NSHS Counselor Connection

2018-2019 Quarter Two Edition

Adopt A Family 2018

For the 18th consecutive year, NSHS is participating in the Greater Woonsocket Area Adopt a Family program. This drive was started by a former NSHS student to help those in need. Important details are below.

• We will meet with all seniors during advisory on November 20th and with juniors during advisory on November 21st. Gifts will be due back to the high school on Friday, November 30th with delivery to adopt a family the next week.

• Please provide only new clothing and toys. We are unable to accept used items of any kind.

• Please do not purchase bicycles for the children. Although they are fun to purchase, and receive, they are quite cumbersome to transport and store, especially for many of our Recipients.

• We recommend leaving the tags on articles of clothing, and providing gift receipts in an envelope. This will allow your Family to make even exchanges, if necessary.

• Please do not include food baskets, as these are available to Recipients through a separate program.

• All gifts must be wrapped.

• The tag with the family number must be on the gift.

Financial Aid Night at North Smithfield High School

Thursday, Nov. 1st, 6:30pm

412 Greenville Road

North Smithfield, RI

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

Financial Aid Night has been scheduled for Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 6:30 PM in the North Smithfield High School Library.

This workshop is sponsored by the Guidance Department and the Rhode Island Association of Financial Aid Officers. Ms. Ricci Emerick, from the Rhode Island Student Loan Authority will offer a two-part program on financial aid for both seniors and their parent(s) or guardian(s). The first section of the program will provide a general overview of the current status of financial aid. The remainder of the program will be a step-by-step explanation of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE that is required by some schools.

If your child is planning to enter a university, college, community college, or a post-secondary trade or technical school after their senior year, you are encouraged to attend this program.

FAFSA Completion Night

The College Planning Center of Rhode Island will host a FAFSA Completion Event on 12/12/2018 at 6PM at Woonsocket High School. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

NEBHE Tuition Break

What is Tuition Break?

NEBHE's Tuition Break program, the New England Regional Student Program (RSP), enables thousands of New England residents to enroll at out-of-state New England public colleges and universities at a discount. Students are eligible for the RSP Tuition Break when they enroll in an approved major that is not offered by the public colleges and universities in their home-state.

New England includes the following six states: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.


Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 11:15am-2:15pm

412 Greenville Road

North Smithfield, RI

Parent-teacher conferences

Wednesday, Nov. 7th, 5:30-8:30pm

412 Greenville Road

North Smithfield, RI

CCRI Running Start Program

The Running Start Program is a dual enrollment program for high school seniors who have demonstrated the academic achievement and maturity necessary to enroll in college courses during their senior year of high school. Seniors who wish to study at CCRI on a full-time basis (12 credits) during the day may be eligible to earn college credit and credit toward high school graduation simultaneously.

Juniors that are interested in applying should see Mr. Pepin for more information before the Holiday break.


PSAT Results

Students will receive 2018 PSAT/NMSQT scores in December via email. When they get the email confirmation that scores are ready, they need to create a College Board account and use the access code from the email to view scores. If they have an account already, they just need to log in to view them.

NSHS School Counselors will hold a student review session just before or after the holiday break. A Parent review session will be announced later.

Career of the Day

Each day, we are releasing a career of the day to students via morning announcements and google classroom. An example is below:

Environmental Scientists and Specialists

What Environmental Scientists and Specialists Do

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. They may clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers, or work with industry to reduce waste.

Work Environment

Environmental scientists and specialists work in offices and laboratories. Some may spend time in the field gathering data and monitoring environmental conditions firsthand. Most environmental scientists and specialists work full time.

How to Become an Environmental Scientist or Specialist

Environmental scientists and specialists need at least a bachelor’s degree in a natural science or science-related field for most entry-level jobs.


The median annual wage for environmental scientists and specialists was $68,910 in May 2016.

Job Outlook

Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists.

NSHS Counselor Meeting Schedule for 2018-2019

NSHS school counselors support students’ individual growth in the following areas: Academic, College & Career Readiness, and Personal/Social via individual, small group, and large group meetings.

Quarter One
9th Grade-NS 101 meetings

10th Grade-Counselor Check ins

11th Grade-Counselor Check ins
12th Grade-College & Career Readiness Meetings

Quarter Two
9th-12th Grades-Academic Check ins

9th-12th Grades-Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Activities
11th Grade PSAT Score Delivery & Explanation
12th Grade-College & Career Readiness Meetings

Quarter Three
9th-12th Grades-Academic Check ins

9th-12th Grades-Individual Learning Plan (ILP) Activities
9th-10th Grades-Scheduling Meetings
11th Grade Scheduling and College & Career Readiness Meetings with Families
12th Grade-College & Career Readiness

Quarter Four
9th-12th Grades-Academic Check ins

9th-11th Grade-Transition Meetings
12th Grade-College & Career Readiness

Google Classroom Accounts for School Counseling

The NSHS School Counselors have created Google Classroom Accounts for each grade level. Please encourage your child to join and to share with you. We post information on summer programs, scholarships, college visits, and more on a weekly (sometimes daily) basis.

Class of 2022


Class of 2021


Class of 2020


Class of 2019


NSHS Contact Information and Counselor Assignments:

Please contact the Guidance Office at (401) 766-2500. Our Fax number is (401) 597-6198. Counselor assignments are listed below. Please click on the name of a counselor in order to email that person.

Mrs. Gibbons Grades 10 & 12

Mr. Pepin Grades 9 & 11

DO NOT email a counselor if you are in crisis. Please ask to see a counselor immediately. If it is after school hours, please call 911 if you are in crisis.