Pre PSAT/SAT Workshop – Each year before the national PSAT date, 11th grade Guidance Counselors provide a Pre-PSAT/SAT workshop for all juniors. During this workshop, students get an overview of the PSAT, review sample questions, and are taught testing strategies specific to the PSAT and SAT.
PSAT – In October of each year, schools across the United States administer the PSAT. The PSAT is a precursor exam to the SAT, developed by College Board, that gives students an opportunity to preview their strengths and weaknesses in the academic areas of Critical Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. The PSAT is a perfect preparation tool for the SAT.
Naviance & Post-Secondary Planning - In the fall of each year, Guidance Counselors host a grade-specific Naviance workshop for each grade. Juniors are encouraged to use this time furthering work on their Naviance profile and if college bound, start to use Naviance’s College Super Match tool to develop their college list. Students can filter through thousands of colleges and find matches to fit their particular profile taking into account all kinds of search factors such as college location preference, GPA, testing, special interests, majors, sports, and more!
ASVAB – In November of each year, juniors and seniors can register to take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) at Mahar. The ASVAB is used as a preliminary enlistment exam for the United States armed forces and may students also choose to take the ASVAB for its built-in career interest inventory. ASVAB scores tell students where their strengths are in certain areas and which careers they may qualify for in branches of the service.
Post-PSAT Workshop/College Board Quickstart – Students who took the PSAT are invited to this post-workshop to view their scores, learn what their scores mean, and how they can utilize these scores to further prepare for the SAT. Students are given access to College Board’s online “Quickstart” tool which is an interactive webpage that gives students personalized feedback from the PSAT, free practice problems for the SAT, and advice on college planning.
NACAC College Fair – In the spring of each year, all juniors are invited to attend a college fair, sponsored by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) at the Eastern States Exhibition Fair Grounds in Springfield, MA. Students have the opportunity on this trip to speak with hundreds of admission counselors from across the United States and gain exposure to the variety of 4-year, 2-year, public, and private schools.
MWCC Symposium – Juniors are invited each spring to attend a “Symposium” day at Mount Wachusett Community College comprised of information sessions covering topics such as financial aid, college entrance exams, the college admission process, and more. Student also register for a series of mini workshops based on their areas of interest such as student athletes, College Board, the freshman experience, etc.
Construction Engineering Field Trip – Hosted at the New England Laborer’s Academy in Hopkinton, MA, and in collaboration with the North Quabbin Community Coalition, this every-other-year field trip is an opportunity for students to gain a hands-on introduction to Engineering and Construction-related careers. Driving excavators and paving equipment, using jack hammers and drills, learning how to survey a plot of land, and utilizing some of the industry’s top engineering software are just a few examples of activities available to student on this day. Students interested in these careers should express interest in this trip to their Guidance Counselor early in the school year.
Post-Secondary Planning Workshop – Guidance Counselors host a workshop for all juniors in the spring focused on more post-secondary planning. The material in this workshop, covered over the span of 2 days, includes a review of Naviance info from the fall, information for students on the college selection process, alternative post-secondary programming options, college admission testing, making a college list, college essays, applications, financial aid, and much more! Using the information and resources from this presentation, students are encouraged to start narrowing their post-secondary plans over the summer in preparation for senior year.
College Admissions Night – During the spring of each year, families are invited to Mahar for a presentation put on by Guidance Counselors regarding the ins and outs of college admissions. This presentation is geared toward juniors and their parents/guardians however all students and their families are welcome to attend. Information is presented from a local perspective and also draws data and admission trends from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). All college-bound students are encouraged to attend this evening with their families to learn how to approach the often daunting world of college admissions.
Individual Student Meetings – 11th and 12th grade is a time for students to start thinking seriously about their post-secondary plans and decisions. Guidance Counselors recognize this important milestone in students’ lives and encourage students to actively seek guidance from our department throughout the year, review goals for the future, and make informed decisions about current and post-secondary opportunities. In addition to the in-class workshops that we provide to all students, Juniors are welcome and encouraged to make individual appointments in Guidance at any time to discuss their future!
Training Active Bystanders (TAB) – Each year students in 11th grade have the opportunity to apply to become Active Bystander Trainers and peer mentors. Students are trained together with students from Athol High school during 3-days of workshops given by Quabbin Mediation. New TAB trainers lead the 6 session TAB curriculum for 7th graders and more experienced trainers lead the advanced curriculum for 10th graders.