October 2021

Career and Counseling Center Newsletter

What Happened This Month in the CCC?

Career and Counseling Center

Counseling Office Secretary Mrs. Kilmartin.... ckilmartin@gesdk12.org

School Counselors

Mrs. D'Arcy...... A-Di mdarcy@gesdk12.org 518-775-5710 ext 1059

Ms. Blowers.... Dj-K lindsay.blowers@gesdk12.org 518-775-5710 ext 1058

Ms. Burggraf... L-R brittny.burggraf@gesdk12.org 518-775-5710 ext 1152

Mrs. Autilio...... S-Z sautilio@gesdk12.org 518-775-5710 ext 1057

Welcome Ms. Blowers!

October brought about a few changes in our office! We are excited to have Ms. Lindsay Blowers join our Counseling Department team. Ms. Blowers joins us from Herkimer County BOCES where she was a school counselor for 7 years. She will be working with students last names Dj-K. Stop down to introduce yourself and be sure to ask her about her dog Rocky!

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Supported Study Halls

Students that were failing 1 or more subjects on their 5 week report have been placed in an Support Study hall if their schedules allow it. The purpose of the Supported Study Hall is to provide students with a quiet and structured environment with access to a core subject teacher for support. Study halls are updated and changed each 5 weeks. The 1st marking period closes on November 5th! Please see your school counselor if you need additional help passing your courses.

OPEN HOUSE October 2021

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Picture left to right: Ms. Martuscello, Mrs. Autilio, Ms. Burggraf, Ms. Blowers, Mrs. D'Arcy

SENIOR College Applications!

If you are a senior and you are planning to apply to a 4 year college, please be certain to meet with your school counselor and go over the steps needed to complete your application. We have held "Application Boot Camps", visited SUPA Economics, English 12 and scheduled private meetings to help students navigate the application process. Below is a helpful checklist:

  • Create a Common Application Account at: www.commonapp.org

  • Meet with your counselor to connect your Naviance and Common Application

  • Check to see if you schools require SAT/ACT scores (*many schools are waiving SAT/ACTs but they are still required for certain schools or specific honors programs)

  • Complete Common Application online (FOLLOW DEADLINES FROM COLLEGES!!)

  • Request teacher recommendations in person from teacher (try to give your teachers enough time to write a nice letter! 2-3 weeks in advance of the college deadline). Follow up by requesting the recommendation through Naviance

  • Write your essay (part of the Common App)

  • Attend Financial Aid Night (*November 1st @ 6:00) Complete the FAFSA form online www.fafsa.ed.gov

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Financial Aid Night!

Monday, Nov. 1st, 6pm

199 Lincoln Street

Gloversville, NY

Please be sure to bring your own computer to complete the FAFSA. We will meet in the library and remain socially distanced. You (and a parent) will need to create a FSA ID in order to begin FAFSA completion. Please see the video below for help with that process!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Create Your Federal Student Aid Account (FSA ID)

Managing your Stress

As the school year starts to ramp up, it is not uncommon for students to feel stressed and overwhelmed. The transitions we have faced in the past year and a half have been challenging to say the least. It is important to be sure to take care of yourself in order to be the best version of "you".

When things get tough, how do you handle stress?

Do you have a person you can call and speak with?

Do you take a walk to cool off?

Below are some great pointers on how to regulate your stress and clear your mind!

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Career Corner!

Students interested in pursuing a career in Carpentry, please check out the attached flier for information on an Apprenticeship Program through the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters.

Interested canidates must attend an information session in order to apply for the Apprenticeship Program. Please see Mrs. D'Arcy in the Counseling Center if you are looking for more information.


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Looking Ahead to November!

12th grade:

College Visits

Hartwick College – November 3 at 1:00 pm

Western New England University – November 5 at 1:00 pm

FMCC – November 8 at 8:30 am

10th grade

CTC Presentation to 10th graders - November 15th @ 9:00 am in the auditorium

Classroom Presentations to 10th graders on Career Exploration

Technology Classes:

A guest speaker will be giving presentations to Techonology classes on Skilled Trade Career Opportunities!