request your high school transcripts online securely through Parchment. Once you request your transcript online you will be notified by email when your request has been processed by Stockbridge Junior/Senior High School and received by your college destination. There is also the capability to store an unofficial copy of your student transcript in your free Parchment account as well as track where your transcript has been sent on your behalf.
Scholarships can be found from several different sources, national scholarships, state scholarships, school specific scholarships and local scholarships. Some scholarships are need based others are merit based only. Be very diligent in scholarship searching, remember you can continue to search for scholarships as a college student as well! A couple of good options for online scholarship searching are listed below, please choose one option that is best for you!
For a comprehensive list of scholarship opportunities check out our Scholarships page!
The Michigan Merit Examination (MME) assesses students in grade 11 and eligible students in grade 12 based on Michigan high school standards. It is administered each spring and consists of three components:
- College Board the NEW redesigned SAT with optional Essay
- ACT WorkKeys job skills assessments in Workplace Documents, Applied Math and Graphic Literacy
- Michigan-developed Science and Social Studies M-STEP