Freshman Seminar Update

Class of 2025

End of year update

Hello Parents and Guardians,

As the end of the school year is quickly approaching, we wanted to take a moment to express our sincere gratitude for partnering with us as your 9th grade learner transitioned to Hall High School. There is an important shift we wanted to note about our School Counseling department for your learners' 10th grade year. The School Counseling department is structured so there are two grade 9 counselors and six grade 10-12 counselors. As your learner is assigned to a grade 10-12 counselor this coming year, this school counselor will remain with them through their high school experience. Below you will see the school counselor assignment breakdown by last name. Their new counselor will meet with your student early on in the new school year. They are excited to partner with you for the remainder of their high school experience. As part of our school and department mission to build strong family partnerships and continuously improve our programming, we kindly ask that you take a moment to complete the survey below.

End of Year Parent Feedback

Best of luck to you and your family. Enjoy your summer!

Brianna Gasiewski and Ashley Carlson

School Counselor

Last Name

Mrs. Heather Alix


Mrs. Marisa Tamayo


Mrs. Jessi Evans


Mrs. Christine Mahler




Mrs. Kaitlin Smedberg


Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to Hall High School! We had the pleasure of meeting with all of your learners in cycle one of Freshman Seminar. Freshman Seminar is a class your learner will participate in to support their transition into high school. This class is co-taught by both grade 9 school counselors, Mrs. Gasiewski and Mrs. Carlson. The Freshman Seminar series is developmental by design, focusing on needs, interests and issues related to the various stages of student growth in three domains: personal/social, academic, career and post secondary planning. Throughout quarter 1, Freshman Seminar will be a combination of group discussion topics and individual meetings with their school counselor.

Freshman Seminar Cycle 1: Welcome

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Freshman Seminar Cycle 2-3: Communication

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Academic and Extra Curricular Resource Page

Freshman seminar cycle 4: PSAT


Wednesday, Oct. 13th 2021 at 7:30am

975 North Main Street

West Hartford, CT

The PSAT 8/9 helps students determine what they need to work on most so that they’re ready for college when they graduate from high school—and it supports educators as they guide the way.

The PSAT 8/9 tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10—in a way that makes sense for eighth and ninth graders. It measures what they’re already learning, shows them whether they’re on track for college, and lets them know where they need the most improvement. That means students have time to tackle these areas long before they take the SAT.

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FRESHMAN SEMINAR CYCLE 5: Academic planning and mastery experience

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Freshman seminar cycle 6: Introduction to Naviance and Career planning

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Freshman Seminar Cycle 8: Course Selection

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9th Grade School Counselor Introduction Video

Meet Mrs. Gasiewski!

Meet Mrs. Carlson!