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Junior Parent Letter - 2017

Understanding College Funding

Sophomore Parent Letter

Senior Parent Letter

Senior Parent Night Presentation (9-7-2017)

College Essay Writing Workshop
Wednesday October 25, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Well over 50% of college admission officers say that the essay is very important in the admission decision. After grades and test scores, the essay is the most important component of your application. The more selective the college, the more important the essay is. C2Education Center Director, Lynne Mica, will share tips and suggestions for making your college essay the best it can be, from picking a topic to format and final product. This workshop will also address skills needed for the SAT or ACT essay. Be sure to check the online calendar for an upcoming Practice SAT or ACT test here at the library.

College Talk for Parents
Thursday October 26, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM

decorative imageDo you have questions about planning or paying for college? Join Independent College Advisor Lynne Bossart of Simsbury-based Muse College Consulting LLC, for 'College Talk', a casual get-together in an informal setting where you will be able to voice your concerns and ask questions about the college admissions process and receive helpful advice and information from an expert. Whether you are the parent of a middle school student or a college-bound senior, 'College Talk' is a great opportunity to participate in an informative discussion about college planning, affordability and financial aid.

SAT or ACT: Which is Best for You?
Wednesday November 8, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Learn the differences of the SAT and the ACT tests and which may be best for your college path. We will discuss timing, scoring, and provide examples of the reading, writing, and math sections. Presented by Lynne Mica, C2Education's Center Director. Be sure to sign up for an upcoming Practice SAT or ACT test here at the library. This workshop is open to both students and parents.

2017-18 Counselor Assignments

Counselor Assignments 2017-2018

The following is a list of counselor assignments for this year. To find out who your counselor will be, check the appropriate grade and corresponding alphabetical division of your last name.

Grade 9 - Class of 2021

A - Car Amanda Tornaquindici

Cas - Fla Carla MacNeil

Flb - Kn Paula Garza + Academies

Ko - Meh Sandy Vollaro

Mei - Pe Donna Cannon

Pf - Stei Greg Stillman + ABC

Stej - X Pam Sickinger

Y - Z Jane Ellen Peregrin

GRADE 10 - Class of 2020

A - Cai Amanda Tornaquindici

Caj - D Carla MacNeil

E - Hol Paula Garza + Academies

Hom - Man Sandy Vollaro

Mao - Pi Donna Cannon

Pj - Sh Greg Stillman + ABC

Si - W Pam Sickinger

Y - Z Jane Ellen Peregrin

GRADE 11 - Class of 2019

A - Can Amanda Tornaquindici

Cas - Fra Carla MacNeil

Fri - Ho Paula Garza + Academies

Hu - May Sandy Vollaro

Maz - Re Donna Cannon

Ri - Spi Greg Stillman + ABC

Spr - Z Pam Sickinger

Y - Z Jane Ellen Peregrin

GRADE 12 - Class of 2018

A - Ce Amanda Tornaquindici

Ch - Du Carla MacNeil

Dy - Ha Paula Garza + Academies

He - Lec Sandy Vollaro

Leh - O Donna Cannon

P - Schl Greg Stillman + ABC

Schw - Z Pam Sickinger

Y - Z Jane Ellen Peregrin

Counselor Appointments

Students should email their counselors requesting an appointment and include the following information: (email addresses can be found via the Counseling Staff Directory tab on this page).

  • student's full name
  • day/period/time he or she is available to meet (students are not allowed to miss class)
  • a brief description of what will be discussed

For urgent situations, students may always come to the counseling office without making an appointment and one of the secretaries will assist them.

2017-18 Counseling Calendar



A complete list of SCHOLARSHIPS

available in Naviance

How to Apply for the 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community AwardsStudents in high school who have been involved in a volunteer project that made a substantial difference in the community should apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. The recipient of this award will receive $1,000 and a trip to Washington, D.C. next May. Complete an application online, then print and submit it to the School counseling office by Tuesday, Nov. 7th. A high school selection committee will review the applications and announce one Local Honoree on Friday, Nov. 17th. That person will advance to state-level judging and become eligible to win the award and trip to Washington. Winners who are chosen to become National Honorees will be announced in February.

For any questions call 855.670.4787.
Deadline: November 7, 2017

Seniors – The annual Big Y Scholarship is available! Over 300 scholarships are awarded each year totaling more than $250,000. Big Y recognizes the most academically outstanding students in the area every year.

Applications are available on line at or can be picked up in the School Counseling Office. Deadline: February 1, 2018

Seniors - College Open Houses and Information Sessions

College Open Houses and Information Sessions

Washington University in St. Louis offers information sessions for prospective students and their families all across the country. We will discuss academic programs, life on campus, and how to apply for admission and financial assistance.

We invite you to visit our website for locations: Click here. For additional information, please call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (800) 638-0700 or (314) 935-6000.

Admission officers from Emory University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California – Berkeley, and University of Virginia are hosting information sessions for prospective students throughout the United States. In addition to learning detailed information about each of our universities, you will find out what we are looking for when we review your application and have the chance to compare notes with other talented students from your area. We hope you can join us!

United States—Connecticut

United States—Massachusetts

United States—Rhode Island

United States—Vermont

Seniors - Transcript Requests

Senior Transcript Requests: There are many questions regarding the college application process and sending their transcripts to colleges. The school counselors will cover all of your questions in group meetings on Sept. 6th and 7th.

Online Systems


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  • College visits to SHS
  • Scholarship information
  • Your application status

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Counseling Staff Directory

Jennifer Belliveau


Donna Cannon

Ingrid Coloske


Paula Garza

Carla MacNeil

Jane Ellen Peregrin


Pamela Sickinger

Gregory Stillman

Victor Terranova

Long-Term Substitute

Amanda Tornaquindici

Sandra Vollaro

Enrollment & Registration

Please contact Susan Caccamo at the Board of Education Office for Enrollment & Registration information at 860-651-3361 x109.

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