Counselor's Corner

HHS COUNSELOR NEWSLETTER (October 2019)

FAFSA Completion Event - For Senior Families ONLY

Thursday, Oct. 10th, 6pm

2929 McCully Road

Hampton Township, PA

A representative of PHEAA is available to help with FAFSA completion. Please bring any questions and documentation needed. (Here is a helpful checklist of documentation needed for FAFSA completion: https://www.pheaa.org/partner-access/toolkit-downloads/fafsa/pdf/FAFSA_Checklist.pdf)


This event takes place in the HHS Library Classroom.


**Don't forget to create a FSA id for you and your child prior to attending the event!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Study Skills

Help your student start the year with strong study skills. Below, you will find some ideas to start the year strong:
  • Help to create a quiet location at home where they can consistently do school work each day.
  • Students should spend time every day on school work. It is most likely that they will have SOMETHING to finish at home. Every. Single. Day. Your student may claim that they have completed all work to the best of their ability during the school day - and that may even be true occasionally. If that's the case, encourage them to review their work, notes, or catch up on class reading(s). This will help to develop consistent study habits and time management skills.
  • For a bonus - consider a consistent study routine that includes the same place and same time each day.
  • Do they have all the school supplies needed for each class? If this is a challenge for your family, please contact your student's counselor. We have school supplies available!

PSAT

Each October, we offer the PSAT to all 10th and 11th graders. The PSAT (or Preliminary/Practice SAT) is a standardized test that provides practice for the SAT, a chance to enter scholarship programs, and provides access to college/career planning tools. This year, the PSAT will be offered on Wednesday, October 16th at 7:30. A schedule for all students, including those who are not testing, was sent out via the Main Office.

Sample questions are available online and through the Khan Academy program.

November SAT at HHS

The SAT will be offered at HHS on Saturday, November 2nd. Regular registration closes at midnight on October 3rd. Late registration is available until October 22nd.


*Fee Waiver information: If your student is enrolled in or eligible for National School Lunch Program OR the student's annual family income falls within the income eligibility guidelines, please contact your child's school counselor for a fee waiver. For more information: http://sat.org/fee-waivers

College Rep Visits

Each year, numerous colleges come to visit HHS to speak with interested students. We encourage students in grades 10-12 to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about different options. An admissions representative will do a presentation and also answer any questions that you may have. The visits will last one class period. College Reps typically travel to high schools in the fall, so most of these meeting typically occur in September-November but can be any time during the school year. The list of colleges and dates can be found on the school counseling website.


*You must get a College Information Session Pass from Mrs. B in the Counseling Office at least ONE day prior to the visit. Additionally, you must have permission from the teacher during that period to attend the visit. You are responsible for any work missed during a college visit. Teachers may deny your request to attend due to class work scheduled that day.

Family Check Up

Families strive to find the best ways to raise their children to live happy, healthy, and productive lives. Parents are often concerned about whether their children will start or are already using drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, and others, including the abuse of prescription drugs. Research supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has shown the important role that parents play in preventing their children from starting to use drugs. This site outlines five questions that highlight parenting skills that are important in preventing the initiating and progression of drug use among youth. https://www.drugabuse.gov/family-checkup


Additional information pertinent to Allegheny County may be found on our website.

Naviance

Link to our Naviance site. Seniors request transcripts through this site. Juniors can research college opportunities and options. Freshman and sophomores use this for making connections between interests and careers.