CVHS School Counseling

Monthly Newsletter - June 2022

Hello Families!

Each month the School Counseling department will be sharing information about upcoming events.

Counseling Staff - Contact Information


Follow the School Counseling Department on Social Media:

Instagram @convalcounseling

Facebook: www.facebook.com/convalcounseling

Awards and Scholarships Events

This year, we will be presenting Academic/Athletic awards and Scholarship awards in two different ceremonies.


On Wednesday, June 8th there will be an all-school assembly from 1:00 - 2:20 in the gym to award Academic and/or Athletic awards to students in grades 9-12. Students who will be receiving an award at that assembly have been notified, and their parents are welcome to attend.


On Wednesday, June 8th there will be a Scholarships award ceremony at 6:00 in the gym for recipients and their families. Students who are receiving scholarship awards that evening have been notified.


We also wish to offer congratulations to all students for their dedication and hard work during this school year!

Recap of Mental Health Awareness Month

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, and various activities and events took place throughout the month at ConVal.

Here is a link to some mental health resources: https://cvhs.convalsd.net/school-counseling/community-resources/

NEACAC College Fair

Forty ConVal High School students attended the New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) College Fair, which was held at Franklin Pierce University on May 23. The students who attended were primarily juniors. For almost half of the students (42.5%), the college fair was their first time speaking with a college admissions counselor.


There were about 110 colleges and universities represented, and students had the opportunity to ask admissions representatives questions about majors, campus life, athletics, financial aid, etc. Students also enjoyed receiving fun swag from the schools!


https://cvhs.convalsd.net/conval-students-attend-neacac-college-fair/

Student Loan Debt Crisis: Award-Winning Documentary

Going off to college is an exciting time for students and their families! A lot of information is carefully considered in choosing a college - including the price tag.


A documentary titled "Borrowed Future" was released in October 2021, and it takes a hard look at the student loan debt crisis in America. We encourage you to consider the information provided in this film; student debt can affect students and their families for years, or even decades.


"There's a massive student loan crisis in America. Millions have found themselves buried beneath a mountain of debt. Entire generations are trapped. Borrowed Future uncovers the dark side of the student loan industry and exposes how the system is built to work against you."


https://www.ramseysolutions.com/shows/borrowed-future-documentary


This documentary won first place for Best Video Documentary in the Longform category at the 2022 Annual Webby Awards


This film is not school-sponsored, but rather it is a resource suggestion that families may find useful as they help their children navigate the college application and financial aid processes. The 90-minute film is available on several streaming platforms at a cost of less than $5.


The CVHS school counselors work diligently with families throughout the four years that students are here to help them learn about a variety of ways to help pay for college. We also partner with the NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) to provide resources to students and families. PLEASE feel free to reach out to the school counseling team if you would like any additional information/resources.

PowerSchool Access and Report Cards

At the end of each marking quarter, we pause student and parent access to PowerSchool while teachers upload their course and exam grades. This semester, access will be paused beginning on 6/7 after the end of senior exams. If you have any questions about your child's grades, assignments, or attendance after 6/7, please reach out directly to the teacher(s).


Report cards will be mailed home approximately a week after the last day of school. In addition, individual NWEA spring test scores will be mailed home for students in grades 9 and 10, and SAT scores will be mailed home for students in grade 11.

Summer Academy

ConVal Summer Academy Offers Recovery, Acceleration Options

ConVal High School will be hosting Summer Academy again this summer! We are offering graduation requirement courses with a focus on hands-on, project-based assignments. Class sizes will be small, and students will have opportunities to be outside. Classes are free and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.


Here are the logistics:


Who: Students who struggled academically during the school year or who want to get a head start on the upcoming school year.


Where: ConVal Regional High School


When: July 5 – August 4, 2022; Session 1 will run from 8-10 AM, and Session 2 will run from 10:15 AM-12:15 PM. Summer Boost will run Monday-Thursday, with the exception of the first week, which will start on a Tuesday.


How: Transportation and meals will be provided. Students will register for one or two sessions based on their needs. Buses will arrive prior to Session 1 and will depart after Session 2; there will be no mid-morning bus run.


Class descriptions and the registration are linked on this Google form. Please direct questions to Jen Kiley at jkiley@conval.edu.

Rising Seniors - things to do this summer

Explore and Visit Colleges
    • Sign up for more information – on the college websites that interest you.

    • Consider college admission requirements – be aware of high school courses you need to take.

    • Visit Colleges – in-person tours and Open Houses are extremely helpful in the search process.

  • Have your list of colleges you are going to apply to ready for your meeting with your school counselor in the Fall.


Letters of Recommendation

    • Ask two teachers (at least one from a core subject area) for a letter of recommendation.


Visit www.commonapp.org
to look at the Writing section of the Common App for essay prompts.

Keep track of College Application Deadlines!

    • Every college will have a different timeline for applications, so be sure to pay attention to these deadlines. These are firm deadlines and late applications will not be considered.

    • Many students will apply to college in the fall of senior year (Early Action or Early Decision).

Parents: Do you have a child with an IEP or a 504 Plan?


New Hampshire Vocational Rehabilitation (NHVR) is a division of the Department of Education that helps persons with disabilities help themselves to get a job, keep the job, and develop a life time career. NHVR starts working with eligible students as early as 11th grade, and can help with post-secondary education and/or training. There is no charge for their services, and there is a NHVR counselor assigned to CVHS. If you would like more information, consider registering for an information session. You can also reach out to your child's IEP or 504 case manager for information.

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