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Guidance & Counseling

What Is School Counseling?

According to the American School Counselors Association, School Counselors are uniquely qualified to work with students to address and solve academic hardships, support social and emotional growth of students and assist with career and college readiness to prepare students for the world beyond.

The School Counselor

Michele Serafin is the grades 6-12 School Counselor at Hancock Public Schools. She has many years of experience in school counseling and is available to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that attends to the personal/social, academic, college and career planning of all students. Services include group and individual counseling, academic support, crisis intervention, career and college planning and student advocacy. The goal is for all students to succeed in high school and move forward to become productive members of the community. Students may make an appointment to see the counselor during school hours or they may drop into the counselor's office if she is available. The school counselor’s office is located in the back of the high school office. If the counselor feels that more in-depth counseling is needed, a referral to an outside agency is made. If you have concerns about your son or daughter, please feel free to contact Michele via phone (906)483-2540, ext 8111 or email

Help Outside of School

XELLO and EDP Planning

All middle school students will work on their EDPs during middle school through the XELLO platform. An EDP is an Educational Development Plan required by the State of Michigan. The goal is to help expose students to post high school opportunities early so that they can plan the most beneficial course pathway in high school to prepare. Items in an EDP may include: Self-assessments for careers and colleges, Goals for high school and beyond, Activities and Awards, a 4-year plan for courses in high school, and saved careers and/or colleges of interest.

What Is XELLO and how do I log in?

XELLO is a career exploration individualized online platform that consists of multiple assessments, College and Career Prep lessons, search/filter features for careers and colleges, and very detailed information on employment by State. Students can log in directly from their PowerSchool homepage by selecting the icon in the upper right (Box with an arrow). No additional log in will be required. They may also share their EDP with parents or other interested parties by selecting the emoji icon in XELLO's upper right corner.

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