MHS Counseling Office

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

Guidance Office Fax:  (856) 222-1754

CEEB Code:  310825



Guidance Announcements

Attention 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 as soon as possible.  For their Guidance Counselor college recommendation letter, rising 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".

Exploring College Options Virtual Program:
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 fall they are pleased to invite you and your family to join them for a 90-minute webinar to help you explore your college options and prepare a strong and reflective application in this time of change and new challenges.  During the program, admission officers from the five universities will introduce their institutions, discuss the college application process, answer general questions, and provide individual school breakout sessions.

Please register for the webinar date and time that best fits your schedule (all times are EDT):

Upcoming dates
Sunday, September 12, 6 PM EDT
Monday, September 13, 7 PM EDT
Tuesday, September 14, 7 PM EDT
Sunday, September 19, 6 PM EDT
Monday, September 20, 7 PM EDT
Tuesday, September 21, 7 PM EDT

If you have questions about accessibility or these programs in general, see their FAQs.


Engaging Distinctive Universities - Student Sessions:
Join Emory University, Rice University, University of Michigan and University of Washington for a virtual information session for prospective students and their families.

Engaging Distinctive Universities - Student Session
Tuesday, September 14 at 7:00 PM (Central Daylight Time)

Engaging Distinctive Universities - Student Session
Sunday, September 19 at 3:00 PM (Central Daylight Time)

To register, visit Engaging Distinctive Universities.

For more information call 713-348-7423 or email admission@rice.edu.

Discover a School for U!
Join Columbia University, the University of Chicago, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Michigan, and Yale University to discover the exceptional opportunities our schools have to offer!  Sessions are offered on various dates in September through November.

The college admissions process is an opportunity to reflect on your many options for the future. Whether you imagine yourself studying in a city, a suburb, or in a rural area; at a large, public university or a smaller, private school; or cheering on your favorite team or sleeping in on game day, you can learn about the features that will make your future college home a perfect fit for you!  Admissions counselors will discuss:

-Academics
-Campus life
-Financial aid
-The admissions process at a variety of top institutions

To find dates and to register visit DiscoveringU.

"14 on the 14th Colleges" to Hold Virtual College Fairs:
14 on the 14th are monthly virtual college fairs with 14 liberal arts colleges!  Designed for prospective students, their goal is to provide students with the opportunity to get to know the institutions in-depth at their own pace.

The 14 colleges are: Bates College, Claremont McKenna College, Colorado College, Davidson College, Harvey Mudd College, Haverford College, Middlebury College, Oberlin College, Sewanee: The University of the South, Skidmore College, Smith College, Union College, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, and Whitman College.

On the 14th of each month, September through December, the 14 colleges will come together to offer "15 Minutes of Tips" for the college application process followed by an hour-long virtual college fair.  Each institution will have its own Zoom room for students to meet with an admission officer and when available a current student or alum.  The format is the same every month with different opening topics and tips.

14 on the 14th: Liberal Arts College Across the U.S.
Virtual College Fair
7:45 p.m. - 9 p.m. Eastern Time

Register for Upcoming Sessions
September 14 at 7:45 p.m. EDT
October 14 at 7:45 p.m. EDT
November 14 at 7:45 p.m. EDT
December 14 at 7:45 p.m. EDT


MHS Students - Join the MHS School Counseling Classroom!:
The MHS School Counseling Classroom has resources related to college/career planning, academic, mental health and social-emotional support.  This serves as an important information hub for the office.  Stay up-to-date with information and new postings.   Class code: zcb4ha7.  Use the MHS School Counseling Classroom to access the MHS Alumni Video Series.  MHS Alumni have recorded messages to MHS students about post-high school planning, college admissions and feature information about a variety of colleges!  We will see you in our Classroom!

Attention Seniors and Juniors - 14th Period & Virtual College Representative Visits:
Our College Representative Visit program includes 14th Period & VIRTUAL Visits this year.  The Visit List can be found in the student's Naviance account under "What's New" on the student's main page.

Be sure to visit the page often, as colleges continue to add to the 14th Period & Virtual Visit List throughout the fall and some also will do virtual visits in the spring.  Check with Ms. Waldin or Ms. Berger if you have any questions.

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


College Planning Panel Video from 3-17-2021:
Representatives from the admissions offices of Rutgers-Camden, Rider, TCNJ and Ursinus provide insights about navigating the college admissions process.  MHS College Planning Panel - March 17, 2021
 

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.  (An updated list will be uploaded as soon as it is received)
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.

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.