NSHS Counselor Connection

Junior College Planning Edition #1

Future Planning Notes from Mr. Pepin

Mr. Pepin will be meeting with all juniors in English classes after Thanksgiving to review college and career readiness planning. Individual meetings with students will follow after that to discuss individual student needs and goals. Students will have access to materials in Google Classroom.

A college and career readiness workshop will be held in 2019 for all parents. This will either be a morning or evening event. Please complete the poll located here as to what you prefer.

Later in the year, Mr. Pepin will be available for family meetings on college and career readiness plans. Watch for details on that in the spring.

POLL: https://goo.gl/forms/zTcyYCQKCCtiVfbr2

SAT School Day Testing for Juniors

The State of Rhode Island has established Tuesday, April 9, 2019 as the SAT test date for all Rhode Island Juniors in public high schools. This is a free program for which students are already registered.

What to Bring

  • Two (2) No. 2 pencils with erasers
  • An approved calculator
  • A drink or snacks for your break. No peanut snacks please!

What Not to Bring

  • Any devices, including digital watches, that can be used to record, transmit, receive, or play back audio, photographic, text, or video content (with the exception of CD players used for Language with Listening Subject Tests only)
  • Audio players/recorders, tablets, laptops, notebooks, Google Glass, or any other personal computing devices
  • iPods or other MP3 players
  • iPads or other tablet devices
  • Laptops, notebooks, PDAs or any other personal computing devices
  • Any texting device
  • Cameras or any other photographic equipment
  • Separate timers of any type
  • Protractors, compasses, rulers
  • Highlighters, colored pens, colored pencils
  • Pamphlets or papers of any kind
  • Dictionaries or other books—there are no exceptions, even if English is not your first language
  • Food or drinks (except for during breaks), unless approved by the College Board’s Services for Students with Disabilities. Learn more about testing with accommodations.

What are some tips for the taking the test?

  • Be sure to eat breakfast the day of the test. An empty stomach makes it difficult to concentrate during the test.
  • Read something (the newspaper, a magazine article, a cereal box, etc.) before coming to school. Reading stimulates the mind and will ensure your body is fully awake prior to the test.
  • Pace yourself. Don’t spend too much time on any one question. If you don’t know how to do a question, skip it and come back to it.
  • Don’t leave anything blank on the test.
  • Use process of elimination. If you can eliminate answer choices, you have a better chance of getting the answer correct if you guess.

College Essay Guy Information

The College Essay Guy provides wonderful information at no cost through his website at: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/

There are fees for some services and we are not promoting those services, simply the free resources offered that are quite helpful.

College Athletics

The advantages of competing in college sports are both immediate and lifelong. Participating in college sports provides opportunities to learn, compete and succeed. Student-athletes receive top-notch academic support, quality medical care and regular access to outstanding coaching, facilities and equipment. Student-athletes as a group graduate at higher rates than their peers in the general student body and feel better prepared for life after college.

Learn more about the three divisions

College-bound student-athletes preparing to enroll in a Division I or Division II school need to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to ensure they have met amateurism standards and are academically prepared for college coursework.

New England Board of Higher Education Tuition Break

The New England Board of Higher Education Regional Student Program offers discounted tuition to New England Residents for a select group of majors.

In most cases, the regional tuition covers all four years of the program. For some majors, however, the regional tuition does not take effect until later in the program. When tuition is reduced from out-of-state to regional, merit scholarships are reduced to the corresponding regional scholarship amount.

Learn more at http://www.nebhe.org/programs-overview/rsp-tuition-break/overview/

Google Classroom Accounts for School Counseling-A Must Follow for students!

The NSHS School Counselors have created Google Classroom Accounts for each grade level. Please encourage your child to join and to share with you. We post information on summer programs, scholarships, college visits, and more on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis.

Class of 2022


Class of 2021


Class of 2020


Class of 2019


NSHS Counseling Office Contact Information

Please contact the Guidance Office at (401) 766-2500. Our Fax number is (401) 597-6198. Counselor assignments are listed below. Please click on the name of a counselor in order to email that person.

Mrs. Gibbons Grades 10 & 12

Mr. Pepin Grades 9 & 11

DO NOT email a counselor if you are in crisis. Please ask to see a counselor immediately. If it is after school hours, please call 911 if you are in crisis.