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:   SYLVAN invites students to take a FREE PRACTICE ACT on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 1-3 p.m. at the center.  Contact Sylvan for reservation and details.
ACT PREP CLASSES through Julie Berhorst are now available.  Check out the details at:  or call Julie Berhorst at 573-690-7065.
BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS are now available in the Counseling Office. 
MID-MISSOURI COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIR is scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, from 9-11 a.m. at Hearnes Center Field House, University of Missouri Columbia. 
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.

Week of October 3, 2017
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.  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.
COLLEGE LEVEL CO-OP PROGRAMS offer a variety of benefits and scholarships.  Check opportunities out at:
AIR NATIONAL GUARD is an opportunity to serve and get paid to be a full time student.  Visit: ,  contact SSGT Ivan J. Rivera 660-687-4719, or   Brochures are also available in the counseling office.


  1.  FONTBONNE UNIVERSITY wants you to know that they have a FREE online application; a new SCHOLARSHIP opportunity for low-income students to graduate debt-free; A+ Scholarships; and admission requirements of 2.5 GPA and a 20 ACT or 3.0 GPA and an 18 ACT.  VISIT DATES have been set for Nov. 14, and February 19.  To learn more, contact Jenny Chism at:
  2. FIRESIDE ESSAY SCHOLARSHP is a $1000 cash award for writing a 750 word essay on how your religious education is influencing your life.  HELIAS will be allowed to submit ONLY ONE essay.  The contest rules, etc. will be available in the counseling office with a Nov. 17 deadline.
  3. THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON offers a LEADERSHIP IN SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP to a Helias student.  The scholarship is worth $10,000.   The student selected will also be eligible to receive a University of Dayton merit scholarship which is worth up to $88,000 over four years.  HELIAS can nominate up to October 27.  See Mrs. Flowers if interested.
  4. SETON HALL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD offers more than $24,000 in scholarships exclusively for Catholic high school students.  Minimum 3.0 GPA and 29 on the ACT as well as strong records of involvement in high school, community or church are qualifications.  Learn more at:
  5. VARIETY SCHOLARSHIPS:  Social Media Role Scholarship is designed to help students who plan to study marketing, business, computer, IT, medical, fashion, engineering, etc.  Visit: ; Rove Pest Control Scholarship:; ABODO Scholarship is a $500 scholarship open to any high school students who will be attending college in the fall of 2018.  Apply at: ; Best Mattress Guide Scholarship, GPA required is 3.0, $5000 scholarship--visit:  Deadline is March 31; GET A BOOST SCHOLARSHIP is a $2000 award.  Visit: ; THE REEDSY NATIONAL CREATIVE WRITING SCHOLARSHIP is a $1000 scholarship awarded to a student with an interest in English.  Visit:  with a Feb. 21, 2018 deadline;
  6. BOSTON UNIVERSITY TRUSTEE SCHOLARSHP COMPETITION allows you to earn a four-year, full tuition scholarship to Boston University.  You must apply by December 1.  For more information, visit:
  7. MEDIACOM SCHOLARSHIP is a $1000 scholarship available to SENIORS who live in the areas serviced by Mediacom.  The application includes an essay, transcript and recommendation forms.  The application is available at:  with a February 16, 2018 deadline.
  8. THE EUGENE MCDERMOTT SCHOLARS PROGRAM is a scholarship at THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS at DALLAS and is valued at more than $250,000.  The scholarship includes tuition, stipend, study abroad and professional development funding.  For details, visit:
  9. BRO. GERARD BRASSARD SCHOLARSHIP at Assumption College, Worcester, Massachusetts is a $2500 award given annually to admitted students.  For additional information, visit:
  10. NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY SCHOLARSHIP is available to all NHS senior members in good standing.  Requirements:  3 recommendations and a detail participation or leadership report on your three most significant individual service activities or projects.  To watch a quick video on the scholarship you can visit:   The deadline for this application is January 30.  A link to the scholarship will be provided.
  11. FONTBONNE UNIVERSITY has instituted a FONTBONNE PROMISE  which means that students who qualify will receive a financial aid award that covers full tuition and fees--loan free.  To learn more, visit: 
  12. AUTOLIST USED CAR TO DREAM CAR SCHOLARSHIP is a $1500 scholarship awarded based upon an essay written dealing with cars.  For details, visit:
  13. HYVEE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP is a $1000 award for a senior working for Hy-Vee on or before September 15, OR a senior whose parent works full or part time for Hy-Vee.  The application is available in the counseling office with a February 10 deadline.
  14. ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER STUDENTS can seek available scholarships at:
  15. DAVIDSON COLLEGE in Davidson, North Carolina, is seeking NOMINEES for the JOHN BELK SCHOLARSHIP.  If you are chosen as a Belk Scholar, you will receive a renewable scholarship equivalent to the college’s comprehensive fees (approx.. $63,000).  The deadline to nominate is November 10.  See Mrs. Flowers in the counseling office if you’d like to be nominated.
  16. ELKS MOST VALUABLE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIP is a scholarship which recognizes, SCHOLARSHIP, LEADERSHIP AND FINANCIAL NEED.  The application deadline is November 27.  For complete details, visit:


  1.  THE UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS (KU) CRIMSON AND BLUE DAY OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for Friday, October 13 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Discover what is special about KU by registering for this open house at:
  2. THE FIDM COLLEGE of Fashion, Visual Arts, Graphics, Interior Design, Social Media and Entertainment awards more than $300,000 in Scholarships.  For more information visit:
  3. LINCOLN UNIVERSITY NURSING PROGRAM has assigned an Ambassodor to Helias .  Abbie Bredeman is the contact person at Lincoln for any student who might have questions about the nursing program.  You can contact Ms. Bredeman at:  573-781-5425 or
  4. THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI ATHLETIC TRAINING PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE is scheduled for Friday, November 3 from 2:00-4:00 P.M.  This event is a way to introduce students to athletic training as a health care profession.  The Open House will be held at the Hearnes Center on the MU campus. 
  5. SAM FOX SCHOOL OF DESIGN AND VISUAL ARTS NATIONAL PORTFOLIO DAY is scheduled for Sunday, October 29, at Washington University in St. Louis from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.  You can register online at:
  6. STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE (Linn) is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on October 14 from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  Meet instructors, Talk to Current students, Financial Aid Information, Give Aways/Prizes, Campus and Housing Tours, Testing.  For more information visit:  or call 1-800-743-8324.
  8. KANSAS CITY ART INSTITUTE NATIONAL PORTFOLIO DAY is scheduled for October 28 at the Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, MO  64111.  Questions, call 800-522-5224 or visit:
  9. SHOW ME DAYS AT SOUTHEAST MISSOURI STATE UNIVERSITY are scheduled for October 7, November 11, November 13, February 17, February 19 and April 7.  Schedule a tour at:  or contact
  10. DUKE UNIVERSITY INFORMATION SESSIONS are scheduled for October 7, 1:00 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites Country Club Plaza, 4600 Summit Street, Kansas City AND on October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, Brauer Auditorium in the STEM Building, 101 North Warson Road, St. Louis.  REGISTER at: 



  1.  SUMMER TALENT ACADEMY FOR PROFESSIONS IN HEALTH (STAPH) is a one week summer program held at Truman State University in Kirksville.  STAPH offers talented students interested in health professions an opportunity to explore future careers in medicine while gaining a deeper understanding of the theories and techniques of these exciting fields.  To qualify, you must have a 3.25 GPA or higher and 3.5 GPA in the basic sciences.  Only 50 students are accepted.  IF INTERESTED in receiving a NOMINATION, see Mrs. Flowers in the counseling office no later than November 3.
  2. THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA CAMPUS VISIT PROGRAM for the classes of 2019 and 2020 are scheduled for October 20 and January 15.  To register, contact:  or call 1-800-331-3050.
  3. UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS are held during the summer months.  Programs offered are:  Summer Scholars, Leadership Seminars, Study Abroad: Rome, Study Abroad: Ireland.  All programs are held during the months or June or July.  Applications are due January-February 2018.  Apply at:


  1.  THE COUNCIL FOR DRUG FREE YOUTH VIDEO CONTEST with the theme:  “What Drug Free Means to Me”.  Entries are due by October 20.  Details and website can be found at:
  2. MU COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING HIGH SCHOOL DAY is scheduled for Saturday, October 7, beginning at 8:00 a.m.  Come learn about different engineering disciplines through hands-on activities and talk with professors and undergraduate students in the engineering fields.  Register online now at:
  3. AMERICAN MUSICAL AND DRAMATIC ACADEMY has announced its AUDITION TOUR for admissions.  For details on auditions and scholarships, visit:  or call 800 -367-7908.
  4. AMERICAN LEGION EAGLE SCOUT OF THE YEAR AWARD is a scholarship that is available to anyone who has reached EAGLE SCOUT level.  The application is available in the counseling office with a February 7 deadline.


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.