Vikings Counselor Connection
Schreiber Guidance Department Newsletter February 2023
A note from the Director's Desk
Welcome to semester 2! You've made it through the first half of the year. The start of a new semester is an excellent time to reflect upon your progress and your goals this year. Are you pleased with your progress? Your high school counselor is an excellent resource to help you revisit your goals. They can help you create a plan for success so you can finish the year strong.
Speaking of your counselor, in February the American School Counselors' Association (ASCA) recognizes the work of school counselors during National School Counselors' Week, February 6-10, 2023. Each year, National School Counseling week focuses public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems. National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. The 2023 theme is School Counselors: Helping Students Dream Big.
Be sure to read the articles section this month. I've included articles from Grown and Flown about college application anxiety and SAT/ACT, two timely reads for our junior and senior families.
Continue to stay tuned to our website, this newsletter, and your inbox for more information from Schreiber Guidance and Counseling!
Lorrie Director, Pre-K-12 Director of Guidance
High School Guidance Team
Counselors and email addresses
Guidance Office phone: (516) 767-5810
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 3:15 pm
Ms. Cerny firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Galdamez email@example.com
Ms. Garcia firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Jacobson email@example.com
Ms. Hazan firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Lorge email@example.com
Ms. Ludwig firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Strell email@example.com
Ms. Hasselberger, Ms. Hernandez, Ms. Marzec, Ms. O'Kelly
Stay in the loop!
Also, don't forget to keep checking our interactive bulletin board for up-to-date information. QR codes are updated regularly. You are always welcome to stop by our office to ask questions. There are many ways to stay informed!
Students, please get in the habit of checking your Portnet email regularly to stay up to date on Guidance and Counseling information. Students and families, you can also find information on the Schreiber Guidance and Counseling website and by reading this newsletter. The newsletters are also on our webpage for your reference.
Student Scheduling for 2023-2024
Attention all 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students,
Next week, the school counselors will begin their course planning meetings with students for 2023-2024. Each student has been scheduled for a 15 minute appointment with their counselor to discuss their academic planning for next year. Students, to view your appointment, you must use the student portal on ASPEN. Once you are in the portal, click "My Info" in the top tab, then click the "Program Planning Tab" in the "My Details" section. Your appointment time will appear there.
Each grade has a designated "scheduling week." The schedule is as follows:
Grade 9: Week of February 13-17
Grade 10: Week of February 27 - March 3
Grade 11: Week of March 6-10
Make ups will take place during the week of March 13-17. Any student who did not attend their originally scheduled appointment will meet with their counselor during this week. The ASPEN portal is expected to open on February 9th. The Program Planning Guide will also be posted to the Schreiber website on February 9th. As always, check your Portnet email for information.
Attention: Class of 2023!
- As you receive decisions from your schools, you must update your Naviance accounts. Don't be shy! This information will help future Schreiber applicants and you will remain anonymous!
- Time to file your FAFSA! Check your colleges' deadlines for filing.
- Does your college require the CSS Profile? Click here for a list of participating schools.
- Apply for scholarships! Fastweb and Scholarships.com are good places to start. The Community Scholarship application opens January 31st!
- Remember to check your Portnet email! Be sure your contact information is up to date in ASPEN and on Naviance.
- Have questions? Come to Guidance for more information.
The Community Scholarship Application is Open!
The 2023 community scholarship application is open, and the deadline will be here before you know it! Each year, Schreiber High School offers community scholarships to seniors through the generosity of local sponsors. The perfect time to work on your applications is during winter break. But don't delay, applications are due March 2nd. Be sure to join the Scholarship Google Classroom if you haven't done so. Any questions, come to Guidance.
College Planning Guide
Although graduation may seem like a long way off, your college search process begins now! Planning for your post-secondary goals is a multi-step process. It requires your time, organization and effort. You will probably have many questions, and you might not be quite sure where to begin.
College Fair Information
Six Colleges Consortium
The Six Colleges Consortium (Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, Williams) is hosting workshops for juniors this spring. Learn about the college process, building a community, and more. Click here or the button below for information and to register.
sixcolleges.org | Home
Six top liberal arts colleges: one easy form. Learn more from Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams. Students, parents, and counselors can sign up for livestreamed events that cover the college application, how to apply, financial aid, grants, scholarships, tuition, loans, debt, student life, research, and academics.
Colleges That Change Lives - March 12, NYC
The Colleges That Change Lives, or CTCL, is a group of 44 colleges whose mission is to promote the advancement of a student-centered college search process. This group of outstanding higher education institutions will visit New York City on Sunday, March 12th, 2023 from 11:00am to 1:00 pm. For information and to register, click here.
Save the Date - Nassau Counselors Association College Fair
The Nassau Counselors' Association is hosting their 50th Annual Spring College Expo at Hofstra University on Tuesday, April 25th, 2023 from 5:30 - 8:30 pm. Meet with representatives from over 300 colleges, universities, career schools and military services. Visit www.nassaucounsselors.org for additional information.
Naviance Single Sign-On Update/Login for Students
Some of you have noticed that your Naviance username has changed. A system update has completed the Naviance/Clever integration. Students must now log in using Clever to access Naviance. Click the Portnet Bookmarks folder (found in the upper left corner of your screen) and click the Clever button. You will see an image that looks like the one below. Then click the Naviance button and voila! You are in!
Parents will still use their username and passwords - Single-sign on access is only for students with Portnet accounts.
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Methodize (formerly Method Test Prep)
Are you interested in getting a quick sense of where your son or daughter stands as far as the SAT and ACT? Port Washington provides all families with access to Methodize, a learning tool that includes an SAT and ACT Evaluation Test. Students take short (15 to 25 minute) sections and get an accurate sense of where they stand.
Click on the QR code to activate your son or daughter's Methodize account. Again, there is no cost to the family; the district is already providing this program to all students.
Once you activate the account, click on the SAT or ACT course and scroll down to "Evaluation Test" to begin the diagnostic.
In addition to full SAT and ACT prep courses, Methodize also provides a Financial Literacy course, an Academic Success course, vocabulary builder module, and more!
Twilight Program at Schreiber High School
Schreiber Twilight alternative high school is our new partnership with Nassau BOCES. Twilight provides an alternative setting in the late afternoon for students who may benefit from a smaller, more structured environment. Twilight provides students the tools to either return successfully to Schreiber during the day or to complete their high school requirements through Twilight. Twilight students are prepared for post-secondary education or employment upon graduation.
Students attend this Regents-based program in the late afternoon/early evening. Students receive strong academic and social-emotional support, as classes are small and largely student-focused.
Students can enroll in Twilight at any time. of our counseling and administrative team are currently reviewing and meeting with students to discuss Twilight. If you have any questions about Twilight, or if you believe your student might be a candidate, please contact your student's counselor.
Passport for Good
Paul D. Schreiber is a Passport for Good school!
Passport For Good is a mobile-friendly web-based platform that simplifies, recognizes, and celebrates your engagement outside of the classroom. It allows you to journal and verify your community service, career development, and participation in extracurricular activities.
To make this transition a success, we need your help. You must first register for Passport For Good - Click the flyer below for the link and QR code to register. Once your account is activated, you are ready to begin using Passport For Good!
Some of Schreiber's clubs and groups have switched to using Passport For Good, logging their community service and career development hours directly within the platform.
Ask your Counselor if you have questions about Passport For Good.
Grown and Flown
5 Ways Parents and Teens Can Cope With College Application Anxiety
It's crunch time. Your kid's email box has been flooded with unopened college recruitment notices, deadlines are fast approaching, forms are half-filled out, and there's still that pesky essay they need to write. Are their SAT scores good enough? And should they send them now that most schools are continuing a test-optional policy?
SAT: Why Do We Let a Number Take On so Much Meaning?
We're well past binkies and boppies and deep into "how much should I freak out about the SATs?" stage of parenting. Who would've thought there could be so much meaning in a number? When their PSAT scores were released, my daughter and her friends immediately compared results.