Counseling and Career Connection
School Counseling/Career Center News October 2021
Off to a Great Start!
We are now more than a month into the school year with classes, clubs and sports running full steam! While we are still taking precautions with masks and distancing, it has been wonderful to see our halls, classrooms and fields full of students getting to experience their high school years again.
Many seniors are starting their college applications and completing their Capstone projects. Underclassmen are getting into the groove of their classes and recently took the PSATs. Our freshmen have assimilated into the school population and are now experts at finding their way around the building.
As always, our counselors and Career Center are here to support all students as they navigate this school year and beyond. Reach out to any of us with questions or any request for help!
College Visits Continue in the Career Center
Students are asked to register for a college or military visit in advance so that we can anticipate who to expect. To do this, log in to Naviance Student and refer to the "What's New" section on the home page for a complete list of all upcoming college visits. In order to register, simply click on the "more info" link to connect to the registration screen.
Here is a sampling of colleges with upcoming scheduled visits*:
Salve Regina University
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Eastern Connecticut State University
University of Saint Joseph
State University of New York at New Paltz
University of Maine
Central Connecticut State University
Western Connecticut State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach
Southern Connecticut State University
St. Bonaventure University
Bay Path University
Le Moyne College
Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Russell Sage College
*Note: new visits book regularly, so please check back often as more schools may be added to this list.
Click here to access your Naviance Student account:
If you have any questions about how college visits work or how to sign up to attend one, please see Mrs. Carty in the Career Center.
10th Grade Parent/Guardian Night
Wednesday, Nov 10, 2021, 06:30 PM
South Windsor High School, Nevers Road, South Windsor, CT, USA
Current employers looking for help include:
- Munson's Chocolates and Ann Taylor LOFT at Evergreen Walk
- DQ and Dunkin' on Sullivan Avenue
- Evergreen Crossings Independent Living and White Oaks Assisted Living on the Manchester/South Windsor line (food service help)
- South Windsor Parks & Recreation 4th R program
- The Red Cabin on Sullivan Avenue
- Babysitting for a local family
FAFSA Application Now Available!
To start your FAFSA form, click here.
Families looking for assistance with their FAFSA may want to check out the CT College Bound Initiative. This collaborative program, supported by Connecticut State Department of Education, the College Board, the Connecticut Association of Financial Aid Administrators (CAPFAA), New Haven Promise, the Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges, the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities, and UConn, offers free workshops staffed by professional financial aid counselors and other volunteers. Families who attend can receive assistance with completing and submitting their FAFSA form. The next and nearest program will take place on Sunday, October 24th in Windsor. For more information on how to register for the events and what materials are required, visit www.capfaa.org/fafsa-day/.
The Freshman Focus
Over the past few weeks, Mrs. Keleher has visited all freshmen in their science classes to teach their first developmental lesson as they transition to SWHS. Her presentation focused on helpful people throughout the building to familiarize students with where to go and whom to see as needs or questions arise.
Freshmen are encouraged to look for ways to get involved at the high school. Many clubs and activities are underway and information about how to join can often be found in the daily announcements or by checking out this list on the SWHS website.
Reach out to Mrs. Keleher at email@example.com should you need individual support during freshman year.
The Sophomore Scene
Sophomores have just taken the official PSAT for the first time. Many of these students may recall taking the PSAT-9 last year, which is a modified version for younger students. While the PSAT is still a practice vehicle at this time, it is helpful for students to get more experience sitting for standardized testing. These practice tests help students familiarize themselves with the types of questions to expect and the structure of these tests. Students will take the PSAT one more time as juniors, where those who score in the highest percentile could qualify for National Merit recognition and scholarships. They will take their first SAT test in the early spring of junior year.
This is a great time for students to think about how they are getting involved at SWHS or in activities outside of school. Now is the time to start building a resume that they can use as they become old enough to apply for part-time jobs and start to consider whether they would like to attend college after high school. Many students may have been less involved during freshman year when not as many opportunities were available, but activities are fully running this year and there is something for everyone. Clubs such as Interact, SADD, and South Windsor for the Kids are very popular and offer abundant opportunities for community service. Students can also find clubs that celebrate cultures, academic interests, and hobbies. Find a complete list of activities on the SWHS website here.
2021 Fire Service College Fair
Saturday, Oct 23, 2021, 09:00 AM
Connecticut Fire Academy, Perimeter Road, Windsor Locks, CT, USA
School Counseling & Career Center
The Career Center offers a variety of assistance to students and parents preparing for post-secondary opportunities. It is located in the School Counseling office and can also be accessed from the hallway outside School Counseling.