PHHS School Counseling Newsletter

Fall 2017

Welcome Back Vikings!

We are excited to begin our 2017-2018 school year here at PHHS! We have a lot going on this fall, including college & career fairs, PSATs, parent and student meetings, Naviance orientations, and much more! In this newsletter, you will find any important counseling information relevant to this semester.

What's Going on in the Counseling Office?

We are currently working with our freshman to transition them into high school. Our sophomores are being introduced to their new school counselors who will be working with them for the next three years. We are getting them acquainted to Naviance, our online college and career portal. Many of our sophomores and juniors will be taking the PSATs on October 11th. A large portion of our seniors are in the process of applying to college. We are working closely and individually with them to make sure they are on track to graduate and have all of their college application requirements completed.

Individual Parent Meetings for Sophomore and Junior Parents

Parents, be on the look out for an email from Sign-Up Genius. Individual parent meetings for Sophomore and Junior parents will be taking place in November and December. You will be meeting with your child's counselor to discuss his/her academic progress and future plans.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Seniors who are applying for college are encouraged to check out the many scholarships available to them. Local scholarships are currently being posted on Naviance. These scholarships are updated regularly throughout the year. Students should also visit fastweb.com and inlikeme.com for many other scholarship opportunities.


Students in need of financial aid can fill out the FAFSA now. Visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/ to get started.

SSD Accomodations Testing

If your child has an IEP or 504 and you are interested in SSD Accommodations Testing for your child regarding the SAT/ACT, contact Joanne Barkauskas at jbarkauskas@pthsd.net

College Fair Dates

Monday, September 25th 12:45-2:00

Wednesday, October 25th 11:15-12:45

Tuesday, November 14th 1:00-2:00

Monday, February 26th 12:45-2:00


Students who are interested in attending can sign up in the counseling office

Career Fair: March 2018

The career fair will be held in March of 2018. We highly encourage students who do not plan on taking the traditional 4 year college route to attend. More specific information will be posted in the Spring newsletter.

Naviance

We highly encourage both parents and students to access the Naviance portal. A link and description can be found below.

Links

Naviance Portal

The Naviance Portal provides students and parents with college and career resources. On here, students can take career assessments, apply for college, build a resume, receive important emails from the counseling office, and much more.

PARCC Testing Requirements

This link will direct you to the state PARCC requirements, as well as the alternative SAT and ACT requirements for graduation.

NCAA Clearing House

Students who plan on competing at a Division 1 or Division 2 school must be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. Follow this link to register.