Guidance

Mount Notre Dame High School has four full-time M.Ed licensed counselors who design and implement a comprehensive counseling program for our students. Through collaborative efforts, our counselors deliver a program that allows students to grow academically, emotionally and spiritually. Our counselors promote and encourage the exploration of careers and a committed vision to college. By remaining with their students all four years, the counselors encourage and create an environment where each individual is empowered to balance her educational goals and the growing need for independence with the demands of school, family and friends.

MND is strongly aware of the current data and trends regarding mental health. In a continued commitment to mental health wellness, the department has a mastered degree social worker with a LISW. The Health and Wellness counselor partners with the school counselors and parents to provide additional support and programming.

The MND Guidance Department also provides a testing coordinator that serves the needs of our young women navigating through the ACT, SAT and other standardized tests.

It’s your journey to success, but we’ll walk with you every step of the way!

Mrs. Kellie Siler Chairperson / School Counselor ksiler@mndhs.org 513.821.3044 ext. 149
Ms. Jennifer Obert School Counselor jobert@mndhs.org 513.821.3044 ext. 148
Ms. Emmy Schwartz School Counselor emschwartz@mndhs.org 513.821.3044 ext. 109
Ms. Grace Bergmann School Counselor gbergmann@mndhs.org 513.821.3044 ext. 123
Mrs. Molly Sicking Health & Wellness Counselor msicking@mndhs.org 513.821.3044 ext. 125
Mrs. Eileen Schwartz Testing Coordinator eschwartz@mndhs.org 513.821.3044 ext. 151
Mrs. Ann Miller Administrative Assistant amiller@mndhs.org 513.821.3044 ext. 110

More about our Guidance Program

Individual Support

Individual meetings with students are scheduled several times throughout the year, however Mount Notre Dame School Counselors maintain an open-door policy and encourage students to meet with their counselor as needed. It is our goal to guide students in their academic, social, emotional and spiritual development thus graduating as life-long learners and responsibility citizens. Students are assigned to counselors based on the first letter of their last name and will maintain the same counselor throughout high school.

Individual student support services include:

• Individual Counseling
• Academic Advising
• Career Exploration
• College Advising
• Post-Secondary Education Planning

Confidentiality
In order to develop a strong counseling relationship a foundation based on trust must be formed between student and counselor. Mount Notre Dame’s counselors abide by the American Counseling Association’s guidelines on confidentiality and believe that the safety and well-being of all students is of the up-most importance. Counselors will maintain the student’s request for confidentiality unless the counselor judges that the student is putting herself or someone else in grave danger or if there is suspected child abuse or neglect.

If the student is experiencing significant emotional problems, the counselor with the health and wellness counselor will contact the parents to discuss options for an outside mental health professional. The Guidance Department keeps a list of various mental health professionals who specialize in working with adolescents.

Group Support

Mount Notre Dame offers guidance groups for students that focus on academic and socio-emotional development.

Academic

• Freshman Guidance Groups – Freshman students meet with their counselor in a small-group setting three times a year to discuss building academic strength, knowing and applying learning styles, managing time and stress, goal setting, and building a four year plan.

• Sophomore Guidance Groups – Sophomore students meet with their counselor in a small-group setting three times a year. Students engage in career exploration using Naviance Student, to evaluate their strengths, talents, and interests. Students participate in a job shadow experience and begin researching college majors. Students also receive a detailed explanation of their standardized test results and guidance on how to prepare for the ACT and SAT.

• Junior Guidance Groups – Junior students meet with their counselors in a small-group setting three times a year. Students actively research colleges and majors using Naviance Student, participate in college rep visits, prepare for standardized college admissions tests, and plan for the college application process.

• Senior Guidance Groups – Senior students meet with counselors in a small-group setting, in addition to individual college meetings, and have the opportunity to attend an August financial aid meeting. Students are guided in the college application, scholarship, and financial aid processes.

Personal

All students have the opportunity to meet with their school counselor individually at any time for social and emotional support. Working in partnership with the Health and Wellness counselor, students may receive ongoing resources to support their needs.

Grace Group – Grace Group, offered through Campus Ministry, is a support group for students who have lost a close relative. They meet six times each school year.