High School Guidance Office

The Tecumseh High School Counselors serve many roles as we seek to meet the needs of our learners, and helping them to learn, do, and be their best every day. See below also for more information from the American School Counselor Association about the role of the school counselor.

Whether you need assistance with choosing your high school classes; making sure you are on track for graduation; planning for college, military, or career; or if you just need to talk - reach out to your counselor. We are here to help.


announcements and upcoming events

Scholarship Express
Saturday, January 26 from 9 a.m. to noon at the LISD TECH Center. There will be Interview practice and essay assistance, along with help to complete your FAFSA. High School seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. Please direct any question, and make sure to RSVP, to Sue Ritchey.


Career Interest Survey
Learners, which career fields interest you most? Please take our 60-second survey. Your answers will help determine guest speakers and assist in planning for job shadowing and career exploration opportunities. Thank you!


Testing Out of Courses
Tecumseh High School learners are provided the opportunity to test out of some courses. However, there are certain criteria that must be met:
  • Learners cannot attempt to test out of a class they have taken and failed.
  • They can only test out of one course at a time.
  • Learners are responsible for reaching out to facilitators for review information. Facilitators will not provide study guides, but may share a book or other materials learners may use.
  • Learners who wish to test out of a full-year course (ex. World History) must take and pass the 1st semester exam, then they will be permitted to take the 2nd semester exam.
  • Learners must earn a 78.5% on the exam to pass the class.
If the learner passes, the course will appear on their transcript as tested out (ex. World History - Test Out). The learner will earn an 'S.' If the learner does not pass, nothing goes on the transcript.

The fall window to apply for testing out of a class has now closed. The next test out window will be the week of May 20, 2019.

Learners should contact Mrs. Followell in the Guidance Office with questions.

LISD TECH Center Applications
Applications for the LISD TECH Center will be accepted through January 18. Click here to access the online registration form. Stop by the counseling office with any questions. Learn more about available programs at www.lisdtechcenter.com.


Ohio Technical College Campus Visit Dates
Learners interested in careers in automotive mechanical and collision repair, classic car restoration, welding, racing, diesel and other related fields are invited to visit OTC on the dates below. Learn more at ohiotech.edu.
  • January 11
  • March 15
  • April 27
  • May 17
  • June 14
  • July 19
  • August 23
  • September 13
  • October 19
  • November 15


FAFSA Workshops
The final FAFSA workshop hosted by the University of Toledo will be held from 3 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Learners should call 419-530-8700 to schedule an appointment.

Workshops are held in Rocket Hall, Room 1200 on the University of Toledo campus. Learners should bring their parents and their 2017 federal income tax forms.


2018-19 Tecumseh Kiwanis Senior of the Month
Each month, Tecumseh Kiwanis will recognize two high school seniors for Outstanding Commitment to Our Community. Applications may be submitted to the main office at THS, or to P.O. Box 351, Tecumseh, MI 49286. Seniors need only apply once unless they wish to update with additional information. Download the 2018-19 application.

College Planning 101 Workshops
Workshops are offered throughout the year at various locations around the state. Each workshop is designed to help families (grades 9-12) understand and successfully manage college planning. For a complete list of dates and locations please visit the MI College Access Portal page of the Guidance Office webpage.

Google Drives for Learners
The THS Guidance Office has created Google Drives for each grade level. Learners should check in often for information, news, announcements, and reminders. Join our Google Classroom at: classroom.google.com

On the home page, click Add/Join Class, then enter the code listed below and click join.
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Academic Support

  • Facilitate communication between students, parents and educators, mediating conflicts when necessary
  • Support IEP process when appropriate
  • Oversee services given to students with 504 Plans
  • Guide decision-making about course selection and scheduling, career, and post-secondary selections
  • Provide assistance with behavioral, disciplinary, and conflict resolution concerns

Graduation and Post-Secondary Planning

  • Assist students new and returning to Tecumseh by reviewing academic records to ensure appropriate placement in courses to meet THS graduation requirements
  • Conduct individual meetings with students on an annual basis to discuss career direction and career academy selection, and encourage use of appropriate resources for academic, career exploration, and post-secondary planning needs
  • Track student progress towards graduation, monitoring academic progress, suggesting strategies for success, and recommending remediation through course repetition in summer school or subsequent school year
  • Maintain communication with parents about student progress and ongoing opportunities
  • Meet individually with seniors to review graduation requirements, ensure readiness for post-secondary opportunities and recommend appropriate steps for admission to post-secondary schools
  • Support seniors in post-secondary admissions and financial aid processes by providing guidance, writing letters of recommendation, communicating with college admissions representatives, and maintaining accurate database of courses with NCAA Clearinghouse to assist students in athletic eligibility process
  • Learner Success Coaching

    • Serving as advisors to students
    • Assisting with creation of master schedule of courses
    • Serving as member of school wide teams (student-centered teams, multi-disciplinary teams, core academy teams, and career academies, etc.) to support student needs

    Personal Counseling

  • Provide confidential individual counseling to students who are facing obstacles that interfere with their education and serve as an advocate to shepherd students through the life changes of adolescence.
  • Assist student with life transitions and decision making
  • Prepare incoming students for academic and behavioral expectations of high school
  • Communicate with previous counselor about transitioning students with special concerns
  • Meet with parents and teachers of students with special needs, anxiety issues, and histories of school difficulties as needed to ensure smooth transition
  • Resource Referral

    The TPS counselors are available to connect students and families to resources and services within and outside of school. Examples include:

    • Peer Tutoring, School Social Worker
    • District-provided services through the consulting psychologist and psychiatric evaluations
    • Mental health providers, CMH and other private counseling agencies

    Transition Assistance

    Our counselors can facilitate transition to other types and sources of education when necessary. Some examples include:

    • Homebound instruction
    • Lenawee Prep
    • Michigan Youth Challenge
    • Dual Enrollment at Jackson College, Adrian College, Siena Heights University, or Washtenaw Community College

    Event Coordination

    Coordinate and promote school wide opportunities that promote student success. For example:

    • Parent education events (Financial Aid Night, Coffee with the Counselors, Junior Parent Meeting and Freshman Parent/Learner Meeting)
    • Test coordination and administration (PLAN, PSAT, SAT, Advanced Placement)
    • Senior Awards Night
    • Visits from college and university admissions representatives
    • Promotion and/or nomination of students to Boys and Girls State, HOBY Leadership Conference)
    • Peer Tutoring
    Deborah Followell

    Deborah Followell

    Counselor, Grades 9 and 10
    • EDP / Career Cruising
    • NCAA planning
    • Testing: PSAT 9, PSAT 10, PSAT, NMSQT, M-Step, WorkKeys
    • Testing out of courses
    • Academic counseling
    • Career planning
    • College applications
    • FAFSA assistance
    • IEP / 504
    • Military enlistment support
    • Parchment transcript requests
    • Personal counseling
    • Scheduling

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    Shelly Bruner

    Shelly Bruner

    Counselor, Grades 11 and 12
    • 100 Business Buy-In
    • AP testing coordinator
    • College and career planning
    • Foreign Exchange Program
    • Senior Parent Connections
    • Academic counseling
    • FAFSA assistance
    • IEP / 504
    • Military enlistment support
    • Parchment transcript requests
    • Personal counseling
    • Scheduling

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    Jennifer Morgan

    Jennifer Morgan

    Counselor, Tecumseh Virtual Academy, Seat Time Waiver, Tecumseh Branch Middle College
    • Credit forward / credit recovery
    • Dual enrollment
    • Middle College Branch
    • Seat Time Waiver (STW)
    • Suicide prevention
    • Tecumseh Virtual Academy
    • Trauma Informed Trainer
    • Academic counseling
    • Career planning
    • College applications
    • FAFSA assistance
    • IEP / 504
    • Military enlistment support
    • Parchment transcript requests
    • Personal counseling
    • Scheduling

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