Wachusett Guidance News

August 29, 2017

Summer Comes to a Close and a New School Year Begins!

Dear Wachusett Students and Families,

While we hope everybody enjoyed the summer, we are excited to be officially underway with a brand new school year! Congratulations to the members of the class of 2018 as they embark on their final year of high school! Welcome to the class of 2021 as they start their high school careers!

I plan to update you with relevant guidance news and information through this newsletter on a regular basis as the year continues. I hope you find it informative and helpful. Additionally, as always please feel free to reach out to me or your respective guidance counselor anytime throughout the year.

If you haven't already done so, please bookmark the guidance portion of the school website, as we update it often with new events and information. https://sites.google.com/a/wrsd.net/wrhs-guidance/

We also have two social media venues we recommend following. On Twitter, you can follow the Guidance Office @GuidanceWRHS as well as my account @WachusettKrol

On Facebook, please like/follow the Wachusett Regional High School (facebook.com/wachusettstudents) account for regular updates.

I wish all of you the very best and look forward to a tremendous school year.

- Jon Krol

Head of Guidance

New Counselors

Scheduling Changes and Deadlines

Compared to previous years' first days of school, we saw far fewer students in guidance today asking to make scheduling changes. We attribute this mainly to the fact that schedules were released two weeks before the 2016-2017 school year ended, enabling students to make changes before the summer began.

There are two main types of scheduling questions that students come to guidance in these first few days of school with: level change requests and elective changes.

We typically recommend that students asking about level changes give their classes some time. Instead of moving up a level in Math because they feel like the class is moving too slowly, wait it out. Students should feel free to talk with their teachers about their concerns, and give it a couple of weeks before making a decision. If a student feels like an English class is moving too quickly, he/she should again talk with his/her teacher about it to see if moving down makes sense right away. We recommend giving it a couple of weeks, even up to 5 or 6 before making a change. Of course if students aren't sure about what they should do, they should be encouraged to go see their counselor for advice.

The other aspect of their schedules that students ask us about is their elective choices. Students who don't get their first or second choice of electives will sometimes ask their guidance counselors if there are any alternative choices available to what they were scheduled in. We're happy to check and make a move if possible, but please keep in mind that not everybody will get their top choices. The add/drop period for students looking to change their electives is next Friday, September 8th.

Upcoming Guidance Events

College Process Presentation - For Senior Parents

Thursday, Sep. 21st, 6:30pm

1401 Main Street

Holden, MA

Parents of seniors are invited to join the guidance staff in the high school auditorium to learn about the nuts and bolts of the college application process. We will be discussing the logistics of applying to college and what students will need to do on their end to apply to each institution, and what steps need to be done internally at WRHS to ensure their materials are sent from us.

No registration is necessary. This is typically a well attended presentation, and we hope to see you there. Students are welcome to attend but will be getting the same presentation during the school day in Homerooms the next week.

For those looking to learn more about the financial aspect, we'd invite you to stay for a presentation at 7:45 from Dave Landry of Central Mass College Funding Advisors

Dave Landry - College Funding Presentation for Parents of Students in Grades 9-12

Thursday, Sep. 21st, 7:45pm

1401 Main Street

Holden, MA

Following the senior parent night in the auditorium, we'll be hosting Dave Landry of Central Mass College Funding Advisors for a presentation on tips for saving for college and for going through the financial aid process. Dave comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience on this process, and we recommend this event for all parents, regardless of grade.

No RSVP is necessary.

MEFA - College Financial Aid Overview

Thursday, Sep. 28th, 6:30pm

1401 Main Street

Holden, MA

The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) will be presenting on the ins and outs of the college financial aid application process. This is a thorough presentation, and is highly recommended for senior parents. Even if you've already gone through this process with another child, the process underwent a dramatic change in the fall of 2016. We highly recommend attending this presentation.

No RSVP necessary.

Upcoming SAT's for Seniors

There are two popular SAT test dates coming up for seniors: October 7th and November 4th.
The deadline to register for the October 7th test is September 8th.
More information about the SAT's and ACT's can be found on the Standardized Tests section of our website: https://sites.google.com/a/wrsd.net/wrhs-guidance/home/Standardized-Tests


On Wednesday, October 11th, we'll be administering the PSAT to all juniors. No sign up needed.

In addition, sophomores wishing to take the test can also sign up.

We will be sending out information in the next two weeks on the sign up procedure and deadlines.