March 2020

Student Services

We hope you have begun to settle into this new remote learning world we have entered! Don’t worry if you’re still figuring things out; this is a unique situation for everyone - you, your teachers, and your counselors!

This newsletter, as well as those that will follow, will not only include our regular updates about various scholarship and academic programs, but will also include mental health strategies and wellness tips.

Please remember, you do not have to navigate through this change alone. If you have specific questions regarding your iPad, Mr. Mehan and Mrs. Schambach are available to assist you. Your counselors are also just an email away ... feel free to email us to set up a time to talk. Please don't hesitate to reach out!

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During the coming weeks, remember to:

Take care of yourself.

Take care of your family.

Do something kind for someone else.

Reach out for help when you need it.

We are all in this together. We can do this together.

Below are some fantastic apps and tips to assist you and your family in the days ahead ...

Things to do ...

While we are sure your school work is keeping you busy, here are a few ideas about other things you can do while you're not in school:
  • maintain a regular routine (wake up, eat breakfast, start your school work, etc.)
  • journaling (write about how you're feeling, how you're spending your days)
  • write a letter to a friend or family member
  • make a list of things you are grateful for
  • read a book or magazine just for fun
  • disconnect from social media ... even if it's just for 30 minutes
  • get active ... go for a walk/run, practice yoga
  • learn something new from a Podcast
  • check out some of the top educational shows on Netflix or Amazon Prime

Self-Care Apps & Tips

AP, SAT, and ACT Updates

As a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, the College Board has announced that all in-person AP exams have been canceled for this year. In place of the in-person testing, a 45 minute online exam will be offered to students later this spring (there will be two test dates that will be announced in the coming weeks). These newly modified exams will cover only content that most teachers would have covered by early March. For specific details on what will be covered on each exam, please check the College Board Website. Additionally, the College Board will be offering free live review classes beginning on March 25th. As we learn more details, we will share them with you.

The College Board has also canceled the March 25th and the May 2nd administration of the SAT. There has not been a decision made yet about the June 6th SAT administration.

The ACT test originally scheduled for April 4th has been moved to June 13th. All students registered for the test will receive an email from the ACT outlining the necessary steps to take to get registered for the new test date.

Senior Information


Rodion Cantacuzene Scholarship (Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame): applicant must be from Saratoga County and demonstrate an record of academic excellence, exemplary service to the community and a strong interest in pursuing future studies in history and/or the arts. Application is available in Student Services (or ask your counselor for a pdf copy).

Deadline: May 15, 2020

American Public Works Association Scholarship: eligible applicant must plan to attend an accredited institution of higher learning during the Fall of 2020 and major in a course of study that encompasses the fields of Engineering, Public Works Management / Administration / Operation or other programs within the public works profession. Application is available in Students Services (or ask your counselor for a pdf copy). Deadline: May 15, 2020

Sundae on the Farm Agricultural Scholarship: applicant must be a resident of Saratoga County, successfully attending and pursuing an agricultural degree at a college or university, and pursuing an agricultural career to seek employment in the agricultural industry. Application is available in Student Services (or ask your counselor for a pdf copy). Deadline: May 21, 2020

Deposit Deadline Change

Many colleges and universities around the country have moved their deposit deadline from May 1st to June 1st. Please see below for a list of schools who have moved their deadline (as of March 20th). To be certain of your deposit deadline date, it’s a good idea to contact the college/university directly.

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Junior Information

Upcoming College Fair

With the closing of SUNY Adirondack through the remainder of the spring semester, unfortunately the April 30th college fair event has been canceled. As a result of this closure, as well as the closure of other campuses around the country, we encourage you to explore colleges virtually through using various websites. One website we recommend is College Fairs Online. The Southern states virtual fair is scheduled for April 20th - 25th and the Northeast states virtual event is scheduled for May 18th - 23rd.

Scheduling Updates

Two new courses will be offered next year in our English department. These courses, when taken together, will satisfy the English 12 requirement for graduation. Let your counselor know if you are interested in changing your course requests and adding these to your schedule. Please see below for course information:

  • ENG 101 - Introduction to College Writing (can earn SUNY Adirondack college credit)
Instruction and practice in the process of writing, including revision, careful analysis, and the sharing of each other's writing. Prerequisite: 85 on English Regents.
  • ENG 102 - Academic Writing (can earn SUNY Adirondack college credit)
A writing course focusing on intensive research, critical reading, and development of argumentation.

Sophomore & Freshman Information


We are wrapping up our scheduling meetings with students and families this coming week! If you did not have your scheduling meeting while school was in session, please be aware that we will be contacting you via phone or email to discuss your course requests for next year. We look forward to chatting with you soon! Don't forget, check out our course description guide online to become familiar with our offerings!

Mental Health Supports

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Student Services

Please be sure to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Email is the best form of communication during the school closure.

Mrs. O'Brien, 9-12 (A-L)

Mrs. Rust, 9-12 (M-Z)

Ms. Bean, Career Education Coordinator & AP Coordinator

Mr. Pritchard, School Counseling Intern

Mrs. Lyon, Secretary