CLASS NOTES

  • Seniors

    Posted January 2021

    Class of 2021!!  Can you believe that you are a senior this year??  If we can guarantee one thing, it is that this year will fly by, so take some deep breaths, experience each day as it comes and appreciate the opportunities you will have.  We're here to help you identify them!  We know this is not how you envisioned your senior year.  But, just because it is different doesn't mean it won't still be amazing!  We have your back as you navigate this tricky year. 

    Many of our group guidance sessions will occur virtually this year, so keep an eye on announcements in your Class of 2021 guidance classroom. For those of you planning to attend college next year, we started the year off at a sprint, with early group guidance sessions to get your college applications off on the right track. Early in the year, we reviewed transcripts, shared post-high school plans, and updated Raise.me profiles.  We also walked you through the entire application process from start to finish so that you know how to get all of your documents to your colleges.   

    Many of you have taken the SATs or ACTs already, and that's great.  If you haven't, just know that many colleges have decided to move to test-optional admissions this year.  It's a good idea to check with your individual colleges to see what their testing and scholarship requirements are before making a decision about whether or not to take a standardized test in the fall.  If you are looking to try to raise your score (or take it for the first time), you will need to register by the appropriate deadline.  Remember, it will be your responsibility to ensure that your test scores are sent to the colleges you will apply to, but we will tell you what you need to know in order to do that.

    Potential D. I or D. II athletes, make sure that you have registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse to ensure that you are eligible for college athletics.  Also, keep your counselor informed of your plans so we can submit any documentation that may be necessary. 

    If the military is in your future, make sure you meet with the military representatives who visit our school.  You want to make sure that you choose the branch of service that best fits your needs and abilities.  

    ​Thinking about a gap year?  Check out some of these resources.  Planning to get a job right out of high school?  That requires planning also. Check out our "Career" page for useful information regarding job applications, writing a resume, and searching for available jobs. Make an appointment with your counselor if you need help finding jobs that you are qualified to perform.  


    Juniors

    Posted January 2021

    Class of 2022 - this is an important year!!  Regardless of the unique circumstances, you have it in your power to make it a good one!!

    Many of our group guidance sessions will occur virtually this year, so keep an eye on announcements in your Class of 2022 guidance classroom. Our first session of the year focused on a transcript review to ensure you are on track for graduation next year.  Juniors completed a Career Interest Inventory in Naviance to identify potential careers prior to our focus on post-high school planning in the spring.  We will spend this year helping you to identify a plan for the future that combines your strengths, your interests, and your abilities.  Make sure that you take advantage of virtual opportunities to meet with college and military representatives for additional information about options available to you. 

    As a junior, your PSAT score can help you to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship, a prestigious merit award for the top 1% of scorers.  In our second group guidance session, we helped students access scores, and link to SAT test prep through the Khan Academy.  You can also begin to think about the ACT, which also offers free online test prep through the ACT Academy.  It is most common for juniors to begin their formal standardized testing in the spring, so there is no need to rush, especially with so much uncertainly surrounding testing.  If you have concerns about testing, please speak to your counselor.  We can provide information on test-taking strategies, managing testing anxiety, and also a list of schools that don't require any standardized test as part of their admissions process.  

    This year in group guidance we will also begin to formulate a post-high school game plan based on a self-inventory. Our third session focused on the criteria we use to make decisions about post-high school plans.  Students also completed a college scavenger hunt to begin to research colleges. 

    Most important for this year will be your academic performance.  Don't wait until you feel overwhelmed or stressed to reach out for help.   Your counselor is here to help you manage your academic responsibilities with the other activities in your life.  You are being asked to manage your academics in a way that you have never had to before, so there is no shame in asking for help and learning new strategies to ensure your success. 

    Make an appointment with your counselor if you have any questions (academic, college or career-related, or for some mental health resources). We look forward to working with you this school year!  


    Sophomores

    Posted January 2021

    With a year of high school under your belts, members of the class of 2023 may feel like experts!  Make sure that you continue to work on the skills we developed in group guidance last year, including stress relief, study skills, and goal setting.  Those are skills that will serve you well this year.  Freshmen year didn't turn out the way you hoped?  You have a fresh start this year to be the student that you are capable of being, and your counselor is here to help!  Make an appointment to discuss strategies for academic success, to help you monitor your progress, and help you identify extra help when you need it.  Also, spend some time reflecting on your freshman year.  Did you meet the goals that you set for yourself?  Did you maintain your friendships and become involved in meaningful activities?  Is there an issue with your emotional or mental well-being that should be discussed?  The beginning of the calendar year is a great time to set new goals (make sure they are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant/Realistic, and Timely).  

    The focus on this year in group guidance will be to build upon the strengths you identified last year.  We will be discussing ways that your strengths can be used in the world by identifying various career and training options that highlight individual strengths.  Make it a point to attend your group guidance sessions, many of which will be held virtually this year!  Please be sure to visit the Class of 2023 Group Guidance classroom in order to stay informed about our sophomore guidance program.  In our first session, we discussed what colleges are looking for in an applicant and helped you set SMART goals for the year.  Our next session will focus on study skills, organization, and how to effectively manage stress, and we will be completing an inventory to help you learn more about your strengths and how you learn best. 

    This is a really great year of discovery for you as you wrap up the first half of high school.  Let us help you learn how to use your strengths to develop positive plans for a productive future!


    Freshmen

    Posted January 2021

    Welcome, class of 2024!!  We're excited to work with you over the next four years to help to achieve your personal, social, and academic goals.  

    Many of our group guidance sessions will occur virtually this year, so keep an eye on announcements in your Class of 2024 guidance classroom. In our first group guidance session of the year, we introduced ourselves to you, talked about the role of the professionals in the office, and completed a Strengths Explorer.  We also made sure that everyone has access to the student portal and knows how to check grades.  Our second session will focus on study skills and academic SMART goal setting. Throughout the year we are available to help you set goals, improve your academics, and continue to build coping skills and resilience. Please make sure you meet with your counselor for any issues regarding academics, college and career planning, and/or mental health.  It's why we're here!


    Parents

    Posted January 2021

    We offer a variety of evening meetings and question and answer sessions to address any questions or concerns you may have.  We are also available to meet with you virtually to address individual concerns you may have.  Please use this link to make an appointment with a counselor.

    Our virtual senior evening presentation was posted to our website in September.  At this important meeting, we presented an overview of the college application process and discussed the role of our department in helping to ensure the process goes smoothly.  A financial aid presentation was held on November 4 and a FAFSA completion workshop was held on October 14.  The full presentations will be available on our website. We can provide assistance in completing the FAFSA and the TAP, the two applications that will open the door to much of the financial aid your students will be eligible for as college students.  Our junior evening presentation, which provides an overview of the college process, has been posted to our website.  We invite all juniors and their parents to set up an individual college planning meeting with a counselor in the spring.  Please contact the guidance secretaries to set up that important appointment. 

    Please know that we value the insight that you can provide for us, and see our partnership as one that is critical to the success of your children.  If we can be of any assistance, please let us know. 

  • Group Guidance Schedule

    WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 14

    ​SENIOR SESSION #1
    Transcript review, Raise.me, Post high-school plans


    WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21

    JUNIOR SESSION #1
    PSAT information, transcript review, Career Interest Inventory, College/Career SMART goals


    WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 21

    SENIOR SESSION #2
    College application process, college conference information


    WEEK OF OCTOBER 5

    FRESHMEN SESSION #1
    Introduction to student services, 9th-grade survey, SEL assessment


    WEEK OF OCTOBER 19

    SENIOR SESSION #3
    Application workshops, diploma names, financial aid information


    WEEK OF OCTOBER 26

    SOPHOMORE SESSION #1
    What colleges are looking for; grades check and SMART goals


    WEEK OF NOVEMBER 9

    SENIOR SESSION #4
    Application workshops


    WEEK OF NOVEMBER 16

    FRESHMEN SESSION #2
    Grade check and information; Mindfulness and perceived stress, organization and study habits


    WEEK OF NOVEMBER 30

    SOPHOMORE SESSION #2
    Study habits, organizational skills, perceived stress scale, mindfulness


    WEEK OF DECEMBER 7

    JUNIOR SESSION #2
    College Board accounts, PSAT scores, self-inventory, game plan


    WEEK OF JANUARY 11

    JUNIOR SESSION #3
    College search, College research, grade check


    WEEK OF JANUARY 25

    FRESHMEN SESSION #3
    PSAT scores, grades check, introduction to Naviance Strengths Explorer, "Name It, Claim It, Aim It"


    WEEK OF FEBRUARY 1

    SOPHOMORE SESSION #3
    Career clusters, career research, BOCES information, PSAT scores


    WEEK OF MARCH 8

    JUNIOR SESSION #4
    Course selection, Junior Autobiography


    WEEK OF MARCH 15

    SOPHOMORE SESSION #4
    Course selection


    WEEK OF MARCH 22

    FRESHMEN SESSION #4
    Course selection


    WEEK OF APRIL 19

    FRESHMEN SESSION #5
    Raise.me, freshmen survey


    WEEK OF APRIL 26

    SENIOR SESSION #5
    Senior survey


    WEEK OF MAY 17

    JUNIOR SESSION #5
    Common App accounts, summer to-do list


    WEEK OF MAY 24

    SOPHOMORE SESSION #5
    Resume, Raise.me, reflection


    GROUP GUIDANCE PAMPHLET

    GROUP GUIDANCE PAMPHLET (SPANISH)