Happy Fall

School Counseling Department Newsletter October 2019

  • Save the Date(s)!
  • School Counselors Visit Freshman Seminar classes
  • AP information
  • PSATs
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Info for seniors
  • SAT and ACT test dates


Upcoming parent events that you won't want to miss...

October 7th, 6pm: MEFA for all parents of high school students, 6pm in WRHS's Auditorium... This seminar will provide information and clarity on the entire college financial aid application process. You’ll learn about financial aid applications and types of financial aid, the factors that determine your aid eligibility, how colleges determine the amount of aid to offer, and the details of financial aid award letters.

October 15th, 6pm: Seminar for Parents of the Class of 2023, 6pm in WRHS's Auditorium... 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.

October 16th, 6pm: MA State Public College Fair at Nashoba Regional High School

October 24, 12-2pm and 6-8:30pm: Wachusett Open House

October 27th, 1-4pm: NACAC STEM College Fair at Northeastern

November 5th, 6pm: Demystifying College Financing, for all parents of students in grades 9-11, 6pm in WRHS's Auditorium... This presentation given by Dave Landry from the Central Mass College Funding Advisors is a must for all parents of college-bound high school students, including freshmen and sophomores. The strategies presented will help you protect your assets by maximizing your eligibility for aid, effectively lowering your college costs. This presentation will be held in the auditorium.

November 5th, 6:30-8:30pm: NACAC Boston Performing and Visual Arts College Fair at Emmanuel College

School Counselors visit Freshman Seminar classes

School Counselors will be visiting Freshman Seminar classes during the week of October 8th to deliver curriculum to the freshmen. Counselors will be presenting on topics including:

  • Getting to know your School Counseling Department
  • Graduation requirements & review of transcripts
  • How to get the most out of your high school career
  • Google Classroom (each counselor has their own google classroom!)
  • Naviance at WRHS
  • Introduction to Career Cluster Finder and Career Interest Profiler

Counselors will also be meeting individually with their freshmen throughout the first semester.

2019-2020: Changes to Advanced Placement Exam Registration

Do you have a child who is enrolled in an AP class this year? There are some important changes that have occurred this year! CollegeBoard has moved AP exam registration to the fall. Students must sign up for the AP exams by October 15th to allow us ample time to prepare the exam order for submission to College Board! For more information on how to register and the cost of the exam, please click HERE.

Please reach out to Anthony DiBenedetto with any questions at anthony_dibenedetto@wrsd.net or 508-829-6771 ext. 1666.

PSATs: October 19th

On Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 8:00am-12:00pm, the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be administered to sophomores and juniors who have registered.

Things to know:

If you have registered and haven't picked up a PSAT study guide, please feel free to have your child grab one in the counseling office.

Students should report to the cafeteria by 7:30am.

Student's will need bring a picture ID (Driver's Permits are not valid for ID purposes), #2 pencils and a calculator.

Room assignments will be posted in the Cafeteria on Tuesday, October 15th.

*Please note, there are no refunds.

Mental Health Counseling

Just a reminder that families needing information on counseling for any student attending WRHS can call our partners at Interface for a local provider. Using this free referral service will also essentially eliminate any waitlist that a provider may have. More information can be found on our website.

Please view our website to view information on the fall 2019 programming with Worcester Counseling Center: Group Therapy Program and The Wellness Hub: Kids and Stress.

Reminders for Seniors:

If you have an early deadline for college, please make an appointment with your school counselor prior to October 15th. Make sure to fill out the transcript request form prior to that meeting. For all seniors who are applying regular decision, please make an appointment with your school counselor prior to December 3rd. Don't forget your transcript request form!

Counselors will be seeing seniors during activity period to help with the college admissions process on October 8th!

SAT Test Dates & Registration

Be sure to visit the CollegeBoard website to register!
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ACT Test Dates and Registration

Be sure to visit the ACT website to register!
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