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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 10/20/21)

Please refer to the class pages for relevant information for that grade.


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Guidance Department Parent Evenings

11/17, 7pm Junior Parent Night

Link will be available closer to the event.


Important Information regarding

AP exam registration.


To sign up for the AP Exams, students must do two things:

  1. Use the join code provided either by their teacher, Dan Sorrell, or Anne North to join their class roster. This will, by default, order an exam for the student. If the student does not want to take the exam, they must email Dan Sorrell or Anne North.


  1. Pay for the exam in the Guidance Exam section of the Fee Payment system located in the Students and Families tab on the WPS website. Link Here


Important Dates:

  • November 15th: The Ordering Deadline for AP Exams

    • If students have not joined their class roster and paid for their AP Exam by November 15th, an exam will not automatically be ordered for them.


  • After November 15th, students can still register to take the AP Exams. However, a $40 late fee will be assessed in addition to the standard exam fee of $96.


  • If a student enrolled in an AP class roster decides that they do not want to take an AP Exam, they should email either Dan Sorrell or Anne North by November 15th and indicate that they do not want an exam ordered for them. A full refund for exam payments can be issued before November 15th. If after November 15th, a student decides to cancel their exam, a $40 cancellation fee will be assessed. A partial refund will be issued for exam payments.


  • March 15th: The Final Deadline

    • After March 15th, Wellesley High School will not be accepting additional AP Exam registrations. This means that if a student has not used the join code provided to them to join their class roster, and paid for their exam (plus any additional late fees) by March 15th, an exam will not be ordered for them.

Please note: while CB indicates that you can still register after March 15th, WHS will close registration on this date so that we have time to make adequate testing, proctor and schedule arrangements.



The Asian American Commission is launching it's very first Youth Council Program. We are seeking AAPI high school youth who are:

  • Motivated to address the issues of anti-Asian violence to brief Commissioners on viable solutions to provide a safe environment and equitable education

  • AAPI youth who are interested in getting involved in their communities and are eager for civic engagement and leadership opportunities


The 2021-2022 Youth Council will run from Nov 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. Each Youth Council member will be paid a stipend of $1260 for working 12 hours per month, $15 per hour, serving the whole duration of the program. Eight (8) students will be selected to be a part of the Youth Council.


Requirements for all applicants:

  • Currently a high school student (grades 11-12 and able to obtain a work permit).

  • Leadership abilities

  • Oral and written communication skills

  • Dedicated to promoting civic participation of AAPIs


Applications will close on 10/24/21 at 11:59 PM EST

Application link: https://forms.gle/XkGvJPEtNEVgN8Bh8

For questions, email youth.coordinator@aacommission.org




The Virtual College & Career Transition Conversation Series for Students with IEPs, 504s and Mental Health Challenges

October 26th-30th, 2021


Take the FEAR out of FAFSA

Thursday, October 28

7:00 PM EST

REGISTER NOW

Virtual Zoom Event

We invite you to view more information about Stony Brook's financial aid on our website. If you have any questions, please contact us at enroll@stonybrook.edu.

Joshua Streich and his colleagues from the Office of Financial Aid at Stony Brook University, to learn more about how to apply for financial aid and the different types of aid students may be eligible for. Together we will demystify this (not so) scary process.

REMINDER...

The 2022-2023 FAFSA is open as of 10/1/2021 (using 2020 taxes):

Guide to Federal Student Aid | Financial Aid Timeline




Discover Gap Years!

Date/Time: Wednesday October 20, 2021, 7-8PM ET

Curious about Gap Years? Ever wondered if taking a Gap Year is right for you? The Gap Year option continues to grow. Students are embracing the opportunity to step off the traditional academic track and engage in experiences which increase confidence, independence, maturity and college readiness. Join Katherine Stievater, Founder of Gap Year Solutions, for a presentation and Q&A about the benefits of Gap time, and how to plan a transformational and purposeful Gap Year on any budget. Registration Link: https://wellesleyfreelibrary.libcal.com/event/8090153



Virtual College Fairs


November 4 & November 9, 2021


We're thrilled to announce that, on Thursday November 4th from 5:00 - 7:00PM EST and on Tuesday November 9th from 10:00AM - 12:00PM EST, we will be hosting our annual virtual ProArts College Fairs. These events will be an opportunity for your artistically inclined students to learn more about our member schools and ask our admissions teams questions regarding the application process, financial aid, programs, and more.



Sexton Prep is offering practice SAT/ACT.


Sign up for a Full-length Practice Test


To sign up just click on the desired date and fill in the necessary information.

Virtual or Hybrid Proctored Practice Exams:

October 23 (Standard Time Only) – HYBRID (in person and virtual)

November 13 (Standard and Time and a Half) – HYBRID (in person and virtual)

December 4 (Standard Time Only) – HYBRID (in person and virtual)

If these dates don’t work for you, register here to take a practice exam at home on your own!

Please email with any questions.



WITHDRAWING FROM A COURSE:

Withdrawing from a course by a student requires the approval of parent/guardian and a signature from the teacher, department leader and counselor. If a student withdraws after the midpoint of the duration of the course, regardless of whether it is a quarter, semester or year long course, a "W" will appear on the student's transcript. Any changes made before these dates will not appear on the student's transcript.

The deadline dates for the 21/22 academic year to drop a course are as follows:


Q1 = October 5th

Semester 1 = November 4th

Q2 = December 13th

Full Year = January 21st

Q3 = March 2nd

Semester 2 = April 5th

Q4 = May 12th






Brandeis University's annual Students Exploring and Embracing Diversity (SEED) program will take place virtually from October 22-23, and provides an opportunity for prospective students to connect with fellow accomplished high school seniors, as well as faculty, staff, and current students at Brandeis University.

SEED provides a space for students to explore and engage in topics of diversity and intersectional dialogue, attend faculty lectures and information sessions and participate in evaluative interviews to support their admissions application.

When students apply to SEED, they can indicate their interest in being considered for a travel grant. Please note that space is limited. For more information about SEED visit our website. The deadline for students to apply is October 7, 2021.

MEFA Events

MEFA offer free informative webinars and virtual community events on a range of topics. To register for an upcoming webinar, click a topic below. To view a recorded webinar, please view our MEFA Videos page.


Need an unofficial copy of your transcript or report card?

Students can now access an unofficial copy of their transcript by clicking on the "Student Reports" tab in Powerschool.



Need a work permit???

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



Please follow monthly installations from the College Guidance Network. Recently developed the CGN provides direct, timely information from admissions representatives to support student/families with the post-secondary process.

Another new resource for the post-secondary planning process during these COVID times: Explo


MassSupport Network provides community outreach and support services to residents of all ages in response to the unprecedented public health crisis, COVID-19.

Our anonymous, confidential, and free program is for individuals (including youth), families, schools, organizations, businesses and communities. We provide emotional support, coping strategies, resources, and up-to-date, factual information.

This Crisis Counseling Program is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and managed in partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health and Riverside Trauma Center, a program of Riverside Community Care. Call or email to talk to one of our outreach staff: 888-215-4920 or MassSupport@riversidecc.org



Guidance Evenings ‘21/’22

(All evenings begin @ 7:00pm virtually unless otherwise noted)



9/15 Standardized Testing Night

recommended for junior students & parents - see information above for webinar link


9/22 Senior Parent Night


10/6 Navigating the College Process with Students w/LD

recommended for junior/senior students & parents

10/20. Financial Aid Night w/ MEFA

recommended for junior/senior students & parents

Webinars available through MEFA



11/17 Junior Parent Night


1/5 GAP Year Panel (in conjunction with Weston & Wayland)

1/26 8th Grade Parent Orientation


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


3/24 (anticipated)Fine & Performing Arts Night @ Weston, 7pm


Articles/Videos:

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

How to Do School When Motivation Has Gone Missing

"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


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.