Guidance Newsletter

Resources & Updates for PHS Juniors & Seniors

The PHS Guidance Counselors gathered important resources and updates to assist the Seniors and Juniors navigate the college admission process amidst the Covid 19 pandemic.
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College Admission Updates

Many colleges are reaching out and letting us know how they are dealing with changes due to Covid 19. The document below will continue to be updated as we receive notifications. This information is relevant for both current seniors and juniors that will be applying next year. If you do not see a college that you are interested in, please reach out to the college directly.


COLLEGE UPDATES A-Z

STANDARDIZED TESTING UPDATES

The June 6 SATs have been canceled. Beginning in August, the SAT will be given every month through the end of the year: Aug. 29, Sept. 26, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5. Students can begin registering in May. For most recent updates visit the links below:


COLLEGEBOARD/SAT

ACT

AP EXAMS

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IMPORTANT FAFSA INFORMATION & UPDATES

The FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) remains open until June 30, 2020. For the class of 2020. Students in the class of 2021 cannot start a FAFSA until October 1, 2020. Any student or family who has not yet completed a FAFSA may still do so.


Note: For those who have completed a FAFSA, and whose financial circumstances have changed considerably, we encourage you to reach out to your institution’s financial aid office. Financial aid administrators are afforded a degree of professional judgment under the law for state and federal aid, as well as for institutional aid, and can work with students and families whose incomes have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information visit:


FAFSA UPDATES & INFORMATION

CITIZENS BANK WEBEX SERIES

As your students are faced with decisions that will shape their future, while also adapting to new ways of learning, Citizens Bank is pleased to offer a series of live, remote learning sessions focused on navigating the financial path to college.


Understanding Your Award Letter

Designed especially for College Bound Seniors and their families to help them understand their financial aid package, answer questions that come up after the acceptance, and explore both federal and private options for financing any gap not met by free aid. Helpful tools to compare the cost of colleges are explored and our experts answer your live questions.

· Tuesday, May 12th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

· Wednesday, May 27th, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Financial Aid Basics

Designed for rising Seniors and their families to help understand financial aid, preparing for and starting the FAFSA form this fall, and understand financial aid components like scholarships, grants, federal loans and how to finance the gap. This live session includes time to ask questions and have them answered by our experts.

· Tuesday, May 5th, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

· Thursday, May 14th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

· Wednesday, May 20th, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

· Tuesday, May 26th, 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Understanding Credit

Designed to help students and their families understand how building and maintaining credit is critical to achieving financial well-being. Your credit score is an important number that influences the ability to finance major life events such as paying for college.

· Tuesday, May 12th 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

· Thursday, May 28th, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Anyone interested in participating in any of these sessions may register here.

NCAA UPDATES

The NCAA announced several changes to initial eligibility requirements for incoming freshman student-athletes. These alternate standards include, in certain circumstances, the waiving of standardized test scores and senior year coursework. The changes, a response to disruptions caused at high schools nationwide due to the COVID-19 crisis, apply to both Division I and Division II athletes for the upcoming 2020-21 academic year. For more information please visit:


NCAA COVID 19 UPDATES

TEST OPTIONAL COLLEGES

Due to school closings and standardized testing cancellations many colleges are opting to become test optional. For a complete list of colleges visit:


FAIRTEST.ORG

VIRTUAL COLLEGE TOURS

While college campuses are closed due to Covid high school juniors are strongly encouraged to continue their college search by attending virtual college visits. The link below will provide access to over 600 free college tours.


VIRTUAL COLLEGE TOURS

TUTORING SERVICES

If you a struggling with remote learning and would benefit from tutoring services you can visit the link below. GoPeer offers free tutoring from over 5,000 college students in grades K-12.


GOPEER.ORG


For personalized instruction and video tutorials in various topics including mathematics, science/engineering and arts/humanities visit:


KAHN ACADEMY

IDEAS FOR JUNIORS TO FOCUS ON:

PRACTICE & PREPARE FOR THE SAT!

Link your PSAT scores to Kahn Academy for a personalized study guide! Click Here for instructions on how to complete this task.


Register for: Bridgewater State University online SAT Summer Prep Course


REVIEW THE JUNIOR COLLEGE PLANNING CHECKLIST!


Completing the tasks listed HERE will allow students to effectively manage and plan for the college application process in a timely manner.


WRITE YOUR COLLEGE ESSAY!

Review the Common Application Essay options:

COMMONAPP.ORG



ENHANCE YOUR RESUME!

The HS Navigator Website compiled over 2000 internships, summer opportunities, pre-college programs, and volunteer opportunities in an easy to access design...such a GREAT resource!

HSNAVIGATOR.ORG



VOLUNTEER!

- Visit: https://www.volunteermatch.org/ for a list of virtual volunteer opportunities and more.

- Become a virtual tutor (parent permission required if under 18) https://learntobe.org/
- Help with making and distributing masks: https://masksnow.org/volunteer/
- Volunteer with Rock the Vote: https://www.rockthevote.org/get-involved/volunteer-with-rock-the-vote/


LOGIN TO NAVIANCE!

Research Careers!


How to do a Career Search in Naviance:

1. Login into Naviance

2. Scroll down to “favorites” → “Careers & Clusters I’m Thinking About”

3. Click on “Explore Careers & Clusters”

4. Scroll down to “Find Clusters and Pathways”

5. In each cluster you should click on various related occupations and related majors.

Check out the “Knowledge and Skills” and “Tasks and Activities” and “Wages” for each career.

6. Click on the heart icon at the top left to “favorite” that career cluster and save it to “careers I am thinking about”

Pembroke High School Naviance



INVESTIGATE CAREER & TECHNICAL OPTIONS!

Career & Technical Schools

Virtual Service Academy Night

Congressman Keating has re-scheduled the MA-09 Spring Academy Info Night as a Zoom meeting! On the evening of Thursday, May 21st at 6:00 PM, students and their parents can join to hear from representatives of the major service academies about cadet life, what the academies expect from successful candidates, and how to best present themselves to each academy. They also hope to offer opportunities for private video chats with each rep.

They will also be releasing the Class of 2021/2022 application for the Ninth Congressional District. If any student is interested, email Michael.jackman@mail.house.gov and he will share the meeting credentials.

A NOTE FROM THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

Just like if you were at school, if you needed or wanted to meet with your guidance counselor to answer any questions or provide you support, you can still access your counselor by emailing them. Once we receive an email, we will schedule an appointment to call you Monday-Friday between 8 AM – 2 PM. Please be sure to include the best number to reach you in your email. We miss you and hope you are all staying safe & healthy!

PHS Guidance Department

Robin Conathan: Robin.Conathan@pembrokek12.org

Grades 9 & 10 - A-E

Grade 11 – A-F

Grade 12 – A-D


Kelly Turner: Kelly.Turner@pembrokek12.org

Grade 9 & 10 - F-L

Grade 11 – G-L

Grade 12 – E-J


James Shannon: James.Shannon@pembrokek12.org

Grades 9 & 10 – M-R

Grade 11 – M-P

Grade 12 - K-O


Kerran Goff: kerran.goff@pembrokek12.org

Lead Guidance Counselor

Grades 9 & 10 – S-Z

Grade 11 – Q-Z

Grade 12 – P-Z


Janice Webb

Guidance Secretary - Janice.Webb@pembrokek12.org


Donna Freitas

Guidance Paraprofessional - Donna.Freitas@pembrokek12.org