As we begin the 2015-2016 school year, the Guidance Department at DePaul Catholic High School would like to welcome back all our students from what was hopefully a healthy, restful, and productive summer. Additionally, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our incoming freshmen and transfer students. We are glad each of you has chosen DePaul Catholic and we look forward to working with all of you throughout the year.
The Guidance Department has undergone some slight changes, but our mission remains constant. We strive for excellence, and in doing so, we hope to provide your student with the help and support that will ensure their educational needs are met.
The philosophy of counseling at DePaul Catholic High School is based on the recognition of the dignity and worth of each student. Counseling is concerned with the individual, and his or her spiritual, educational, vocational, personal, and social needs. It is a continuous (grades 9-12) process within the school. We view counseling as a team effort which consists of counselors, administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students.
Each student at DePaul Catholic High School is assigned a specific counselor. This is done in order to make the transition to high school as seamless as possible, as well as provide consistency throughout the years with any academic, social, moral, and emotional issues a student may encounter. Our counselor assignments are as follows:
- Ms. Carol Van Houten: All Freshmen
- Mrs. Cynthia Covello: All Sophomores
- Ms. Lauren Barbara: Juniors and Seniors with last names starting with letters (A-M)
- Mr. John Galka, Director: Juniors and Seniors last names starting with letters (N-Z)
During the school year, a student may be asked to meet with his her counselor for a variety of reasons including but not limited to the following:
- Academic progress/difficulties
- College counseling and placement
- Student-Athlete advice and monitoring
- Course selection and scheduling
- Tutoring services
- Social and peer issues
- Conflict resolution
- Career counseling
Every effort is made by the department to meet as often as possible with each student and be accessible to them at all times. Parents and guardians are also welcome to meet with the counselors via appointment to discuss any concerns they may have.
I look forward to the new school year, as well as to meeting all of you both in and around school, as well as at the various guidance related functions we sponsor. If at any time you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact me and we’ll be glad to help.
John M.Galka, M.Ed.
Director of Guidance