Student Counseling

  • Monarch School Counseling

    School Counseling Staff

    • Tom Weber School Counseling Director, Main School Counseling Office
      Tom Weber


    • Susan Wackel, School Counselor, Main School Counseling Office

      S Wackell
      Grades 10-12, Last Names: A - F


    • Cherisse Roberts, School Counselor, 315

      C Roberts
      Grade 9 School Counselor


    • Brooke Balva, School Counselor, Office 264

      B Balva
      Grades 10 - 12, Last names: P - Z.
      504 Liaison,
      Senior Awards Coordinator
      Quote: "If you don't have a smile, I'll give you one of mine" .


    • Alba Guadalupe  School Counselor, Office 501
      Alba Guadalupe
      Grades 10 - 12, Last names: G - O
      Foster Care Designee
      Quote: "F.E.A.R. has 2 meanings: Forget Everything And Run -or- Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours." 


    • Jerry StPeter Testing Coordinator, Main School Counseling Office


    • Marilyn Siadman BRACE Advisor, Student Services


    • Yenny Hak  Registrar & Volunteer Service Coordinator, Main School Counseling Office


    • Rhea Cardinale  IMS & Volunteer Service Coordinator, Student Services


    • Margarita Porter   School Counseling secretary


              - Please contact Guidance with questions about registering your child at Monarch H.S. (754) 322-1400



    Don't forget to complete the application for Florida Bright Futures. It could mean money savings for college.

    Free or Reduced lunch? Qualify for PELL Grant
    Federal Deadline

    Online applications must be submitted by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2018.
    Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 15, 2018.

    State Deadline
    Florida - May 15, 2017 (date processed)
    College Deadline
    Check with the college(s) you are interested in attending. You may also want to ask your college about its definition of an application deadline - whether it is the date the college receives your FAFSA, or the date your FAFSA is processed.
    For more opportunities check out the Federal Student Aid site:


    • If you need to make up credits in order to graduate on time, please see your counselor ASAP.  Night school is available at several locations, you will need a co-enrollment form from your counselor to register.   All online and night school credits are due by May 10th, 2019 in order for them to be posted on senior transcripts.  Students who have not completed their credits by the end of exams should continue working on their credits and may be eligible for summer graduation. 

    New Graduation Requirements:

    New graduation information is available for your review, please find the information and videos on the District’s website:  Click Here to go to the site.

    Matrix for Florida College/University for Admissions

    New Knight? 

    If you are a new to Monarch High School, click on the link above to obtain information you need.

    Monarch High School Profile 2018-2019


    How to Check Pinnacle

    • Click on the Pinnacle Gradebook link in the Navigation panel to the left.

    • User Name: student number (begins with 06)

    • Password (DOB): PDD/MM/YYYY (do not forget the capital P first and the slashes)


    Grading Scale


    Grading Scale
    Letter Grade
    Quality Points

    Calculating your Term Grade


    • The weight of each quarter grade is 37.50% of the final semester grade.

    • The weight of the midterm or final examination is 25% of the final semester grade.

    • To receive a passing grade for the semester, the student must earn a passing grade in:
      a. Both quarter grading periods, or
      b. One quarter grading period and the semester exam.

    Semester Grade Calculations See how your exam grade can affect your semester grade


    Online Education      

    • You are required to complete one course online to graduate.  One course is either a half credit course such as Driver's Education, Life Management Skills, Economics, Social Media, or a full credit course such as Spanish 1 (both segments), Algebra 2 (both segments) -only one segment is not considered a full course so it will not meet the online requirement. 

    • To sign up for a class online, visit  See your counselor if you have questions about the courses, segments needed and placement options.

    Night School

    • If you wish to attend night school, you will need to meet with you counselor to obtain the necessary forms.
    • Your counselor will need to meet with you to discuss what courses to sign up for.

    Other Graduation Alternatives

    • GED

    • Job Corps:  Job Corps is an educational and training program that helps low-income young people learn a career, earn their high school diploma or high school equivalency credential, and find and keep a good job -all at no cost to them.  For more information see these brochures for parents:  Bilingual Parents Brochure, Parents Brochure (English)

    • OCLC Off Campus Learning Centers

    • Home Education

    Dual Enrollment


    Broward Advisors for Continuing Education

    Come by the Main Guidance office for assistance with all your post secondary plans and to make an appointment with Ms. Siadman. 

    Scholarship and Financial Aid Information

    • Bright Futures Evaluations
      Students and parents can see their latest Bright Futures Evaluations on Florida Shines here: Students would select Broward as the District, enter their last name and enter their Student Identifier Number. The Student Identifier Number is the student's EXTERNAL Number. Sometimes this number is the student's social security number with an "X" at the end, and sometimes it is the students 10 digit student number which usually begins with 06........

    College Financial Aid

    Got Mail? Many organizations are targeting you for a piece of the money pie!  Please remember to Beware of Scams! "" is targeting many students now. Applying for Financial Aid for college is a good thing and we do want all college bound seniors to apply online after January 1st. However it's important to know, when the time comes, go to the official website to apply for financial aid. It's available for FREE at:  What sometimes happens...students will google FAFSA because they know they need to do it and the first thing that comes up on the search engine is the .com company... with a hefty fee.

    Free Scholarship databases and search engines

    Scholarship Resource List

    (For an updated list and other resources, see Ms. Siadman in the Main Guidance Office.  Please let us know if you have any issues with the links below)

    Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation

    • Many colleges do not require or take into consideration a letter of recommendation, however, if your college does require a letter of recommendation from your counselor, kindly give us two weeks to prepare your letter and provide us a Recommendation Request Form (also available in room 264).  Please also provide the address and contact person of the College, University or Scholarship program you are applying for.  Teacher recommendations would also require a two week advance notice.

    • Transcripts are requested in the main Guidance office.  There is a fee charged for transcripts ($1 electronic/$2 hardcopy).  

    SAT & ACT

    • SAT Information and Test Registration (paper applications available in Guidance)

    • ACT Information and Test Registration (paper applications also available in Guidance)

    • Remember, if you receive free or reduced lunch, you are eligible for a fee waiver.  See the BRACE Advisor in the Main Guidance office before the registration deadline.

    • For ACT and SAT admissions:  you MUST bring a valid photo ID and your ticket to be admitted on test day.  You will no longer be admitted to the test center without a valid ID even if the staff knows who you are. Also, plan ahead, you will no longer be able to register as a standby on test day.  See the SAT/ACT section below for information and links to the sites for more details.

    Test Preparation:

    Below are a few sites that can help you prepare for your tests.  Some are free and others will charge a fee. You can also go to the library or bookstore to get the SAT and ACT prep books.

    • Get Ready for the New SAT!   The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are great ways to preview and practice for the SAT. They test the same skills and knowledge as the SAT — in a way that makes sense for your grade level.  When you get your test results, connect your College Board and Khan Academy® accounts to get free personalized SAT study recommendations.


    • etutor -Free online homework help

    • Mu Alpha Theta students offer free peer tutoring for Math on Mondays and Thursdays in room 267 from 2:45 to 3:45.

    • ESOL Tutoring available on Thursdays in room 146 after school.

    •  Learn almost anything for free.  This website has a library of thousands of videos covering many subjects that you can learn at your own pace.

    • Free & useful math videos

    Student Support Services & Counseling


    Questions/comments about the Guidance page please email our Guidance Director, Tom Weber, at