School Counseling Newsletter

April 2019

In this issue:


  • Junior Presentations
  • Upcoming College Fairs
  • Why Do A College Visit This Spring?
  • Koplik Info for seniors
  • WRHS hosts the SATs and ACTs
  • Events for Parents... RSVP TODAY!!

Junior Presentations

Junior year is a great time to start thinking about college admissions. Instead of stressing about the process during the fall of their senior year, get ahead of the game and help your junior start planning now!


We have a number of other events that are coming up for the junior class!


April 30th: College Admissions Rep Event during activity period! Students will choose 1 presentation to attend. Presentation options include: Essay Writing with BU rep, How to Stand Out During the Application Process with Bryant University, Portfolio Review and Information About Potential Art Majors with Lesley University, Transferring Process/Articulation Agreements with QCC, Interview Skills with Framingham State or College Visits & Demonstrated Interest with Xavier College.

*Students are asked to register for 1 presentation in Naviance!


May 7th: School Counselors presentation for juniors during activity period around Naviance and Wave 1 of the College Search Process.



Parents of Juniors: Don't forget to register for the

April 30th College Admissions Panel!!

Upcoming College Fairs...

Boston National College Fair
April 4 & 5, 2019 | Boston, MA (www.nacacfairs.org)


Springfield National College Fair
April 8, 2019 | West Springfield, MA (www.nacacfairs.org)


Assumption College
May 14, 2019 6:00-8:00 PM
Plourde Recreation Center Worcester, MA

(https://www.neacac.org/spring-college-fairs-2019)


Merrimack College
May 21, 2019 6:30-8:30 PM
Merrimack Athletics Complex, Lawler Rink North Andover, MA

https://www.neacac.org/spring-college-fairs-2019)

Why do a college visit this spring?

There is no experience that replaces the information you can get firsthand from a visit to a campus. A visit gives you the chance to talk to students, faculty and financial aid and admissions staff. Visit each college's website to schedule a college visit!


You can get answers to questions, such as:

  • What is the average class size, and the student to faculty ratio?
  • Are most classes taught by professors or by teaching assistants?
  • What is the campus meal plan like? How is the food?
  • What is the make-up of the current freshman class? Is the campus fairly diverse?
  • What's the social scene like?
  • What kinds of activities are planned by the college's Residential Affairs?
  • What percentage of students are commuters vs. residents?
  • Do I feel at home here? Is this what I pictured college to be?

Koplik Information

The Koplik application is due by MAY 1, 2019 for this year's seniors! If you aren't sure if you qualified for the Koplik scholarship, please see your school counselor!


Need an application, click HERE!

WRHS hosts the SATs and ACTs!

Are you a junior? Do you need to take the SATs? Sign up for the tests (that are hosted at Wachusett) by going to the links below. If you aren't sure when to take each test, see your school counselor!


SATs:

Saturday, 5/4/2019: Online Registration by April 5, 2019 (Late registration by April 24th)

Saturday, 6/1/2019: Online Registration by May 3, 2019 (Late registration by May 22nd)

Don't miss these events! If you still haven't RSVPed, register now!

Planning Ahead For Your Sophomore Student

Friday, April 12th, 8-9am

WRHS Black Box Theater

Counselors will present to parents on how to prepare for junior year, including course planning, PSAT/testing info, and college search tips. Focus will be given to how to start the college search/planning process early and in a way that makes sense and minimizes stress for parents and students.


This event will be happening DURING the school day FOR PARENTS OF SOPHOMORES!


For more information about this event, please email Mrs. Kerri Knorring at kerri_knorring@wrsd.net or Mrs. Allison Connors at allison_connors@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

College Admissions Panel

Tuesday, April 30th, 8-9am

LOCATION CHANGE: WRHS BLACK BOX THEATER

College admission representatives will be in attendance and answer questions around topics such as school visits, the admissions decision, senior year course selection, standardized testing, essays, recommendations and electronic communications. Admissions representatives from the following colleges/universities will be in attendance: Framingham State, Xavier University, Lesley University, Bryant University, WPI and Boston University.


This event will be happening DURING the school day FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS in the Black Box Theater in the high school.


For more information about this event, please email Mrs. Lauren Clark at lauren_clark@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

An Overview of the College Athletic Recruiting Process

Monday, May 6th, 7pm

LOCATION CHANGE: WRHS BLACK BOX THEATER

A panel of college athletic officers and admissions representatives will be discussing the overall process of athletic recruiting.


This event is FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS.


For more information about this event, please email Mr. Mike Dubzinski at mikedubzinski@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

College Financing

Tuesday, May 14th, 6-7pm

WRHS Auditorium

This presentation given by Dave Landry from the Central Mass College Funding Advisors is a must for all parents of college-bound high school students, including freshman and sophomores. We will de-mystify the college financial aid process and show you how to access the more than $110 billion in financial aid dollars that are available to even high-income families and business owners. The strategies presented will help you protect your assets by maximizing your eligibility for aid, effectively lowering your college costs.


This event is FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS.


For more information about this event, please email Ms. Christina Lee at christina_lee@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.