Welcome to Elkhart Memorial High School’s Guidance Department. Our department is here to help students in many areas including scheduling classes, assisting students with issues concerning home life, friends, school, work, bullying, and planning for their futures. We assist students with career exploration, college exploration and more. We provide students with information about graduation requirements, signing up for the SAT and ACT, completing the FAFSA and completing college applications. We are here to help the “whole” student.
-Michelle Kessler, Guidance Department Chair
-November 8th: Freshmen have been invited to tour the career center during the school day. Students were given a presentation on the various courses available at the career center on November 1st. Students picked which programs interested them the most. This tour will happen on Tuesday, November 8th.
- Guidance Department Chair: Michelle Kessler (262-5623)
- Last names starting with A-C (All Grades): Michelle Kessler (262-5623)
- Last names starting with D-H (All Grades): Adrienne Bashore (262-5624)
- Last names starting with I-Mi (All Grades): Camille Evans (262-5622)
- Last names starting with Mj-Sa (All Grades): Larry Fielstra (262-5626)
- Last names starting with Sb-Z (All Grades): Allison Makowski (262-5627)
- Early College: Summer Runyan (262-5646)
- Guidance Secretary: Janine DeShone (262-5628)
- Guidance Registrar: Maritza Banuelos (262-5645)
- Intern/Exploratory Teacher Coordinator: Rachael Meyers
- School Psychologist: Lisa Ward (262-5628)
- Social Worker: David Replogle (262-5642)
Schedule Change Policy
Counselors work with students and parents in the selection of classes and the creation of education programs that prepare students for continuing education, the school-to-work transition, and a wide variety of interest areas. Students are expected to honor their course selections. It is the school’s position that schedule changes after the school year begins disrupt instructional time. Staffing and the master schedule are determined by the spring course selections. After the first two calendar weeks of a semester, no schedule changes may be made. Any requested schedule change must have a parent signature and meet one of the following criteria:
- A course completed in summer school.
- Failure to meet course prerequisites.
- Failure to meet graduation requirements.
Schedule Course Withdrawal Policy
After the first two calendar weeks of a semester, students are expected to complete their selected courses. No withdrawals are allowed after that point in time. A withdrawal directed by a building administrator for a student’s absenteeism, tardiness, non-dress (PE) or disciplinary action will result in a final grade of “F.” In “special circumstances” a building administrator may direct the withdrawal of a student with no negative consequences.