PHS Counselor Connection

September 2021: Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior Edition

In this Newsletter:

  • Important Dates
  • Future Ready
  • Helpful Resources for Families and Students (Including our student job "Board")
This is a mini-version of the regular Counselor Connection Newsletter that the Student Services Team puts out each month. There is some important, time-sensitive information that we wanted to get out to you right away!
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Important Dates

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PHS Fall Future Ready Days!

October 13th and 14th are the Fall Future Ready Days at PHS. On these days students will run a shortened schedule of classes in the afternoon and each morning offers a different experience.

Morning of the 13th:

  • Freshmen will take the Pre-ACT (no action needed, this is for all)
  • Sophomores will take the Pre-ACT (no action needed, this is for all)
  • Juniors have the option to take a full-length practice ACT, the PSAT or the ASVAB
  • Seniors will choose from a menu of options from college application work time to paying for college along with many others.

Morning of the 14th:

All students will participate in our 10th annual Career Speaker Day

More details to come!

PSAT Registration

*PSAT - $18.00 To register, bring a check (payable to PHS) or cash to the Student Services office by September 14th (for guaranteed test registration). This exam is geared towards strong test takers pursuing the National Merit Scholarship. Only Juniors can be entered in the National Merit Scholarship program.
Start College Now and Early College Credit Program applications for second semester are due to the counselors by October 1st. If you are looking to register for a semester 2 college class through these programs, please connect with your counselor right away and turn your application in by the deadline!
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Getting to Know Your Counselor!

The PHS counselors will be meeting individually with all freshmen students over the course of the next 5 weeks. Students should have selected a meeting time during homeroom this week. If not, please take care of this ASAP.

Counselors will be meeting with each sophomore student later this semester.

Tutoring Resource Through the Pewaukee Library!

In case you missed this last year...the library has shared with us this opportunity to receive live, online academic tutoring. Click HERE for more information.

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

Check out the community organizations looking for volunteers on this Volunteer Opportunities spreadsheet.

Looking for a JOB?

We get (almost) daily calls or emails from local employers looking to hire current high school students and sometimes calls for recent graduates or getting ready to gradauate seniors. Check out this virtual job board for all of the great opportunities out there to earn some money and gain experience for your future!

ACT Prep Opportunities for Juniors

WCTC ACT Prep Class (Online)

Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) is offering the ACT Exam Preparation course this upcoming Fall 2021 semester. The course is designed for high school students preparing to take the ACT. Students will learn strategies and aspects of the ACT in the areas of Math, Reading, Writing, Science Reasoning, and English Grammar to prepare them for success on their exam. Classes start September 18th or October 30th. See this flyer for more information.

ACT Prep: Don’t forget- all juniors have access to the online ACT prep course through Method Test Prep. This is true wether they are enrolled in the ACT prep class through PHS or not. Students can find the program in their Xello accounts on the menu on the right. This can be used at any time.

Most students take their first ACT with the high school in February/March and then take the April, June or July tests if they wish to retest. Some juniors will take the December test. Some seniors will take the September or October tests if they are still trying for a certain score. Scores are reported in time for admissions deadlines at most schools.

The College Reps are coming...virtually that is. But they still offer awesome information about their campuses!

It's never too early to start researching colleges! All grade levels are welcome to participate in these virtual visits.

Link to List of Current College and Military Scheduled Visits (for PHS students only-check back often!) Most are virtual. For most, you must pre-register at the link or get a pass from the guidance office if you will be meeting during class time.

College Representatives are calling regularly to schedule times so make sure to check this list regularly!

Other Opportunities to Learn about Colleges

Wisconsin Education Fairs

Christian College Fair

National College Fair

Considering WCTC? Join them for an in-person Open House on November 18th!

Register for the WCTC open house scheduled for 4-7pm on November 18th. Students and parents can attend anytime in that window. Check out the list of the over 150 programs that WCTC offers HERE and don't forget to scroll way down the page to learn about the transfer agreements that exist to aid in transferring credits to 4-year colleges. For example, did you know that the Electrical Engineering Technical students can easily transfer 60+ credits to MSOE, Marquette and UWM!

Thinking about the UW System?

This booklet has great information for those starting to learn about options within the UW System. This is a nice checklist (9th & 10th) checklist (11th) for those planning on attending college.

Paying for College Resource

The website from Sallie Mae has great resources from the basics to more detailed info about the various methods to help afford college. A great video series is also available.

And don't forget to join us for the in-person Financial Aid seminar on September 28th where a representative from a college will be here to give you information on completing the FAFSA and to answer your questions about the process or unique situations. See information in the Important Dates table above. Junior famililes are welcome to attend however the information presented will be most applicable for seniors.

Juniors- Considering College Athletics?

If there is a possibility that you will be enrolling at a D1 or D2 college (NCAA) or a NAIA program, you need to be sure to be knowledgeable about and follow the steps required for eligibility confirmation. For juniors, this means creating an account a some point this year and then uploading a transcript at the end of the school year. Accounts must be created before you can attend an official visit or sign a letter of intent. Potential division 3 students should complete the profile page. See your counselor for assistance and to be sure that you have met the academic requirements. More information (regarding all divisions) can be found in this slideshow from the NCAA.

Main NCAA Info Page

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete

NCAA D3 Profile Page

Main NAIA Page

NAIA Eligibility Center

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District Community Resources List

(use the links on the left to navigate resources for various topics)

In Building Community Therapy Options

Pewaukee School District works with two local agencies to provide in bulding Mental Health services. Various insurance companies are accepted. Families should reach out to the contacts indicated on the form

Your Choice Parent Webinars- Sessions on various topics that parents may find useful. Topics include resiliency, drugs, alcohol, vaping and screen addiction

College Goal WI- Assistance with completing the FAFSA (seniors) All virtual event this year

Healing Hearts Fall Grief Groups (youth and adults)

Resources from the Pewaukee Library- Help Now (Live online tutoring), Teen Reading Challenge, Teen Book Club, Virtual Magna & Anime Club

District/School Calendars

Student Job "Board"- Often times, local employers will let us know of positions that they are hiring for. This document will be updated each time we learn of a new opportunity so check back often!

Teen Central

Resource for teens facing mental health issues. This website is filled with resources and information to get help. (click the picture to go to the site)
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