MHS Counseling Office

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

Guidance Office Fax:  (856) 222-1754

CEEB Code:  310825



School Counseling Announcements


Exploring College Options Virtual Program for Students & Parents:
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.  Representatives from each university will present information about their institution, discuss the application process, and answer questions on how to put together a strong and reflective application.

All times are EDT.
Sunday, May 22, 6 PM EDT
Monday, May 23, 7 PM EDT
Tuesday, May 24, 7 PM EDT

For more information and to register for a session, visit Exploring College Options.

Virtual Meeting with Emory, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame and Washington University:
A virtual information session is available with admissions officials from Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Notre Dame, and Washington University in St. Louis. This event is intended for students.

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EDT

The admissions officials will briefly share updates about their schools and applicant pools, and answer some of the most frequently asked questions about their respective admissions cycles.

Coast to Coast Offers College Program:
Welcome to Coast to Coast, a joint travel partnership among Dartmouth College, Northwestern University, Princeton University, University of California-Berkeley, and Vanderbilt University.  Because each of these institutions practices holistic admissions within a highly selective environment, they have partnered to offer insight into the seemingly complex admissions process.  They hope you will join them for the program most convenient for you.

Please note, the Coast to Coast program is intended to be an introduction to each of the institutions and an opportunity to answer some of your questions.  For more specific information about the institutions, please visit their websites or arrange a visit.

Questions?  Contact Coast to Coast at [email protected].  More more information and to register, visit Coast to Coast.

Upcoming Events
Sunday, May 22, 2022 - 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Monday, May 23, 2022 - 7 p.m. Eastern Time
Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 8 p.m. Eastern Time
Sunday, June 5, 2022 - 3 p.m. Eastern Time
Monday, June 6, 2022 - 7 p.m. Eastern Time
Tuesday, June 7, 2022 - 8 p.m. Eastern Time

Roadmap to Medical School Presentation:
MHS is privileged to have Dr. Joseph Savino of the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, spend an evening with students and parents to talk about medical school.  Dr. Savino will address a wide range of questions from undergraduate majors to athletics to how much medical school costs.  He will be at MHS in the auditorium on Tuesday, June 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Please use the Google form if you are interested in the program.  More information can be found in the program flyer.    This program is intended for students in grades 9-12 and their parents.  

Attention:  MHS Seniors and Parents -
Graduation is around the corner and it is time to fill out your MHS Graduation Sign Off Form.  This form should be completed in the Genesis Portal at your earliest convenience.  (If you will not be 18 prior to graduation, a parent/guardian will need to complete this form on your behalf.)  This form provides consent for the School Counseling office to release your final transcript to a college, military branch, trade school, NCAA Eligibility Center, etc.  If you do not remember your Genesis password, please click the ‘Forgot password’ link and you will receive an e-mail to reset your password.

*Your Cap and Gown will be withheld and Genesis will be locked until this form is submitted.


Virtual College Session for Students and Families:
Admission officers from Bates College, Claremont McKenna College, Lehigh University, and the University of Chicago will be hosting virtual session for students and families on Thursday, June 2 at 5:00 p.m. ET.  To register for the session visit https://connect.cmc.edu/portal/ati.

Waiver Form Available:
If you are "waiving" into a course above your teacher's recommendation, you must use the MHS Waiver Form, complete it and you and your parent must sign and date it.  You then must turn in the completed and signed waiver form at the appropriate "Waiver Meeting" for the course you are waiving into.  The list of waiver meetings is on the back of the Waiver Form.  See your Guidance Counselor with any questions.

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.  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".

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.