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November Guidance Notes:

MCAS Retake:

For those who have not previously taken or previously passed MCAS ELA & Math, the retake testing dates are as follows:

ELA November 8th, 9th, 13th

Math November 14th, 15th


Attention Juniors & Seniors:

NACAC's Performing & Visual Arts College Fair is taking place in Boston on Wednesday, November 7. The fair, which will feature booths from over 100 universities, festivals, and conservatories, will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Emmanuel College - Jean Yawkey Center, located at 400 The Fenway. Register

Please see the the attached flyer, and to add the fair to your academic calendar. Interested students are encouraged to register prior to arrival to skip the lines.


New England Post Graduate Fair. Come and meet the perfect school for you!

THURSDAY, November 8th

BEECHWOOD HOTEL

363 PLANTATION ST

WORCESTER, MA

6PM - 9PM

Please RSVP to Kevin Zifcak at kevin.zifcak@worcesteracademy.org or call 508-459-5839


Attention Seniors & Senior Parents:

  • Term 1 closes Monday, November 5th. First term grades will be automatically sent to the colleges to which you have already applied beginning November 14th.
  • 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.
  • Now is the time to obtain your FSA ID. The FSA ID is the Username and Password that will be helpful when filing their original FAFSA and accessing FAFSA information as required. See link to register now. FSA ID.
  • Scholarships are updated daily in Naviance. Please check the site regularly for applicable scholarships.
  • College Admissions Representative Visits are listed in Naviance as well as posted outside the Main Office & in the House Offices. Please check the school monitors on the day of a given visit for location.

Attention Performing Arts Students:

VOICES Boston presents: Boston Lyric Opera Audition Workshop

We are excited to announce that VOICES Boston and Boston Lyric Opera will be hosting Auditioning Basics: Preparing for College! This two-day workshop is perfect for musical theatre and classical singers who are preparing for choral auditions, college auditions, school, community and professional production auditions. All singers will work with acclaimed Boston Lyric Opera faculty, receive private repertoire and resume coaching, and develop theatrical movement techniques, physicality, and characterization. This is a unique opportunity exclusive to high school students.

Sunday, Nov. 11th & Monday, Nov 12th

Each day is from 10:00am-4:00pm

Location: First Parish (382 Walnut St., Brookline)

Follow this link to register your singer!

Registration Deadline: Friday, Nov. 2nd

Fee: $175

*Tuition assistance is available upon request*For more information, contact Kalee at kburrows@voicesboston.org or 617-735-0012.

Youth in Philanthropy Wellesley

Deadline to apply: December 7

The Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program is an experiential leadership development program designed to empower and educate local youth to become our community’s next generation of philanthropists – those who give their time, talent, and treasure for the common good. As participants of YIP, students learn about needs in our community, visit local nonprofits, and grant up to $10,000 to nonprofits benefiting youth.

This free, 17-week program is for high school students who live or learn in Wellesley. YIP Wellesley will meet on Monday evenings, from 7:00 to 8:30pm, at the Wellesley Police Department. The program begins on January 7 and runs through May 28. For more information about YIP and to apply, visit yipmetrowest.org.


'18/'19 Parent Evening Presentations:

11/14 Junior Parent Night

1/9 GAP Year Night Presentation,

*recommended for juniors/senior students & parents. In collaboration with Wayland & Weston High Schools


1/30 8th Grade Parent Orientation

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

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.