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New guidance team working at SHS

There is a new team of guidance counselors at Somerset High School for the 2008-09 school year.

Jeremy Kerg and Jenna Evenson have been hired to serve as guidance counselors this year. Kerg got an early start in this role, serving as an interim guidance counselor for the final month of the 2007-08 school year.

The Somerset Board of Education recently decided to convert the second guidance position from half-time to full-time. Amy Young, who had filled the half-time position, has taken a similar position at the Somerset Middle School. Young's position at the Middle School is new to the School District this year.

Kerg and Evenson are both in their 20s and they plan to bring energy and enthusiasm to their positions. This is the second time this duo has worked together. They worked together at the Hudson Middle School, where Kerg was doing his practicum as a counselor. Evenson was working with students in an at-risk program.

"Our education is fresh and we have a lot of energy," Evenson said about the duo's fit in the High School. Kerg said they are experienced in using the latest educational models, a direction the District has been working toward.

They are busily setting their priorities for the school year. Both counselors said they want to work with parents to make sure parents are informed about what is happening at the High School. They will start working on Aug. 19, and will be happy to schedule meetings with parents who have concerns about their students.

One of the plans they want to implement is having a conference with each sophomore student and their parents. They said the sophomore year is a pivotal time. By meeting during the sophomore year, the students can get an early start on thinking about career possibilities and setting up their course schedule to best help them in getting ready for those careers.

By meeting with the sophomores, the counselors also hope to detect any academic problems and get them corrected so the problems don't have long-term effects.

The counselors said one of their goals is to study colleges so they know which colleges will be the best fit to match the interests of each student in the High School.

Both of the counselors are outgoing people. They want to be actively involved in meeting with students, through work in the classroom and individual counseling. They also want to earn the respect of the veteran teaching staff at the High School and serve as a resource to all of the teachers.

One resource the counselors plan to utilize frequently is a program called WISCareers. This is an on-line program that offers many resources for students and educators. It is supported by the UW System and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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