Counseling Department Newsletter

February 2023

In this issue...

  • Scheduling Process
  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation Scholarships
  • Scholarships
  • Work Opportunities
  • FAFSA Day
  • National School Counseling Week
  • Mental Health

Scheduling Process

Course selection and scheduling is coming up!

The scheduling process involves three parts:

  1. Recommendations for course levels will be inputted into PowerSchool for students by teachers.
  2. Students will review those recommendations in PowerSchool, select their core classes, and choose electives based on their interests.
  3. Students will then meet individually with their counselors to review their choices and finalize their course requests for the next year.

Scheduling Timeline

February 1st-February 26th: Current Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen should log in to PowerSchool and make course selections using their teacher recommendations.

February 27th-March 6th: Current Juniors will meet with their counselors during their science classes to review and finalize course requests.

March 7th-March 13th: Current Sophomores will meet with their counselors during their health classes to review and finalize course requests.

March 14th-March 21st: Current Freshmen will meet with their counselors during their freshmen seminar classes to review and finalize course requests.

Reconsideration Forms

If you are looking to move up or down in a class for next fall, please make an appointment with your school counselor. This year, Reconsideration Forms are electronic and your counselor will send you a form once notified of your request. Requests for a Reconsideration Form can be made in person or via email. Reconsideration Forms are due April 14th!

Please review the Scheduling Process Overview for further details and resources to help you navigate this important process. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school counselor for assistance!

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Scholarships

Seniors! The 2023 Financial Aid Applications from the Greater Worcester Community Foundation are now open! The Greater Worcester Community Foundation is the largest community provider of student financial aid in Worcester County, and they have helped hundreds of Worcester County students attend their chosen colleges and universities. You can apply online at


Seniors! Are you looking to apply for more scholarships? We have many scholarship opportunities listed on the school counseling website. Click here to view available scholarships and applications!

Work Opportunities

Are you a student who is looking for a job? Click here to see the list of job postings on our school counseling website! Talk with your school counselor if you need more help with searching for a job!


Seniors! Make sure you fill out the FAFSA to get financial aid for college.

On February 20th, MASFAA will be hosting a FAFSA Day to help families fill out and complete the FAFSA. This is a free and virtual event. You can register for the event by clicking here. To learn more about MASFAA click here.

National School Counseling Week

Celebrate National School Counseling Week with us from February 6th-February 10th!

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. School counselors are actively engaged in helping students examine their abilities, strengths, interests and talents; working in partnership with parents as they encounter the challenges of raising children in today's world; focusing on positive ways to enhance students' academic, career and social/emotional development; and working with teachers and other educators to provide an educational system where students can realize their potential and set healthy, realistic and optimistic aspirations for themselves. School counselors are certified, experienced educators with a master's degree in school counseling. The combination of their training and experience makes them an integral part of the total educational program.

Be sure to thank your school counselor for all of their help and hard work this year!

Mental Health


February is a month that represents showing love, compassion, and gratitude for others. While it is important to show love and compassion for others, it is also important to show that yourself.

What is Self-Compassion?

Self-compassion is essentially showing yourself the same kindness and care that we show to our friends and loved ones. Instead of judging and criticizing ourselves for our mistakes, we accept our faults as well as understand that mistakes and failure is a common human experience. Self-compassion teaches us to embrace ourselves, despite inner and outer imperfections, and provides us with the strength to thrive.

How to Build Self-Compassion

Greater Good in Action has a few different practices to help build self-compassion, including How Would You Treat a Friend?

Benefits of Self-Compassion

Studies have shown that self-compassion

  • Increases motivation
  • Increases happiness
  • Enhances self-worth
  • Fosters resilience
  • Reduces stress and improves mental health