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NEW! March 25, 2020 

We hope this email finds our families safe and healthy during this COVID 19 crisis.  Please find below a newsletter with activities for our high school students to look at while we are out of the building.  Given our students normally busy schedules, one side benefit of this event is that our students can spend a bit of their new found free time using the Naviance platform to explore careers colleges and/or scholarships.

We want to also remind our students to check their school email daily for updates from their classroom teachers.  This is very important as email will be the key tool for our teachers to communicate with our students. 

Finally please be sure to visit the district's COVID 19 page at https://www.ws.k12.ny.us/departments/health-services/coronavirus-updates

This page has many resources and links to assist our families during this time.  Should you have any questions, please feel free to email us and we will do the best we can to assist you.

Be well!

MARCH NEWSLETTER

Good Morning Wizards,

In these unprecedented times, we hope you are all healthy and safe. We wanted you to know that the Guidance Office is missing all of our students and are eagerly awaiting to be back together in our building. We thought we would share some information and links to answer some of your questions. As we get more information, we will push that out to you on a variety of platforms. Please also be sure to visit the district website COVID19 page for more information.

Seniors

● Many colleges have pushed back their deposit dates from M ay 1st to J une 1st .

Please check with the college you are planning to attend for all of their changes for

the incoming freshman class from deposits and housing to orientations and class

selections.

● Please continue to work on your scholarships by logging onto your Naviance account.

Many of the scholarship deadlines have also been pushed back. $420,000 is

available in scholarships through the Community Foundation. Applications are now

due by May 1st. Check out this link: www.cfosny.org

● If you have not completed your financial aid application now is a great time to do

that! To get started please visit www.fafsa.ed.gov Remember after you complete

the federal form, if you are applying to at least 1 New York State School you will

need to complete the NYS application. There is a prompt at the end of the FAFSA

that will bring you over. Please visit www.hesc.ny.gov for more NYS financial aid

information as well as NYS based scholarships and grants.

● College Board, which runs the AP program, is developing 45 minutes online tests

that AP students can take in May from their home computer, tablet, etc. Tests will

focus on material taught through the beginning of March. Free online review will

begin on March 25th. For more information, log onto:

https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates

● Please update the colleges you have applied to with the results (accepted, denied,

deferred, etc) and “set attending college”. If there are colleges you did not apply

to, please contact your counselor to remove it.

Juniors

● The College Board has canceled the March and May SATs. As of right now, the

June 6th is still being offered. Log onto: www.collegeboard.com for updates.

● ACT has rescheduled its April 4th test date to June 13th. If you are registered,

you will receive an email with instructions. Log onto: www.act.org for more

information.

● Use Khan Academy or Method Test prep via Castle Learning for free online

SAT/ACT test prep

● Spring is the time where many juniors would be visiting college campuses. Since this

is impossible, colleges are encouraging students to do online virtual tours and email

the admissions office with any questions.

● Use your Naviance account to continue researching possible college matches. You

can type in the name of a specific school or use the advanced search feature to

find additional schools. Once on a specific college page you can click on the

embedded link to the college website where you will be able to access school

detailed information and many new virtual options. If you like what you see, click on

the “heart” to save that school to your thinking about list.

● College Board, which runs the AP program, is developing 45 minutes online tests

that AP students can take in May from their home computer, tablet, etc. Tests will

focus on material taught through the beginning of March. Free online review will

begin on March 25th. For more information, log onto:

https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates

Sophomores

● Now is a great time to log back into your Naviance Account via your Wizard Launch

and review the work we did together in January in your English class. For those of

you that may have been absent or did not complete this task, you were working in

the career interest profiler.

● Working under the “Careers” main tab you can spend some time really exploring

your career clusters you identified in January. Now is a great time to explore some

of the career titles that look unfamiliar to you to learn more about them.

● There are additional interest inventories you can try as well. If you get stuck,

email your school counselor and we can try to reset if for you remotely.

● Roadtrip Nation is a really neat video library that you can explore. Based on

themes, interest, etc, you can watch video diaries of a variety of people in

different industries to learn about their path towards various careers.

Freshman

● Thinking back to our work together in November in your MMT class, we invite you to

take some time and revisit your Naviance page via Wizard Launch. To refresh your

memory we worked on the inventory “Do What You Are”

● Given this new temporary way of learning for everyone you may be interested in

taking the Learning Styles Inventory. Through this assessment you can learn more

about your learning styles (auditory, visual, etc) and how you can adapt that to both

the virtual world and eventually back to our classrooms.

● There is another career tool that you can explore called Career Key. This will give

you another assessment to try and see how the career clusters match up from the

one we did together in November

 

Below are some resources to help you and your family manage through this difficult time:

NYS DOH Novel Coronavirus hotline at 1-888-364-3065

Orange County Crisis Call Center (available 24/7) at 1-800-832-1200

Meal Distribution, Online Learning Hub, Helpful Resources

https://www.ws.k12.ny.us/departments/health-services/coronavirus-updates

County wide meal distribution sites is posted on the OUBOCES website

CDC Guidance for Measuring Stress and Anxiety

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html?CDC_

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ing.html

Talking to Children about the Coronavirus

https://higherlogicdownload.s3.amazonaws.com/NASN/3870c72d-fff9-4ed7-833f-215de

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ACCESS Support offers Virtual Mental Health Urgent Care

Therapists will be available 24/7 by phone and through telemedicine, with access to

psychiatry and peer support for any person in the Hudson Valley who needs help. The

services are available for adults and children, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

The number is 1-888-750-2266; select option 2.

As always, please contact your child’s School Counselor with any questions concerns:

Scott Lerner (Dept. Chair) - slerner@ws.k12.ny.us

Grade 9: T-Z

Grade 10: TH - Z

Grade 11: T - Z

Grade 12: U - Z

Kimberly Kelly - kkelly@ws.k12.ny.us

Grade 9: A-C

Grade 10: A-C

Grade 11: A-CO

Grade 12: A-CO

Jill Exarchakis - jexarchakis@ws.k12.ny.us

Grade 9: D-G

Grade 10: D-G

Grade 11: CM-F

Grade 12: CP-H

Sue Cooney - scooney@ws.k12.ny.us

Grade 9: H-MH

Grade 10: H-MA

Grade 11: G-LI

Grade 12: I-ME

Melissa Lynch - mlynch@ws.k12.ny.us

Grade 9: MI-PI

Grade 10: MC-RE

Grade 11: LO-PH

Grade 12: MF-RA

Eric Marburger - emarburger@ws.k12.ny.us

Grade 9: PJ-S

Grade 10: RI-TE

Grade 11: PI-S

Grade 12: RE-T

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