Riley Student Services Department
Located on the Third floor of our beautiful school.
- Judy Hums (Freshmen)
- Beth Gavin (Sophmores)
- Dennis Kielton (Juniors)
- Judy Bovenkerk (Seniors)
Mr. Kielton has been here at Riley High School for 37 Years.
He serves as the head of the Student Services Department, and does personal, academic, and career consulting. Many students and parents recognize him from the numerous functions he speaks at and organizes. This year, Mr. Kielton is the counselor for the 12th grade students, the class of 2006!!!
Ms. Gavin has been here at Riley High school for 14 years.
She is the counselor for the current juniors, which is the class of 2007. This is her 8th year as a counselor to Riley students. Beth is also the Riley ISTEP Co-ordinator.
Mrs. Hums has been here at Riley High School for 18 years.
Judy Hums is the guidance counselor for the sophomore students, currently the class of 2008. She also advertises information on available scholarships. Mrs. Hums offers personal counseling to students, providing them with the help they need both in and outside of the classroom. In the past, Mrs. Hums could be seen with her possy, the Hums Hotties, which is a group of male seniors who bring all the school spirit to every function or sporting event. This year, the Hums Hotties have disappeared, but we'll see if they regroup.
This is Mrs. Bovenkerk's second year at Riley
She is a school counselor for this year's seniors, the class of 2009. She does academic and personal counseling.
Other Student Services Staff
Ms. Chris Wallace - Secretary and Registrar
Chris Wallace has been our Secretary/Registrar at Riley for 5 years.
Chris organizes and secures the cumulative records of our students. Her other duties include: serving as a secretary to the department, enrolling and withdrawing of students, preparing college and scholarship applications for processing through the counselors, and organizing our annual honor breakfast and commencement activities. We should all be thankful for the coordinating efforts of Mrs. Wallace.
This is Ms. Lloyd's first year here at Riley High School.
She is our current nurse, and is only unavailable from 1:00-1:45 for lunch.
Mrs. King has been here at Riley High for 1 year.
She is our career specialist. Her services are provided to us through the SBCSC Career/Technical Department. She helps kids prepare for they're life after high school.
Mary has been here at Riley for 8 years.
Mary Dunn is assigned to Riley as our social worker. She works with students and families regarding various issues ie. abuse, alcohol problems, relationship issues, etc. Mary also links students with various community resources and facilitates various leadership groups. She is the current sponsor for Friends, Inc. and she plays a vital role in organizing and managing the new Riley Mentor Program. What a gal.
Mr. Gallegos is fairly new to Riley High School. He has been here a few years and is our Bilingual Specialist.
Our counselors are committed to helping students recognize their aspirations in relation to their aptitude. They help students develop their capabilities, their talent, and their potential and self-concept.
"We help students plan their curriculum through career exploration, arranging study groups and aptitude assessment. We assist students in making appropriate choices and accepting responsibility for their choices. Close contact with the student's teachers and parents helps us identify and correct both personal and practical problems. We strive to keep track of each student so that no one slips through the cracks of our system." --the Riley counselors.
For students who choose higher education, the staff assists in school selection with the help of a computer program that allows them to find schools offering the best programs that match the student's area of primary interest and price range.
An increasingly important function of the student services department is crisis identification and prevention. The counselors, in conjunction with the teachers, are trained to recognize symptoms of substance abuse, child abuse, severe depression and suicidal tendencies. The staff works with the students, their teachers and their parents in identifying and solving problems as well as developing appropriate referrals to the community and professional agencies needed.