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February Guidance Notes:


All students:

If you require a counselor recommendation for applications to summer camp/private school/job, please ask your counselor a minimum of two weeks prior to the deadline. We can not guarantee completing your recommendation in a timely manner if less notice is given.

February 5th & 7th, 10:00, WMS 8th graders visit WHS.

Thursday, February 28th, 2019 Open House from 6:30-9:00 pm for Semester Off (40 Washington Street, Suite #30). Staff and founder will be present at this Open House, and they will unveil their summer offerings which will debut in June and July 2019! These offerings are specifically designed for recent high school graduates to help them become "college-ready" so they hit the ground running in the fall.

February 6th & 7th: MCAS Biology Make-Up Day.

Course Selection '19-'20

The 2019-2020 course selection process begins after February break. February 25th & 26th teachers will be speaking with students individually about their level recommendations. Student will then be working with teachers, families and counselors to finalize their course selection March 4th-15th. Further details can be found on the WHS website.


Evolutions Information Sessions:

Student Information Sessions - WHS Room 301

Tuesday, Feb 13, 2:35p - 3:15p

Wednesday, Feb 14, 2:35p - 3:15p

Monday, Feb 26, 2:35p - 3:15p

Thursday, Mar 1, 2:35p - 3:15p

Family Information Session - WHS Library, Tuesday, February 27, 6:30p - 8:00p


Attention AP students:

Registration for AP exams opens February 1st and closes March 6th. Registration is on-line on the WPS District website. Click payment type, enter "Member Login" data then click the Guidance activities tab.

Attention Juniors:

February 8th is the registration deadline for the March 9th SAT. March 8th is the registration deadline for the April 13th ACT.

March 16th:, 9:00-12:30pm MetroWest College and Career Fair will be held on at the Ashland High School. The fair will give students and parents the opportunity to speak with representatives from over 100 colleges, universities and gap-year options, as well as provide students with an opportunity to engage with professionals from over 50 unique careers. In addition, there will be ongoing speakers to discuss topics such as the college application process, financial aid, and SAT’s. There is no charge to attend the fair.

For more information, please visit our website at: http://www.mwccf.org.

March 28th, 6-8pm Post-Secondary Fair for students who learn differently. Attendees will meet representatives from college and university admissions and student support services, gap year programs, technical schools, and other non-traditional options. More than 30 exhibitors ranging from University of New Hampshire to Lynn University to The American Academy of Personal Training and everything in between.

447 Hale Street, Prides Crossing, MA

Landmark School, Alice Ansara Athletic Center

This event is FREE and open to the public.

High school students, parents, guardians, guidance counselors, and educators are all encouraged to attend.


Attention Seniors & Senior Parents:

  • Reminder when requesting transcripts: the first time you are requesting transcripts you need to do so three weeks prior to the deadline (this does not include vacation days) Subsequent requests need 5 business days.
  • FAFSA can begin to be completed in January. Please be aware of deadlines.

Coffee with the Director of Guidance, March 1st, 9:00 in the FDR

Continuing with the Challenge Success initiatives, this month's coffee with address Technology & Your Teen. Dr Peter Newberry and Andrea Rego. LICSW from the Newton Wellesley Resiliency Project will be the guest speakers.


'18/'19 Parent Evening Presentations:

2/6 8th Grade Parent Orientation (snow date)

3/28 Fine & Performing Arts Night

*@ Weston High School, 7pm*

5/8 Selective Colleges

*recommended for junior students & parents

*** All evenings are @ 6:45pm in the WHS Auditorium unless otherwise noted***



Articles of the Month:

Balance

when teens cyber-bully themselves

College Essay Writing

Calculator Seeks To Help Prospective Students Understand The True Cost Of College

How to get the most out of College

Teen Social Media

Previous Articles:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-decision-that-hurts-your-chances-of-getting-into-harvard-1522229400

https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2017/07/internalizing-the-myth-of-meritocracy/535035/

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/well/family/how-to-talk-with-teenagers-about-vaping.html

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/11/15/where-teenagers-are-high-school-bathrooms-vaping/IJ6xYWWlOTKqsUGTTlw4UO/story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/well/family/how-to-talk-with-teenagers-about-vaping.html

https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2018/04/03/what-parents-need-to-know-about-juuling-the-disturbing-new-vaping-trend/23401783/

https://www.screenagersmovie.com/tech-talk-tuesdays/cyberbullying-what-to-do

https://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2018/02/14/584275859/the-key-to-raising-a-happy-child

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XQUJR4uIGM

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/09/has-the-smartphone-destroyed-a-generation/534198/



Guidance and Counseling Department

The Guidance and Counseling Department provides a variety of services in three areas: personal/social, career/college and academic counseling. Within these three broad areas are nine specific services: guidance seminars, counseling, teacher consultation, resource coordination, information delivery, parent education/consultation, placement, evaluation/planning and records/testing. While students are the primary focus of these activities, counselors also work closely with parents, teachers and administrators.

Counselors spend the majority of their time working directly with students. Through individual counseling and guidance seminars, counselors address the developmental needs of students and provide crisis intervention. They are also in frequent communication with faculty, staff and parents in order to coordinate services and provide an optimum school experience for all students.

Counselors work closely with the Special Education Department, serving as referral agents and as members of evaluation teams. Counselors coordinate the 504 process and monitor the implementation of the plans. They also meet regularly with the Student Support Teams that are composed of the assistant principals, school psychologist and special educator to share information and develop strategies to meet the specific needs of individual students.

Any student who wishes to meet with his/her counselor individually should make an appointment in advance. In emergencies, however, a student should feel free to come in to see his/her counselor without advance notice. If the counselor is not available, the student should schedule an appointment or leave a note. Parents are encouraged to use the guidance services, calling (781-446-6290 x4608) with questions or requesting a conference when appropriate.