WHS Guidance News

January/February 2020

Happy New Year!

Students have just wrapped up their midterms and are getting settled into the 2nd semester. We were thrilled to see so many students and families at Guidance Night earlier this month and look forward to seeing many junior students and families at Junior Future Planning Night on February 6. We are in the midst of meeting with our sophomores and juniors for guidance classes and seminars and are looking forward to another Life After High School week in early March. Seniors will hear about the WHS Scholarship booklet in early March. Read on for information about:


-Junior Future Planning Night

-Resources from Guidance Night 2020

-Sophomore Seminars

-Junior Guidance Classes

-Special Opportunities

-Upcoming Dates

Junior Future Planning Night

Junior students and families are invited to join the Guidance Department for our annual Junior Future Planning Night on Thursday, February 6 from 6:30-8PM in the Lecture Hall at WHS. During this evening event, guidance counselors will provide a brief overview of college admissions details that juniors and families should be thinking about. Following that overview, admissions representatives from Bentley University, Regis College, Salem State University, and Suffolk University will discuss the admissions process at their tips of schools and provide general types for applying to colleges and universities. This is a wonderful opportunity for students and families to hear about the admissions process from admissions representatives themselves.

Resources from Guidance Night

Guidance Night 2020 included 17 different workshops for students and families. These workshops focused on managing stress, interview skills, college admissions, SEL, and more. Many of our presenters were kind enough to share their slides or handouts with us. These resources are available on the Guidance News website. We try very hard to post any information from evening events here, so be sure to check it out following Junior Future Planning Night, as well!

Sophomore Seminars

In mid-December, sophomores attended a brief assembly to learn about accessing PSAT scores. In our first sophomore seminar earlier this month, students were given assistance with accessing their scores if they had not done so already and given information on linking their CollegeBoard account with Khan Academy for free SAT test prep. Sophomores were also introduced to Naviance, our college and career search tool. Over the next several weeks, sophomores will spend some time meeting with their guidance counselors in small groups during Advisory to learn more about Naviance and begin exploring career paths. Naviance is a great tool for students to begin using as they start to think about life after high school. They can check out information on recommended high school courses, explore colleges with majors they might be interested in, and learn more about their interests, learning styles, and personality. We hope that students use this as a resource as they start thinking about life after high school, or even courses for next year!

Junior Guidance Classes

The juniors will meet with their guidance counselors in small groups during History classes early in 3rd quarter. During these meetings, students will discuss some of the next steps in their future planning process - making a plan for after graduation, searching careers and programs, talking to teachers about recommendation letters, registering for SAT/ACT tests, and more. Following these small group meetings, juniors will make individual meetings with their guidance counselor to further discuss their post-secondary plans. We encourage juniors to schedule their meetings soon so that they can schedule additional meetings as needed and develop a timeline for the remainder of the year. It's an exciting time and we love these meetings!

Special Opportunities for Students

For a constantly updated list of all the special opportunities and scholarships we hear about, be sure to visit our Special Opportunities & Scholarship Hub and check out our Special Opportunities newsletter. Below is a list of a few upcoming opportunities for students.


Framingham State University and Mass Bay Community College will be hosting a series of workshops this winter and spring for students and families. The first workshop, College Questions about NCAA Division III/NJAA Schools will be held on February 3 from 6:30-8PM. Register here. The next session, Why Community College Makes Cents, will be held on March 4 from 6:30-8PM. Register here.


The Division for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is hosting a free career day to provide more information about genetic counseling on Saturday, February 8th, 2020. There will be a half-day overview aimed towards high school age students (9am-12pm)Click here to register.


Seed Crew is a 6.5 week summer internship for youth ages 14-17. Seed Crew members grow food on The Food Project’s urban and suburban farms, participate in workshops about the food system and social justice and serve at local hunger relief organizations. They earn a paycheck and community service hours as well as make lifelong friendships! Click here to apply.


The Rotary Club will soon be accepting applications for RYLA, a youth leadership conference held in June each year. Applicants will complete a brief application and have an interview with members of the Rotary Club. Any 10th grader is welcome to apply. Please see Ms. Eaton for an application.


The Girls STEM Statewide Summit will be held on April 5. The Summit is an annual daylong event for 8-12 grade girls interested in pursuing STEM careers or exploring STEM topics. While there is no registration deadline, slots fill up fast. You can register here.


Mass Bay Community College is hosting a Summer 2020 STEM Sampler July 13-17. These workshops are available to underserved* high school students who identify as female. The workshops are a five-day exploratory in Science (biotechnology lab work), Technology (robotics and web design), Engineering (engineering design), and Math (interactive, contextualized in STEM). This program is FREE and funded through STEM Starter Academy. For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.massbay.edu/stem-summer-sampler

*underserved-Must be one of the following: Eligible for free or reduced lunch, will be the first in their family to attend college, or are under-represented in college admissions.



Ballroom in Boston is looking for an intern or two to join our studio and help out in a handful of ways -- both learning to assist in-class teaching and handling basic admin tasks. The intern does not need previous ballroom dance experience although some dance experience of any kind is helpful (although not required). No office experience is required either. What is required is a positive & mature attitude, thirst for learning and attention to detail. Hours are flexible although we are ideally looking for at least some weekend morning/early afternoon.This is an unpaid position; however, the intern is welcome to attend any group classes they would like outside of their work hours. This will be a good fit for students interested in the arts, business, and teaching.Any interested students can send an email detailing why they are interested in the internship and their availability to lilia@ballroominboston.com.


The Harvard Physics Circle is a free mentoring program, open to all students from the Greater Boston area of age 16 and above. In this program we expose students to challenging physics beyond the high-school curriculum, and prepare them for the “F=ma” exam, the first official exam en route to being part of the US Physics Olympiad team. The mentoring is done by FHarvard and MIT physics students. Find out more here.


Continental Pools is looking for lifeguards for the summer season. Find out more here.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 5 & Thursday, February 6 - Biology MCAS

Thursday, February 6, 6:30-8:00PM - Junior Future Planning Night

Saturday, February 8 - ACTs (WHS is not a test site)

Monday, February 10 - Quarter 2 Report Cards Distributed in Advisory

Friday, February 14- Registration Deadline for March SAT

Friday, February 28 - Registration Deadline for April ACT


Monday, March 2, Tuesday, March 3 & Wednesday, March 4 - ELA MCAS Retest

Thursday, March 5 - Evening Conferences

Friday, March 6 & Monday, March 9 - Math MCAS Retest

Tuesday, March 10 - Evening Conferences

Saturday, March 14 - SATs (WHS is not a test site)

Mid-March - WHS Scholarship Booklet Distributed

Tuesday, March 24 & Wednesday, March 25 - ELA MCAS