Students pick courses for next year.

Students in the sophomore class met with the guidance department to select courses. Students were able to choose and look at the classes they have selected and want to be in for the following year.

Students in Dan Donoto’s F block English class worked with guidance on course selection. Students were choosing electives and looking at the classes they are in for next year. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students in Dan Donoto’s F block English class worked with guidance on course selection. Students were choosing electives and looking at the classes they are in for next year. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jenny Beardsley looks over her anticipated courses for next year. Each student has at least seven classes. Classes are offered in either college prep (CP), honors (H), or advanced placement (AP). Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Jenny Beardsley looks over her anticipated courses for next year. Each student has at least seven classes. Classes are offered in either college prep (CP), honors (H), or advanced placement (AP). Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Peter Coyne and Charlie Baker share their classes for the following year with each other. During this process students are advised to check their current grades in their classes. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomores Peter Coyne and Charlie Baker share their classes for the following year with each other. During this process students are advised to check their current grades in their classes. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Student Ryan Field chooses exploratories for junior year. Guidance counselor Gillian Polk advises Field on which classes would best suit him. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Student Ryan Field chooses exploratories for junior year. Guidance counselor Gillian Polk advises Field on which classes would best suit him. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Students talk among themselves after they finish choosing their classes. High school classes were able to meet with the guidance department on course selection for their future high school career. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Students talk among themselves after they finish choosing their classes. High school classes were able to meet with the guidance department on course selection for their future high school career. Credit: Cole Bourbon for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Sophomores Introduced to College Planning

Director of Guidance Beverly Low and guidance counselor Gillian Polk visit a sophomore history class to discuss college resumes and planning for the future.

Director of Guidance Beverly Low encourages students to think about how their choices of courses for junior year relate to college.  Low states that she prefers to introduce students to the college process in sophomore year so that the students can ease into the process, rather than dealing with it all at once.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Director of Guidance Beverly Low encourages students to think about how their choices of courses for junior year relate to college. Low states that she prefers to introduce students to the college process in sophomore year so that the students can ease into the process, rather than dealing with it all at once. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Low passes out notecards and asks students to specify what they see themselves doing in ten years.  Low explains that predictions on this notecard will be shown to the students in senior year, and that it will be compared to their updated predictions for their life in 2024.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Low passes out notecards and asks students to specify what they see themselves doing in ten years. Low explains that predictions on this notecard will be shown to the students in senior year, and that it will be compared to their updated predictions for their life in 2024. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Nellie Boling writes her prediction for her life in 2024.  The students were asked to describe their predicted occupations, lifestyles, and where think they will live.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Sophomore Nellie Boling writes her prediction for her life in 2024. The students were asked to describe their predicted occupations, lifestyles, and where think they will live. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Gillian Polk describes a website called Naviance, which is a platform to go through the college selection and application processes.  The website also helps students decide college majors and potential career choices.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Gillian Polk describes a website called Naviance, which is a platform to go through the college selection and application processes. The website also helps students decide college majors and potential career choices. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

The students are given a sheet of paper that helps provide an explanation of the Naviance website.  The students were asked to complete a career interest profiler and to start their resume for college.  The resumes are meant to contain extra-curricular activities that the students partake in throughout high school to show to colleges.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
The students are given a sheet of paper that helps provide an explanation of the Naviance website. The students were asked to complete a career interest profiler and to start their resume for college. The resumes are meant to contain extra-curricular activities that the students partake in throughout high school to show to colleges. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Guidance runs junior parent night

Director of Guidance Beverly Low and guidance counselor Karen D’Amour run a planning night for parents of juniors.  This is the secondary presentation about juniors beginning to choose and apply to colleges.

Parents receive sheets with the recommended college planning calendar.  Juniors were advised to meet with college representatives to decide which colleges they were interested in exploring.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents receive sheets with the recommended college planning calendar. Juniors were advised to meet with college representatives to decide which colleges they were interested in exploring. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Director of Guidance Beverly Low explains to parents what guidance has been working on with juniors.  Counselors have been visiting 11th grade English classes and discussing the upcoming PSAT, standardized tests, and college exploration.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Director of Guidance Beverly Low explains to parents what guidance has been working on with juniors. Counselors have been visiting 11th grade English classes and discussing the upcoming PSAT, standardized tests, and college exploration. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents listen while Low describes the first steps of the college process.  Counselors encourage juniors to research and visit colleges to decide what size or location of school they would prefer to attend.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents listen while Low describes the first steps of the college process. Counselors encourage juniors to research and visit colleges to decide what size or location of school they would prefer to attend. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Karen D’Amour goes over research methods for juniors trying to get more information about colleges that they might potentially attend.  Guidance is particularly reliant on Naviance, a website which helps organize parts of the college application process.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Karen D’Amour goes over research methods for juniors trying to get more information about colleges that they might potentially attend. Guidance is particularly reliant on Naviance, a website which helps organize parts of the college application process. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Guidance counselor Karen D’Amour discusses with parents the importance of junior year for students applying to colleges.  D’Amour explains that counselors are always available to help students with their applications, and are willing to answer any question that students may have.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Karen D’Amour discusses with parents the importance of junior year for students applying to colleges. D’Amour explains that counselors are always available to help students with their applications, and are willing to answer any question that students may have. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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Guidance office holds a parent night

Director of Guidance Beverly Low and guidance counselors Gillian Polk and Karen D’Amour discuss the details of the college application process.

Parents gather in the auditorium for a presentation from guidance.  The guidance counselors educated the parents about the specific details about their children’s application process for college.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents gather in the auditorium for a presentation from guidance. The guidance counselors educated the parents about the specific details about their children’s application process for college. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents listen as the high school guidance counselors go through deadlines and tips for sending in their children’s essays for college.  The information was aimed at parents of juniors and seniors, who are in the process or are about to be in the process of applying to their colleges.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents listen as the high school guidance counselors go through deadlines and tips for sending in their children’s essays for college. The information was aimed at parents of juniors and seniors, who are in the process or are about to be in the process of applying to their colleges. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents are given sheets of paper with the main points from the lecture, as well as important information that they will need for helping their children with their college applications.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Parents are given sheets of paper with the main points from the lecture, as well as important information that they will need for helping their children with their college applications. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Gillian Polk explains how each parent can contribute to their child’s application.  The MERHS application process is organized into five main components, which are forms and papers that for each student to fill out.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance counselor Gillian Polk explains how each parent can contribute to their child’s application. The MERHS application process is organized into five main components, which are forms and papers that for each student to fill out.
Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Director of Guidance Beverly Low describes the process of sending test scores to colleges.  MERHS sends each student’s transcript, teacher recommendations and counselor recommendation to colleges.  Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Director of Guidance Beverly Low describes the process of sending test scores to colleges. MERHS sends each student’s transcript, teacher recommendations and counselor recommendation to colleges. Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

Guidance Counselor Karen D’Amour answers parents’ questions about the information shared during the presentation.  Parents ask details about the deadlines, teacher recommendations, and format of the college application.   Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online
Guidance Counselor Karen D’Amour answers parents’ questions about the information shared during the presentation. Parents ask details about the deadlines, teacher recommendations, and format of the college application.
Credit: Lillian Schrafft for Manchester Essex Multimedia Online

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UPCOMING EVENTS: Important Guidance Dates

MERMHS Guidance & College Counseling Office

 

Calendar Highlights and Important Updates (PSATs, Social Media, College Planning, College Reps, College Fairs)

 

 

PSAT Registration

October 1 – 10

We highly recommend that juniors planning on applying to four-year colleges/universities take the PSAT at MERHS on Saturday, October 18. Also, sophomores who successfully completed Geometry and are currently enrolled in Algebra II and/or English 10 Honors are strongly encouraged to take the PSAT. The test is administered only once per year, on the national test date determined by The College Board..

 

Registration forms may be downloaded from the Guidance & College Counseling Web Page or picked up in the Guidance & College Counseling (GCC) office. Registration forms will also be sent home with sophomores and juniors. A check in the amount of $26, payable to Manchester Essex Regional School District (MERSD), is required to ensure registration. Forms and registration payments may be delivered to the GCC office before and after school, and during lunch periods.

 

A late fee of $10 will be added to registrations received after October 10 and before October 14. We are unable to accept late PSAT registrations after Tuesday, October 14.

 

As always, please contact the GCC office if you have particular questions and/or

 

 (Note:  Grade 9 students should not take the PSAT this year. The College Board will be launching a redesigned SAT in the spring of 2016.)

 

 

Social Media Update

The Guidance & College Counseling Office is now on Twitter!

Follow us @MEGuidance for updates on college admission rep visits, quick tips, good reads, and timely announcements  related to postsecondary planning.

 

 

College Planning Programs

September 23 (Tuesday).

The GCC team will offer a workshop for parents/guardians on the overall college application process from 6 – 7pm in the MERHS Auditorium. This session is designed mainly for families of current juniors and seniors, but all are welcomed.

 

 

 

 

College Planning Programs (continued)

October 1 (Wednesday).

The Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department is hosting a “Seminar on College Funding Resources” at their recreation center at 16 Union Street in Hamilton – it is free and open to the public. You may click here to register. The session is scheduled from 7 – 9pm.

 

 

College & University Representatives Visiting MERHS

We have a full and roster of college/university admission representatives visiting MERHS this fall – please view the complete listing in Naviance (in the colleges section), or click on the general calendar via the Guidance & College Counseling (GCC) web page. To ensure clear communication for everyone involved, students are asked to follow three important steps for meeting with a representative:

  1. Sign up in advance via Naviance.
  2. Pick up a green “college rep visit” slip from the GCC office.
  3. Bring the green “college rep visit” slip to the teacher(s) of the course(s) you will miss at least two days in advance and have a brief conversation about your plans.

 

 

Upcoming College Fairs

 

October 2 (Thursday)

Berkshire Community College, 9 – 11am.

New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC).

Paterson Field House, Pittsfield, MA

 

October 5 (Sunday)

Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2 – 4pm

New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC).

Sports & Recreation Center, Worcester, MA

 

October 9 (Thursday)

Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, 6:30 – 8:30pm.

This is a large, local fair with over 130 representatives from colleges/universities, business schools, nursing schools, vocational/technical programs, banking institutions, and the US Armed Forces.

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