PHS Counselor Connection

September 2022: Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior Edition

In this Newsletter:

  • Important Dates
  • Future Ready
  • Helpful Resources for Families and Students (Including our student job "Board")

Important Dates

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PHS Fall Future Ready Days!

October 13th and 14th are the Fall Future Ready Days at PHS. On these days students will run a shortened schedule of classes in the afternoon and each morning offers a different experience.

Morning of the 13th:

  • Freshmen will take the Pre-ACT (no action needed, this is for all)
  • Sophomores will take the Pre-ACT (no action needed, this is for all)
  • Juniors have the option to take a full-length practice ACT, the PSAT or the ASVAB
  • Seniors will choose from a menu of options from college application work time to paying for college along with many others.

Morning of the 14th:

All students will participate in our 10th annual Career Speaker Day

More details to come!

PSAT Registration

*PSAT - $18.00 To register, bring a check (payable to PHS) or cash to the Student Services office by September 14th (for guaranteed test registration). This exam is geared towards strong test takers pursuing the National Merit Scholarship. Only Juniors can be entered in the National Merit Scholarship program.
Start College Now and Early College Credit Program applications for second semester are due to the counselors by October 1st. If you are looking to register for a semester 2 college class through these programs, please connect with your counselor right away and turn your application in by the deadline! Start College Now forms can be found here. EECP colleges each have their own process which can be found on their websites. This form is used for UW System campuses. And this form is used for private campuses like Carroll University. All students must complete the general dual credit request form in addition to the college forms.
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Getting to Know Your Counselor!

The PHS counselors will be meeting individually with all freshmen students over the course of the next several weeks. Students should have selected a meeting time during homeroom last week. If not, please take care of this ASAP.

Counselors will be meeting with sophomore's student later this semester.

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Tutoring Resource Through the Pewaukee Library!

In case you missed this last year...the library has shared with us this opportunity to receive live, online academic tutoring. Click HERE for more information.

Looking for Volunteer Opportunities?

Check out the community organizations looking for volunteers on this Volunteer Opportunities spreadsheet.

Looking for a JOB?

We get (almost) daily calls or emails from local employers looking to hire current high school students and sometimes calls for recent graduates or getting ready to gradauate seniors. Check out this virtual job board for all of the great opportunities out there to earn some money and gain experience for your future!

Thinking about a US Military Academy?

Service Academy Day

High school and middle school students interested in attending any of the military service academies are encouraged to attend this event to learn about the process of receiving the required congressional nomination. Congressional staff will be present to explain the nomination process. Family members are welcome ot attend. The details are as follows:

9:00 AM – 12:30 PM on Saturday September 17, 2022

EAA Aviation Center

3000 Poberezny Road, Oshkosh, WI 54902

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Learn about ROTC Programs

West Point / ROTC Outreach Briefings are a great way to find out more about the Academy and ROTC - both Cadet Life and the Admissions Process as well as what it means to be an Army Officer.

Information for the Milwaukee Area Event:

  • Who - West Point and local ROTC representatives and you!
  • What - Informational presentation about West Point / ROTC / Army opportunities for high school students and guidance/career counselors.
  • When - Monday, 19 September 2022, 6PM – 8PM.
  • Where – Emory Clark Hall (Building 31), Room 111, Marquette University Campus.
  • Why - Promote interest in and awareness of college/career opportunities available through West Point, ROTC, and the U.S. Army.

For applying candidates, these briefings are also a great time to have your questions answered and meet the Field Force liaisons who will help you through the process as well.

West Point and Army ROTC are an individual choice - we are all here to help you make the right choice for your college and career. Please RSVP Here: (corrected link)

The Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) club for high school students

ACE – Animal Career Exploration

Ages: 9th-12th Grade

HAWS Animal Career Exploration (HAWS ACE) is a program for teens to learn about the variety of careers available in animal care. Members will get a chance to hear from speakers working in different animal-related jobs and learn what skills and training are needed to do those jobs. Veterinarian is usually the first career that comes to mind when thinking about jobs with animals. But how much do you really know about becoming a vet and did you know there are TONS of other animal related careers? Are you creative? Maybe you’d enjoy a job as a groomer. Good problem solver? Perhaps you could become a great dog trainer. Interested in law enforcement? What about a job as a Humane Officer? Participants will also learn more about HAWS and our mission, and get some hands on experience working with animals. Join HAWS ACE today! Meetings are held on one Wednesday a month per semester. To register go to

ACT Prep Opportunities for Juniors

WCTC ACT Prep Class (Online)

Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) is offering the ACT Exam Preparation course in October/November through a hybrid format. The course is designed for high school students preparing to take the ACT. Students will learn strategies and aspects of the ACT in the areas of Math, Reading, Writing, Science Reasoning, and English Grammar to prepare them for success on their exam.

ACT Prep: Don’t forget- all juniors have access to the online ACT prep course through Methodize. This is true wether they are enrolled in the ACT prep class through PHS or not. Students can find the program in their Xello accounts on the menu on the right. This can be used at any time.

Most students take their first ACT with the high school in February/March and then take the April, June or July tests if they wish to retest. Some juniors will take the December test. Some seniors will take the September or October tests if they are still trying for a certain score. Scores are reported in time for admissions deadlines at most schools.

The College and military Reps are coming!

It's never too early to start researching colleges! All grade levels are welcome to participate in these visits.

Link to List of Current College and Military Scheduled Visits. Register at this link then get a pass from the guidance office on the day of the meeting.

College Representatives are calling regularly to schedule times so make sure to check this list regularly!

You do NOT need to register to speak with the lunchtime military reps.

Other Opportunities to Learn about Colleges

Wisconsin Education Fair Info Link

Milwaukee National College Fair

Christian College Fair Link

Considering WCTC? Join them for an in-person Open House on October 27th!

Register for the WCTC open house scheduled for 3-7pm on Thursday, October 27th. Students and parents can attend anytime in that window. Check out the list of the over 150 programs that WCTC offers HERE and don't forget to scroll way down the page to learn about the transfer agreements that exist to aid in transferring credits to 4-year colleges. For example, did you know that the Electrical Engineering Technical students can easily transfer 60+ credits to MSOE, Marquette and UWM!

Thinking about the UW System?

This booklet has great information for those starting to learn about options within the UW System. This is a nice checklist (9th & 10th) checklist (11th) for those planning on attending college.

Finding Your College Fit With UW Journey


UW Journey is designed to easily help all students find their fit within the UW System. Join UW HELP as they walk through the UW Journey app.

Paying for College Resource

The website from Sallie Mae has great resources from the basics to more detailed info about the various methods to help afford college. A great video series is also available.

And don't forget to join us for the in-person Financial Aid seminar on September 28th where a representative from a college will be here to give you information on completing the FAFSA and to answer your questions about the process or unique situations. See information in the Important Dates table above. Junior famililes are welcome to attend however the information presented will be most applicable for seniors.

Accesibility/Disability Services in College

UW HELP is offering an online presentation featuring a panel of representatives from UW-Green Bay and UW-La Crosse to discuss accessibility/disability services as students transition from high school to college. This is a great opportunity to learn about available services, understand the similarities and differences of services in a college setting, policies and procedures, and more. Students, families, school counselors, and other academic professionals are encouraged to attend.

Juniors- Considering College Athletics?

If there is a possibility that you will be enrolling at a D1 or D2 college (NCAA) or a NAIA program, you need to be sure to be knowledgeable about and follow the steps required for eligibility confirmation. For juniors, this means creating an account a some point this year and then uploading a transcript at the end of the school year. Accounts must be created before you can attend an official visit or sign a letter of intent. Potential division 3 students should complete the profile page. See your counselor for assistance and to be sure that you have met the academic requirements. More information (regarding all divisions) can be found in this slideshow from the NCAA.

Main NCAA Info Page

NCAA Eligibility Center

NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student Athlete

NCAA D3 Profile Page

Main NAIA Page

NAIA Eligibility Center

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District Community Resources List

(use the links on the left to navigate resources for various topics)

Children's Hospital Craig Yabuki Mental Health Walk-In Clinic- Open 3:00-9:30pm 7 days a week

In School Community Therapy Options

Pewaukee School District works with three local agencies to provide in bulding Mental Health services. Various insurance companies are accepted. Families should reach out to the contacts indicated on the form to connect your student with a therpist.

Your Choice Parent Webinars- Sessions on various topics that parents may find useful. Topics include resiliency, drugs, alcohol, vaping and screen addiction

College Goal WI- Assistance with completing the FAFSA (seniors) All virtual event this year

Healing Hearts- For over a decade Healing Hearts has delivered compassion, care, and connection for children and families grieving a loss from death, divorce, abandonment, overdose, incarceration, military deployment, and deportation.

Healing Hearts expanded its Children’s Grief Group programs to provide greater access for families in Southeast Wisconsin.

  • Waukesha (12-week program): Mondays, Sept 26-Dec 19
  • Menomonee Falls (6-week program): Thursdays, Sept 22-Oct 27
  • Oconomowoc (6-week program): Thursdays, Nov 10 – Dec 22

Visit to select a group and submit an inquiry to participate.

Resources from the Pewaukee Library- Help Now (Live online tutoring)

District/School Calendars

Student Job "Board"- Often times, local employers will let us know of positions that they are hiring for. This document will be updated each time we learn of a new opportunity so check back often!

Teen Central

Resource for teens facing mental health issues. This website is filled with resources and information to get help. (click the picture to go to the site)
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