Wilson counselors have a combined length of experience of over 75 years of helping teens and their parents navigate the high school experience. Check back here periodically for information, advice, and helpful tips.
Hey Sophomores! We hope you have had a great year so far. Please take a look at the presentation below and feel free to reach out to your counselor if you need any kind of support. This has been a stressful and unique year, so it's especially important that we work together as a team.
Click here for a link to the video presentation.
Click here for a link to the Sophomore Class Presentation slides.
Hey Juniors! We hope you're off to a great start and look forward to working with you this year. Please feel free to reach out to your counselor with any questions or concerns. We'd love to visit you in person (with plenty of Starburst to share!), but we must settle for a virtual presentation this year. Take a look at the information below and let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!
Please click here for the video presentation.
Also, you can click here for the slides that we presented.
Welcome to Wilson, Class of 2024! WHS Counselors typically present this information during the school day but have a special virtual presentation for you this year. Please take a look at the presentation below and feel free to contact your counselor if there's anything we can do to support you this year.
A Parent’s Guide to High School: How To Survive Their High School Experience
We all remember our high school experience with varying degrees of joy and misery. High school is harder—both socially and academically—than any previous school experience. And we’re not just talking about the students. As parents, you are trying to support their need for independence with the increased rigor of classes. You know that these years really matter when it comes to choices later on. Yet, you want them to still be kids and to have fun.
It’s a tough balance when they insist on making their own decisions about their future, but still want you to make their lunch and drive them to school when they get up late. This is a tough age.
Here are a few tips for YOU on surviving their years at Wilson High School.
Tired of the monosyllabic grunts? Tired of the ubiquitous “fine” when you ask them anything about their day? Ask leading questions. Instead of asking “how was your day?” try asking what they are studying in science right now, or what book they are reading in English.
Communicate indirectly. Sometimes, to be heard, you need to write a letter so your kids can digest your thoughts on their own time when they are less defensive and more open to what you have to say.
Use Wilson staff as a resource. Working with your teachers, counselors, and administrators is key in the ever-complex world of secondary education. We certainly can’t do our job without your support at home. Equally, communicate with us when you have concerns or questions.
Assume they do have homework. Instead of asking “do you have any homework?” ask “what is your homework this weekend?” Better yet, ask to see their homework. If they continuously say they don’t have any or they did it at school, you might suspect that there’s something wrong with that picture. Email teachers and consult Synergy to check in about this.
It’s really not their fault they are disorganized. Certainly, there are degrees, but remember their brain is not fully wired yet, so the ability to plan ahead is not fully developed. You can help them by creating a plan for remembering things. Do they use a planner? Can you place a large notice board at home, so you can all keep track? Do their teachers use the web to post calendars or assignments?
Bite-sized pieces are easier to swallow. Help them break their assignments to projects into more manageable pieces to avoid that feeling of being overwhelmed. Again, these management skills are not yet fully baked in the adolescent brain, so have patience.
- Sadly, too much for their school day is spent sitting and listening. The brain and body need time to absorb and process all the information they receive. Encourage exercise every day.
- It’s an old but a good one: Their brain needs food to function—don’t forget a breakfast that includes protein and complex carbohydrates.
- Consider helping them to limit their screen time, particularly before bed. Students who turn off all screens at least 30 minutes before bed have better sleep and are more rested than those who don’t.
Parents are still the most important, influential people in your teen’s life. Despite how it may seem, their friends are not their biggest influence. Nor is mass media. It’s you! Your opinions still carry the most weight. When asked who makes the biggest difference in their lives, teens overwhelmingly name YOU as their source of support, inspiration and learning.