School Counseling Corner

February 2016


Scheduling for Next Year has Begun!

Students - Please bring your completed and signed course selection sheets to school counseling. If you need scheduling forms or have a question, please see your counselor.

Attention Juniors

Raritan Bay Medical Center will be offering a three-day Healthcare Connection Program July 6-8 for current Juniors who are seriously considering a career in the healthcare field. The program will be at Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge and Perth Amboy on July 6-8. A maximum of six students are accepted at no cost to the students. Participants will have exposure to a variety of health care professions.

Applications for this competitive program are available in School Counseling Services. The application deadline is March 4, 2016.

Boys and Girls State

Any Junior boys or girls that are interested in attending BOYS and GIRLS STATE, which is sponsored by the American Legion, please see Mrs. Boszko by February 19, 2016. Students must be in good academic standing and able to work in a large group setting. Availability is limited and interviews are usually required. The free event will take place June 19 thru June 24, 2016. Boys State is held at Rider University and Girls State is held at Georgian Court University. For more information please visit the following websites:

Girls State

Boys State

Opportunities at Rutgers University

New Pre-Engineering Summer Academy for High Schoolers
Rutgers University–New Brunswick will host a summer academy from July 31 to August 6 for students 16 to 18 who are interested in exploring engineering as a career. Living on campus, students will be introduced to aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, forensic, and mechanical engineering through discussions with professors, case studies, campus tours, lectures, and demonstrations. An online information session will be held on January 29 from 9:30 to 10 a.m. Learn more and register for the information session here.

Pre-College Students Can Apply to Take College Courses as Summer Scholars
Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Summer Scholars Program, an opportunity for motivated students to prepare for college and earn credits that may be applied toward their undergraduate degree. Students 16 or older with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average may apply to take up to two college courses. Younger students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will also require standardized test scores and an interview. An information session for the program will be held February 16 at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

NCAA Eligibility Information

Please follow this link for information about NCAA Eligibility.


Spotswood High School College & Career Fair

When: Tuesday, April 26 2016, 6 pm - 8 pm

Where: Spotswood High School Gymnasium

Visit with representatives from colleges, universities, and technical schools from across the country. Open to the public and admission is free.

Spring College Open Houses

Spring College Open House Lists for NJ, PA, DC, DE, MD, NY & VA have been updated:

New Jersey College Open Houses link:

Pennsylvania College Open Houses link:

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York and Virginia College Open Houses link:


Students can access free SAT test prep on Naviance by logging in to their Naviance account and clicking on "Test Prep" on the left side of the screen.

Free and personalized prep for the SAT is available through Khan Academy. Visit for more information.



All sophomore students will be taking the PSAT in school on Monday, February 22, 2016. Learn more about the PSAT by clicking here.


To view SAT test dates, registration deadlines, and to register, please visit


To view ACT test dates, registration deadlines, and to register, please visit


Lead For Diversity

Lead for Diversity works to increase awareness and improve the inter-group relations in the school and the community. Students discuss ethnic, cultural and socioeconomic issues and identify strategies to improve these relationships. Delegates attend a peer leadership program where students acquire peer leadership, conflict resolution, and human relations skills necessary for success in a diverse world.

LFD meets Mondays at 2:30. For more information or to join, please see Mrs. Van Doren.


Jack Kraszewski

High School Year of Graduation: 2015

University Attended: Stevens Institute of Technology

Academic Major: Computer Science

Jack is currently a freshman as Stevens Institute of Technology majoring in Computer Science. He credits the classes he took in high school as preparing him for college. His advice for current SHS students is to study, learn how to get organized, and plan ahead.


Varsity Brands is in search of America’s Most Spirited High School

School Spirit award opportunities are now open by Varsity Brands. Schools, school groups, and individuals who demonstrate school spirit are encouraged to apply. Application details are available on the Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards website:

Submissions are open February 8 – March 1, 2016

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest

The Gallery Collection is holding its 9th annual Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship Contest, which is open to all high school students. Applicants are asked to submit an original photo, artwork, or computer graphic to be used on the front of a greeting card. The winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship as well as an additional $1000 prize for their school. The deadline to submit a piece is February 25th.

For official rules and to enter the contest, please follow this link.

Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leadership Scholarship

The Louis Bay 2nd Future Municipal Leadership Scholarship opportunity is available for Juniors and Seniors that reside in Helmetta.

Please follow this link for an application form. The submission deadline to the Mayor of Helmetta is March 10, 2016.


February's Tips

The transition from Semester 1 to Semester 2 is happening this month. Students experience an increase in stress due to a variety of reasons. Help your student by reading the article Teens and Stress: How to Keep Stress in Check.

For even more information on how to help your teen with stress, please follow this link.


Centenary College: Jennilee Joost

Jennilee Joost is an enrollment counselor at Centenary College. Below are some tips that she has shared for our students.

What tips would would you have for current juniors to get a jump on the college application process?

While your grades in high school are important, colleges also look at what you do outside the classroom. They like to see that you are involved in sports, student government, and community activities, and that you take on leadership roles when available.

Parents should encourage their children to build their resume by taking college prep classes, participating in extracurricular activities, and volunteering at programs outside of school.


School Counseling Website

For more information on college, scholarships, study skills, career planning, SAT/ACT/Accuplacer test prep, educational progams, and more, please vist the school counseling link: