FHS Counseling Announcements

  • During E-49, the FHS counseling department will be operating virtually in an effort to support student academic, social/emotional, and college and career pursuits. We will be processing emails as quickly as reasonably possible and will be checking our voicemails once each afternoon Tuesday through Friday.

    • If this is an emergency please call 911
    • If you are in need of immediate support, you can text "Talk" to 38255 and a mental health provider will respond to you within 10-15 minutes.
    • You can also call 1-844-493-8255 to speak to a mental health provider.
    • For concerns about a student or friends, contact Safe2Tell at 1-877-542-7233

    Other resources:

    • Aspen Pointe Crisis Stabilization              719-572-6100
    • Cedar Springs Hospital                           719-633-4114
    • Children’s Hospital Colo Springs              719-305-1234
    • Peak View Behavioral Health                   719-444-8484
    • Trevor Project- LGBTA Crisis Line             866-488-7386
    • Urban Peak- Youth Homeless Shelter        719-630-3223

    Please note: this is not an exhaustive list of resources and D49 does not endorse any specific resources in our area. If you have specific questions please reach out to the provider individually for times of operation, insurance accepted, etc…



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  • FHS E-Counseling Newsletter

    Week of April 27th, 2020
    How to Support Your Quarantined Student

    We are living through unprecedented times and this can have an impact on your teens well-being and attitude. Below are some suggestions for keeping life bearable and meaningful for them during this crisis:

    1. A daily schedule that balances schoolwork, chores, screentime, hobby time, free time, a shower, and some exercise. This is something that stays the same even on the weekend.

    2. Encourage them to connect with friends through social media or even a Zoom meeting. Ask them what their friends are doing and how they are feeling.

    3. If your student will do it, Family Game night! Try for a couple of nights a week. If not, make it a movie night with a special dessert.

    4. Eat dinner together every night. Talk about things you are grateful for and ask all family members to list one thing they are grateful for.

    5. Get outside (if possible and if you are comfortable) at least once a day. A neighborhood bike ride or walk is therapeutic. Or even some yard work!

    6. If your child has their license or permit, take them driving. This provides some normalcy. If you have relatives in town or good friends, tell them you are doing a "drive-by" and have them come outside and speak to you both from a distance.

    7. Have them do something for others.

    8. Let them know you are there for them if they need to talk.

    Remember that one of the biggest developmental milestones for teenagers is establishing independence and building relationships with people other than their families. Unfortunately, during this time we have taken some of that away. This can leave them lost and scared. Have patience and understanding. They may challenge you a bit but remember this is part of their growth and they will be better off if you establish boundaries while giving some grace.

    Here are resources parents may access for further

    • https://www.apa.org/topics/covid-19/student-stress


    • https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/Teens-and-COVID-19.aspx

    Stay well and let FHS counseling know what else we can do during this time to support your students. Remember we are a family and
    will get through this together!

    Important Dates & Links:

    April 30th - NHS Applications Due

    May 1st - Junior Scheduling Survey Due

    May 1st - Student Aide Applications Due https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfh47gLp84By5xzlklKbnh9Lc0jFkcCf7Q6Qo5Bp-6TukCRnQ/viewform

    May 8th - Link Crew Applications Due

    Summer School - coming soon!


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  • Falcon High School Academic Showcase:

    Are you interested in information on our vast and robust pathway options at Falcon High School? Did you happen to miss the Academic Showcase on January 16, 2020, from 6-8:00?  Then please gather more information on our vast course offerings here. 


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Counseling Services

  • District 49's school counselors are here to support students and families throughout the educational process. Counselors are an integral part of academic achievement through addressing the student as a whole person with various supports in all areas.
Michele Mandel
Counselor for Class of 2020
Phone: 719.495.5541
Julie Kutsner
Counselor for Class of 2021
Phone: 719.495.5551
Mary Kathryn Thompson
Counselor for Class of 2022
Phone: 719.495.5545
Lindsey Fortune
Counselor for Class of 2023
Phone: 719495.5531
Erinn Rynearson
Falcon High School Support Counselor
Phone: 719.495.5534
Jenny Allen
Support Counselor
Phone: 719.495.5535