WHS Counseling Office News

November 2019

Student Success Day - Thursday, November 14th

Students were given many exciting options for the day, including career and college exploration and community service opportunities. Information and permission slips were sent home with students the week of October 21st. If you haven't already, ask your student(s) what they'll be doing for Student Success Day!
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Junior College Visitation Day - Thursday, November 21st

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Junior College Visitation Day Letter & Permission Slip

This was mailed home to all parents/guardians of Juniors.

2019-2020 Common App Essay Prompts

Almost 900 colleges and universities accept the Common Application (Common App). The following is a list of the essay prompts you may chose from when completing the Common App.

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

College Application Checklist

Keep track of all the important steps in the college application process with this handy checklist!

Help Paying for College

Below are some guidelines and suggestions that we hope you find helpful in navigating the financial aid process around college bound seniors.

  • Students should complete their student profile in the WHS Dollars for Scholars by December 1, 2019. Over $20,000.00 was awarded to our seniors last year (the most ever). Students can stop into Counseling if they have questions or need assistance.

  • Students should get in the habit of checking our Counseling Newsletter and Scholarship Bulletin once a month - which is available on our website. As the year goes on, there will be many more scholarship opportunities listed in our Bulletin.

  • Depending on the college(s) that your student applies to, they may need to complete up to four (4) different financial aid forms. Find out which forms are required at your college and be mindful of deadlines:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).This form is used to apply for aid (grants and loans) from federal student financial aid programs. The FAFSA is required at all schools and should be submitted as soon as possible after October 1, 2020. The FAFSA is filed online at www.fafsa.ed.gov and is free to complete.

NYS Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). This form is required by both public and private colleges in NYS only. You should be linked to the TAP application when you file the FAFSA online.

College Scholarship Services Profile (CSS Profile). This form is required by some private colleges. Visit student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile to see if it is required by your college.

Many colleges also require families to file their own institutional financial aid forms. Inquire about this with your college and adhere to deadlines.

Please visit or call the high school Counseling Office if you have any questions!

Financial Aid Presentation - October 2019

This PowerPoint contains information presented by Joe Bailey, from GCC, at the Financial Aid Night this past October at Marion High School.

Scholarship Bulletin

The Counseling Office maintains a Scholarship Bulletin with a listing of many college scholarships. This document is updated and added to frequently. Seniors should check the above link often to see scholarships for which they might be eligible. Website links are provided for most scholarships. There are hard copies of some of the scholarship information in the counseling office as well.

Class of 2020 Student Athletes - Section V Scholarships Available!

There is a $250 Scholarship for every sport offered in Section V. Application deadlines are December 2, 2019 for Fall sports, March 13, 2020 for Winter sports and June 1, 2020 for Spring sports. Here is a link to the application:

Section V Scholarship Application

College and Military Representative Visits

There are many college and military representatives that visit Williamson High School to meet with students. The link below lists the dates of upcoming visits. Please check back often as the list is updated frequently.

FREE SAT Practice!

Did you know that the College Board offers free SAT practice? The Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy offers the following benefits:

  • Personalized practice plans
  • Thousands of practice questions, videos, and lessons
  • Eight full-length practice tests
  • Free practice to all students

Career Pathways Website

Please visit Mrs. O'Hara's website for information on employment, career paths, internships, job shadowing and so much more!

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Sophomores - Interested in Visiting Wayne Technical and Career Center (WTCC)?

Wayne Technical and Career Center (WTCC) has over 15 programs available to student in their junior and senior years. Programs include Animal Science, Auto Body Repair, Carpentry, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Health Professions, Professions in Education and Human Services and many more!

Current 10th graders will have the opportunity to visit WTCC during the week of December 9-13. More information to follow.

WTCC Website

WHS Counseling Office Website

We have been working hard to update the high school counseling office website. Please check out the changes. Let us know if there would be any other content that would be helpful to have on the site.

Dates to Remember

11/2 - SAT Test

11/8 - End of 10 week marking period

11/11 - Veterans Day - NO SCHOOL

11/14 - Student Success Day in the AM/Half Day PM - HS dismissed at 11:30am

11/14 - Report Card Night

11/27-11/29 - Happy Thanksgiving! NO SCHOOL