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Counseling Newsletter

Counseling Newsletter June 2019

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For detailed information on services, updates, and important student & parent resources, visit  Guidance Website 

The district is offering summer Regents Exams to Lakeland CSD residents only on August 13th and 14th  at Walter Panas High School.  Once you are notified of an exam failure, you must discuss with your school counselor whether or not this exam is being offered by NYS to students in August.  Students MUST pre-register in the Counseling Office by July 2, 2019.   A $30, non-refundable administration fee is required to register for each exam.  Should the required fee represent a financial hardship, please contact the Counseling Office.  Upon registration, students will be provided with a schedule of when their exam(s) will be administered. 
Regents Review:  Regents review sessions will be offered August 9th and 12th.  Review sessions will only run if there are enough registrants. Forms are available in the Counseling Office. You will be contacted over the summer with information on dates, times, and locations.
Students are encouraged to utilize the district’s subscription to Castle Learning online Practice Regents Exams and review.  
Students who fail a required course will be placed in that course next September unless they are eligible and wish to attend the LCSD summer course recovery program.  Eligibility is based on student attendance in the failed course, and there is no fee for LCSD students.  The deadline to register for the in-district summer course is July 2, 2019.  Please contact the Counseling Office for details regarding summer school options.  Please pay close attention to registration deadlines!  The program takes place at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, Mondays to Thursdays for five weeks, from July 8 to August 8, 2019.   
Traditional summer schools, which students may also attend, typically charge approximately $300 to $400 per course, and students must provide their own transportation.  Summer school registration forms require a counselor’s signature.  Once that signature is obtained, you may register at your chosen summer school site. Please contact the Counseling Office for specific registration deadlines, or if you have any questions.
Guidance summer hours: The building is open from 8am-3pm with a skeleton staff.  Also school counselors will be in periodically throughout the summer.  Please call in advance for availability. 
This is a reminder that parents must have a Home Access login to access a student’s final report card, course requests and schedule.  If you do not have your login information and have not yet visited Home Access, please pick up your information at your child’s home school. 
NOTE: If you are unable to receive information electronically, please notify your child’s home school. You will be able to pick up a hard copy of your child’s report card after its electronic release.
Please also note that while course requests are visible now, complete class schedules will only be available via Home Access at the end of August.  Please follow the above procedures if you do not have your login information.  Parents are also strongly advised to verify the e-mail address that is registered with your school in order to receive reminders of when information is made available through Home Access.
Remember that next fall you will be incredibly busy between senior year courses, extracurricular activities and the college application process.  Do yourself an ENORMOUS favor and begin your essay over the summer! A great starting point is the Common Application.  Completing that application and beginning your essay from the topics it provides is a wise move.  Reviewing potential writing topics with your school counselor prior to embarking on your essay is also a smart step.  Returning to school in September with a rough draft of a college essay will reduce senior year stress!  Visit the district guidance web page’s College & Career Informational Links for some expert direction on your essay.
 Make sure all courses are listed correctly.  Check for entries in Regents Exam, final average, and credit columns.  This information will be reported on your official student transcript. To report any discrepancies, please call the Counseling Office immediately at 914-528-0600 (LHS) and 914-737-2823 (WPHS), option 3.
Transcripts: All senior transcripts will be mailed to the college that the student has reported as attending. Final senior transcripts will also be sent to the NCAA Clearinghouse for any student-athlete who has applied. Underclassmen may review transcripts to date through HAC.
Remember that it is each student’s responsibility to check if there is any summer work associated with a course.  Summer school reading and Honors or AP Course assignments, can be found on the school’s web page.
 Students who might be getting a job this summer will need working papers.  Applications are available in the Counseling Office and must be completed by a parent, the student, and a doctor certifying the student is physically fit for employment.  Once the application is complete, the Counseling Office will issue the working permit.  If students have a current physical (within the last 12 months) on file with the school nurse, she will sign in lieu of a doctor after verifying this exam via medicalrecords.This option is only available through June 25th.  (Medical files are not available during the summer.) APPLY NOW!
All of the LHS/WPHS counselors and support staff who have watched you grow and become young adults over the past four years wish you the greatest successes in the years to come. Each one of you has contributed in your own unique way to help LHS/WPHS become better schools; and as much as you will be missed, we know that you are prepared to take your next big step beyond high school.
Congratulations on all of your accomplishments.  Our best wishes for a happy, healthy and fulfilling life go with you!  We look forward to your future visits as alumni!
IMPORTANT DATES                           
  • June 1st:    SAT and Subject Tests @ WPHS
  • June 3rd:    Global History and Geography II (New Framework) Regents (school closed for all other students)
  • June 5th:    WPHS Senior Awards @ 7:00 pm (by invitation only)
  • June 8th:    ACT Test (not offered in district)
  • June 11th:   LHS Senior Picnic @ 10 am
  • June 12th:   LHS Graduation Rehearsal @ 8 am
  • June 13th :  WPHS Senior Prom @ Glen Island Harbour Club
  • June 13th:   LHS Senior Prom @ The Grandview
  • June 21st:   WPHS Graduation Rehearsal @ 11:30am
  • June 22nd:  Graduation, Westchester County Center, WPHS @ 10:00 am and LHS @ 2:00 pm
  • June 26th:   Last day of School
  • June 28th:   Final Grades available in Home Access Center
  • July 2nd:      Deadline to register for August Regents and In-District Summer Course Recovery Program

WALTER PANAS HIGH SCHOOL, 300 Croton Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY  10567
PH:  (914) 739-2823 (press 3, Guidance), FAX: (914) 739-3545
ADMINISTRATION:  Joseph Spero, Principal, Donna Bolner, Asst. Principal, Marlene Gracia, Asst. Principal
COUNSELING OFFICE:  Frank Accetta, District Director of Guidance and Counseling
SCHOOL COUNSELORS:  Chelsea Aversano, Dale Chappelle, Laurainne Mosca, Sonia Recuppio, Brandon Thomas
SUPPORT STAFF:  Mary Ellen Brown, Kathy Giordano, Andrea Keefe, Kathy Zadra, College and Career Ctr.