Deer Lakes

School District

School Counseling Services

Welcome to the Deer Lakes High School Counseling Page! Mrs. Pascucci and
Mrs. Yuhasz 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 Mrs. Yuhasz 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

WELCOME COOPER!!   DLHS CERTIFIED THERAPY DOG!

DLHS welcomes Certified Therapy Dog, Cooper!!!!     Cooper is a Golden Retriever and has been in training for several years.  He belongs to Mrs. Tina Pascucci, one of the DLHS School Counselors and will be accompanied by her at all times. He will stay safely in the School Counseling Office until proper acclimation has been completed. Initially Cooper will be in the building one day a week. Cooper will then begin by meeting with students in small group settings. Please refer to the letter Principal Baughman sent out on 9/1/23 for more information. Click HERE for the letter.


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SENIOR SURVEY

ALL seniors are required to complete a Senior Survey Form listing their plans after graduation and they must return it to Mrs. Gacci in the SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE by no later than Thursday, May 16, 2024.   Seniors are to choose only one of the options listed on the form.    THIS IS A MANDATORY FORM!   Students will not receive their cap & gown until this form is completed & received and any debts they have are paid in full.    Seniors were given this form, along with a memo with instructions, in their English class on 4/23/24.  Click HERE for the student memo.  Click HERE for a fillable PDF Senior Survey Form.  Hard copies are also available in the School Counseling Office.    A copy was also mailed home to parents/guardians.  Click HERE for the letter sent to parents/guardians.
SPRING KEYSTONE EXAMS

Tues.,  5/14/24       Biology
Weds., 5/15/24      Biology
Thurs., 5/16/24      Literature
Fri.,     5/17/24        Literature
Mon.,  5/20/24      Algebra
Tues.,  5/21/24       Algebra
FINAL EXAMS SCHEDULE

SENIOR SCHEDULE:
English & Science:   May 21 & 22
Math & Social Studies:  May 23 & 28
Electives & Make ups:  May 29

UNDERCLASSMEN SCHEDULE:
English & Science:   May 30 & 21
Math & Social Studies:  June 3 & 4
Electives & Make ups:  June 5

Students enrolled in an AP Course will not take a final exam only if they completed the AP Exam.
Students enrolled in a Keystone Exam trigger course will not take a final exam in that course.
SENIOR END OF YEAR SCHEDULE & GRADUATION INFO.

Click HERE for graduation information and the senior end of the year schedule.


CCAC IS OFFERING FREE FAFSA WORKSHOPS

CCAC would like to invite students and their parents/guardians to participate in upcoming FAFSA workshops. These workshops are designed to assist a person when completing the FAFSA application. There is NO COST to attend this event and they are being offered at all CCAC campus locations and virtually.  Just scan the QR code on the flyer to register for a date and location that is best for you.  The financial aid application process can be a challenging process, visit us at one of the workshops to assist with this process.    Click HERE for flyer with dates & times!
 
Justin A. Tatar, DEd
 Director of Community Partnerships & Outreach
 Community College of Allegheny County
 808 Ridge Avenue
 SSC 132
 Pittsburgh, PA 15212
412-237-2649
SENIORS

Whenever you need your transcript sent to a college, university, or trade/tech. school, you MUST complete & submit a Transcript Request/Release Form to Mrs. Gacci in the School Counseling Office.    There are 2 different forms:
 
 You can either e-mail your form Mrs. Gacci @ [email protected] or drop it off to her in the School Counseling Office.

COLLEGE/UNIV./TRADE/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 hall pass on the day of visit so they can attend.  

NO COLLEGE/SCHOOL VISITS SCHEDULED AT THIS TIME

MILITARY REPRESENTATIVE VISITS

None scheduled at this time

CCAC BNY MELLON EARLY COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAM

Rising 10th grade students can take certain credit and non-credit courses offered virtually, for FREE.   The best part? They receive a stipend! This offer is a part of CCAC's Early College Program, which is a program funded by a generous gift from Bank of New York Mellon. The goal of this program is to help expand access to college and career readiness for those who may or may not have the resources to do so on their own.
 
Click HERE for a flyer with more information and how to register.
SUMMER 2024 OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS

Now is the time of year when students will start (or should start) investigating opportunities they would like to pursue over the summer. A directory of more than 1,300 opportunities for students has been published online by College Matchpoint. The list includes courses, programs, research options, and service opportunities available this spring and summer, with options for in-person, online, and hybrid activities.  Some programs are even free.
 
GIRLS WHO CODE SUMMER PROGRAMS

CODING, SISTERHOOD, BRAVERY
High school students gain the computer science skills they need to make an impact and prepare for tech careers in our free, virtual Summer Programs. Summer Program participants invest in their future by learning about tech jobs and meeting industry leaders, all while building a supportive community of sisterhood. These Programs offer incredible benefits including professional connections, financial grants, tech support and much more - no previous computer science experience required!!
BUILD SKILLS
Learn to code through hands-on real-world projects in game design, cybersecurity, data science, web development, and artificial intelligence.
BUILD COMMUNITY
Join our diverse sisterhood and make meaningful friendships as you become part of our lifelong alumni network.
BUILD A PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
Invest in your future by spending your summer with the world’s hottest tech companies. Learn about tech careers by connecting with engineers and entrepreneurs and participating in skill-building workshops.

Girls Who Code offers two FREE Summer Programs:

  • A two-week Summer Immersion Program to learn game design in live virtual classrooms  FOR CURRENT 9TH – 11TH GRADE GIRLS
     
  • A six-week Self-Paced Program to explore some of the biggest topics in tech independently FOR CURRENT 9TH – 12TH GRADE GIRLS

Students can apply for BOTH programs, if eligible, using this application. However, students can only participate in one summer program.   Click HERE for summary of programs
 
PA AMERICAN LEGION - KEYSTONE BOYS STATE  6/16 - 6/22/24

WHEN:    June 16 – June 23, 2024
WHERE:   Messiah University
COST:       $200 – PAID BY LOCAL AMERICAN LEGION POST
 
ELIGIBILITY:   High School students who have completed their Junior year and have at least one semester remaining before graduation.
 
Keystone Boys State is an educational workshop for high school student leaders.   Students selected to attend KBS have the opportunity to gain leadership skills through an intensive wee-long summer program.   The focus of KBS is its hands-on simulation of municipal, county and state governments.  Click HERE for the Brochure.  Copies are also available in the School Counseling Office.   
SIMCOACH GAMES' SUMMER APPRENTICESHIP IN GAMES  6/10 - 7/19/24

If you love playing games, building interactive experiences, and are interested in the most rewarding Summer Apprenticeship experience you may ever have, read on. This program is a Registered Pre-apprenticeship in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania - meaning it's recognized at a state level for its unique combination of classroom training and on-the-job training in game design and development.
 
Our program provides an opportunity that is unique for high school students: An ability to experience a real job in the industry, with the appropriate accountability to a professional video game company, accountability to a team and peers, and accountability to individually contribute.  This is through an experience of building and delivering, solving real problems, with artifacts that apprentices will present and (hopefully!) be proud to deliver.
 
 Take-aways include: Completion certificates, recommendation letters, and industry employer references.
 
The program will be held at the Simcoach Games' Game Studio at 2026 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203. This is on a bus line and has nearby parking available.
 
This Summer Apprenticeship program's dates are from Monday, June 10th through Friday, July 19th.  
 
- The first five weeks run Monday - Thursday. 
- The sixth and final week will run five days, Monday - Friday.
 
 We offer two sessions and do our best to work with your availability. You will work in the same session throughout the duration of the program. We will discuss the available options with you.
 
 - Morning Session: 8 AM - 12 PM
 - Afternoon Session: 1 PM - 5 PM
 
WHO CAN APPLY
 
 2024 and 2025 Year High School Graduates are strongly encouraged to apply! This program is a great way to help you decide your next steps, professionally, academically, and personally. As a Registered Pre-apprenticeship in Pennsylvania, we are invested in prioritizing those soon taking steps toward entering the workforce and pursuing academic plans after high school.
 
 To be eligible to apply, you must be at least 16 years old by the start of the program (June 10, 2024). You must be entering your senior year of high school after this summer or graduating in 2024 to apply. Exceptions to these age and grade requirements cannot be made. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO APPLY, GO TO:   https://www.simcoachapprenticeship.com/ 
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 

2024 PROGRAM DATES AVAILABLE:
Feb. 22 - 25
Feb. 29 - Mar. 3
Mar. 7 - 10Apr. 4 - 7
Apr. 11 - 14Apr. 18 - 21
Jun. 13 - 16July 18 - 21
Oct. 17 - 20Nov. 7 - 10

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.
FREE CDL TRAINING AT CCAC BOYCE CAMPUS

Goodwill Southwestern PA is holding FREE CDL Training @ CCAC Boyce Campus
 
If you are ages 18-24, earn your Pennsylvania Class A CDL license in just 8 weeks!
Gain the skills needed for the Pennsylvania Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Our FREE classes meet at CCAC’s Boyce Campus. Stipends paid weekly!

This class prepares students to take the CDL Class A knowledge, skills and road tests. The knowledge test covers general knowledge, combination vehicle, air brakes, hazardous materials, tankers, and double-triples. The skills test requires performing a pre-trip inspection and various backing and parking maneuvers. The road test consists of driving a predetermined route.
 
The curriculum also covers:
  • Department of Transportation (DOT) & Hours of Service regulations
  • Map reading & trip planning
  • Shifting techniques
  • Industry terminology & career opportunities
Additional support and incentives:
  • Transportation assistance
  • Financial literacy
  • Interviewing skills
  • Employment services
  • Follow up support
  • Mentoring & leadership skills
Eligibility:
  • Out-of-school (GED or high school diploma not required)
  • Between ages 18-24 and currently living in Allegheny County
  • Valid PA Driver’s License
Before taking the CDL Class A course, students must successfully complete the CDL Class A prerequisite course (Part 1) and also pass a DOT physical and drug screen.

FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO REGISTER, CLICK  HERE
NEXTSTEPU FREE ONLINE MAGAZINE FOR STUDENTS

Find Your Path to Success.   Helping you with your next step in college, career and life planning.  Get help with planning for college, finding college majors, searching for college, applying for free college scholarships, and STEM education.     https://www.nextstepu.com/ 
NACAC'S GUIDE TO THE COLLEGE ADMISSION PROCESS

NACAC’s favorite perennial resource, the Guide to the College Admission Process, has been updated for 2022 to reflect current trends, tasks, and additions to the college search and application experience. This guide offers sound advice on every step of the process, from getting in the right mindset, to researching universities, to completing application materials. This is a fantastic go-to source for students, families, and counselors!   NACAC GUIDE TO THE COLLEGE ADMISSION PROCESS
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 Show” 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.  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.

CONTACTS:

Mrs. Tina Pascucci
School Counselor
Grades 9-12  Last names A - L
Phone: 724-265-5320   Ext. 2671 
Fax: 724-265-5303
HOURS:    
Mon. - Thurs. 7:05 AM - 2:50 PM
Fri.   7:35 AM - 2:35 PM
View Mrs. Pascucci's profile

Mrs. Taylor Yuhasz
School Counselor
Grades 9-12   Last names M - Z
Phone: 724-265-5320  Ext. 2670
Fax: 724-265-5303
HOURS:    
Mon. - Thurs. 7:05 AM - 2:50 PM
Fri.   7:35 AM - 2:35 PM
Twitter: @DLSDGuidance

 Mrs. Leighann Gacci
School Counseling Secretary
Phone: 724-265-5320  Ext. 2626
Fax: 724-265-5303
HOURS:   Mon. - Fri.  7:30 AM - 3:30 PM  


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GRADING PERIODS  

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 Yuhasz, 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

 
If you or someone you know needs support now, call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org


Resolve Crisis Services
Resolve is a 24-hour, 365-day crisis service that’s free to all Allegheny County residents.
Everyone experiences moments of crisis in life. You might be struggling with depression or substance abuse. Or maybe you’re overwhelmed by problems at work, feeling lonely, or having a conflict with a loved one. Whether your problem is large or small, talking with someone can help. Most of all, don’t wait for a problem to get out of control. Just call resolve Crisis Services for help at 1-888-796-8226.