CVHS School Counseling

Monthly Newsletter - December 2021

Hello Families!

Each month the School Counseling department will be sharing information about upcoming events.

Counseling Staff - Contact Information


Follow the School Counseling Department on Social Media:

Instagram @convalcounseling

Facebook: www.facebook.com/convalcounseling

Reminders!!

Happy Holidays from the School Counseling Department!

As we wind down for the holiday break, here are some upcoming dates and information that you may need to know.


SENIORS

January 1 College Deadlines

If you are applying to colleges that have a January 1 deadline, please see your counselor before the holiday break. We will not be available during the break to send transcripts or other supporting documents. It is your responsibility to take care of this prior to December 20.


Express Admissions Days

Seniors! Are you considering applying to NHTI, Nashua Community College, Plymouth State University, or River Valley Community College? Express Admissions days are happening! Schedule an appointment to meet 1:1 with a college admission counselor and apply for FREE at the following colleges. Must sign up in the School Counseling Office at least 2 days before the event!

  • NHTI: Thursday, December 9

  • Nashua Community College: Tuesday, December 14

  • Plymouth State University: Thursday, January 6

  • River Valley Community College: Thursday, January 13

Please contact your counselor to schedule an appointment.



Young Alumni Presentation


We are hosting a TASC Talk on Tuesday, December 21 for any college-bound student who would like to hear from a panel of CVHS graduates about college life. Evan Coyne, Lena LaFleur, Natalie LaFleur and Zoe Werth are a few of the CVHS graduates who will be here to answer questions as part of a Young Alumni Presentation. Interested seniors can book in TASC.



Have a wonderful break!

Save the Date

Wednesday December 8, 2021

Youth Risk Behavior Survey

More information is available here:

https://www.education.nh.gov/who-we-are/division-of-educator-and-analytic-resources/bureau-of-education-statistics/youth-risk-behavior-survey


Tuesday December 21, 2021

College Life - Young Alumni Panel for Grades 11 and 12 during TASC.


Early January, 2022

Career Interest Inventories with School Counselors during TASC. Grades 9 and 10.


Late January - Date TBD

Course Selection Kickoff - presentation about the Program of Studies and information about selecting courses for next year


February 1, 2022 at 6:00 pm

Applying to College 101 w/ NHHEAF for Juniors and their families.


Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 7:30am

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) Testing (must register in advance!)


Mid February, 2022

Course selection for next year. Grades 9, 10, and 11.


March 22, 2022 at 6:00pm

Early College Planning Info Session for students in grades 9 & 10 - with the NH Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF)


March 23, 2022 at 7:30am

SAT Testing for ALL Juniors

Freshmen Meetings

School Counselors have been in the process of meeting individually with all freshmen. At the beginning of October, the school counselors introduced ninth graders to Naviance, a career and college planning software, during TASC. Students will use Naviance throughout high school in the process of planning and researching post-secondary opportunities.

PSAT/NMSQT Testing

Students who took the PSAT this fall will be scheduled for a TASC meeting on Friday, December 10 for assistance interpreting the scores and directions on how to link your scores to Khan Academy, the official SAT prep site.


Students are encouraged to link their College Board accounts to Khan Academy as preparation for future College Board Assessments.

SOS/Not Alone Suicide Prevention Lessons

Suicide Prevention Lessons

The first week of December the school counselors have been delivering Suicide Prevention Lessons (Signs of Suicide (SOS) and Not Alone) to students in Health and Wellness classes.


Below is a link to the MindWise Parent Handout. The suicide prevention lessons use the "ACT" acronym, which stands for Acknowledge, Care, and Tell. Please reach out to any of the school counselors if you would like more information.


https://sossignsofsuicide.org/sites/default/files/2021-08/ACT%20for%20Parents%20Handout%202021.pdf

Upward Bound / Keene State College

New enrollments are targeted to freshman, sophomores and juniors

Thinking about your future? Considering if college is right for you? It's never too early to think about careers and colleges, and the Upward Bound Programs can help! The programs provide advising, tutoring, and field trips during the school year, as well as the opportunity to live at Keene State College for a few weeks during the summer. Please see the counseling office for more information or to meet with the Upward Bound Programs Educational Counselor, who is at ConVal every Tuesday!

Deadlines to apply for Upward Bound:

· Juniors (Class of 2023) - Applications due by December 10, 2021

· Sophomores (Class of 2024) - Applications due by February 11, 2022

· Freshmen (Class of 2025) - Applications due by March 18, 2022


Online application:

https://keene-ub-pub.studentaccess.com/appform/default.aspx?guid=8da0effb-513d-4ffc-9704-57e569aba385

Student Loan Debt - New Documentary

This documentary, released in October 2021, takes a hard look at the student loan debt crisis in America.


"There's a massive student loan crisis in America. Millions have found themselves buried beneath a mountain of debt. Entire generations are trapped. Borrowed Future uncovers the dark side of the student loan industry and exposes how the system is built to work against you."


https://www.ramseysolutions.com/shows/borrowed-future-documentary


This film is not school-sponsored, but rather it is a resource suggestion that families may find useful as they help their children navigate the college application and financial aid processes. The 90-minute film is available on several streaming platforms at a cost of less than $5.