Wachusett Guidance News
February 28, 2018
In this issue...
- Upcoming Guidance Events (Grades 9-11)
- 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
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
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
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.
No RSVP is necessary.
Junior Parent Presentation on the College Search/Application Process
Tuesday, April 24th, 6:30-7:30pm
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 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
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 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
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
Click on the "Colleges" tab and then "Scholarship List" at the bottom.
Seniors - Update Naviance and Thank Your Teachers
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
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
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.