Shepaug Valley School Counseling

January 2019 Newsletter

Shepaug Valley School Counseling Team

Future Planning Meetings Grades 8 and 9

The Shepaug Valley School Counseling Department is hosting future planning meetings for students currently in grades 8 and 9. Meetings review student interests, graduation requirements, and course selection for the following school year. Please call Cheryl Cardiad to schedule an appointment: (860) 868-6218.

Future planning meetings for students currently in grades 10 and 11 will take place in February. Dates will be posted in the upcoming weeks.

Senior Reminders

  • College Acceptance Status: Please come by to the School Counseling Office to let us know when you have heard from prospective colleges. Please update the status of your applications in Naviance as well. If you are having trouble with this, please see your School Counselor for assistance.
  • TRF Reminder: Please turn in your TRF forms three weeks prior to application deadlines.
  • Please don't forget to take time to write thank you notes to those who have helped you through the college application process.
  • Financial Aid: Please be sure to complete the FAFSA at Some private institutions will require the completion of the CSS Profile as well.

Answering a Call to Citizenship

Through demonstrating awareness, respect, participation and collaboration, and leadership, we require all Shepaug students to "answer a call to citizenship." Students must complete 30 hours of approved community service prior to graduation. Forms are located in the School Counseling office. It is recommended that students complete a minimum of 10 hours per year starting in grade 9. Completed forms should be submitted to the main office for proper documentation and approval. Please see your School Counselor with any questions.

Upcoming Events

Future Planning Meetings:

Grades 8 and 9 - January 7-18

Grades 10 and 11 - Beginning in February. Please keep posted for dates.

Ready to Work Panel: During advisory on January 24th, a panel of local professionals will take time to meet and answer questions from students about their careers and what it takes to be "ready to work." Students interested in attending should see Mr. McManus in the College and Career Center.

Naugatuck Valley Community College Field Trip: The College and Career Center is sponsoring a visit to Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury on January 29th. Any student interested in attending must sign up with Mr. McManus in the College and Career Center.

Shepaug Valley School Career Fair: During school on Wednesday, March 20th, students have the chance to interact with professionals in various fields. Lists of attendees will be made available closer to the event. Parents: if you know any local professionals that may be interested, please have them contact Mr. McManus:

Women's Center Presentations: The Women's Center of Danbury will be sending representatives to present to high school and middle school students on January 10th and 17th.

SAT and ACT Dates


Students in grade 11 will take the SAT on Tuesday, April 9th here at Shepaug Valley School as part of the required SAT School Day. We also recommend that students take the SAT an additional time during grade 11 and an additional time during the fall of senior year. Please see upcoming test dates:

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Tuesday, April 9, 2019: SAT SCHOOL DAY (No need to register)

Saturday, May 4, 2019

Saturday, June 1, 2019

For more information on registering, please visit:


Students may prefer to take the ACT as an alternate or additional college assessment. The upcoming test dates for 2019 are below.

Saturday February 9, 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Saturday, July 13, 2018

Feedback Always Appreciated

What do you want to hear more about? The Shepaug Valley School Counseling Department is always looking for feedback. Please email the Director of School Counseling, Michael Boucher.