Counselor's Corner

Vernon Township High School, October 2017

College Spotlight

University of Maine offers big savings to New Jersey residents! Please click on the link below to find out more about the Universities plan to offer in-state tuition to some out-of-state students!

Contact Your Counselor

Our counselor's are here to help! If you need to get in touch with your child's counselor feel free to call/email them. Not sure who your child's counselor is? No worries, here's the breakdown!

Mrs. Carol Gonzalez


9th Grade

Ms. Mary Jean Ryerson


10th Grade (Last name A-Deg)

11th Grade (Last name A-Day)

12th Grade (Last name A-Deg)

Mrs. Petrina Garrity


10th Grade (Last name Deh-J)

11th Grade (Last name De-J)

12th Grade (Last name Deh-J)

Mrs. Donna Picciuto


10th-12th Grade (Last name K-Q)

Ms. Alexis DiMartino


10th-12th Grade (Last name R-Z)

Big News For One of Our Own!

Congratulations are in order for VTSD's own Nicole Keane. Ms. Keane is a School Counselor at Cedar Mountain Primary School and was selected as the State Representative for the NJ Counselor of the Year! We are lucky to have her!

Scholarships- Who couldn't use a little extra money for college?

This year, our students will have two ways to access all of the scholarships available to them. They can obtain info & applications from our new College & Careers Center or they can access them directly online through their Naviance accounts. Last year, VTHS posted 72 scholarships from local, county & state organizations. From that, 60 scholarship organizations awarded about 175 scholarships to our seniors totaling over $90,000! Much like the lottery, you have to be in it, to win it. Apply to all that apply to you!

Here are some helpful tips for applying

  • Make a scholarship binder. Put the scholarships you are applying for in order by due date to help keep yourself organized.
  • Apply early! Don't wait for the last minute and risk missing a deadline.
  • Ask for letters of recommendation now. Don't use the same letter you used for your college application, ask your teacher/counselor or coach to tweak the letter for scholarships.
  • Don't sweat the essay. Often you can reuse the same essay for different scholarships with small adjustments.
  • Read the directions. Send only what they are looking more, no less and on time.
  • Get official transcripts. Official transcripts are signed, dated and in a sealed envelope with the schools official raised seal on them. These can be received through the College & Careers Center.

College Visits

College visits are probably the most exciting part of the college application process. But another important way to see if a school might be a good fit for you, is to meet with a college rep in our College & Careers Center. Here you can learn about campus life, degree programs, activities, financial aid and ask any questions you might have.

Here's who is coming this month!

10/3 8-9am Stevens Institute of Technology

10/3 9-10am Misericordia University

10/3 12:30-1:30pm Rutgers University- Camden

10/4 10-11am University of New England

10/10 11:30-12:30pm Fairleigh Dickenson University

10/11 11:30-12:30pm SUNY Oswego

10/11 1:30-2:30pm Binghamton University

10/12 8-9am Juniata College

10/12 11:30-12:30pm Coastal Carolina University

10/13 8-9am Castleton University

10/16 10-11am Sacred Heart University

10/17 8-9am Emmanuel College

10/17 9-10am Pennsylvania College of Technology

10/18 8-9am Penn State University

10/19 11-12am Drew University

10/25 8-9am John Jay College of Criminal Justice

10/26 11:30-12:30pm University of Buffalo

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, October 10th FAFSA NIGHT 7pm Join us for a presentation from the Higher Education Student Assistance Authority and receive FREE assistance completing your FAFSA
Parents/Guardians are asked to bring the following to assist with completing the application:

  • Students driver's license number
  • 2016 federal tax returns
  • W-2 forms
  • 1098-G forms for unemployment
  • Bank Statements
  • Social Security cards/Alien Regsitration card
  • Any other income documentaion for the 2016 year
  • FSA User ID and Password- can be obtained from the following link:
Please email Alexis DiMartino to register:

Wednesday, October 11th PSAT's 7:15am All 10th & 11th graders will be taking the PSAT's. Please note, there is no make up date!

Thursday, October 12th College Fair 7-9:00 pm Come join us for a county-wide college fair. Meet with reps from 2-year, 4-year & Technical schools as well as Military representatives. All grades welcome!

Thursday, October 26th College Application Night 5-9 pm Work with our School Counselors to complete your college applications in one night! Refreshments will be served!

Wednesday, November 1st Parents College Support Group Meeting 7pm Meeting in the upper library