News to Know

This news feed is for general information that is relevant to a wide range of students and/or families. Last edited on 4/10/24)  

Attention Class of 2024:


Financial Aid Student Webinars:

Summer Steps

·        May 21, 2024 at  5:00-6:00 pm -ET

Attention Class of 2025:

MEFA has three upcoming webinars for families looking ahead to next year’s college admissions and financial aid process. Registration links can be found by clicking each title.

All presentations will include guidance provided by college planning experts and a time for live Q&A.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) invites students, parents, and counselors to explore the college search process at the NACAC National College Fair in Boston held on Thursday, May 2, 2024 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. and Friday, May 3, 2024 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. The fair will be held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

More information about the NACAC National College Fair in Boston— including directions, a list of colleges exhibiting at the event, and tips to help students prepare for the fair — is available online at https://www.nacacattend.org/24Boston.

All Students:

Congressman Auchincloss’ office is hosting a Virtual Service Academy Night on Tuesday, May 28th from 6:00-7:30pm. This is an opportunity for high school students in grades 9-11 to learn more about the application process for the five United States Service Academies: West Point, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marines, and Coast Guard.  LINK

JOB POSTINGS can be found HERE 

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.

Summer Opportunities

Regis College Summer Scholars Program

The Harvard Model Congress Leadership Summer Camp

West Point Summer Leaders Experience

Massachusetts Historical Society (Student Fellowship)

AMIGOS offers service and immersion Summer Programs in Latin America for youth ages 13-19

UNAGB's 2024 Summer Institute in Global Leadership programs for Middle and High School Students

This July, we are thrilled to introduce our inaugural summer program for high school students—the WPS Summer Leadership Institute. This three-week initiative is crafted to empower students by developing their leadership skills, exposing them to innovative city spaces, and inspiring them to shape their own futures. Throughout the program, participants will:

The program is scheduled to run from July 8 to July 26, 2024.

For additional details regarding our application process and available scholarships, please visit https://wpsinstitute.org/sli 

Enjoy Life Academy

Leadership Academy Flyer

Leadership Academy Video

Leadership Academy Website


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).

Coffee w/ The Director of School Counseling 

*All meetings will be in the Faculty Dining Room from 9-10am

Friday, October 13th - Topic: Naviance and SCOIR

Friday, December 15th - Topic: student supports

Friday, February 16th - Course Selection

Friday, April 5th - College Guidance Network

Parent Evenings ‘23/’24

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

9/13 Standardized Testing Night 

         recommended for junior students & parents/guardians

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/14dnHCmp7ExdpAWUAqmn1nW6LQHQvfhan/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=101285483249608291050&rtpof=true&sd=true

9/20  Senior Parent Night 

Link to Slides

10/18 at 6pm Navigating the College Process with Students w/LD

recommended for junior/senior  students & parents/guardians    

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1apN5rGd7CIjlctAIYXOCThrAjVai-dj6LE4fW2aaOVM/edit?usp=sharing

11/13 at 7pm Financial Aid Night - MEFA/WSF/WHJWC

recommended for senior students & parents/guardians (junior students and parents are welcome)


Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1mA4NGaGgwtORtVZJNhsuRSjBf6t_nsez/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=101285483249608291050&rtpof=true&sd=true)

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1IKYKxyofT1m7n86mT0Z6UVQf3NclWWAc/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=101285483249608291050&rtpof=true&sd=true

Recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zaC4yGWvxntrqg4ZvtDAudHmQd87ZJeI/view?usp=sharing

11/15 at 7pm   Junior Parent Night 

(WHS Counseling joined by representatives from Merrimack and Ithaca)

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1RVvoYoKulW4nGbpSNnqZZT4f5DYQilMqPBEPVb4BhkQ/edit?usp=sharing

Recording: https://drive.google.com/file/d/19wozrO1vlq6ZN-8VlBarr8okbtF_muEc/view?usp=sharing

1/10/24 7pm   GAP Year Information Night (with Weston & Wayland)- Webinar with J2 Guides 

*link to the event will be available closer to the date

Jane and Jason Sarouhan are the J2 behind J2Guides, a professional gap year consulting service that puts empowerment, expertise and affordability at the center of the gap year planning process. Jane and Jason have been leaders in experiential and gap year education for nearly 30 years. They are nationally accredited Gap Year Association Consultants and keynote speakers at the USA Gap Year Fairs. In this gap year presentation Jane and Jason will share their stories and expertise as they define and demystify the gap year, share effective gap year planning strategies, and answer your questions.

Youtube recording: https://youtu.be/oTtk_i7m2a0

1/24   8th Grade Parent Orientation 

Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1tfql6j3zSzhqZe6qn6xZhIukswyard_PVU2HXyX5ONo/edit?usp=sharing

**Due to technical difficulties, there is no video available.  Please contact your assigned WMS counselor or Margaret Walendin (walendinm@wellesleyps.org), Interim Director of Counseling at WHS with any questions.

3/28 Fine & Performing Arts Night @ Wayland High School, 6 pm (tentative. This event is organized by Wayland High School)

4/11 College Guidance Network

*Please join us from 7-7:30 PM over zoom for an overview of this new resource (intended for 10th and 11th grade students and families).

Please use this Zoom Link


3 steps of anxiety overload -- and how you can take back control: Lisa Damour 

NYT: What We Lose When We Push Our Kids to "Achieve" (article below)

Lisa Damour: How to show up for teens when big emotions arise 

Smartphones & Teenage Mental Health 

We're Too Tired to be Helicopter Parents 

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 

(Book recommendation) 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


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.