FPHS Counseling Newsletter

Fall 2019

The FPHS School Counseling Department continues to provide our students and families with a variety of services for success in high school and beyond. Below is a highlight of past and future events.

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College Week Presentations

During the week of October 21st, students had the opportunity to sign up for 7 different sessions on the college process during flex. Presentations were "Overcoming Barriers for First Generation College Students", "College Admission Process", "4 Year College Panel", "Applying Isn't Easy: Where do I Start?", "Writing Winning Scholarship Essays", "College Planning Strategies I Wish Someone Had Told Me", and "Careers in Engineering".

College Week Spirit Days

Below are some pictures of students and teachers during College Week.

College Fair

On Tuesday, October 22 Forest Park hosted the Eastern PWCS College Fair. Over 110 colleges attended!!

Freshman Conferences-Class of 2023

During the week of October 28th, the School Counseling Department will meet with our freshman students about sexual harassment in schools and discuss with them tips for high school success. Each student at the end of the presentation will receive a "Welcome to the Park" information packet, which contains an abundance of information about Forest Park High School and strategies on how to be successful in High School.

Freshman Parent Workshop

There will be a workshop for parents/guardians of 9th grade students on Tuesday, November 5th from 7:45 am until 8:30 am in the Enclosed Cafeteria. We will discuss diploma types, graduation requirements, and other pertinent information. Please rsvp by October 31st to Ms. Phalan at phalanam@pwcs.edu or Ms. Neace at neaceej@pwcs.edu. For those unable to attend, we will post the presentation on the FPHS website under School Counseling.

Upcoming semester 1 events

Freshman Parent Workshop-November 5 at 7:45 am Enclosed Cafeteria

Junior Conferences-November 12-15 history classrooms

Sophomore Conferences-December 2-5 PE classrooms

Alumni Panel-December 18

Senior Check ins-January 8-14

Annual Curriculum Fair-January 15

Sophomore Conferences-January 21-24

Sophomore Parent Workshop-January 27

FPHS Annual College Bus trip

On November 22nd, we will be having our annual college bus trip. This year we will be visiting CNU and ODU. The trip sold out in just 3 days! Students will meet directly with the admission teams and tour the campuses. We are planning a trip to VA Tech and Radford in the spring. Details to follow.

PSAT Information

All 10th and 11th grade students who took the PSAT on October 16th will be receiving their score reports around December 9th if they provided an email on their score sheet. The School Counseling Department will be meeting with the 10th grade students in January to review their results and have students create a Collegeboard and Khan Academy account. The Khan Academy and Collegeboard have partnered together to provide students with a FREE Official Personalized SAT Preparation course. This wonderful feature, will provide students with an opportunity to practice for the SAT anytime and anywhere. For more information, visit: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat?utm_source=cb&utm_medium=cb418-cb&utm_content=ct&utm_campaign=practice

An Important Reminder to All Seniors

Seniors: as you begin to receive your college acceptance letters, please remember to provide Ms. Fitzpatrick, our college and career counselor, with a copy of the acceptance letters. On the copy, please indicate whether you will be "attending" or "not attending" the college/university in the upcoming fall semester.

This also applies to any scholarship acceptance letters that you receive from Colleges/Universities or community organizations. Make a copy and then please indicate whether you will be "accepting" or "not accepting" the Scholarship.

Continue to bring your college acceptance letters and scholarship award letters as you receive them in the mail and throughout the school year until the deadline of May 12th.

This information will be used in preparation for the end of the year Senior Awards ceremony.

If you have any questions or concerns, please see Ms. Fitzpatrick in School Counseling.


FPHS School Counseling Department

Mr. Smith - Director - smithss@pwcs.edu


A-Cal ... Ms. Linder - linderAR@pwcs.edu

Cam-E ... Ms. Smith - smithtb@pwcs.edu

F-Ib ... Ms. Flores - floresjd@pwcs.edu

Ic-Mar... Mrs. Young - youngRA@pwcs.edu

Mas-Por... Ms. Phalan - phalanAM@pwcs.edu

Pos-Stan ... Ms. Neace - neaceEJ@pwcs.edu

Star-V, Z (even days)...Ms.Pineda -pinedafy@pwcs.edu

W-Y...Ms.Fitzpatrick -fitzpael@pwcs.edu