WBHS Counselor Connection & News

News & Info for the WBHS Community April 15, 2020

In this issue:

  • Congratulations to Mrs. Casinelli
  • Coffee with the Counselor - Virtual Drop In Meetings
  • Counseling Appointments Available
  • Brown Bag Lunch Series Updated

STRIVE Virtual College Exploration Free Conference

Letters of Recommendation

Scholarships 101

Military - Basic Info

Parchment Basics

Career Search Tools

Essay Writing Basics

  • Test Optional Colleges
  • Message from College Board regarding SAT
  • Virtual Campus Tours
  • Coalition for College- Free Virtual College Fair
  • Important AP Updates - MUST READ!
  • AP Parent Webinar
  • AP Student - Check Email Address
  • Seniors - Due Dates
  • Letter to the Class of 2020 from Ms. Nadler
  • OCC Support
  • Your Future's So Bright - Oakland Schools Event
  • Free Industry Chats
  • Self Discovery Journaling
  • Mindset
  • Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest

Scholarships -

(Please note - Scholarships are listed in two editions of this newsletter,

please check prior editions of the Counselor Connection for more!)

  • Breakthrough Junior Challenge
  • Mike Rowe Foundation Trades Scholarship
  • Pearls of Service Foundation Scholarships
  • OCTEA Scholarships
  • 100 Menches Scholarship

Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020

Exciting Baby News!

Congratulations to Mrs. Casinelli and her husband

on the birth of their daughter Isabella!

She is absolutely beautiful.

Coffee with Counselor - Virtual Pop In Meetings - Join us!

Check your email for dates and times for daily virtual meetings with our counseling team!

Counseling Department Appointments

Please note that your WBHS Counseling team is still taking student appointments via Google Meet or Google Chat. To schedule an appointment time, please click on the link.

If you have not submitted your course requests for next year, please submit this immediately as we are working on scheduling for next year. Thank you!


Brown Bag Lunch Topics - College and Career Planning for 10th and 11th Grade Students UPDATED

Mrs. Essig has been running several College and Career Prep sessions! We hope you will join us!

Due to privacy and safety, please look inside the College and Career Center/Counseling Google Classroom 24 hours prior to the event for the login information to the upcoming Zoom meeting.

ACT/SAT Prep Advice: Mrs. Essig has already held two of these sessions. Attendance was great. If you missed these sessions and are interested, please click here to express your interest and she will offer additional sessions if there is enough demand.


Making your College List: Mrs. Essig has already held two of these sessions. Attendance was great. If you missed these sessions and are interested, please click here to express your interest and she will offer additional sessions if there is enough demand.


STRIVE Virtual College Exploration Conference for Juniors-

April 20th-24th

Click on this link to register for a wide variety of topics to assist you in your college/career search process. This is FREE! (Note session start times listed are in Central Time.) Register now! https://www.strivescan.com/virtual/

Letters of Recommendation - Do you need them? Who should you ask? When should you ask? What do you need to assist the recommender? Let's discuss!

Friday, April 24th - 11:30 a.m.

Scholarships 101- Where do you begin the scholarship search process? Resources, hints, and advice from Mrs. Essig and current seniors.

Friday, April 24th - 1:30 p.m.

Military - I'm curious, where do I learn more?- Mrs. Essig will share wonderful search tools to help you understand the difference between active duty, ROTC, Reserves, and the Academy. This will be an informational session only with no recruiters. Learn how to find valuable information about career opportunities and the admission process. Students will then be able to decide if they want to reach out to a recruiter.

Monday, April 27th - 1:00 p.m.

Parchment Basics - Learn how to send your transcripts to colleges and employers. You will create a Parchment account to use during your senior year. Please ensure you have an email address besides your WBHS email to use.

Friday, May 1st- 1:00 p.m.

Career Search Tools - Unsure what you want to do with your life? Learn how to use Xello and other free career search tools to learn more about career possibilities.

Monday, May 4th 1:00 p.m.

Essay Writing Basics - Start to brainstorm a variety of topics for your college essays. Hear from current seniors how to make the most of your essays and ability to adapt them.

Friday, May 8th 1:00 p.m.

Highly Selective College Admissions - Join us with a virtual discussion with Ms. Laura Tapper from Dartmouth College. TBD

Junior Parent Virtual Financial Aid Presentation - If you missed the Virtual WBHS Financial Aid Presentation last week, you can click here for other sessions.


Essay Writing Workshop - Via College Essay Guy - FREE Opportunity for WBHS Students

Register here: https://www.collegeessayguy.com/sub-ceg-for-schools-students

  • Monday, June 1st (10:00-11:30AM OR 4:00-5:30PM PACIFIC TIME)
  • Wednesday, June 3rd (10:00-11:30AM OR 4:00-5:30PM PACIFIC TIME)
  • Friday, June 5th (10:00-11:30AM OR 4:00-5:30PM PACIFIC TIME)

Test Optional Colleges

Juniors - We know that you are concerned about not being able to take the ACT or SAT due to test cancellations. Rest assured, the entire nation is in the same situation. We are finding that some colleges are going test optional for the Class of 2021. This information changes daily, so be sure to follow the website of the college in which you are interested in for the most accurate information. Click on this article to learn about colleges that have made decisions so far and also be sure to click on the link showing colleges that were already test optional/test blind.

Go On A Campus Tour... Virtually of Course!

Since college campuses are currently closed, take advantage of their virtual tours. Check out these two links or check their college website directly.

College Virtual Tours & Campus Reel Virtual College Tours

Coalition for College - Free Virtual College Fair

Recommended for students in grades 9-11, this online fair will include two panel discussions: “Tips on Creating Your College List” and “Behind the Scenes: How Admissions Decisions Are Made.” Then, students can join virtual rooms, where admissions officers will share information about their college and answer students' questions.

Learn more about the event, and please extend an invitation to your students: www.coalitionforcollege.org/april-2020-virtual-fair.html

1. Update - AP Exams

Click on the attachment below to read the latest information from Mrs. Brody regarding AP Testing.

2. AP Update: Parent Webinar offered by College Board/AP

On Thursday, 4/16 from 7-8PM EST, Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction, will be hosting a webinar for parents and guardians to share information about this year’s at-home AP Exams and how to help your student prepare. Trevor will be joined by Jane McBride Gates, Provost and SVP, Academic and Student Affairs from Connecticut State Colleges & Universities and Kristin Brandt, AP Live Human Geography teacher from Glenbard West High School. This webinar will go into detail about the online exams and format, how to prepare at home for them, and answer common questions parents and students may have. We encourage parents and their AP students to sit in on this webinar together.

Parents can register for the webinar and tune in live with their student(s) on 4/16. A recording of the webinar will be available via the registration link after the live event.

3. Important Step for AP Testers - Regarding your Email address


In order to take your AP test online and receive the most up to date information, please confirm your email address, and be sure it is NOT your West Bloomfield student account. You must also give the College Board permission to send you updates.

Follow these steps to check:

Login to your College Board account by going to myap.collegeboard.org
Click on your name at the top of the page (next to the yellow symbol)
Scroll down to Account Settings
It will ask you to log in again
The screen will say "Update your College Board Account"
Scroll down to Contact Information
Click Edit
In "email address", type in your personal email address - NOT school. You will have to confirm it
Be sure to click the box next to email address, “Yes, please send me updates and information about College Board and College Board deadlines, dates, and related programs and services.”
You must click “Submit Changes” or “Update”

Additionally, be sure you've selected a school to send your score to. Follow these steps to ensure scores go to the schools you want.

Login to your College Board account by going to myap.collegeboard.org
Click on the "Score Send" tab
Select the school you'd like to send your scores to.
You may change this until June 1.


Many colleges are changing their due dates for decisions, deposits, orientation, etc... make sure you are in contact with them with the latest information.

A reassuring sentiment from our own Ms. Nadler... she beautifully put into words our emotions and feelings...a must read...

Google Classroom App

Is your child (and possibly you) having a tough time keeping on top of the Google Classroom work? Want to help your child stay organized? Install the Google Classroom App on any mobile device. With notifications turned on, your child will immediately see when an assignment is posted or if a teacher comments on an assignment. Please watch this Google Classroom App Tutorial to learn more.

Message from Oakland Community College Support

Here at OCC we understand that you may be experiencing some conflicted feelings about starting College during a Pandemic. We want you to know that OCC is here for you and ready to help answer questions related to your goals. Many of our processes are still available through an online and over-the-phone format.

Are you looking to take a summer course? Accommodations have been made in order to get you ready for the registration process and to take classes on-line.

For self-help steps that will guide you from application to registration, use these links: Graduating Senior and Dual-enrolling Student.

Check this website for more help: https://www.oaklandcc.edu/virtualcampus/default.aspx

Self-Discovery Journaling: Self-Care for Teens & Adults

What are the benefits of journaling? Journaling helps to reduce stress, improve mood, and increases positivity! It also is proven to decrease anxiety levels, while increasing mindfulness and self-reflection.

  1. Write about the qualities/characteristics that you are most proud of possessing.

  2. If you could do anything, what would it be and why?

  3. What would your perfect day look like, why?

  4. What are your strengths/weaknesses?

  5. Where do you see yourself in the next five years?

  6. What do you need more/less of in your life?

  7. How are you feeling right now?

  8. What do you love about yourself?

  9. What drains your energy?

  10. Who or what inspires you the most?

  11. What are you most thankful for?

  12. What is something that you feel strongly about?

  13. What is one thing that you do regularly that qualifies as self-care?

  14. What are your three biggest goals, and why are they important to you?

  15. What motivates you?

  16. What is holding you back from striving for your goals?

  17. What are you most passionate about?

  18. Describe yourself in ten words, and explain why they represent you.

  19. How can you simplify your life in little ways starting today?

  20. What are five things that you would like to do more of and why?

  21. What are five things that you would like to do less often and why?

  22. What is one way that you would like to grow in the next year and why?

  23. What is something that you need to get off of your chest today and why?

  24. What are priorities in your life right now?


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Mrs. Essig's Top Picks

Click on the links below to read the "top pick" articles of interest for this week.
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SCHOLARSHIPS - Where to look

Please note that Ms. Essig posts all scholarship information on our Twitter account. You do not have to have a Twitter account to read the posts. We post opportunities in the newsletter twice and then remove them. Please follow the Twitter page for the most up-to-date opportunities!


Look for #WBHSScholarships2020.

How do I find scholarships?

1. Apply for Financial Aid after October 1st. www.FAFSA.gov

2. Check with each college in which you are applying for merit based scholarships and deadlines.

3. Check for memorial and alumni scholarship opportunities at each college in which you may qualify.

4. Check with student’s/parent’s employer, banks/credit union, religious & civic affiliations, etc. for scholarships.

5. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WBHSCounseling Click on the hashtag #WBHSScholarships2020.

6. Read the Counselor Connection

7. Conduct a search by using a national search engine, such as www.fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com, www.myscholly.com, etc. Be sure to create an email address just for these searches as students will receive a lot of email. There is no need to pay money for these services! Watch for scams!

8. Check Careeronestop: https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx

9. Beginning Class of 2020,College Board Opportunity Scholarships. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/

10. For more information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships#how-find

11. Remember it takes work to receive most scholarships! You won't know if you don't try!''

*** Please a note that WBHS cannot endorse or properly "vet" the sheer number of scholarships that come our way. It is up to the student/family to determine.

Break Through Junior Challenge





You can take part in this year’s Challenge as long as you’re:

  • 13 or older by 12:01 AM PDT on April 1, 2020
  • Not older than 18 (not yet 19) as of 11:59 PM PDT on October 1, 2020

We welcome submissions in English from anyone of those ages, including homeschooled students, students with disabilities, and students from all over the world. For additional details, check out the Rules.

Mike Rowe Foundation Trades Scholarship

Pearls of Service Foundation Scholarships

The Pearls of Service Foundation, Inc, along with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Pi Tau Omega Chapter, has approximately 201,000 dollars in scholarships available for 2020 graduating Seniors.Please disseminate the attached documents to your students who meet the scholarship criteria and encourage them to complete apply for scholarships.

Note there are 5 scholarships to apply for!

The Pearls of Service Foundation, Incorporated is committed to helping students
pursue their academic goals at a four-year college or university. We invite you to
apply for one of our Pearls of Service Foundation and Jubilee Freedom
scholarships. The completed application must be sent according to the
instructions listed on the application.

Please review the criteria for each scholarship application. Only applicants who
meet the criteria and follow application instructions will be considered. You can
apply for more than one scholarship but must submit an application for each.

Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU)
One $2,000 Scholarship will be awarded.

Pearls of Service Foundation General Scholarships
One $1,500 Scholarship and One $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded.

Lawrence Technological University Presidential Jubilee Freedom Gala Scholarship
Three $64,000 Scholarships will be awarded and disbursed in increments of
$16,000 dollars annually for four years. Recipients must attend LTU and will receive
automatic admission.

Ascension Emancipation Scholarship
One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded.

Jubilee STEM Scholarship
One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in science.

The following documents must be included with the application:
1. An official transcript
2. Two letters of recommendation
A. From someone familiar with you academically, such as a teacher,
counselor or academic program advisor
B. From another respected member of the community, such as a pastor,
mentor, coach or civic organization advisor
3. Essay
4. A recent photograph (Sorry no photographs will be returned)

The scholarship recipient will be notified by telephone or e-mail on or before May
15, 2020. If you require any additional information, visit our website:
www.pearlsofservicefoundation.org or contact Sherrie C. Ross at
PSFScholarships2020@gmail.com or (313)-610-6361.

B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region College Scholarship Program

The B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region is pleased to announce open enrollment for its College Scholarship Program for high school students who will be entering college in the fall of 2020. We anticipate awarding three or four scholarships for the 2020-21 academic year in the amount of $2,500 each. It is our goal that these scholarships will inspire the honorees to pay our gift forward after graduation by serving as leaders in their communities and as ambassadors for the B’nai B’rith Great Lake Region’s College Scholarship program.

Candidates will be judged by many factors including financial need, academic achievement, their record of community service, extra-curricular activities as well as other attributes. To be eligible candidates must:

  • Reside in Michigan.
  • Submit a completed B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region (BBGLR) College Scholarship Application including the following required documents by the April 27, 2020 deadline. Please send in ALL of the required paper work to be fully considered for the scholarship:
    • ​First two pages of the Parent’s/Guardian’s 2019 (2018 if they have not filed 2019 yet) Federal Income Tax Form 1040.
    • Most current High School transcript.
    • ACT and/or SAT transcript.
  • The top five candidates must be available to attend a personal interview with the BBGLR’s College Scholarship Selection Committee during the beginning of May.
  • The successful candidates are expected to attend the B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region’s annual Golf Classic Dinner Banquet on Monday, June 1, 2020 at Tam O’Shanter Country Club in West Bloomfield, Michigan, where they will be honored.
Applications may be downloaded here or by calling the BBGLR office at 248-646-3100. A candidate’s completed application should be mailed to the BBGLR office addressed as follows:
B’nai B’rith Great Lakes Region
Attention: College Scholarship Selection Committee
P.O. Box 250696
West Bloomfield, MI 48325

If you have questions concerning the BBGLR’s new College Scholarship Program, please feel free to contact our office at 248-646-3100 or forward your question to us from our website. We encourage individuals or businesses who are interested in partnering with our College Scholarship Program to perhaps endow a special scholarship or to simply make a contribution to contact us at 248-646-3100 to discuss the vast array of possibilities.

Download the 2020/2021 College Scholarship Program Application

NOBLE Scholarship

Seniors with a GPA between a 2.75 to 3.4 -National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Metro Detroit Chapter 2020 Scholarship Applications now available.

2019-2020 OCTEA Scholarship Application


To provide an Oakland County graduating senior who has participated in a State Approved Career and Technical Education Program an opportunity to obtain $500 of funding assistance for post-secondary educational costs. One Scholarship of $500 each will be awarded.


Graduating high school senior

Participant in a State Approved Career and Technical Education program (CTE)

GPA 2.0 and higher, verified by submission of a copy of your official high school transcript

District has a registered OCTEA member

Essay Contest for 11th and 12th grade

The 100 Mensches, a program of Jewish Family Service, is once again offering college scholarships to Jewish juniors and seniors through an essay contest on the topic of healthy relationships and dating.

New this year is the opportunity to apply for a position on the Haven Youth Advisory Board for the 20-21 school year.

Deadline for essay submissions is May 4. Details, including essay prompt, eligibility requirements and submission details can be found on the attached flyer.

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MI Student Aid Scholarship Search Tool

Searching for scholarships can seem like a daunting task since there are so many scholarships out there, but we're here to help! Our scholarship search tool is easy to use, just pick the county you live in and get a list of scholarships! https://bit.ly/2SIlkKr
Students looking for a job? Click here!

Bloomfield Library is hiring!

ACT Test Dates

ACT test dates and registration

SAT Test Dates

SAT test dates and registration

Free Career Aptitude and Career Assessment Tools

What do you want to do with your life? It won't just come to you in your sleep... invest some time exploring!

Upcoming College Fairs

Spend a night talking to college representatives and learning more about educational opportunities available to you!


Important Contacts

WBHS Counseling Department

A-CU Kelly Casinelli


CV-HA Joanne Wegrzynowicz


HB-LO Karen Brody


LP-PO Felicia Neumann


PR-TE Lisa Thompkins


TF-Z John Hepper


College & Career Counselor Noelle Essig


Administrative Staff

Mr. Eric Pace, Principal


Ashleigh Larkin, Assistant Principal


Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director


Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal


Dr. Stephanie Griffin, Assistant Principal




Text - 652729


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Text - HELLO to 741741