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This news feed is for general information that is relevant to a wide range of students and/or families. Last edited on 1/26/23)  


Next Department of School Counseling Evening:


3/5 College Athlete: How to navigate the college process as a prospective collegiate athlete

           Kim Penney, One on One Consulting 

recommended for sophomores/juniors & their parents 

7pm, virtual, link available closer to event





Challenge Success Parent Event

"The Well Balanced Student", Tuesday, March 14th @ WHS, 9:00-10:00 & 6:30-7:30, WHS auditorium.


Private School Applications

Students intending to apply to private secondary schools for the 2023/2024 academic years should be aware of the WHS timeline to request teacher/counselor recommendations. Please refer to the Private Secondary Applications tab on the School Counseling webpage to ensure timely submission of recommendations on your behalf. 

Attention Junior & Senior future teachers

 Bridgewater State University Future Educators Conference. March 16 , 9AM -12PM 


Attention Seniors

Mid-Year Grades!!

The School Counseling Department WILL send your Mid-Year grades to all of the schools you have requested transcripts for UNLESS they receive this form from you BY January 31st, 8:00 AM.


MEFA 

MEFA offers on-going webinars on financial aid . Check out their events!


Wellesley Scholarship Foundation (WSF):

Applications for the scholarships offered through the Wellesley Scholarship Foundation (WSF) opens December 1st. Please use this link for more information. 



Attention Juniors:

Your PSAT scores are now available on the College Board website. 

Here is a brief presentation to help you access your scores and understand how to interpret them. PSATs will also be reviewed in your Junior Seminar, which begins Q3. Please see your School Counselor if you have questions.





AP Exam Registration Reminder


The Standard Deadline to register for an AP Exam is November 14th. After this date, the registration portal will close until December 1st. After December 1st a Late Registration period will last until March 14th. Registrations that occur during the Late Registration period will incur a $40 Late Registration fee in addition to the standard exam fee of $97. 


To Register students must complete the following two steps:




Failure to complete both of these tasks will result in the student not being registered.


To be eligible to take an AP Exam at Wellesley High School, students must be enrolled in the corresponding AP class either: at Wellesley High School, through VHS, or through another AP course with approval. We do not allow students to self-study for the exams. Students may elect to sit for the AP World History, AP Literature or AP Language & Composition exam without course enrollment. 


If students or families have questions regarding joining their class/exam roster through their MyAP account please contact either Dan Sorrell (SorrellD@wellesleyps.org) or Anne North (NorthA@Wellesleyps.org).


If students or families have questions regarding the fee payment system through the Wellesley Public Schools Website, please contact the business office to help troubleshoot. 


Please note: if an AP Exam registration is canceled after the November 14th registration deadline, there will be a $40 exam cancellation fee and only a partial refund will be given. If you have registered for an AP Exam and no longer wish to take it, you must cancel before November 14th to receive a full refund. Please contact Dan Sorrell or Anne North to cancel an exam that you have already registered for. 




Course changes:

If a student wishes to make a change to their schedule for the '22/'23 academic year they need to use this link. Students should remain in their current class until they receive notice that their schedule has been changed. Please make note of the deadlines below for deadline dates for level/drop/add requests



*** SAT is going digital in spring 2023. Here is a summary of what that means***


All Students:



Ladder Internships is a selective start-up internship program for high school students, founded and run by Harvard graduate students. In the program, students work 1-1 with supervisors from top start-ups to work on real-world projects in a real start-up environment. Our companies and supervisors come from Y Combinator, Harvard iLabs, Wharton, Google, Microsoft, McKinsey & Company.

No prior working experience is required. The application deadline for the spring cohort is February 1 and this is the application link: https://airtable.com/shrNdEykWdhc4yeSv.


Sweetgreens is looking to hire: $18/hr! 

Matt Provost

General Manager

Matthew.Provost@sweetgreen.com

Click to Apply - Wellesley

Work at a Summer Day Camp with  Newton Parks & Recreation 

Staff are needed June 26-September 1  

  

Not available all summer? Some camps offer a  1, 2, 3, 5, or 6 week commitment. Newton Parks and Recreation runs more than 15 day camps for ages 3 and older. General recreation, sports, nature,  specialty and trip camps are offered. See what camps are offered at  https://www.newtonma.gov/camps 

 Apply Today!  

  

Contact Channon Ames at cames@newtonma.gov or at  (617) 796-1529 for an application or more information.  



Need an unofficial copy of your transcript, report card or get your weighted & unweighted GPA? Students can now access this information by clicking on the "Student Reports" tab in Powerschool.


Need a peer tutor? 

National Honor Society provides peer tutoring in most subject areas. Complete this form and you will be assigned a tutor based on your need and skill level. If you are not contacted within a cycle, please see Mr (Eric) Collins (Room 443) or Mr Krieger (Room 246).

Need a work permit???

If you require a work permit, please email Ms. Burns (burnsl@wellesleyps.org) who will help process it.


Parents:

PLAN YOUR TEEN'S PERFECT SUMMER  - The 18th annual Teen Summer Expo will be Monday, February 6 at Newton South High School, 5:30-8:00pm in the cafeteria. Meet with directors of a curated group of meaningful summer enrichment programs for kids ages 12-18. Options for every interest and budget. FREE and OPEN TO ALL.  Pre-Register at www.TeenSummerExpos.com and share with friends on Facebook.  


 Wellesley Health Department is hosting a kick-off event on January 31, 7pm - a webinar presented by Dr. Anne Fishel, a psychologist from Mass. General, who co-founded the Family Dinner Project. She will address the benefits of family mealtime, as well as how to overcome some of the obstacles to getting our families to the table. Visit the Wellesley Health Department to register for this event. 


The Resilience Project Parents and Caregivers Program helps educate and support parents and caregivers, in order to help them better support the emotional wellness of their children and teens. We offer parent workshops, free hospital-based events, and community talks throughout the year. Please contact us for more information and/or with inquiries related to supporting parents in our community (Natick, Needham, Newton, Waltham, Wellesley, Weston).

Workshops

Our “Raising Resilient Teens” and “Raising Resilient Kids” workshops are seven-week skills-based groups for parents that we offer throughout the year. The workshops provide education on normative child development and different ways parents can foster the parent-child relationship and support resilience-building in their kids and teens.

Register for Raising Resilient Kids Workshop

Register for Raising Resilient Teens Workshop



Coffee w/ The Director of School Counseling

Friday, October 21st, 9-10, Faculty Dining Room WHS Support Resources overview

Friday, December 9th, 9-10, Faculty Dining Room Evren Gunduz, Founder & CEO Enjoy Life Education.  Leadership from within: How to foster a positive sense of self in your adolescent

Friday, February 10th, 9-10, Faculty Dining Room Course Selection Overview; Transition from Naviance to Scoir

Friday, April 14th, 9-10, Faculty Dining Room     Ben Neely, Chief Academic Office, Revolution Prep.Transition to on-line SAT/PSAT, what this means for the student experience


Parent Evenings ‘22/’23

(All evenings begin @ 7:00pm virtually unless otherwise noted. Links will be available the week of the event, unless otherwise listed below)



9/14 Standardized Testing Night 

         recommended for junior            students & parents

Time:  7:00 – 8:15 pm EST


9/21  Senior Parent Night 


9/28 Grade 9: Executive Functioning           Skills & the transition to high school           hosted by Revolution Prep

         


10/12 Navigating the College Process                 with Students w/LD

recommended for junior/senior                    students & parents

10/19   Financial Aid Night - MEFA

recommended for junior/senior               students & parents


11/16   Junior Parent Night 


1/11   GAP Year Panel (with Weston & Wayland) 

1/25   8th Grade Parent Orientation  


2/1   8th Grade Parent Orientation                     (snow date)


3/8 Navigating the college process of the college athlete

Recommended for sophomore students & parents


3/23 (anticipated)  Fine & Performing Arts Night @ Weston High School, 7pm


Articles/Videos/Books:

Yale Law School Leaving US News & World Reports Ranking 

Colleges that promise no student loans 

It Can Wait - a video for your teenage driver 

The Broken College Ranking System 

Don't forget that kids can thrive in so many places

Harvard announces test optional through 2026 

Where You Go Is Not Who You Become by Frank Bruni

High Schools Are Posting Their College Lists: Don't Be Misled 

The end of SAT? 

Dear Therapist: I Staked My Identity on Attending an Ivy League School 

Rethinking Anxiety ; When Worry Takes Over: Tips & Techniques for Parents & Kids 

"Why specializing early doesn't mean career success" 

Stop Trying to Raise Successful Kids

New "at-risk" group

Open letter to students & families

Parents, let your kid fail

Stigma of Choosing Trade Schools over College

Career Choice Pressure

Balance

when teens cyber-bully themselves

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

Teen Social Media

Why the Myth of Meritocracy Hurts Students of Color

Keys to Raising a Happy Child


School Counseling Department

The School 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: grade level 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.

School Counselors spend the majority of their time working directly with students. Through individual counseling and grade level 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.

School Counselors work closely with the Special Education Department, serving as referral agents and as members of evaluation teams. School 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 School 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 counseling services, calling their School Counselor with questions or requesting a conference when appropriate.