End of the 2021-22 School Year

High School Counseling Newsletter (Quarter 4)

Finishing the school year strong!

1. Set Goals

Setting goals for yourself both personally and academically will help you stay on track. Whether your goal is to get A's and B's, remediate assessments, or turn in all owed work, make your own goals and try your absolute best to achieve them.

2. Stay Organized

Staying organized will prevent you from losing or forgetting about assignments. Keep track of your assignments, test dates and final projects in a planner or your phone calendar to stay organized.

3. Don’t put off responsibilities

Slacking and procrastinating are just ways of putting off responsibilities. Putting off school-related responsibilities will leave you scrambling and stressed at the last minute. Do what you need to do when you need to do it, and you will be well on your way to finishing strong!

4. Remember what you’ve worked for

It may help to remind yourself of all the hard work you’ve put in this year. One bad performance on a final test or project could undo all of your efforts.

5. Get motivated

It is time to get motivated! Whether you have to bribe yourself with rewards or create penalties for not trying your best, do whatever it takes to stay motivated and beat “summer fever!”

6. Take advantage of the nice weather

As the weather begins to get nicer, you don’t have to stay cooped up inside studying. Get creative by studying and doing homework outside instead!

7. Take a time out

Don’t forget about taking time out of your day to regroup and simply have fun! This will help you stay focused. Giving yourself breaks for fun is good for your sanity and attention span.

8. Adjust your attitude

What is your attitude right now? Are you feeling down? Can you not wait for school to end? Shifting your attitude & outlook to be more positive can make an incredible difference! I'm here in the Counseling Dept. to help :)

9. Take care of yourself

Taking care of yourself by eating well, getting some physical activity and getting the proper amount of sleep will help you remain focused.

10. Focus on the finish line

Visualize your finish line- and your goals- and focus on that. The school year is almost over- you can do it! Start a countdown, and don’t worry- the end is near!

If you feel like you need extra help completing the school year, please each out to your teacher(s) and/or to me. Don't forget about Homework Club as well (information below).


Request VLACS transcript

It is the student's responsibility that when they complete a VLACS course, they need to request that their transcript be sent to the School Counselor. Without this step, the VLACS course will not appear on the NJSHS transcript. https://vlacs.formstack.com/forms/vlacs_transcript_request_form

Academic Snapshot

The academic snapshot is a handy tool that will allow you to monitor your progress. Here, you can view your grades, the number of assignments you have submitted, and your proposed completion date. Using this snapshot, you can help ensure that you are maintaining a consistent pace.

Log into your VLACS account- > click on Snapshot which lives under Enrollments to view your progress.


All seniors must be completed with their VLACS course(s) by May 20th. Freshmen, sophomore and juniors must be completed with their VLACS course(s) by June 10th.

If you do not complete your course by these dates, per NJSHS policy, you will receive an "INC" on your NJSHS transcript. This could affect eligibility for extracurricular activities if you are only taking six courses.

NJSHS High School Counselor

Ms. B (grades 9-12)

I'm here to help. We can connect via email, phone call, in person, Google Hangout and/or IM chat. Need additional resources?

Need to book an appointment? Ms. Dedopoulos is here to help you with that!