Happy Holidays!

December 2018 High School Counseling Newsletter

In this issue...

  • New! Scheduling appointments with school counselors!
  • FAFSA Day at QCC
  • Decision Days
  • Effects of Screen Time on Kids: VIDEO
  • PSAT results
  • Events for Parents... RSVP TODAY!!

Students: Scheduling Appointments with School Counselors

Following December break, students will be able to schedule their own appointment times to see their school counselor through an online site called YouCanBookMe. This will allow students to schedule appointments from the convenience of their own homes. Students can also access the two Chromebooks in the counseling office that will be used by all students for this purpose.


Students will be asked to sign up for a 15-minute meeting. If a student needs more than a 15-minute meeting, then they would sign up for more than one meeting time. As always, students are asked to sign up for a time during a study or elective block. After scheduling their time, the student would print out the confirmation page and use that as their pass!


Look at the website on January 2nd for links to your specific school counselor's scheduling site! Links will also be sent to all students through their counseling google classroom!

FAFSA Day Massachusetts

Financial Aid application season has begun! Do your students and families need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)? Let them know that FAFSA Day Massachusetts is a FREE event that will provide the information, resources, and one-on-one assistance they need to complete this federally required financial aid form.


WHEN: January 27th, 2019 at 1:00pm


WHERE: Quinsigamond Community College

670 West Boylston St.

Worcester, MA 01606, Administration Building Room 379


Services: FREE one-on-one FAFSA Assistance


To register click HERE!


For other FAFSA Days click HERE!

Decision Days at WRHS

A few colleges will be visiting Wachusett to host an instant admit day for seniors. Seniors should bring a complete application and a copy of their transcript to the meeting. Seniors can expect to get accepted on the spot! Seniors can register through Naviance to attend!


Quinsigamond Community College: January 31st at 9:00am

Mount Wachusett Community College: February 8th at 8:30am

Groundbreaking Study Examines Effects of Screen Time on Kids

60 Minutes goes inside a landmark government study of young minds to see if phones, tablets and other screens are impacting adolescent brain development.


Click HERE to view the related video!

PSAT results

The PSAT/NMSQT measures the skills and knowledge that research shows are the most essential for college and career readiness and success. If your son/daughter took the PSATs this past October, he/she will get an email on December 11th with instructions on creating a College Board account, going to the online score report, and using the access code to view their scores.


To better understand how to interpret the PSAT results, please view this SCORE REPORT VIDEO GUIDE or view this UNDERSTANDING SCORES MANUAL.

Don't miss these events! If you still haven't RSVPed, sign up now!

Class of 2022: High School Orientation for Parents & Students

Tuesday, Feb. 26th 2019 at 6-7pm

WRHS Media Center

This seminar will focus on building a good transcript for high school, reviewing the role of the school counselor and the highlighting the career and college research tools on Naviance.


This event is FOR PARENTS OF FRESHMEN!


For more information about this event, please email Ms. Christina Lee at christina_lee@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

The Big Picture: An Overview of the College Admissions Process

Tuesday, March 5th 2019 at 6-7pm

WRHS Auditorium

There's a lot to know about applying to college. Information presented at this seminar will cover topics including:


Building a student's college list

Application components and deadlines

College visits and fairs

How parents can help!


This event is FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS!


For more information about this event, please email Mrs. Lauren Clark at lauren_clark@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

2-Year Certificate Programs and Military Options

Tuesday, March 19th 2019 at 8-9am

WRHS Black Box Theater

Counselors will inform parents about the variety of options for students who do not wish to attend a 4-year college.


This event will be happening DURING the school day FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS & SENIORS!


For more information about this event, please email Mrs. Jen Reilly at jennifer_reilly@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Planning Ahead For Your Sophomore Student

Friday, April 12th 2019 at 8-9am

WRHS Black Box Theater

Counselors will present to parents on how to prepare for junior year, including course planning, PSAT/testing info, and college search tips. Focus will be given to how to start the college search/planning process early and in a way that makes sense and minimizes stress for parents and students.


This event will be happening DURING the school day FOR PARENTS OF SOPHOMORES!


For more information about this event, please email Mrs. Kerri Knorring at kerri_knorring@wrsd.net or Mrs. Allison Connors at allison_connors@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

College Admissions Panel

Tuesday, April 30th 2019 at 8-9am

WRHS Auditorium

College admission representatives will be in attendance and answer questions around topics such as school visits, the admissions decision, senior year course selection, standardized testing, essays, recommendations and electronic communications. Admissions representatives from the following colleges/universities will be in attendance: Framingham State, Xavier University, Lesley University, Bryant University, WPI and Boston University.


This event will be happening DURING the school day FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS!


For more information about this event, please email Mrs. Lauren Clark at lauren_clark@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

College Financing

Tuesday, May 14th 2019 at 6-7pm

WRHS Auditorium

This presentation given by Dave Landry from the Central Mass College Funding Advisors is a must for all parents of college-bound high school students, including freshman and sophomores. We will de-mystify the college financial aid process and show you how to access the more than $110 billion in financial aid dollars that are available to even high-income families and business owners. The strategies presented will help you protect your assets by maximizing your eligibility for aid, effectively lowering your college costs.


This event is FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS.


For more information about this event, please email Ms. Christina Lee at christina_lee@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.