WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community November 1, 2019

In this issue:

  • Half Day on Nov. 15th
  • Parent Teacher Conferences - Appointment Information
  • College and Career Center Google Classroom for Jrs. and Srs.
  • Navy Visit - November 4th
  • Junior Parent College Meeting - Dec. 4th
  • HBCU's visiting WBHS! Alabama A&M, Morehouse, & Norfolk State. Sign up now!
  • CSS Profile needed if applying for aid at U of M Ann Arbor
  • Parenting Fair - Nov. 2nd
  • Western Michigan Univ. in Detroit Area
  • UMatter Week
  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • Vulnerable or Impaired (VIP) Program being offered by WBPD
  • Limited space available - MiCareer Quest Event on November 8th - Register now!
  • OSTC Open House - Dec. 5th
  • Cosmetology Information Night - Nov. 21
  • Last FAFSA Workshop this week!
  • Perry Initiative - 10th-12th grade females
  • James Madison Info session - MSU
  • College Rep Visits
  • Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest
  • Looking for a job? Employment Bulletin Board - Mr. Allen's in WB is hiring

Scholarships -

(Please note - Scholarships are listed in two editions of this newsletter,

please check prior editions of the Counselor Connections for more!)

  • Coolidge Scholarship - Juniors
  • DECA Scholarships
  • MEA Scholarship
  • Ava Maria Scholarship
  • U of M Detroit Alum Scholarship
  • CMU - Oakland U - WMU Scholarships
  • Davidson Scholarship
  • Gayle Joyner Scholarship

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

Half Day on Friday November 15th!

On Friday, November 15 we have a half day due to conferences. Students dismiss at 10:20. The schedule on for Friday is as follows:

First Hour 7:10 - 7:54

Third Hour 7:59 - 8:43

Fifth Hour 8:48 - 9:32

Seventh Hour 9:37 - 10:20

Parent Teacher Conferences - Appointment Information

Fall 2019 Parent-Teacher Conferences


Dear Parents of High School Students,

We are pleased to announce that WBHS will again be utilizing an online management system for the purposes of scheduling Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences. This system allows parents to personally schedule conference dates and times for their high school child(ren).

Important Dates:

Beginning Now - Register for an account on the Schoolsoft website

October 28th – Start scheduling your conferences at 6:00 a.m.

November 11th – Closes for bookings at noon

November 12th – 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. - Parent-Teacher Conferences (teacher dinner break 5:15 PM-6:00 p.m.)

November 15th – 11:15 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. - Parent-Teacher Conferences

Although the site is not yet open for scheduling conferences, we strongly recommend that parents go onto the site now and register for an account. After an account is configured, users will receive an email when the system opens prompting them to book an appointment.

The Conference Manager opens to all parents for booking appointments on October 28 at 6:00 am and will remain open until November 11th at noon All Parent-Teacher conferences are limited to five minutes and parents are asked to allow a five-minute travel interval between conference times. Please follow the steps below to book your parent-teacher conferences:

Step 1 – Go to wbsd.schoolsoft.com and create an account for yourself.* (Click on Register Now) This will take less than a minute but is a necessary step for scheduling your child’s conferences.

*If you created an account as a WBHS parent last year, simply login with your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, click the “forgot my password” and it will be emailed to you.

Step 2: Fill out the registration information and click submit.

Step 3 – Book your Parent-Teacher Conferences beginning Monday, October 28 at 6:00 a.m.

Select the date you want to book an appointment and then select all the teachers with whom you wish to meet. You will see each teacher’s schedule. Remember to allow 5 minutes of passing time between each conference.

Please note that conference times will be scheduled as follows on Tuesday, November 12:

3:30-5:30 p.m. - Conferences

5:15-6:00 p.m. - Teacher Dinner Break

6:00-7:30 p.m. - Conferences

Please note that conference times will be scheduled as follows on Friday, November 15:

11:15 a.m. - 2:05 p.m. - Conferences

After booking your appointments you can print off your schedule. You will also receive an email confirming your bookings. You can log into the system at any time to view your bookings, print, or cancel and reschedule appointments.

Step 4 – Email confirmation and reminder emails

Once appointments are booked, you will receive a confirmation email from appointments@schoolsoft.com Adding this email address to your address book in your email application will help ensure it overrides any spam filters. You will also receive an email reminder before your conference to confirm your upcoming appointment.

If all times are booked, please contact your child’s teacher directly for an agreed-upon conference time. Additionally, we recommend adding appointments@schoolsoft.com to your address book so that the confirmation and reminder emails do not get tagged as junk mail.

If you have any questions or need assistance, contact WBHS and ask for Julie Abeska in the iCenter.

Juniors/Seniors - Google Classroom for College and Career Center

Juniors and Seniors - Make sure you have clicked "accept" to Mrs. Essig's Google Classroom invite. She is sharing valuable information and links in this space!

Navy presentation in the College and Career Center - November 4th

Click the link below to sign up to learn more about opportunities and scholarships with the Navy.

Parenting Fair - November 2nd

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Junior Parents - Save the date!

WBHS Junior Parent College Meeting

Wed, Dec. 4

7:00 pm in the iCenter

Guest speakers from

University of Michigan, Michigan State University,

Oakland University and Oakland Community College

Female students interested in engineering and medicine - Perry Initiative Opportunity!!

We’re very excited to announce an upcoming Perry Outreach Program on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Beaumont Health in Royal Oak, MI. The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering.

Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.

We are now seeking applicants for our Royal Oak, MI program. Participants should be women in grades 10 and up with an expressed interest in science, medicine and/or engineering. We would very much appreciate if you could pass this information along to any high school principals, high school science teachers or high school students you may know. Applicants should be directed to fill out our online application in advance of the January 6, 2020 application deadline.

Additional information can be found on our website: www.perryinitiative.org

The application may be accessed directly using the following link: http://perryinitiative.org/programs/student-online-application/" HsTracking="studentonlineappl

More information and a printable flyer for this event can be found here. Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions you may have. Again, we sincerely appreciate your help in identifying qualified applicants for our program.


Interested in learning more about an HBCU? Join us!

U Matter Week

Students will be listening to presentations on November 12th and 14th. More details to come!
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Dear WBHS Students,

West Bloomfield High School will be hosting its 4th annual U-Matter Week from November 11-15, 2019. The week will be filled with motivation, a celebration of life, and frequent reminders that each and every one of us matters immensely.

You have the opportunity to win a prize for submitting an essay or mixed media (art piece, video, song, etc.) on the topic of "What’s your spark?"

  • Submissions can be an essay or mixed media. Essays and media pieces will be graded with the attached rubric by English/Art Teachers.

  • Essays must be 800 words or less.

  • All visual submissions must include a small paragraph that fits the prompt.

  • Submissions must be entered through the U-MATTER FORM.

  • Artwork should be given directly to Ms. Marshall in room 102 as well as submitted on the form.

  • Due by Monday, November 11th.

We are looking forward to receiving your submissions on this important topic!

With appreciation,

U-Matter Committee, Student Leadership (5th hour)

Sumaiya Asghar, Mackenzie Barbat, Lyndsey Bruce, Kayla Kamposh, Antonia Lucaj

Seniors - Do you need the CSS profile?

If you are applying to U of M Ann Arbor & seeking fin aid, you will need to fill out the FAFSA & the CSS Profile. This form asks more details about your family's financial situation. FYI -Most colleges DO NOT require the CSS Profile. Check here: https://profile.collegeboard.org/profile/ppi/participatingInstitutions.aspx

Western Michigan Univ in the Detroit area!

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Blessings in a Backpack - THANK YOU!




We only have three single seats, one set of two seats and

one set of four seats left



If you are interested in these seats or have reserved a ticket but not yet paid for it, please call 248 521 0074. You can no longer buy tickets online.

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Vulnerable or Impaired Program by West Bloomfield Police Department

Sharing the attached information with our parent community. It is information about the Vulnerable or Impaired (VIP) Program being offered by WBPD. This program offers adult/juveniles who are vulnerable or impaired to have a “file” with important information at WBPD disposal should they come in contact with them in the public.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to WBPD.

Last call to register! Space is limited! MiCareer Quest Event - Open to 9th-12th grade

MiCareerQuest Southeast, the region's largest interactive career exploration event for high school students, taking place on November 8th at the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi.

Space is limited. We plan to take 3 buses of students. Students will not be registered until they have turned in the parent permission slip to Mr. Muylaert, Ms. Mattson or Mrs. Essig in Counseling. We will leave the school at 7:15 a.m. and return by 11:00 a.m. Space is limited so register early! It promises to expose students to a broad range of exciting, rewarding career opportunities as they prepare for their futures!

Sneak Peek 1: 2019 MiCareerQuest Southeast

5 College Consortium Tour - Mount Holyoke

Mrs. Essig recently went on the 5 College Consortium Tour in Massachusetts. For the next few newsletters, she will share pictures from her trip.

This week's highlight is Mount Holyoke College - an all women's college in South Hadley, MA. It was absolutely beautiful! Mount Holyoke provides excellent and distinctive academic programs for students that exemplify and demonstrate the extraordinary value of a liberal arts education. Mount Holyoke sustains an increasingly diverse, global, and inclusive community of students, faculty, and staff in an environment of mutual respect in which all thrive and contribute to the flourishing of others.

Read this great article about "Why an all woman's college?" https://www.mtholyoke.edu/about/why-womens-college


OSTC Open House

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Cosmetology Information Night

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FAFSA Workshops - Space is Limited - Class of 2020 student with parent/guardian

West Bloomfield High School is hosting a FAFSA Workshop for current seniors attending college in the fall of 2020. Parents and students should attend together to complete and submit the FAFSA. Prepare to attend the workshop by gathering relevant information on the FAFSA Checklist as well as creating FSA IDs. One parent in the household and the student must each create a FSA ID at least one week prior to completing the FAFSA.

1. View the FAFSA Checklist
2. Create a FSA ID (use the FSA ID Worksheet to record your information)

3. Click on the Sign Up link below. Space is limited.

Location: Media Center/iCenter

Click on the link here to sign up:


College Representative Visits to WBHS - Juniors and Seniors!

Every fall WBHS will host over 50 colleges and universities during the day to meet with current juniors and seniors. Below is a link to the visits currently set up. Please know that this list is updated daily! Out of respect for the representative's time, if you sign up, please make sure you attend. Click on the link to learn more! All meetings take place in the College and Career Center unless otherwise noted.


James Madison

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Mrs. Essig's Top Picks

Click on the links below to read the "top pick" articles of interest for this week.

SCHOLARSHIPS - Where to look

Please note that Ms. Essig posts all scholarship information on our Twitter account. You do not have to have a Twitter account to read the posts. We post opportunities in the newsletter twice and then remove them. Please follow the Twitter page for the most up-to-date opportunities!


Look for #WBHSScholarships2020.

How do I find scholarships?

1. Apply for Financial Aid after October 1st. www.FAFSA.gov

2. Check with each college in which you are applying for merit based scholarships and deadlines.

3. Check for memorial and alumni scholarship opportunities at each college in which you may qualify.

4. Check with student’s/parent’s employer, banks/credit union, religious & civic affiliations, etc. for scholarships.

5. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WBHSCounseling Click on the hashtag #WBHSScholarships2020.

6. Read the Counselor Connection

7. Conduct a search by using a national search engine, such as www.fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com, www.myscholly.com, etc. Be sure to create an email address just for these searches as students will receive a lot of email. There is no need to pay money for these services! Watch for scams!

8. Check Careeronestop: https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx

9. Beginning Class of 2020,College Board Opportunity Scholarships. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

10. For more information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships#how-find

11. Remember it takes work to receive most scholarships! You won't know if you don't try!

U of Michigan Detroit Alumni Scholarships

The University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit funds scholarships each year for both the general student body as well as for student-athletes. Several of these scholarships are endowed. In addition to the scholarships that we sponsor, at times we have been asked by the University to help a student that needed financial assistance to continue their education. The University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit has always tried to meet each and every request from the University. All profits from our events each year plus a special scholarship solicitation are allocated to the Club Scholarship fund. Reports are made on the progress of the scholarship recipients, which are a source of pride to all Club members.

If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please read the important eligibility and deadline information below:


Eligibility Criteria

ACT: Minimum score of 31


SAT: Minimum score of 1430


Top 1% of your graduating class

(Must meet 1 of the 3 criteria)

Application Deadline

The entire online application must be completed and submitted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, January 18, 2019. At this time all items must be marked complete for the application to be considered.


Submit Scholarship Application

By submitting a completed application, you will be considered for all scholarships that meet your qualifications.

DECA Scholarships

ATTENTION JUNIORS - Coolidge Scholarship!

The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any accredited American college or university. Anyone of any background, pursuing any academic discipline of study, may apply to this non-partisan, need-blind, program.

Students apply for the Coolidge Scholarship during their junior year of high school. Finalists are flown in for a finalist weekend at the Coolidge Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, Vermont where they interview with the Coolidge Scholars Finalist Jury. Recipients of the Coolidge Scholarship are notified of their award late in their junior year, before college application (note: current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Finalists who are not named Coolidge Scholars are eligible to receive a smaller, one-time, college scholarship.

Click here to learn more! Apply now! https://coolidgescholars.org

MEA Scholarship

CMU Scholarships

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Oakland University Scholarships

Do you have a high school GPA of 3.80-3.89 and a 1300 or higher on the SAT OR have a 3.9 GPA or higher and a 1300-1380 on the SAT? You could qualify for a scholarship of $22,000 for 4 years ($5,500 per year).


#ScholarshipSunday #ThisIsOU #FutureGrizzlies

Western Michigan Scholarships

First-year (freshmen) students who plan to enroll for Fall 2020: Maximize your scholarship consideration when you apply to WMU by the November 15 Early Action Deadline using either the WMU Gold Gateway or Common App.


http://bit.ly/wmuapply #WMU #FutureBronco

Ave Maria University Scholarship

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Students looking for a job? Click here!

Mr. Allen's in WB is hiring seasonal help!

ACT Test Dates

ACT test dates and registration

SAT Test Dates

SAT test dates and registration

Free Career Aptitude and Career Assessment Tools

What do you want to do with your life? It won't just come to you in your sleep... invest some time exploring!

Upcoming College Fairs

Spend a night talking to college representatives and learning more about educational opportunities available to you!


Important Contacts

WBHS Counseling Department

A-CU Kelly Casinelli


CV-HA Joanne Wegrzynowicz


HB-LO Karen Brody


LP-PO Felicia Neumann


PR-TE Lisa Thompkins


TF-Z John Hepper


College & Career Counselor Noelle Essig


Administrative Staff

Mr. Pat Watson, Principal


Ashleigh Larkin, Assistant Principal


Eric Pace, Assistant Principal


Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director


Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal




Text - 652729


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Text - HELLO to 741741