CHS School Counselors' Corner
February 2, 2022
WELCOME TO SEMESTER 2!
With so much coming up, we never want our students to think, "I don't know what I don't know." Through frequent communication with your counselor and this monthly newsletter, you will always be kept informed.
Our goal is to help you navigate the bridge to your future plans in a low-stress manner; at the same time, we aim to help you stay on track with all necessary tasks.
Whether you are exploring college options, the workforce, or the military, plan to travel, or am not sure "what comes next," we are here for YOU. Each counselor is so excited to support and partner with students as they contemplate the next several years!
JUNIOR YEAR TIMELINE
It's very common for juniors to wonder, "What should I be doing? What don't I know?" at this time of year. Ranging from scheduling next year's classes to scheduling your Junior Meeting, many exciting events are coming up.
Core teachers are currently making course recommendations for next year. The portal will be open for students to access starting on Saturday, February 26th and will close on Tuesday, March 8th. It is expected that students please ask questions and discuss any concerns with their counselors during this time period, as opposed to after the portal closes.
Counselors will be meeting with juniors on Monday, February 14th to also give them this and more detailed information in person.
Finally, the override deadline is February 16th; override paperwork will not be accepted beyond that date. The Override Form can be found here.
Counselors will be in PLUS blocks at the beginning of March to discuss Junior Meetings. At these meetings, counselors will meet with students individually to discuss potential future plans and how to go about setting oneself up for success in the next several years. Parents and guardians are welcome, but not required, to take part. These meetings will start in March and run through May.
In the meantime, we recommend that students considering college begin thinking about what they want in a school...Do you want to stay local? Do you hope to sit in a large auditorium or a small classroom? Are you hoping for a specific religious affiliation or political climate on campus? These are all important questions to consider. Along those lines, we recommend that students research (and absolutely tour, when possible) colleges sometime between February and April break. Record your observations!
There will be much more information to share during our PLUS block visits, including how to sign up for appointments with your individual counselor.
7 WAYS TO REDUCE THE COST OF COLLEGE
Regardless of your student's age, income level, or how much you have saved for college there are opportunities to make the cost of college less burdensome.
Chelmsford High School is pleased to host a webinar to introduce you to different ways that you can reduce the cost of higher education.
If you are unable to attend live, a recording will be sent to you.
You will hear valuable insights on and have the opportunity to ask questions on:
• How to integrate cost considerations into your college search
• How the financial aid system really works and how to maximize the aid you receive
• Targeting achievable merit scholarships
• The financial aid application requirements
• How colleges vary in their financial aid policies and how you can plan for it
• Avoiding costly pitfalls when paying the college tuition bills We will also be able to answer questions that you have about the college search and admissions process.
Presenter: Gregg Cohen is the Founder and President of Campus Bound (https://campusbound.com), a company that supports hundreds of students each year with finding, applying and paying for college. He has personally supported thousands of families through the financial aid process in helping them to maximize their scholarships and grants. Gregg understands the intricacies of the financial aid applications, formulas and awarding procedures of hundreds of colleges. Gregg has appeared on multiple media outlets over the last 20 years to discuss elements of the college admissions and financial aid process.
Please register in advance by clicking here to reserve your spot and receive the zoom link. If you are unable to make the live event still register to receive a recording the next day.
Monday, Feb 7, 2022, 07:00 PM
JUNIOR YEAR COLLEGE PANEL
Filmed in 2021, the College Planning Webinar posted below features Admissions representation from The College of the Holy Cross, UMass Amherst, Middlesex Community College, Merrimack College, and more, and the advice and feedback given remain current.
Please take a look, and feel welcome to reach out with any questions!
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MAKING MENTAL HEALTH A PRIORITY
Additionally, mental health resources will be posted in every classroom at CHS within the next several weeks.
We encourage any student to speak to a counselor, teacher, coach, and/or another trusted adult when and if they or a friend need support. In the instance of an emergency, please go to the closest emergency room or call 911.
EXCHANGE PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES
The World Language Department is excited to announce its French and Spanish exchange programs for 2022-23! This program is a great opportunity to travel and improve your language skills and cultural knowledge. It's a wonderful experience to have before going off to college AND an amazing experience to write about in your college essay.
For more information, including links to the parent presentations and the travel itineraries, please visit the World Language page:
WELCOME (BACK) TO CHS, MR. McGRATH!
Dan McGrath joins the Chelmsford High School Counseling Department after spending the last three years as a school counselor at Dartmouth High School in Dartmouth, MA. In Dartmouth, he also coordinated the credit recovery program and summer school. Prior to that, he worked as a paraprofessional at Tewksbury Memorial High School and as a Customer Service Manager at Hannaford Supermarkets.
Mr. McGrath grew up in North Chelmsford and graduated from Chelmsford High School in 2009 as a member of Emerson House. Upon graduation, he attended the College of the Holy Cross, earning a BA in Political Science with a Concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies, and Assumption College, where he earned his MA in School Counseling.
In his free time, Mr. McGrath enjoys watching sports, attending concerts, going to the movies, and competing in trivia as an avid consumer of pop culture. As a student, his favorite school lunch was Salisbury Steak; he is really hoping this is the year it makes a return to the menu!
MEET OUR COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS FACILITATOR, MS. ALEX CUNNINGHAM!
Read on to learn more about the Career Center and Ms. Cunningham!
View for the Career Center: I am excited to put a modern spin on the Career Center and ensure it is a warm and welcoming environment where all students at Chelmsford High School can feel comfortable dropping by and accessing resources for planning their future college and career opportunities.
Special Events/Services: Students will be able to come into the Career Center to access support with college and career exploration, get connected with business and employment opportunities, access workshops in Resume Writing, Interview Skills, Importance of Digital Footprint, Work Readiness Skills, and more. They can also access work permits and transcripts.
Background Info: I did my undergrad at the University of New Hampshire, where I dual-majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology and minored in Forensic Science. I went to Southern New Hampshire University for my Master's degree in Forensic Psychology. I've worked with young adults for around three years now, and two of those were specifically on career advising.
A Fun Fact: I'm overly obsessed with English Bulldogs... I love their goofiness! I have one named Luna.
MONTHLY STRESS RELIEF: STAFF PET PROFILES!
ELLIOTT and SIMON ORSINI
Favorite Hobbies: Taking up the whole couch, competing for attention, barking at squirrels, sleeping all day, and partying all night!
Favorite Food: Anything that is deemed edible, plus socks!
Not a Huge Fan Of: City life and car rides
Romy is an almost two-year-old Great Dane. She is kind and sweet and sometimes misunderstood because of her size. She likes to have a familiar person or "blanket" nearby to make her feel safe. Once you get to know her you realize she is just an oversized lap dog who is filled with loyalty, goofiness, and love.
Ollie is a naughty labrador retriever that likes to chew Barbie dolls and stuffed animals. He loves people and dogs and is a great cuddler!