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March 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.

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.

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:

March 8th is the registration deadline for the April 13th ACT. Registration deadline for the May 4th SAT is April 5th

March 16th Sudbury Education Resource Fund (SERF) college fair at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School.

This free event will host approximately 100 colleges, universities and gap year programs as well as offer several informational seminars covering a variety of topics. List of colleges attending


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 19th, 6-8:30pm, Pathways to Success: Career & Training Fair. Holliston High School.

March 27th, 6:30-8:30 TEC College fair. Westwood High School

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.


April 4th:

The Boston National College Fair will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center (NEW LOCATION!) on:

Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. & 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday, April 5 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Attention Seniors:

  • Please update Naviance with your college admissions decisions.


Attention Freshman & Sophomores:

The MITRE Corporation in Bedford, MA is launching its Future Leaders high school internship program. The Future Leaders is a research and mentorship program for 9th and 10th grade high school students interested in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.


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:

3/28 Fine & Performing Arts Night

*@ Weston High School, 7pm*

5/8 Colleges Admission Representative Panel

*recommended for junior students & parents

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



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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.