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Guidance Department Announcements

  • Two In Person College Fairs To Be Held In Westchester This October

     Harrison High School will hold an in person fair on October 19, 2021 from 6:00-8:30 and the Jefferson Valley Mall will host their college fair  on October 20, 2021 also from 6:00 -8:30.  All CDC guidelines with respect to face coverings and social distancing will be followed.

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  • 21-22 Common Application Essay Prompts:

    https://www.ivywise.com/blog/common-application-essay-prompts/

     

    1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, please share your story.

    2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

    3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

    4.Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

    5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

    6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

    7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design​.

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  • Excelsior Scholarship for 2022

    The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY  college tuition-free.

     

     For the 2022-23 academic year, families who earned $125,000 or less are be eligible to apply. 

     If you would like to receive Excelsior Scholarship Application updates , submit your email address to be notified by email and/or opt-in for texting notifications by providing your mobile phone number. (This function available on their webpage.)

    For more information go to the website below.

    https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/nys-grants-scholarships-awards/the-excelsior-scholarship.html

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  • Virtual College Visits Starting September 13, 2021

    Please start looking at the line up of schools that will be visiting us virtually at 10:30 on select days starting on September 13, 2021.  You can participate in the visit from anywhere as long as you sign in to the call.  You can also join the visit from  the guidance office if you wish to participate from here.  View the scheduled dates  and mark them in your calendar so you do not miss these wonderful opportunities. 

      College Visits 2021-2022 

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  • SECURING WORKING PAPERS

    Securing Working Papers During  The Summer

    • Please download the working paper application located under IMPORTANT FORMS, from the guidance office webpage, OR pick up the application in the guidance office.
    • ​Fill out Part 1 only and have your parent or guardian sign the form.
    • Return your application to the guidance office or email form to jlauturner@nyackschools.org
    • You can pick up the card when notified or it can be mailed to you.
    PLEASE NOTE IF YOU ARE A NYACK RESIDENT, BUT ATTEND PRIVATE SCHOOL OR OUT OF STATE SCHOOL, PLEASE CALL 845-353-7120 FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS.
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  • Collegeboard announces ending the SAT subject tests and optional essay:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/sat-ending-essay-subject-tests/2021/01/19/ac82cdd8-574a-11eb-a817-e5e7f8a406d6_story.html

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  • NYS STEM Incentive Program for high school graduates in the top 10% of their class

    The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top 10 percent of students in each NYS high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program and agree to live in NYS and work in a STEM field in NYS for five years after graduation.

    Eligibility


    An applicant must:

    ·         be a NYS resident and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the fall college term;

    ·         be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;

    ·         be a high school senior/recent high school graduate who will be enrolled full time at a SUNY or CUNY college, including community colleges and the statutory colleges at Cornell University and Alfred University, beginning in the fall term following his or her high school graduation;

    ·         be ranked in the top 10 percent of his/her high school graduating class at a NYS high school;

    ·         be matriculated in an approved undergraduate program leading to a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics at a SUNY or CUNY college;

    ·         earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher each term after the first semester;

    ·         execute a Service Contract agreeing to reside and work in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in NYS for five years.  View the terms and conditions of the service contract.

    Students matriculated in these programs of study may be eligible for a STEM Incentive Program award. The program of study must result in an approved occupation.

     https://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/nys-grants-scholarships-awards/nys-science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics-stem-incentive-program.html

     

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Members of the High School Guidance Department

Guidance Department Office: telephone (845) 353-7120 fax (845) 353-7119

Lorraine Longing -  Director of Guidance K-12,   845 353 7123 -  llonging@nyackschools.org

Guidance Counselors:

Maggie Gershonovitz    845-353-7130          mgershonovitz@nyackschools.org

Tara Heinemann             845-353-7133          theinemann@nyackschools.org

 Sean Cavanagh              845-353-7125          scavanagh@nyackschools.org

 Alejandro Peña              845-353-7128          apena@nyackschools.org 

 Diana Wright                   845-353-7126 -        dwright@nyackschools.org

School Psychologist:

Dr. Renee Eschmann, 845-353-7182

School Social Worker:

Mimi Madan, 845-353-7131

Student Support Services and Prevention Counselor:

Dornzella Milligan, 845-353-7134

Guidance Support Staff

JeanMarie Maldonado - Records Secretary (845) 353 7121 jmaldonado@nyackschools.org
Jean Lauturner - Secretary (845) 353-7120  jlauturner@nyackschools.org

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Freshmen college planning tips

  • Be sure to take challenging yet realistic courses and take an elective course that interests you.
  • Work hard in your courses to get the best grades possible; all your grades are important and your grades make up your transcript.
  • Work on developing good study habits. Do your homework every night. Study for tests and quizzes. 
  • Get involved! Join and fully participate in a few school clubs.
  • During the fall, visit mini college fairs on Mondays during lunch and begin to gather information about what you might like in a college. 
  • Take a career survey in the Naviance program.  Go to: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=nyack
  • Begin to explore colleges and careers using Naviance.
  • Draft a resume in Naviance and start recording all  your extra curricular activities, part time jobs, and community service hours.
  • Continue to volunteer! 
  • Get scholarships from colleges for your achievements in high school through RaiseMe.

Sophomore college planning tips

  • Continue to take challenging courses and develop a competitive transcript.
  • Consider taking a leadership role in an activity that you are involved in.
  • In the fall you will take the ASPIRE which is standardized a test modeled after the ACT, a college entrance exam. To understand your child's results, view: https://www.discoveractaspire.org/parent-overview/understanding-results/ 
  • Start developing a resume on  Naviance.
  • Explore career options by completing a career inventory in Naviance.  Go to: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=nyack
  • Participate in leadership conferences such as HOBY. For more information go to www.hoby.org
  • Research summer leadership programs offered by the Nyack Rotary.
  • BOCES Programs begin Junior year. Talk to your counselor if you are interested in pursuing a vocational career to learn a trade.
  • Start researching colleges by completing a college search on Naviance. 
  • Counselors will present information about SAT 2 Subject tests to you.  Please continue to consult with your teachers and counselors on the advisability of taking these tests.
  • Attend Sophomore Parent Night in the Spring.

Junior College Planning Tips

  • Continue to develop a competitive transcript, by enrolling in AP and College Level courses given at the high school.
  • In January you will take the PSAT.  The PSAT is a " trial run" for the SAT which is a college entrance exam. Use your PSAT results to prepare for your SAT in the spring.
  • Attend Junior parent night on January 29, 2020
  • During January, you will plan your senior year courses with your counselor.  Continue to challenge yourself with rigorous courses.
  • During second semester, you will be invited to a junior planning conference.  This meeting will help you to refine your college search and help you to prepare for the application procedures during senior year.
  • Sign up to take the SAT or ACT in the spring of your junior year. Create an account at collegeboard.org and ACT.org to register for exams. 
  • Visit college campuses.  During spring break , students and their families are encouraged to visit colleges that are of interest to you.  You should also attend Open Houses from those colleges.
  •  If you cant visit a college campus, take a virtual tour https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/
  • Check the guidance bulletin board regularly for updates and information. 
  • Begin to think about which teachers will be writing your college recommendation letters.  You might want to ask them to write this letter before school ends in June. This will allow your teachers to plan accordingly. 
  • Continue to research college and career options in Naviance, go to: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=nyack

Summer between Junior and Senior Year

  • Fine tune your college choices with your parents and share them with your school counselor.
  • Begin to draft your college essay.
  • Organize your college application deadlines, establish a professional email address, and register for any SAT / ACT exams you still need to take. Create a Common Application account and begin the input information in it.

We have included the link to our Junior Planning Guide below which  includes some of the topics mentioned above, but in more detail.

 Junior Post High School Planning Guide 2020-2021

 

Senior college planning tips

  • Continue to take challenging courses and give your best academic effort.
  • Attend college fairs on Mondays and individual college meetings during school. 
  • Attend college open houses, tours, and consider an overnight visit to a school that you are applying to. If you cant visit a college campus, take a virtual tour https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/
  • Carefully review your senior transcript that is mailed home to you and your parents in August.
  • Make an appointment to see your counselor in September to finalize your college list. Your counselor will need to submit your school report section on your application. This includes your transcript, Nyack High  School profile, counselor recommendation letter and form.
  • Continue to update  your Naviance account. Keep your counselors and teachers updated on  your admissions status.  Go to: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=nyack
  • Make sure you communicate with your counselor by submitting a Transcript Request Form
  • Complete a PERSONAL STATEMENT  
  • Complete the optional parent comment and observation form and return it to your guidance counselor:  Optional Parental Comments and Observations 
  • Attend the senior college planning evening and the financial aid event. These evenings are designed to assist you and your parents with the college application process.
  • Submit your SAT and / or ACT scores to colleges that you are applying to.  This is done online on the College Board and ACT websites at www.collegboard.org and www.act.org
  • If you are applying to play sports at college: go to NCAA ( National Collegiate Athletic Association) to learn more: www.ncaa.org
  • Read the scholarship bulletins and apply for as many scholarships as you can.
  • Continue to work hard. Colleges require mid year grades and final transcripts.
  • For more information about financial aid:  https://fafsa.ed.gov/
  •  Rockland Adult and Community Education - learn about continued education options at https://www.rocklandboces.org/

Attached below is our Senior Planning Guide which contains a wealth of information.

 Senior Planning Guide 2020-2021  

For more important information:

www.fafsa.ed.gov

http://studentaid.ed.gov

www.hesc.ny.gov

http://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/resources

https://student.collegeboard.org/css-financial-aid-profile

http://www.bestcolleges.com/features/best-financial-aid/

https://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/paying-for-college/articles/2016-09-19/colleges-that-claim-to-meet-full-financial-need

 

 

 

Information for college admissions representatives

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES: Repvisits is open for scheduling virtual visits.  If you wish to schedule an in person visit, please contact Jean Lauturner directly at 845-353-7120 and we will check if it is feasible.

NYACK HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:  See visit schedule below.

College Visits 2021-2022