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 and relevant custody paperwork if appropriate.

 

School Enrollment Forms

 

 New for 2017-2018!!

New York State now offers the Excelsior Scholarship, which provides full tuition for full time college students whose parents make less than $100,000 per year combined.  Students will need to apply in order to receive this scholarship. 

The application is expected to open June 7th and close July 21st.  A few things to keep in mind:

* Students and parents need to file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and NYS TAP application as soon as possible if they haven't already. Do NOT wait for the Excelsior scholarship, as it is designed to be applied to any tuition costs left over after eligibility for Pell Grant, NYS Tap and other options have been exhausted. 

* In order to be eligible, students must attend college full time (30 credits), be on track to finish their degree on time (two years for an Associate's degree, four years for a Bachelor's degree), stay in good academic standing, and promise to stay and work in NYS after they graduate, for the number of years that they used the scholarship. 

* This scholarship can be used at any NYS public college or university in the SUNY or CUNY system. 

* More information can be found on the Higher Education Services Corporation website, www.hesc.ny.gov.  Students or parents can sign up on the website to receive an email reminder when the scholarship application opens, or can text COLLEGE to 81336 to receive a text when the application opens.

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

 NEW PROGRAMS AVAILABLE - SUNY ADIRONDACK CAREER ACADEMY

These programs allow qualified juniors and seniors to take classes for a half day in high school and a half day in college.  
Students will graduate from high school with 28 college credits (basically one year of college) completed.  
Students must have an 80 overall GPA, fill out an application and pass a math placement test in order to be eligible.
 

SUNY Adirondack Career Academy - Advanced Manufacturing - Takes place at the SUNY Adirondack campus in Queensbury.

SUNY Adirondack Career Academy - Informational Technology Takes place at the SUNY Adirondack campus in Wilton.

New program in development - Cyber Sercurity

SUNY Adirondack Career Academy - New Media - radio, television, communications and graphic design.  

* Math placement exam not required for this program.

 

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) will be given at our school next year

in October for interested sophomores and juniors.  

Details are available at www.collegeboard.com

 

NEW Opportunity for students:

Distance Learning Classes

 

Lists of Distance Learning courses available to be requested were handed out in social studies classes during course selection.  

Please contact the guidance office to sign up for these courses.  Many courses are available upon request, at times that are set

by the hosting school.  Please see Mrs. Carey to inquire about these options.  Some classes available next year are:

 

SAT/ACT Prep Class

Sports & Society

Sports Marketing

French I

Game IT

  

 

 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.


NCAA HANDBOOK

  

 

 

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

 

Academic


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 WCS Curriculum Guide link on the left to view our Curriculum 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 and 9 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 help students to study for these Regents examinations www.regentsprep.org

  

Career


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.  This year we offered this opportunity to all tenth graders, and interested eleventh and twelfth grade students in December and are offering it again Wednesday, January 27th.  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.  Competetive students 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 $15 and students must register in the guidance office in the fall.  Fee waviers are available for juniors who qualify to receive free or reduced lunch.  See Mrs. Carey for details.

 

For students who would like a preview of the New PSAT, Kaplan Test Prep will be hosting free live online PSAT Sneak Peek info sessions

this summer to prepare for the October exam.  Sessions will be offered starting Sunday, July 19th.

Space is limited, to sign up for a PSAT Sneak Peek session today, please visit www.kaptest.com/psatsneakpeek.

 

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.

 

Seniors:

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 48 hours notice if you are requesting a transcript or letter of recommendation 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 hundres 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 back often to find information about and apply for scholarships for which you are qualified.  

 

Personal/Social


 
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 to outside counseling centers such as:


Caleo Counseling Services

Serves all ages and has a sliding scale for payment.

3043 State Route 4

Hudson Falls

518-747-8243

 

Center for Children and Families

A clinic of The Glens Falls Hospital that works with children and adolescents and their families.

One Lawrence Street

Glens falls

518-926-7100


Adirondack Samaritan Counseling Center

Among other services, offers anger management classes and school survival groups.

15 Boulevard

Hudson Falls

518-747-2994

 

True North at 499 Glen

Child, Family and Individual counseling.  Medication management for ages 18 and up.  Alternative Medicine.

499 Glen St.

Glens Falls

798-9187

 

Osika & Scarano Psychological Services, P.C.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors

5 Pine Street

Glens Falls

518-745-0079

 

St. Anne's Institute

Outpatient mental health services focused on treatment of sexual abuse and sexual offending.

77 Main Street

Hudson Falls

518-747-7561

 

Baywood Center

Outpatient clinic offering counseling, support and treatment for alcohol and substance use.

551 Bay Road

Queensbury

518-798-4421

 

Center for Recovery

Glens Falls Hospital clinic offering counseling, support and treatment for alcohol and substance use.

10 Harlem Street

Glens Falls

518-926-7200


 
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.

 

Sheri Wescott

PO BOX 29

Whitehall, NY 12887

wcsguidance@railroaders.net 

518-499-0480 phone

518-499-1760 fax 

 

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