Counseling Action Plan at Pinnacle High School
Pinnacle High School (PHS) counselors schedule an individual conference with each student upon student, parent, or teacher request throughout the year. During these meetings, the counselor checks on the well-being of the student with regard to their personal, academic, social, and emotional transitions, successes, accomplishments, considerations, and concerns.
Each individual counselor monitors their student's academic progress each quarter and semester in keeping with the student’s goals and school expectations. Progress reports from teachers are reviewed and plans are coordinated for after-school tutoring with individual teachers or other tutoring options.
Counselors schedule conferences as requested by the parent, teacher, student, or counselor. These conferences serve to illuminate problems and challenges to the academic progress and success of the student in a particular course. Suggestions are given for improvement and questions are answered regarding the student’s or parents’ concerns. Parents are also invited to contact their student’s counselor if they feel the need to review the student’s academic progress, plans, and goals, discuss any concerns, answer any questions, and to bring any information to the attention of the counselor that the parent deems relevant.
Students and counselors meet early in the spring to determine and to finalize course choices for the following school year according to the student’s goals, future plans, and teacher recommendations.
College and Career Counseling
Counselors present and discuss with the students their academic and post-secondary plans and their career pathways through the Education and Career Action Plan (ECAP) Program. The goal of the ECAP Program, which is approved by the Arizona Department of Education, is to guide students through an exploration and planning process to ensure a seamless transition from high school graduation to their chosen postsecondary pathway. The process involves self-exploration, career exploration, and career planning and management activities, in which students learn about themselves and the post-secondary options available to them. This process allows students to connect academic courses and extracurricular activities to career goals that are aligned with individual interests, skills, and values. The resulting portfolio or plan is a compilation of academic coursework, extracurricular activities, career aspirations, and a postsecondary plan for reaching career goals.
A comprehensive web-based resource program known as Naviance Student (formerly Family Connection) is utilized by students and counselors to help meet the goals of the ECAP Program. Students and counselors utilize Naviance Student for academic, college, and career planning and research. Students are encouraged to become familiar with and to utilize the opportunities of Naviance Student to assist them in reaching their ECAP Goals. Depending on the student's grade level, we meet to discuss and assist them with creating a Four-Year High School Academic Plan, researching careers by administering Career Inventories and Assessments, registering for courses for the following school year, and understanding the College Application Process (for seniors). We discuss and assist them with these items in what we call Student ECAP’s Presentations.
During the Senior Student, ECAP’s Presentation counselor meets with their seniors individually to discuss the college application process. Many follow-up meetings are held throughout the first semester as seniors and their counselor work together to make the college application process painless for students and their parents.
Throughout the year, seniors and juniors are invited and encouraged to attend scheduled meetings with college representatives who visit on campus with Pinnacle students. In the fall, juniors, seniors and their parents are invited to evening seminars to discuss and learn about college and financial planning.
All discussions and interactions between counselors, students, and parents are strictly confidential except for any information which may reveal possible harm to the student or others, at which time parents and other professionals are alerted.
Hours: 7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Click on any of the following names to access that counseling staff member's email address:
Counseling Assistant Principal Heather Brelo
Administrative Assistant Geri DiMarzio
Head of Counseling James Marshall (Student Last Names E - G, N & P)
Counselor Cindy Willittes (Student Last Names B - D)
Counselor Brett Paige (Student Last Names M)
Counselor Chrissy King (Student Last Names O & Q - S)
Counselor Susie Allazetta (Student Last Names A & T - Z)
Counselor Mella Williams (Student Last Names H - L)
Administrative Assistant Ginger Madera
Registrar Lori Roberts
Academic Technician Lisa Kent
Records Clerk Donnita Sengers
College and Career
College and Career Contact Maria Castro (email Ms. Castro)