MHS Counseling Office

 

Guidance Office Phone:  (856) 778-6610, ext. 12170, 12172

Guidance Office Fax:
  (856) 222-1754

CEEB Code:  310825



Guidance Announcements


"Exploring College Options" Program Goes Virtual:
Exploring College Options is a special informational program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke University, Georgetown University, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University.  This June they are pleased to invite you and your family to join Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, and Stanford for a virtual hour of conversation to help you explore your college options and prepare to apply in this time of change and new challenges.

Admission officers from their four universities will introduce their institutions, discuss the college exploration and application processes, and provide updates on how we are adapting to COVID-19.  They also look forward to answering your questions.  Later this summer and fall, they will invite you to region-specific programming with their institutions that will take a closer look at each individual school and how to put together a strong and reflective application. 

Please register for the webinar date and time that best fits your schedule: 

**Note: the University of Pennsylvania will not be present for June events **

Sunday, June 7 4:00 p.m. EDT
Thursday, June 18 7:00 p.m. EDT
Sunday, June 21 3:00 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, June 23 6:00 p.m. EDT
Thursday, June 25 5:00 p.m. EDT
Sunday, June 28 5:00 p.m. EDT
Monday, June 29 6:00 p.m. EDT
Tuesday, June 30 7:00 p.m. EDT

To register, please visit https://www.exploringcollegeoptions.org/.

Exploring College Options encourages all persons with disabilities to participate in these programs. For every session, live audio-to-text transcription will be made available. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the virtual access provided, please contact Mark Dudley at mark.dudley@duke.edu or 919-684-0166.

Attention Parents of Seniors & Juniors - Financial Aid Information from Sallie Mae:
Sallie Mae
 offers their live, Paying for College webinar series, that is available for students and parents.

How to Pay the Remaining Balance:
Many students and families will consider financing a portion of their college education.  The focus of this session will be on encouraging responsible borrowing and what students and families can do to find the right solution for their borrowing needs.

Wednesday, June 10: 1 pm - 2 pm EST Register here     Thursday, June 11: 7 pm  -8 pm EST Register here

Understanding the cost of student loan borrowing:
This presentation covers financial literacy topics such as the relative cost of a student loan, loan repayment tools, and tips on managing student loans.  It identifies important things students should know about their loan portfolio, identifying their servicers and understanding the cost of their student loan.

Wednesday, June 17: 2 pm - 3 pm EST  Register here   Thursday, June 18: 8 pm - 9 pm EST Register here

Sallie Mae’s free Paying for College Resource is another great tool that students and families can utilize as they navigate their college journey.   As always, Sallie Mae is available to answer questions from you directly.


How to Support K-12 Students During the COVID - 19 Pandemic:

Live Webinars for Parents and Educators

Two free 1 hour webinars led by TCNJ School of Education - Department of Counselor Education instructors. Webinars are focused on how the global pandemic has impacted students and how you can help them. Each seminar is focused on specific grade levels:

June 11: High School Students - Presented by: Dr. Sarah McElroy, NCC

June 15:  K- 8 Students  - Jennifer Braverman, MA, LPC

https://step.tcnj.edu/2020/06/01/supporting-k-12-students-covid-19/


Attention Juniors - NJACAC is Hosting it's 10th Annual Camp College:
NJACAC is hosting it's 10th Annual Camp College!!  Camp College is an overnight experience for rising Juniors and Seniors to explore the college search process in a fun and interactive way! Usually held on a host college campus, their program this year will be virtual!  You will have the chance to take advantage of activities geared toward learning personal statement writing, college option exploration, financial aid literacy, and personal sessions with college reps.  SAVE THE DATE for July 27th-July 31st!  Applications will be opening June  1st.  For more information visit https://www.njacac.org/.

Attention Juniors - Hussian College Offers "Virtual Thursdays":
Hussian College will be hosting, "Think Outside the Box Thursday," beginning this Thursday, May 28th from 3-5pm.  These Virtual Thursdays afford students the opportunity to view their beautiful campus and learn more about the programs and opportunities Hussian College has to offer.  Students will have the chance to speak with their Admissions Team and be able to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to become a part of the Hussian College Family!  Interested students can RSVP via the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/think-outside-the-box-thursday-tickets-106275791754.

Attention Juniors - UMass Lowell  Offers Virtual Junior Preview Day:
UMass Lowell
is excited to invite students to Junior Preview Day.  On Wednesday, June 17 at 10 a.m., you’ll be able to visit their virtual event to learn everything you need to know about UMass Lowell from the comfort of your own home.  Junior Preview Day was designed to help students determine if UMass Lowell is a good fit for them and their academic and career goals.  You’ll be able to: Participate in live chats with faculty and current students, Discover their programs of study, Chat with admissions representatives and get tips about preparing their application, and Learn more about financial aid options.  Visit Junior Preview Day to register.

Attention Rising Seniors - Forms for Counselor Recommendation Letter:

For your Counselor Recommendation Letter, it is important for you to submit the following forms to your Guidance Counselor.  Please submit the forms by May or early June.  For their Guidance Counselor college recommendation letter, senior students need to submit these three forms to their Guidance Counselor:  the Parent Comments & Observations Sheet, the Student Activities Sheet, and the Recommendation Waiver Form.

The Parent Comments & Observations Sheet is to be completed by a parent or guardian.  There is not a lot of room on the form, so parents usually either type on a blank sheet of paper and attach it to the form, or they download the form and write as much as they want under each question.

The Student Activities Sheet is completed by the student, including activities and achievements since they began 9th grade, both in and out of school.  *If there is anything to add after the Student Activities Sheet is turned in, the student should email the updated information to their Guidance Counselor.

The Recommendation Waiver Form is to be signed by the student and a parent or guardian.  Be sure to print the student's name where it says "Name of Student".

Attention Seniors and Juniors - 12th Period College Representative Visits:
Our College Representative Visit program is in full swing.  Visits take place during 12th period, usually in the Guidance Office unless otherwise noted.  The Visit List can be found in the student's Naviance account under "What's New" on the main page.

Be sure to visit the page often, as colleges continue to add to the Visit List throughout the fall and some also visit in the spring.  Check with Ms. Waldin or Ms. Berger in the Guidance Office for exact locations.

The visits with the college admission representatives are a great opportunity to meet with the representative, ask questions and find out information, and to show interest in the college.

Looking for a Club or Activity?  Check out the MHS Clubs & Activities List:
If you are searching for clubs or activities, check out the MHS 2019-2020 Clubs & Activities.  In addition to a description of the club or activity, the faculty advisers and their room numbers are listed so you can find out more information.
Attention Seniors -- Financial Aid Information from HESAA:  
For many years the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) has prepared a Student Loan Guide to be distributed to New Jersey high school students.  In January 2013 legislation was passed by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christie requiring HESAA to prepare a similar brochure and directing high schools to annually disseminate it to each student in the 11th and 12th grades. 

E-booklet of the Student Loan Guide

HESAA is the only state authority with the sole mission of providing students and families with the information and resources necessary to attain an education beyond high school.  Students and parents are encouraged to learn more about HESAA's programs and services.

The NJSCA "College Open House" list for NJ, DE, DC, MD, NY, PA & VA is now updated: 
 
New Jersey College Open Houses 
Pennsylvania College Open Houses
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York and Virginia College Open Houses

Be sure to call the college in advance to verify the date and time as some of these dates may change. Some schools request that you register before coming to an open house. Many schools besides those listed offer open houses. Call your prospective colleges and universities for their schedule. 
 
It is an excellent idea to include both open houses and college tours in your college exploration. The open house allows you to see many of the activities available on campus while the traditional college tour lets you experience the college in a more typical environment.

Moorestown High School Receives Honor From College Board: 
Moorestown High School has been placed on the College Board’s 4th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Advanced Placement® Access and Student Performance.  Moorestown Township Public Schools is one of 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 4th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP® course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.  Reaching these goals indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.  Since 2011, Moorestown Township Public Schools has increased the number of students participating in AP by 68, while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher by 72.  

Historically Black College Common Application:  
Historically Black College Common Applications are available in the Guidance Office.  With this application you can apply to 34 of the colleges represented by EDU, Inc. for a one time fee of $35.00.  Any interested students can pick up an application in the Guidance Office or visit the Historically Black College Common Application online.