CHS SCHOOL COUNSELING OFFICE

Mrs. Jessica Watson

Mrs. Jessica Watson is the CHS School Counselor for grades 7-12.

Mrs. Watson can be contacted in the following ways: Phone = 570-673-5134 ext. 320 or email jwatson@canton.k12.pa.us

Mrs. Jamie May

Mrs. Jamie May is the Secretary to the School Counselor.  Some of her duties include:

  • Grading – Report cards/progress reports, etc.
  • Transcripts, etc.
  • Applying to college/financial aid, etc.
  • Registrar/Student file maintenance
  • NTCC

Mrs. May can be contacted in the following ways: Phone = 570-673-5134 ext. 320 or email jmay@canton.k12.pa.us

Canton Area Jr Sr High School will be holding a financial aid night on December 9, 2019 at 6pm in the Nelle Black Westgate Auditorium.

This is free and open to the public.

Attend this FREE event to get expert advice about paying for college, followed by a FAFSA completion workshop.

Financial aid: 6pm

FAFSA completion: 7pm

Presented by PHEAA Higher Education Access Partner.

PHEAA.org

PAID: Apprenticeship Opportunity

https://www.canton.k12.pa.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Joint-Apprenticeship-Traning-Committee.pdf

HACC AT LACKAWANNA IN TOWANDA EMT COURSE!!
https://www.canton.k12.pa.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/HACC-EMT-Flyer.pdf

FREE Program beginning the Summer of 2020 in Towanda

https://www.canton.k12.pa.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/FREE-200-hour-program.pdf

GREAT LINKS:

Calu (California University of PA)

Interested in Calu? Register to attend one of their open houses. Copy and paste the link below into your browser.

Register: Calu.edu/openhouse

This link has great ideas for Career Readiness Portfolios.
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Sign in for free with your e mail.

Office of Representative Fred Keller

Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District

Welcome back, to the 2019/2020 school year! I hope that you’re settling in and had a great summer break. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of my upcoming deadline for congressional nominations to service academies.  If you know a qualified young man or woman interested in serving in the Armed Forces, please encourage them to apply to a U.S. Military Service Academy. I have the great honor of nominating a number of young Pennsylvanians for this opportunity.

Students interested in applying to any service academy should first go to my website (https://keller.house.gov/services/military-academy-nominations ) and complete the academy nomination application form. Once all necessary information is compiled and completed, students can send their applications to my Tunkhannock Constituent Service Center provided below.

ATTN: 12th District Service Academy Nomination Board, located at 181 West Tioga St, Suite 1, Tunkhannock, PA, 18457.

Completed Applications Due October 01, 2019.

Students will be notified in mid-October regarding an interview date.  If you or any of your students have additional questions about the nomination process, please feel free to contact Tom Cahill in my Tunkhannock office at (570) 996-6550 or at tom.cahill@mail.house.gov.

UNITED STATES COAST GUARD ACADEMY:

Please be aware that the application process for the Class of 2024 is now open. The deadline for Regular Applications is 15 January of 2020. Since the application process is lengthy, interested students should be working on it now. Unlike the other Federal Service Academies, the United States Coast Guard Academy does not require a congressional nomination. The application is on-line only.

The Coast Guard Academy is an academically rigorous, highly selective four year military service academy leading to a bachelor’s degree and a commission in the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Academy is the smallest of the five Federal Service Academies. As such, cadets receive individual attention from the faculty. As well, on graduation there is greater access to graduate school and flight training. Tuition, room, board and a stipend are paid for by the Department of Homeland Security.  Following graduation, newly commissioned ensigns have a five year obligation to serve, although 4 out of 5 opt to serve longer due to job satisfaction. This is in part to the varied humanitarian, regulatory, environmental and border security missions the Coast Guard carries out.

For students interested in visiting the US Coast Guard Academy, there are several options, including campus tours or staying on campus with a cadet. Please note that the overnight programs fill fast.

I am a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and as such my position as an Academy Admissions Partner is volunteer. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have, and can assist and advise students in the application process. Additional information and the on-line application can be found at www.uscga.edu. You may also call the Coast Guard Academy Admissions office at 800-883-8724. I can be reached by e-mail at auxapp1015@gmail.com. You may also reach James Robbins at Jbrobbins83@gmail.com. Mr. Robbins is a retired Coast Guard officer, and lives in Troy, PA.

For information on all the programs for accession to the Coast Guard, both enlistment and commissioning, go to www.gocoastguard.com. I am able to answer general questions about enlistment in the Coast Guard.

Best regards,

Dale Campbell

Academy Admissions Partner

United States Coast Guard Academy

http://www.uscga.edu/

ATTN: 2019 Graduating Students (dual enrollment credit)

If your senior took dual-enrollment credits at CHS through Lackawanna College, Keystone College, and/or Corning Community College, then your student must request that his/her transcripts be sent from these colleges to the university/college that he/she is attending. On each college’s website, there is usually a form to fill out as well as a fee ($5-$10) to pay. Please make sure that you have paid the credit fees at these colleges but wait to request transcripts until the middle of June to ensure that all grades have been reported. Once these transcripts are sent, your student should receive those credits at his/her college so that he/she does not have to take those classes, and/or the credits may count as electives. Here are the website links:

Corning Community College:

https://www.corning-cc.edu/transcript

Keystone College:

https://www.keystone.edu/registrar/request-a-transcript/

Lackawanna College:
https://www.lackawanna.edu/academics/dual-enrollment/

Thanks for encouraging your student to take dual-enrollment classes, as this is a challenging yet cheaper way to achieve a goal!

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

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The Student Assistance Program (SAP) at Canton Junior-Senior High School aids students who are experiencing difficulty in their academic pursuits.  These difficulties may arise from social (peers), emotional (stress), and/or physical (drugs and alcohol) problems.  This team is comprised of school personnel who respond to referrals about students who are referred by faculty, administration, parents, other students, or themselves.  All information about the referral is confidential.  Students are typically referred because they have exhibited noticeable changes in their academics, attendance, and/or behaviors. 

Parents and community members are able to refer a student to SAP.  If the need arises, you can get a referral form from the schools website (www.canton.k12.pa.us) under the high schools Programs & Services.  All you have to do is print it out, fill it out, and mail it or drop it off to Jessica Watson at the high school.

After the SAP team gets a referral, they investigate the issue further by gathering information from other faculty members.  These faculty members complete a checklist for that student's observable behaviors, which consist of the following:  sleepiness, drop in grades, change in appearance, change in social group, lack of interest, etc.  After this information is compiled, the team must get parental and student permission so that the student can get the best possible help for his/her problem.  The parent also has input by filling out a survey about his/her child, and this helps the team with issues related to the home environment.  The SAP program is used as an intervention, not as a treatment or a cure.  A referral to the team does not mean that a student is in trouble, but it does mean that he/she is going to get the best assistance possible so that he/she can be successful in his/her academic life.  SAPs goal is to see that each student achieves his/her best success in his/her school endeavors.          

This year the professionals who have been specially trained to be members of the SAP Team are:

  •  Mrs. Jessica Watson (Coordinator and High School Counselor)
  •  Ms. Cori Rockwell (Elementary Counselor),
  • Don Cron (Dean of Students and Science Teacher),
  • Casey Aylesworth (Science Teacher),
  • Lisa Cole (Social Studies Teacher),
  • Pam Larcom (Math Teacher), 
  • Merakey (Mental Health Consultant),
  • Megan Taylor (Drug and Alcohol/Children and Youth Services Consultant),
  • Lucas Bailey (Math Teacher),
  • Jen Martin (Health Room Assistant).

Below is the Student Assistant Program form for your use.

https://www.canton.k12.pa.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Updated-Referrel-Form.doc

FORMS / REQUESTS

Letter of Recommendation

If you need a person to write a letter of recommendation, please fill out this form and give it to them so they have something to write about you that is based on your education, activities, awards, volunteer work, etc. 

Request for College / Military Visit

If you are a senior student in good standing academically you may use this permission slip to take 3 school days to visit colleges, universities and/or military and all other post secondary education facilities. Please let the office know that you will be out on (date) so that a phone call home is not sent for your absenteeism.

Request for Job Shadowing

If you are a senior student in good standing academically you may use this permission slip to take 3 school days to Job Shadow someone in the field of study you are interested in. Please let the office know that you will be out on (date) so that a phone call home is not sent for your absenteeism.

NORTHERN TIER CAREER CENTER

Click on this link, to learn more about the opportunities at NTCC.

NTCC Website

Please view the below power point from the NTCC.

https://www.canton.k12.pa.us/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/10th-presentation-2018-19.pptx

GENERAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA

GED classes may be held locally.  Contact Bradford County Action for more information @ 570-265-4434

This GED study guide is completely free.

COLLEGE BOUND STUDENTS

PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

APPLYING TO COLLEGE

FINANCIAL AID

PHEAA NEWS:

FAFSA Completion Help

To help Pennsylvania families complete the FAFSA® PHEAA has partnered with PASFAA to conduct FAFSA Completion Help Events from October through April. These sessions are free to the public. Review the FAFSA checklist to view a list of the documents/information that families need to complete the FAFSA form.

PA State Grant Application

To be considered for a PA State Grant, students must complete the FAFSA. First-time applicants must also complete the State Grant Form (SGF), which gathers additional information needed for determining eligibility and financial need. The PA State Grant Form User Guide is available for your use in assisting students as they complete the SGF.

Military Family Education Program (MFEP)

Check out PHEAA’s newly launched MFEP webpage to learn about the program’s eligibility requirements, application process, and more.


INDUSTRY NEWS:


Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Help Tool

PSLF can be a confusing program to navigate, but it can be totally worth it if borrowers qualify. The Department of Education created the PSLF Help Tool to help borrowers understand and navigate the PSLF process better.



RESOURCES:


FAFSA Toolkit

PHEAA’s FAFSA Toolkit contains items available for download as pdfs, including flyers, web banners, the FSA ID worksheet, social media posts, a reminder for parents, “I filed my FAFSA” cards, a FAFSA checklist, and FAFSA scam tips. All PHEAA materials and services are available free of charge.



FUN FACT!

Over 1.5 billion pounds of pumpkin are produced each year in the United States.
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TESTING

ACT practice

https://universityhq.org/resources/college-planning-guide/act-prep/

 Testing Schedule

ACT TESTING

ACT Test Code: 221620

CEEB code: 390540

2019-20 Test Dates at CHSRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline
October 26, 2019September 20, 2019October 4, 2019
April 4, 2020February 28, 2020March 13, 2020
June 13, 2020May 8, 2020May 22, 2020

 Cost: Act Test Fees $50.50                               Act with Writing $67.00

It is recommended that you take the writing.

ACT register below

Register online here.  If you cannot afford the test fee, fee waivers are available.  Ask your counselor for information.

***Attention Students and Parents!!! The March and June 2020 SAT will not be given at CHS. They have taken these dates from us. ************

SAT and where they are given                                                                                        SAME DEADLINES

Mansfield High School                   XXXXXX                                March 2020         XXXXXX                XXXXXX

Towanda                                                                       May 2020

Troy                                                       XXXXXX                                March 2020         XXXXXX                June 2020

Williamsport                                       December 2019                 March 2020         May 2020             June 2020

SAT TESTING

CEEB Code: 390540

2019-20 Test Dates at CHSRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline
November 2, 2019October 3, 2019October 22, 2019
March 14, 2020February 14, 2020March 3, 2020
June 6, 2020May 8, 2020May 27, 2020

 Cost: SAT no Essay $49.50                               SAT with Essay $64.50

It is advised to take the SAT with Essay.

SAT register below

 Register online here  If you think you may be eligible for a fee waiver, please check with the guidance office.

You are eligible to receive two (2) fee waivers in 11th grade and two (2) in 12th grade. If you use a fee waiver to take the test you may be eligible for a college application fee waiver!

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MILITARY OPPORTUNITIES

Coast Guard: 

My name is Dale Campbell. I am an Academy Admissions Partner for the United States Coast Guard Academy. I am reaching out to you as a contact to the guidance department at your high school.

I wanted to make you aware that the US Coast Guard Academy has a one week summer program for rising seniors called the Academy Introduction Mission (AIM), where they are immersed in the Academy life. The on-line application for this program is now open. The application opens in February, and the deadline for application to this program is 1 April 2019. There are three one-week sessions. Exclusively for students preparing to enter their senior year of high school, AIM is now widely regarded as the most realistic service academy summer orientation program in the country. The program is intense and rewarding. More importantly, AIM will help you to discover if you possess the mind, body, and character to succeed at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

The Coast Guard Academy is an academically rigorous, highly selective four year military service academy leading to a bachelor’s degree and a commission in the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Academy is the smallest of the five Federal Service Academies. As such, cadets receive individual attention from the faculty. As well, on graduation there is greater access to graduate school and flight training. Tuition, room, board and a stipend are paid for by the Department of Homeland Security.  Following graduation, newly commissioned ensigns have a five year obligation to serve, although 4 out of 5 opt to serve longer due to job satisfaction. This is in part due to the varied humanitarian, regulatory, environmental and border security missions the Coast Guard carries out.

I am a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, and as such my position as an Academy Admissions Partner is volunteer. I will be happy to answer any questions you might have, meet with and interview prospective candidates, and can assist and advise students in the application process. Additional information and the on-line application can be found at www.uscga.edu. You may also call the Coast Guard Academy Admissions office at 800-883-8724. I can be reached by e-mail at auxapp1015@gmail.com.

For information on all the programs for accession to the US Coast Guard, both enlistment and commissioning, go to www.gocoastguard.com. I may be able to answer general questions about enlistment.

Best regards,

Dale Campbell

Academy Admissions Partner

United States Coast Guard Academy

http://www.uscga.edu/

AIR FORCE

U.S. Air Force Programs for High School Juniors & Seniors are OPEN for acceptance.

When your students join the U.S. Air Force, they'll automatically be enrolled in the Community College of the Air Force.  They'll earn college credits from the very first day of Basic Training and continue to earn credits while they gain on-the-job experience during Technical Training.

The Air Force is committed to providing a high standard of ongoing education, because educated Airmen are great Airmen.

We would like the opportunity to help your students discover their skills, earn a degree, learn to lead and take their career to the highest level.

Contact your local Air Force Recruiter below to discuss the opportunities that await your students and/or refer your students directly so we can help research their future plans and goals.

Aim High…Fly, Fight, Win!

Technical Sergeant Quinton Terrill

Air Force Representative

(570) 317-7325

quinton.terrill@us.af.mil

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AIR NATIONAL GUARD

To learn more about opportunities with the https://www.canton.k12.pa.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/SKM_30819090513520.pdf, look over this brochure.

COAST GUARD

Students interested in the Coast Guard Academy 

The Coast Guard Academy is an academically rigorous, highly selective four year military service academy leading to a bachelor’s degree and a commission in the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard Academy is the smallest of the five Federal Service Academies. As such, cadets receive individual attention from the faculty. As well, on graduation there is greater access to graduate school and flight training. Tuition, room, board and a stipend are paid for by the Department of Homeland Security.  Following graduation, newly commissioned ensigns have a five year obligation to serve, although 4 out of 5 opt to serve longer due to job satisfaction. This is in part to the varied humanitarian, regulatory, environmental and border security missions the Coast Guard carries out.

Additional information and the on-line application can be found at www.uscga.edu. You may also call the Coast Guard Academy Admissions office at 800-883-8724. e-mail at auxapp1015@gmail.com.

For information on all the programs for accession to the Coast Guard, both enlistment and commissioning, go to www.gocoastguard.com. I am able to answer general questions about enlistment in the Coast Guard.

http://www.uscga.edu/

NCAA INFORMATION

The Division I and Division II quick reference sheets have been updated to include the redesigned SAT concordance in the sliding scale. As you assist students and families, use these documents to help them better understand the required academic standards their student must meet. The “Division I Academic Requirements” and “Division II Academic Requirements” documents are both found on our Want to Play College Sports webpage under "Initial-Eligibility Toolkit," and on the High School Portal’s Resources Page under “Important New Rules.” Please feel free to download them (below) and share with your college-bound student-athletes and their families.

Division I Academic Requirements
Division II Academic Requirements

Student-Athlete Profile Account
When the NCAA Eligibility Center redesigned its registration website at www.eligibilitycenter.org , one of the most significant enhancements was the creation of the profile account.  The profile account gives college-bound student-athletes the opportunity to make the best decision about their college choices earlier in their high school careers. Students may now choose from the traditional certification account for those wanting to attend and compete at Division I and II schools, or a free profile account for those attending Division III schools and students who are not yet sure at what school they want to attend and compete.

Registration for a profile account is free and easy. Students should expect 10 to 20 minutes to complete a profile account. Also, if a student with a profile account decides to compete at the Division I or II level, they can easily transition their profile account to a certification account. (A registration fee of $80 (domestic/Canada) or $135 (international) is required to begin the certification process.) Please encourage your freshmen student-athletes to register for a free profile account. 

High School Transcript Upload

To date, over 18,000 high schools have used the transcript upload feature available through the High School Portal to send more than 897,000 transcripts to the Eligibility Center.

We encourage you to continue using the upload feature for all preliminary and final transcripts for your students, as it significantly reduces processing time for student accounts. As a reminder, only transcripts in a PDF file format may be uploaded through the High School Portal. Any other document types will not be reviewed and could potentially hold up a student's evaluation. Also, when students register with the Eligibility Center, the student must accept the terms and conditions, which provides broad permission for all schools to share official high school transcripts and academic records with the Eligibility Center. Please click  here to access a video tutorial on how to upload transcripts to the Eligibility Center.

Test Score Submission

For a student's academic certification to be processed, the student must have ACT or SAT scores submitted to the Eligibility Center directly from the testing agency. Test scores on a high school transcript will not be used. Students may take the ACT or the SAT an unlimited number of times prior to full-time collegiate enrollment, and the best score will be used in the final academic certification. Test scores are matched to the student's Eligibility Center account by name, date of birth and address.

Note: If a student took the SAT prior to or during March 2016 and then takes the current (redesigned SAT), the Eligibility Center will not combine section scores from the pre-March 2016 version and the current (redesigned) SAT when determining a student's initial eligibility. The Eligibility Center will only combine section scores from the same version of the test. Because the current SAT varies in design and measures different academic concepts than the previous SAT version (March 2016 and earlier), a numerical score on the current test may not be equivalent to the same numerical score on the redesigned test.

Please refer to the Division I and Division II Academic Requirements Brochures above, to help your students determine the core-course grade point average needed that meets their SAT or ACT sum score.

Free NCAA/NFHS Partnership Initial-Eligibility Online Course

The NCAA Eligibility Center, in partnership with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), has updated the NCAA Initial-Eligibility Course available through nfhslearn.com Counselors and coaches can visit NFHSLearn.com  and complete the FREE initial-eligibility course. This interactive course familiarizes viewers with Division I and II academic requirements, as well as the Eligibility Center’s registration and certification processes required for college-bound student-athletes. It’s a great tool for you and your colleagues. Please pass it on!

CURRENT NEWS

Did you know Penn State Wilkes-Barre offers academic and non-academic services to students who qualify as first generation college students, meet financial guidelines, and/or are students with disabilities?

Penn State Wilkes-Barre is one of two PSU campuses which offers Student Success Services (SSS), a federally funded TRIO program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Program services include but are not limited to academic advising, math and writing tutoring, a textbook resource program, financial aid assistance, career counseling, academic, cultural and social activities, and campus transitioning.

If you have high school seniors who may benefit from applying to Penn State Wilkes-Barre, a small campus dedicated to student success, please contact the admissions office at 570-675-9238 and speak with an admissions counselor. For more information on the program, visit the Wilkes-Barre Student Support Services Page.

OPEN HOUSES / DEADLINES / EVENTS

FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy's Power System (PSI) program. This is a great 2 year college program that combines academics and hands-on training to prepare potential students for a career in the electric utility industry.

First Energy Information

Canton High School Testing Dates

DATETESTGRADE
August 24, 2019SAT11th and 12th
October 16, 2019PSAT/NMSQT10th and 11th
October 23, 2019ASVAB10th, 11th, and 12th
October 26, 2019ACT11th and 12th
November 2, 2019SAT11th and 12th
December 2-13, 2019Keystone Winter Wave 110th and 11th
January 6-17, 2020Keystone Winter Wave 210th and 11th
March 14, 2020SAT11th and 12th
April 4, 2020ACT11th and 12th
April 20-24, 2020PSSA English Language Arts7th and 8th
April 27 - May 1, 2020PSSA Math7th and 8th
April 27 - May 1, 2020PSSA Science8th
May 4 - 8, 2020PSSA Make-ups7th and 8th
May 4 -15, 2020AP (Advanced Placement)11th and 12th
May 11-22, 2020Keystone Spring Exams9th, 10th and 11th
June 13, 2020ACT11th and 12th