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Guidance
Contact TypeContact Information
Contact:
, Director of Guidance
Address:
200 Essex Street  
Swampscott  ,MA 01907 
Phone:
(781) 596-8876
Fax:
(781) 599-2034
 
Additional Links:
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The SHS Open House on November 6th was a huge success! If you missed it, check our our School Counseling presentation here.

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Community Service Fair

Swampscott High School’s Counseling Department and the Lynch VanOtterloo YMCA have been collaborating on several teen centered events and activities for the upcoming year.
Students, stop by the atrium this Friday for our first event;
The Community Service Fair.

WHEN:           Friday, December 12
                        11:30 am to 1:30 pm

WHERE:          SHS Atrium

WHAT:           Community Service Fair sponsored by our                                         local YMCA.  Several not-for-profit organizations                               will be present to meet with students.  This is a                                        perfect opportunity for students to connect with                                local organizations, learn about how they can                                   volunteer, and get involved in the community!!!

Don’t forget to bring an updated copy of your resume or activity sheet.
Please see your counselor for more information.

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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
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2014 AP Scholar Info

The AP Program offers several AP Scholar Awards to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through AP courses and exams.  

Swampscott High School had a total of 31 scholars in 2014 –

                        AP Scholar              AP Scholar              AP Scholar
                                                        with Honor           with Distinction
# of scholars          15                               9                               7       

average score        3.83                             3.92                           4.03


AP Scholar is granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher in three or more AP exams.

AP Scholar with Honor is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams.

AP Scholar with Distinction is granted to students who receive an average score of 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.

Congratulation to all the SHS AP Scholars on a job well done!

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Kaplan Test Prep

If you are considering a test prep course, please note that Kaplan Test Prep is offering their largest discount of the year with $150 off all of their SAT and ACT test prep courses and tutoring. To learn more, visit kaptest.com/thanks or call 1-800-527-8378 and use code THANKS150.

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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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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

  STEM OPPORTUNITIES

MIT and BC are having "Splash Days" in November - FREE mini STEM based workshops at the universities taught by undergrads for high school students.  Please point anyone you think would benefit to:



Both events also have parent programs as well

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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