Guidance Newsletter

December 2021


  • The guidance counselors will be sending transcripts with term 1 grades to colleges that students have already applied to the week of 11/29. Seniors should actively log in to their online student accounts with their colleges to check for application status updates.

  • Seniors that have not applied to their colleges yet are encouraged to do so, especially now that term 1 grades have been posted. Seniors are reminded that they must request to have their initial transcript sent to their colleges in Naviance.

  • Local scholarships will begin to be posted later this month on the bulletin board outside of the Guidance Office. In addition, all scholarships will be posted in Naviance. In mid-February (once all of the local scholarships are posted and available in Naviance) the guidance counselors will host a Scholarship Seminar during Titan Time to demonstrate how seniors can use Naviance to search for scholarships.

  • The Massachusetts AFL-CIO Annual Scholarship registration is open to any senior pursuing trade union programs or college/university study. Interested applicants can register for the exam by visiting The deadline to register is Friday, December 17th, 2021. Any student that registers MUST notify Mrs. Webb, Guidance Secretary, so she is aware that they have registered and are planning on taking the exam. The exam will be administered online between Monday, January 31, 2022, and Friday, February 4, 2022.

What Should My Underclassmen Do to Prepare for College Planning?

Although the college application process begins in the spring of the junior year, there are things students and parents can be doing along the way to be prepared. The Guidance Timeline will provide parents/caregivers with an overview of expectations for each school year. The timeline will help students and parents stay on track and know what to expect each school year!

Juniors and their parents/guardians are encouraged to review the Junior College Planning Timeline. (A pdf of the timeline is posted below). The timeline provides a checklist of what juniors should accomplish during the spring and summer if they are planning on applying to a 4-year college. This information will be reviewed in detail with all Juniors during the Guidance Seminar that will take place in January.

Sophomores and their parents/guardians are encouraged to log into Naviance to conduct career searches & take personal inventory assessments such as the Career Interest Profiler and the Career Cluster Finder. Guidance counselors will hold Guidance Seminars in January to review the steps to do this. A step-by-step tutorial for students/parents is posted below for any student that would like to get started early! During their junior year, we will use the information collected to research colleges.

Naviance Career Searches
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NMSQT - National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

This article will explain how to qualify for the NMSQT and what it means.


PHS Sophomores and Juniors took the PSAT on October 26th. Scores are expected to be available around December 6th and 7th. Students may view their scores by creating or logging into their existing College Board account. Guidance counselors will meet with all juniors and sophomores in January to distribute a paper copy of their tests scores and discuss how to improve scores and prepare for the SAT.

Students should visit to share their scores and get a personalized SAT study plan based on results from the PSAT/NMSQT or the PSAT 10.

Students are strongly encouraged to link their College Board and Khan Academy Accounts:

  1. Go to Create an account on Khan Academy or sign in to their existing account.
  2. When prompted, agree to link their Khan Academy and College Board accounts.
  3. Send their scores.

The tutorial video below will help students and parents understand PSAT scores and for more information on how PSAT/NMSQT scores are calculated please click here.

Understanding Your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report
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Boston Children's Hospital Neighborhood Partnerships | Break Free from Depression Curriculum

Students in 9th-grade Health & Wellness classes will participate in the Break Free from Depression Curriculum the week of December 13th-17th. Guidance counselors, adjustment counselors, and health & wellness teachers were trained by Boston Children's Hospital clinicians to teach this important program. Together, they will facilitate this curriculum to grade 9 students. The goals of this prevention program are: to raise awareness of adolescent depression and other risk factors associated with mental illness, promote early detection of youth in distress, and reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Students will get accurate information about depression, be equipped with tools to readily identify signs and symptoms of depression in adolescents, and be given resources to help themselves or their friends. An informational letter will be sent home prior to December 13 with an option for parents/guardians to opt their child out of the program.

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The Pembroke Council on Aging is in need of student volunteers! A minimum of 40 hours of community service is required for graduation, this is a great way to complete hours and help members of your community!!!

Any student that would be interested in shoveling driveways for an elderly member of the community should complete this GOOGLE FORM.

Any student that would be interested in working a game night at the Pembroke Senior Center for young children please complete this GOOGLE FORM.

Please note: Student information collected on the Google Form which includes name, phone number, and email address will be shared with the Pembroke Council on Aging.

Students should bring a copy of the Community Service Log Sheet to be signed upon completing their service hours.

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The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be offered to any junior or senior at PHS on Thursday, December 9th at 7:30 am in the Guidance Career Center. The ASVAB is a timed multi-aptitude test developed and maintained by the Department of Defense (DOD). The ASVAB helps the DOD determine whether the student is a good fit to join the service and which service branch might be best for as well as the military jobs the student will qualify for. There is no charge for the exam. If interested, please see Mr. Shannon in Guidance for a permission slip as space is limited.
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  • 12/1 - (Third) Early action deadline
  • 12/4 - SAT testing date (registration deadline 11/4)
  • 12/6 - ASVAB Career Exploration Program Exam
  • 12/11 - ACT testing date (registration deadline: 11/5)
  • 12/13-12/17 - Break-Free From Depression (Grade 9)
  • 12/17 - The Massachusetts AFL-CIO Annual Scholarship registration deadline
  • 1/4-1/7 - Junior Seminar (PSAT test results & post-secondary planning)
  • 1/25-1/28 - Sophomore Seminar (PSAT test results & career searches in Naviance)


Janice Webb, Guidance Secretary
781-293-9281 X2115

Kerran Goff, Lead Counselor
781-293-4023 ext. 2121
Grade 9: P-Z / Grade 10: N-Z / Grade 11: O-Z Grade / 12: N-Z

Robin Conathan
781-293-4023 ext. 2122
Grade 9: A-F / Grade 10: A-Gi / Grade 11: A-F / Grade 12: A-Gr

James Shannon
781-293-4023 ext. 2177
Grade 9: G-O / Grade 10: GL-M / Grade 11: G-N /Grade 12: Gu-M