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


DEER LAKES HIGH SCHOOL PROFILE:  2021-2022 DLHS School Profile.pdf

DEER LAKES SCHOOL DISTRICT IS ON SUMMER HOURS 6/13/22 - 8/19/22

Deer Lakes School District will be on summer hours beginning June 13 thru Aug.19:

Monday - Wednesday:    7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday:                               7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
CLOSED FRIDAYS

FINAL SENIOR TRANSCRIPTS MAILED TO COLLEGES 6/14/22

Final Senior Transcripts were mailed out on June 14, 2022 to the college/univ./tech. school that the senior put on their Senior Survey Form.    

Please disregard any letters or e-mails that you may receive from your college/univ./tech. school saying they haven't received it.   This is a standard letter/e-mail that they automatically send to all incoming college freshman!   PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE HIGH SCHOOL!!   Again, if the student put the college/univ/tech. school on their Senior Survey Form, and sent a copy of their acceptance/commitment letter to Mrs. Gacci in the School Counseling Office, then their final transcript will automatically be mailed to that college/univ/tech. school!

Please remember that colleges/univ./tech. schools have thousands of transcripts being sent to them over the summer so it will take them time to open and record them as received, so you may even get another one of those letters mid to late July.   

SCHOOL COUNSELING NEWSLETTERS

Fall issue coming soon!

NextStepU - Free Online Magazine for High School Students

Check out the free online Magazine NextStepU, for high school students!  http://magazine.nextstepu.com/      

SCHOLARSHIP WEBINAR VIDEO BY BERKSHIRE & HATHAWAY


Below is the link to the Webinar Video that Todd Van Horn of Berkshire & Hathaway held in December.  This webinar contains  various best practices, look-fors, and other factors to consider when completing any scholarship application, not just their scholarship, as seen through a developer/reader's lens.  
 

CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER CAREER EXPLORATION PROGRAM


Discover amazing STEM careers this summer with Tour Your Future!


Career exploration program for girls and non-binary youth ages 11–17

Tour Your Future invites middle and high school students to discover unique and exciting careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Meet female+ STEM professionals and experience what it’s like to work in a variety of industries ranging from vaccine research, engineering, river science, and more!

Upcoming summer tours include:

  • Robert Morris University Department of Engineering:
    Fri., Aug. 12
    Learn about the fast-growing field through a hands-on biomedical engineering activity and a tour of Robert Morris University’s labs.

Tours are open to girls+ ages 11–17 and are $10 per person. Individuals and groups are welcome. Pre-registration is required, and a limited number of need-based scholarships are available for individuals and groups.

Tour Your Future welcomes cisgender girls, transgender girls, non-binary youth, gender nonconforming youth, genderqueer youth, and anyone who identifies as female.

Register online at CarnegieScienceCenter.org/TYF  or call 412.237.3400.

More Tour Your Future Info

Tour Your Future is a program of Carnegie STEM Girls+

MARK CUBAN FOUNDATION BOOT CAMP

The Mark Cuban Foundation is holding a 4 half-day boot camp on Saturdays in Fall, 2022 (Oct. 22, Oct. 29, Nov. 5 and Nov. 12) for any current high school student (9th - 12th) in the U.S. interested in learning about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.  No prerequisite courses and no knowledge of coding is required.   DEADLINE TO APPLY IS SEPT. 1, 2022.   For more information & to apply, go to https://www.markcubanai.org/faq 

NORTH PITTSBURGH COLLEGE FAIR @ LA ROCHE UNIV. 10/10/22

  • Meet with representatives from 100+ colleges and universities!
  • Learn about different campuses
  • Identify schools that offer your chosen major

WHEN:     Monday, Oct. 10, 2022
TIME:        6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
WHERE:   La Roche University / Kerr Fitness & Sports Center
                       9000 Babcock Blvd.
                       Pittsburgh, PA  15237

FREE PARKING!!     SEE FLYER FOR MORE INFORMATION!   
NORTH PGH COLLEGE FAIR FLYER.pdf


REMINDERS

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 been accepted to more than one school, please make sure you let Mrs. Gacci know which school you decide to attend and give her a copy of your commitment letter.

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 representative from the PA Army National Guard will be here on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.   He will be set up at a table in the hallway between the gymnasium and the cafeteria during all 3 student lunches.  Interested students can stop by during their lunch period.

ATTENTION JUNIORS & SENIORS:

COLLEGE/UNIV./TECH. SCHOOL IN PERSON VISITS

Please check your school e-mail account regularly & listen to the AM announcements to find out when representatives from colleges, universities & tech. schools are coming to DLHS and when.  

You MUST sign up to attend a college/school visit by filling out a "College/School Visit Sign Up Form" & returning it to Mrs. Gacci in the School Counseling Office by the noted deadline, or stop in the School Counseling Office & sign up on the appropriate “College/School/Visit Sign Up Sheet” by the deadline.  

Students will receive a "College/School Visit Pass" in their 1st period class on the day of visit so they can attend.  

CLICK HERE FOR THE COLLEGE/SCHOOL VISIT SIGN UP FORM:   College-School Visit Sign Up Form.pdf

COLLEGE/SCHOOL

VISIT DATE

TIME

DEADLINE TO SIGN UP

Waynesburg University

Mon., 9/19/22

10:30 AM

9/14/22

Shenandoah University

Mon., 9/19/22

12:45 PM

9/14/22

Washington & Jefferson College

Tue., 9/20/22

10:30 AM

9/15/22

Baldwin Wallace University

Thurs., 9/29/22

12:00 PM

9/26/22

Safe2Say Something

https://www.safe2saypa.org/ 

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

CONTACTS

Mrs. Leighann Gacci
School Counseling Secretary
Phone: 724-265-5320  Ext. 2626
Fax: 724-265-5303
HOURS:   7:30 AM - 3:30 PM  
 
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
View Mrs. Pascucci's profile

Links

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

The websites below offer opportunities to review math.  Use them to refresh or increase your math skills:
 
Khan Academy:  www.khanacademy.org 
AAA Math: www.aaamath.com
Spark Notes:  www.sparknotes.com/math 
 
The following website can help refresh your skills in Mechanical Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning & Numerical Reasoning:

ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

Student Assistance Program (SAP) Referral Form/Checklist

SAP is a voluntary program for students experiencing academic, behavioral, and/or emotional difficulties that may pose barriers to school success. Questions?  Call your school counselor or social worker Kristen Porter at 724-265-5300 ext. 2673.
 
Drug & Alcohol Counseling Services: Allegheny County