WRHS School Counseling Newsletter

June 2020

Google Classroom Post for students: June 5th

Congrats to the Class of 2020!

Virtual College Fairs

Scheduling update

Summer School Link: Educere

Koplik update: For Parents of Seniors

MEFA updates

SAT registration

Mental Health Mondays

Google Classroom Post: June 5th

The Wachusett Regional High School Counselors believe in treating all people with dignity and respect. We would like to take this opportunity to communicate specifically to our students of color to let you know that WE SEE YOU, WE VALUE YOU and WE ARE LISTENING.

As counselors, we are committed to the service of others and to the advocacy of all students' rights. We fully embrace cultural diversity and help to ensure a welcoming school environment for all. We will fight for equal treatment and acceptance for all of our students regardless of national origin, gender/gender identity, color, religion, socio-economic stratum and sexual orientation. We are your advocates! We are here to create a safe, respectful, nondiscriminatory school environment!

Through the curriculum of a school counseling program for next year, school counselors are prepared to talk to students about race issues, anti-racism and social justice. Below are links to some articles on the topic of equality that we thought might be helpful. This is a lot to process and take in. We encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have on the issue of racial inequality or if you just need someone to listen to you.

Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life

We Will Overcome

Teaching Tolerance: Race & Equality

Let’s start the conversation!

  • What were your initial thoughts and feelings when you heard about what happened to George Floyd?

  • Do you see people talking about this issue on the news, on social media or among your friends? What impact has that had on you?

  • What can each of us do as individuals to stop the escalation of bias and hate? What can we do on a societal level?

  • What can we do to help? What actions might make a difference?

Reach out to your school counselor to have a further conversation. Don’t be silent.

Congrats to the Class of 2020!!

Congratulations on your graduation and best wishes for your next adventure! Please visit Wachusett's website to view the Senior Slideshow that was in the center of Holden! For more photos of our seniors, please visit The Telegram!

SAVE THE DATE: NACAC Virtual College Fairs

Save the date and get ready to attend these upcoming NACAC Virtual College Fairs:

Sunday, Sept. 13

12 - 8 p.m. ET

Monday, Oct. 12

1 - 9 p.m. ET

Sunday, Nov. 8

2 - 10 p.m. ET

Attend as often as you like! All NACAC Virtual College Fairs are FREE.

Registration Opens This Summer:

Registration for NACAC Virtual College Fairs opens later this summer. Both students and parents are invited to register. For now, please sign up for their email list and they'll let you know as soon as registration opens.

Scheduling Update

We know students are eager to see what classes they are in for the 2020-2021 school year. Due to the current circumstances, we are behind in the scheduling process. We are hoping schedules will "go live" to students in August. Please keep an eye on our newsletters/emails then for more information.

Summer School

As it will be difficult for schools to host in-person summer school options this summer, our recommendation is for students to take credit recovery courses through Educere. Click HERE for the Educere list of courses. If you need a course, that isn't on this list, please reach out to Lauren Clark, Director of School Counseling, at lauren_clark@wrsd.net.

Koplik update (for parents of seniors!)

Following a meeting between the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the Department of Higher Education and the Office of Student Financial Assistance, the Department of Education is addressing the issues of deadlines and usage as follows:

The changes include:

1. The Student Application submission deadline has been extended to 8/15/2020. Applications can be emailed directly to Lauren Clark, Director of School Counseling at lauren_clark@wrsd.net.

2. 2020 applicants may sit for 2020 August SAT II Subject tests and use scores to fulfill Koplik requirements for 2020 applications.

3. For 2020 recipients starting school in the fall semester of 2020: Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition credits will be retroactive to the start of the 2020-2021 academic school year

4. For 2020 recipients starting school in the spring semester of 2021: Koplik Certificate of Mastery Tuition credits will be extended to the fall of the 2023-2024 academic school year (to complete 8 semesters for students with continued eligibility)

MEFA: Family Webinar Series on College Admissions

The college search and application process can be overwhelming. This webinar will help you establish a personalized admissions road map by addressing topics such as current trends in admissions, building a balanced list of colleges, and the different components of the college application including transcripts, essays, and interviews. Click HERE to view the slides!

This coming fall, MEFA will offer webinars to replace in-person seminars. This comprehensive webinar series is focused on each step within MEFA's curriculum, including College Financing, College Admissions, After the College Acceptance, and MEFA Pathway. All webinars will be recorded and available online for any families unable to attend a live event. More information around MEFA's webinar series will be sent in the fall newsletter!

SAT Registration

Registration for all SAT tests is open for all students.

Fall 2020 SAT Dates

  • August 29

  • September 26

  • October 3

  • November 7

  • December 5

Mental Health Mondays

Boost your Mental Health with these activities for the week of June 8th!

Boost your Mental Health with these activities for the week of June 1st!

Boost your Mental Health with these activities for the week of May 25th!

Boost your Mental Health with these activities for the week of May 18th!

Boost your Mental Health with these activities for the week of May 11th!

Boost your Mental Health with these activities for the week of May 4th!