HVCHS Counseling Newsletter
May brings testing season... remember to breathe!
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
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
May 18 - Sophomore Year Planning Night
Please click here to register for the webinar in advance. A recording will be made available following the event.
Gap Year Explained (recording)
A recording of the webinar can be viewed here:
SENIORS - Naviance Senior Survey DUE ASAP
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!
Currently there are still openings for the 2022-23 school year in the following Shared-Tim programs:
- Auto Collision
- 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
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.
Parchment - alumni transcript services
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.
Mari Buono - School Counselor - email@example.com x3520
Rachel Curran - School Counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org x3525
Nicole Getman - School Counselor - email@example.com x3521
Una Hong - School Counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org x3518
Betsy Lee - School Counselor - email@example.com x3522
Dr. Chris Velderman - Student Assistance Counselor - firstname.lastname@example.org x3539
Ryan Stingel - Virtual Pathways Counselor - email@example.com
Samantha Awadallah - ACCESS Clinician - firstname.lastname@example.org x3456
Jennifer Hastings - Administrative Assistant - email@example.com x3519
Molly Lytle - Administrative Assistant - firstname.lastname@example.org x3523