Counseling Department Newsletter

2022- 2023 Winter Edition

Welcome Students and Parents/Guardians!

The Neshaminy High School Counseling staff offers a variety of support services. Dedicated counselors work with students, families and staff to assist in the academic planning, college and career development and personal/social growth for each student. Our goal is to provide assistance, encouragement and support for students as they develop and prepare for their future. The resources offered through this site will assist students and their parents in gathering information on topics such as colleges, careers, scholarships, financial aid, and academic assistance.

Counselors will meet with their students throughout the course of the year to review their grades and develop an academic and college/career plan. If at any point you or your child would like to meet with their counselor before such meeting occurs, please encourage your child to make an appointment or call the School Counseling Office to schedule a meeting.

Counselor Contacts

Counseling Office 215-809-6101 Transcript Office 215-809-6161/6162

Ms. Christina Savage (A-Brot)

Mrs. Patience Burton (Brou-Del)

Mrs. Jill Ortman (Dem-Gal)

Mrs. Casey Rodgers (Gam-H)

Mr. Jeff McCaughey (I-Led)

Ms. Traci Hindle (Lee-Me)

Mrs. Jennifer Coe (Mi-Perk)

Mr. Erik Styer (Perl-San)

Ms. Catherine Bond (Sao-Thom)

Mrs. Heather Krajcer (Thon-Z)

Upcoming Events & Announcements

January 18, 2023- PHEAA Virtual Presentation- Borrowing for Education

January 27, 2023- Last day of Marking Period 2

February 8, 2023- Course Selection Presentations to students with last names (A-K)

February 9, 2023- Course Selection Presentations to students with last names (L-Z)

February 9, 2023- Parent & Student Course Selection Night

February 13, 2023- 11th Grade Elective Entry

February 14, 2023- 10th Grade Elective Entry

February 15, 2023- 9th Grade Elective Entry

February 16, 2023- Learning Support Elective Entry

March 9, 2023- Financial Aid Tips & Tools for Juniors Presentation


Before / After School Help

Before School help is offered Monday-Thursday from 6:45am-7:10am located in the Library/Media Center.

After School help is offered Monday-Thursday from 2:30pm-4:00pm located in the Library/Media Center.

Come with a question and a teacher will help you!

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All students enrolled in AP (Advanced Placement) classes have registered to take the exam. Any changes to an exam registration, including cancellation, will be a $40 late fee.

The next step is payment. The payment system will be open in mid-January and payment for exams will be due by early March. Please watch your email for link and instructions.

Cost of the exam is $100 per exam

(AP Physics takes 2 exams, so that will be $200 total for that course)

Fee reductions are available for the those who are eligible.

Students with IEP or 504 accommodations need to have those requests submitted by JANURY 18th. Please contact your counselor ASAP about submitting a request.

Please contact Mrs. Rodgers ( or 215-809-6101) if you have any other questions.

2023-2024 Course Selection

It's that time of year! Course Selection allows students to plan their individual program of study. Planning an appropriate program of study involves close collaboration between students, parents, teachers, and school counselors. Course Selection time is quickly approaching so we wanted to provide you with some important upcoming dates:

High School Presentations to Students:

February 8th: A-K

1st Period: 9th Grade

2nd Period: 10th Grade

3rd Period: 11th Grade

February 9th: L-Z

1st Period: 9th Grade

2nd Period: 10th Grade

3rd Period: 11th Grade

Parent and Student Course Selection Night:

Thursday, February 9th

6:00-6:30 pm: Self-Guided Departmental Tour

6:30-7:15 pm: Presentation

7:15-8:00 pm: Self-Guided Departmental Tour

High School Students Enter Electives: Counselors will visit English Classes

February 13th: 11th Grade

February 14th: 10th Grade

February 15th: 9th Grade

February 16th: Learning Support

2023- 2024 Course Selection Resources:

2023-2024 Course Selection Handbook

2023-2024 Course Selection Night Presentation

Course Selection Timeline for 9th-11th Grade

Course Selection Timeline for 8th Grade

9th Grade Course Selection Sheet

10th Grade Course Selection Sheet

11th Grade Course Selection Sheet

12th Grade Course Selection Sheet

Career & College Planning

PHEAA Virtual Presentation

On Wednesday, January 18th at 6:30 pm, PHEAA is doing a webinar: (a link will be sent to students via Canvas closer to the time of the event)

Borrowing for Education: which loan should I pick (what’s right for me)

A PHEAA representative will present: As families receive their financial offer letters from schools and determine that education loans may be needed, they’ll find that there are many options to consider – including loans from the Dept of Education and private loan programs. Doing the research and knowing what to compare and consider will be important to overall education debt, keeping it affordable and finding the right fit.

Financial Aid Presentation: Tips and Tools for Juniors

On Thursday, March 9th at 6:30 pm, Donna Wilkoski from BCCC will do an in-person presentation in the Neshaminy High School Auditorium.

Financial Aid: Tips and Tools for Juniors

Donna Wilkoski, Director of Financial Aid at Bucks County Community College, will present information about: completing the FAFSA, searching for scholarships and using financial aid and scholarship tools on the web.


Naviance Family Connections is a valuable tool for post-secondary planning. It allows students to explore their learning style, personality type, career interests and potential college plans. The college application process will also be mainstreamed through Naviance, allowing us to forward transcripts and letters of recommendation to colleges via eDocs. We encourage parents to become familiar with Naviance Family Connections and use it with their children. You can access your Naviance Family Connections page by going to:


The SAT is a college admissions exam administered by the College Board to help aid colleges in the admissions decision process. The purpose of the SAT is to measure a high school student's college readiness, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.

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The ACT is a college admissions exam administered by ACT, Inc. to help aid colleges in the admissions decision process. The purpose of the ACT is to measure a high school student's college readiness, and provide colleges with one common data point that can be used to compare all applicants.
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Branches of the military offer more than 1,600 different occupations. If you are considering the military as an option after high school, speak to representatives in each branch of the service to gain more insight of the demands and benefits each branch has to offer.
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Seniors: Important Info!

ACT 158 Graduation Requirement

Students in need of volunteer hours and can find opportunities posted on the Act 158 Canvas page. All hours must be preapproved by Ms. Partlon ( or Mr. Stout ( Please reach out to them with any questions.

Scholarship Opportunities

Please remember to check the scholarship page on Naviance often for new scholarship opportunities! There are no limits to the amount of scholarships you can apply for! After the holidays, we will be posting more scholarships and will continue through April. Don’t let “free money” pass you by!

  • Make sure to pay attention to deadlines and specific instructions for each scholarship as they do vary. Scholarships are updated on a weekly basis, so make sure you are checking to see what has been added.
  • To find scholarships, log into your Naviance account, click on the Colleges tab at the top of the screen, scroll over to the “Scholarships and Money” section and then click on “Scholarship Search.”

Mid-Year Report Request

Attention Seniors: Click on the button below only if the college you applied to requests a mid-year report. **You will need to submit a separate mid-year request form for each college that requests a mid year report.**

Community Support

Virtual Calming Room

The Virtual Calming Room is a safe place for students and families to find strategies for managing emotions and feelings. Access our Virtual Calming Room by clicking the link below: