Wednesday, March 16, 2022

WRHS Guidance newsletter

 Guidance Department to offer assistance to complete Scholarship Applications


Starting on Monday, March 14th - Thursday, March 17th, School Counselor, Mr. Andersen will offer assistance to students  who need assistance with completing scholarship applications.  A reminder that the due date for the Zenas Crane Scholarship is Tuesday, March 15th and the WRHS local scholarships are due Friday, March 18th.  When you have a DLT, please request an e-hall pass to see Mr. Andersen.


Guidance Department to offer SAT registration support


On Thursday March 31, 2022, your guidance counselors will be hosting an SAT Registration Day in the College and Career Center for students interested in taking the SAT in May or June. If you are interested in signing up and would like to participate in SAT Registration Day, please complete the Google Form emailed to you by Mrs. Salavantis. Please sign up during a DLT. If you do not have a DLT, please indicate so on the Google Form and we will contact you to pick a period. YOU MUST REGISTER BY MARCH 24 TO PARTICIPATE!


Colleges Openings Update


Each year the National Association for College Admission Counseling posts a list of schools that continue to accept applications from prospective students.  You can find their college search tool via this link:  


https://www.nacacnet.org/news--publications/Research/openings/


NEACAC Essay Contest

NEACAC announces its Annual Essay Contest for high school juniors and seniors. High school juniors and seniors from NEACAC-member high schools in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are invited to submit a 500-word essay on the following topic: 

Describe a counselor, teacher, or coach who has had the greatest influence on your decision to attend college. How has this individual impacted your future? What will you do in college or beyond that will make a difference in your community?

A panel of high school counselors and college admissions officers from NEACAC-member institutions will select the winning essays. Essays will be evaluated holistically, taking into consideration factors such as originality, creativity, focus, clarity, and structure. Priority will be given to applicants who hold an identity that has been historically excluded from higher education. For more information, click here. Deadline to submit is April 1.

Local Scholarships announced to Seniors 


The Wahconah Regional High School local scholarships have been announced to our Seniors via email on Monday, February 14th.  The deadline to complete applications is Friday, March 18th.

 

The local scholarship brochure can be found via this link and the applications can be found in this google docs link

 

ALL APPLICATIONS will need to be emailed to Mrs. Drosehn by the deadline.   Please do not send them to your counselor.  Send each application as a separate document.  Do not send them as a long running document.  You can email them back to Mrs. Drosehn in the same email or as you complete each application.

 

In addition, students can access many regional and national scholarships through Naviance.  Once logged in click Colleges>Scholarships & Money>Scholarship List>Local & Regional Scholarships to access.

 

Remember to read the requirements and directions carefully. Please fill out scholarship applications legibly and completely. It is best if you do not wait until Friday, March 18th to email your scholarship applications.  There will be no exceptions to scholarship deadlines.


Crane Scholarship announcement


As of January 1, 2022 the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation has opened their scholarship applications here:  BTCF scholarship application   


District specific scholarships:


Zenas Crane Fund for Student Aid

The Zenas Crane Fund for Student Aid provides scholarships for individuals graduating from Wahconah Regional High School or a vocational-technical program of a public high school generally within the previous five years. Awards range from $1,000 - $2,000 annually. Apply by March 15. 


Garrett Francis Collins and Josephine Goodwin Collins Scholarship Fund 

The Garrett Francis Collins and Josephine Goodwin Collins Scholarship Fund supports graduating high school seniors who are residents of Hinsdale and are pursuing full-time undergraduate study at a two- or four-year school accredited by the "Council on Post-Secondary Education." Scholarships include $1,500 with an achievement standard of a 3.0 GPA or higher, and are renewable for three additional years if that standard is continued. Apply by March 15.


Winthrop Crane Scholarship Fund for Graduate Studies

The Winthrop Crane Scholarship Fund for Graduate Studies provides scholarships for individuals who are graduates of Wahconah Regional High School and are enrolled at a post-graduate academic institution. Eligibility prioritizes financial need and evidence of ambition and achievement. Awards range from $1,000 - $2,000. Apply by March 15.


Junior class scholarship opportunity


106 scholarships at $25,000 each

As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders.


The National Scholarship is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference.  Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:


  • Be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States

  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)

  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)

  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities

  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity

  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and

  • Be a United States citizen


The undergraduate application will be available from December 1, 2021 – March 15, 2022.


You can apply here:  Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program


Raise Me


RaiseMe partners with universities to offer students scholarships for their achievements during high school and college.  WRHS students grades 9-12 can access this website to participate via this link.  https://www.raise.me/how-it-works


College Planning Night for Juniors and their parents has been rescheduled


Due to the recent snow storm, our College Planning Night for Juniors and their parents originally scheduled on Wednesday evening March 9th has been rescheduled to Wednesday evening March 16th.  Sponsored by the WRHS Guidance Department, the meeting will be held in the Auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a brief overview of Wahconah Guidance services and a presentation from Dr. Joshua Mendel, a long time Director of College Admissions and now the Director of Corporate Engagement and Strategic Partnerships with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.  Dr. Mendel will provide important information about the college search and selection process.  Parents and students have found his presentation to be timely and informative, helping students increase their knowledge and confidence preparing for the college application process.





Juniors - SAT registration update


WRHS Juniors are encouraged the take the SAT exam in the Spring months if they are planning to use SAT scores as part of 

their college application next Fall.  It is important to note that many schools have changed their admission policy and are now SAT optional. You can check the admissions website of the college you are interested in to determine their current SAT policy.


Deadlines for this year’s exams are approaching.


Upcoming Testing Dates and Deadlines:


Test Date:  May 7th, 2022 (Deadline to register is April 8th, 2022)


Test Date: June 4th, 2022 (Deadline to register is May 5th, 2022)


SAT FAQ’s


How do I register?


You register to take the SAT through the Collegeboard website.  If you need help, you can make an appointment with your school counselor and they can assist you.


How do I get a fee waiver?

Students who qualify for free and reduced lunch can obtain a fee waiver from their school counselor.  If you need to reapply, your school counselor can give you an Application for our Fee & Reduced Lunch program  You will need to do this first before we can approve your eligibility.


Important MCAS Update

 

Below is a detail of our scheduled test dates for your reference (please note that these dates are subject to change depending on updates from DESE)

MCAS - Grade 10

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2022 - ELA Session 1

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022 - ELA Session 2

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - Math Session 1

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - Math Session 2

MCAS - Grade 9

  • Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - Biology Session 1

  • Wednesday, June 8, 2022 - Biology Session 2

Mass Hire Youth Employment Services

 

MassHire offers various programs through a Career Center to help connect youth with the help they need to prepare themselves for a successful future in the Massachusetts workforce.

Youth Employment Strategies: Employment assistance, job applications, and more! Thursdays at 2:30 to 4:00 (Drop in employment assistance) Other Workshops include Resume Writing, Interview Skills, and how to write a Cover Letter.

Youth Works Year-Round programming- In-person Work Readiness, Career
Pathway training, starts October 18th,  and will continue every Friday until May for eligible Youth Works participants.  Paid in Person Work Experience begins October 25th for ages 16-21! Apply at : Youth Application Form - YEAR-ROUND: https://youthworksdata.org/aboutyouthworks.asp?key=key1y&yw=MassHireBerkshire

Questions regarding the program can be directed to: 

Kelly Groves -Skrocki
Youth Services Coordinator
MassHire Berkshire Career Center
160 North Street Pittsfield MA 01201
413-499-2220 Extension 145 

 


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Guidance Department News

 Guidance Department News

Schedule Changes – Due to the work we are engaged in behind the scenes to create balanced cohorts in preparation for a hybrid return on Oct. 5th, students and families should be aware that schedule changes will be very, very difficult this year. There are many reasons for this but they ultimately have to do with the fact that our classrooms only hold 12-15 students at 6 feet of social distancing, so we need to keep our hybrid cohorts as balanced as possible.

SAT Cancellations – We are very sorry to report that the SAT administration for September and October 2020 have been cancelled at PHS.  They are still scheduled for November and December but we will ultimately need to wait and hear from their Superintendent if they can remain open.  

We also learned that Mount Anthony, in Vermont, has also cancelled for September and October. 

The good news is, MOST colleges have gone test optional this year. Be sure to check each of your schools for the details of their current policies. 

 

Here are the specific COVID related details from the College Board, including how to reschedule for a later test date. https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates

 

As always, if you are eligible for free or reduced lunch, please contact your School Guidance Counselor for a fee waiver number BEFORE you register.

 

College Planning Workshops - Siena College is launching a series of workshops called “Talk Tuesdays”.  These are not just for students considering Siena, so please take advantage of the ones you need. Registration is required (see link below). Here are the dates and themes:

  • September 1: College Application Workshop
  • September 8: College Essay Workshop
  • September 15: Choosing a Major
  • September 22: First Generation
  • September 29: Affordability
  • October 6: Ask Admissions Anything

They will take place from 7-8 p.m. Students and parents can sign up for the ones they're interested in here: videochat.siena.edu.   

 

Important College Application Tips for Seniors - We want to share this helpful information as you continue the application process. The article on acing your applications is particularly helpful! You can access the article here: https://www.salliemae.com/blog/college-application-and-essay-tips/?dtd_cell=SMSCGESCSOSOOTOTOTHOTHRN010082

We have also attached the Brag and Activity sheets that you will need to complete and return to your counselor so that we can write great, personalized letters of recommendation this fall. 


Senior Brag and Activity Sheets.pdf 

While we will be unable to visit classrooms for the usual college and career preparation presentations, we are excited to begin planning video presentations and meetings to help you out. More on that when we "return" on September 15! 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Newsletter update

AP Testing - Students in AP classes will no doubt hear more from their AP teachers about AP exams. The College Board is currently in the process of amending their tests as we speak. Generally speaking there are several key developments with AP classes:
  • They will only be tested on material learned through early March.
  • They will be tested online in 45 minute sessions per subject (no multiple choice).
  • They will have the opportunity to take the test online at home. We will provide more information about that once it becomes available. 
  • Each subject area will have two test dates for students to choose from. Again, we will provide more information about that once it becomes available.
As we wait to hear more specifics from the College Board about all of this, we highly encourage AP students to check out the link below:

ASVAB testing - This opportunity for Juniors has been rescheduled for this fall. Please contact ksalavantis@cbrsd.org for more details. 

MCAS - The state has postponed 10th grade MCAS and will be communicating with schools in the coming days about further plans for the MCAS. 

SAT Testing - The May SAT test has been cancelled and students will receive a refund. For more information from the College Board about SAT cancellation check out this link:  https://www.collegeboard.org/releases/2020/college-board-cancels-may-sat-response-coronavirus?excmpid=SM48-ED-CB-tw  
Spring Sports - The MIAA has pushed back the start of spring sports to May 4th. Please contact jshannon@cbrsd.org with any questions or concerns. 

Transcripts – Any Senior in need of transcripts please contact your respective Guidance Counselor directly. 
VHS - **NOTE: This pertains to only those students currently enrolled in Virtual High School**
We recently received word that VHS still expects students who are not sick and who do have internet access to complete their assignments. Here are some highlights from the latest updates we've received from VHS:
  • students are exempted from discussion assignments
  • all students get a 2 week grace period to pass in assignments
  • group work will be modified by your VHS teacher
  • so far VHS term grade deadlines have not changed
**If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mrs. Markland at kmarkland@cbrsd.org  directly as she is ready and willing to help you if needed. 

Virtual College Tours for Juniors - While college campuses are by and large not providing tours this spring, your Guidance Counselors found some websites with some great virtual / video tours. Check them out, and continue to work on narrowing down your choices. Also, keep in touch with your counselors!

Work/Study & Internship - All work/study and internship students have received an important email from Mrs. Shafiroff. Please be sure to read it and respond to her at sshafiroff@cbrsd.org  

Monday, April 3, 2017

ACT Calculator policy

ACT Calculator policy for those taking the ACT Test this weekend http://www.act.org/content/dam/act/unsecured/documents/ACT-calculator-policy.pdf

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

8th Grade Orientation at Wahconah is postponed until Feb. 8th due to the inclement weather.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Women’s $600 Scholarship Now Available Through Zonta Club of Berkshire County

For Immediate Release
Women’s $600 Scholarship Now Available Through Zonta Club of Berkshire County

The Zonta Club of Berkshire County is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for its 2017 scholarship. Applicants must meet the following qualifications: be a graduate of a Berkshire County High School, and be presently enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore, or junior in a four-year college or university. Applications must include all of the following: a cover letter including your name and contact information, high school name and year of graduation, and a list of college extracurricular activities including any community service or volunteer work; a 250-word essay stating current or intended college major and goals upon graduation; and official college transcript.

Zonta is a nonprofit organization committed to a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to reach her full potential. In such a world, every woman is literate and has access to education, health care, legal and economic resources on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.


Completed applications must be postmarked no later than April 10, 2017 and mailed to Zonta Club of Berkshire County, c/o Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 2184, Lenox, MA 01240. The scholarship winner will be notified by May 1.