WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community Sept. 20, 2019

In this issue:

Tutoring Schedule

Seniors - On Site Admissions Day - Sign up now!

Homecoming Details

FAFSA Opens October 1st

FAFSA Workshops - Class of 2020

Dreams Org. HBCU College Tour

Career Search Tools

College Rep Visits - Juniors and Seniors

PSAT Registration

AP Registration


Black Male Teachers College

Infinite Scholars College - Scholarships Fair

Net Price Calculators

Indiana University Preview Day

Case Western Diversity Overnight

CMU and You Day

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest

Looking for a job? Employment Bulletin Board

Scholarships -

Coca-Cola Scholarship Program

Hispanic Heritage Foundation Scholarship

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Centralis Scholarship

American Academy of CPR & First Aid Scholarship Award

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

Tutoring Schedule

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On Site Admissions Day for Seniors - Sign Up Now!

The signup is open for our annual On Site Admissions Day! It will be held on Wednesday, October 16th in the iCenter. Students MUST pre-register and follow the instructions in the form. Please read carefully as there are GPA/ACT or SAT minimums. Space is limited and spots will fill up quickly.


Click here to sign up: https://forms.gle/T5mfrayEXk7p61WT7

Colleges attending this year:

Bowling Green State University

Central Michigan University

Eastern Michigan University

Ferris State University

Grand Valley State University

Kettering University

Lawrence Tech University

Michigan Technological University

Northern Michigan University

Oakland Community College

Oakland University

Saginaw Valley State University

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Michigan-Dearborn

University of Michigan-Flint

University of Toledo

Homecoming Details!

Click on the document below for all of the details related to homecoming week!
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Need help selecting a college? Use this tool in your College Board account!

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Seniors... the FAFSA opens on October 1st... What can you do to prepare?

FAFSA Workshops - Space is Limited - Class of 2020 student with parent/guardian

West Bloomfield High School is hosting a FAFSA Workshop for current seniors attending college in the fall of 2020. Parents and students should attend together to complete and submit the FAFSA. Prepare to attend the workshop by gathering relevant information on the FAFSA Checklist as well as creating FSA IDs. One parent in the household and the student must each create a FSA ID at least one week prior to completing the FAFSA.

1. View the FAFSA Checklist
2. Create a FSA ID (use the FSA ID Worksheet to record your information)

3. Click on the Sign Up link below. Space is limited.

Location: Media Center/iCenter

Click on the link here to sign up:


College Representative Visits to WBHS - Juniors and Seniors!

Every fall WBHS will host over 50 colleges and universities during the day to meet with current juniors and seniors. Below is a link to the visits currently set up. Please know that this list is updated daily! Out of respect for the representative's time, if you sign up, please make sure you attend. Click on the link to learn more! All meetings take place in the College and Career Center unless otherwise noted.



The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be offered in October by the Educational Testing Service. This 2 hour version of the SAT (4 hours with registration info) measures verbal, mathematical abilities and writing skills important in college work. WBHS students have had the opportunity in the spring to take the PSAT 10 and PSAT 9, which is an additional practice format. That opportunity will continue for sophomores and freshmen this coming spring. However, for juniors who wish to seek recognition and financial awards through the National Merit Program, this test is required.

This PSAT functions as practice for the SAT, as a competition for scholarships, as a signal to colleges to send out recruitment information and has clear-cut feedback about skills needed for college success. Students will need to supply two sharpened #2 pencils (mechanical pencils are NOT recommended!) and a calculator. The following calculators are not permitted: cell phone calculator, pocket organizers, calculators with a QWERTY keypad, mini notebooks, calculators with paper tape, calculators that make noise or talk, calculators that require an external power source such as an electrical outlet.

The cost of the PSAT exam is $25.00. The registration form below - ALONG WITH FULL PAYMENT OF $25 – must be turned in from WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11 – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2 IN THE COUNSELING OFFICE. You may bring a check or money order (payable to West Bloomfield Schools) OR you may bring CASH in the exact amount. All payments should be made prior to Test Day, 10/12.

WHEN YOU DROP OFF THE DEPOSIT AND REGISTRATION FORM in the Counseling Office, you should pick up a copy of the PSAT Student Bulletin and Fact Sheet. These booklets will be available by Sept. 23 (so you may need to return to get it!!!)

The test will be given at WBHS on Saturday, October 19,2019 at 8:00 am and will last approximately 4 hours. This test is only given once a year, there is no possibility of make up.

If you qualify for any special accommodations, please contact your counselor as soon as possible for registration information!!!

Click on the form below to see the registration form.


If you plan to take any AP Exams this year, you must register between the dates listed below. THIS IS NEW AND IT IS MUCH EARLIER than in the past! Please pay attention to these details. Click on the flyer to learn more.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

 Friday, Sept. 20, 2019– Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm $115.00 per exam

 Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 – Monday, Nov. 11 2019 at 2:30 pm $120.00 per exam (late fee)

 Any exam that is cancelled AFTER Nov. 15 automatically forfeits at least $45.00 in fees to AP.

 The later a test is cancelled, even less of the fee is returned. (This does not apply to 2nd sem. courses such as Micro Economics which has separate deadlines)

 Registrations that have not been paid for by Nov. 11 will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered. Please contact Mrs. Brody if you would like to register for an exam not listed.

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MAT2 is an apprenticeship program for students interested in pursuing an education in an in-demand field, while earning a paycheck. MAT2 provides students with an opportunity to earn an associate’s degree at a participating community college, while gaining real-world, hands-on training in the high-tech, in-demand fields of Mechatronics, IT, Technical Product Design, and CNC Machining. Participants of MAT2 have their tuition at a college paid for by an employer, receive a weekly stipend while in school, earn an hourly wage while training on the job, and are guaranteed employment upon successful completion of the program. More information can be found at https://www.mitalent.org/mat2. Participating colleges are Baker College of Cadillac, Henry Ford College, and Kalamazoo Valley Community College. A representative of MAT2 will be coming to West Bloomfield High School late fall to provide more detail on this opportunity! Further details coming soon.

Check out these opportunities!

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Net Price Calculators

Curious how much you will have to pay at a particular college? Don't bury your head in the sand...all you have to do is Google the name of the college along with the term "net price calculator." You will see a form to fill out which will give you an estimate of your cost of attendance .

Indiana University Preview Day in our area

Case Western Diversity Overnight

CMU & You Day

Mrs. Essig's Top Picks

Click on the links below to read the "top pick" articles of interest for this week.

SCHOLARSHIPS - Where to look

Please note that Ms. Essig posts all scholarship information on our Twitter account. You do not have to have a Twitter account to read the posts. We post opportunities in the newsletter twice and then remove them. Please follow the Twitter page for the most up-to-date opportunities!


Look for #WBHSScholarships2020.

How do I find scholarships?

1. Apply for Financial Aid after October 1st. www.FAFSA.gov

2. Check with each college in which you are applying for merit based scholarships and deadlines.

3. Check for memorial and alumni scholarship opportunities at each college in which you may qualify.

4. Check with student’s/parent’s employer, banks/credit union, religious & civic affiliations, etc. for scholarships.

5. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WBHSCounseling Click on the hashtag #WBHSScholarships2020.

6. Read the Counselor Connection

7. Conduct a search by using a national search engine, such as www.fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com, www.myscholly.com, etc. Be sure to create an email address just for these searches as students will receive a lot of email. There is no need to pay money for these services! Watch for scams!

8. Check Careeronestop: https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx

9. Beginning Class of 2020,College Board Opportunity Scholarships. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

10. For more information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships#how-find

11. Remember it takes work to receive most scholarships! You won't know if you don't try!

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarships

Hispanic Heritage Foundation Scholarships

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Centralis Scholarship Competition

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Scholarship from American Academy of CPR & First Aid, Inc.® Scholarship Award

Midwest Student Exchange

Colleges with tuition agreements for Michigan residents

Students looking for a job? Click here!

Dairy Queen, WB Library and are hiring!


Important Contacts

WBHS Counseling Department

A-CU Kelly Casinelli


CV-HA Joanne Wegrzynowicz


HB-LO Karen Brody


LP-PO Felicia Neumann


PR-TE Lisa Thompkins


TF-Z John Hepper


College & Career Counselor Noelle Essig


Administrative Staff

Mr. Pat Watson, Principal


Ashleigh Larkin, Assistant Principal


Eric Pace, Assistant Principal


Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director


Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal


Quick Links

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