School Counseling Office Staff
Mrs. Kristen Carey, School Counselor Grades 9-12
Mr. Christopher Montville, School Counselor Grades 6-8
Ms. Sheri Wescott, Secretary
Mrs. Rose Olson, School Psychologist Grades 6-12
Mrs. Mary Douglas, School Social Worker K-12
School Counselors can help students with problems that are related to academics, career exploration or personal and social issues. Sometimes we refer students to see our school psychologist or other counselors that come into our school. We can also make referrals for parents to bring their children to outside counselors for issues like anxiety, depression, eating disorders or other personal issues.
New and returning students will need to fill out enrollment forms. Please call the guidance office to schedule an appointment to meet with your student's counselor. The enrollment forms can be printed using the link found below and can be filled out ahead of time. Please bring proof of address, birth certificate , immunization record and relevant custody paperwork if appropriate.
Course selection has begun for next year. School counselors are presenting in classrooms about graduation requirements and available courses. Each student will be scheduled for an individual guidance review where they can receive a copy of their transcript, talk about diploma tracks and plan their schedule for next year. Students will bring home a course request list for parents to review and sign if in agreement. Parents are encouraged to call the guidance office with questions or concerns, or to request changes. Parents can join students for their individual guidance review if they wish. Please call or email the guidance office to set this up if desired.
ATTENTION SENIORS! The Excelsior Scholarship Application is now open. Seniors who plan to attend college full time next year at a college that is part of the SUNY or CUNY system, and have a family income of less than $110,000 per year can apply for this full tuition scholarship. For more details and to apply please visit: https://www.hesc.ny.gov/excelsior/
The application will close on July 23rd, 2018. Students are advised to apply as soon as possible.
Mrs. Carey presented to tenth graders in the fall to help them learn about opportunities available in Career and Technical Education and Early College opportunties offered through BOCES and SUNY Adirondack. The presentation is below. Please see Mrs. Carey with questions and to find out about opportunities to visit these programs.
Click here to view the 10th Grade Presentation
Tenth graders attended an assembly in our auditorium on March 21st during 4th period,
to learn more about Early College High School programs available at SUNY Adirondack.
Queensbury High School and WSWHE BOCES has invited our 10th grade students to apply for their International Baccalaureate program for 11th and 12th grade. This is a highly respected, very rigorous program that is well respected by colleges and universities around the world. Qualified students will have excellent math, writing and communication skills.
See Mrs. Carey for more information.
Mrs. Carey presented to juniors on February 13th and 14th about Scholarships, SAT & ACT registration
and future planning, including information about the following:
Whitehall awards a number of Private College scholarships to qualified juniors each spring. Applications were handed out in classes on February 13th and 14th and will be accepted up through March 29th. Students are asked to submit a simple resume along with their applications, a sample resume was provided and a resume template was emailed out to all juniors before February break. Students can see Mrs. Carey with questions or to ask for help. Additional applications are available in the guidance office and can be viewed or printed from here:
The American Legion sends representatives to the annual Boys State conference eachsummer. Qualified candidates are be eleventh grade boys who are interested in and passionate about our country and our government.
Preference is given to candidates with a class rank in the top 50% of their grade.
Congratulations to Zachary Hollister, Jacob Moore and Tyler Rollins who were selected to attend Boys State!
Granville School invited Whitehall and a few other local schools to an event that they hosted. We brought Juniors to a College Admissions Panel and Military Panel at Granville School on March 26th to help them get information to make informed decisions about their future. Many thanks to Granville for this opportunity!
SUNY Adirondack hosted an Open House and Career Fair on Friday, April 13th.
We brought 9th graders to this event to get them thinking about college & careers. They toured campus, attended presentations by faculty, visited the residence hall and enjoyed lunch courtesy of SUNY Adirondack.
SUNY Adirondack is hosting a college fair May1st from 6-8 pm in
their gymnasium. High School students of any age can attend, however Juniors are especially advised to plan to attend with parents if possible.
Whitehall will bring Juniors to a college fair at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy on May 2nd.
We have arranged for a tour of Siena College afterward. Students will attend an information session, campus tour and eat lunch in the dining hall. Permission slips are coming home through English classes.
See Mrs.Carey with any questions.
Did you know?
Mrs. Carey visits at least one new college every year,
and brings back information to share with students.
You can follow along on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at MrsCareyVisits!
NEW PROGRAMS AVAILABLE- SUNY ADIRONDACK CAREER ACADEMY
SUNY Adirondack Career Academy- Advanced Manufacturing- Takes place at the SUNY Adirondack campus in Queensbury.
* Passing a Math placement exam is required for this program.
SUNY Adirondack Career Academy- Informational Technology-Takesplace at the SUNY Adirondack campus in Wilton.
* Passing a Math placement exam is required for this program.
SUNY Adirondack Career Academy - New Media- radio, television, communications and graphic design.
SUNY Adirondack Career Academy - Business - Takes place at the SUNY Adirondack campus in Queensbury
New program in development! Cybersecurity
See Mrs. Carey for details about these programs and to sign up to visit.
Applications available in the guidance office if interested.
The PSAT (practice for the SAT college entrance exam) was given at our school this year
on October 11th to interested sophomores and juniors. Scores were available online
and delivered to students in December.
Details are available at www.collegeboard.com
Whitehall students will have the opportunity to participate in one of two
Upward Bound programs beginning this year.
One program is being run through SUNY Adirondack and one program is being run through Castleton State College.
Upward Bound is a program that offers extra support to help college bound students overcome barriers to success so that they can successfully complete a four year college degree. See your school counselor for more details. For more information please visit http://sunyacc.edu/upward-bound for SUNY Adirondack's program or http://www.castleton.edu/directory/offices-services-directory/upward-bound/ for Castleton's program.
Congratulations to Oliva Ruby who will be representing Whitehall at the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership Conference. Lukas Longtin was selected as alternate. This year's conference will take place at SUNY Oneonta June 1-3rd. Visit www.hoby.org for more information. Let Mrs. Carey know if you are interested in also attending. Other tenth grade students can choose to attend at their own expense.
Considering entering the military? Do you want to take a career exploration test that will help you plan for the future? The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) was offered at our school on January 25th. ASVAB scores were handed to and explained to students on March 6th. Visit www.asvabprogram.com for more information.
NEW Opportunity for students:
Distance Learning Classes
A wide variety of Distance Learning courses are available to students at Whitehall High School. The courses are taught at other local schools on their schedule, and broadcast to our distance learning classroom upon request. Please see Mrs. Carey to inquire about these options. Some classes available this year are:
SAT/ACT Prep Class
Sports & Society
Next year we can request courses such as Introduction to Anatomy & Physiology, Animal Science, Meteorology, Sociology, and more, based on student interest and scheduling availability.
Attention Student Athletes
Student athletes that plan to play sports in college need to be aware of specific rules about college athletics.
Please find them summarized in the handbook below and ask Mrs. Carey or Mr. Redmond if you have any questions.
Looking for more in-depth help with the college search process?
Applying to selective colleges and trying to give yourself the best possible advantage?
I recommend the following website for an insider's perspective on the college admissions process: www.BestCollegeFit.com
We can provide extra support such as referral for Academic Intervention Services (AIS), peer tutoring or recommendations for outside tutors to help students to achieve their best academically. Please click the WCSCurriculum Guide linkon the left to view ourCurriculum Guide which includes a description of all 7-12 classes offered by Whitehall School, as well as a chart of graduation requirements and regents examinations that are required for the different types of diplomas available. www.engageny.org/
More information is available at the NYS Education Department's site for parents. The following site includes information about AIS, Regents exams and many other topics. http://usny.nysed.gov/parents/
Look here for more resources on The Common Core: www.engageny.org/
Students in New York State need to pass between 5 and9 Regents examinations and/or the Common Core equivalent depending on which type of diploma they are graduating with. Click here to access a free website designed to helpstudents tostudy for these Regents examinations www.regentsprep.org
We offer career counseling for students whether they are interested in going right to work after high school, joining the military or attending college before becoming employed. Career Cruising is a website that we often use with students. This is a website designed to help research careers and colleges.The most popular tool on this site is a career matchmaker quiz that matches students with specific career options based on their interests. Information is also provided on how much money certain jobs pay and what education or training is reqruired in order to obtain jobs in that field. Parents or students can access the site at www.careercruising.com. Another useful site is New York State's Career Zone, found at www.careerzone.org
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) is a career exploration tool developed by the military that helps students make decisions about future careers. We offer the ASVAB to interested tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students each year in December or January. Students must register in the guidance office to take this free career assessment to help them plan for the future. For more information please visit www.asvabprogram.com
Whitehall's CEEB code is 335930!
You will need this number when registering for SATS, ACTS
or applying to colleges.
College bound Juniors and Seniors should plan to take the appropriate college entrance exams. The typical student will take the PSAT (practice SAT) in October of their junior year, and the SAT and ACT in the spring of the junior year. The SAT and ACT are simply different companies that offer a college entrance exam. Colleges don't care which one students take as long as they take at least one. Students that plan to apply to selective colleges are encouraged to take both. Many students repeat one or both in the fall of the senior year.***Please refer to the College Board for acceptable forms of ID. Test takers are now required to upload a photo which will be printed on their admission ticket. ***
THE PSAT WILL BE ADMINISTERED AT OUR SCHOOL NEXT YEAR IN OCTOBER.
Juniors and sophomores are encouraged to take this exam to practice for the SAT college entrance exam that they will take in the spring of eleventh grade. The cost is $16 however our district has committed to pay the fee for students who wish to take the exam. See Mrs. Carey for details.
Juniors and Seniors:
Click here to register for the SAT (Scholastic Aptitute Test) www.collegeboard.com
Click here to register for the ACT (American College Test) www.actstudent.org
* Note - If you are a student with a disability able to test with accommodations you will need to apply to be able to use those accommodations months before you apply to take the test. See Mrs. Carey for details and help to apply.
The best time to complete college applications is in the fall of your senior year. Students complete applications themselves, with assistance from their school counselor and their parents when appropriate. Click here to enter the SUNY Application system. www.suny.edu/student Use this site to apply to multiple SUNY colleges and universities at once, including SUNY Adirondack (formerly ACC), SUNY Albany and SUNY Plattsburgh. You can also search for SUNY campuses that offer the major you are interested in. Click here to use the Common Application to apply to over 315 colleges that accept it. This saves time by allowing students to apply to multiple colleges at once. www.commonapp.org.
PLEASE NOTE: SUNY Adirondack now has their own application available at www.sunyacc.edu. The application fee is only $35 instead of $50.
Students who meet the criteria to qualify for free or reduced lunch can obtain a fee waiver for college applications. See Mrs. Carey for details.
Please give us a MINIMUM of 48hours notice if you are requesting a transcript or letter ofrecommendation for college or scholarship applications. Thank you.
College Week Live offers a chance for students and parents to attend a "virtual" college fair, viewing campus tour videos and chatting live with an admissions counselor from hundreds of different schools from the comfort of home or anywhere that has internet access. Register free and check it out at www.CollegeWeekLive.com today!
Scholarship information received in the guidance office is posted on our Scholarship Page. Please click the Scholarship Page link to the left and check backo ften to find information about and apply for scholarships for which you are qualified.
Many adolescents go through hard times and need someone to talk to. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with their school counselor to talk and to find out about what resources are available. Many times a student's needs can be met by meeting with the school counselor, school social worker or school psychologist. Other times students are referred to outside counselors from STARS or Catholic Charities that come into our school. For more intensive counseling we often refer parents to outside counseling centers such as:
Caleo Counseling Services - NEW! Caleo now has a counselor who comes to our school! Parents call Caleo to complete an intake.
Serves all ages and has a sliding scale for payment.
3043 State Route 4
Center for Children and Families
A clinic of The Glens Falls Hospital that works with children and adolescents and their families.
One Lawrence Street
Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center
Among other services, offers anger management classes and school survival groups.
True North at 499 Glen
Child, Family and Individual counseling. Alternative Medicine.
499 Glen St.
Osika & Scarano Psychological Services, P.C.
Licensed Mental Health Counselors
5 Pine Street
St. Anne's Institute
Outpatient mental health services focused on treatment of sexual abuse and sexual offending.
77 Main Street
Outpatient clinic offering counseling, support and treatment for alcohol and substance use.
551 Bay Road
Center for Recovery
Glens Falls Hospital clinic offering counseling, support and treatment for alcohol and substance use.
10 Harlem Street
Are you a graduate of Whitehall?
You many request a copy of your high school transcript by filling out a transcript request form and submitting it by email, fax or mail to the address listed below. Please include your name, maiden name if applicable, and your year of graduation.
PO BOX 29
Whitehall, NY 12887
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