• More College Planning Tools

    Posted by Mary Harrison on 8/5/2020
    Dear Seniors and Parents,
    Please be sure to view the links below as new and exciting events are planned to assist our seniors in the college planning process.
    Workshop will review Productive Summer List; sign FERPA agreement; connect Common APP to Naviance account; begin answering individual college questions; discuss items below and much more! This is a repeat session from Monday morning. 
    September 12th
    October 10th
    Students and parents are invited to join conversations regarding the state of admissions in public, private, and out-of-state public schools. Information will overview admission updates in general. School specific questions will be addressed at the end. Please join the chat regardless if schools are on your list. 
    August 10: SUNY Binghamton
    August 17: Emory College
    August 24: Ohio State
    Seniors will be assigned to an admissions representative to review college essay drafts. A virtual meeting will be scheduled on August 24th for feedback on essay(s). Students must sign in with hwps email. 
    Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding above events. 
    Have a great day!
    Mary Harrison
    Chairperson of Guidance


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  • Productive Summer

    Posted by Mary Harrison on 7/29/2020

    Dear Rising Seniors and Parents,

    As we approach August, I would like to share some tips for a productive summer and important dates/events related to college/career planning. 

    • Juniors were invited to a virtual workshop during their ELA class to create a Common Application account. This is the most used platform in the process as over 800 colleges are members. Continue working on the general portion of the application. Some colleges on the commonapp require students to self-report their grades; if so, use the YEARLY option and post final grade and credit value. 
    • Students can view their unofficial transcript on the Parent Portal under Documents. Be sure to add weight to any Honors (x 1.05) or College/AP (x1.10) courses should you be required to self-report grades on applications. GPA's are updated on Naviance as well.  The transcript that is sent to college will display only the weighted grades. Students will be given a copy of this transcript once senior year begins.
    • On August 3rd at 11 am and August 6th at 7pm, I will host another workshop for students as the college specific questions become 'live' for the 2020-2021 cycle.  Students will learn how to connect their commonapp to their Naviance accounts and more.
    • The Coalition Application is also open and should be completed this summer. Use this application only if your desired school is not a member of Common App, such as University of Maryland.
    • Parent Workshops: August 10th with Binghamton Admissions; and August 17th with Emory Admissions at 1 p.m. (sessions will be recorded and distributed). This is a unique opportunity for our parents to have a Q & A about the state of admissions from a public and a private college. We have partnered with Roslyn, Herricks and Northshore schools to keep parents abreast of the ever-changing landscape of college admissions.
    • Students interested in vocational or military options should make an appointment with Mrs. Kinhackl, our Transition Coordinator for vocational options and/or Mrs. Rotella for military information. Their offices are located in PPS and can both share a wealth of knowledge to interested students.  
    • The Student Brag Sheet, found on Naviance, should be completed this summer. Parent Brag Sheet must be completed prior to start of school and emailed/submitted directly to your school counselor. This information allows your counselor to write a more detailed rec letter.
    • Students should have requested their teacher recommendations at this point, and added the teacher(s) to their Naviance account. Students are requested to fill out the teacher rec form found under ‘Surveys’ on their Naviance Acccount or Click here to download the HHS Teacher Recommendation Form
    • Be sure to update your Naviance Resume so teachers and counselors can easily view your extracurricular activities.
    • Public colleges in Florida require students to self-report all grades on the SSAR platform, while other colleges such as Penn State require the SRARClick here to view which colleges require this extra step.
    • Essay Review Workshops will be held virtually on August 24 from 10am - 12pm. Students who partake will be assigned a college admissions rep who will review essay drafts and provide feedback. More information will follow.  
    • Hewlett is inquiring about hosting additional SAT and ACT exams in the early fall. More information will follow shortly.

    Please note dates below for in-person meetings, should circumstances allow:

    • Senior College Night is September 15th.  Your counselor will be sharing the process of submitting documentation to our office and addressing any general concerns. 
    • September 21st will begin appointments with seniors, which allows time for all students to settle back into school.
    • Counselors will be hosting application workshops in the Fall to provide ongoing assistance.


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  • Great Advice from the College Essay Guy!

    Posted by Mary Harrison on 7/17/2020

    How to Research Colleges (Without Visiting a Campus) - For rising seniors, this is a great time to build a balanced school list. But starting the college research process during a global pandemic can be tricky—I get it. Here are four ways to explore colleges from home.

    (New) Covid-19 College Admission Updates Page - Here's our new home for all things college admissions + COVID-related, including continually updated: college reopening plans, list of Test Optional schools, and even the number of COVID-19 cases on each campus. And, ICYMI, you'll find my guide to writing about COVID-19 on your application.

    11 Things You Can Do This Summer That Don't Involve Saving the World - Sure, you could spend the rest of the summer creating a virtual mentoring program, starting a non-profit, or finally getting around to developing that coronavirus vaccine. Or you could... not do those things. Here are some alternative ideas that involve rest, reading, and fun.

    Are you (or do you know) a low-income student who could use some extra college application help? My courses are all pay-what-you-can, which means you can pay anything you want (or nothing, if money is super tight) and THIS IS FOR REAL, Y'ALL, THERE IS NO CATCH. Simply click the orange "Submit a Request" button at the bottom of the page for my course that starts this week. Speaking of which...



    Part 2 of my How to Apply to College course starts this Thursday + Fundraiser for the Equal Justice Initiative

    Last week, we finished the live version of my How to Write a Personal Statement course. As usual, students wrote and shared some beautiful works-in-progress and, yes, tears were shed. (They were mine.) Check out the OnDemand version of that course if you missed it and want to join.

    If you want to join Part 2, here's what we're covering:

    How to Write the College Application & Supplemental Essays (Part 2: July 9th - July 30th)

    In Part 2 of this course, I offer a values-based approach to helping students tackle the most common supplemental essays, the Activities List, and the Additional Information section. Through a series of video lessons and live Q&A sessions, you'll get all the tools and resources you need to create a stand-out college application. Registration closes Wednesday evening.

    Heads up: All proceeds from registrations this week will go to the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that is working to end mass incarceration, challenge racial and economic injustice, and provide legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. And if you haven't seen True Justice (documentary) or Just Mercy (film), I recommend them. Learn more about EJI here.

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  • Productive Summer Workshop

    Posted by Mary Harrison on 7/14/2020

     Attention Rising Seniors:

    On Tuesday, July 21st at 11:00 a.m., I will be hosting a workshop to continue our work on the college application process. Regardless of your current status with applications, essays, etc., everyone is invited to this ‘check-in’ meeting to ensure that everyone is well on their way!

    Meeting Code: Collegeworkshop

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  • Adelphi University Summer College Readiness Workshops

    Posted by Mary Harrison on 7/9/2020

    Take advantage of this amazing free college prep program for Hispanic students at Adelphi University starting July 20 - July 24.

    Deadline to apply is July 13th


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  • College Workshop Wednesdays

    Posted by Mary Harrison on 7/9/2020

    Muhlenberg College is offering free college workshops every Wednesday for rising seniors. 

    Click on link(s) below to register for workshop(s) of your choice:

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  • COVID Essay on Common App is OPTIONAL

    Posted by Mary Harrison on 7/9/2020

    Community disruptions such as COVID-19 and natural disasters can have deep and long-lasting impacts. If you need it, this space is yours to describe those impacts. Colleges care about the effects on your health and well-being, safety, family circumstances, future plans, and education, including access to reliable technology and quiet study spaces.

    • Do you wish to share anything on this topic? Y/N
    • Please use this space to describe how these events have impacted you.

    The question will be optional and will appear in the Additional Information section of the application.The response length will be limited to 250 words.

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  • Summer Camps!!

    Posted by Mary Harrison on 6/24/2020

    This is worth posting again! Take a look at FREE camp programs by clicking here!

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  • Summer College Workshops for Juniors and Seniors

    Posted by Mary Harrison on 6/18/2020


    RSVP HERE FOR July 22nd Virtual College Fair


    6/25/20 @ 5:30PM -- Application Process for Student Athletes

    Zoom Link: Will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event


    7/7/20@ 4:00PM -- Going to College "Undecided"

    Zoom Link: Will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event


    7/14/20 @ 5:30PM -- Is a Degree in Business Right for You?

    Zoom Link: Will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event


    7/21/20 @ 5:30PM -- The Admissions Process/ Q & A for Juniors

    Zoom Link: Will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event


    7/28/20 @ 5:30PM -- Financing Your Education

    Zoom Link: Will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event


    8/4/20@ 5:30PM -- Going Out of State

    Zoom Link: Will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event


    8/11/20 @ 5:30PM -- College Essay Panel

    Zoom Link: Will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event


    8/20/20 @ 5:30PM -- Degrees for a Sustainable Future

    Zoom Link: Will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event


    8/25/20@ 5:30PM -- Love Computers? Let's Make a Career Out of It

    Zoom Link: Will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event


    9/2/20@ 5:30PM -- What are Pre-Professional Tracks (Pre-Law, Pre-Med...)

    Zoom Link: Will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event


    9/22/20 @ 5:30PM  Opportunity Programs (HEOP & EOP)

    Zoom Link: Will be emailed to all registrants the day before the event

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  • Summer Opportunity!

    Posted by Mary Harrison on 6/11/2020

    IMPACT 2020: This engaging virtual program is designed for middle and high school students to connect with other young leaders from across the country, tackle an issue in their community, and make a local impact on global issues through project-based learning. Registration is still open, and financial aid is available. To learn more about IMPACT 2020, a partnership program from Close Up & National Network of Schools in Partnership, please check out this program overview or email me.

    ACLU Advocacy Institute: The ACLU is looking for a diverse group of high school students to take part in this week-long virtual program (July 19-24). Designed to bring the next generation of social advocates together to learn directly from ACLU staff and coalition partners, this program allows students to take a deeper look at some of the most important national and state-wide advocacy campaigns. Apply today or join our webinar this Friday, 6/12 at 4 PM EST to learn more!

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