WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community October 19, 2019

In this issue:

Parent Teacher Conferences - Appointment Information

College Application Month - Fee waivers for some!

Blessings in a Backpack

MiCareer Quest Event on November 8th - Register now!

OSTC Open House

Cosmetology Information Night

Last FAFSA Workshop

Perry Initiative - 10th-12th grade females

College Rep Visits

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest

Looking for a job? Employment Bulletin Board

Scholarships -

(Please note - Scholarships are listed in two editions of this newsletter,

please check prior editions of the Counselor Connections for more!)

MEA Scholarship

Elks Scholarship

CMU - Oakland U - WMU Scholarships

Davidson Scholarship

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Comcast Scholarship

University of Dayton Scholarship

Gayle Joyner Scholarship

JFK Essay

VMI Scholarship

Horatio Alger Scholarship

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

Parent Teacher Conferences - Appointment Information

Fall 2019 Parent-Teacher Conferences


Dear Parents of High School Students,

We are pleased to announce that WBHS will again be utilizing an online management system for the purposes of scheduling Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences. This system allows parents to personally schedule conference dates and times for their high school child(ren).

Important Dates:

Beginning Now - Register for an account on the Schoolsoft website

October 28th – Start scheduling your conferences at 6:00 a.m.

November 11th – Closes for bookings at noon

November 12th – 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Parent-Teacher Conferences (teacher dinner break 5:15 PM-6:00 p.m.)

November 15th – 11:15 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Although the site is not yet open for scheduling conferences, we strongly recommend that parents go onto the site now and register for an account. After an account is configured, users will receive an email when the system opens prompting them to book an appointment.

The Conference Manager opens to all parents for booking appointments on October 28 at 6:00 am and will remain open until November 11th at noon All Parent-Teacher conferences are limited to five minutes and parents are asked to allow a five-minute travel interval between conference times. Please follow the steps below to book your parent-teacher conferences:

Step 1 – Go to wbsd.schoolsoft.com and create an account for yourself.* (Click on Register Now) This will take less than a minute but is a necessary step for scheduling your child’s conferences.

*If you created an account as a WBHS parent last year, simply login with your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, click the “forgot my password” and it will be emailed to you.

Step 2: Fill out the registration information and click submit.

Step 3 – Book your Parent-Teacher Conferences beginning Monday, October 28 at 6:00 a.m.

Select the date you want to book an appointment and then select all the teachers with whom you wish to meet. You will see each teacher’s schedule. Remember to allow 5 minutes of passing time between each conference.

Please note that conference times will be scheduled as follows on Tuesday, November 12:

3:30-5:30 p.m. - Conferences

5:15-6:00 p.m. - Teacher Dinner Break

6:00-7:30 p.m. - Conferences

Please note that conference times will be scheduled as follows on Friday, November 15:

11:15 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. - Conferences

After booking your appointments you can print off your schedule. You will also receive an email confirming your bookings. You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, print, or cancel and reschedule appointments.

Step 4 – Email confirmation and reminder emails

Once appointments are booked, you will receive a confirmation email from appointments@schoolsoft.com Adding this email address to your address book in your email application will help ensure it overrides any spam filters. You will also receive an email reminder before your conference to confirm your upcoming appointment.

If all times are booked, please contact your child’s teacher directly for an agreed-upon conference time. Additionally, we recommend adding appointments@schoolsoft.com to your address book so that the confirmation and reminder emails do not get tagged as junk mail.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact WBHS and ask for Julie Abeska in the iCenter.

October is College Application Month! Check out Fee Waivers from CMU, Wayne State, SVSU & Baker!

Here at WB, we are helping to keep our students ahead of the game! October is College Application Month! If you've filled out a college application and sent it in, but sure to see your counselor to fill out an "I've Applied" pennant and receive a special gift! Initiatives like our On Site Admissions Day , Senior Seminars, and Common App Boot Camp help our students get their college process started! If you haven't hit submit yet, this weeknd is the best time to get those college apps in!

Also, click on the link below to get the fee waiver codes for CMU, Wayne State, SVSU and Baker! Month of October only! Apply now! The codes are also in Mrs. Essig's Google Classroom for seniors!

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Financial Aid Letter for Seniors

Blessings in a Backpack

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MiCareer Quest Event - Open to 9th-12th grade - Sign up now!

What is MiCareerQuest Southeast?

MiCareerQuest Southeast, the region's largest interactive career exploration event for high school students, taking place on November 8th at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi.

Space is limited. We plan to take 3 buses of students. Students will not be registered until they have turned in the parent permission slip to Mr. Muylaert, Ms. Mattson or Mrs. Essig in Counseling. We will leave the school at 7:15 a.m. and return by 11:00 a.m. Space is limited so register early! It promises to expose students to a broad range of exciting, rewarding career opportunities as they prepare for their futures!

Thousands of high school students from Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Wayne, Washtenaw and Livingston counties will be meeting with working professionals who have built successful careers in a variety of fields. In addition, young people will have the opportunity to touch, feel and work with the equipment, tools and technology used by people every day in a broad range of in-demand jobs.

The goal is to connect classroom learning with real-world jobs and their requirements. Students also will discover engaging workplace opportunities, such as internships, job shadowing and more.

2019 Exhibitors


Applied Process, Inc.

Applied Technology Systems

Ascent Aerospace

ATS Midwest, llc.

Braun Machinery Company

Brose North America


Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Glass and Mirror Craft


Hurco Companies

L&L Products

Macomb Community College

Michigan Boating Industries Association

Oakland Community College

Oakland University - School of Engineering and Computer Science



United Technical

Washtenaw Community College

Wenzel America Ltd

Williams International


Administrative Controls Management

AUCH Construction

Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 2

City of Farmington Hills

City of Novi Department of Public Works

City of Rochester Hills

Construction Association of Michigan

Consumers Energy

Detroit Carpenters Apprenticeship School

Detroit Electrical Industry Training Center

DTE Energy

Edward Rose & Sons

Farmington Hills


GD Top Notch Cleaning Service

George W. Auch Company

Great Lakes Boat Building School

HBA of Southeastern Michigan

International Trucking School

Lawrence Technological University

Lee Industrial Contracting

MCA Detroit

MIAT College of Technology

Michigan Center for Truck Safety

Michigan Society of Professional Surveyors

Oakland County Facilities

Oakland County Parks

Oakland County WRC

Operating Engineers 324

Oscar W. Larson Company

Paragon Properties Company

Roofers Local #149

Sheet Metal Workers Local 80 Training Center

Thornton and Grooms

U.S. Truck Driving School

Washtenaw Community College

Wright Tree Service


Alliance Mobile Health

American Society Of Safety Professionals

Ascension Health Saint John Hospital

Ascension Michigan Labs

Baker College

Beaumont Health

Beaumont Health - Imaging Services

Beaumont Health Royal Oak

Carnegie Institute

City of Novi Fire Department

DMC Huron Valley - Sinai Hospital

Dorsey Schools

Eastern Michigan University MSOP

Henry Ford Health System

Henry Ford Health System Department of Ophthalmology

Henry Ford Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

HNC Virtual Solutions

HNC Virtual Solutions and J&B Medical Supply Co Inc

Irenes Myomassology Institute

Livingston County

Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College Veterinary Technician Program


Michigan Rehabilitation Services-Business Network Division

Oakland Community College

Oakland Community College/CREST

Oakland University - Beaumont Graduate Program of Nurse Anesthesia

OAKWAY Fire Mutual Group

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System

University Pediatricians Autism Center

Washtenaw Community College



City of Rochester Hills

Crosswinds Aviation

CTS Companies

Genisys Credit Union

Lawrence Technological University - College of Business and Information Technology

Livingston County

MIAT College of Technology

Northwood University

Novi Police Department

Oakland County

Oakland County - Central Services, Aviation Division

Oakland County - Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Oakland County IT - CLEMIS

Oakland Schools Technical Campus

Red Level

Site Development Inc

SMART - Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation

Soothsayer Analytics

Specs Howard

Specs Howard School of Media Arts

The NEXT Education

Washtenaw Community College


Last Updated: 10/02/19

Sneak Peek 1: 2019 MiCareerQuest Southeast

Senior Class Parents - Join us for Coffee Talk!

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OSTC Open House

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Cosmetology Information Night

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Interested in Howard University's STEM Scholars Program?

Let us nominate you! Please see Mrs. Essig to be nominated for the Bison's STEM Scholars Program!

Attention Seniors:

Do you have a Nov 1st deadline for your college applications? Please NOT wait until the day before your deadline to hit submit....systems can crash or get bogged down...don't do that to yourself...get it submitted this weekend!

Our Annual On Site Admissions Day was a huge success! We are so proud of our WB seniors!

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Wayne State University Visit

We had a great visit to Wayne State University today! Our students were fantastic and we learned about so many opportunities available at WSU!
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Juniors - Take note....

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FAFSA Workshops - Space is Limited - Class of 2020 student with parent/guardian

West Bloomfield High School is hosting a FAFSA Workshop for current seniors attending college in the fall of 2020. Parents and students should attend together to complete and submit the FAFSA. Prepare to attend the workshop by gathering relevant information on the FAFSA Checklist as well as creating FSA IDs. One parent in the household and the student must each create a FSA ID at least one week prior to completing the FAFSA.

1. View the FAFSA Checklist
2. Create a FSA ID (use the FSA ID Worksheet to record your information)

3. Click on the Sign Up link below. Space is limited.

Location: Media Center/iCenter

Click on the link here to sign up:


We need to talk... mental health support...

College Representative Visits to WBHS - Juniors and Seniors!

Every fall WBHS will host over 50 colleges and universities during the day to meet with current juniors and seniors. Below is a link to the visits currently set up. Please know that this list is updated daily! Out of respect for the representative's time, if you sign up, please make sure you attend. Click on the link to learn more! All meetings take place in the College and Career Center unless otherwise noted.


AP Registration Information

2020 Black College Tour

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Bronfman Fellowship - 11th grade Jewish students apply before Dec. 1st

The Perry Initiative

Females 10-12th gr. with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering. Applicants should be directed to fill out our online application in advance of the Oct.23 deadline. Additional information can be found on our website: http://perryinitiative.org

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks

Click on the links below to read the "top pick" articles of interest for this week.

SCHOLARSHIPS - Where to look

Please note that Ms. Essig posts all scholarship information on our Twitter account. You do not have to have a Twitter account to read the posts. We post opportunities in the newsletter twice and then remove them. Please follow the Twitter page for the most up-to-date opportunities!


Look for #WBHSScholarships2020.

How do I find scholarships?

1. Apply for Financial Aid after October 1st. www.FAFSA.gov

2. Check with each college in which you are applying for merit based scholarships and deadlines.

3. Check for memorial and alumni scholarship opportunities at each college in which you may qualify.

4. Check with student’s/parent’s employer, banks/credit union, religious & civic affiliations, etc. for scholarships.

5. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WBHSCounseling Click on the hashtag #WBHSScholarships2020.

6. Read the Counselor Connection

7. Conduct a search by using a national search engine, such as www.fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com, www.myscholly.com, etc. Be sure to create an email address just for these searches as students will receive a lot of email. There is no need to pay money for these services! Watch for scams!

8. Check Careeronestop: https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx

9. Beginning Class of 2020,College Board Opportunity Scholarships. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

10. For more information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships#how-find

11. Remember it takes work to receive most scholarships! You won't know if you don't try!

MEA Scholarship

Elks National Foundation Awards

High school seniors can apply beginning August 5th. Click on the link for further details!

CMU Scholarships

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Oakland University Scholarships

Do you have a high school GPA of 3.80-3.89 and a 1300 or higher on the SAT OR have a 3.9 GPA or higher and a 1300-1380 on the SAT? You could qualify for a scholarship of $22,000 for 4 years ($5,500 per year).


#ScholarshipSunday #ThisIsOU #FutureGrizzlies

Western Michigan Scholarships

First-year (freshmen) students who plan to enroll for Fall 2020: Maximize your scholarship consideration when you apply to WMU by the November 15 Early Action Deadline using either the WMU Gold Gateway or Common App.


http://bit.ly/wmuapply #WMU #FutureBronco

Davidson University - Lowell Bryan Scholarship and John M. Belk Scholarship

Interested in Davidson University. Check out these huge scholarship opportunities! One is for scholar athletes and the other is for high achieving students.



2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, a scholarship and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C.!

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

Applications are now open for 2020 awards. Here's how it works:

  • By November 5, 2019, students must submit their completed applications, and signed student/parent agreements, to a certifier. (Certifiers can be school principals or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or a Points of Light Global Network member.)
  • By November 15, 2019, certifiers select and certify top applicants for state level judging.
  • On February 4, 2020, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards announces state-level winners for 2020.

Indiana University Bloomington Scholarships

Check out this site for scholarship opportunities.


Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program

Check out this scholarship opportunity. Students can go to to our website to learn more about eligibility requirements and the application process.

Applicants to the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program must:

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to community service, outstanding qualities in character, integrity and leadership
  • Be enrolled as a high school senior
  • Reside in a community served by Comcast and/or participating NBCUniversal or Telemundo markets. Eligibility will be determined by zip code in the online application
  • Plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States for the entire 2020-2021 academic year
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Demonstrate financial need

All scholarship application materials must be submitted by December 6, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST, in order to be considered.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our partners at Scholarship America, Inc. at leadersandachievers@scholarshipamerica.org or 1-800-537-4180.

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University of Dayton Scholarship

Interested in the University of Dayton? See Mrs. Essig for a nomination!

You can make a University of Dayton education even more affordable for students from West Bloomfield High School. Simply nominate graduating seniors with a passion for personal development and a commitment to service to receive a $10,000 Leadership in Service scholarship ($2,500 per year for four years). While the chosen students need to meet our admission standards, we are looking for students with an innate desire to learn and grow in service to others — not necessarily ones with the highest GPA.

Nominees will also be eligible to receive a University of Dayton merit scholarship, worth up to $112,000 over four years.

Please complete the nomination form for the Leadership in Service scholarship by Nov. 1, 2019. To notify students of their nomination — and encourage them to take the next steps — download our “next steps” card (.pdf).

Gayle S. Joyner Memorial Scholarship

Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs

Since 1984, Horatio Alger Association Members and Friends have funded need-based college scholarships for low-income youth to pursue their dreams through higher education. So far the Association has awarded more than $159 million to approximately 20,000 students.

Through its many scholarship programs, the Association supports students pursuing career and technical certificates and degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and graduate studies.

In addition to scholarship support, the Association offers a number of services and opportunities to Horatio Alger Scholars:

  • Financial Aid and Scholarship Counseling
  • College Readiness Tools
  • Support and Referral Services
  • Internship Opportunities
  • Alumni Association
  • Online Education
  • Graduate Grants


Virginia Military Institute

High school students with a strong academic and well-balanced high school record may be eligible to become Institute Scholars.

Institute Scholars are awarded scholarship funds to supplement ROTC scholarships or other forms of financial aid in order to meet the full cost of attendance at VMI. Financial need is not a criterion for selection. In addition to the financial award, all Institute Scholars are automatically enrolled in Institute Honors.


  • 1380 (combined) SAT (or) 31 ACT, High school GPA 3.7, Top 10% of high school class

Only incoming students may apply for this program. Applicants must apply both for admissions to VMI and or the Scholars program. Both applications must be received by admissions no later than Feb. 1. Outstanding candidates will be invited to make arrangements for an on-post interview conducted during an Open House weekend. Alternate dates for on-post interviews may be arranged in some circumstances.

For questions contact:

Col. Rob McDonald, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
540-464-7212 or mcdonaldrl@vmi.edu

Admissions Office
540-464-7211 or admissions@vmi.edu

JFK Library Essay Contest

2020 Profile in Courage Essay Contest for High School Students
Midwest Student Exchange

Colleges with tuition agreements for Michigan residents

Students looking for a job? Click here!

Dairy Queen, WB Library and are hiring!

ACT Test Dates

ACT test dates and registration

SAT Test Dates

SAT test dates and registration

Free Career Aptitude and Career Assessment Tools

What do you want to do with your life? It won't just come to you in your sleep... invest some time exploring!

Upcoming College Fairs

Spend a night talking to college representatives and learning more about educational opportunities available to you!


Important Contacts

WBHS Counseling Department

A-CU Kelly Casinelli


CV-HA Joanne Wegrzynowicz


HB-LO Karen Brody


LP-PO Felicia Neumann


PR-TE Lisa Thompkins


TF-Z John Hepper


College & Career Counselor Noelle Essig


Administrative Staff

Mr. Pat Watson, Principal


Ashleigh Larkin, Assistant Principal


Eric Pace, Assistant Principal


Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director


Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal


Quick Links

Coming soon!



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