High School Counselor Grades 9-12: Chrissy Kafkalas

Address: Jenkintown High School, 325 Highland Ave., Jenkintown, PA 19044

Email: kafkalac@jenkintown.org    |  Telephone: (215) 884-1801 x 214  |  Fax: (215) 886-2283

College Board School Code/CEEB Code: 391920



  • March 3, 2017: Jenkintown College Fair in the HS Gymnasium from 10am to 11:30am. Click HERE to see the list of Colleges and Organizations that are participating. All 9th, 10th, and 11th Grade Students will be participating as part of the Career Day Activities.
  • AP Exam Registration Forms are now available.  The deadline to sign-up for an AP Exam is Monday, February 27, 2017. To download a form, please click HERE.
  • Click HERE for the Guidance Calendar of Events


  • Free Family Dinners for those who could use a nice hot meal, sponsored by the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, 8339 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA. Guests are served a hot homemade meal with leftovers packaged to go home. There are also desserts, fruit, and non-perishables that also may be taken. This year we are planning to offer tutoring and storying telling for children. Meals are offered on most Sundays from 5-6pm.  Please click HERE for exact dates and more information.
  • Parents and Former Grads:  Help us gather Dual Enrollment data.  Guidance would like to know if your child was able to transfer their MCCC Dual Enrollment Credits to the college they are attending.  Please fill out the Dual Enrollment Participation Survey for 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Graduates: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1AVUak2o0FbP31CYg6i5fpHizhAgESYdmRF-JNA6toDc/viewform.  To view our current MCCC Dual Enrollment College Credit Transfer Statistics, please click HERE
  • Sunday, March 5, 2017: Eastern Center for Arts and Technology Open House from 1-3:30pm, click HERE for more information.


  • March 3, 2017: Jenkintown College Fair in the HS Gymnasium from 10am to 11:30am. Click HERE to see the list of Colleges and Organizations that are participating. 

  • March 12, 2017: AAVMC Veterinary Medical Career Fair and Information Sessions - Registration is Open!

    AAVMC is pleased to announce its annual Veterinary Medical Career Fair and Information Sessions event. This free event is for any high school and undergraduate student with an interest in the veterinary medical profession. The AAVMC’s recruiting event is a unique opportunity for prospective veterinary students to meet with admissions representatives from the veterinary medical colleges in the US and abroad. Information sessions are held to provide great information about various careers in veterinary medicine as well as helpful information on applying to veterinary school. Save the date for this unique opportunity! 

    AAVMC’s Annual Veterinary Medical Career Fair 
    & Information Sessions
    Sunday March 12, 2017
    2:30 PM—5:00 PM

    Omni Shoreham Hotel

    2500 Calvert Street, NW

    Washington, DC 20008

    Event registration is open and can be found at http://tinyurl.com/AAVMCCareerFair!

    Please feel free to contact Dr. Lisa Greenhill at DiversityMatters@aavmc.org for additional information.


    Parents need not register. Please note that we encourage students to register themselves as the registration includes a short survey about the profile of students who may be interested in veterinary medicine. This data helps us to plan future educational and recruiting programming.

  • Saturday, April 22, 2017, The Culinary Arts Institute @ Montgomery County Community College - Lansdale Campus: 10am to 12pm. Click HERE for more information.
  • Saturday, April 29, 2017, Montgomery County Community College Open House in Blue Bell - Central Campus: 10am to 12pm.  Click HERE for more information.
  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017, Main Line Regional College Fair, Villanova University, 6:30pm to 9pm


1) Montclair State University, the largest four-year Hispanic-Serving Institution in New Jersey, is offering a Hispanic Student College Institute on August 1-3, 2017 for rising high school juniors and seniors (Class of 2018 and Class of 2019). There will be no cost for the students to participate and attend. The Institute will be a transformational experience for students who identify as Hispanic. They will be challenged to think big about their future and the impact they will have on their community after college. Academically committed students who identify as Hispanic are encouraged to apply online. Applications are now available, and space is limited. Institute participants will be eligible for scholarships to attend Montclair State University in the future and will receive certificates of completion to include on their résumés. For more information, please contact Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions Jordanna Maziarz at hsci@montclair.edu.

Through the Hispanic Student College Institute, they will:

· Engage in career exploration and goal-setting initiatives

· Attend college-planning workshops

· Participate in a majors fair and mock college interviews

· Live on campus in Machuga Heights

2) STEM Exploration Day for girls in grades 5-10: March 25th from 12:30 - 5:00 at West Chester East High School.  Partake in over 60 interactive activities during the GETT Expo, Choose between a variety of in depth breakout sessions, Discover new ways to connect your passions to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Registration begins February 14th at www.2017GETT.eventbrite.com

3) Actuarial Science Camp for rising seniors at Lebanon Valley CollegeAn actuary is a business professional who uses mathematical and financial tools to help identify and manage risk, so it's a great career for students who are strong mathematically but who are not necessarily interested in teaching. It's also great for students who like business and have good math aptitude.  An Actuary is a business professional who uses mathematical and financial tools to help identify and manage risk, so it’s a great career for students who are strong mathematically and are interested in Business, Finance or Economics.This is a one-week summer program for rising high school seniors who want to learn more about the profession. Here's a link to the program web site:http://www.lvc.edu/academics/summer-community-programming/actuarial-science-camp/

4)  Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp, which will be held at Lebanon Valley College from June 25-30 and July 23-28, 2017

 The goal of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp is to provide a window into the scientific basis of human health.  Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and medical ethics.  Students will learn how laboratory science can be translated into improved human health, and they will engage in investigative experiences that will allow them to apply their laboratory skills to real life problems.  In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, genetic counseling and biomedical laboratory research. The Health and Biomedical Sciences camp will provide a fun, challenging and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional.  For more information, or if you or your students have questions about the camp, you can visit the Health and Biomedical Sciences website (http://www.lvc.edu/academics/summer-community-programming/health-biomedical-sciences-camp/) or contact Dr. Courtney Lappas at lappas@lvc.edu.

5) Pennsylvania American Legion Keystone Boys State is a unique week long summertime educational program that does not emphasize classroom lectures and textbook learning. It is an activity born out of a need for youth training in practical citizenship, leadership and to instill a working knowledge of the structure and operation of government. 

June 18 - June 24, 2017 at Shippensburg University

Eligibility Criteria: 1. Only males who have successfully completed their junior year of high school and have at least one semester of high school remaining are to be considered. 2. Any boy who has previously attended a boys State is not eligible to attend a second session. 3. Only boys with outstanding qualities of leadership, character, scholarship, loyalty, and service to their schools are to be considered. 

Click here to view the online brochure!

Click here for the application! Deadline Date: June 1, 2017

To participate or to find out additional information on Keystone Boys State contact Sharon Delancy at Department Headquarters at 717-730-9100. 

6) PACT:  Program in Algorithmic and Combinatorial Thinkinghttps://algorithmicthinking.org/registration/, deadline to apply is March 5, 2017.  While it is true that computers and programming are a major part of modern computer science, the Program in Algorithmic and Combinatorial Thinking (PACT) – funded partially through the National Science Foundation and Rutgers University and hosted by Princeton University through the Center for Computational Intractability – goes beyond that. The program teaches students about the mathematics and algorithms fundamental to the computer science field. Many summer programs teach high school students programming and application development, but this six week intensive course is one of very few with a theoretical and proof-based emphasis.  This program will be held on the University of Princeton's Campus from June 26-July 28, 2017. The program fee is $1000 and the only requirements to participate are high school algebra, willingness to work hard and be challenged, and, above all, the desire to learn.

7) PFEW Applications are NOW Available: Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week 2016 (open to 10th and 11th Graders) is a unique and challenging program designed for high school sophomores and juniors.  PFEW furnishes a perfect opportunity to learn about career opportunities that students may not have considered.  What will you do at PFEW? By acting as an executive management team and running your own business, you and your peers will learn about our free enterprise system.  With the task of turning an “imaginary company” into a financial success, you will determine selling prices, marketing costs, budgets for production, research and development, financing and stock options.  You will develop your own marketing strategies and design an advertising campaign.  In essence  you will make all the decisions that are demanded of real life company executives. Throughout your PFEW adventure, you will meet and work with some of Pennsylvania’s top executives.  Representing career fields including law, engineering, manufacturing, advertising, environmental protection, computer technology, and politics.  These inspiring professionals will share their motivational success stories with you. INTERESTED? The EARLY BIRD APPLICATION DEADLINE is March 3, 2017, the final appellation deadline is April 7, 2017. Applications are available here: http://www.pfew.org/student_application.php.  Don’t delay, this could be a wonderful opportunity to do something exciting this summer. 

8) Interested in business or health care careers? Would you like a culturally diverse summer educational experience?  Are you a current 10th or 11th Grader?

The Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship (PSGE) at Lehigh University held July 2 - July 29, 2017 and the University of Pittsburgh Health Scholars Academy (UPHCSA) held on June 25 - July 22, 2017, former Governor's School programs, are accepting applications for the 2017 summer programs.  Current high school sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is February 15, 2017.  For more information on the Global Entrepreneurshiphttp://global.lehigh.edu/iacocca/psge.  For more information on the Health Careers Scholar Academyhttp://www.hcsa.pitt.edu 

9) University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering and Applied Science middle school summer program for girls:  PennGEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science): is a week-long day camp for girls who are finishing 6th, 7th, and 8th grade this year and who have an interest in math, science, or engineering.  Students will spend a week in UPenn’s world-class facilities with Penn faculty and students learning about how engineering affects our everyday lives. https://www.seas.upenn.edu/awe/gems/

10) Find more program HERE.



1)  Congratulations to MIKAYLA CASEY for receiving the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Award.  She was awarded $1000 for her strong commitment to community service and her leadership abilities in school activities.  Congrats Mikayla.

2)  Congratulations to CALEB LIMMER for being selected to receive Widener University and NBC10 High School Leadership Award – a $20,000 scholarship to Widener University over four years as an undergraduate.  This awards program is designed to recognize high school students in the region, like Caleb, who embody the university’s commitment to develop and inspire leaders to affect positive change. With this award, the Widener University High School Leadership Awards Committee recognizes Caleb’s ability to demonstrate courage by standing up for what is right, finding a way to address a wrong, or making a difference in a significant way.  Caleb will receive an invitation to join the other award winners at a special event on March 23, 2017 at the National Constitution Center. In the fall, Caleb will be invited to join the 2017 award winners on Widener’s campus for an exciting day of leadership training.

3)  Congratulations go out to CLAIRE GRIFFIN for having a painting selected for the Pennsylvania State Educator’s Association's (PSEA) “Touch the Future Exhibit 2017”. This is an annual celebration of the best of the best work from artists in our region. It is an exclusive exhibit with limited space- so teachers may only submit up to 5 works, and then the event’s juror edits down that field with only about a third of the work being accepted for display… so just to be included is a real accomplishment for Claire.
Do yourself a favor and check out the exhibit, on display nearby this year at:
2017 PSEA 30th Annual High School "Touch the Future” Student Art Exhibit
Arcadia University’s “University Commons Art Gallery Area & Great Room Lobby"
450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038
The exhibit is open to the public and will be on display through the month of February.
Opening ReceptionSunday February 51-3pm

4)  Congratulations to LAURA DIBBLEMAYA POSECZNICKYUSRA ALI for being nominated to apply for the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania Foundation Founders AwardFor the past 61 years, The Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania has honored outstanding ninth grade girls from local area high schools through its Founders Award.  The foundation recognizes the good citizenship of young women from the Philadelphia area.  Only three ninth grade girls were chosen to apply. They were chosen by the faculty for their exemplifying community spirit and leadership potential.  The award serves as an incentive to these young women as it validates their efforts at a very vulnerable time in their school careers.

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