Guidance News

Spring 2023

Welcome, Ms. Giosa!

Giovanna Giosa has joined the guidance team as interim Adjustment Counselor, covering Ms. Ryan's maternity leave. She graduated from Assumption College in 2017 with a Masters in School Counseling, K-8 and CAGS in School Social Worker / Adjustment Counselor K-12. She has worked in a number of different educational settings in Arizona and Massachusetts. Recently, she worked at Pentucket Regional Middle High School as an Adjustment Counselor to students in the therapeutic and alternative programs. Giovanna is a proud cat-mom to Tobias, a rescue who is as sweet as he is colorful. She enjoys lifting, toning and burning at Pure Barre after work. Giovanna is humbled and excited to be called an Ipswich Tiger during her brief tenure at the high school.

Scheduling for Next Year

Student requests have been entered in Aspen, and the school schedule is being finalized as we speak. We anticipate draft schedules, generated by Aspen, to be distributed to students by late May. At this time, if students are missing classes, or if priority classes have not been scheduled for the student, please have them contact their school counselor. We try to get as many preferred classes for as many students as possible, but in a small school with many courses that only run once, sometimes choices must be made. Students can email their counselors to set up meetings.
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Spring MCAS Dates for your Calendar

Grade 10 Math: Tuesday, May 16 and Wednesday, May 17

Grade 9 Biology: Tuesday, June 6 and Wednesday, June 7

Homework Club

Homework Club with Mr. Downing meets Monday - Wednesday, 2:30 - 3:30 in room B234. Students can get help from Mr. Downing organizing and prioritizing assignments, or they can simply use the time to get on top of their work. All are welcome.

Community Service

All students are required to complete 30 hours of community service by the start of their senior year. On Tuesday, May 16, while sophomores take MCAS, 9th, 11th and 12th graders will participate in a new event, IHS Community Service Day. These students will will earn four hours towards their required 30. More information will come separately about this event.

Click here and scroll down to the black bar that says "Community Service" for information about ongoing community service opportunities, along with the form for supervisors to sign off on completed hours. For questions or more information, please contact Lisa Kennedy,

AP Exam Schedule

May 1, 7:30 a.m. United States Government and Politics

May 1, 11:30 a.m. Chemistry

May 2, 7:30 a.m. Environmental Science

May 2, 11:30 a.m. Psychology

May 3, 7:30 a.m. English Literature and Composition

May 3, 11:30 p.m. Computer Science A

May 4, 7:30 a.m. Macroeconomics

May 4, 11:30 a.m. Seminar

May 4, 11:30 a.m. Statistics

May 5, 7:30 a.m. United States History

May 5, 11:30 a.m. Microeconomics

May 8, 7:30 a.m. Calculus AB

May 8, 7:30 a.m Calculus BC

May 8, 11:30 a.m. Computer Science Principles

May 9, 7:30 a.m. English Language and Composition

May 9, 11:30 a.m. Physics C: Mechanics

May 10, 7:30 a.m. Spanish Language and Culture

May 10, 11:30 a.m. Biology

May 11, 7:30 a.m. World History: Modern

May 11, 11:30 a.m. Physics 1

May 12, 7:30 a.m. German Language and Culture

Post-High School Planning

Boston National College Fair

The NACAC National College Fair will take place on May 2 at 9:00 a.m. and May 3 at noon, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Click here for more information.

Phillips Andover College Fair: Monday, April 24

The public is welcome. Click here to register to attend this event. Colleges who plan to attend are listed below!
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Action Inc. Trades Gateway

Action Inc.’s new Trades Gateway Program is designed to prepare you for a career in the trades. This program will connect you with the training you need to become an Electrician, Plumber, HVAC Technician, and more. Students will also have access to career services such as resume writing and interviewing skills.

Open to residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, & Ipswich.

Examples of available trainings include:

  • HVAC
  • Marine Technician
  • Hoisting
  • Carpentry
  • Plumbing
  • Oil/Gas Heating
  • Welding
  • Wastewater Treatment
  • Automotive Tech
  • Electrical
  • Machinery
  • Construction Supervising
  • Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Training

Times and locations of these trainings vary based on the specific field of study. This program is free to Cape Ann residents (Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, Essex, & Ipswich) who qualify.

Sign up here for more information or email Jill at


Credit for Life Fair

The Credit for Life Fair, sponsored by the Institution for Savings, will be held on Tuesday, May 23 at Masconomet High School. Lunch will be provided.

SAT/ACT Schedule

We recommend that all juniors who plan to apply to four-year schools consider taking a standardized test this spring. Although many colleges have gone test-optional, not all have announced their requirements for this fall, and scores may be needed for some schools.
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Q3 and Final Transcripts

Guidance does not automatically send out Q3 transcripts, since most admissions decisions have been made and May 1 is the college commitment deadline. If you are on a college waitlist and would like your Q3 grades sent, please notify your school counselor. We will send a copy of final transcripts to the colleges students have chosen to attend, as indicated in Naviance with the graduating seniors' year-end survey.


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Mass Helpline

Going through a tough time? Help is here. Are you or someone you care about struggling with mental health and/or substance use? In crisis, or working hard to prevent one? The Massachusetts Behavioral Health Help Line is here to connect you with clinical help, when and where you need it. Even if you're not sure what kind of help or treatment you may need, we can help guide you. Call, text or chat with a real person to get the treatment and support you need. Real-time interpretation in 200+ languages is available. Call or text 833-773-2445.

Everything You Need to Break Up With Your Phone


The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority offers a wealth of information to help you pay for college, including webinars, videos and resources. A few of our favorite tools:

The College Cost Calculator allows you to compare offers from various institutions when those acceptances and financial aid packages come back.

The Student Loan Payment Calculator provides a preview of what monthly loan payments might look like on loans you are considering.

FAFSA Help Before May 1

The Educational Opportunity Center at North Shore Community College wishes for us to remind you that the deadline to be eligible for the need-based MASSGrant is May 1st!

If anyone would like help with the financial aid process from an EOC advisor, they can sign up for an appointment here.

For assistance in Spanish, please sign up here.

Or, call the EOC office at 781-477-2114.