HVCHS Counseling Newsletter

April 22

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The home stretch...

The seasons are changing, we're nearing the end of the third marking period, and believe it or not we are entering the home stretch toward the end of the school year. Let's take a look at what the counseling team has in the works...

Important Upcoming Dates (more info on each follows below)

We have several important dates to keep in mind during April, including:

  • April 6 - LGBTQ+ Family Allyship Workshop (register for webinar here)
  • April 12 - Career, Coffee & Learn - Software Engineering & Coding
  • April 15 - Elective Change(s) and Course Waiver Forms due to counselor
  • April 19 - Regional College Fair @ MCCC (more info here)
  • April 20 - Gap Year Explained (register for webinar here)
  • May 1 - Seniors must complete Graduation Survey in Naviance
  • May 16 - Option II applications due
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LGBTQ+ Family Allyship Workshop - 4/6/22

Please join us on Wednesday, April 6th at 7pm for an LGBTQ+ Family Allyship Workshop webinar, brought to you in partnership with Dave Edwards of Gender Inclusive Schools.

This workshop will provide examples of ways to teach your kids about S.O.G.I.E (sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression) organizing family diversity events, advocating for LGBTQ-inclusive policies and training for school staff, and concrete language your family can use to interrupt bias-based behaviors in community settings. Every participant will leave with a wealth of resources to share with the members of their school community!

Please click here to register for the event. For those who are unable to attend, a recording will be made available.

Speaker Bio: Dave Edwards, PhD (ABD), MAT, has served as a teacher and administrator in multiple school districts across the country. He has held full-time faculty positions in the teacher preparation programs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and Hamline University. As the founder of Gender Inclusive Schools, and a Welcoming Schools national facilitator, Dave provides whole-staff training and consultation to wide-ranging audiences across the United States and Canada. Over the last 3 years, he has trained and supported educators in over 200 different school districts and independent schools! Dave serves on the board of the Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition and his family is heavily involved with Transforming Families MN, an organization that supports families/caregivers with gender-expansive children. As a parent advocate, Dave has been quoted in national publications such as the New York Times, NBC News, and Rolling Stone. Dave and his wife Hannah were recognized with the 2019 Ann Kaner-Roth Ally for Equality Award by the Human Rights Campaign.

April "Career, Coffee & Learn" - 4/12/22

Are you interested in a career in Coding? Then join us for our upcoming Career, Coffee & Learn event during recitation:

  • Coding - 4/12/22

Look out for emails from Ms. Curran with registration info!

*This event is run in collaboration with the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance*

Course Waiver Forms & Elective Changes - DUE 4/15/22

HVCHS students recently made course selections through OnCourse for the 2022-23 school year. If you change your mind about an elective choice please email your counselor prior to the April 15th deadline so that your choices can be adjusted.

Similarly, if you would like to be placed in a course for which you do not meet the prerequisite (as listed in the 2022-23 HVCHS Program of Studies) please submit a Course Waiver Form to your counselor prior to the April 15th deadline.

Regional College Fair at MCCC on April 19th

On April 19th, Mercer County Community College will be hosting a regional college fair. This is a valuable opportunity to identify new colleges to consider, and to network with/ask questions of admissions folks from schools that you are already interested in.

Please CLICK HERE for more information including the list of colleges who will be in attendance.

Gap Year Explained - 4/20/22

We will be joined for this event by Holly Bull of the Center for Interim Programs in Princeton, NJ. Ms. Bull will explain the ins and outs of the gap year. There will be time for Q&A as well.

Please click here to register for the webinar. For those who are unable to join the live event, a recording will be distributed afterward.

SENIORS - Naviance Graduation Survey DUE 5/1/22

Class of 2023 - as graduation draws nearer (!!!) we would love to know what your plans are for next year. Specifically, if you intend on enrolling in college we will need to know where to send your final transcript!

Please be sure to complete your Graduation Survey in Naviance by clicking "About Me" on the top menu bar, then "Graduation Survey" (see screenshot below). This is a very quick and simple task, but also extremely important!

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JUNIORS - Complete Parent & Student Brag Sheets in Naviance!

Class of 2024 - 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 with out 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.

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 15th, 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 Testing Preparations!

AP testing is fast-approaching in May. If you will be testing, please take a look at this article from College Board for some tips and resources to utilize as your prepare!

Hopewell Valley CHS Summer Job & Service Fair

Did your student miss the job & service fair?

Didn't have enough time to see everyone at the fair?
Forget to scan a QR code to show interest?

We are here to help your student! Listed here are businesses and organizations who are offering employment or service opportunities. Students can click on the name of the business or organization to complete a form if they are interested in working or volunteering for the organization. By completing the form, it does not guarantee a call back, students are welcome to contact service and employment organizations directly. For a complete list of contacts, job/service descriptions and more information for each opportunity, please visit this link. Questions? hvmunicipalalliance@gmail.com

Mercer County Technical Schools - Apply Now!

MCTS is now accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year in its Shared-Time programs. Please CLICK HERE for descriptions of each program, and for instructions of the application process.

You can also CLICK HERE to view the recording of our Mercer County Technical Schools Night webinar from this past October.

Sources of Strength

Last month, we began training new and returning Student Leaders and Adult Advisors for the Sources of Strength program.

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.

Sources of Strength Mission Statement

Parchment - alumni transcript services

We recently partnered with Parchment to provide streamlined online transcript processing services for our former students.

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.

CHS Counseling Department Calendar...

Here is a snapshot of what we have planned in the CHS Counseling Department this year...

2021-22 CHS Counseling Services Calendar

Contact Info:

HVCHS - 609.737.4003

Mari Buono - School Counselor - mariangelabuono@hvrsd.org x3520

Rachel Curran - School Counselor - rachelcurran@hvrsd.org x3525

Nicole Getman - School Counselor - nicolegetman@hvrsd.org x3521

Una Hong - School Counselor - unahong@hvrsd.org x3518

Betsy Lee - School Counselor - elizabethlee@hvrsd.org x3522

Dr. Chris Velderman - Student Assistance Counselor - chrisvelderman@hvrsd.org x3539

Ryan Stingel - Virtual Pathways Counselor - ryanstingel@hvrsd.org

Samantha Awadallah - ACCESS Clinician - samanthaawadallah@hvrsd.org x3456

Jennifer Hastings - Administrative Assistant - jenniferhastings@hvrsd.org x3519

Molly Lytle - Administrative Assistant - mollylytle@hvrsd.org x3523