Counseling Department Newsletter

October 2020

In this issue:

  • Freshmen Presentations on Thursday, 10/1
  • Financial Aid 101 with Director of Financial Aid at Assumption, on Thursday, 10/8
  • Freshmen Parent Event on Tuesday, 10/13 (Registration Link included)
  • Meet the Counseling Department Interns
  • Senior Presentations: Follow-up
  • College Guidance Network
  • MEFA events
  • Google Classroom Codes
  • Google Post Tuesday

Freshmen Presentations

On Thursday, 10/1, school counselors will be meeting via google meet with their freshmen. The presentation will take place during our 12:50-1:40pm counseling block time. Students will be receiving their counselor's google meet link in their google classroom. The topics we will be covering during the presentation include:
  • Get to know the school counseling department

  • Booking appointments

  • Transition to high school

  • Getting the most out of your high school career

  • Graduation & transcripts

  • Logging into Naviance

  • Introduction to Career Cluster Finder and Career Interest Profiler

  • And more!

Financial Aid Presentation

Date: October 8, 2020

Time: 6:30PM
Topic: WRHS College Financial Aid Presentation

Hosted by: Director of Financial Aid at Assumption, Mrs. Monica Blondin via ZOOM

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

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Parents of the Class of 2024

October 13th, 6:30pm: Seminar for Parents of the Class of 2024... This seminar will focus on building a good transcript for high school, reviewing the role of the school counselor and highlighting the career and college research tools on Naviance.

Presented by the school counselors!

Location: Google Meet

Please REGISTER for this event to receive the google meet link!

Meet the interns! The counseling office is fortunate enough to have two interns working with us this year!

Hello, my name is Kelly Poole!

I am currently in my last year of my Master’s program at Assumption to become a school counselor. I went to high school at Nashoba Regional before heading to Ohio to complete my undergraduate degree in business and playing d2 basketball. A few important things to know about me: I love spending time with my family and friends. I love playing and watching sports, anything from spikeball to tennis to football. I am so excited to be a Wachusett Mountaineer and get to know both the students and faculty who make up the school (whether that is behind a mask, over zoom, or in person)!

Hello, my name is Kathleen Currie!

I am in my last year at Fitchburg State to receive my MS in School Counseling. I am a Wachusett alumna of the class of 2014. I continued my education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst where I received my BA in Psychology and eventually developed a love for school counseling. Since my undergraduate experience, I have been working within schools in the Wachusett district, while substituting part-time. I love spending my free time with my family and my Goldendoodle Stanley, particularly exploring the outdoors. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue my education while remaining a proud Wachusett Mountaineer, and look forward to meeting this year's staff and students!

Senior Presentations Follow-up

Hi Seniors! If you wanted to review the presentations that were offered during our senior bootcamp or during school on 9/17 or 9/24, I have created a drive for you. THIS DRIVE will have the presentations including the one that was presented to parents on 9/22.

WRHS joins College Guidance Network!

We are thrilled to bring our families and students a new service offering going into the new school year. We have signed up our school to have access to College Guidance Network, a virtual programming network specializing in demystifying the college admissions process.

The full ten-episode series will provide you with expert advice on the college admissions process. Topics include how to create a balanced school list, write an effective essay and apply for financial aid. They will even take you behind the scenes to see how admissions committees actually work! Take a closer look at the full schedule of programming and speakers on their programming page.

September 30th at 7pm: Student Perspectives on Applying to College During a Pandemic

Please click THIS URL to join.
Passcode: 350878

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October 7th at 7pm: Money Matters: College Affordability and Financial Aid 101

Please click this THIS URL to join.

Passcode: 447969

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MEFA: Daily College Financing Webinars for Families

Beginning Monday, September 28th through Thursday, November 5th , MEFA will host a live College Financing webinar daily every Monday through Thursday, with daytime and evening hours. All webinars will be recorded and available online for families who are unable to attend a live event. The webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of the full financial aid application process. Presenters will include MEFA staff members as well as guests from financial aid offices across the Commonwealth, providing families the opportunity to hear from many of the most knowledgeable financial aid leaders in the industry.

Please register at for a live webinar. If you have any questions please reach out to MEFA at (800) 449-MEFA (6332) or

Students: Make sure you have JOINED your counselor's GOOGLE CLASSROOM

Please see THIS document with your counselor's codes! If you haven't joined already, join TODAY!

Google Post Tuesday

Every Tuesday, the counselors will be posting in their google classroom. This important information could include information on upcoming presentations, mindfulness activities, celebrating diversity activities, etc.

WRHS Students: Please be sure to look at your counselor's google classroom!