School Counselor

Here is a great tip from a parent of a graduating senior -

A little tip you may want to share with the seniors and their parents as they make their college preparation and purchases. Most student entering college purchase a new laptop. The laptop manufacturers offer optional damage insurance for anywhere from $150-$300 for a two to three year period. What parents/students may not know is that many insurance companies offer separate policies which can protect your electronics against damage for a very low cost. It is well worth checking out. One recent Brodhead graduate purchased a new Dell laptop and bought a comprehensive damage policy for $35.00 from their insurance company. A few months later, the laptop was accidentally knocked to the kitchen floor. The insurance company recommended getting an estimate from the original computer provider so other warranties were not voided. The computer company, Dell, provided a repair estimate of $375.00, which was forwarded on to the insurance company. The insurance provider had a check for the full amount in the parents' hands in 2 days, the laptop was sent in and returned good as new in less than 2 weeks. $375.00 worth of repairs for an annual insurance cost of $35.00.  Thanks to this parent for sharing!

Not going to college right away but need a job?  The Wisconsin Job Center is able to provide a wealth of information including finding employment, helping with job seeking skills, resumes, interview tips, career counseling, etc...  Some employers only list with Wisconsin Job Centers.  Click this link to find out more information.  Our closest Job Center is located at 1900 Center Avenue, Janesville, 608-741-3400.  Call to schedule an appointment, or stop in.  

Need your high school transcript?  All requests need to be 'written' and can be done 4 ways.  We cannot accept requests over the phone.  Once a student graduates, requests cannot be made by parents.

  • Email the main office (Mrs. Leifker)
  • Fax your request to the main office 608-897-3026
  • Visit the main office and sign a Release of Information form
  • Send us a letter 2501 West 5TH Avenue, Brodhead, WI 53520

Requests for transcripts must include the following:  Your name at time of graduation, graduation year, and an address for where the transcript is to be sent.

Going away to college and need to know what to take (or suggest as graduation gifts)?

Packing for college requires a light touch.  If you are starting to collect things to take to college this fall, you might want to listen to the experts.  Below are listed some comments from various experts - residence hall personnel and college students.

  • Before you pack the laptop, check to see if your college provides one, or a lab where you have ready access.
  • Check with your dorm to see what restrictions you have on any electrical appliances i.e. hot plates, microwaves, George Foreman grills, clip lights etc…       
  • What’s the size of your dresser and closet - do you really need to take all your clothes for every season?
  • Contact your roommate about the “big ticket items”; there is no need to duplicate items such as a TV, stereo, fridge etc.
  • What does your dorm provide i.e. fridge, microwave, computers, kitchenette?

If you’re going to err, err on the side of packing light.  Mom and Dad can mail it, ship it, or bring it to you.  Better than you taking it back home.

Recommended Things to Bring - The following is a list of items to bring, including items that are commonly forgotten:

  • Desk lamp
  • Fan for warm weather/hot dorm rooms (and to drown out dorm noise)
  • Linens/bedding - extra long twin sized sheets are most commonly needed
  • Pillow
  • An alarm clock
  • Laundry basket and laundry supplies (learn to do laundry now!!)
  • Laundry money
  • First aid kit and tool kit
  • Towels and a washcloth
  • Personal toiletries and something to carry them in e.g. an ice cream bucket
  • Bathrobe and shower shoes or flip-flops
  • Stamps and envelopes for snail mail
  • Stuff to decorate your room with
  • Answering machine (and/or update your cell phone policy)
  • Microwave popcorn or some type of non perishable snacks
  • Plastic dishes and utensils which can be microwaved
  • An iron and clothes hangers
  • A good backpack
  • Cold weather outerwear
  • Extra batteries for calculator, etc.
  • Power strips!!


Things to take to college that were “not cool” in high school

  • Warm fuzzy hat or ear muffs
  • Umbrella
  • Scarf
  • Mittens or gloves
  • Boots
  • Raincoat
  • Daily or weekly planner


For Commuter Students:

  • Take full advantage of your college experience by getting involved on campus. 
  • Participate in extra curricular activities
  • Attend campus events (check bulletin boards or check the campus paper)
  • Get to know other students in the cafeteria, student lounges and athletic centers.
  • Study at the library
  • Rent a locker on campus
  • Contact other commuters to share rides, information and camaraderie.


Learn about your school’s available resources.  Most are free!

Student Health generally offers:

  • Routine exams and diagnostic tests
  • Emergency first aid
  • Prescriptions
  • Psychological counseling


Career Counseling/Placement Office will help you with:

  • Getting a part-time or summer job
  • Getting an internship
  • Writing a resume
  • Learning interview skills


Academic Advisors are experts on course scheduling and academic requirements


The Campus Counseling Center is the place to go to:

  • Improve study habits
  • Work out emotional difficulties
  • Learn time management
  • Overcome test anxiety
  • Improve writing skills


Campus Tutoring Center will help with:

  • Preparing for tests
  • Academic tutoring
  • Remediation
  • Proof reading essays or papers


Post the above numbers including:

  • Campus Police
  • Campus Directory Assistance
  • Registrar
  • Pizza Delivery