August 2020

Student Services Update

Information For All Students

Schedules are LIVE!

The start of 2020-2021 school year is just a few short weeks away and we are so looking forward to seeing our students on campus again!! As you review your schedules for the coming year, please be sure to reach out to your counselor with any questions. Remember, schedule changes are limited and will only be permitted to meet an academic requirement. We are unable to entertain certain schedule changes (ie: to request a preferred teacher and/or to move a scheduled lunch period). As we prepare for the reopening of schools, we will work to meet the academic needs of our students while adhering to the New York State guidelines for reopening and keeping courses balanced/class sizes small.

For those of you interested in requesting a schedule change, please be sure to complete the Google Form. The add/drop period will end on September 18, 2020. The course description guide can be found online and a list of open courses is below:


  • Introduction to Agricultural Science
  • Agricultural Mechanics
  • Agricultural Business & Marking
  • Plant Science
  • Wildlife & Natural Resources
  • Studio Art
  • Studio in Drawing
  • Portfolio & Assessment
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Sports Entertainment & Sports Law
  • Business & Personal Law
  • Introduction to Personal Economics (college course through SUNY Adirondack)
  • Principles of Marketing (college course through SUNY Adirondack)
  • Math & Financial Applications
Distance Learning
  • General Psychology (college course through SUNY Adirondack)
  • Developmental Psychology (college course through SUNY Adirondack)
  • Sociology (college course through SUNY Adirondack)
  • Criminology (college course through SUNY Adirondack)


  • Journalism
  • The Short Story
  • Academic Writing (college course through SUNY Adirondack)
  • Introduction to College Writing (college course through SUNY Adirondack)
  • Introduction to Music


  • Environmental Science
  • Architecture
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Technical Trades
  • Principles of Engineering

Employment Opportunities

The School's Out Program is looking for juniors and seniors who are interested in working with our elementary students in the after school program during the 2020-2021 school year. The hours of the program are from 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm right at our elementary school! If you are interested in applying for a position, please reach out to your school counselor for an application.

Senior Information

Your senior year of high school is here! During the next several months, you'll probably experience a wide range of feelings from excitement to confusion to even a little stress! Please remember, we are here to assist you each step of the way as you navigate through this year and plan for your future.

If you have questions about your courses, remaining graduation requirements, diploma type, etc., please be in touch with Mrs. Rust & Mrs. O'Brien. They will be in and out of the office this summer, so it's always best to set up an appointment prior to arriving at Student Services. If it's easier for you, a phone call or email works too!

Your schedules have been posted online in SchoolTool. You will also be receiving your schedule in the mail, along with your diploma order form. This form needs to be returned to Student Services by September 25th! Be on the lookout for both important items!

There will be a lot of information shared with you this year! Please be sure to check out the announcements daily and get in the habit of checking your email on a regular basis! Also, as you head from the main hallway down the math wing, be sure to check out the Student Services bulletin board for important information.

Is College Your Next Step? Here Are Tips, Tools, and a Timeline to Get Started!

Struggling to Select the "Right" College?

While there is no sure-fire way to select the right college, here are some tips to keep in mind as you finalize your selections:

  • What are your priorities? What do you want to study? What campus characteristics interest you the most? Are you looking for a certain location/activity/sport?
  • Ask your parents/guardians, teachers, coaches, relatives, alumni, and friends about various colleges.
  • Learn more about colleges during a virtual tour day!
  • Visit the Student Services section of the District Website for additional online resources for everything from the college search, to financial aid, to career information.

College Applications ... Things to Keep in Mind!

  1. As you're finalizing the schools you will be applying to, be sure to include a "safety school."
  2. Double check the admission procedures. Do they still require SAT/ACT scores? Are SAT subject tests required?
  3. Determine the application procedure you will follow (Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Admission) and determine your application deadline! Communicate this information with your counselor as soon as it is determined.
  4. Supplemental applications may be required (this varies by college/university).
  5. What items are generally included in an application?
  • Online Application (Common App/SUNY App): install the Common App onTrack App to help in this process.
  • Transcript: submitted by your counselor to your colleges/universities.
  • Official SAT/ACT Scores (if still required): you will send your scores directly from the College Board/ACT to the college/university (you will need our school code - 335140 - for registration).
  • Essay: be sure to submit your best work; speak from the heart; write about something that will set you apart from others; make sure you - and a teacher - proofread your essay
  • Portfolio (varies school to school, as well as by major).
  • Letters of Recommendation: one from your counselor; one or two others from a teacher, employer, and/or community member.
  • Application Fee (varies per school): must be submitted in order for your application to be reviewed; see Mrs. Rust or Mrs. O'Brien for questions regarding fee waivers.
  • School Address: 14 Spring Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871
  • Counselor Name/Email/Phone: Sarah Rust/; Janine O'Brien/

Please do not wait until the deadline (or a few days before the deadline) to communicate with Mrs. Rust & Mrs. O'Brien about your application!

Once your Common Application is submitted to your first college/university, the information CANNOT be changed. Make sure you proofread your information. Please feel free to have Mrs. Rust & Mrs. O'Brien review your application before submitting it!!

SUNY Albany College Planning Day

SUNY Albany will be hosting a remote College Planning Day on Friday, August 21.
Sessions will be online and include:
  • What a First Generation Student Needs to Know
  • The Common Application or SUNY Application?
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Eligibility
  • Experiences for Highly Motivated Students
  • Student Life on Campus
Please be sure to register in advance for what is sure to be an informative day learning about how to navigate the college search and application process.

HVCC Virtual Instant Admit Day

On November 5th at 11:00 we will be hosting a virtual Instant Admit Day with HVCC. More details to come!

Updates from the SUNY System

The SUNY system has decided to temporarily suspend SAT/ACT testing requirements for rising high school seniors intending to enroll at a SUNY bachelor’s degree-granting campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. This temporary change of admission eligibility requirements applies to the spring 2021, fall 2021, and spring 2022 cycles only.

SUNY will continue to use a holistic review of student applicants (grades, program of study, exam scores, academic achievements, non-academic achievements, and other activities) that allow for the evaluation of the potential success of a candidate for admission.

SUNY will be hosting a variety of Information Sessions in August:
How to Apply to SUNY

  • Wednesday, August 12, 3:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 26, 3:00 p.m.
Which SUNY Are You?
  • Wednesday, August 19, 3:00 p.m.
EOP Information Session
  • Thursday, August 13, 3:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, August 27, 3:00 p.m.
Financial Aid Session
  • Friday, August 14, 6:00 p.m.
Students can register at or by calling 1.800.342.3811.

Clarkson University - Virtual College Exploration Sessions

Clarkson University, in conjunction with 34 colleges, will be hosting various STEM presentations to help the college bound student who is interested in STEM learn more about the field. Session information is below and all events are FREE! Be sure to register here.

August 11 @ 10:00 AM EDT – Communicating STEM Interests in your College Application
August 11 @ 10:00 AM EDT – Internships, Co-ops, and Research in STEM fields
August 11 @ 1:00 PM EDT – Studying STEM in Upstate New York
August 12 @ 10:00 AM EDT – Best Ways to Connect with Colleges During COVID
August 12 @ 1:00 PM EDT – Taking Your Learning Outside of the Classroom
August 13 @ 12:00 PM EDT – Project Based Learning at the College/University Level
August 13 @ 1:00 PM EDT – STEM + X
August 13 @ 1:00 PM EDT – Women in STEM

Upcoming SAT & ACT Dates ...

The SAT and the ACT will be offered on the following dates. The cost of the SAT without the essay is $52.00; the cost of the SAT with the essay is $68.00. The ACT has a basic fee of $52.00 with an optional writing test (cost with writing is $68.00). If the cost of these tests presents a hardship, you may be eligible for a fee waiver. Please check with your counselor.

SAT Testing Information:

Be sure to use the Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy for a personalized study plan based on past test results, interactive problems with video lessons, and full-length practice tests with timing, auto scoring, and essay feedback.

Test Date (Registration Deadline)

September 26th (August 26th)

October 3rd (September 4th)

November 7th (October 7th)

December 5th (November 5th)

March 13th (February 12th)

May 8th (April 8th)

June 5th (May 6th)

ACT Testing Information:

Test Date (Registration Deadline)

September 12th (August 14th)

September 13th (TBD)

September 19th (TBD)

October 10th (TBD)

October 17th (TBD)

October 24th (September 18th)

October 25th (TBD)

December 12th (November 6th)

February 6th (January 8th)

April 17th (March 12th)

June 12th (May 7th)

July 17th (June 18th)*

*No test center in New York

College Board Opportunity Scholarships

This unique program offers scholarship opportunities to seniors as you navigate through the college planning process. In other words, you have a chance to earn a scholarship for each action step below you complete:

  • Practice for the SAT: $1,000 (Open Through October): prepare for the SAT by practicing for six or more hours in your Khan Academy account on Be sure to link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts!
  • Improve Your Score: $2,000 (Open Through January): improving your scores by 100-plus points from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT, or from the first SAT taken to the second.
  • Strengthen Your College List: $500 (Open Through October): be sure to update your lists on BigFuture™ ... be sure to include at least one safety school, two schools that match your academic strengths,, and three reach colleges.

Be safe & stay healthy!

Student Services

Student Services

Mrs. Tracy Lyon, Secretary

(518) 695-2239

School Counselor Contact Information

Mrs. O’Brien (A-G, Grade 9; A-L, Grades 10-12)

Ms. Bean (H-L, Grade 9, Career Education & AP Coordinator)

Mrs. Rust (M-Z, Grades 9-12)