Counseling Department Newsletter
In this issue:
- Parents/Guardians of Juniors presentation (3/2 at 6pm): GOOGLE MEET LINK below
- Registration OPEN for Wachusett Wellness Day for students and WRHS staff
- SAVE THE DATE: upcoming April events!
- WRHS hosts a virtual college fair! Register now!
- Scheduling Process for 2021-2022 School Year
- Counseling Block Presentations
- Wachusett Wellness Newsletter
- College Guidance Network
- Parents Supporting Parents
Parents/Guardians of JUNIORS: Presentation on March 2nd at 6pm
The agenda will include:
Review of graduation requirements and scheduling for senior year
Overview of college admissions process
Trends in college admissions
Developing the list
The google meet link is: https://meet.google.com/sop-biqg-yfr
Wachusett Wellness Day
We ask that students and WRHS staff please join us Wednesday, March 10th for an afternoon of wellness, positive energy and remote togetherness. This afternoon is a chance to remind yourself to “take a moment” in the stress of day-to-day life. We know that in the current time it’s tough to set aside time for yourself. This afternoon is designed to jumpstart just that!
There will be workshops offered during 3 different sessions that afternoon.
Session 1: 12:30-1:00pm
Session 2: 1:05-1:35pm
Session 3: 1:40-2:10pm
Astrology for Wellness
Energy: What Are Your VIBES
Establishing a Self-Care routine that will last
Goal setting/ results training
High Energy Fitness Kickboxing
Identifying and Responding to Stress
Let’s Switch That! (Mindset)
Self-Compassion and Boundary setting
Stress Relieving Techniques for Better Sleep
Think you think too much? Turn down the volume on your own thoughts
Two Things You Should Do, But Won’t...
A program description of each workshop was posted in the student's google classroom. Registration opened on March 1st! Students should register by clicking HERE.
Upcoming April virtual events...
April 6th at 6pm: Navigating the College Search for Students Who Learn Differently given by Regional Enrollment Representative for Landmark College
This webinar will give students and families the tools they need to determine fit as they explore a variety of colleges and help them prepare for a successful transition. The representative will provide information about what to consider, the questions to ask, and the wide range of accommodations, supports, and programs that exist in post-secondary education today. You’ll hear a little about Landmark - where it fits in the overall landscape- and get plenty of time to ask your questions. This presentation is intended for families of 9th – 12th graders and interested students.
Google meet link: meet.google.com/nua-rnym-sfe
April 8th at 6pm: Financial Aid Information Session with Monica Blondin, Director of Financial Aid from Assumption
This webinar is designed for high school juniors and their parents and will cover the following topics:
- How to apply for financial aid (e.g. required forms)
- How financial aid is determined
- Review of merit and need based financial aid funding
- Helpful websites and tips
- Question & Answer session
Please click the link below to join the webinar:
April 15th at 8am: Sophomore parent/guardian presentation
Please join us for "Planning Ahead for your Sophomore". We will preview college planning, course planning, and other things to consider as your student transitions to the second half of high school.
Google meet link: meet.google.com/jqe-yhrr-kne
Virtual College Fairs
Sunday, March 14, 1-3 p.m. EST
Wednesday, April 14, 7-8:30 p.m. EST
Sunday, May 16, 1-3 p.m. EST
Sunday, March 21, 1-7 p.m. EST
Sunday, May 21, 1-7 p.m. EST
The Northeast event will be on March 7th. There are three other regional events (West/Southwest, Midwest, and Southeast) in February and March.
WRHS will be hosting a virtual college fair on Thursday, April 1st from 6:30-8:30pm-- REGISTER HERE!
Students and parents are invited to play an active role in the scheduling process. Students can review the graduation requirements and course offerings through our WRHS Educational Guide, review prior grades in PowerSchool and revisit career clusters and pathways that have been revealed through Naviance.
The scheduling process involves three parts.
1) Recommendations for course levels will be inputted into PowerSchool for students
2) Students review those recommendations in PowerSchool, select their core classes, and choose electives based on their interests.
3) Students meet individually with their counselors to review their choices and finalize their course requests for next year.
March 2nd - March 8th:
Current Sophomores meet with their school counselors individually during their Health classes to review and finalize course requests. Some students will have virtual meetings.
March 9th - March 15th:
Current Freshmen meet with their school counselors individually during their Freshman Seminar classes to review and finalize course requests. Some students will have virtual meetings.
All requests for reconsideration of level change forms are due.
Please visit the Scheduling Process Timeline for more information!
Counseling Block Presentations
Throughout the month of March, counselors will be meeting with their freshmen to deliver the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programming.
Wachusett Wellness Newsletter
Helping students adopt and maintain healthy behaviors is at the core of our school counseling program. To have healthy behaviors students must first start with education and awareness.
Please see our past newsletters as well:
Wachusett Wellness Newsletter: November
Wachusett Wellness Newsletter: October
WRHS joins College Guidance Network!
We are thrilled to bring our families and students a new service offering going into the new school year. We have signed up our school to have access to College Guidance Network, a virtual programming network specializing in demystifying the college admissions process.
Take a closer look at the full schedule of programming and speakers on their programming page. You will also be able to view past presentations there as well.
Wed., March 10th via Zoom
Wed., April 7th via Zoom
FREE Virtual Resource for ALL Caretakers Parents Supporting Parents (PSP)
We recognize what a challenging time this is. The BRYT Family Engagement Team invites you to participate in our weekly Parents Supporting Parents group where parents can get & receive support from each other.
Please join us every week for PARENTS SUPPORTING PARENTS. Simply click the link and join the Zoom meeting. All are welcome so please share with family and friends.
View the flyer HERE for dates/times!