NSHS Counselor Connection-Q2

Winter News

The School Counselors at NSHS are currently working with Seniors on transition plans, collaborating on school counseling curriculum, preparing for 2016-2017 Scheduling, and engaging students in career activities in advisory.

Semester One Exam Schedule

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

7:22 – 9:06: Period 1 EXAM

9:34 – 11:18: Period 2 EXAM

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

7:22 – 9:06-Period 3 EXAM

9:34 – 11:18-Period 4 EXAM

Thursday, January 21, 2016

7:22 – 9:06-Period 5 EXAM

9:34 – 11:18- Period 6 EXAM

Friday, January 22, 2016

7:22 – 9:06-Period 7 EXAM

9:34 – 11:18- Makeup EXAM(S)

Make-up exams will be scheduled beginning on Wednesday, January 20, 2016. Teachers will administer make-up exams beginning at 11:30 each day.

If school is canceled on an exam day, the exams scheduled for that day will be held on the next school day. If school is delayed, students will report to their advisory at 8:22 a.m. and the exams will begin at 8:36 a.m. and 10:28 a.m. Lunch would be at 12:22 in the event of a delay.

Adopt a Family Volunteer Effort

This year the 11th and 12th grade students continued the tradition of assisting local families via the Adopt a Family program. Adopt a Family was brought to NSHS in 2000 by a junior who wanted to give back to the community.

NSHS juniors and seniors have generously averaged about 300-350 gifts per year in that time frame. It has been a great tradition and this year we adopted 15 children for whom there will be no holiday this year without our help. 35% of the children in the greater Woonsocket area live below the poverty line. These are the people we are helping. We work with the Woonsocket Adopt a Family program to assist our neighbors.

NSHS Financial Aid Night

Thursday, Jan. 7th 2016 at 7-8:30pm

412 Greenville Road

North Smithfield, RI

This workshop is sponsored by the Guidance Department and the Rhode Island Association of Financial Aid Officers. Jane Delamare, Financial Aid Officer at Johnson & Wales University, will offer a two-part program on financial aid for both seniors and their parent(s) or guardian(s) in the NSHS Library. The first section of the program will provide a general overview of the current status of financial aid. The remainder of the program will be a step-by-step explanation of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE that is required by some schools.

If your child is planning to enter a university, college, community college, or a post-secondary trade or technical school after their senior year, you are encouraged to attend this program.

2016-2017 Scheduling News

2016-2017 Scheduling will begin after Semester One Exams at the HS. Please check the main page of the HS Website in January for updates and feel free to contact the Guidance Office if you have questions or concerns.


PSAT Exam/Results

On October 14th NSHS 10th and 11th graders participated in the new PSAT and should receive their results in either late December or early January. We look forward to discussing the results with the students and exploring CollegeBoard activities with them in small group lessons. Counselors will examine the data at the student and school level to be informed and implement changes as needed.

SAT/ACT test dates 2015-2016

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Semester One ILP Activities

On Tuesday, November 24th, all grade 9 students completed the Interest Profiler activity within their ILP in WaytoGoRI. This activity sheds light on what careers tend to match their interests. We hope this helps students think more about career choices.

On Wednesday, December 9th, all grade 10 students will be completing the Basic Skills Survey within their ILP on WaytoGoRI. This activity helps students understand how their skill set matches their potential career fields.

On Wednesday, December 16th, all grade 11 students will be completing the Work Values Sorter within their ILP on WaytoGoRI. This activity helps students understand how their values and choices impact possible career fields.

All Seniors will be completing an activity from 16Personalities.com. From 16 Personalities: “Take our Personality Test and get a 'freakishly accurate' description of who you are and why you do things the way you do.”

We believe that this will be a revealing exercise for the seniors and may help them better understand themselves as young adults.


Seniors are encouraged to look for scholarships throughout the 2015-2016 school year. The following are great sources of information for students seeking Scholarships:

UMG Classics & Jazz

Winter Wonderland - Renée Fleming by UMG Classics & Jazz

College Goal Rhode Island 2016.

Need help applying for financial aid for college? The first step is to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

College Goal Rhode Island will be held on various dates at different sites in Rhode Island. Each session will feature financial aid professionals and hands-on-help with the FAFSA.


Rhode Island events will be held on various dates. Please see the list below for a convenient location near you.

Beacon Charter High School of the Arts

January 13, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

Beacon Charter High School for the Arts

320 Main Street, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Central Falls High School

January 20, 2016 @ 5.30 pm

49 Dexter Street, Central Falls, RI 02863

East Providence High School

January 21, 2016 @ 6.00 pm

2000 Pawtucket Ave, East Providence, RI 02914

NSHS Counselor Meeting Schedule for 2015-2016

NSHS school counselors support students’ individual growth in the following areas: Academic, College & Career Readiness, and Personal/Social via individual, small group, and classroom meetings.

Quarter One
9th Grade-Transition Meetings
12th Grade-College & Career Readiness

Quarter Two
9th-11th Grades-Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Activities
10-11th Grade PSAT Score Delivery & Explanation
12th Grade-College & Career Readiness

Quarter Three
9th-11th Grades-ILP Activities
9th-10th Grades-Scheduling Meetings
11th Grade Scheduling and College & Career Readiness Meetings with Families
12th Grade-College & Career Readiness

Quarter Four
9th-11th Grade-Transition Meetings
12th Grade-College & Career Readiness

NSHS Contact Information and Counselor Assignments:

Please contact the Guidance Office at (401) 766-2503. Our Fax number is (401) 597-6110. Mrs. Mary Claire Watier is the Guidance clerk. Counselor assignments are listed below. Please click on the name of a counselor in order to email that person.

Mrs. Comtois Grades 9-12, A-H Appointment Link

Mrs. Gibbons Grades 9-12, I-R Appointment Link

Mr. Pepin Grades 9-12, S-Z Appointment Link

Students who wish to make an appointment with their school counselor for a non-crisis meeting need to use the forms located above.

DO NOT use this form if you are in crisis. Please ask to see a counselor immediately. If it is after school hours, please call 911 if you are in crisis.