H.H.S. COUNSELOR CONNECT
HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER ISSUE NO. 1, OCTOBER 2022
HAVE YOU MET YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR YET?
Ms. M. Hutchinson
Ms. Hutchinson is excited to work with the 9th graders this year. She believes in helping students explore who they are. She also loves to help support the students with their academic needs.
Fun Fact: Ms. Hutchinson loves to travel, spend time with her family and shopping.
Ms. L. Ulloa
Ms. Ulloa is our 9th grade bilingual counselor. As a school counselor, she is looking forward to working with all students, families and is very grateful for the opportunity. She is committed to supporting her students' academic and personal goals. In addition, She encourages all students to reach their full potential and become valuable members of our school community.
Mr. M. Higgins
Mr. Higgins is very intrigued to work with the 10th-12th graders. Besides being a counselor Mr. Higgins is the expert on athletics. He runs the Long island Elite Track and Field summer community program.
Fun Facts: Mr. Higgins is a cyclist, freelance photographer, and graphic designer.
Mr. M. Cuty
Mr. Cuty is a 10-12 grade counselor. He is motivated and passionate about guiding students throughout their journey here at Hempstead High School. He is also running Drum Club this year and is very excited to share his knowledge and passion with students.
Fun Facts: Mr. Cuty is an avid cyclist, he was also a touring drummer and a CrossFit coach.
Ms. G. Florkowski
Ms. Florkowski is excited to work with the 10-12th graders. She is motivated and excited to help students unlock their true potential. Her focus is mental health, wellness, positivity, laughter, and support.
Fun Facts: Ms. Florkowski loves to travel, Cross-fit, and comedy shows.
Mr. J. Weir
Mr. Weir is excited to work with the 10-12 graders. He is an athlete and educator. Mr. Weir is willing to go above and beyond to meet the needs of the students and their needs.
Fun Facts: Mr. Weir loves to play basketball, helping students, and play with his daughters.
Ms. R. Gulbaud
Ms. Guilbaud is thrilled to be embarking on her first full school year here at Hempstead High School. I'm excited to advocate for all students and provide access, resources and support. Ms. Guilbaud is elated to be a part of the team here at Hempstead High School. She has aspirations to be trilingual in Spanish, French and English. Ms. Guilbaud is an avid reader and concert go-er and loves all things food!
Fun Facts: Ms. Guilbaud loves watching and playing tennis! Ms. Guilbaud enjoys traveling and photography as well.
Ms. N. Placide-Riboul
Ms. Placide-Riboul is excited to work with the 9th-12th Graders this year. She wants to make sure students are prepared for college and career path. Ms. Placide-Riboul is 100% New Yorker, born and raised. She reps Long Island and the Haitian Flag with a passion equally. Ms. Placide-Riboul is also bi-lingual. She speaks English and Haitian Creole.
Fun Facts: Ms. Placide-Riboul is not only a school counselor, but also operates a black own Graphic Design Company named NPR Design. She also enjoys coaching cheerleading, supernatural watching T.V. and movies. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family.
Meet with Your School Counselor
Your counselor is always available to assist you in developing a plan for your future. Schedule an appointment to discuss your college /career options
Keep on top of your grades because the grades you earn now will stay on your transcript. These grades will impact your GPA and class rank. Grades will affect you when applying for college and scholarships.
Extracurricular activities are a vital part of high school. Being a part of activities in and out of the school community are not only fun , but provide you with the opportunity to be a well-balanced student . Explore volunteering opportunities, athletics clubs, and community service.
Smart Scholars Early College High School
A College that partner with public school districts to create early college high schools that provide students with the opportunity and preparation to accelerate the completion of their high school studies while earning a minimum of 24 transferable college credits at the same time
Be on Track of Requirements
Familiarize yourself with the graduation requirements to make sure you’re enrolled in the correct classes. You can also look at the school’s course catalog to pick electives that are most interesting to you!
Start Learning About College
Start researching different schools or majors that interest you by talking to family members, current college students ,or by using the internet
- Learn your study style: everyone learns differently so it’s important to figure out what works best for you. If you’re not sure what style might be best for you ask your counselor to help you figure it out.
- If you get distracted easily, find a quiet space away from cell phones, television, other electronics, talking or other people.
- Create a schedule: sometimes it’s hard to get started. By creating a schedule for when you will study it will help you stay on track and get things done.
- If you start to study and realize you don’t understand something, ask for help! This is a great way to see if you should be attending extra help or asking the teacher additional questions before it’s too late.
- Don’t pull all night study sessions! If you are tired and not getting enough rest, you will not retain the information and will not be focused for the test.
- Be sure to complete all homework because it is a great way to reinforce the material and get extra practice.
- Study a little everyday so it does not get overwhelming.
- Set goals and stay motivated
- Believe in yourself! Reminder: PSAT is on October 12, 2022
PSAT Vocabulary 1 Word Search
Start thinking about college
2. Evaluate your education options (Do you want to just work full time after school or further education or training) 3.Start thinking about colleges you want to attend. 4. Begin to schedule when you want to take the SAT’s 5.Get involved in as many extracurricular activities as possible. Learn more about Financial Aid.
Tips for Studying for Finals from Home
2. Form a study group. ...
3. Set a study schedule and let everyone around you know about it. ...
4. Get a change of scene every once in a while. ...
5. Cramming doesn't work—the best way to study is what's called distributed practice. ...
6. Eat well and snack smart. ...
7. Reach out for help when you need it.
HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR COLLEGE PREP CHECKLIST
• Take the PSAT—students must take the test in eleventh grade to qualify for National Merit scholarships and programs.
• Attend in-person or online college fairs and college-prep presentations.
• Explore careers and their earning potentials in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
In the spring semester, juniors should:
• Register for college admission exams such as the SAT and ACT; take practice tests to prepare before the big day.
• College admissions professionals recommend students have at least one standardized score before the end of their junior year. • Research ways to pay for college.
• Identify scholarship opportunities to pursue; note deadlines on calendar.
• Contact colleges to request information and applications.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR COLLEGE PREP CHECKLIST
During the summer, soon-to-be seniors should:
• Plan college visits.
• Narrow down the colleges being considered.
• Make decisions regarding early decision or early action programs.
• Enter and/or update information in the FAFSA4caster.
The Journey of College
Associate’s Degree (2 Years)
The first option for post-secondary education is to obtain an Associate’s Degree, which most colleges offer in two years. This type of degree can open doors to many technical jobs, and depending on which field you want to enter, can be sufficient for providing entry-level knowledge and experience for your career. Graduates with this type of degree earn approximately $8,000 more per year than those with only a high school diploma.
Bachelor’s Degree (4 Years)
The second option for post-secondary education is to earn a Bachelor’s degree, which most colleges offer in four years. This degree opens doors to the majority of career fields, allowing you to choose from a variety of options, depending on the specialization you choose in your studies. Graduates with this type of degree earn, on average, $24,000 more than their high school graduate counterparts.
Answer these four questions:
2. Are You Going Just Because Others Expect You To?
3. Do You Like School Enough to Go Through Two/Four More Years of It?
4. Are You Willing to Put Your Life on Hold?
College Pros and Cons
• College creates a foundation for career success
• College helps you establish connections and network
• College provides opportunities for internships and entry-level jobs
• A college degree can improve your earning potential
Cons of College
• College is time-consuming
• Some jobs don’t require a college degree
• A college degree does not guarantee a job in your field after graduation