Counseling and Career Guidance

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year!

HHS Counseling and Career Department provides information and assistance with academic progress, course selection, careers, college searches, scholarships, financial aid, and other post-secondary opportunities.  Individual guidance and classroom group instruction are provided to assist students in making educational and vocational/career plans. Additionally, our staff offers personal and social support to individuals and families. Students are assigned to counselors by last name.


Upcoming Events:

Helena College FairSeptember 27, 2021
Carroll College Gym

Over 60 colleges and universities will be at the Helena College Fair from 1:30-3:00 PM on September 27! To register, please follow this link and click the orange button. In order to receive and “extenuating circumstance” absence from attendance, you MUST check in with Ms. Rausch at the Fair. Please do not bring backpacks into the gym. Carroll will be requiring masks be worn at all times, regardless of vaccination status.

Salish Kootenai College Virtual Preview DaySeptember 29, 2021

Zoom video links will open at 9 am and will be available throughout the morning for students, administrators, and counselors to ask questions regarding academic programs, student life, financial aid, enrollment services and any other questions that you may have. SKC Academic Departments will have videos available to share insight into their departments and highlight academic pathways available at SKC. An SKC student panel will also be available to learn more about current SKC student perspectives, and to answer any questions that you might have.

Please visit to register for this event.

College Application WeekOctober 4-15, 2021

During College Application Week all graduating Montana high school seniors have the opportunity to apply for admission to Montana colleges and universities free of charge. HHS will have staff available to help you with your applications in-person during CAW. Counselors will be available during 6 and 7th periods Monday-Friday the week of October 4-8. During the week of October 11-15, students must make an appointment with their school counselor or Ms. Rausch. Read more about CAW, ApplyMontana, and Common App here.

P.R.O.S.P.E.C.T.S. Healthcare Career Event October 6, 2021
Helena College Donaldson Campus

Helena College will present information to Helena area high school students about healthcare careers in high demand in our community. Students must register for the Healthcare Prospects event by visiting the following registration page. Registration will close at 9:00am on September 29th.

What you can expect from your Helena High School Counselors:

  • Course Selections & preparing for High School 

We use a systematic approach to accomplish these goals with all students and families, including:


Class registration and information night


Counselors keep “open office” time for general walk-in questions. Your individual counselor may not be available, but someone in the department will be available to assist you.

INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS (Use Teams or email to set up appointments) —

Personal Interviews & Post Secondary Planning, general information, scheduling, career/college/scholarship opportunities, personal concerns/referrals, your counselor needs to see you for various reasons, etc.

All services provided by your school counselors are free, voluntary and completely confidential, except as required by law to the students, families, teachers and school staff in the Helena Public Schools. 

Our Staff

Mrs. Jaime Pandis, A-E


Mrs. Ellaina Staldine, F– L


Mr. Jason Murgel , M- R


Mrs. Chrissy Murgel , S – Z


Abby Rausch, College and Career Counselor


Ms. Corena Hall , Counseling Office Manager