West Perry Counseling Newsletter

November 2020

Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School

Apply to CPAVTS 2020-2021

Career Exploration Night

The Career Exploration Night is scheduled for November 9, 10,11 and 12, 2020. Please click on the link for more information and to register. https://www.cpavts.org/school-information/in-the-news/566-cpavts-career-exploration-night.html

Fire and Rescue Program

Fire and Rescue Program for 12th Grade Students during the 2021 Spring Semester:

Basic Details:

• The course will run from January 19th through the remainder of the school year

• 8:30 am – 2:00 pm Monday through Friday

• Held at Silver Spring Fire Company on the Carlisle Pike

• Grade 12 only

• Students must provide their own transportation

• Students who successfully complete the program will earn their EMT certification and Firefighter 1 certification.

• College credit is awarded through Bucks County Community College.

• Students must join their local fire company.

Click on the video below for more information.

Fire and Rescue Program

It’s November!!! That means…

You can begin to apply to the Cumberland Perry Area Vocational Technical School (CPAVTS or VoTech) programs!

Please see the link below regarding the Virtual Tour!


Please see the link below to Apply!


All West Perry Student Applications are to be submitted online by Thanksgiving!

If you have questions or need support, please email Mrs. Bell at hbell@westperry.org

Mindfulness Apps for Teens

Stop Breathe and Think

Tell the app how you’re feeling, and it will recommend specific guided meditations based on your mood and your needs. The app opens by asking users what five emotions they have been feeling today, which in and of itself is a great tool for emotional awareness for teens.


This is a favorite one among the teens I work with — it offers short practices, with soothing music and nature scenes to go along with them. There is also a “bedtime stories” feature to help you fall asleep. (This app is great for adults, too).

Change to Chill

This one is a website, not an app, but it was developed by Allina Health, in coordination with a teen advisory board, and it features fun and informative videos for teens about how they can reduce stress and chill out. (This page here has several free guided meditations, plus coloring page downloads).

Please click on the link below for more helpful tips to Be Mindful

Financial Aid Information


Completing the FAFSA. Everything you should know. Please click this link: https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/completing-the-fafsa

PHEAA Financial Aid Presentation

Please click the link below for a Virtual Financial Aid Presentation for Perry County Schools. The password to view is: SmGeuE5u


Scholarship Information

  • Hagan Scholarship- https://haganscholarships.org/
  • The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship designed to help high achieving students graduate college debt free.
    Please click the link above or stop in the counseling center for a brochure. Deadline to

    apply is November 15, 2020 at 5pm CST.

  • Irvin E. Herr Foundation scholarship application is available for Seniors in the counseling center or by emailing Mrs. Barber at cbarber@westperry.org. Deadline to apply is April 30, 2021.

  • Penn-Cumberland Garden Club - $1,000.00 Scholarship

This Scholarship will be given to a current high school senior who is planning to attend a four-year college with a major in one of the following: Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Architecture, Conservation, Forestry, Urban or Regional Planning, Environmental Science, Botany or Ecology related studies. Applications are available on our website www.penncumberlandgardenclub.org Applications are due by March 31, 2021.

  • Pennsylvania American Legion - 2021 High School Oratorical Scholarship Program - please stop by the counseling center for a paper flyer with details. This is "A Constitutional Speech Contest".

College Information

Central Penn College

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Edinboro University Virtual Tour

Please click on the link below for information.

Northeast Virtual College Fair

Please click on the link below for information.

Harcum College - Virtual Information Sessions

A Degree to Make you Proud!

Upcoming Virtual Information Sessions:

Saturday, November 7 Virtual Fall Open House

Thursday, November 12 Nursing/Allied Health

Tuesday, November 17 Dental Programs

Register for Virtual Fall Open House

We know that selecting a college can be overwhelming. That's why we asked our graduates to share with your students why they appreciate their Harcum College education.

From small class sizes that allow for individualized instruction and personal attention from faculty to opportunities for growth as a student and member of the wider community, Harcum offers students an array of possibilities.

Harcum Pride

Pennsylvania College of Technology - Career Day

Please click on the link for more information on the virtual career day.


Attention Potential College Athletes

As a companion to the NCAA Eligibility Center’s recent COVID-19 response, we will be hosting a webinar for your student-athletes and their families. Your students can register to join us on Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern for a discussion on these important initial-eligibility adjustments

Essay Contests

Please stop by the Counseling Center for a paper flyer with details of the following Essay Contests:

  • 2021 Pennsylvania American Legion 86th Annual Essay Contest
  • Second Annual Georges Lieber Essay Contest on Resistance

Surgery Live! at Whitaker Center

Watch professionals perform surgical procedures. In real life. In real-time. Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center created an innovative partnership designed to stimulate the interest of high school students in careers in health care. $25 per person. Click the link for more information...


Contact Us

West Perry High School Counseling Center

Mrs. Bell - 9th Grade Counselor- hbell@westperry.org

Miss Meili - 10th & 11th Grade Counselor -lmeili@westperry.org

Mrs. Zeigler - 12th Grade Counselor - mzeigler@westperry.org

Mrs. Barber - Guidance Clerk - cbarber@westperry.org