SJHS Counseling Newsletter

From Mrs. Harmon's desk

College Rep Visits


Listed below are the following college representative visits scheduled for October. If you want to attend, please let Mrs. Harmon know to place you on a list and notify teachers.

Thursday, October 15 at 10:30 am: Univ of Pittsburgh

Tuesday, October 20 at 9:30: Carlow

Thursday, October 22 at 12:00 pm: Robert Morris

Thursday, October 29 at 10:30 am: Mercyhurst

Thursday, October 29 at 1:45 pm: Duquesne

Tuesday, November 3 at 9:30 am: Gannon


The 9-11 grades took the PSAT on Wednesday, October 14th. Results will be mailed back sometime in late November/early December. The students will also receive the test books so they can review the answers with the questions to help them understand what they missed. I will be speaking with the students prior to this about why its a good idea.

Cost of the PSAT was $10 for 9th grade and $15 for 10/11 grades. After I review payments, I will let you know if the fee still needs paid.

To learn more about the PSAT, you can use this link for 10/11 and this link for 9

And a link to an article about SAT/ACT

SAT or ACT: Which Should Juniors Take

Financial Aid Night is MONDAY!!

SJHS will be host to PHEAA rep, Kimberly McCurdy next Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the MPR room. Information on loans, FAFSA, scholarships, etc will be presented. Excellent resource for parents of all students, grade 9-12!!

Test Anxiety

I am looking to gather resources to run a small group to help with test anxiety. The plan is to begin with 9th graders, so watch for details. I have had a few students who brought it up during a study skills workshop with 9th grade.

Here are a few links to articles that may help also:

Overcoming Test Anxiety

When Anxiety Hits at School

October is "Many" Months

While we typically think of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness and Down Syndrome Awareness, it is also National Bullying Month which means to me "kindness and respect" can go a long way. Starting today, there will be a picture/mini poster on the window of the weight room that I hope will have students (and all who enter) begin to think about those two things: Kindness and Respect.