Peters Township High School

Counseling Newsletter

April 2015

Welcome to our digital bulletin! Remember anything underlined does have an outside link.


Please join us in congratulating the following students for being named Finalists in the 2015 competition for National Merit Scholarships. Each of these students was presented with a Certificate of Merit from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and are now among the top 1% of students who applied.

James “Matt” Gummersbach

Daniel Krajovic

Mary Kate Pritz

Nicholas Roberts

Roy Wang

Delaney Wehn

PFEW-Representative Visit-American History classes

Thursday, April 9th, 7:30am-2pm

PTHS High School

A representative from PFEW will be here discussing this summer program opportunity. For more information, please visit: Applications are available now in the Counseling Office.

Seniors: Decision Time & Scholarships!

It is hard to believe that graduation is less than 9 weeks away! Please let us know your college decisions. Log into Family Connection. Choose the Colleges Tab-Colleges I am Applying to-Choose the Pencil to Edit and let us know your admission decision.

Now is the time to be looking for scholarships! has a number of scholarship articles by specific themes and interests.

Please check Family Connection regularly for our scholarship list.

Juniors: College Research & Visit

As you move into the summer before your senior year, make sure you make time for college research! Continue to use Family Connection's research tools-Scattergrams, Maps, SuperMatch-to add schools to Colleges I am thinking About.

As summer approaches, if your schedule permits, plan to visit campus. There are many options when visiting. Consider the following: Take a campus tour, sit in on a class, meet with a professor, see the dorms, eat in the cafeteria, talk to current students, how far is the campus, what will the weather be like, what activities/clubs are offered. Visit checklist.

GOCAMPUSING is an organization that has college visit/tours available.

Sophomores & Freshman: Volunteer/Summer Programs

As our 9th and 10th grade student complete their respective years, the summer is a great opportunity to to volunteer or complete a summer program. Visit Family Connection for a database of available opportunities.

Keystone Information and Test Prep!

The Spring Keystones will be taking place first thing in the morning on the following dates:

  • Literature (Module 1 & 2 respectively): May 14th & 15th
  • Algebra I (Module 1 & 2 respectively): May 18th & 19th
  • Biology (Module 1 & 2 respectively): May 20th & 21st.
  • Make-ups: May 22-26

Students currently in Algebra I, Biology Academic and Honors, and English 10 Academic and Honors will take the corresponding Keystone Exam in May. Additionally, those students who were not proficient during the Winter Wave will meet with their counselor to determine whether they will be retaking the exam in the spring.

If your child is scheduled to take an exam, you will see it in the “10th period” slot on their schedule in Powerschool.

If you have general questions or questions as to whether or not your student should be taking the exam, please contact your child’s high school counselor or Heather Prinsen in the high school counseling office: (724) 941-6250 x5220 or

Students not taking the exam will report to classes as usual.

Please visit the high school resources site for more information.

PSAT & SAT Redesign for 2015-2016!

The PSAT will be redesigned for the upcoming Fall administration. The SAT will be redesigned for the March 2016 administration. Please see the CollegeBoard's website for more specific information about these upcoming changes.

PSAT Redesign Information

SAT Redesign Information

PTHS Counseling Department

Mrs. Cunningham A-C x5232
Mrs. Wawrzeniak D-HL x5234
Mrs. Laux HM-MA x5517
Mrs. Prinsen MC-SA x5220
Mr. Sudol SC-Z x5238