WSHS 2019/20 Counseling Newsletter

"Building Bridges, Closing Gaps, and Leaving Legacies"

Vol. 3 No. 7

Published: March 2020

Dear WSHS Students and Parents:

The Woodbridge Senior High School Counseling Department is excited to have the pleasure of working with our students and parents over the course of the 2019/20 school year!

We hope we can help make this a wonderful and memorable year at WSHS!

Please continue to check our newsletter for important current/future information about upcoming events in the community and at WSHS, FAFSA, scholarships, SAT and ACT testing information, military and college school visits, and other beneficial information.

Woodbridge Senior High School's Counseling Department!

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STUDENTS: How to request an appointment with your counselor:

Please click on the link below, which will take you to the site where you can find your assigned ALPHA Counselor. Click your assigned ALPHA Counselor's name and fill out the required fields.

Counselor Appointment Request Link

Counseling Department Staff

CJ Ackins-Director of Counseling

Joanne Estoclet-Registrar

Gaby Vanegas- Office Secretary

Pamela Smith- School Nurse

Tina DiGiacomo- New Horizons Counselor

Seth Solondz- School Social Worker

Lauren Gonzalez- School Psychologist

Yusef Muhammad-College & Career Counselor

Lynne Wooten-Mitchell- Counselor (A-Bla)

David Roberts- Counselor (Ble-Dep)

Marci Gettis- Counselor (Der-Gue)

Kayce Swanson- Counselor (Gui-Kn)

Zoe Falkenstein- Counselor (Ko-Mol)

Joe Lederman- Counselor (Mon-Ram)/ Freshman Academy

Karen Eaton- Counselor (Ran-Sol)

Beth Edwards- Counselor (Sor-Z)

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Academic Advising for SY 2020-2021

Alpha assigned counselors will begin meeting with students on Wednesday, February 5th to discuss course selections for the 2020-20201 academic year. The meetings will conclude on Friday, March 20th. Students will have the opportunity to meet with their counselor individually to review their academic history and begin selecting courses for the upcoming year. Current 11th and 9th grade students will also have an opportunity to update their academic and career plans during the meeting. At the conclusion of the meeting the student will receive a paper copy of course selections to bring home for parent review. All requested changes should be forwarded to the counselor of record along with a parent signature. Students have until the last day of school, June 12th, to update their course selections as much as needed. The counseling office will send each student a reminder in May of selected courses in the event students need to make further edits.

Interested in taking an online course this summer through Virtual Prince William??

Virtual Prince William summer course enrollment will be open from May 15th through June 15th. If you have any questions about what course you should take, please come and see your alpha assigned counselor in the counseling department.

Click this link to register: Virtual Prince William

Summer School 2020

Summer School registration officially begins on Monday, March 4. Please see your school counselor for assistance with completing the registration form. All registration forms are submitted to the the summer school office by your counselor once the form is complete.


Please pay close attention to the WSHS graduation announcements, the Senior website, the Class of 2020 Google Classroom, and Twitter!

YOU are responsible for knowing YOUR GRADUATION information and requirements. If you ever have questions, please visit your counselor.

Interested in computer game design or programming?

Try a FREE GMU game & technology academy course!

For more info: Call 703-791-7297 or visit this site to apply. External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

Ages: Middle School and High School Students

Times: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dates: February 22, 29; March 7, 14, 21, 28; April 4

Location: GMU Fairfax Campus

Are you a current junior interested in learning leadership skills, building your own government, socialization, time management, planning and execution?

If so, Boys State and Girls State is for you!

Please see Mrs. Eaton in counseling for an application. Deadline is March 7th.

Please click the links for more information:

Va boys state link External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

VA girls state link External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

Want to see if Engineering if right for you?

The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites you to apply for

our High School Visitation Program happening on

March 28, 2020.

About the Program:

The program gives young women a comprehensive look at engineering fields and at UVA’s

engineering curriculum through informative speakers, lab tours and hands-on design activities. The program is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience. We particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field but may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing an engineering career.

This spring session particularly targets high school juniors, but seniors and sophomores can also apply.

Program Activities:

The High School Visitation Program teaches young women about the different types of

engineering as well as UVA’s engineering curriculum through fun and interactive experiences.

Some of the events throughout the day are:

● Design Activity

● Engineering Majors Fair

● Scavenger Hunt around Grounds

● Lab and Dorm Tours

● Professional and Student Panels

● Tour of UVA

How to apply:

The application to apply for Spring High School Visitation can be found at our website:External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.


3/10: NOVA Campus Field Trip-10am- 1:15pm, Woodbridge Campus

5/1: College Decision Day Celebration!!

Please see Mr. Muhammad in Counseling for more information!

Scholarship Opportunities

Virginia Tag Grant (Tuition Assistance Grant)
$3,400.00 toward your college experience, per year ($13,600 over 4 years)
Explore your college options fully- visit VA Private Colleges Link External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

Conflict Resolution Youth Summit (George Mason University)

July 20th - July 24th
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Click here for more information External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.
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Graduation Success & Beyond!!

Please click the link below and review this amazing resource guide for PWCS parents and students!

Graduation Success & Beyond!
College & Career


There's still plenty of time to earn FREE MONEY!!!

All scholarship opportunities can now be found on Naviance/Family Connection under the "College" tab.

Please see our College & Career Counselor, Mr. Muhammad, or your school counselor for assistance.


***Never Pay for Scholarship Searches***


- External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

- Fast Web External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

- Scholarships Experts External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

- 2019/20 WSHS Scholarship Database via the WSHS Counseling Website

- Local Organizations (e.g. Rotary Club, Knights of Columbus, Religious Organizations/Churches, etc.)

- College Websites

Scholarship Opportunities through Local Alumni Chapters:

- University of Wisconsin: External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

- University of Pittsburgh: External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

- Virginia Tech: External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

College Visits to WSHS

**Check out and Sign-up for upcoming college visits in Naviance/Family Connection***

SAT/ACT Info and 2019-2020 Test Dates

SAT Website: External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

Upcoming Dates: December 7, March 14, May 2, June 6

ACT Website:External Website – Clicking this link exits the PWCS website.

Upcoming Dates: December 14, February 8, April 4, June 13, July 18

File Your FAFSA


You can begin filing your FAFSA as early as OCTOBER 1ST!!!

Please plan to attend our FAFSA information night & workshop!!!

Carving Out a Career

Article on Carving Out A Career: External Website – Clicking this exits the PWCS website.

Career Assessments: External Website – Clicking this exits the PWCS website.

- AmeriCorps: External Website – Clicking this exits the PWCS website.

- Peace Corps:External Website – Clicking this exits the PWCS website.
- USA Jobs Pathways Internship Program: External Website – Clicking this exits the PWCS website.

Small Groups being offered at Woodbridge SHS!

The following groups may be offered for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are interested in participating in one of these groups, please see your counselor for a form.

1. Anger Management - Provides a supportive atmosphere in which to learn about anger and other emotions, to practice anger management techniques, and address skills to resolve conflicts peacefully and help improve problem-solving skills.

2. New Horizons/Substance Abuse - Ms. DiGiacomo, New Horizons therapist, conducts groups and individual sessions for students with issues related to alcohol and other drugs. Please return form directly to Ms. DiGiacomo.

3. Organizational Strategies/Study Skills - This is for students who need extra help getting organized for school. Counselors will help the students create their own organizational strategies time management plans.

4. Goal Setting and Work Habits – Provides a supportive atmosphere in which students learn and practice personal responsibility, goal setting, decision making, maintaining motivation; and addresses academic work habits.

2019/2020 PWCS High School Course Catalog

The course catalog is available in six (6) different languages. Please contact the school if you have any questions.

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