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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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Attention Class of 2015:
The National Association for College Admission Counseling is hosting the 2014 Boston Area National College Fair at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.  Over 350 colleges and universities will be in attendance and reps will be available to speak with and receive information from.  Students and parents can take advantage of a variety of counseling services relating to college admission and financial aid at the on-site College Advising Center.

Thursday, May 1 9:00 to 12:00 & 6:00 to 8:30
Friday, May 2 9:00 to 12:00
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Attention Class of 2015 and 2016 Parents/Guardians:
PSAT results have been distributed.  If your child has not picked up their results, please have them see Ms. Diane Collins in the guidance office.  In order to get the most out of the results, we ask that you click on the following link that will guide you through understanding not only the PSAT test, your individual results but also the next crucial steps to take for post-secondary planning.

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Attention Class of 2014 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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UPCOMING EVENTS
Sophomore Guidance Seminars - April 7-April 17: Students will use Naviance to explore career matches after taking a career interest inventory, and research potential career path and job skills. Students are presented with an overview of the college planning timeline, and standardized testing preparation: PSAT, SAT, ACT etc. Students will also be encouraged to get involved in community service and extracurricular activities.
College Admission Criteria Night - April 30 at 6:30 p.m. :  On Wednesday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m. you are invited to attend a presentation on College Admission Criteria.  Justin Pike, an Admission Counselor from Tufts University, will be presenting general information on what colleges are looking for in applicants.  This is a great opportunity to hear up-to-date information and current trends.  The presentation will take place in the high school auditorium.

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Class of 2013 College Acceptances
College.Acceptance.List.2013.pdf
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COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS
School Year 2013-2014

Ms. Bolognese           A - G
(for Mrs. Magary until May 2014)

Mrs. Paquette          H - M
(as well as Seniors V to Z)
(through June 2014)
                        
Mrs. Mazzola            N - Z  
(as well as Seniors N-U)

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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 (for Mrs. Magary - Jan to May)
School Counselor
Administrative Assistant
Registrar