Welcome Juniors and Seniors!
Seniors and Juniors:

Welcome to the start of the 2019-2020 School Year!  There have been some changes made in the High School including scheduling, dress code, addition of Lunch and Learn and a few teacher changes.  What has not changed is US..the School Counseling Office!  We are in the same place with the same faces.  

Mrs. Hamlyn is again with us manning our front desk.  Mrs. McGraw is seeing students whose names begin with the letters A-K and Mrs. Lionetti is seeing students whose names begin with the letters L-Z.  Students and parents should fee free to call us or email us at any time.  Students, stop by and say hello!  Let us know how we can help.

Parents who wish to see us should make an a appointment just to help us avoid making you wait.

Some of the things we will focus on this fall after the schedule change rush will be:
Senior Meetings
Junior Meetings
Dual Enrollment Registrations
Senior College Counseling
College Application Processing

Middle School Career Fair Planning

Some quick info:
Juniors

Testing:
All Juniors will have the opportunity to take the PSAT-NMSQT.  This is the test that will give students the opportunity to qualify for a National Merit Scholarship.  It is also the final practice test before the "real" SAT in the Spring.

Juniors will also take the ASVAB.  This test is used in conjunction with a career activity to assist students in matching their interests with their strengths.  Students will be encouraged to use  O'Net to research careers.

Planning
Juniors will continue to research careers and plan for their future in their Financial Planning and Career and College Readiness courses.  Allot of valuable information is provided in these courses in an effort to move our students toward a well researched Career Plan.

Keep up the scholarship search!  FASTWEB is a good source although it can be a bit overwhelming.  The scholarship search is like a second job but it could pay off in the end!

Junior year is an extremely important year. Work hard, so your best and be active!!

Seniors
Seniors also need to keep up the scholarship search!  Local scholarships tend to come out in the spring but there are many scholarships out there that we don't even know about.  Check with your employer, your parents employer!

Look out for the Fall College Fair typically held at Marywood.  If seniors missed College Fair last spring or are still undecided, it may be helpful to attend the fair.  It is crowded but a good source of useful of information.

Fall is the time for Seniors who are college bound to take a 2nd SAT.  It is also time to start the application process.  We will talk more about that in our group and individual meetings.  Any senior needing a transcript will go through the School Counseling Office. 

Seniors that do not have a resume can pick up a Recommendation Form that they will fill out and give to individuals who will be writing them a letter.  Students should give 2 weeks notice for teachers (or anyone, really) to complete a letter of recommendation.

If you are still uncertain, there are many College Visits scheduled and sign up sheets are in our office.  Look at Civil Service listings for possible jobs after graduation.  Stay active and make connections within the community for possible opportunities.

Remember it's never too late to Job Shadow!  If students have a parent, friend or relative who would be willing to take a student in to shadow for a day, we highly recommend it as a great way to really get to know what a career really entails.


We look forward to working with you!  We can get busy but never too busy to see you!  No question is a "dumb" question!  We won't have all of the answers but we will do our best to find you what you need.


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