Welcome Back

September 2020

Dear Wachusett Families,

On behalf of the Counseling Department, it is my pleasure to welcome you back into a new school year! I am relieved to finally be able to communicate some important information for the 2020-2021 school year.

I'm excited to announce that each Thursday the school counselors will be presenting to one of the classes during our remote schedule. Presentations are slated for 50 minutes in length and run from 12:50-1:40pm each Thursday. Each week, counselors will be addressing a different grade level with a varying topic. The school counseling curriculum will cover topics that will help students achieve academic success, college and career readiness and social/emotional development. Counselors will be posting the seminar schedule along with the google meet links in their google classrooms. Our first counseling seminar is on September 17th and will be for SENIORS!

You'll find other useful information in this newsletter including:

  • Schedule release date
  • Schedule change information
  • Senior Virtual Bootcamp
  • PSATs registration
  • Parent events
  • ... and MORE!

In closing, I remain grateful for your patience and understanding as we work through the process of reopening our school. The Counseling Department will be sending more information through google classroom, our website and in forms of emails and newsletter to families as the information becomes available.

We wish you a successful school year!

Lauren Clark

Director of School Counseling

Meet WRHS School Counselors!

See our brochure HERE with contact info enclosed!

Students: Make sure you have JOINED your counselor's GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Please see THIS document with your counselor's codes! If you haven't joined already, join TODAY!

How to Request a SCHEDULE CHANGE!

Are you looking to make a schedule change?

Are you requesting a change in level?

Are you hoping to work out your schedule with your counselor face-to-face?

Get all the answers to your questions by viewing all the information on GOOGLE SLIDES!

Senior VIRTUAL Bootcamp: College Application

Seniors-- you won't want to miss these events! The counseling department has developed 4 days of different college applciation/admissions presentations that will help you get through the application season. Come to all the events... or just a few if that works better with your schedule. Please see the FULL SCHEDULE with google meet/zoom links HERE!

Things you need to know:

Date: Tuesday, September 8th-Friday, September 11th

Time: 11am-2pm

How: Via Zoom or Google Meets (see the full schedule for meeting links)

Sessions will include:

  • Navigating Senior Year and the College Admissions Process with your school counselors

  • The College Essay with Griffin Monahan, Senior Assistant Director of Admissions at Boston University

  • Test Optional Policies and Updates from UMass Amherst with Mike Drish, Director of First-Year Admissions at UMass Amherst

  • A College Admissions Panel with reps from Roger Williams, UMass Amherst, Framingham, Marist, UConn, Worcester State, BU and WPI

  • UMass Lowell Information Session for LD and non-LD students with Thomas Screnci, Assistant Director of Admissions at UMass Lowell

  • Financial Aid 101 with Monica Blondin, Director of Financial Aid at Assumption University


Caring for Your Child During COVID: Approaching Parenting Paradoxes with a Pair-a-Docs (Parent Event): September 10th

Date: September 10, 2020
Time: 6:00 PM
Format: Virtual (live-streamed via YouTube Live, link will be posted to www.wrsd.net)
Contact: Brendan Keenan, District Director of SEL (Brendan_Keenan@wrsd.net )
Title: Caring for Your Child During COVID: Approaching Parenting Paradoxes with a Pair-a-Docs

Presenters: Heather Forkey, MD and Jessica Griffin, Psy.D

This webinar will be presented by two national experts in childhood trauma and resilience: Heather Forkey, MD and Jessica Griffin, Psy.D., of the University of Massachusetts' Medical School and UMass Memorial. Dr. Forkey (a pediatrician) and Dr. Griffin (a psychologist) will talk about how to best support your child during the school year and address the paradox of trying to parent during a pandemic, particularly as children are transitioning back to a new school year.

Dr. Forkey and Dr. Griffin will provide an overview of the impact of stress and how to promote resilience, even during challenging times. In addition to their extensive professional credentials, both Dr. Forkey and Dr. Griffin are moms of children in the Wachusett School District!

Parents are encouraged to submit questions ahead of time and Drs. Griffin and Forkey will do their best to address your questions and concerns during their talk.

SAT Prep Course

The design of the SAT prep course is to best prepare your child for the SAT: optional essay, evidence-based reading and writing, complex equations and data analysis. The full course covering math and English will be offered over seven weeks on Wednesday evenings September 23 - November 4, from 5:30 – 8:05 p.m. The seventh session will be English only on November 4 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. A practice test will be administered on Saturday, September 19, from 8 - 11:15 a.m. for students enrolled in the full program. Tuition for this program is $500, but space is limited. To enroll, please complete the application attached below and return it by September 7.

Click HERE for more information!

Questions? Email Sarah Lefebvre at sarah_lefebvre@wrsd.net.

PSAT registration

PSAT registration is now OPEN for juniors! Please see this document with all the important information on how to register. Registration deadline is 2:15pm on 9/15.

WRHS joins College Guidance Network!

We are thrilled to bring our families and students a new service offering going into the new school year. We have signed up our school to have access to College Guidance Network, a virtual programming network specializing in demystifying the college admissions process.

The full ten-episode series will provide you with expert advice on the college admissions process. Topics include how to create a balanced school list, write an effective essay and apply for financial aid. They will even take you behind the scenes to see how admissions committees actually work! Take a closer look at the full schedule of programming and speakers on their programming page.

The first episode will air live on Wednesday, September 16 at 7:00 PM ET: “Admissions in the time of COVID” to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on college admissions with the most up-to-date details.

Panelists are, Kate Cassino, CEO of Hobsons (Naviance); Lee Coffin, Dean of Admissions at Dartmouth; Bob Bardwell, Executive Director of Massachusetts School Counselor Association; and Nick Ducoff, author of “Better Off After College”, and Emily Roper-Doten, Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, Olin College of Engineering.

The discussion will include:

  • How families can make the best choices in a rapidly changing environment
  • Changes to the Common App
  • Changing test policies
  • The increasing importance of essays
  • Financial aid implications
  • How colleges’ institutional incentives may affect families

Zoom link to join the live webinar on September 16

Passcode: 614954

You don’t need to take any action to register or sign-up for the episodes, I will share the Zoom link with you to view each episode a week or so prior to the airing date so you can add them to your family calendar. The episodes will also be posted to College Guidance Network website for later viewing.


Senior Parents... We didn’t forget about you! Save the Dates:

  • Senior Parents Night: The Nuts & Bolts of College Admissions with the school counselors: Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:30pm (Session will be held via google meet. Please fill out the Registration form!)

Financial Aid 101 with Director of Financial Aid from Assumption University, Monica Blondin: Thursday, October 8th at 6:30pm (Session will be held via zoom. Click Here to Join on 10/8.)

MEFA: Daily College Financing Webinars for Families

Beginning Monday, September 28th through Thursday, November 5th , MEFA will host a live College Financing webinar daily every Monday through Thursday, with daytime and evening hours. All webinars will be recorded and available online for families who are unable to attend a live event. The webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of the full financial aid application process. Presenters will include MEFA staff members as well as guests from financial aid offices across the Commonwealth, providing families the opportunity to hear from many of the most knowledgeable financial aid leaders in the industry.

Please register at mefa.org/events for a live webinar. If you have any questions please reach out to MEFA at (800) 449-MEFA (6332) or collegeplanning@mefa.org.

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Save the Date: Parents of the Class of 2024

October 13th, 6:30pm: Seminar for Parents of the Class of 2024... This seminar will focus on building a good transcript for high school, reviewing the role of the school counselor and highlighting the career and college research tools on Naviance.

Presented by the school counselors!

Location: TBD