Friday, September 27, 2013

Back to School Nights

Don't forget to put our annual Back to School Nights on your calendar.  Memorial High School will be hosting parents on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 6:30pm.  The Senior High School hosting parents on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 6:30pm.  Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to get to know your student's teachers, administrators, and staff!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Annual College Admissions Night Receives Positive Reviews

Last night the counselors at MHS held their annual College Admissions Seminar for parents and students.  The night was a huge success as the average attendance more than doubled.  There were over 200 people in attendance and the Guidance Department received positive reviews from both parents and students!  The college admissions process is very involved and the counselors did an excellent job of breaking it down to manageable steps. 

A few of the highlights included: 

A guest appearance from a few of our AVID students including Peter Moran, Jessica Sheldon, and Constance Selinsky, who spoke about the importance of going on college visits. 

A former graduate, Ashli Weems, who is now a student-athlete at Fairleigh Dickinson University, took a video of her dorm room so that students could see what a typical room looks like. 

Also, on hand was a representative from DVR for students who have IEP’s so that she could talk to them individually about services after completing high school.

Finally, we showed off our new social media – the Thunderbolt School Counseling Blog and the @MSHSGuidance Twitter feed, as we are doing our best to enter the digital age!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Evening Office Hours

The Guidance Department at Memorial and the Senior High Schools will be having Evening Office Hours on Wednesday, October 2nd from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.  Evening hours are a service provided by Millville High School Counseling to assist parents who otherwise might not be able to meet with a counselor.  They are optional and to participate you need to call for an appointment. The location for the evening hour appointments will be at Millville Senior High on Wade Blvd. Please call 327-6083 (Memorial) or 327-6055 (Sr. High) for an appointment if you would like to meet with a counselor.

Millville Represented at AVID Summer Institute

Ten staff members from Millville Memorial and Millville Senior High schools attended the AVID Summer Institute in Philadelphia in July. AVID, or Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college readiness system for elementary school through higher education that is designed to increase school-wide learning and performance. Tara Cotton, AVID staff developer, presented nationally this summer. Two students, Quiana Rice and Raelynn Randall, represented Millville High School’s AVID program and served as AVID student leaders. For AVID information, call district director Kim Hallenbeck at (856) 293-2454.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Attention College Bound Freshman & Sophomores: Take the PSAT

Students who intend to go directly to a 4 year college after high school should register to take the PSAT, which is the practice test for the real SAT.  The test date is Saturday, October 19th.  The fee is $20, cash only, and students may sign up in the Guidance Office before or after school.  PSAT tests will be on sale through October 16th, or until supplies run out.

Coming Soon: College Admissions Seminar

The Millville High School Guidance Department will be hosting our annual free College Admission Seminar on Wednesday Night, September 25th at 7:00 pm in the MSHS auditorium.  All parents and students from both MSHS and Memorial are invited.  Topics include picking the right college, the application process, testing, essays, recommendations, financial aid and more.  Please come out and join us for an informative evening.  Counselors will be on hand to answer questions at the conclusion of the program.

Getting a Jump Start to the College Admissions Process

The counselors at Millville Senior High School held their annual College Jump Start Program on July 31st.  Rising seniors were invited to come to the high school to work on all aspects of the college admission process.  There were over 25 students in attendance along with some parents who also stayed to work on college material as well.  Students asked questions, signed up for the SAT, created resumes, outlined essays, started applications, and searched for colleges.  Both the parents and students thanked the counselors for their time and left relieved because they had completed some of the first steps toward college admissions.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Welcome Back! It's Going to be a Great Year at Millville High School

Last week, our local businesses quickly sold out of most of their back-to-school supplies as students eagerly cleared the shelves with high expectations for their first day of school. With that in mind, Memorial and the Senior High Schools certainly did not disappoint on opening day. The faculty and staff enthusiastically greeted incoming and returning students with the highest of hopes for the new year. In addition, the two high schools have never looked better. Over the summer, numerous improvements were made to both buildings in an effort to improve the overall experience of all high school students and staff members within the district. I think it's safe to say, it was a great day to be a Bolt.

Standing Room Only: New Student Orientation a Huge Success

The hallways were buzzing with activity Wednesday and Thursday nights at the Senior High and Memorial High Schools as they hosted their first New Student Orientation programs. At the Senior High, more than 25 upperclassmen helped guide new students through the building. Memorial’s Passport to Memorial program offered a creative way for more than 275 students and their parents to visit different areas of the building while collecting stamps for a prize. Both programs were extremely well received by all participants. Starting “fresh” in a new school isn’t always easy. One of the goals of these programs is to help new students gain confidence as they experience the transition to a new school. Based on the enthusiasm expressed by all who attended the program, we should all expect a very positive start to the new school year!

No Drill Instructors: MHS Freshman Boot Camp is All About High School Readiness

     Drill Sergeant: Gump! What's your sole purpose in this army?
     Forrest Gump: To do whatever you tell me, drill sergeant!

Forget about the push-ups. Millville High School’s new Freshman Boot Camp program was organized in an effort to prepare 9th graders for the challenges of high school. This new program was offered on July 30th and was filled with hands-on activities and lots of information for our new freshman. Students got to meet the counselors and from the icebreaker activity to the culminating “build a notebook binder” contest, had a lot of fun working in groups with new people and learning some important information. This brand-new summer program was highly successful, as we had near 40 students attended on possibly the best weather day of the summer!