SHS School Counseling Department
802-885-7914

School Counseling Director: Corrie Haskell — chaskell@ssdvt.org
School Counselor: Jason Touchette — jtouchette@ssdvt.org
School Counselor: Nicole Thurmond — nthurmond@ssdvt.org
Social Worker:  Rosie DeCamp — rdecamp@ssdvt.org
Multiple Pathways Coordinator: Patty Davenport — pdavenport@ssdvt.org
Registrar & Secretary: Marie Gray — mlgray@ssdvt.org

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SHS Profile 2016-2017

                          2016-2017 SHS Program of Studies                                                                                                 2017-2018 SHS Program of Studies

                                2016-2017 Course Summary                                                                                                                 2017-2018 Course Summary

Teacher Help Nights 2016-2017

SHS Alumni Transcript Request Form

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The School Counseling Department provides academic, social/emotional, and post-secondary support to all students in grades 9-12.  We help students to develop the tools and confidence they need to become self-directed learners, strong self-advocates, and positive and creative contributors to their community.  We work with students to set personal and educational goals and we collaborate with families, school staff, and community members to support students in bringing those goals to life.

 

Upcoming Events

October 11, 2017
**Post-Secondary Day:  SHS will be offering a different post-secondary exploration option for each grade level.  This will be a non-traditional school day and classes will NOT be running as usual.  Please see the schedule below to know what your student will be doing.

9th Graders – Pre-ACT test:  multiple-choice assessment that helps students prepare for the experience of taking the ACT® test and provides information regarding their future performance on the exam.  PreACT includes exams in English, mathematics, reading and science, just like the ACT test, but does not have a writing test. Scores will be reported on the same 1-36 scale as the ACT, but PreACT includes fewer questions and will take less time to administer than the ACT.  Through the free ACT Interest Inventory, PreACT will also provide insights to help students explore college major and career options and start planning for their future.

10th Graders – PSAT:  The PSAT/NMSQT is great practice for taking the SAT.  It can qualify you for scholarship programs. Also, it can give you insight into which AP® courses you may be ready to take.  After you take the PSAT/NMSQT, you can get a free, tailored practice program for the SAT—based on your personal test results—through Khan Academy®. You also get free access to the Roadmap to Careers online tool from Roadtrip Nation to explore majors and careers that reflect your interests.

11th Graders – Can take the PSAT (must sign up in advance and pay the $16 fee – fee waivers are available); OR
College Visit:  3 colleges in the Rutland area – permission forms REQUIRED: see your advisor for more information!

12th Graders– College Planning & Financial Aid Assistance:  Students and their parents will be offered a FAFSA/VSAC Forms Day and College Application Day.  12th graders are invited to join us for drop in support on anything related to post-secondary planning.  Holly from VSAC will be on hand, as well as Kyle from Upward Bound.  Students and Parents can get any post-secondary planning support including, but not limited to, finding the right college fit, college applications, financial aid applications, resume building, etc.  Parents/students hoping to get assistance with filling out FAFSA and VSAC forms will need to bring a copy of their 2016 tax information and their student’s social security number.

SAT and ACT Testing Dates: 

ACT Dates and Deadlines: 
Test Date                           Registration Deadline
October 28                            September 22
December 9                            November 3
February 10                              January 12
Register online at www.act.org

SAT Dates and Deadlines:
Test Date                       Registration Deadline
    October 7                               September 8
November 4**                                    October 5
December 2                                 November 2
**At SHS
Register online at www.collegeboard.org

Come Join Us!

 


Scholarships

~Applications and additional information will be available in the counseling office as well as through the clickable images and links!~

Women in STEM– Various scholarships for female students going into STEM fields; engineering, computer science, technology, etc.


– Fun scholarship opportunity from Abodo – a company that specializes in student housing searches! To enter, complete a survey to tell Abodo what you are bringing from your hometown to college and why it’s important to you. Once a year we will award a $500 scholarship. Our scholarship is open to any high school students who will be attending college and the deadline is August 31, 2018.

              

     

Scholarship specific to those going into STEM fields in VERMONT colleges!

 

 

Important Links

College Planning Materials

Gap Year Information – Interested in doing something other than college after high school?  Check out these Gap Year opportunities!

  • AmericanGap.org –  nonprofit accreditation and standards-setting organization for Gap Years
  • City Year – City Year works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. They help to increase graduation rates across the country, and change the lives of the students they serve.
  • AmeriCorps – AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. 
  • NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) –  NOLS believes in positive, ethical leaders change the world. Based on this belief, NOLS has become the leader in wilderness education. NOLS takes students of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions and teaches them technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.
  • OutwardBound – Outward Bound is a non-profit educational organization and expedition school that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that inspire self-discovery, both in and out of the classroom.  Outward Bound delivers programs using unfamiliar settings as a way for students to experience adventure and challenge in a way that helps participants discover that they can do more than they thought possible.
  • CIEE Travel Abroad (Council on International Educational Exchange)– offers the tools to create a custom program built around your needs, and the resources and support necessary to explore a new culture in ways that were previously unimaginable.
  • Teen Life: Gap Year Programs
  • Gap Year Fairs – To find a Gap Year Fair near you, visit this website!  South Burlington High School will be hosting one on January 20th – to register, visit this link!

Travel, Leadership, and Enrichment Opportunities

-Governor’s Institute of Vermont: www.giv.org

  • Summer Opportunities:
    Vermont’s flagship summer program for talented teens, the Governor’s Institutes offers 10 summer Institutes that gather teenagers from every high school in Vermont to study in-depth on the topics of their choice, such as Arts, Engineering, Mathematics, Information Technology, Entrepreneurship, Current Issues and more. All Institutes are residential, take place on college campuses, and offer sliding scale tuition to meet all family budgets.  Please visit: www.giv.org
  • Winter Weekend:
    A 48-hour immersion Institute packed with extreme learning and fun for all motivated 9-12th grade students.  Students attending Winter Weekend will try out the intellectual exhilaration of a GIV summer institute in which they explore, laugh, perform, build, improvise, and more. In just one weekend, students take away more skills and inspiration than they could have ever imagined possible!  More info here:  Winter Weekend

Saint Gaudens NHS Career Exploration Internship with the National Park Service and the Student Conservation Association. 

  • This is a paid eight-week internship (mid-June through mid-August) that also includes an AmeriCorps grant at the completion. It would be great for students interested in art, history, the National Park Service and/or cultural resource management. The application due date is May 1st.
  • Interested students should check out this flyer: Student Conservation Association
  • Apply online at www.thesca.org

 

-Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Program: http://www.hoby.org/programs/leadership-seminars/

  • HOBY is designed to help high school sophomores recognize their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community.  The seminar curriculum is based on the Social Change Model of Leadership and develops leadership from three perspectives:  Personal Leadership, Group Leadership and Leadership for Society.  Selected students attend a three (or four) day seminar and participate in hands-on leadership activities, meet leaders in their state and explore their own personal leadership skills while learning how to lead others and make a positive impact on their community.  Interested sophomores should talk to their school counselor for more information on how to apply for this wonderful opportunity!

 

-Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center:  http://files.ctctcdn.com/8e4abcbc001/fbc425e7-028c-45d4-b122-d34f8b03e36c.pdf 

** Summer Programs:  MedQuest & CollegeQuest **

 

-Duke University Summer Program: summersession.duke.edu/high-school-students

 

-Drexel University Summer Institutes:  Drexel Summer Institute

Wentworth Institute of Technology: http://legacy.wit.edu/summerfab/

  • It’s a four-week “design and build” program for high school students entering grade 10
    and above, called summerFAB. Participants can stay on campus or commute to Wentworth on a daily
    basis. students who successfully complete the program and later enroll in our Architecture program can
    use SummerFAB to replace a four-credit elective course in Architecture. Graduates of summerFAB will also be
    eligible to receive a one-time $2000 tuition scholarship toward their freshman year tuition at Wentworth.
    For more information, please go to http://legacy.wit.edu/summerfab/ or contact Program Director, Rob
    Trumbour at trumbourr@wit.edu .

– Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE):  a non-profit organization promoting international education and exchange.  Springfield High School Alum Kaylee Haskell participated in this experience in 2013.  Read about her experience and what CIEE has done for her.  http://study-abroad-blog-legon-as.ciee.org/2017/09/from-high-school-to-college-life-in-ghana.html 

 

Reminders from Your Counselors

-Communication with your counselor is a VITAL part of the post-secondary planning process.  Stop by and make an appointment to see your school counselor today!!!

-Check out this new policy that allows high school athletes to earn PE credit: PECreditforVarsitySports

-In addition the SHS Summer School, online courses through VTVLC can be a great option for students to recover credit and stay on track for graduation.  Check out the two handouts below to get more information about online course offerings and the online registration process:

2015 Summer Learning Recovery Program
2015 Summer Learning Recovery_VTVLC registration

Mental Health Resources

Health Care and Rehabilitative Services Crisis Hotline:  1-800-622-4235

Health Care and Rehabilitative Services – Youth Services Website

UMatter Suicide Prevention Website

Springfield Medical Care System – Behavioral Health Services

Springfield Medical Care System – Community Resource Guide

National Alliance on Mental Illness

RxDangers

Dual Diagnosis

Free Mental Health and Addiction Resources

 

DrugRehab.com – information and support to people fighting addiction and substance abuse.

Substance abuse in adolescents frequently overlaps with other mental health problems. Our goal is to support teens and their families by providing resources and tools related to drug and alcohol abuse. For more information click here: https://www.drugrehab.com/co-occurring-disorder/

 

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