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Contact:
, Director of Guidance
Address:
200 Essex Street  
Swampscott  ,MA 01907 
Phone:
(781) 596-8876
Fax:
(781) 599-2034
 
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COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
School Year 2014-2015

Mrs. Magary         A - G

 Mrs. Barnum            H - M
                
Mrs. Mazzola            N - Z  

Mrs. Kelley: Adjustment Counselor/504 Coordinator


UPCOMING EVENTS
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ATTENTION - Sophomores and Juniors
The PSAT exam will be given at SHS on Saturday, October 18.~ Registration will begin on Monday, September 29.~ The fee for the exam is $35.00, and can be paid by cash or check made out to "Swampscott High School".~ We will hand out an Official PSAT guide and practice PSAT to all registrants. Also, feel free to check out the PSAT website on how to prepare.
Please see Mrs. Brown in the counseling office to register.

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College Admission Reps. Visit SHS - The Guidance Department has over 50 College Admission Representatives scheduled to visit and meet with interested students.  The visits begin on September 10.  A complete schedule can be found on Naviance or click on the link below:  

NEACAC College Fair - Sunday, September 14  
2 - 4 pm
at UMass Dartmouth Tripp Athletic Center
Representatives from 200 colleges will
be on hand - for a list of attending colleges,
click on the link below:


        Free PSAT Practice Test - Saturday, Sept. 27 10:30 to 1:30
at the Swampscott Public Library  
Register online at:  www.kaptest.com/class/PKKA14052 
or call 1-800-KAP-TEST
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Just a few reminders on scheduling:

  • Please see your counselor ASAP if you are missing a major class on your schedule or a required course.  Additionally, all students need a total of 30 credits each year and 120 credits in order to be eligible for a SHS diploma.      
  • Class of 2015:  It is your responsibility to have completed all of the required courses.  Please double check all of your graduation requirements!
  • The counselors will NOT be making level changes unless the override process was completed last spring.
  • Please report to the classes ON your schedule and if there is a problem or error, get a pass from the teacher to see your guidance counselor.  
We appreciate your patience, we know the first days are hectic and we will do our best to take care of any scheduling issues.


Attention Class of 2015 and Parents/Guardians:
You can find important hand outs above under "Additional Links"
        Senior Application Checklist
        Matching Common App and Naviance (also includes directions for completing the FERPA waiver)
        Requesting Transcripts through Naviance
        Senior Assembly Presentation: Fall To Do's
Also, below is a link to a video tutorial - "Common App Account Matching"
Common App Account Matching Tutorial for Students: A Video  -- [Link]http://vimeo.com/73384070

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Newsflash : Adolescents in the News!
Check here for updates on studies and interesting articles about things affecting teenage life.
                         
Check out this blog on the NY Times website, The Choice: Demstifying College Admissions & Aid

Did you catch the recent NPR conversation on how to understand the MYSTERIOUS TEENAGE BRAIN?

SHS parents are talking about this compelling National Geographic article here.


Read this neat article on 'What Not to Do' when applying to college - get some neat insight into admissions counselors and their pet peeves!



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TidBits

Little bits of information you’re always looking for!


GPA – Weighted and on a 100-point scale

Class Rank – Weighted, exact

Class of 2014 Graduation Date: June 1, 2014

Size of Senior Class: 189 for rank

 College Board Code: 222-100

CEEB Code: 222-100

ACT Code: 222-100

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Guidance Seminars

Grade 9
Programs are geared toward students transitioning from middle school to high school.  Each student is assigned a Peer Mentor to help them integrate into the high school community.  Other freshmen programs include Step Up Day for all incoming ninth graders in the spring of their eighth grade year, and a Freshmen Orientation.

Grade 10
Counselors meet with students to review goals and academic requirements as well as PSAT results.  Career Exploration is done through Naviance in a small group setting.

Grade 11
Junior Guidance Seminar.  Review the College Application Process in a small group setting at least once throughout the year.

Students are trained on Naviance Family Connection online program. This is an excellent resource for students, parents, and counselors in helping to explore both college and career options. Naviance also provides students with an opportunity to learn how their Personality Type (an adaptation of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator) and Career Interests (Skills, Interests, and Values) affect their post-secondary planning and decision making.


Junior Parent Night is held in the spring to review the college application process with parents.
Individual College Counseling Sessions can be scheduled by request/appointment.

Fall Grade 12
Session 1 - Review College Application Process – Counselors visit senior English classes to explain the transcript request process and related college application information.
Session 2 - Financial Aid Night – Parents are invited to a MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) College Financing Seminar in early December.


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DESTRUCTION OF STUDENT RECORDS

Under the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Temporary Record (guidance cumulative folder), must be destroyed within five years after graduation or withdrawal.  However, there may be items contained within the folder that may be of value to you in the future.  Therefore, once certified for graduation, and in lieu of destruction, the Temporary Record file will be made available to your son/daughter the week following graduation.  In order to have your record available, the guidance office requires a 48-hour notification prior to the pickup.

The laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts also dictate that the student’s Permanent Transcript, which identifies the courses taken, grades received, standardized test scores, date of graduation or withdrawal, date of birth, parent’s name and address, must be kept on file for 60 years.  These are kept in the Main Office.

Guidance Staff
Name
Title
Director School Counseling Department
School Counselor (for Mrs. Barnum - Sept to June)
School Counselor
Administrative Assistant
Registrar