WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community May 13, 2020

In this issue:

  • Senior Honor Recognition Procedure
  • Congrats to Taylor Mane - NTHS
  • Summer School - Credit Recovery
  • Summer School - EReady Math
  • Summer School - Online Courses
  • WBHS Virtual Art Show
  • OCC - College Now Series
  • How to Reach Hillman - HBCU Information Session
  • Junior Parent Financial Aid Presentation
  • Juniors - Essay Writing Workshop
  • AP Testing Update - NEW
  • AP Testing Troubleshooting
  • Message re "paying for" search services/honor societies/etc.
  • SAT/ACT Updates
  • Test Optional Colleges for Class of 2021
  • 2020-2021 WBHS School Calendar
  • College Board's Career Exploration Tool - Free until July!
  • Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest


*American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships

* TIP Students

* May Scholarship list

Seniors - Important information for Honors Recognition!!


West Bloomfield High School wants to recognize and celebrate the awards received by the Class of 2020. In this most unusual year – we will find an unusual and special way to share and celebrate!

We are creating a video of Honors Recognition, and once this video is created you will be able to see and share it with others. As always, teachers, advisors and coaches are compiling their award lists.

A significant part of this event is a listing of any scholarships that you may have received from ANY college you applied to. The colleges do NOT notify the high school, so we count on YOU to notify us.

We need direct verification of the award you received, so in many cases this involves forwarding an email notification to us or attaching a photo of the award which can be emailed to us. We cannot acknowledge awards without verifying scholarship information from a direct email and/or picture submission.


1. Forward scholarship emails or attach a picture of the scholarship letter in an email and send to Mrs. Karen Brody (Karen.brody@wbsd.org).

2. Type your FULL NAME (in all caps) at the top of the email, scholarship title, and scholarship amount (total amount over 4 years)

3. The subject of the email should be your first and last name and the word HONORS (in all caps), for example: Karen Brody HONORS

We appreciate you taking the time to send your scholarship information, so that we can celebrate the great accomplishments of the Class of 2020!



Taylor Mane was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society as a 2nd year member through the Cosmetology program at OSTC-NE. Congratulations Taylor!

Important Summer School Information

If you missed the virtual meeting, you can click on the video links to see it!

Edgenuity - Math program for students entering grades 4-8 in the fall.Here is the link for

Michigan Virtual - Available to all high school students for credit advancement and health only for our current 8th grade students. Here is the link for Michigan Virtual: https://youtu.be/rBpRS-ViAws

Edgenuity - Available to current high school students only for grade improvement and credit recovery. Here is the link for Edgenuity: https://youtu.be/pqEC9KKaGLI

There will be zoom meetings for students on June 2nd because classes start June 8th.

Summer Math Program

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Summer School for Credit Recovery

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Edgenuity Parent Meeting 5/12/2020

WBHS Online Summer School Classes

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Michigan Virtual Parent Meeting

Art Show - Click on picture to register!

OCC: College Now Series

College Now is a new webinar series with up to the minute “need-to-knows” and opportunities to ask Oakland Community College experts your questions.

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC / Making the Decision to Stay Home: The Ease and the Payoffs of Getting a Quality Education Locally before Transferring

Watch live on Wednesday, May 20 from 12:30-1 p.m. Click to Register.

Email your questions in advance to Admissions@oaklandcc.edu with the subject line “College Now Questions” at least 24 hours in advance.

College Now: Minutes That Save You Hours

It is that time of year again.... Are you being asked to pay money for scholarship search services, honor societies, and expensive summer opportunities?

I've heard recently from some parents sharing that they are receiving letters in the mail about "great opportunities" for their son/daughter through scholarship search services, summer programs and honor societies. Many are extremely expensive. I'd like to take a minute to address some of these.

HONOR SOCIETIES - The National Honor Society at WBHS is legit. It has great opportunities for students and is an actual club to put down on your college applications. Proceed with caution when you get the fancy embossed invitation to other "honor" societies. The easiest way to learn, is to do a Google search of the name of the organization and learn more. Many times, these honor societies are "for-profit" and do not pad your college application with anything of merit. Learn more by reading these articles.



SCHOLARSHIP SEARCHES - You should be able to access all of the information you need to look for scholarships without paying. Proceed with caution when being asked to pay money for a scholarship search and really know what you are getting. I heard of a student who payed $500 to a search service because they "guaranteed" the student would get at least that back in scholarship money. The student went to a college that gave them automatic merit money and the organization counted that as a scholarship they received. The search service did nothing to help the student earn that automatic scholarship. Be cautious. Learn more here:



EXPENSIVE COLLEGE SUMMER PROGRAMS - Students may receive fancy invitations in the mail to "exclusive" summer programs on a college campus. While these programs are definitely an opportunity to learn more about a certain career field, they can be extremely expensive. These "pay to play" type experiences may not guarantee "prestige" in the eyes of an admissions committee. Click on these articles to learn more:



When in doubt, do an internet search or reach out to your counselor or Mrs. Essig to ask more questions. We are here to help!

-Noelle Essig

How to Reach Hillman - HBCU Information Session

Message from presenter Tiffany Brockington -

How to Reach Hillman is an interactive, online workshop for students, parents, educators, and community members. The COVID-19 Pandemic has drastically affected our daily schedule, work schedules/attendance, and the academic calendar (classes, extracurricular).

How to Reach Hillman was created to address the void that the COVID-19 pandemic caused. For middle school through junior high school students, this is a crucial time to explore higher education options and experience HBCU campus visits and tours— that won’t happen for the foreseeable future. As an aside, I chose Howard University in the 4th grade—I worked hard to make that a reality (I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2017).

How to Reach Hillman is a supplemental resource and opportunity for students to explore HBCUs & program offerings; it’s an opportunity for parents, educators, and community members to learn how to best assist their children, students, and youth in exploring HBCU higher education.

I invite you to participate in How to Reach Hillman ahead of your students; and if the content resonates with you, please consider sharing How to Reach Hillman with your student body & other peers in education. There is a nominal cost of How to Reach Hillman ($9.99). After the Live workshop, the content will be available for streaming, in case you’re unable to attend the live recording.

Please register here.

Junior Parent Financial Aid Presentation - Virtual

Junior Parent Virtual Financial Aid Presentation - If you missed the Virtual WBHS Financial Aid Presentation held in April, you can click here for other sessions:


Juniors- Essay Writing Workshop - Sign Up Now!

Essay Writing Workshop - Via College Essay Guy - FREE Opportunity for WBHS Students (Parents can listen in.) Register here: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/sub-ceg-for-schools-students. NOTE TIME DIFFERENCE!

  • Monday, June 1st (10:00-11:30AM OR 4:00-5:30PM PACIFIC TIME)

  • Wednesday, June 3rd (10:00-11:30AM OR 4:00-5:30PM PACIFIC TIME)

  • Friday, June 5th (10:00-11:30AM OR 4:00-5:30PM PACIFIC TIME)

AP Testing Update from College Board

Additional information is now available to help guide students through the exam day experience.

New Resources

2020 AP Testing Guide (.pdf/10.9 MB): The guide, designed for educators to walk their students through test day, provides information about:

◦The AP Exam e-ticket

◦Five steps to take before test day

◦Understanding the test day experience

◦Exam scores, credit, and placement

2020 AP Exam Day Checklist (.pdf/526 KB): Teachers should have their students complete this checklist for each exam they take and keep it next to them while testing.

Explainer Videos: New videos are available to give students quick, easily accessible information about their test day experience, what they need to do to prepare, exam security, and more. Explore the playlist.

Other Reminders

AP Exam Demo (available May 4): AP students should use the clickable exam demo to practice the different ways to submit their exam responses. The demo will help students confirm that their testing device will be able to access and run the online exam. If they can’t access the demo, the final slide of the Testing Guide can help them troubleshoot. The sample content in the demo will be the same for all users and isn't a practice exam. We’ll send educators and students an email to remind them when the demo is available. Please encourage your students to take this important preparation step.

Online AP Classes and Review Sessions prep week: The week before exams, online AP classes will focus on the exam day experience and sample exam questions.

Student Outreach: If any of your students are having difficulty receiving College Board emails, walk them through the steps on the "Confirm your email address" page.

Information for AP Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish Language and Culture Exams:

◦The above exams will be administered using a new dedicated app, the AP World Languages Exam App. Students taking these exams must use this app on smartphones or tablets. This free app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store the week of May 11. We’ll email students and their teachers to let them know when the app is available to download. Visit our site for more details.

◦A video walk-through of the test-taking experience will be available the week of May 4.

◦Details on accommodations for the above exams are also now available.

◦If your students are unsure about accessing the app, or if they don’t have a device, they can fill out this survey (or you can complete it on their behalf) as soon as possible so we can help support them (applicable to U.S. and U.S. territories).

Information for AP Music Theory Exams:

◦Before exam day, students will need to print or hand copy the 2020 Music Theory Answer Sheet and gain access to an audio recording app or software before exam day. Please see more information on the website.


We know that many juniors are concerned about not being able to complete an ACT or SAT exam at this point. Please know that everyone in the US is experiencing the same situation. In response, many colleges are going "test optional or test flexible" for the Class of 2021. Please look carefully at each college in which you are interested. Some still have plans to require a test score in order to be considered for merit scholarships. Again, this changes daily given our current situation. The two links here can give you the most up to date testing information. Likewise, look below to see a list of test optional colleges... know that this changes daily. Always check with each college directly.

SAT - College Board https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates?excmpid=SM48-ED-CB-tw

ACT - http://www.act.org/content/act/en/covid-19.html

Test Optional Colleges

Juniors - We know that you are concerned about not being able to take the ACT or SAT due to test cancellations. Rest assured, the entire nation is in the same situation. We are finding that some colleges are going test optional for the Class of 2021. This information changes daily, so be sure to follow the website of the college in which you are interested in for the most accurate information. Click on this article to learn about colleges that have made decisions so far and also be sure to click on the link showing colleges that were already test optional/test blind.

2020-2021 School Calendar

Free Career Exploration Tool until July 31st

Check out the Career Exploration Tool offered by College Board! Free right now for all students!
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Mrs. Essig's Top Picks

Click on the links below to read the "top pick" articles of interest for this week.

Common App Question Regarding COVID 19

SCHOLARSHIPS - Where to look

Please note that Ms. Essig posts all scholarship information on our Twitter account. You do not have to have a Twitter account to read the posts. We post opportunities in the newsletter twice and then remove them. Please follow the Twitter page for the most up-to-date opportunities!


Look for #WBHSScholarships2020.

How do I find scholarships?

1. Apply for Financial Aid after October 1st. www.FAFSA.gov

2. Check with each college in which you are applying for merit based scholarships and deadlines.

3. Check for memorial and alumni scholarship opportunities at each college in which you may qualify.

4. Check with student’s/parent’s employer, banks/credit union, religious & civic affiliations, etc. for scholarships.

5. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WBHSCounseling Click on the hashtag #WBHSScholarships2020.

6. Read the Counselor Connection

7. Conduct a search by using a national search engine, such as www.fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com, www.myscholly.com, etc. Be sure to create an email address just for these searches as students will receive a lot of email. There is no need to pay money for these services! Watch for scams!

8. Check Careeronestop: https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx

9. Beginning Class of 2020,College Board Opportunity Scholarships. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

10. For more information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships#how-find

11. Remember it takes work to receive most scholarships! You won't know if you don't try!''

*** Please a note that WBHS cannot endorse or properly "vet" the sheer number of scholarships that come our way. It is up to the student/family to determine.

American Indian Graduate Center Scholarships

American Indian Graduate Center is the largest scholarship provider to Native students pursuing higher education in the United States. The deadline for our undergraduate scholarship is Friday, May 22.


TIP Eligible Seniors - Don't forget to fill out the form before it's too late!

Scholarships with May deadlines

MI Student Aid Scholarship Search Tool

Searching for scholarships can seem like a daunting task since there are so many scholarships out there, but we're here to help! Our scholarship search tool is easy to use, just pick the county you live in and get a list of scholarships! https://bit.ly/2SIlkKr
ACT Test Dates

ACT test dates and registration

SAT Test Dates

SAT test dates and registration

Upcoming College Fairs

Spend a night talking to college representatives and learning more about educational opportunities available to you!


Important Contacts

WBHS Counseling Department

A-CU Kelly Casinelli


CV-HA Joanne Wegrzynowicz


HB-LO Karen Brody


LP-PO Felicia Neumann


PR-TE Lisa Thompkins


TF-Z John Hepper


College & Career Counselor Noelle Essig


Administrative Staff

Mr. Eric Pace, Principal


Ashleigh Larkin, Assistant Principal


Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director


Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal


Dr. Stephanie Griffin, Assistant Principal




Text - 652729


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Text - HELLO to 741741