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WPHS GUIDANCE NEWSLETTER:

Below is the spring newsletter of the 2021-2022 school year. Our guidance edition newsletters will be sent out three times a year to keep parents apprised of guidance information and events that are occurring within the department.


As we enter the end of the final quarter, please know that your child's school counselor is here to support you and your child as we close out the school year.


Please visit the Guidance Department website linked below for our school counselors contact information.

https://www.whiteplainspublicschools.org/Page/1224

Save the Date!

This year's commencement has been changed to accommodate the use of our beautiful 75 acre campus once again! Due to the closure of the Westchester County Center for COVID-19 Vaccinations and renovations, we have planned for outdoor graduation, which also requires us to plan a rain date as well.
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Class of 2022 Senior Obligations:

Below are a list of the senior obligations that must be completed before your child leaves us at WPHS:



  • Seniors are required to have an exit meeting with their school counselor! Please remind your senior that if they have not met with their counselor to share their final post-secondary plans, they need to schedule the meeting as soon as possible. The seniors were emailed their counselors Calendly link to schedule their exit meeting. This must be done before your student purchases his or her prom ticket.


  • At this point, your student should have received admissions decisions from all their colleges by now. If you they have not heard from a school yet, your student needs to call their admissions office to check on the status of their application ASAP.


  • Your senior MUST update their Naviance with their admissions decisions. It is imperative that we have this information for our records. We use the information your student enters in Naviance for the WPHS graduation program and to know where to send your student's final transcript.


  • If your senior has been waitlisted and has decided to remain on the waitlist, your student should notify that university that they want to remain on the waitlist, and they should let their counselor know as well. If they are staying on the waitlist, they will want to submit new grades (quarter 3 grades) for review, as well as any other work or extracurricular information (awards, prizes, honors, etc.) that might be helpful if/when further reviews occur.


  • Your student should be receiving financial aid award letters shortly, if they have not already received them. If your child has not received their financial aid award letters, please have them call the school’s financial aid office to check on the status of their application and to verify that he/she completed and submitted all necessary forms and documentation.


  • Please check Naviance for scholarship opportunities!


  • Finally, remember students need to place a deposit at a school by May 1, 2022.
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IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID LINKS:

It is not too late to complete your FAFSA!!!


FAFSA (this form is required by all colleges:

https://fafsa.ed.gov/



CSS PROFILE (this form is required by many but not all colleges):

https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile



Colleges Requiring the CSS Profile:

https://profileonline.collegeboard.org/prf/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet/PXRemotePartInstitutionServlet.srv


NYS TAP Application:

https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/apply-for-financial-aid/nys-tap.html


Federal Guide to Financial Aid:

https://studentaid.gov/sites/default/files/do-you-need-money.pdf


Sign up here for Financial Aid Workshops sponsored by NY State

https://startheregetthere.ny.gov/events

College Swag Day and WPHS College Decision Day! Friday, April 29th

May 1st is National College Decision Day, the deadline for Seniors to officially commit to a college. The Class of 2022 has shown passion and dedication, and we are excited to celebrate their efforts! Our WPHS Seniors completed the grueling college application process and on May 1st they will commit to the school where they will continue their educational journey. Each Senior will receive a WPHS Signing Day pen which they will use to sign a document letting us know which school they are committing to. The PTA has graciously offered to buy cupcakes for this celebration and Mr. Polanco will be providing musical entertainment. This will be a memorable day for our Seniors, and we could not be prouder! We are asking the whole school to join us in the celebration, by wearing some college swag on this date!

Junior College Planning Meetings


Our counselors will begin to schedule their individual junior post-secondary planning meetings with their students in the coming weeks. These meetings can be held in person or virtually. Parent(s)/guardian(s) are encouraged to attend this meeting as well. At the post-secondary planning meeting, the counselor and the student will discuss their goals after high school and the necessary steps that are needed to ensure the student achieves their goal. The counselors will also ask their students to complete and submit the *STUDENT COLLEGE QUESTIONNAIRE and parent(s)/guardian(s) will be asked to complete a PARTENT BRAG LETTER (both should be submitted before summer break).


Prior to the meeting your student will need to complete this questionnaire (students must log in to complete the survey):


https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=NWR-cSJaV0ed1Mnbi38ADtEUvulXv6JIqjJzGq2R0ixUREZMVFBQRzM2SlVSM1NQMDlPWUVGQTMxVy4u&wdLOR=c4B4DA7AE-2092-4269-AB38-20CD7E7EB8AA


Parent(s)/Guardian(s) should contact their child’s school counselor for access to Naviance if they do not have their parent log in information.



Please visit the guidance website for additional post-secondary planning documents

(https://www.whiteplainspublicschools.org/Page/21039).


The counselors look forward to partnering and collaborating with their students and families to support them through the college application process.

Below are copies of important documents that your student will receive after his or her junior college planning meeting with their counselor:

Southern Westchester College Fair

Tuesday, April 26th, 6pm

100 Main Street

White Plains, NY

The Southern Westchester College Fair will be held at the Galleria in White Plains on April 26 from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. There are over 200 colleges and universities that are registered! All students are encouraged to attend!


Please visit the website for more information: https://www.westchestercollegefair.com/

ANNUAL NATIONAL HISPANIC COLLEGE FAIR at Manhattanville College!

On the morning of Thursday, April 28th, White Plains High School will have the privilege of taking our seniors and juniors to the ANNUAL NATIONAL HISPANIC COLLEGE FAIR at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. Many of the finest universities, colleges and trade schools will have representatives present to explain the programs and opportunities they offer. Translators will be available, and transportation is free. We plan to leave WPHS at 9:15 a.m. and return by 11:30 a.m.

Please complete the attached permission slip below so that your child can participate. Should you have any questions, please call your child’s school counselor.

Important WPHS Upcoming Events:

  • April 7th at 6:30pm for our guidance night in partnership with El Centro Hispano at the First Baptist Church of White Plains located at 456 North Street. The topic of the night is the college application process. While all families are encouraged to join, we are specifically inviting our junior students and families. The information will be presented fully in Spanish.
  • April 7th at 6:30 pm 8th grade orientation informational session for parents
  • April 21st at 6:30 pm National Honor Society
  • April 26th at 6:00 pm Underclassman Awards Ceremony
  • April 27th at 6:30 pm National Art Honor Society

WHITE PLAINS HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

The Guidance Department at White Plains High School provides guidance and counseling services to all students from the time that they enter the high school until graduation. Guidance is a service function, which includes a series of planned and informal activities designed to assist students to understand themselves better, to cope with the normal problems associated with growing up, and to become contributing citizens. The goal of our program to help achieve a successful high school experience.




Guidance and counseling is, however, more than a program of activities. It is also a relationship that exists between a student and a guidance counselor. From grades nine through twelve, the guidance counselor advises and counsels students about the selection of courses, relationships with teachers and other significant adults, relationships with peers, extra-curricular involvement, career and post-high school planning, coping with pressures, tensions and the day-to-day problems of growing up in a complex, multi-faceted society.