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Home of the Nighthawks
School Counseling Program Profile 
42200 Nighthawk Way 
Murrieta, CA 92562
Principal's Message
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Our school counseling team is dedicated to supporting students’ academic achievement, inspiring students’ personal growth, and providing students a foundation for developing future educational and career goals.

Our school counselors implement a data-informed, comprehensive school counseling program for each and every student to address academic, career and social-emotional development. They are dedicated to supporting students, families, and community members to foster a safe and prosocial school environment.

Our school counselors change lives by providing our students with the knowledge, skills and empowerment to develop their own goals for long-term career success.
Dr. Mark Pettengill
Our School Counseling Program
The Murrieta Valley High School Counseling Program abides by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Ethical Standards for School Counselors.
  • Graduation Requirements
  • A-G Requirements
  • Financial Aide
  • Time Management
  • Financial Literacy
  • Counseling Resources
  • Aeries
Core Curriculum
Individual Student Planning
Responsive Services
  • 4-year academic plan
  • College/Career Interest Profiler
  • California Colleges
  • SMART Goals
  • PLUS: Teacher/Counselor Support
  • Referrals to Mental Health Services
  • Individual Counseling
  • Small Groups
  • Student Interventions
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Project 99: Suicide Prvention
"Our Mission is to support academic achievement, inspire personal growth, and provide a foundation for developing future educational and career goals".
Academic and College/Career Achievement
Our School Counselors Provide...
  • Classroom Lessons
  • Individual Student Planning
  • A College Kickoff Event
  • A Nighthawk Career Fair
  • Interest Profiler Testing

We hosted our first Nighthawk Career Fair with over 25 industry professionals, as well as community and trade school representatives.
Our school counseling department SMART goal is to increase A-G completion by 1% each year
Class of 2017 College Enrollment and Other Post-Secondary Plans
Social/Emotional Development
  • Individual Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Referrals to Outside Resources
Our School Counselors Provide...
Individual, social-emotional counseling services were provided to over 400 students on a walk-in basis. 
Our students participate in various small counseling groups throughout the year such as:

  • Anxiety & Depression
  • Divorce / Changing Families
  • Grief
Julie Thornburg
9th Grade students with last names A-L  and 11th & 12th Grade IB Diploma Counselor
Dinora Mendoza-Montoya
Jim Vandenburgh
9th Grade students with last names M-z  and all AVID Counselor
10th Grade 
NCAA & Lead Counselor

M.A. in Education & PPS Credential
B.A. in Psychology
B.A. in Sociology
M.A. in Education & PPS Credential
B.S. in Information Systems Engineering
M.A. in Education & PPS Credential
Rick Lockwood
Nicole Castro
Meet Our Counselors
M.A. in History
11th Grade 
& SDC Counselor

12th Grade 
& EL Counselor

M.A. in Education & PPS Credential
B.A. in Liberal Arts
M.A. in Counseling & PPS Credential
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Our Student Support Team
Betty Velasquez
Valerie Young
Kellie Gaines
Guidance Technician
Guidance Technician
AP Secretary / Counseling Clerk
Karen Mobley
School Psychologist
Officer Sanchez
Resource Officer
Contact Information
Phone (951) 696-1408
Fax (951) 304-1803
School Counseling Website
School Calendar
Student/Parent Portal
Julie Thornburg
(951) 696-1408
Ext. 5266
[email protected]
Dinora Mendoza-Montoya
Jim Vandenburgh
[email protected]
[email protected]
(951) 696-1408
Ext. 5262
(951) 696-1408
Ext. 5289
Rick Lockwood
Nicole Castro
[email protected]
[email protected]
(951) 696-1408
Ext. 5264
(951) 696-1408
Ext. 5772
Please allow 48 business hours for a return email or phone call.
Funding for the publication of this Profile was generously provided by the CSU Collaborative for the Advancement of Linked Learning.
This School Counseling Program Profile was designed and published by California State University, Long Beach Counseling Intern Sandra Keeley.