Deer Lakes

School District

School Counseling Services

Welcome to the Deer Lakes High School Counseling Page! Mrs. Pascucci and Miss Austin work with the high school students across various domains such as academic success, career readiness, and emotional support. You can find either one of them in their individual office's holding meetings, in a classroom delivering important information, or simply out and about around the building. Both Mrs. Pascucci and Miss Austin are also a part of the many layers of mental health support we have across the district.

To find out more about the various mental health resources Deer Lakes has, please click here


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PITTSBURGH NACAC NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR 2/8/23

DATE:    Wednesday, February 8, 2023
TIME:     9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LOCATION:   David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh

DLHS will be taking Juniors by bus to the Pittsburgh NACAC National College Fair at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center again this year.   Juniors wishing to go on this field trip must have a parent/guardian fill out and sign a Field Trip Permission Form.   Completed forms must be turned it in to Mrs. Gacci in the School Counseling Office BY NO LATER THAN 3:00 PM ON FRI., 2/3/23.
The buses will stop for lunch in Harmarville on the way back to the high school so students will need to bring money with them for lunch.   In the event of a school delay/cancellation due to weather on 2/8, the trip will be made the following day, 2/9/23.

Representatives from over 225 two year and four year colleges, nursing schools, business schools and trade schools will participate in the Pittsburgh National College Fair.  Officers and enlisted personnel from various branches of the military services will also be on hand to discuss the military's enlistment and education programs such as R.O.T.C., the military academies and the GI Bill.



ATTENTION SENIORS

If you need a transcript showing your mid-yr grades MAILED to a college/univ./tech/trade. school that you have already applied to and had a transcript sent to (NOT THROUGH THE COMMON APP…..those will be automatically uploaded), please complete a Transcript Request/Release Form and turn it in to Mrs. Gacci in the School Counseling Office as soon as possible.  Hard copies of the form (it’s on yellow paper) are available in the School Counseling Office.   Your transcript(s) will be mailed the 2nd week of February.


A.W. BEATTIE FIELD TRIP FOR 9TH GRADE STUDENTS 1/31/23


A field trip for 9th graders to the A.W. Beattie Career Center will take place on Tues., Jan. 31.   The bus will depart from DLHS at 8:45 AM and students will return at 12:00.   Students on the field trip will eat 7th period lunch when they return to the high school.   If school is cancelled or there is a 2 hour delay due to the weather, the field trip will be rescheduled for Wed., Feb. 1. 

9th grade students wishing to go on this field trip needed to have their completed Field Trip Permission Form, front and back, turned in to the School Counseling Office by 1/24/23.  
NEXTSTEPU FREE ONLINE MAGAZINE FOR STUDENTS

Check out the free online Magazine NextStepU, for high school students!  http://magazine.nextstepu.com/ 
COLLEGE PLANNING GUIDE FOR STUDENTS & FAMILIES

Please read this informational and very helpful college planning guide that York College of PA has put together.    It applies to ALL students, no matter what college/univ. they may be interested in, and is NOT specific to York College.      
THE COLLEGE TOUR SHOW

The College Tour is a new Show that shows tours of a specific college each episode.

The College Tour is a new TV series brought to you by Emmy-nominated and multi-award-winning producers.  The series tells the story of colleges and universities around the world.
 
Each episode of The College Tour will focus on a single college or university.  Here is a list and links to Colleges that have been featured so far:     https://www.thecollegetour.com/tour-colleges/

From campus life, academics, housing, sports, activities, and much more… each student driven segment will give young people an inside look at what it’s truly like being a student at the featured college or university.
ATTENTION SENIORS

If you have been accepted to a college, university, tech school or into the military, please give a copy of your acceptance letter to Mrs. Gacci in the School Counseling Office, or e-mail it to her @ [email protected]  as soon as possible.

If you have applied to and have been accepted to more than one school, please make sure you let Mrs. Gacci know which school you decide to commit to and give her a copy of that acknowledgement from the college/univ./tech. school, which will come from that school AFTER you have paid your deposit and officially enrolled there.

If you have been awarded a Scholarship, please send a copy of your award letter to Mrs. Gacci in the School Counseling Office, or e-mail it to her @ [email protected] as soon as possible.   Only send copies of Scholarships you have been awarded AND have accepted.  Do not send copies of Scholarships offered to you from colleges/universities that you do not plan on attending.  Once you decide which school you will attend, have paid your deposit to them and receive & accept the Scholarship, then you can send a copy of your award letter Mrs. Gacci.  DO NOT send on campus room/housing awards/scholarships as these are automatically given out and not merit based.
MILITARY VISITS

A military representative will be here on the following dates during all 3 student lunches:

Wed., 2/14/23US Navy
Tues., 2/21/23PA Army National Guard

They will be at a table in the hallway between the gym & cafeteria.  Students can stop by during their lunch period.
COLLEGE/UNIV./TECH. SCHOOL IN PERSON VISITS

You MUST sign up to attend a college/school visit by filling out a College-School Visit Sign Up Form.pdf.    Hard copies are also available in the School Counseling Office.   Either e-mail your form to Mrs. Gacci at [email protected] or hand it in to her in the School Counseling Office by the noted deadline.  Students will receive a hallpass on the day of visit so they can attend.  

COLLEGE/SCHOOL

VISIT DATE

TIME

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP

CCAC

Thurs., 3/2/23

12:00 PM

2/27/23


HIGHMARK CARING PLACE STUDENT POSTER CONTEST

This year’s poster contest theme is Be Kind. It is a simple message that can be easy to overlook in our everyday interactions with others. People around the world are still coping with feelings of grief and loss as we continue to find our way through the pandemic. And many grieving children and teens have shared with us that even the smallest acts of kindness from others have helped them navigate their grief journey.  
 
CLICK HERE for details on this year’s contest and a submission form. Please pay close attention to the rules and guidelines. Submissions will be due back to the Caring Place BY NO LATER THAN FRI., 1/27/23.    
 
HARD COPIES OF THE FLYER & FORM ARE ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE.
PENN STATE NEW KEN - SAT PREP COURSE

Participants will explore test-taking strategies, learn proven tips and improve study skills. Most studies show that SAT Prep courses will help raise your score. Prepare for all three areas covered on the exam: writing, critical reading and mathematics. Included during the course will be a brief presentation by our own admissions department explaining what universities and colleges look for in a student.    SEE FLYER →  SAT Prep Course Jan 2023.pdf

DATES:            Saturdays, January 28 - March 4, 2023
TIME:               9:00 AM to Noon
COST:              $200
LOCATION:   Penn State New Kensington Campus
INDUSTRIAL ARTS WORKSHOP IS RECRUITING!

Looking for a fun and rewarding FREE after school program? Industrial Arts Workshop (IAW) is accepting applications for the Spring 2023 After School Welding Lab.
If you’re between the ages of 14 and 18, join us for a unique opportunity to:
  • Gain an appreciation for the arts
  • Learn a new trade skill with hands-on experience
  • Hear from community members and industry representatives
  • Hone your craft into take-home projects
Students meet for 90+ minutes after school three days a week, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from February 7, 2023 through April 27, 2023. All students will be provided proper safety equipment.    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the class is filled. IAW will reach out by January 30th to notify students about participation.   IAW is committed to serving communities and individuals who do not have ready access to arts and skill-building opportunities. As such our selection process relies on a number of factors, including family resources, economics and geographic location.  To apply, go to:   https://iawpgh.org/2023-spring-application/    
LA ROCHE UNIV. MEET, DESIGN & FILM EVENT 2/20/23

For high school students in grades 10 thru 12.  Space is limited, and priority is given to high school juniors and seniors. 
 
DEADLINE TO REGISTER:   February 10, 2023
 
DATE:        Monday, 2/20/23
TIME:         8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
WHERE:    La Roche University,  9000 Babcock Boulevard,  Pittsburgh, PA  15237
 
  • Explore the fields of film, photography, graphic design, or interior architecture and design.
  • Test your creative skills by participating in a hands-on design or film project. 
  • Hear firsthand accounts from current students, faculty and professionals about opportunities in each field.
 
 Students must preregister online by Feb. 10!   https://www.laroche.edu/Events_Calendar/17179871899.aspx 
 
 First-time visitors who tour campus earn a one-time $250 visit grant toward their first semester tuition!
 
For More Information:
Please contact Freshman Admissions at 412-536-1263 or [email protected].
UPMC PASSAVANT HIGH SCHOOL CAREER FAIR 3/21/23

DATE:     March 21, 2023
TIME:      9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
PLACE:   Cumberland Woods Village
                   700 Cumberland Woods Dr
                   Allison Park, PA 15101
 
Meet and interact with representatives for job opportunities including:
  • Nursing
  • Imaging
  • Surgical Services
  • Patient Care Support
  • Pharmacy
  • Medical Office Support
  • Labs/Phlebotomy
  • Facility Support Services
Space is limited. RSVP by March 1st, 2023:  https://forms.office.com/r/4Xw3Zh44TT
SPIRIT OF AMERICA YOUTH LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Accepting Applications for High School Spirit of America Youth Leadership Program at Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge
 
Open to high school students grades 10-12
Full Scholarships Available 
 
More than 100,000 high school students from across the country have participated in our transformative Spirit of America Youth Leadership program. Students engage directly with the first principles of freedom and they debate both their constitutional rights and responsibilities in our Freedom Summit while learning about economic freedom, entrepreneurship and the free enterprise system.  Along with a thorough understanding of civic responsibility, students leave inspired to do their part in securing the liberties that only an active citizenry can safeguard in their own communities, guided by a greater appreciation for our history, ideals, and the relevance of our country’s charters of freedom. 
 
It's an incredible program that receives high praise time and time again from students, parents, and teachers! Share this opportunity with your high school student or friends and ask them to apply for our in-person 2023 Spirit of America Youth Leadership programs today.    
SEE FLYER FOR MORE INFORMATIONNew SOA Promo Flyer.pdf
 
Questions can be directed to [email protected] or by phone at 610-933-8825 ext. 221.
SOCIAL JET LAG IN TEENS RESEARCH STUDY

This research study is conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Researchers are studying how teens’ sleep schedules affect their mood and behavior.
  • You may be eligible if you are in 9th-12th grade and 14-19 years old.  Parent/Guardian’s consent will be required for those under 18.  
  • Participants are compensated.
  • Participation is voluntary and information provided by participants will be kept confidential (private).
  • Participants will be compensated for each phase of the study.
Questions? Please contact Kathryn Guo at 412-246-6422    
Social Jet Lag in Teens Flyer.pdf   
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO:   https://www.socialjetlag.pitt.edu/ 
NATIONAL HISTORY DAY COMPETITION


The Heinz History Center is excited to host Pittsburgh's National History Day (NHD) competition for Region 7 on March 18-19, 2023. The annual competition showcases students’ research on a historical topic of their choice. This year, students will explore the theme, “Frontiers in History: People, Places, and Ideas.” 

National History Day is an annual history competition for middle and high school students. Students across the nation compete in regional contests, with winners moving on to state and national competitions. Entries fall into one of five categories—paper, performance, documentary, exhibit, or website. Students may enter as individuals or in teams of 2-5 for all categories except paper, in which students must compete individually. Students are split into a junior division (grades 6-8) and senior division (grades 9-12).
 
All entries must address the year’s theme – “Frontiers in History: People, Places, and Ideas” – but students can choose any place or time in history for their topic.
 
Judging for this year’s competition will be held in-person at the History Center on March 18-19, 2023. The junior competition will be held on March 18, followed by the senior competition on March 19.  

Registration will open on Jan. 10, 2023. For more information on the regional contest and registration, contact [email protected] or visit the National History Day website.  
CONTACTS:

Miss Taylor Austin, School Counselor
Grades 9-12   Last names M - Z
Phone: 724-265-5320  Ext. 2670
Fax: 724-265-5303
HOURS:    7:05 AM - 2:50 PM
Twitter: @DLSDGuidance
 
Mrs. Tina Pascucci, School Counselor
Grades 9-12  Last Names A - L
Phone: 724-265-5320   Ext. 2671 
Fax: 724-265-5303
HOURS:    7:05 AM - 2:50 PM
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Mrs. Leighann Gacci
School Counseling Secretary
Phone: 724-265-5320  Ext. 2626
Fax: 724-265-5303
HOURS:   7:30 AM - 3:30 PM  


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STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAP)
SAP is a voluntary program for students experiencing academic, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties that may pose barriers to school success. Questions?  Call a School Counselor or the school Social Worker: 

Tina Pascucci, School Counselor  (A - L)  724-265-5320  x-2671   [email protected]

Taylor Austin, School Counselor  (M - Z)   724-265-5320  x-2670   [email protected]

Leanna Barkley, Social Worker   
724-265-5320  x-2673  [email protected] 

Safe2Say Something is a youth violence prevention program run by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. The program teaches youth and adults how to recognize warning signs and signals, especially within social media, from individuals who may be a threat to themselves or others and to “say something” BEFORE it is too late. With Safe2Say Something, it’s easy and confidential to report safety concerns to help prevent violence and tragedies.
Here’s how it works:
  • Submit an anonymous tip report through the Safe2SaySomething system
  • Crisis center reviews, assesses and processes all submissions
  • Crisis center sends all submissions to school administration and/or law enforcement  for intervention
  • If needed, crisis center may contact tipster anonymously through the app

 
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