Counseling Department Newsletter

April 2023

In This Issue...

  • Upcoming Events
  • Reconsideration Forms
  • Transition Fair
  • College Fair
  • College Visits
  • Financial Aid Presentation and Scholarship Opportunities
  • MEFA Seminar
  • Driver's Permit Information
  • Mental Health

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, April 25th during Activity Period (9:05am-9:45am): There will be a College Planning presentation. We will be discussing how you can prepare for spring/summer college tasks. F116 (Knorring), Media Center (Dubzinski & Connors), H103/H105 (Baker & Hanna), K111 (Reilly), K105 (Freeman), and B204 (Lee).

Reconsideration Forms

The scheduling process has come to an end. However, if you are still looking to move up or down a level in a class for the next school year, you must fill out a reconsideration form. Reconsideration forms are electronic this year, so please make an appointment with your counselor to have them send you the form. Reconsideration forms are due on April 14th!

WRHS Transition Fair

On Wednesday, April 26th, the Special Education will be sponsoring the annual Transition Fair! The event will be virtual and held from 6:00-7:30. Students and families are invited to attend! Visit the Special Education website for more information and to preregister for the event!

College Fair

New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) has scheduled some college fairs that will be taking place between May and June.

Three fairs that will be held in Massachusetts

  1. Tuesday, May 16th from 5pm-7pm: Assumption University in Worcester, MA
  2. Tuesday, May 23rd: from 9am-11am & 12pm-2pm: Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, MA
  3. Monday, June 5th: from 9am-11am: Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA

If you are interested in registering or learning more information, click the link here

College Visits

With the weather getting warmer, spring is a great time to plan college visits! Talk with your family about visiting colleges. April vacation would be a great opportunity to visit colleges! We also have a College Visit Checklist to bring with you that can help you when you start making decisions on which colleges you want to apply to. Click here for the checklist and make sure to print it out to bring with you!

Financial Aid Presentation and Scholarship Opportunities

On Tuesday, March 21st, the school counselors held a presentation about financial aid and scholarship. Click here to view the presentation!

Have you received financial aid award letters? College Ave has an article to help you understand your award letter. If you're still working on financial aid and scholarships, check out this TikTok video about common financial aid mistakes!

If you are still looking to apply for scholarships, be sure to visit our website to browse the many options!

MEFA Seminar

MEFA will be hosting their Understanding Financial Aid Offers & Paying the College Bill seminar on April 10th, 2023 at Acton/Boxborough Regional High School in the auditorium at 6:00pm. This free seminar will discuss the different types of financial aid, how to calculate the balance due at each college, methods for paying the college bill, and more!

Driver's Permit Information

In order to apply for your driver's permit, you will need proof of residency. In a sealed envelope, an official school transcript can be used as proof of residency. If you would like to request your transcript to apply for a driver's permit, please fill out this Google Form. You can see one of the secretaries in the school counseling office to pick up your transcripts once this is completed.

Mental Health

National Counseling Awareness Month

The American Counseling Association (ACA) has named April as National Counseling Month! This month focuses on all types of counselors. While this month is a way to honor the accomplishments of counselors, it is also a month about raising awareness about counseling!

Benefits of counseling:

  • Improves communication and interpersonal skills
  • Increases confidence
  • Improves mental health
  • Improves expression and management of emotions
  • Improves problem-solving and conflict-resolution abilities.

Getting Outside

As the weather gets warmer, it is a great time to go outside, get some fresh air, and do some fun activities! Being outside and being in nature is a great way to boost your mental health. Here are a few activities you can do to get outside and be in nature:

  • Gardening
  • Taking a short or long walk outside. Try to find a walking trail to spend time outside with your family or friends
  • Ride your bike around your neighborhood
  • Volunteer: this could look like helping with a local spring clean up
  • Perform a random act of kindness
  • Practice mindfulness in nature: There are many ways to practice mindfulness outside. Mindfulness Exercises has some tips and examples to help!

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