HVCHS Counseling Newsletter

May 2022

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May brings testing season... remember to breathe!

No matter the acronym - AP, SAT, NJSLA... - the end of the school year brings with it plenty of testing. It can get a bit heavy sometimes, so we hope you'll take a look at this article which reviews a number of simple test-taking relaxation techniques. You've got this!

Important Upcoming Dates

We have several important dates to keep in mind during May, including:


  • May 2-13: AP Testing
  • May 11: Career, Coffee & Learn - Psychologist
  • May 14&17: Self Defense Seminar
  • May 16: Option II applications due
  • May 18: Sophomore Planning Night
  • May 19: Career, Coffee & Learn - Surgeon

May "Career, Coffee & Learn" - 5/11 & 5/19

Are you interested in pursuing a career in psychology or medicine? Then join us for our upcoming Career, Coffee & Learn events:


  • Psychologist - 5/11/22 (during Recitation)
  • Surgeon - 5/19/22 (during Lunch)


Look out for emails from Ms. Curran with registration info!


*These events are run in collaboration with the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance*

Option II Applications - DUE 5/16/22


Option II allows students to obtain credit for learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom environment, which meet or exceed the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and are based on student interest or career goals. Students may elect to apply for HVCHS credit and/or advancement of a course level through distance learning, college coursework or coursework taken outside of HVCHS.


All Option II courses must be approved ahead of time, and applications are due by May 16th, 2022. The application can be found here.



For more information please visit our Option II FAQ page and contact your counselor with any questions!

AP Summer Institute & Summer Economics Course

This summer we will be offering two courses you might find interesting.


AP Summer Institute - for any students registered for an AP history course next school year. Click here for more information, which was also distributed directly from each History teacher.


Economics Summer Course - "In an increasingly interdependent world, students need to understand that everyone plays a vital role in the health and stability of any economy. It is imperative the students consider how both micro and macroeconomics operate and the role that they play in it. Economics can be used toward the NJ Financial Literacy graduation requirement." Click here for more information.

May 14 & 17 - Senior Self Defense Seminar

There is a new self-defense program being launched this year for senior girls in the graduating class of 2022. The seminar dates are Saturday, May 14th (8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) and Tuesday, May 17th (6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.). The seminar is meant to give a foundation for a lifetime of self-protection skills, and is especially geared towards young women leaving high school and entering college. Although physical self-defense techniques will be taught, there is an emphasis on recognizing the processes of criminal activity and interpersonal violence, and dealing with these situations before physical action is necessary. Please see Mr. Manning in room 402 during recitation for details, or email Mr. Manning directly (markmanning@hvrsd.org) if interested in attending.

May 18 - Sophomore Year Planning Night

Students and parents/guardians of the Class of 2024, please join us on the 18th for Sophomore Planning Night (via Zoom). The end of sophomore year marks the halfway point through high school, and is a great time to take stock and set the roadmap for junior and senior year.


Please click here to register for the webinar in advance. A recording will be made available following the event.

Gap Year Explained (recording)

Last month we hosted a webinar with Ms. Holly Bull of the Center for Interim Programs in Princeton, NJ. Ms. Bull explained the ins and outs of the gap year.


A recording of the webinar can be viewed here:

HVCHS Gap Year Explained 2022

SENIORS - Naviance Senior Survey DUE ASAP

Class of 2022 - as graduation draws nearer (!!!) we would love to know what you've thought of your time at HVCHS.


Please be sure to complete your Senior Survey in Naviance by clicking "About Me" on the top menu bar, then "Surveys From my School," then "Senior Survey." This is a very quick task, but can really help us assist future students more effectively!

JUNIORS - Complete Parent & Student Brag Sheets in Naviance!

Class of 2023 - Please complete your Student and Parent Brag Sheets in Naviance ASAP. These brag sheets are required so that your counselor can write you the best letter of recommendation possible. College paperwork cannot be processed without this letter!


You can log into Naviance here, and if you forget your password, you can click "Forgot Password" and Naviance will send a temporary password to your school email that you can go in and reset. In Naviance, you can access your brag sheets via "About Me," then "Surveys from your School."


Note: Parents do not have a separate parent account.

MCCC On-Ramps Program

Mercer County Community College recently introduced an exciting new program call On-Ramps, aimed at removing barriers for students interested in pursuing a college education.


"MCCC On-ramps to College Program is looking for high school students currently in 11th or 12th grade for a NO COST college readiness program that will provide English, Math and college skills training with enrollment into a 3-credit ENG 101 (English Composition I) during the first semester. After the successful completion of the first semester, students will enroll in ENG 102 with the option to complete one additional 3 credit course."


Please click here to visit the program's website, and to apply.

Mercer County Technical Schools - Apply Now!

MCTS is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year in its Shared-Time programs. Please CLICK HERE for descriptions of each program, and for instructions of the application process.


Currently there are still openings for the 2022-23 school year in the following Shared-Tim programs:


  • Auto Collision
  • Diesel
  • Carpentry
  • Baking & Dining
  • Auto Tech (housed at HVCHS)


You can also CLICK HERE to view the recording of our Mercer County Technical Schools Night webinar from this past October.

Sources of Strength

We recently began training new and returning Student Leaders and Adult Advisors for the Sources of Strength program.

Sources of Strength is a strength-based program that focuses on suicide prevention but impacts other issues such as substance abuse and violence. The program is based on a relational connections model that uses teams of Student Leaders mentored by Adult Advisors to change peer social norms about help seeking and encourages students to individually assess and develop strengths in their life. The mission of Sources of Strength is to empower a well world and prevent suicide by increasing help-seeking behaviors and promoting connections between peers and caring adults.

Trained student leaders use their network of friends to:

- Have one-on-one conversations;
- Develop a Hope, Help, Strength messages using local faces and voices; and
- Present peer-to-peer presentations.


Sources of Strength Mission Statement

Parchment - alumni transcript services

We recently partnered with Parchment to provide streamlined online transcript processing services for our former students.


NOTE: This is NOT how our current students should request transcripts for colleges, summer programs, etc. That process is detailed on our counseling website, and has been explained extensively to our current seniors.

CHS Counseling Department Calendar...

Here is a snapshot of what we have planned in the CHS Counseling Department this year...


2021-22 CHS Counseling Services Calendar

Contact Info:

HVCHS - 609.737.4003

Mari Buono - School Counselor - mariangelabuono@hvrsd.org x3520

Rachel Curran - School Counselor - rachelcurran@hvrsd.org x3525

Nicole Getman - School Counselor - nicolegetman@hvrsd.org x3521

Una Hong - School Counselor - unahong@hvrsd.org x3518

Betsy Lee - School Counselor - elizabethlee@hvrsd.org x3522

Dr. Chris Velderman - Student Assistance Counselor - chrisvelderman@hvrsd.org x3539

Ryan Stingel - Virtual Pathways Counselor - ryanstingel@hvrsd.org

Samantha Awadallah - ACCESS Clinician - samanthaawadallah@hvrsd.org x3456

Jennifer Hastings - Administrative Assistant - jenniferhastings@hvrsd.org x3519

Molly Lytle - Administrative Assistant - mollylytle@hvrsd.org x3523