West Perry Counseling Newsletter

December 2020

Chapter 339

Chapter 339 is a Pennsylvania state mandate that requires all school districts in the Commonwealth to have a comprehensive guidance plan encompassing Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. This plan must address the four Career Education & Work Standards (listed below). In order to graduate and earn a diploma, students must exhibit an understanding of these four areas through various career exploration activities by the end of their 11th grade year. Through these activities, students must produce eight pieces of evidence. The standards are: Career Awareness and Preparation, Career Acquisition, Career Retention and Advancement, and Entrepreneurship. If you have questions about Chapter 339, please contact your school counselor.

Cumberland Perry Vocational Technical School

Cumberland Perry Vo-Tech will be hosting three Q&A sessions on Zoom for families of prospective applicants to ask questions about Cumberland Perry.

Sessions will be held on December 2, 9, and 16 from 6:30-7:00 pm. We encourage all parents and students to join in.

Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73926328167?pwd=SXNCYk1walIrTlptaS9RMjVPdjArdz09

If you are having any technical issues during the zoom, email fflamini@cpavts.org and they will try to assist.

West Perry School District Holiday Free Drive-Thru Food Distribution

When: Monday, December 21st 1pm-2pm and Tuesday, December 22nd 8am-9am

Where: West Perry Food Pantry (located in the trailers behind the high School at the West Perry Support Annex) 2625 Shermans Valley Road, Elliottsburg, PA 17024 *Enter off Rt74 and pass the stadium.

Food is available to any family of a child in the West Perry School District. You must contact the West Perry High School main office (717) 789-3931 no later than Wednesday, December 16th to sign up.

Please plan to provide your address and # of individuals living in your household.

Sponsored by: Central Pennsylvania Food Bank


No More Zero Days

Please check out the Smore link below for information about our "No Zero Days" initiative. This is a great way to keep your spirits up during this difficult time.

Attention Seniors!

If you need any assistance with College applications, financial aid/scholarships, or future plans, please reach out to Mrs. Zeigler at mzeigler@westperry.org.


Perry County Old Iron Collectors Scholarship Information

The Perry County Old Iron Collectors, Inc. (PCOIC) will present a scholarship(s) totaling up to $1,000 to graduating seniors who meet the club’s criteria and plan to enter a field of study related to one of the following:

• Agricultural and Extension Education

• Agricultural Science

• Animal Bioscience

• Environmental Soil Science

• Agronomy

Graduating seniors who reside in the Greenwood School District, Newport School District, Susquenita School District, or West Perry School District are eligible to apply for the PCOIC scholarship.

Applications must be received by March 31, 2021. Please see the Counseling Center for a copy of the application.

United Steel Workers (USW) Hugh Carcella Scholarship Program

$4,000 scholarship available ($1,000 per year for 4 years). Applicants must be the son, daughter or legal ward of the United Steelworkers, District 10 (Eastern) in good standing with the Local Union participating in the Scholarship Program. Applications may be obtained, upon request, from participating Local Unions. Deadline to apply is March 15, 2021. Please see the Counseling Center for more information.

Hermine Solt Student Scholarship

Each year the PA Association of Educational Office Professionals (PAEOP) offers the Hermine Solt Student Scholarship which is a $500 scholarship for a Pennsylvania High School senior who is pursuing higher education in a business-related field (office technology, accounting, secretarial, business education (including business education teaching), business management, etc.).

Complete details including criteria, guidelines, and scholarship application can be found at PAEOP’s website, www.paeop.com, under Awards & Scholarships.

Scholarship Committee Chairperson and contact is:
Linda Miller
Unionville-Chadds Ford School District
740 Unionville Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
610-347-0970 | lmiller@ucfsd.net

Jackie Robinson Foundation

The online application for the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship is available starting on November 1, 2020, at jackierobinson.org. Through the JRF application, more than 4,000 talented young minority high school students apply to become JRF Scholars and carry on the civic-minded legacy of the foundation's namesake, Jackie Robinson. The deadline to submit the application for a JRF Scholarship is February 1, 2021, 5 p.m. ET.

About JRF:

The JRF Scholarship program addresses the financial needs of college students and provides extensive, hands-on mentoring and support services. Once chosen from a national, selective application process, JRF Scholars receive a generous four-year grant to attend the undergraduate school of their choice and enroll in JRF's celebrated "42 Strategies for Success Curriculum." This four-year program guides JRF Scholars to effectively navigate their college environments, explore career options, develop leadership skills, and embrace a commitment to service. The program also promotes the values and character traits embodied in the heroic life of Jackie Robinson, encouraging JRF Scholars to positively impact the lives of others.

To learn more about JRF, please visit their website at jackierobinson.org.

PB&J Scholarship

Hi Seniors! We wanted you to be aware of a scholarship that isn’t based on your GPA! The PB&J Foundation is offering high school seniors awards of $500 to $1000. The PB&J Scholarship is for students who have experienced personal challenges that may not have allowed them to perform well academically, but who still have the drive to succeed. Examples of personal challenges include, but are not limited to- medical issues, peer issues, bullying, change of school, minority status, etc. Also, family issues- divorce, death, lack of income, homelessness, foster care, abuse, etc. When in doubt, students are encouraged to apply; this scholarship is meant to be inclusive.

Click here for more information

Teen Summer Camp


Although camps were not held in 2020 due to Covid, we are hopeful that 2021 camps will be held.

Deadline for applications is January 22, 2021

AAS is a chapter of National Audubon Society (NAS) in south central Pennsylvania, with membership in Cumberland, Dauphin, Northern York and Perry counties (as determined by NAS zip-codes). In 2020 we will again be offering THREE full Hog Island Teen Camp scholarships (excluding transportation to/from camp) in the amount of $1,395 each.

Audubon Hog Island site: Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens, Sessions One and Two.

Primary Eligibility for our Scholarship: 14-to-17-year-old youth in our chapter territory, with either a demonstrated passion for, or an awakening, demonstrated curiosity about birds and/or natural history/science, willing to "give back” from their Hog Island learning experiences to our chapter and their local communities. First consideration for this scholarship goes to teens living in our chapter territory.

Secondary Eligibility: Non-chapter-resident 14-17-year-olds may also be considered - birding/wildlife volunteer and family connections to our area strengthen non-resident applications. We can also sometimes offer partial scholarships/financial support to strong candidates outside our formal process, who demonstrate financial need.

Chapter-Territory Residents: Please also see additional Youth and Educator camp/continuing education scholarships for camps in Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic region, on our website.

For more information, please click this link: https://appalachianaudubon.org/hDocs/2021_HogIslandFlyer.pdf

Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week

What is PFEW? A unique and challenging program that provides a hands-on opportunity to learn about business and our free enterprise system. This program opens doors for high school sophomores and juniors to learn what it takes to succeed in our fast-paced world filled with endless changes and challenges. You will receive practical tools and knowledge that will help you determine your career path while making life-long connections and friendships. Since 1979, this internationally acclaimed program has taught students what it takes to make our private enterprise system work.

Please click this link for more information and to apply to attend during the Summer 2021. Registration fee is $295.00


Biomedical Engineering Innovation for High School Students

Do you excel in math and science? Designed with the intellectually curious student in mind, Johns Hopkins Biomedical Engineering Innovation offers a challenging and fun online course that sparks an interest in engineering and STEM exploration.

Applications are being accepted for the January 25, 2021 course, so there is still time to apply.

Johns Hopkins faculty created the Biomedical Engineering Innovation course to encourage creativity and instill confidence in students. In the course, students will model human efficiency and the cardiovascular system and design experiments to test these models and more. And students have the opportunity to earn college credit and strengthen their college applications!

Read more about the course scheduled for January 25–April 23, 2021.

Contact us

West Perry High School Counseling Center

Mrs. Bell - 9th Grade Counselor - hbell@westperry.org

Miss Meili - 10th & 11th Grade Counselor - lmeili@westperry.org

Mrs. Zeigler - 12th Grade Counselor - mzeigler@westperry.org

Mrs. Barber - Guidance Clerk - cbarber@westperry.org