In this issue:
Freshman Meetings I Counseling Office "Communication"K-12 Counseling Advisory Council Parent Interest FAFSA I NCAA General Information I Using Naviance to Apply to Colleges I York County School of Technology Applications I ASVAB I Check and Connect I AP Exam Information I TutoringScholarship Bulletin I Career and College Lunch FairsUpcoming College Visits I Get InvolvedCanvas Parent App InstructionsStudent Assistance Program (SAP)Calendar of Events

Freshman Meetings
The SHS counselors will begin holding Freshman meetings in mid-November and continue through the month of December.  Each ninth grade student will have the opportunity to meet with their counselor, talk about their transition to high school, and begin preliminary post-secondary planning.  Ninth grade students should check their school email daily, as meeting dates and times will be communicated by their counselor in that way.  
Counseling Office "Communication"

It has been brought to our attention that some parents/guardians believe that they are not receiving all of our communications. For those that are unaware, the SHS Counseling Office sends out a weekly “Next Week in the Counseling Office” blurb on Friday afternoons to make parents/guardians aware of goings on in our office that may impact their students. Additionally, we send out a monthly newsletter with information pertaining to upcoming events, college and career information, academic help, parent/guardian information and more. In the event that you are not receiving these communications please feel free to sign up for them using the link below. 
K-12 Counseling Advisory Council Parent Interest
The SYCSD K-12 Counseling Advisory Council is a group that consists of counselors, administrators, teachers, students, parents, and local college and business representatives. The purpose of the council is to meet twice a year to determine goals, outcomes, and programs for K-12 students in SYCSD as provided or assisted by the SYCSD K-12 school counselors.

Parents that may be interested in the The SYCSD K-12 Counseling Advisory Council, please email samantha.whittie@sycsd.org
FAFSA Update
Attention Seniors! This year, the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is opening in December rather than its usual date of October 1st. When the exact date is communicated, the counseling office will let you know. 

Are you interested in playing collegiate sports? The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) determines and oversees academic eligibility to participate at the Division I and II levels. There are specific core courses that a student must choose from at SHS in order to meet the eligibility requirements. Students and families should make their high school counselor aware they have an interest in competing at the collegiate level ASAP. The SHS school counselors will make sure student-athletes are scheduled for the proper core courses to ensure eligibility status is not jeopardized.

To visit the student-parent NCAA website and set up a FREE profile page or an official certification account, click HERE.

*Interested in a Division III school or currently are not sure in which division you want to compete.
*Transition to a paid Certification account at any time to pursue a Division I or II path.
*No registration fee to create a Profile Page account.
*Must be certified by NCAA Eligibility Center to compete at a Division I or II school.
*Before you take official visits or sign an NLI, you must have a complete Certification account.
*Registration fee: $100
Applications for the York County School of Technology are now open. Interested 9th graders who want to apply to attend YCST beginning next year should see their counselor for more information.
Introducing Check and Connect
Check and Connect is a voluntary program that uses attendance, grade, and behavior data to look at a student’s ability to succeed in graduating high school. Informally, the Check and Connect program is designed to better the student’s success in school by helping them to improve their routines around the academic setting. By using weekly check-ins, the Check and Connect Mentor helps the student see their potential success if they apply themselves to their schooling. Often times, the Mentor can act as a counselor, tutor, and person who holds the student accountable for their actions.

Check and Connect is not just for students. The program Mentor works with teachers, administrators, and caregivers to find ways to help the student. It is a team effort to help the student succeed.

Teachers and Administrators look out for students they believe would be a good fit for the program, but there might also be concerns that they aren’t able to see. If you believe your student is not finding the motivation to come to school or stay in school, Check and Connect might be a way of helping them forward. Please contact your student’s counselor or an administrator if you would like to learn more about the program, or are interested in signing them up.

All exams are scheduled by the College Board. Please look over the exam dates carefully. Know that if you have planned family events interfering with the assigned test days and times (regular and late) you may have to forfeit the $40 non-refundable registration fee and not be able to take the AP exam in May. The College Board dictates these exam dates and times, and there are very few exceptions for alternate/late testing exam dates. Additionally, the 2023-2024 school year ends prior to completion of the late testing window. In the past, students have had to utilize the late testing window due to athletic competitions, sudden illness, or unexpected injury. If this happens this year, please know that late testing will take place May 22, 23, and 24. This could interfere with graduation practice, the graduation ceremony, and/or plans scheduled for after graduation. Below is a link displaying all the regularly scheduled exams and a link for the late testing window exams. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the AP exam schedule please don’t hesitate to contact me at kate.miklos@sycsd.org

May 2024 Regular Testing Exam Schedule 

May 2024 Late Testing Exam Schedule

Tutoring is available for any student that would benefit. This year there are eighteen tutors for all subjects and writing. Below is the link for students to sign up for tutoring: Tutoring Form 23-24.
Every month, the SHS Counseling Office will create a scholarship bulletin with a list of scholarship opportunities.
*Click image to view the November Scholarship Bulletin 

As always, SHS is proud to partner with many colleges to offer visits from admissions representatives to provide our students valuable information about different schools. We are resuming in-person visits this school year, but will also be conducting virtual visits as well.

Students can sign up on Naviance for these visits. For a list of colleges that are scheduled to visit and when please click here.
Click on the image to see the complete list and additions! 
Canvas Parent App Instructions

Canvas is the Learning Management System that most SHS students will use to view and submit their classroom assignments for their in-person and digital days. All SHS students are assigned an account and parents are eligible to have an “observer” account which gives them access to view their student’s courses, assignments, due dates, etc. It is highly encouraged that parents set up this account. Additionally, this year the SHS Counseling Office also has a page on Canvas which parents can access through an observer account.  For more information and instructions on how to create your observer account, please click here.
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) is continuing to offer services and assistance to students and their families. There are a variety of interventions and programs available, including counseling assessments through True North, school-based counseling through Pennsylvania Comprehensive Behavioral Health (PCBH), and monitoring and mentoring programs through the school. If you are interested in any of these services, please contact your child's school counselor. 

*Click image for more information and referral form
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Mr. Kevin Molin, Ed. D., Principal
Mr. James Sterner, Assistant Principal
Ms. Jennifer Smith, Assistant Principal 

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Glen Rock, PA 17327
Phone: 717-235-4811 ext 4901
Fax: 717-227-1951

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