Today’s scheduled Mothers’ Group is cancelled.

March Guidance Notes

Coffee with the Director of Guidance

All coffees are held in the FDR (Faculty Dining Room) 9:00-10:00

February 28th:  “Leadership From Within”, how to foster leadership skills in your adolescent and help them to become the best versions of themselves. Speakers Evren Gunduz & Tom Coburn, co-founders of Enjoy Life Education.

April 17th: Update: Juuling and supporting our adolescences around drug use with Liz Booma and Juliana Chen from the Newton-Wellesley Resiliency Project.

NAVIANCE PASSWORD UPDATE

After January 27th Naviance will require students to reset their password to meet new safety requirement standards. Please see the included directions to facilitate the reset. 

For those currently registered for an AP exam

Students who wish to opt out of accommodations must notify Ms. Sweet in writing by March 30, 2020. 

COURSE SELECTION 20/21

Course selection will begin on February 24th & 25th with individual conversations with teachers for level recommendations. 

Students will gain access to Powerschool for elective request beginning March 4th. Signed course selection sheets and level change forms are due to House offices by March 13th.

MCAS is Coming                           

WHS 10th graders will take ELA in March and Math in May, and our 9th graders will take Science in June. Students from other grades who need to test (mainly transfer students) will be notified ahead of time.

The first important date for all 10th graders is Wednesday, March 11th from 7:40 am- 8:29 am for Infrastructure Testing with our Technology department. Students will have the opportunity to address any technical issues ahead of time. All students should bring their laptop with them.  This is mandatory for all sophomores. Please note:

  1. Students must download and install Testnav by March 2nd.  Here are the step by step directions.
  2. Room assignments for students will be posted outside each house office by Monday, March 9th.

We are sending along our MCAS schedule for the March ELA dates because it affects all our students’ schedules, not just those taking MCAS.  Please note that testing begins each day at 7:45. It is essential that students be on time to school on testing days. 

For student not involved with MCAS please keep in mind:

1.  We are continuing to use the mornings of MCAS testing as intervention time for all students who are not testing.  That means, students who are not taking the MCAS will only have to be in school to meet with teachers if they are directed to do so.  We encourage all students to make appointments with teachers if they need extra help. Many AP classes will be running study sessions during these times as well and AP teachers will let their classes know the details of those.   This was very successful last year and we’re excited to continue it.

2. All students should report to school for C block which begins at 10:25. Students need to take note of the cycle day as well as the color block on testing days.  

ELA

Tuesday March 24th 

MCAS Testing ELA   7:45 – 10:20 AM

7:30 – 10:20 Intervention Time 

10:25 – 10:50 Block C  orange (day 5 block C)

10:55 – 12:22 Block D  yellow (day 5 block D)

1st lunch 10:55 – 11:24

2nd lunch 11:24 – 11:53

3rd lunch 11:53 – 12:22 

12:27 – 1:26 Block E purple (day 5 block E)

1:31 – 2:30 Block F blue (day 5 block F)

Wednesday March 25th 

MCAS Testing ELA   7:45 – 10:20 AM

7:30 – 10:20 Intervention Time 

10:25 – 10:50 Block C  orange (day 5 block C)

10:55 – 12:22 Block D green (day 6 block D)

1st lunch 10:55 – 11:24

2nd lunch 11:24 – 11:53

3rd lunch 11:53 – 12:22 

12:27 – 1:26 Block E tan (day 6 block E)

1:31 – 2:30 Block F red (day 6 block F)


Summer Position/Private School Recommendations 

If you are in need of a School Counselor recommendation for private school or summer camp applications please give your School Counselor 3 weeks notice prior to the needed deadline. Additionally make sure you have provided the on-line link with necessary access or an addressed stamped envelope so they can submit it in a timely manner.

Attention Seniors

WSF Application Deadline of March 1st is Coming Soon!

The Wellesley Scholarship Foundation (WSF) is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year through March 1, 2020. Each year, WSF grants numerous financial awards to qualified candidates to assist with their unmet financial need. In 2019, WSF awarded $340,000 in need-based scholarships. Applicants must be high school seniors graduating from Wellesley High School, Wellesley residents graduating from high school in or outside of Wellesley, or Wellesley residents currently attending undergraduate institutions on a full-time basis. The scholarships are renewable annually through 4 years of college dependent on continued financial need. Applicants for WSF need-based awards should use the WSF Common Application  https://www.wellesleyscholarshipfoundation.org/common-application

WSF also  administers two merit-based awards each year to graduating high school seniors, and they are renewable for each of the recipient’s four years of college. Due to the language of the bequests that fund these awards, only Wellesley residents are eligible. Applicants should demonstrate a superior level of distinction in scholarship, citizenship and character as well as strong extracurricular interests and activities. https://www.wellesleyscholarshipfoundation.org/merit-application

For questions about either of these applications please email wsf1951.scholarship@gmail.com

The Wellesley Teachers Association has opened applications for the $1500 Future Educator’s Scholarship and the $500 Samuel M. Graves Scholarship.  Applications are now open, so visitwellesley.massteacher.org today.  Deadline to file applications is April 1st.

Scholarship information: The guidance department receives is posted on the scholarship tab on Naviance. Please check this regularly as it is updated each week. Some scholarships you can apply to directly, some require you to be nominated by your school. If the later is the case please see your School Counselor to be considered for the nomination.

As always if you have questions, please see your School Counselor.

Senior Project & Naviance Updates  

As part of the Senior Project sign out form your Naviance account needs to be updated with all decisions. Please also indicate where you will be attending as your final transcript will be sent to the school listed.

Attention Juniors

SAT/ACT Registration:

  • April 4th ACT – register by February 28th
  • May 2nd SAT – register by April 3rd
  • June 6th SAT – register by May 8th
  • June 13th ACT – register by May 8th

BOSTON NATIONAL COLLEGE FAIR 

Thursday, April 30 & Friday, May 1, 2020        
BOSTON CONVENTION & EXPOSITION CENTER 

This college fair is the largest college fair in the region, with hundreds of colleges and universities from around the world in one place.  This event is FREE and open to the public.

MetroWest College Career Fair

SATURDAY MARCH 21, 2020, 9:00am – 12:00pm

ASHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
65 EAST UNION STREET
ASHLAND, MA 01721

100 COLLEGES, 50 CAREER REPRESENTATIVES

INFORMATION SESSIONS ON ADMISSION, FINANCIAL AID, SAT/ACT and MORE

FREE ADMISSION (to the event, not to college – sorry)

www.mwccf.org

Post-Secondary Fair, for students who learn differently, Thursday, March 26th, 6-8pm: attendees will meet representatives from college and university admissions and student support services, gap year programs, technical schools, and other non-traditional options. 

“[The fair] was incredible! Both my daughter and I left feeling less stressed and better prepared to make a college list. We even started to plan our trips/visits.” -2019 parent attendee

Landmark School Alice Ansara Athletic Center
447 Hale Street
Prides Crossing, MA

This event is FREE and open to the public.

High school students, parents, guardians, guidance counselors, and educators are all encouraged to attend.


Take a full-length practice test under timed conditions

A proctored practice exam will help your child build testing endurance and give you a real-time snapshot of their testing performance. 

Upon registration a Revolution Prep liaison will schedule a free score report review at a time convenient for you. During the session, they will breakdown your score to understand areas of strength and weakness and develop a custom preparation plan.

Students are welcome to register for more than one test. We recommend one SAT & one ACT. Registration is required and seats are limited! 

Upcoming Greater Boston Area Tests: 

Wayland High School: Cost: $20 / test – all proceeds support WSPN, Wayland High School’s Student Newspaper. To register online: https://www.revolutionprep.com/partners/497 or Contact David Zimbalist at 617.640.0744 or David.Zimbalist@revolutionprep.com

  • ACT Practice Test March 21st, 2020, 9am – 1pm 
  • SAT Practice Test, April 4th, 2020,  9am – 1pm  

Wellesley Connects

Wellesley Connects a mentoring program launched to ensure that every student and family has access to the resources needed to pursue a college education, is inviting Juniors to apply to the program.

The program begins in February 2020 when the student will be assigned a mentor who will help them with the college application process including refining college lists, college visits, organizational help with deadlines, free SAT tutoring, essay writing help, and assistance with the Common App, and financial aid applications. The Wellesley Connects program complements the work done with the guidance counselor and in Junior Seminar.

If you know a student who would benefit from this program, contact Jane Barrell, WHS guidance counselor, at barrellj@wellesleyps.org or 

e-mail wellesleyconnects@gmail.com.  

Visit www.wellesleyconnects.com for more information!


Attention Parents

This link is a useful guide to parent controls for your home computers. They work best when used openly and honestly in partnership with your student. They share other types of controls other than just computer restrictions as they can be limiting in what they can do.

Building Resilience Series: Newton Wellesley Hospital Resiliency Project

March Event: For Schools and Parents

March 4, 2020 4:00-5:30PM

NWH: Shipley Auditorium

Cannabis, Vaping and Nicotine Addiction

Dr. Elizabeth Booma, MD

Join us for a discussion about marijuana, vaping and nicotine. Learn the facts and talk to your kids.

Register Now!

April Event: For Schools and Parents

April 8, 2020 6:30-8:00PM

NWH: Shipley Auditorium

Raising Resilient Kids

Dr. Juliana Chen, MD and Dr. Tai Katzenstein, Ph.D

Please join us for a talk and Q&A discussion for parents on how to build resilience and best support the overall emotional wellness of our younger children.

Register Now!

May Event: For Schools and Parents

May 13, 2020 TBD

NWH: Shipley Auditorium

Screenagers: The Next Chapter

Join us for a screening of Screenagers: NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience

’19/’20 Parent Evening Presentations

All evenings are help in the WHS auditorium at 6:45pm unless otherwise noted.

5/6 College Admissions Night, recommended for junior students & parents



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