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JEL Open House

Posted on: November 17th, 2015 by admin

J. Everett Light will be hosting it’s annual Open House for the 2016-17 school year.  The Open House will be held December 10th from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  This event is open to current 10th and 11th grade students, and your attendance his highly encouraged if you are planning to take a JEL class next year.  J. Everett Light Career Center is on the North Central campus in Indianapolis.  To check out all of the available courses, click on the links below!

JEL Open House

15-16 Course Description

College & Career Planning Night–Grades 9 & 10

Posted on: October 16th, 2015 by admin

On October 7, our counseling staff held an “Academic Planning for College & Career Readiness” program for grade 9 & 10 students and parents. Carroll Easterday kicked off the evening with a discussion about mapping your plan for the future and what it takes to be college and career ready.  We then broke into grade level small groups and the 9th graders had a presentation on graduation requirements and creating a four year plan.  Meanwhile, 10th graders heard more about what colleges are looking for in a transcript and making the most of Naviance.  We then had a bonus session from English teachers Jen Yoder and Dawn Knight on the new AP Capstone diploma.  All four power point presentations can be viewed below.

Main Presentation–Grades 9 & 10

Grade 9 Breakout Session

Grade 10 Breakout Session

AP Capstone Diploma Breakout

Join the Mayor’s Youth Council

Posted on: March 5th, 2015 by admin

Students looking for an excellent leadership opportunity are encouraged to apply for the Westfield Mayor’s Youth Council.  The mission of this group is to encourage and guide Westfield’s youth to be integral parts of their city’s community through civic leadership, community service, and personal development.  To participate, complete the application below.

Westfield Youth Council Application

Announcing the Shamrock Speaker Series: Celebrity Visionaries

Posted on: November 13th, 2014 by admin

WHS students have an incredible opportunity to listen and interact with local professionals.  You won’t want to miss this captivating and credible series.  All students are able to attend one, two, or all three of the speaker sessions during 6th Period.  The speaker sessions will be held in the Learning Center on November 18th, 19th, and 20th from 2:30-2:55.  To learn more about each of the celebrity visionaries, click on the links below.

Nov 18–Amanda Heckert

Nov 19–Greg Kishbaugh

Nov 20–Monica Peck

Grade 9 College Planning Night

Posted on: October 28th, 2014 by admin

On Monday, October 13th, the WHS Counseling Center hosted a Grade 9 College Night for students and parents.  Those in attendance learned more about academic planning and the link to college readiness.  Some of the questions discussed included:

  • What does it mean to be college and career ready?
  • What do I do now to increase my chances of being successful in post-secondary education?
  • What supports are in place for me as I move through the college search and application process?
  • What should I be doing to stay on track to receive the best chances for success in getting to the college of my choice?
  • Does doing well on the PSAT really matter?

Following the large group presentation, students and parents broke into small group sessions, which were lead by the school counseling staff.  These small group breakouts were working sessions on academic planning course selection.  Counselors also featured the four-year plan with College Power Score and Rigor Meter in Naviance.

To view any of the Grade 9 presentation, or to access the College Planning Checklist, click on the links below.

9th Grade Small Group Presentation

WHS College Planning Checklist

October 15: PSAT and SAT School Day

Posted on: October 9th, 2014 by admin

Please Review this Important Announcement:

Naviance Family Connection: What it’s all About

Posted on: September 24th, 2014 by admin

Naviance is a one-stop shop for all students and parents in the world of preparing for college and career readiness.  Every student in the district, grades 7-12, have a Naviance account, and have been introduced to Naviance this year.  In September, Westfield Washington School District hosted a Naviance Night at the high school for parents, to provide them them with an overview of what tools and resources are available to their students.  While many parents were in attendance, we wanted to provide a resource and tutorial for those parents who could not attend.  To view this tutorial, click on the link below.  You will be able to either view it now, or download it to save for viewing at a later date.

Naviance Night Slide Show Presentation

Naviance Parent Tutorial

 

2014 College Admission Boot Camp

Posted on: June 6th, 2014 by admin

It has been 3 days of intense work as 30 members of the class of 2015 enter and graduate from the 2014 College Admission Boot Camp.  These students have worked tirelessly in getting a jump on the college application process, by working with their counselors, English teacher Ms. Grinnage, Director of College Readiness Carroll Easterday, and special guest, Dr. Bruce Chamberline from Georgetown University.

Throughout the past 72 hours, students have:

  • Focused on identifying a school that “fits” their needs and wants
  • Created, edited, and revised three personal essays for college applications
  • Constructed a resume for college and scholarship applications
  • Assumed the role of an admissions counselor and reviewed essays, test scores, and GPA to determine admission
  • Identified scholarship opportunities and where to find money for college
  • Participated in individual interviews with teachers and administrators

 

WHS to host SAT School Day for Class of 2015

Posted on: May 13th, 2014 by admin

For the second year, the College Board has granted Westfield High School with a unique opportunity to officially administer the SAT on a school day. This test administration is provided specifically for the Class of 2015.  Westfield is one of the few high schools in the state of Indiana to offer the SAT to its students on a non-national test date as part of our College and Career Assessment Pathway Day.  The SAT School Day will be administered on Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

What are the benefits of participating in the SAT School Day on October 15th?

  • If you have not taken the SAT – This option is both timely and convenient for submission to colleges and universities.
  • If you have taken the SAT – The soundest advice is to take the SAT multiple times.  Nearly all colleges “Super Score” the SAT to benefit students with their highest sub scores in critical reading, math and writing sections. This is key advice for students competing for scholarships where test scores are a factor of review.
  • All students who reserve their spot for the SAT at WHS will receive a personal free online access code to The College Board’s Official SAT Online Course—a $69.95 value.  Official SAT Online Course will be available to students over the summer to help them prepare.  It features 10 practice tests and   18 interactive lessons that cover the SAT’s critical reading, writing, and math sections. In addition, the course provides detailed explanations for both correct and incorrect answers to all questions, and personalized feedback on essays through the auto essay scoring.
  • Students will be able to take the SAT in a familiar environment, rather than taking it at another high school or college campus.
  • With work, athletic and extracurricular commitments, Saturdays are often at a premium.  By taking the SAT on a school day, it frees up one additional Saturday for students.

Details:  The SAT School Day is offered on the same date as the PSAT/NMSQT which is administered to WHS  students in Grades 9-11.  As such, we will have alternate activities for seniors that day.  Students taking the SAT on this day will not be missing any of their Periods 1—3 classes, and will be excused from the portion of 4th period that they will miss to complete the exam.

Cost:  The fee is $53.  Participation is awarded to the first 250 students who submit completed reservation forms.  In order for students to reserve their spot for this unique opportunity, students must complete the attached reservation form and return it to the School Counseling Center, along with a check made payable to Westfield Washington Schools.  Refunds may be requested by June 10th.  Fee is non-refundable after that date. 

The College Board registration instructions and deadlines will be provided to all students in the fall who have reserved their space.  We hope that your student will take advantage of this excellent opportunity to participate in WWS College and Career Readiness Pathway Day.

SAT School Day Reservation Form

ACP Application Now Online

Posted on: April 24th, 2014 by admin

Attention Students taking ACP Classes in the 2014-2015 School Year

 ACP classes are offered as dual credit courses through Indiana University, meaning you can take the courses for both high school and college credit.  (Please note that these are NOT Advance Placement (AP) courses.)  It is not mandatory that students take the ACP course for college credit; that is a decision that each student should make.  However, if you wish to take the course for IU credit, you must now apply to the ACP Program.

The online application for students to apply for the ACP Program is now open, and will remain available until June 1, 2014.  In order to be accepted into the ACP Program and earn college credit for their courses, students must have a 2.7 cumulative GPA.  I am attaching three documents from IU regarding ACP and the application process:

  • General information about ACP, including the tuition, course numbers and course descriptions
  • An overview of the application process
  • A step-by-step guide to applying online, including screen shots of the entire application

Please note: you will NOT enroll in your specific IU ACP courses at this time. You are simply applying to the ACP program.  Students will enroll in their specific ACP courses through IU next year.  If you are unsure if you will take the ACP class for college credit, it is OK to apply to the ACP Program now.  There is no obligation to enroll in the courses for college credit or pay tuition at this time.

 Likewise, even if you applied for the ACP Program last spring for courses taken this year, you MUST APPLY again this spring to be accepted.

 Please see Mrs. Ulsas in the School Counseling Center with questions.

IUB How to Apply to ACP

ACP General Info for Students and Parents

Step by Step ACP Application Instructions