Academics

Counseling

Mission Statement

The Notre Dame High School Counseling Department is part of a community based on Holy Cross values of achievement, service, and respect. Counselors strive to meet the needs of students in the areas of academics, social adjustment, and career development. The counselors work toward building student independence over the course of four years.

Our mission is to develop self-awareness, critical thinking and responsibility, as well as to encourage continued growth in these areas throughout life. We believe that this mission is a partnership between students, parents, counselors, teachers, and administrators, and results in helping students reach their individual potential in academics, service and the social areas of their lives.

Counselors endeavor to act as positive role models to students and foster mutual respect in an environment of care and concern. This mission is accomplished through both individual and group meetings and presentations for students throughout the year, that are conducted by Notre Dame counselors as well as expert guest speakers. Special group sessions are also held for parents so that they will be current on the latest college admissions information as well as pertinent knowledge regarding changes in adolescent social environments.

Notre Dame counselors work to help students with learning differences. Although the Notre Dame campus is not equipped to present a full range of special services, the school is able to facilitate minor adjustments within the college preparatory program to assist students with certain disabilities. 

News from the Counseling Office

Mark your Calendars: (Virtual - Links will be emailed)

Monday, February 1, 2021, 8:30 a.m: Junior Parent Coffee Q&A
Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 8:30 a.m: Senior Parent Coffee FAQ

Parent Virtual Coffee Sessions

Parent Coffee Sessions are optional sessions to allow parents to have the floor to ask questions and receive immediate feedback from the counselors in an informal, comfortable setting. Attendance is not mandatory, and parents may come/leave when they need to, as their schedule allows. If you cannot attend and have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child's counselor directly - we are here to help! 

Counselor Breakdown

Below is the counselor breakdown of students for the 2020-2021 school year. This list is by the student’s last name. Please be sure to check and read your emails each Friday afternoon for any updates from your counselors.  

College Knowledge Night

Save the date! Sophomore and Junior families are invited to join us for a virtual evening of college exploration and knowledge on Wednesday, March 24. You will have the opportunity to join various sessions on college financial aid, majors and careers, HBCUs, UK Institutions, Visual/Performing Arts in College, UCs, and so much more. More information will be sent closer to the event date.

Naviance 

Freshmen will have their accounts activated and introduced to Naviance in early February. Naviance is a tool used for college and career exploration, as well as hosts assessments for students to learn more about their skills, interests, and strengths. 

Sophomores and Juniors should take every opportunity to acquaint themselves with the available extensive Naviance resources, including career exploration tools and college choice management tools. Naviance also offers FREE SAT and ACT practice for those who plan to take tests in the Winter or Spring, assuming test dates are available. 

Seniors, all schools you are applying to MUST be added to your “Applying to List” in Naviance. We will be unable to send documents to colleges on your behalf if they are not on this list.
 
2021-2022 Course Registration

Counselors will begin registration presentations for next year’s classes beginning the week of February 8. The 2021-2022 course catalog will be updated on the NDHS website. Please refer to the course catalog for information regarding the courses, including prerequisite information.  Students will have the opportunity to meet with their counselors to make their selections. 

PSAT Score Results
 
Juniors that took the PSAT in January will have scores released by the College Board in early March. Be sure to check your email during that time for a message directly from them so you can access your scores through your online College Board account. 

Sophomore College Admissions Testing Information Night
 
Sophomore students and parents, please mark your calendars for Wednesday, April 14 at 7 p.m. We will host a virtual meeting to discuss the changing landscape of the SAT/ACT due to Covid-19 and how the Class of 2023 should approach this part of the college application process. More details will be emailed directly to sophomore families as the date approaches.
 
SAT/ACT Testing
 
College Board News Alert: College Board has announced significant changes in the CollegeBoard testing programs: SAT Subjects tests and the SAT Optional Essay are both being discontinued. 
 
The Counseling Office is staying vigilant about changes to the testing landscape.  Many universities continue to announce Test Optional or Test Blind policies for the next year and beyond. It is important to note: while admission offices may inform these policies, test scores may still be an important aspect of admission for selective universities, selective majors, or selective scholarships. The College Board (SAT) and (ACT) continue to add dates to make the exams more accessible, but these dates fill up quickly and might be canceled/rescheduled if testing conditions are deemed unsafe by the test site administrators. If your student can take any of these exams, please expect that they may only have the chance to take either test once - especially for the spring or summer testing dates. 
 
At this time, we are also examining the option of offering a School-Day SAT for juniors in April. More information will be provided to juniors once it becomes available. Below is the current schedule for SAT and ACT testing. Please check the www.CollegeBoard.org and the www.ACT.org  websites to register and for up-to-date information regarding day-of testing.


 
 

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Directory

Senior Counselors

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  • Val Pantell

    Counselor (A-Di)
    (818) 933-3645
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  • Mackenzie Millan

    Senior Counselor (Do-Kir)
    (818) 933-3646
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  • Jessica Lewis

    Senior Counselor (Kis-Ri)
    (818) 933-3696
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  • Mae Greenwald

    Senior Counselor (Ro-Z)
    (818) 933-3642
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Junior Counselors

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  • Steve Mejia

    Counselor (A-C)
    (818) 933-3647
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  • Bill Kearns

    Counselor (D-K)
    (818) 933-3644
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  • Jessica Lopez

    Counselor (L-Q)
    (818) 933-3695
    lopez@ndhs.org
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  • Martine Abdaem

    Director of Counseling & Counselor (R-Z)
    (818) 933-3643
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Sophomore Counselors

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  • Steve Mejia

    Counselor (A-G)
    (818) 933-3647
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  • Bill Kearns

    Counselor (H-Mc)
    (818) 933-3644
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  • Jessica Lopez

    Counselor (Me-Sc)
    (818) 933-3695
    lopez@ndhs.org
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  • Martine Abdaem

    Director of Counseling & Counselor (Se-Z)
    (818) 933-3643
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Freshmen Counselors

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  • Steve Mejia

    Counselor (A-C)
    (818) 933-3647
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  • Bill Kearns

    Counselor (D-Ki)
    (818) 933-3644
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  • Jessica Lopez

    Counselor (Ko-O)
    (818) 933-3695
    lopez@ndhs.org
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  • Martine Abdaem

    Director of Counseling & Counselor (P-Z)
    (818) 933-3643
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Counseling Assistant

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Athletic Liaison

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  • Dustin Snyder

    Athletic Liaison to the Counseling Department
    (818) 933-3600 Ext. 301
    snyder@ndhs.org
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