Counseling Newsletter

Upper St. Clair High School / September 2023


High School Open House

USCHS will host an Open House on September 21st at 6:00 pm. This evening will be an opportunity for parents to walk their child's schedule and receive an overview of the class from their teachers.

Westinghouse Science Honors Institute

The Westinghouse Science Honors Institute is a free program for high school JUNIORS from Western Pennsylvania and surrounding communities who demonstrate a strong interest in science and engineering and who are of high scholastic standing.

Students should contact Dr. Syme for more information. The registration deadline is September 30th. Click here to register for this program.

PartnerUp Program

PartnerUp is a PNC sponsored program that builds connections between career-bound high school seniors looking for an alternative to the college-for-all mentality and employers with career opportunities. The program consists of eight 2-hour workshop sessions, delivered during the school day. From interviewing to skills development, PartnerUp helps students graduate from high school to career-ready. Students and families can find more information here.If your senior has serious interest in moving into a career immediately following high school and would like to participate in the program, please have them complete the application here. Make sure to select "PartnerUp Pittsburgh" and have your student use a personal email address on the application. Sessions will start in October.


Many local, regional, and national scholarships are available online. To view a scholarship list composed by the counseling department, login to Naviance; click on the "Colleges" tab; click on the "Scholarships and Money" link in the drop-down box; click on "Scholarship List." For a Naviance Scholarship reference guide, click here. Additional scholarship information is available here on the USCHS Counseling website.

Job Postings

Looking for a job? Check out the job opportunities on the bulletin boards by the USCHS Counseling Office.


How Parents Can-and Should-Teach Their Kids to Make Friends

As kids start a new school year, parents have a lot to consider. One thing research shows we should put at the top of our lists, Helping our children make and maintain friends.

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Life Skills Teens Should Know Before Leaving Home

Whether teens are leaving home for college, a job, to live with roommates, or to otherwise discover what's next, Cynthia Eidelman, a family therapist and parenting coach, said parents need to give teens more freedom of choice and responsibility long before they leave home.

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September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Suicide rates are on the rise, and now is the time to implement activities in your organization or community to raise awareness of the importance of suicide prevention. This includes ideas for events, training, social media posts, virtual backgrounds, a sample proclamation, and more. This resource guide provides information on how communities can work together to prevent suicide.


Parent Wellness

Parents of teens with mental health issues need their own support too. It's about 'putting on your own air mask first,' experts say. When teens face mental-health crises-which they do at alarming rates, according to study after study-parents bear much of the brunt of their pain.

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Teens more likely to use alcohol and marijuana if they see their friends post about it on social media

Peer pressure hasn't gone away. It's just gone digital. Through surveys of more than 260 high school freshman and sophmores, FIU Center for Children and Families researchers found friends still hold the greatest power over teens' substance use decisions-rather than influencers, celebrities and other people on social media.

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Recalculating High School GPAs: How It's Done

Discover why colleges recalculate your high school GPA with our comprehensive guide. Understand how GPAs are calculated and the factors that influence them.

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The University of Notre Dame College Application Workshops

Discover what to consider during your college search, along with the ins and outs of the college application process.

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Fastest Growing Occupations

Occupations with the highest projected percent change of employment between 2022-32.

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100 Best Jobs

No single job suits all of us, but many of the best ones have a few attributes in common: They pay well, challenge us year after year, match our talents and skills, aren't too stressful, offer room to advance throughout our careers, and provide a satisfying work-life balance.

U.S. News used these qualities to rank the 100 Best Jobs of 2023. Read more. Source:

20 of The Best Trade School Jobs

There are many advantages to choosing a trade or vocational school over a traditional college. Mainly, it’s a faster and more affordable entry into your dream career. Here's why it can pay to pursue trade school jobs: They often provide good incomes, a large number of opportunities, and enhanced career stability.

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  • South Hills College and Career Fair- October 3rd
  • PSAT/NMSQT ALL JUNIORS-Wednesday October 11th----All juniors will sit for the exam at no cost to families. Registration is NOT required. As a junior, the PSAT/NMSQT offers you the opportunity to qualify for scholarships that can help pay for college.
  • ASVAB/PSAT- SOPHOMORES-Wednesday October 11th---All sophomores will sit for the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Exam at no cost to families. Registration is NOT required. Sophomores can opt out of taking the ASVAB Exam by registering for the PSAT Exam at a cost of $21. Deadline to register is September 17th. Click here to register for the PSAT Exam
  • AP Exam Registration Deadline-October 31st. Click here to register
  • Financial Aid Update
  • Mental Health Awareness Month


Bullying Prevention


Click to access the USCHS Counseling Website for helpful information and valuable resources.

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