Counseling Department


Welcome to the SWMHS
Guidance Department Website!
732-525-5280
Fax 732-316-9307

Office Hours:  Monday -Friday, 7:15 am - 3:30 pm.  

* * Ms. Jessica Miserentino, has accepted a position in another district. Until a replacement is hired, please contact Mrs. Donna Sicola, Guidance Supervisor with all questions and concerns. Please click on "Counseling Staff" below for a list of the counselor caseloads.

Counseling Staff
 and Contact Information.

Naviance
If you've lost your Naviance registration code or are having difficulty logging in, please contact one of the Counseling Office Secretaries.  

Family Connection Link: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=swmhs

Education Verification: Please call Mrs. Thasites 732-525-5252, Ext. 8061 or Ms. Jones Ext. 8062. 
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Transcript Requests
 Please allow a minimum of 5-7 days for all requests.
Transcripts can be requested in the following ways:
1. In-person - complete the form found on the counter of the HS Counseling Office.
2. Fax - send a letter with your original signature to 732-316-9307.
3. Email - scan and attach a letter with your original signature to sharon.thasites@sayrevillek12.net or angela.jones@sayrevillek12.net.

Transcript request form/letter must include the following:
1. Your full legal name at time of graduation 
2. Your year of graduation
3. The full name and address of the person/institution that the transcipt is going to.
4. Your contact phone number.

Official transcripts can only be sent to third parties. If you want a copy of your transcript for yourself, we can furnish you with an unofficial copy.

Students 18 years of age or older must request their own transcript, parents are no longer able to make the request.
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Diplomas - Your high school diploma was a one-of-a-kind document. The Sayreville School District DOES NOT have a copy of your diploma. If you are in need of high school attendance and/or graduation verification, we can furnish you with a signed letter with your graduation date. Contact one of our secretaries.

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Algebra 1 Summer Program: 

To sign up for in-person tutoring/help sessions sign up here:
https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=v0X6GoRjdEOYdySZrFucg3mz75CwzvJDu9Py0REfUT5URjFaMkkyRE04RFNVM1FPVFZZOVZON0FQRi4u

To join the Google Classroom on June 25th, the class code is:
gmit5xa

Algebra 1  - PARCC Presentation:
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Seniors: Check out this Scholarship Opportunity...

The Recovery Village, a Florida-based addiction treatment organization, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing health-related degree programs that include but aren’t limited to counseling, social work, emergency medicine, pre-med, nursing, and psychology (with a focus on addiction counseling or a substance-related field).
Applicants must submit an essay of no more than 500 words describing what makes them passionate about health care, with a focus on substance abuse and mental health. Essays can draw from personal or professional experience.
Candidates, who must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents, must be enrolled or accepted in an accredited college or university and plan to continue enrollment. Applicants must consent to a talent release and be willing to provide a digital photograph and quote for display on Advanced Recovery Systems (ARS) websites, if notified as the winner.
Deadline to apply is June 30 via https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/scholarships/.


AP Night - - February 6th 6-7 PM HS Cafeteria
It is almost time to start scheduling your student for the 2018-19 school year. If your child has any interest in challenging themself with Advanced Placement courses, we invite you to join us next Tuesday evening at 6:00-7:00 PM in the high school cafeteria to learn about our AP program, the AP courses, their requirements and the rigor. The Curriculum Supervisors, High School Administrators, AP teachers and students will be available to answer any questions you may have about the AP program offered at our school.

AP Night Power Point  2/6/18

SWMHS 2018-2019 Course Description Book
- all courses we will be offering, their descriptions and the graduation requirements can be found here!      2018-2019 Course Description Book

SAT vs. ACT
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Scheduling Sheet for students in grades 9-11

A 2018-2019 course selection sheet was distributed to all students in an assembly on 2/22 along with a course description book. Both the scheduling sheet and course description book are available on above. Additional copies of the scheduling sheet are also available on the counter in the HS Guidance Office.


Students need to review the course description book and identify electives that they want to request for next year. It is recommended that students choose at least 5-8 electives so there are plenty of backups should their first and second choices do not fit in their schedule. Students should fill out the scheduling sheet completely, circling their electives and numbering them in preferential order. It is important that the prerequisites are reviewed and students are eligible for the courses they are choosing. 

The completed sheet needs to be ready for the individual scheduling meetings which will begin Monday, 2/26. It could take 5-7 days to schedule each grade level. Students in grade nine will be scheduled first, grade ten second and students in grade eleven will follow. The student's current teachers have reviewed the student's grades, quarterly assessments, standardized test scores and the course prerequisites and have made recommendations for the core subjects such as English, math, science, etc. Each school counselor will review these recommendations with the students during their individual scheduling meeting.

After the student meets with their counselor and the course requests are entered into the computer, the students will be given a double sided request sheet listing the requested courses and alternates. The sheet is to be reviewed at home with a parent/guardian, signed and returned to the counseling office within three days. This is not a schedule, schedules will not be created and ready for the students online until late August.

The Course Description book includes the graduation requirements which include the courses needed to graduate, the number of credits needed to both graduate and those required for each grade level, and the standardized tests required for graduation. This is a good time to review this information with your student as they make plans for their future.

Courses chosen now are considered firm and final. It is important that the time is spent reviewing the course descriptions and asking questions about the course content, rigor and requirements before the commitment is made over the next few weeks. We do not make schedule changes in the fall. If a student chooses an elective, especially as an alternate, it is important that they are sure they want it.

Feel free to call the counseling office for additional information.

Class of 2022 Freshman Orientation - - February 6th 7:15-8:15 PM High School Auditorium  

Parents and Guardians of eighth grade students: You and your child are invited to attend a Freshman Orientation at Sayreville War Memorial High School on Tuesday, February 6th, at 7:15 PM in the high school auditorium. Graduation requirements, scheduling, available courses, and general high school information will be presented.

Freshman Orientation Power Point February 2018.pdf

Parent Invitation to Freshman Orientation 2018

Course Descriptions 2017-2018

Course Descriptions/ Course Description Book  2016-2017

Sayreville War Memorial School Profile

Junior Parent Night 1/9/18 6PM

The Counseling Office of Sayreville War Memorial High School will be presenting a Junior Parent Night Tuesday, January 9th at 6:00 PM in the HS auditorium. This program is being held one hour before the high school evening conferences.  Information about college and post-secondary planning will be presented so that you can guide your junior though the college application and post-secondary planning process. 

Junior Parent Night Power Point (2018)

2018 NJ College Open House Schedule

 

Freshman Electives 2016-2017

STAFFS Prep / SAT and ACT Test Prep Program:

STAFFS Prep will be holding a SAT/ACT Prep Course at Spotswood, North Brunswick, Edison, JP Stevens and Metuchen High Schools. The class will prepare students for the upcoming SAT. The course is being offered to Sayreville students at a special price of $250 for 18 hours of prep which includes all material. Please visit www.staffsprep.com/register to view the schedule and sign up for the course.

Register online at www.staffsprep.com.

Free College Search Process and Financial Aid Programs at the Sayreville Public Library
Check out their website: 

The College Search Process

Thursday, November 2, 6:30PM

Does the idea of selecting a college and going through the admissions process seem overwhelming? Is the terminology confusing? High school sophomores and juniors and their parents should attend this seminar to demystify the steps needed to complete a successful search.  

Applying for Financial Aid for College
Thursday, October 26, 6:30PM

Without financial aid, the cost of attending college would be beyond the reach of most families.  Trying to understand the terminology, the types of aid available, and how to get through the process of applying for financial aid can be daunting. High school juniors and seniors and their parents should attend this seminar to hear an experienced professional clarify the process so they can obtain the aid they need to attend college.


Need Help filling out the FAFSA? Free FAFSA Workshops!
https://www.middlesexcc.edu/financial-aid/upcoming-free-fafsa-workshops/


NJ College Open Houses : it is strongly recommended you attend an open house to the colleges you plan to apply.

DE, DC, MD, NY AND VA College Open Houses

Testing 2017-18 All test dates for In-District (PARCC, NJASK Science, EOC Biology), SAT, ACT, PSAT AND AP EXAMS

Graduation Requirements Classes of 2018-2021
(Also on this page are the Graduation Testing Requirements.)


Armed Services and Military Academies

Scholarship Opportunities- this page is updated often...keep checking back!

Crisis Contacts and Referral Agencies


The Collegeboard (Register for the SAT's on CollegeBoard.org)

Armed Services

ACT : Sign up for the ACT's here! 


THE COMMON APPLICATION

FAFSA : Submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid...required for all students planning to attend college in September 2018. Juniors can create their account now!!

FASTWEB SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH: Scholarships are available starting as early as freshman  year! Sign-up now for your free account.


NAVIANCE FAMILY CONNECTION: OUR VEHICLE FOR THE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS

NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER: Do you want to play college athletics? You must register with NCAA....don't wait until senior year!

NJ DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION


NJ FAFSA DAYS (COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY) These free workshops will assist families with their FAFSA application.


Here are the 5 best sites for searching for scholarship cash — along with one scholarship from each to get you started! (From USA Today)

1. Zinch.com

Zinch is a college students one-stop-shop for scholarships that are creative, easy and fun to apply for and win. To apply for scholarships via Zinch, you’ll have to create a username and profile that will help the site find scholarships that are specifically relevant to you! One of Zinch’s most popular awards is the Weekly Three Sentence Essay Scholarship, where applicants must generate a 280-character essay (that’s only two tweets!) while vying for $1,000 of cold, hard cash.

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2. Fastweb.com

Fastweb is another terrific, free resource where you’ll find thousands of scholarships at your fingertips. Not only does Fastweb offer a massive database of monetary awards, but it also features helpful career planning services and learning tools for its registered users! One of Fastweb’s most recently featured scholarships is the “Natural Disaster” PSA Video Contest, a $3,000 scholarship offered to creative undergrads with an eye for cinematography and knowledge of the consequences of natural disasters.

Visit Fastweb.com for more scholarships.

3. ScholarshipPoints.com

You know how you always seem to receive a new, complimentary gift after so many purchases at that favorite beauty counter of yours? ScholarshipPoints works the same way! Well, kind of. The site’s users rack up points through a rewards system, making them eligible for different scholarships according to how many points they have earned. Members can earn points through fun, day-to-day activities like reading blogs, taking quizzes and playing online games. ScholarshipPoints offers a rolling, monthly $1,000 for its members and a quarterly $10,000 scholarship . Join today and start earning your points!

Visit ScholarshipPoints.com for more scholarships.

4. Cappex.com

You may remember being advised by your high school guidance counselor to make a Cappex account to help narrow down your college search, but don’t delete that online profile just yet! The site is still helpful during our undergrad years, offering ample scholarship opportunities and financial advice. Once we’re undergrads, Cappex graciously bumps us up to “College Pro” status, where we’ll be eligible to apply for a $2,500 College Pro exclusive scholarship! Don’t wait, and check out all of the fine print of the Cappex College Pro scholarship today.

Visit Cappex for more scholarships.

5. Scholarships.com

A no-brainer of a URL, are we right? Scholarships.com is a wonderful resource for college students who aspire to kill two birds with one stone—the site finds both scholarships and colleges that are perfect for you! If you’re looking to transfer to a school that is dying to recruit you and offer you scholarships, this is the site to visit. The site allows you to pinpoint specific scholarships by your major, year in school and location, increasing your chances for receiving awards and saving you tons of time. For meticulous proofreaders and aspiring editors, you may want to check out theProof-Reading.com Scholarship Program featured on Scholarships.com! Although an essay is required, the $1,500 you could earn is definitely worth the time spent behind the keyboard.

Visit Scholarships.com for more scholarships.

 

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