Poway High School Student Services

Located in the Counseling Building: K-25 (Facing the Cafeteria)

Ms. Traci Barker-Ball, Student Services Coordinator, (858) 748-0245 ext. 5393 or email: tbarkerball@powayusd.com
Ms. Sharon Struck (Specialist) (858) 748-0245 ext. 5394 sstruck@powayusd.com

Our office is funded through generous donations!  While the District covers Sharon Struck's salary, Traci's salary and supplies for the office are only covered through generous donations. If you would like to help out with donations, checks can be made payable to the Poway High Foundation, earmarked for Student Services and sent to 15500 Espola Road, Poway 92064, c/o Traci Barker-Ball or direct donation:  http://www.powayhighfoundation.org/.   Non-perishable foods for our students are also appreciated. Thank you!


What I Wish My Parents Knew

A forum for parents, with input and guest appearances from teens will be held at Del Norte High School on Tuesday, October 6th, from 6:30-8:45 p.m.  For more information and to register for this free event, go to www.whatiwishmyparentsknew.com.

Social Host Ordinance  Many students don't make wise choices at the end of the school year, specifically when it comes to drinking/drugs.  It is important that parents are also aware of consequences that they could face if they allow a party and/or minors drinking on their property.  Click here to read more about the Social Host Ordinance.


Seniors needing financial assistance:  if you would like help with cap/gown, prom, Grad Nite or yearbook, we ask that you work one hour of community service for every $10 of assistance you are requesting. You also need to be in good standing (2.0+ GPA, no U's on report card).  For more information, go directly to the Student Services Office or contact Traci Barker-Ball at tbarkerball@powayusd.com

When you're feeling confused, overwhelmed, stressed out, or just need to talk, we're here to help you. We have adult mentors as well as student peers to cater to your needs and to assist students and parents.


Donations sought: The Student Services Office is funded mostly through donations. Every year the office is in jeopardy of not staying open full time if donations aren't received. If you would like to donate, contact Ron Garrett at Rgarrett@powayusd.com.

We offer services such as the following:

Peer Counseling - 92 students around campus who help with new students, students needing someone to talk to, tutoring, conflict mediation, and students needing a boost. Applications to be a Peer Counselor are available during the month of November for the following calendar year. In addition to the peer counselors, Sherry Lockie teaches a 6.5 period counseling skills class that teaches the same techniques as the peer counseling program. For more information contact Sherry Lockie at slockie@powayusd.com.

Tobacco, drug and alcohol education - Classroom presentations, referrals, cessation support groups.

Mentor/Tutoring Program – We will match up students who are struggling academically with an older student or adult mentor. Volunteer student tutors are usually available in the Library after school Monday-Thursday from 2:30-3:30. For a list of paid student tutors, contact Cettina Jones in the Counseling Office: cjones@powayusd.com.

Grief Counseling – to help students understand and get through a difficult period in their lives. Services by adult Counselors as well as Peer Counselors

Counseling Referrals – if a student and/or family needs help obtaining outside counseling, we give referrals to the Caring Connections Center, which provides free counseling services (through our grant). We also have referrals for outside sources.

Character Education – helps get messages such as trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, and citizenship, to the student body.

Conflict Mediation - our staff and/or peer counselors are available to work with students having conflicts with others (peers, teachers, parents, etc.).

PLUS (Peer Leaders Uniting Students) - the PLUS program is put on by peer counselors. Its aim is to get students together who would not normally talk to each other and discuss issues on our campus. There are usually two forums per semester. These are all on late start Mondays so that class time missed is minimal. Each time PLUS is held there should be different participants (each person should only attend one per year).

Titan Ambassadors - A new program started in the fall of 2013, twelve senior Titan Ambassadors were selected by nominations from teachers based on their strong academics, leadership, ethics, and activities. These students put on assemblies at local elementary and middle schools. This program is partially funded by the PTSA and Visual Photography. click here to see a picture of this year's ambassadors.

Friday Night Live - The Friday Night Live Club is a club promoting fun alcohol/drug-free activities. Sharon Struck is the advisor.  They meet on Tuesdays at lunch.

Funded by private donations, PTSA, Chelsea's Light Foundation, the PHS Foundation and a tobacco grant (Tobacco Use Prevention).


Located in the Counseling Building: K-25 (Facing the Cafeteria)
Traci Barker-Ball, Student Services Coordinator, (858) 748-0245 ext. 5393 or email: tbarkerball@powayusd.com
Ms. Sharon Struck (Specialist) (858) 748-0245 ext. 5394 sstruck@powayusd.com



PHS Poway High School, 15500 Espola Rd., Poway CA 92064 Phone (858) 748-0245 ~ Attendance Hotline 748-7016
Admin Fax (858) 679-6879    Counseling Fax (858) 748-1132

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