December 2022


Congratulations to the seniors that have already submitted college applications! An impressive 75.5% of seniors have already requested to have transcripts sent to their colleges. If any student has not submitted applications they should strongly consider doing so soon. Now that 1st term grades are on transcripts, all seniors are strongly encouraged to submit their applications for their regular action deadlines. The Senior College Application Checklist is posted below for any student that needs a reminder.

Seniors that applied to a 4-year college should plan to report their acceptance to their Guidance Counselor and sign the College Acceptances Book that is in the Guidance Office.


The Guidance Counselors will host Senior Seminars January 24th - 27th to review the process to apply for local scholarships in Naviance. Some local scholarships have already been posted. Additional scholarships will be posted through March & seniors should login regularly to review. Seniors should begin to view the qualifications and start working on applications. Most scholarship applications are not due until April. To view the list of scholarships that have already been posted in Naviance:

  • Login to Naviance utilizing Clever
  • On the home page scroll down to "My Favorites" and click on "Scholarships & Money"
  • Click on Scholarship Search
  • Students can select the heart icon to create a list of scholarships they are interested in applying to.


Seniors are strongly encouraged to apply for the local scholarships that will continue to be posted in Naviance. After completing the college application process, seniors often tend to get application fatigue, but taking the time and energy to apply for the local scholarships can literally pay off!

  • Apply to as many as applicable. Scholarships with essay requirements have much fewer applicants.
  • Pay attention to deadlines, requirements (essay, letters of rec, and where to send application (Guidance Office or Scholarship Committee).
  • Work with your child throughout this process. Break it down into a manageable amount of work and explain the importance of applying.
  • Complete the Scholarship Transcript Request Form if required and submit to Mrs. Webb a minimum of 5 days before the deadline.

Students may also search for national scholarships, FASTWEB.COM is a free scholarship search platform that connects students to scholarships and financial aid tools.


The Massachusetts AFL-CIO Scholarships are available to ALL HIGH SCHOOL seniors living in Massachusetts. Additionally, students with a family or personal union affiliation, are eligible for awards given by their family's specific local union or central labor council. Awards range from $500-$16,000.

For more information and to register visit:

Application Deadline: December 16, 2022

Exam Dates: Monday February 6, 2023 & Friday February 10, 2023

Download the study guide by visiting:


Often seniors will ask guidance counselors about the legitimacy a scholarship that they have been offered. A rule of thumb to remember is if they are requiring a fee, it is most likely a scam. It is important to be mindful of who you are giving personal information to. The Federal Trade Commision Consumer Advice website offers some helpful resources on how to avoid scholarship and financial aid scams.


Payment for AP Exams were due on November 4th. If you receive free or reduced lunch, or you are in need of financial assistance and need to set up a payment plan, please contact Robin Conathan in the guidance office.

Reminder: Any student who withdraws from an AP course after November 14th will be charged a $40 exam cancellation fee per College Board. Any student who does not sit for the AP Exam in May will NOT be issued a refund for the exam fee and the AP course designation on the transcript will be forfeited and changed to honors credit.

To view the AP Exam Testing Schedule please click here.


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be offered to any junior or senior at PHS on Thursday morning December 8th 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 you are a good fit to join the service and which service branch you might be best for as well as the military jobs you 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.


Do you want to compete in college sports? Join the NCAA Eligibility Center on Wednesday, December 14th from 6:00 - 7:00 pm for a webinar for college-bound student-athletes and families. The discussion will include review of the most recent COVID-19 automatic waiver relief. They will also go over requirements you must meet to pursue your dreams of studying and competing at an NCAA Division I, II or III school. Click here to register.


The Princeton Review is hosting a series of FREE webinars titled "Cracking Test Week" from December 4-8th. Their experts will show students what they need in order to crack the SAT, ACT, PSAT and AP EXAMS.

12/4 at 8 PM: SAT, ACT or Both?

12/5 at 10 PM: SAT Strategy Session

12/6 at 8 PM: ACT Strategy Session

12/7 at 8 PM: PSAT Scores, Now What?

12/8 at 8 PM: AP Strategy Sesion

For more information and for links to register please click here.


Students will be able to access their PSAT/NMSQT scores starting on December 5th or 6th 2022. Students should either create a College Board account or login to their existing account. It is important that students do not create multiple accounts.

The guidance counselors will meet with all Juniors in Guidance Seminars during Titan Time January 3rd - 6th & Sophomores January 10th - 13th to demonstrate how students can use their PSAT/NMSQT scores to help prepare for the SAT. Juniors will be encouraged to register for the SAT's in the spring.

Students should plan to link their College Board accounts with Kahn Academy to create a personalized study guide to help prepare for the SAT. While many colleges are now test optional, obtaining a high score on the SAT can enhance the college application and lead to additional scholarship opportunities. To view the steps to link accounts please click here.


If any student is interested in taking an SAT Prep course to help improve SAT scores, Bridgewater State University will be offering courses this winter and spring. The course is $325 and the dates are:

Session #1: February 12, 19, 26, & March 5, 2023

Sundays, 1 – 5 pm
(Snow date: Class will be held virtually)
For the March 11, and May 6, 2023 SAT exam

Session #2: May 7, 14, 21 & 28, 2023
Sundays, 1 – 5 pm
For the June 3, 2023 SAT exam

Location for both sessions:
Bridgewater State University
Moakley Center
100 Burrill Avenue
Bridgewater, MA

For registration information please click here.


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 and overview of expectations for each school year. The tasks that students should complete each school year are outlined, the schedule for Guidance Seminars and a schedule of post-secondary planning activities. This timeline will help students and parents stay on track and know what to expect each school year!


Bentley University which is located in Waltham, MA offers a series titled "Admission 101: Guiding you through the College Admissions Process" which includes helpful information about various topics such as:
  • The College Interview
  • Campus Visits
  • Ace Your College Visits
  • How to Get Recruited as an Athlete
  • Searching for Scholarships
  • Understanding Financial Aid

The information available in the series is useful for underclassmen to review as well as current seniors. To view the information/series please click here.


A total of 40 community service hours is a graduation requirement. Students are encouraged to complete a minimum of 10 hours each school year. There are several opportunities available to students that also have been posted on the Guidance website, in Guidance Google Classroom and have been emailed directly to students. The Community Service Log Sheet is posted below and available to download. Students should bring their completed forms to the Guidance Office.


The Pembroke Council on Aging is in need of student volunteers to rake leaves for elderly members of the Pembroke community. If you are interested please contact:
Susan Larkin
Phone: 781.294.8220

Please fill out this GOOGLE FORM if you are interested in earning community service hours by tutoring middle school students during Homework Club at PCMS. Homework Club meets right after school until 3:15 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. You do not have to be available all three days, and you must have your own transportation. Interested students should have a B or better in the subject area they are interested in tutoring.

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  • 12/5 - 12/6 PSAT Scores Available
  • 12/5 - 12/8 Princeton Review Webinars: Cracking Test Week
  • 12/8 - ASVAB Test Date
  • 12/14 - NCAA Eligibility Center Webinar
  • 12/16 - AFL-CIO Scholarship Deadline
  • 1/3 - 1/6 - Junior PSAT/NMSQT Guidance Seminars
  • 1/10 - 1/13 - Sophomore PSAT Guidance Seminars
  • 1/24 - 1/27 - Senior Scholarship Guidance Seminars


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

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

James Shannon
781-293-4023 ext. 2117
Grade 9: G-O / Grade 10: G-O / Grade 11:Gl-M / Grade 12: G-N

Mackenzie McDonald
781-293-4023 ext. 2133

Janice Webb
781-293-4023 X2115