Wachusett Guidance News

February 28, 2018

In this issue...

  • Upcoming Guidance Events (Grades 9-11)
- Grade 10 Parents - Presentation on SBIRT

- Grades 9-12 Parents - Student Wellness Presentation

- Grade 11 Parents - College Search/Application Process Overview

- Grades 9-11 Parents - College Financing Seminar

  • Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program Information (Grade 9)
  • SBIRT - Drug Screening Information (Grade 10)
  • Additional Reminders
Dear Wachusett Students and Parents,

Now that we've (hopefully) had a chance to unwind over February break, I wanted to reach out to you with this edition of the Guidance Newsletter to let you know about some upcoming events and inform you about some programming we'll be doing this spring.

In the guidance office we are in the midst of the scheduling process for all current freshmen through juniors. See our Scheduling Page for more details.


I hope everybody has a terrific rest of the week!

- Jon Krol

Upcoming Guidance Events at WRHS

Presentation to Grade 10 Parents on Drug Screening Program (SBIRT)

Tuesday, March 6th, 6:30-7pm

WRHS Auditorium

On Tuesday, March 6th from 6:30pm-7:00pm we will be hosting a presentation for parents of 10th graders on the new SBIRT Drug Screening mandated by the state. We will cover the aspects of the law, information around confidentiality, our procedures for conducting the screening, and opt-out information. There will be time for a Q&A as well.

This event will be held in the WRHS Auditorium and will start sharply at 6:30pm, due to the fact that another presentation will be held shortly after. No RSVP is necessary.

Student Wellness Presentation (Grades 9-12)

Tuesday, March 6th, 7:15-8:15pm

WRHS Auditorium

Today’s teenagers face new and increasingly complex challenges. Here at Wachusett Regional High School, we are committed to having all students maximize their potential and meet the demands of their teen years with success. In addition to fostering academic growth, we wish to provide support, tools and resources to help our students navigate the complex emotional challenges of adolescence. As part of our continuum of programming here at Wachusett, we are offering an Adolescent Wellness presentation that provides an overview of the emotional and developmental challenges that today’s teenagers face. As part of the presentation, we distinguish between typical types of adolescent behavior and those behaviors that may signal the need for professional intervention. We will provide an overview of the programs that we use here in the high school to help students cope with challenging emotions, recommended practices and strategies that parents can use with their teenagers to reduce stress and enhance wellness, and community resources if needed.

In addition to talking about student wellness, we will also review the Signs of Suicide (SOS) program that 9th graders will be exposed to later this spring. It is a continuation of the program that they had last year as 8th graders.

If you have questions or wish to learn more about this presentation, please feel free to contact Dr. Timothy Connors at Timothy_Connors@wrsd.net or myself atJon_Krol@wrsd.net.

No RSVP is necessary.

Junior Parent Presentation on the College Search/Application Process

Tuesday, April 24th, 6:30-7:30pm

WRHS Auditorium

We will be presenting to the parents of Juniors on the upcoming college process. The presentation will include information about the college search process, standardized tests, and the application process. We strongly recommend parents attend this event, especially parents who have not gone through the college application process in the past.

Please feel free to stay for our College Financing Workshop following this presentation.

No RSVP is necessary.

College Financing Workshop

Tuesday, April 24th, 7:45pm

WRHS Auditorium

WRHS parents are invited to a presentation by Dave Landry, of Central Mass College Funding Advisors, where Dave will speak about the financial side of the college experience. This is open to all parents of students in all grade levels, as Mr. Landry's presentation will not only cover what the financial aid process looks like for rising seniors, but also how to get ready for the process during the earlier high school years.

ACT and SAT Registration Reminder

A reminder to all juniors that today is the late registration deadline for the March SAT.

Other upcoming ACT/SAT Test Dates and Deadlines:

  • April 14th ACT (March 9th registration deadline)
  • May 5th SAT (April 6th registration deadline - April 25 late registration deadline)
  • June 2nd SAT (May 3rd registration deadline - May 15 late registration deadline)
  • June 9th ACT (May 4th registration deadline)

For more information about the ACT, SAT, Subject Tests, and Registration Information, please visit our Standardized Test section of the guidance website.

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Program for 9th Graders

A separate e-mail was sent to 9th grade families regarding the upcoming SOS Program. This is the same program we did last year with freshmen, and the same program that current freshmen would have done in WRSD middle schools during their 8th grade.

A copy of the letter can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EYVEmoGIve-PLYDc1BQFRfO__uscFaCCobpgj-dQHoc/edit?usp=sharing

In addition, the Student Wellness Presentation on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:15pm will incorporate information about SOS.

SBIRT Drug Screening for 10th Graders

An e-mail was sent on February 19th to parents of sophomores regarding the upcoming SBIRT Drug Screening program. In addition, a presentation was held for sophomores during activity period on February 27th letting them know about the program.

Here is a link to a newsletter we created specifically to address SBIRT and how it works: https://www.smore.com/gauqd

Local Scholarship Opportunities

A reminder to seniors to check your Naviance accounts and review local scholarships. More and more scholarships are getting uploaded everyday, which will continue through the spring.
Click on the "Colleges" tab and then "Scholarship List" at the bottom.

Seniors - Update Naviance and Thank Your Teachers

Seniors - please remember to input your college application results into Naviance. Click on "Colleges" then "Colleges I'm Applying To" and then the Pencil Icon in the "Results" column.

In addition, please remember to give a thank you card to your teachers who wrote you letters of recommendation!

More Upcoming Events

College Fair at Assumption College

Wednesday, March 7th, 6pm

Plourde Recreation Center, Worcester, MA, USA

Worcester, MA

UPDATE 3.6.18 - This event has been postponed to a TBD in May due to the impending storm. Click the URL for more information.

Parents and Students are encouraged to attend the college fair at Assumption College next week. It's a great opportunity for parents/students to learn more about many colleges, and to speak to admissions representatives.

For a list of colleges planning on attending, as well as a list of other similar fairs in the area, visit: http://www.neacac.org/2018-spring-fair-schedule

2018 National College Fair

Thursday, April 12th, 9am to Friday, April 13th, 12pm

415 Summer Street

Boston, MA

Boston will once again be home to a NACAC National College Fair. This will likely be one of the largest college fairs possible to go to, with hundreds of college and university representatives in attendance.
Learn more and register at www.nacacfairs.org/boston

The fair will take place over the course of the following dates and times:

Thursday, April 12th - 9:00am-12:00pm and 6:00pm-8:30pm

Friday, April 13th - 9:00am-12:00pm

We recommend this fair to all students/parents, particular juniors who will be working on narrowing down their college list at that time.