Pope St. John Paul II Student Success Center

Mission Statement: The Guidance and Counseling Program at Helias Catholic High School seeks to positively impact the lives of our students by partnering with parents, community, faculty, and staff.  Our program seeks to help students find their purpose by merging their gifts and passions with the needs in the world.  Our program offers comprehensive planning and guidance services addressing student academic, spiritual, and career goals, while meeting their emotional, personal, and social needs.  We work to give students the opportunities to acquire the educational, social, and spiritual competencies necessary for their growth toward lifelong success in a diverse and changing world. 
Beliefs: Education is a responsibility shared by students, parents, staff, and community and is based on an atmosphere of mutual respect.
We believe that every student:

  • Has the potential for learning and for meeting high academic standards.
  • Has a unique set of individual needs that must be considered as he/she develops at his/her own rate.
  • Has God given gifts that must be explored, identified, nurtured and celebrated to help every student reach their purpose. 

We believe that the school counseling program should:

  •  Have a delivery system that includes school guidance curriculum, academic support, spiritual guidance, and social/emotional counseling.
  • Meet the comprehensive needs of all students.
  •  Support student academic, career, spiritual and personal/social development.
  •  Be both comprehensive and developmental in nature, proactive in design, and responsive to the changing needs of our students.
  •  Monitor student progress.
  • Use data to drive program development and evaluation.

Meet the Staff: (this is where we define roles of each counselor) this will allow students and parents to get to the right person.
Mary Flowers - Academic Counselor

  • Students with last names beginning with M-Z
  • Course information
  • Course Selections/ Course changes requests
  • E2020 Online Courses Contact and Brigham Young Online Contact and Test Proctor
  • College/Tech School Applications and Completion and Transcripts requests
  • ACT Test Coordinator
  • Scholarship Coordinator
  • Counseling Web Site Coordinator
  • Awards Ceremony Coordinator

Dan Mathes - Academic Counselor

  • Students with last names beginning with A-L
  • Transcripts information
  • Course Information
  • Course Selections/ Course changes requests
  • E2020 (online courses)  
  • Dual Enrollment
  • AP Courses

Jan Heislen: Academic Counselor

  • A+ Coordinator
  • College/ Career Readiness
  • Academic struggles

Maureen Quinn:  Campus Ministry

  • Service Hours
  • Service Projects (personal or through classes)
  • Campus Ministry Club
  • Mission Trips

Elizabeth Twyman - Accomodations Coordinator

  • Service Plan/ Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Documented health concerns
  • Academic struggles
  • Special Services request for testing

Josh Varner - Professional Counselor 

  • Social and Emotional concerns
  • Mental Health needs



Upcoming Career Guidance | Seniors | Freshmen | All Students


A+ Forms and Information

A+ PROGRAM is now available to Helias students.  The A+ program is a scholarship program specific to Technical Schools and Junior Colleges.  Students in GRADES 9-12 can apply to be a participant in the Helias A+ Program.  Financial awards can cover full tuition at a Junior College or Missouri Technical school AS WELL AS some of our Missouri 4 year institutions have partial scholarships available to A+ students.  If you'd like more information, see the information below OR you can contact Jan Heislen at:

A+ Information Sheet

A+ Tutoring/Mentoring Timesheet

A+ Application

Citizenship Agreement


FREE WEBSITE RESOURCE:  The website was created to help high school seniors compare the acceptance rate information for many of the popular colleges in the United States.


MISSOURI CONNECTIONS is a FREE Career and College Search Program that is offered by the State of Missouri.  This program is very appropriate for students in grades 9-12 and now also includes a LEARNING STYLES ASSESSMENT, ACT Prep, SAT Prep, ASVAB Prep, etc.  Log in at:   Username:  Helias    Password:  2viewmoc

ACT PREP is available.  For more information, contact Julie Berhorst at:

SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER offers an ACT PREP prior to each of the ACT administrations.  For more information, call 636-1686 or visit:  
ACT PREP CLASSES through Julie Berhorst are now available.  Check out the details at:  or call Julie Berhorst at 573-690-7065.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI SYSTEM has joined the COMMON APPLICATION program which allows students to use the Common App to apply for the four campuses that make up the system:  UMC, UMSL, UMKC, and Missouri S & T.   STUDENTS WILL STILL BE ABLE TO APPLY to each of the institutions through the normal online application process as well.  The Common App is simply another option.

MISSOURI CONNECTIONS is a FREE Career and College Search Program that is offered by the State of Missouri.  This program is very appropriate for students in grades 9-12 and now also includes a LEARNING STYLES ASSESSMENT, ACT Prep, ASVAB Prep, etc.  Log in at:   Username:  Helias    Password:  2viewmoc
A+ Program is now available to Helias students.  The A+ program is a scholarship program specific to Technical School and Junior Colleges.  In addition, some 4 year colleges are also awarding smaller scholarships for those in the A+ program.  Contact Jan Heislen for more information at:

FOCUS ON LEARNING is an ACT Prep organization that operates out of Columbia.  For more information, contact Focus on Learning at 573-875-5187.

SYLVAN LEARNING CENTER offers a variety of ACT Prep experiences which includes a FREE PRACTICE TEST on December 9, an ACT Prep class which begins on Dec. 16 and an ACT Boot Camp which is being held on December 29.  To learn more, contact Laura Forbis at 636-1686 or


 THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI has established the MISSOURI LAND GRANT COMPACT which is an agreement expanding higher education access and providing competitive, affordable education to more Missourians than ever before.  For qualifying students, the Missouri Land Grant will cover all tuition and fees.  The Missouri Land Grant Honors will also cover books and housing for Pell-eligible MU Honors College students.  The deadline to submit the FAFSA is February 1.  For more information, contact the University of Missouri-Columbia Office of Admissions at 573-882-7786.

STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE OF MISSOURI wants you to know that they have a 98% JOB PLACEMENT RATE.  To learn more, visit:

JAMES L AND NELLIE M. WESTLAKE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM offers financial awards for College Tuition, Fees, Book and Supplies for the 2018/2019 academic year.  To qualify, you must plan to enroll in a 4 year college, maintain a 2.5 GPA and have an adjusted family gross income of $50,000 or less.  The application submission deadline is Feb. 1, 2018 and you apply at:

VARIETY SCHOLARSHIPS:  -Garage Band Scholarship:; UEW Healthcare Scholarship:; Lead Roster Scholarship: ; Imagine America Scholarship: ; Logins Guide Scholarship:; Absolutely Outdoorsy Scholarship:

  1. COLE COUNTY MEDICAL ALLIANCE SCHOLARSHIP is a scholarship available to Helias students who plan to attend a four year college or university and pursue a career in HEALTHCARE.  The application is available in the counseling office with a Jan. 26 deadline.
  1.  CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY is launching a new program called Creighton Global Scholars Program.  This is a unique international study opportunity that includes 4 international experiences in your years.  Creighton Global Scholars will live, study, and learn in Sydney, Australia, Santiago, Dominican Republic and two additional locations of student choice.  Global Scholars will develop the skills necessary to live and work anywhere in the world as well-rounded, Jesuit -educated, global citizens.  Application to Creighton is required with a program deadline of January 5, 2018.  To learn more, contact Creighton at:  402-280-2703 or

THE EUGENE MCDERMOTT SCHOLARS PROGRAM at the University of Texas at Dallas is a selective program for individuals who aspire to leave a mark on the community and the world.  The scholarship includes a full ride with additional benefits to the University of Texas.  The deadline to apply is January 3.  To learn more, visit:  or call 972-883-4610 .

THREE RIVERS ELECTRIC HILKEMEYER SCHOLARSHIP is a $2000 scholarship which will be awarded to one deserving student.  The scholarship is available to high school seniors whose parents or guardians are members of Three Rivers Electric Cooperative.  The application is available in the counseling office with a March 23 deadline.

JB P.E.O. SISTERHOOD SCHOLARSHIP is available to all Senior GIRLS who have a 2.0 GPA or better.  The application is available in the counseling office with a Jan. 12 deadline.

Miscellaneous Scholarships:  Arch City Granite Scholarship:; Indy Graphic Arts Scholarship: ; Baby Swing Center Scholarship: ; Overachievers Student Grant is a $12,500 award based upon a 1000-1500 word essay.  To learn more, visit: ; College Covered Scholarship Award sponsored by Discover Card is available at:    The deadline is December 31, 2017


 MILLS COLLEGE in Oakland, California, invites students to check out what they have to offer at:

NORTHWEST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY invites you to take a look at their scholarship offerings and programs of study:


 YOUTH TOUR ESSAY CONTEST TO WIN A WEEK LONG TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C. is sponsored by the Three Rivers Electric Cooperative and is open to all juniors attending school in the Three Rivers Service territory.  Requirement is to write a 300 to 500 word essay on the theme: “People Helping People-The Electric Cooperative Story.  Six finalists will be chosen to attend the Youth Tour to D.C. and six others will win a $200 cash prize.  The application is available in the counseling office with a Jan. 24 deadline.

MILLS COLLEGE in Oakland, California, wants to invite you to check them out at:


 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SUMMER EXPERIENCES PROGRAM offers a variety of opportunities to middle and high school students during the summer months.  Sessions include: Pre-Medical, Pre-Engineering, Creative Writing, Humanities, Global Leadership, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Psychology and Young Leaders.  GPA requirements and ACT scores required for some programs.  To learn more, visit:


COOPERATIVE YOUTH CONFERENCE AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE is sponsored by Three Rivers Electric Cooperative and is held in Jefferson City from July 18-20.  This conference brings together some of Missouri’s best and brightest young leaders.  The focus is to provide students with an inside look at Missouri Government, teach leadership skills and learn more about electric cooperatives.  The application is available in the counseling office with a March 19 deadline.  QUINCY UNIVERSITY and WESTERN CATHOLIC UNION have joined together to offer five
annual $2000 scholarships for students attending Quincy University beginning the fall of
2018. The scholarship program will involve a written essay and application which must
be turned in by January 8. Applications are available in the counseling office with a
January 8 deadline.
THE AMERICAN LEGION offers a VARIETY OF SCHOLARSHIPS to graduating seniors and
they all have a deadline of April 20, 2018 and they can all be found online at:
5, Practical Nursing Priority deadline Jan. 15, Dental Assisting Tech. Priority deadline is
Feb. 15, Heavy Equipment Operations Feb. 15 priority deadline, Medical Radiologic
Tech. Feb. 15 priority deadline and Physical Therapist Assistant Feb. 15, priority
consideration. For more information, visit :

ELMS COLLEGE in Chicopee, Massachusetts invites you to take a look at their institution
which was founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph. For more information, visit:
THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA invites students to take a tour and discover what they
have to offer. To set up a tour and learn more, visit:


 STANFORD PRE-COLLEGIATE STUDIES is a program open to students in grades 7-12.  If interested, check out:

DUKE UNIVERSITY SUMMER SESSION offers incredible opportunities for high school students:  Summer College Application-4 weeks of undergraduate level work; Summer Academy Application-3 week program taking a certificate course; Intensive STEM Academy--a 1 week STEM based program that consists of a variety of laboratory tours, faculty lectures and workshops.  To learn more, e-mail:

CARNEGIE MELLON SUMMER PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS run from June thru August and deal with Advanced Placement, Early Admission, Fine Arts, Architecture, Design, Drama, Music, etc.  For more information and details, visit:

DUKE UNIVERSITY SUMMER SESSION is held at Duke University in North Carolina.
Variety of programs offered are: Summer College, Summer Academy, and Intensive
STEM Academy. To learn more, email: or visit:
CORNELL UNIVERSITY SUMMER COLLEGE offers 2,3, or 6 week programs in Architecture,
Business, Computer Science, Debate, Design and Fashion, Engineering, Government,
Hotel Management, Medicine, etc. To learn more, visit:
open to juniors and seniors and runs from June 23 to July 7 th ; Leadership Seminars
offered to juniors and runs from July 14 to Jul 25; Study Abroad: Rome is open to Juniors
interested in an immersive Italian experience runs from June 2 thru June 16 and Study
Abroad: Ireland is open to juniors and will run from July 14 to July 28 traveling through
Ireland. To learn more about these programs, visit:

COLBY COMMUNITY COLLEGE in Colby, Kansas, offers programs for students who LOVE
TO WORK WITH ANIMALS by being trained through their Veterinary Technology
Program, the Veterinary Office Assistant Certificate, and the Pre-Veterinary Medicine
major. To learn more, visit: or contact Dr. Jennifer Martin at 785-
460-5466 or
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY in Evanston, Illinois offers a National High School Institute
they call the “Cherubs” program. The Institute consists of 3 summer programs in
Theatre Arts, Film and Video and Debate. Generous financial aid packages are available
to students that demonstrate a need. These are 5 week programs held in Chicago. For
more information, visit: or call 847-491- 3026
CARSON SCHOLARS FUND is looking for students who have at least a 3.75 GPA and who
display humanitarianism through community service. If you feel your Community
Service qualifies you to be considered for nomination, see Mrs. Flowers by December

- Reviewer Touch Scholarship:
-Redfin Scholarship:
-Weird Scholarship site:
-Generic site:


 WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY SUMMER EXPERIENCES are available to all students.  Learn more at:

MILLS COLLEGE in Oakland, California is striving to make education affordable by reducing their tuition by 36%.  To learn more, visit:

YALE YOUNG GLOBAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM offers seven unique interdisciplinary sessions over the course of the summer.  To learn more, visit:


OPTIMIST CLUB ESSAY CONTEST AND ORATORICAL CONTEST are now open for submission.  The essay contest topic is:  “Can Society Function Without Respect?”  and the oratorical contest topic is:  “Where Are My Roots of Optimism.  Students of any grade may participate as long as you haven’t reached your 18th birthday prior to October 1, 2017.  Applications are available in the counseling office with a January 9 deadline.  Scholarships are available.


Classes with this designation are offered at Helias which allow your student to earn college credit through a university.


Students in the 11th or 12th grade with an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 are automatically eligible for dual credit.
Students in the 11th and 12th grades with an overall grade point average between 2.5-2.99 must provide a signed letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
Students in the 10th grade must have an overall minimum grade point average of 3.0 and must provide a signed letter of recommendation from their guidance counselor and provide written permission from a parent or legal guardian.
Students signing up for dual enrollment in AP English, must have scored an 18 on the English ACT exam.  Students must provide a copy of their ACT when they turn in their registration form.
Students signing up for dual enrollment in AP Chemistry or Chemistry must have scored an 18 on the Math ACT exam or a 23 on the Lincoln University math placement test.  A copy of the ACT must be included with application form.
Students signing up for dual enrollment in AP Physics or Physics must have scored a 22 on the Math ACT exam or a 33 on the Lincoln University math placement test.  A copy of ACT must be included with application form.

Students signing up for dual enrollment in a Math class must take the Lincoln University Math placement test.  If a student took Acc. Pre-Calculus last year for dual credit, they can sign up for dual credit in AP Calculus.  If they didn’t take Acc. Pre-Calculus for dual credit, they must

These are some good questions to ask when considering these classes:

Will the college a student attends accept credit for this class? Note: you will need to give them the name of the class at Lincoln University not Helias Catholic.

Will the credit go toward my general education requirements or will it be an elective credit?  What tmajor in is probably the most important factor in determining this.

Will the grade earned for the dual credit class at Helias Catholic become part of my college grade point average?  

Can I get in writing via a letter or e-mail that the college will accept the credit?         


Computer Applications                BED 208 Integrated Comp. App.
AP English                                     ENG 101 & 102 Composition & Rhetoric I & II
AP American History                    HIS 205 & 206 US History I &II
Physics & AP Physics                    PHY 101/101L & 102/102L College Physics I & II
Acc. Pre-Calculus                         MAT 121 Pre-Calculus Math
AP Calculus BC                             MAT 123 & 124 Calculus I & II    
AP Calculus AB                             MAT 123 Calculus I
Chemistry                                     CHM 101/101 Lab General Chemistry
AP Chemistry                               CHM 101/101 Lab General Chemistry        
Chemistry II                             CHM 102/102L General Chemistry II
AP Am. Government                    PSC 203 American National Government
AP Spanish                                   SPA 230 Intro to Spanish Composition
College Algebra                           MAT 156 & 157 College Algebra (with Truman State)   
Leadership                                   Coach Rulo will provide information for Leadership class (Westminster College)

 AP exams are given the first two weeks of May each year.
This year the cost of an AP exam is $94.
AP exams are scored 1-5, with 5 being the best score.
The score that is needed to get credit is up to each department at that college or university. Colleges will usually have a page on their website showing a list of what score is needed for receiving credit.
You get only one shot at taking an AP exam.   It is not like the ACT that you can take several times and then take your best score.
Sign up for AP exams will be the first of March
AP Exams that are usually given at Helias Catholic:
Psychology                                                            Biology
English Literature and Composition                 Physics C: Mechanics
English Language and Composition                 Physics C: Electricity
Macroeconomics                                                 Spanish Language
Microeconomics                                                  Chemistry
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Physics 1: Algebra-based
Physics 2: Algebra based
United State History
United States Government and Politics

CLASS                   CREDIT HOURS             SIGN UP
AP English           3 each semester          At the start of each semester
AP Am. History   3 each semester          At the start of each semester
AP Physics           4 each semester          At the start of each semester
Physics                 4 each semester          At the start of each semester
Computer App.  3 hours                         Start of semester enrolled
AP Calculus BC   5 each semester           At the start of each semester
AP Calculus AB   5 hours                          At the start of 2nd semester
Acc. Pre-Cal         5 hours                        At the start of 2nd semester
AP Am. Govt.       3 hours                         Start of semester enrolled
Chemistry II        4 hours                          Start of semester enrolled
AP Chemistry      4 hours                          Start of each semester
Chemistry            4 hours                          At the start of 2nd semester
College Algebra   5 hours                         At the start of each semester    
Leadership          3 hours                          Start of semester enrolled in
AP Spanish           3 hours                   At the start of 2nd semester



There are many individuals at Helias who are anxious to help you make these next four years successful: Mrs. Quinn (Campus Minister); Ms. Fuemmler (Principal); Fr. Jones (President); Sr. Jean (Asst. Principal); Mrs. Twyman (Accommodations Coordinator); Mr. Varner (Social/Emotional Counselor) Mr. Mathes (Counselor) ; Mrs. Flowers (Counselor); Fr. Viviano (Helias Chaplain); Mrs. Rogers (Secretary); All the teachers and staff at Helias.

Mrs. Twyman is our Accommodations Coordinator and she is available Monday thru Friday to meet with you to discuss learning difficulties that you might be experiencing. Mr. Varner can help with your social and emotional needs.  Mr. Mathes and Mrs. Flowers are your Academic Counselors.  You are assigned a counselor by virtue of your last name.  If your last name begins with A thru L, then your counselor is Mr. Mathes.  If your last name begins with M thru Z, then your counselor is Mrs. Flowers.  You may discover that you feel more comfortable with one counselor over the other, there is no problem with switching counselors.  All you need to do is request this change.  We will see all freshmen during the month of September and then throughout the year as time allows.

  1. APPOINTMENTS are set daily.  To request an appointment, simply sign up on the clipboard outside the counselor’s office.  Typically, you are seen the day after you request an appointment.  If there is an emergency, we can see you right away.
  2. STUDENTS see their Counselors for a number of reasons—for example:

-If you want to discuss scheduling classes for the next semester or year
-If you want to discuss changing a class that you are currently taking because it is too difficult or too easy
-If you or your teacher feel that you may need to work with a tutor
-If you think you might benefit by having your tests read orally or taken in a quiet space, we can help facilitate
-If you are ready to begin the college search or career search process, we have great resources to share with you
-If you are having difficulties with family, friends, teachers, other students, etc., come see us and we will try to work out a solution to the conflict

Mrs. Twyman, Mr. Varner, Mr. Mathes, Mrs. Flowers are here for you!  Our job is to make these four years of high school go as smoothly as possible.  When you are experiencing difficulty, please let us know and we will do whatever we can to help you out.

COUNSELING OFFICES and Mrs. Quinn are located in the JPII Student Success Center.  Fr. Viviano's office is downstairs near the lunch room.