School Counseling Newsletter

February 2019


  • Scheduling for the 2019-2020 school year
  • Junior Presentations
  • WRHS hosts the SATs and ACTs
  • Free e-cigarette quit program launches!
  • Events for Parents... RSVP TODAY!! (NEW EVENT ADDED!)

Scheduling Timeline:

The scheduling process for the 2019-2020 school year has started ! You can find a detailed description of the scheduling timeline on our school counseling website!


February 4th - February 15th:

Current Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen should login to PowerSchool and make course selections using their teacher recommendations (visible in PowerSchool) and the Program of Studies.


February 25th - March 1st:

Current Juniors meet with their school counselors individually during their science classes to review and finalize course requests.


March 4th - March 8th:

Current Sophomores meet with their school counselors individually during their Health classes to review and finalize course requests.


March 11th - March 15th:

Current Freshmen meet with their school counselors individually during their Freshman Seminar classes to review and finalize course requests.

Junior Presentations

Junior year is a great time to start thinking about college admissions. Instead of stressing about the process during the fall of their senior year, get ahead of the game and help your junior start planning now!


On January 29th, the counselors presented to the junior class about college awareness and planning. Click HERE to view the prezi.


This week we are visiting history classes to further discuss the process. Click HERE to view the prezi.


We have a number of other events that are coming up for the junior class!


April 2nd: Alumni presentation for juniors during activity period


April 9th: School Counselors presentation for junior during activity period


April 30th: College Admissions Rep Event. Students will choose 1 presentation to attend. Presentation options include: Essay Writing with BU rep, How to Stand Out During the Application Process with Bryant University, Portfolio Review and Information About Potential Art Majors with Lesley University, Transferring Process/Articulation Agreements with QCC, Interview Skills with Framingham State or College Visits & Demonstrated Interest with Xavier College.

*Students are asked to register for 1 presentation in Naviance!


Parents of Juniors: Don't forget to register for the

March 5th and April 30th parent presentations!

WRHS hosts the SATs and ACTs!

Are you a junior? Do you need to take the SATs and/or ACTs? Sign up for the tests (that are hosted at Wachusett) by going to the links below. If you aren't sure when to take each test, see your school counselor!


SATs:

Saturday, 3/9/2019: On-line Late Registration due by February 27, 2019

Saturday, 5/4/2019: On-line Registration by April 5, 2019 (Late registration by April 24th)

Saturday, 6/1/2019: On-line Registration by May 3, 2019 (Late registration by May 22nd)


ACTs:

Saturday, 4/13/2019: Online Registration by March 8, 2019 (Late registration by March 25th)

Free e-cigarette quit program launches!

The Truth Initiative just launched a first-of-its-kind free e-cigarette quit program now available to young vapers looking for help. The program is tailored by age group to give appropriate recommendations about quitting and also serves as a resource for parents looking to help their children who now vape. It is being launched and integrated into the already successful This is Quitting (app) and BecomeAnEX® digital cessation programs from Truth Initiative.


Teens, adults, and parents of teens seeking help around quitting e-cigarettes/JUULing can text “QUIT” to (202) 804-9884.


The Truth Initiative is seeing more attention nationally regarding the vaping epidemic including the news from the Today Show and CBS. Also, a recent informative article how to talk to your kids about vaping in the online NPR blog was published.

Don't miss these events! If you still haven't RSVPed, register now!

Class of 2022: High School Orientation for Parents & Students

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 6-7pm

WRHS Media Center

This seminar will focus on building a good transcript for high school, reviewing the role of the school counselor and the highlighting the career and college research tools on Naviance.


This event is FOR PARENTS OF FRESHMEN!


For more information about this event, please email Ms. Christina Lee at christina_lee@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

The Big Picture: An Overview of the College Admissions Process

Tuesday, March 5th, 6-7pm

WRHS Auditorium

There's a lot to know about applying to college. Information presented at this seminar will cover topics including:


Building a student's college list

Application components and deadlines

College visits and fairs

How parents can help!


This event is FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS!


For more information about this event, please email Mrs. Lauren Clark at lauren_clark@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

2-Year Certificate Programs and Military Options

Tuesday, March 19th, 8-9am

WRHS Black Box Theater

Counselors will inform parents about the variety of options for students who do not wish to attend a 4-year college.


This event will be happening DURING the school day FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS & SENIORS!


For more information about this event, please email Mrs. Jen Reilly at jennifer_reilly@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Planning Ahead For Your Sophomore Student

Friday, April 12th, 8-9am

WRHS Black Box Theater

Counselors will present to parents on how to prepare for junior year, including course planning, PSAT/testing info, and college search tips. Focus will be given to how to start the college search/planning process early and in a way that makes sense and minimizes stress for parents and students.


This event will be happening DURING the school day FOR PARENTS OF SOPHOMORES!


For more information about this event, please email Mrs. Kerri Knorring at kerri_knorring@wrsd.net or Mrs. Allison Connors at allison_connors@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

College Admissions Panel

Tuesday, April 30th, 8-9am

WRHS Auditorium

College admission representatives will be in attendance and answer questions around topics such as school visits, the admissions decision, senior year course selection, standardized testing, essays, recommendations and electronic communications. Admissions representatives from the following colleges/universities will be in attendance: Framingham State, Xavier University, Lesley University, Bryant University, WPI and Boston University.


This event will be happening DURING the school day FOR PARENTS OF JUNIORS!


For more information about this event, please email Mrs. Lauren Clark at lauren_clark@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

An Overview of the College Athletic Recruiting Process

Monday, May 6th, 7pm

1401 Main Street

Holden, MA

A panel of college athletic officers and admissions representatives will be discussing the overall process of athletic recruiting.


This event is FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS.


For more information about this event, please email Mr. Mike Dubzinski at mikedubzinski@wrsd.net.


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

College Financing

Tuesday, May 14th, 6-7pm

WRHS Auditorium

This presentation given by Dave Landry from the Central Mass College Funding Advisors is a must for all parents of college-bound high school students, including freshman and sophomores. We will de-mystify the college financial aid process and show you how to access the more than $110 billion in financial aid dollars that are available to even high-income families and business owners. The strategies presented will help you protect your assets by maximizing your eligibility for aid, effectively lowering your college costs.


This event is FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS.


For more information about this event, please email Ms. Christina Lee at christina_lee@wrsd.net.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.