The Guidance Department would like to acquaint you with the services that are available. The focus of the Guidance Department is personal counseling. CHS counselors hope to assist the maturing and growing high school student to a better understanding of himself and others. Guidance Personnel
Mr. Pete Boudreaux, 8th Grade Counselor
Bro. Ray Hebert, Director of Guidance, Freshman Class Counselor
Ms. Sue Dicharry, Sophomore Counselor
Ms. Cathy Robichaux, Junior Counselor, Extended Time Testing Coordinator
Mrs. Sherry Brouillette, Senior Counselor, Director of College Counseling
Mrs. Jennifer Thibodeaux, Senior Counselor, College Counselor
Ms. Pat Hanegan, Guidance Secretary Student Services
It is the goal of the Guidance Department to meet with each student at least once during the year. In addition to personal counseling, these meetings are intended to guide each student in his academic, vocational, and college planning, as well as to evaluate his present progress in school. If a student encounters difficulty in the classroom or at home, whether it is poor grades, personal conflicts, or just some problem he wishes to discuss, any member of the Guidance Department will gladly lend assistance. Through student conferences or student-parent conferences, the Guidance Department will lead the student in a manner that will help him solve his own problem. Someone from the Guidance Department is available throughout the day and the office is open to everyone. If, however, we feel that additional professional help is needed for a student, his parents will be consulted about referral to another specialized person or agency. Consultation With Parents
Counselors are available to you and you may schedule an appointment at any time. In fact, we greatly encourage your requests for our assistance in helping your son to achieve his potential. We are glad to provide such help to students and parents of CHS, and we encourage you to feel free to call upon the Guidance Department anytime for information regarding services provided. If a counselor is not available, please leave a message on the counselor's voice mail and your call will be returned as soon as possible. Special Needs
If your son has a type of disability or special condition that you feel might affect his performance in school, we urge you to let us know. Realizing that students are sometimes very self-conscious about a problem, we use great discretion in releasing this information. However, we do feel that teachers and counselors who deal directly with your son can be more effective if they are aware of your son's special needs. For your son's protection, if he must use any type of medication during the school day, we ask that you send it to Ms. Hanegan in the Guidance Office. You must complete and sign a consent form in order for us to dispense medication at school. These forms are available in the Guidance Office. Tests
The Guidance Department attempts to assist students through a comprehensive testing program. Please see the Student Handbook for additional testing information. Results of tests given in October will be explained to students at school and his results will be provided to you through your son. If at anytime you desire to review your son's results with a counselor, please do not hesitate to call to arrange an appointment. In addition to standardized academic evaluations given to all eighth graders, freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, testing to assess interests and work values will be available to interested juniors and seniors at test costs. Information on these test dates and times will be forthcoming. College Admissions Counselor/College and Scholarship Applications/Transcripts
The Guidance Department is happy to assist your son with college preparations, college selections, scholarship needs, and transcript releases. Graduates of 2012 received $11,631,022 in scholarship/financial aid offerings. Mrs. Sherry Brouillette and Mrs. Jennifer Thibodeaux, College Counselors, will help your son to process his applications for college admission and for scholarships. Any questions relating to college admissions should be directed to them. Mrs. Brouillette and Mrs. Thibodeaux, academic and personal counselors for seniors, visit their classrooms to explain the college admissions process. Disclosure Statement Regarding Confidentiality
Students received a Disclosure Statement from their grade-level counselor at the time of our initial classroom visits. The statement reads as follows:
Our primary obligation and loyalty is to you the student. Therefore, the information shared with us will be treated with the utmost respect. In general, we will tell no one of what you have confided in us. However, the ethical standards of our profession require us to disclose information to parents of minors when sharing such information may protect you or others from harm. In addition, it may be necessary to inform school officials of any intent to harm school property if such information becomes known to us through a counseling session.
"Please know that sharing information from a counseling session will only be done after careful consideration, and every effort will be made to notify you in advance of our obligation and intention to disclose such information.