School Counseling

Welcome to School Counseling

Welcome to the Simsbury High School Counseling Department. Simsbury High School is a unique school, rich in tradition and spirit. It is a wonderful environment in which to grow academically, personally, and socially. You will be presented with many new and exciting opportunities to explore areas of interest that will help cultivate this growth. It is the philosophy of the School Counseling Department to encourage and promote this exploration as a means of self-inquiry, and as an important tool in the development of self-awareness. We pride ourselves in understanding how individualized the developmental process is for each student and work hard to encourage choices that will help you question your assumptions, challenge your intellect, and stimulate your creativity.

The School Counseling Department is a major hub of Simsbury High School and a primary source of information throughout your high school journey. Our goal is to know our students, know our families, and know the opportunities that exist for you. We look forward to a productive partnership with you, and to providing the necessary support and encouragement through these exciting years.

Jane Ellen Peregrin
Director of School Counseling

Counseling Staff

  Simsbury High School COunseling Department

Jane Ellen Peregrin

Director of School Counseling

860-658-0451 x310

Student Assignments (last name)

Grade 9 .......Pathways

Grade 10 .....Pathways

Grade 11 ......Y - Z + Pathways

Grade 12 ..... Ye -Z + Pathways



Amanda Tornaquindici

School Counselor

Student Assignments (last name)

Grade 9 .......A - Cra

Grade 10 .....A - Cirik

Grade 11 ......A - Car

Grade 12 ..... A - Cai

Meredith Girardi

School Counselor

Student Assignments (last name)

Grade 9 ......Crb - Gra

Grade 10 ....Ciril - Fa

Grade 11 .....Cas - Fl

Grade 12 .....Caj - D


PG Paula Garza

School Counselor

Student Assignments (last name)

Grade 9 ......Grb - Kna + GHAA 

Grade 10 ....Fb - Hi + GHAA

Grade 11 .....Fle - Kn + GHAA

Grade 12 .....E - Hol + GHAA



Sandy Vollaro

School Counselor

Student Assignments (last name)

Grade 9 ......Knb - Mel

Grade 10 ....Hj - Li

Grade 11 .....Ko - Meh

Grade 12 .....Hom - Man



Donna Cannon

School Counselor

Student Assignments (last name)

Grade 9 .....Mem - Ric

Grade 10 ...Lj - Pal

Grade 11 ....Mei - Pe

Grade 12 ....Mao - Pi



Greg Stillman

School Counselor

Student Assignments (last name)

Grade 9 .....Rid - Som + ABC

Grade 10 ....Pam - Sch + ABC

Grade 11 .....Pf - Stei + ABC

Grade 12 .....Pj - Si + ABC



Pamela Sickinger

School Counselor

Student Assignments (last name)

Grade 9 .....Son - Z

Grade 10 ...Sci - Z

Grade 11 ....Stej - X

Grade 12 ....Sj - Ya



Phyllis Gowans

Administrative Assistant 

Counselor Assignments

Paula Garza

Jane Ellen Peregrin

Pam Sickinger

Greg Stillman



Jenny Belliveau

Administrative Assistant

Counselor Assignments

Donna Cannon

Meredith Girardi

Amanda Tornaquindici

Sandra Vollaro

Meeting with your Counselor

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

Grade 9

Things to think about:

  • What are my talents and strengths?
  • Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
  • In which courses am I particularly strong?
  • In what areas do I need to build more skills?

Things to do:

  • Become familiar with graduation requirements.
  • Develop a Simsbury High School personal file, highlighting academic, extra curricular and community involvement / awards.
  • Develop a relationship with your counselor and teachers.
  • Maintain strong academic performance and maintain excellent attendance record.
  • Keep a record of all grades including tests, homework, papers, etc. in all classes.
  • Seek assistance or support when needed from teachers and counselor
  • Talk with teachers, parents, and counselor about your sophomore course selections (late January).
  • Become involved in an extra-curricular activity, sports, clubs, music volunteer work, etc.
  • Review finalized 10th grade schedule with counselor in April.

Grade 10

Sophomore Parent Letter - September 2019

Things to think about:

  • In which subjects did I excel?
  • Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
  • Am I giving my best to sophomore courses?
  • Of my unique talents and strengths, which would I most like to develop?
  • Am I involved in at least one extra-curricular activity or community service?
  • What potential career/post high school option have I considered?

Things to do:

  • Update my personal file.
  • Keep a record of all grades including tests, homework, papers, etc.
    in all classes.
  • Seek assistance from teachers and counselors when needed.
  • Take the PSAT test in October.
  • Maintain strong academic performance and maintain excellent attendance record.
  • Be aware of your graduation requirements.
  • Talk with your teachers, parents, and counselors about course selections
    for Junior year (late January).
  • Visit counselor to explore post high school plans and interest.
  • Continue involvement in extra curricular activities.
  • Review finalized Junior schedule with counselor in April.
  • Consult with academic teacher and counselor concerning SAT Subject Tests (ie. AP Biology)



Grade 11


Things to think about:

  • Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
  • Am I giving my best to Junior course work?
  • With which teachers have I established a strong rapport? (Potential college/job letters of recommendation).
  • Which talents or strengths might I want to further develop through college studies or post high school plans?
  • Which activities will I highlight on my college/job application?

Things to do:

  • Update my personal file.
  • Keep a record of all grades including tests, homework, papers, etc. in all classes.
  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT test in October.
  • Continue extra curricular activities.
  • Maintain strong academic performance and an excellent attendance record.
  • Check your graduation requirements.
  • Attend Simsbury High School College Fair in April.
  • Talk with teachers, parents, and counselor about Senior year course selections.
  • Talk with parents about college needs, interests, etc.
  • Take SAT School Day in March
  • Register for SAT (May or June administration).
  • Attend post high school planning sessions for juniors in February.
  • Meet with parents and school counselor to discuss post high school plans.
  • List college choices with counselor.
  • Consult academic teachers about SAT Subject tests.
  • If taking an AP course, register for AP Exams (May).
  • Schedule interviews and college visits for Spring, Summer and/or Fall.
  • Review Senior schedule with counselor in April.
  • Continue to explore career options.

Grade 12

SENIOR Parent Letter - August 2019

SENIOR PARENT'S NIGHT was September 5th - Click here to view presentation.


Things to think about:

  • Am I continuing to challenge myself?
  • Have I written for college catalogues, applications, financial aid information, etc.?
  • Am I giving my best to senior course work?
  • Have I obtained enough information about the colleges of my choice and application deadlines?
  • Am I meeting with my counselor regularly?
  • Have I made campus visits to my top colleges?

Things to do:

  • Update my personal file - finalize resume - see counselor.
  • Register for SAT Reasoning* and SAT Subject Tests; *see counselor before registering.
  • Maintain strong academic record and attendance.
  • Check your graduation requirements.
  • Seek assistance from teacher and counselors when needed.
  • Continue extra curricular activities and community involvement.
  • Meet with counselor to finalize post high school planning (September-November).
  • Meet with college representatives during visits (September - November).
  • Complete college applications (September - December).
  • Be aware of deadlines including early decision and early action options.
  • Complete Local Scholarships application in January.
  • Attend Financial Aid meetings.
  • Have parents complete the Financial Aid Form with FAFSA on the web. (Available on October 1)
  • If taking an AP course, register for AP exams (February).

College Fairs & Open Houses

2020 College Fair—TBA

Sophomores and Juniors are invited to attend the Avon/Simsbury High School Annual College Fair (Date/Time TBA) at Avon High School. Don’t miss an opportunity to visit with 150 college representatives! Students and parents are invited to attend this valuable night of information! List of participating colleges (from April 2019)

College Resources

Senior Year Timeline (Class of 2019)

Building a Well-Balanced College List

Simple Guidelines for Applying to Colleges

The College Search Process

College Admission Testing Information



College Representatives

College visits are schedule on the hour and half hour throughout the year, and student's receive permission from their teachers to attends visits that take place during class. Students are also required to sign up in Naviance.

We ask that college representatives sign up through RepVisits by visiting and searching Simsbury High School.

For questions about a visit, please contact Jenny Belliveau at or 860-658-0451 x436

2018-2019 School Profile


Internship Opportunities

The Trojan Internship Program will provide students in grades 11 and 12 the opportunity to gain real world experience and explore careers of interest while also earning school credit. Through this program students will develop the skills necessary to be productive members in the workplace.

Internal Internships

Students will work withing the walls of Simsbury High School to gain experience in the world of work. This is a one semester, 4 days per week, 1/2 credit opportunity. See below for specific descriptions of each option.

Teaching Assistant

Students will assist teachers in an area of interest, where they will design and implement a minimum of two lessons, provide help to students during class, and set up class materials/labs. Teaching assistants will submit a summative portfolio (which could also include a TA log, reflection, presentation, and other assignments as determined by the departments) to the teacher and department supervisor. Teaching assistant candidates and the teacher will develop a schedule and class meeting times to meet the teaching assistants requirements.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of course, accepted application

Teaching Assistant Application

Writing Center Tutor

This opportunity is for 11th and 12th grade students who are effective writers and who like working with and helping others. Students will be trained to run Writing Conferences with other students in grades 9-12 and will engage in regular one-on-one writing instruction.

Prerequisites: Recommendation by English teacher, accepted application, successful completion of training and testing sessions.

Writing Tutor Application

Trojan Tech Team

The student help desk in an integral component of the high school 1:1 Chromebook program. The help desk is staffed and managed by students and overseen by the Library Media Specialist and Chromebook Technician. Students will learn how to troubleshoot common issues with student use of the Chromebooks, and they will increase their knowledge of the GSuite apps and other common apps/extensions utilized in the classroom. Students will enhance their organizational, communication and time management skills through the management of the TTT help desk and interfacing with students and faculty. Students will learn how to create concise instructional tutorials utilizing video creation/editing apps and GSuite. A badge system with specific requirements are utilized quarterly.

Trojan Tech Team Application

Sports Management Intern

The Department of Athletics is offering a Sports Management Internship opportunity for .50 credit. There are a number of specific areas where students can gain experience on the operations side of the athletic program. Students will represent Simsbury High School through this work/learning experience and develop valuable skills that could lead to opportunities in college or future careers in sports management. As a representative of the Athletic Department students will provide a positive experience for all participants at sporting events.

Athletics Internship Application

External Internships

Students will work with the school internship coordinator and local business or community organizations to gain experience in the world of work. Students will develop an educational plan, complete timesheets, and participate in two check ins with internship coordinator throughout the internship experience. Students interested in this opportunity will need to meet with the internship coordinator at the start of the school year. This is a one semester, 60 hour, 1/2 credit opportunity.

External Internship

One semester, 60 hours, 1/2 Credit*Transportation to/from the internship site must be provided by student.

* Students interested in working with a for profit business will need to fulfill the states requirements through the Unpaid Experiential Learning Program.

Prerequisites: Junior/senior status, good academic standing, positive behavioral record review, and completion of safety training.

For Profit Application

Community Non Profit Application

Link to Contacts

Link to Community Sites

Naviance Student

Naviance Student is a web-based college and career planning resource designed especially for SHS students and parents. Through Family Connection, the Counseling Office is able to track and analyze data regarding college and career plans, so it provides up to date information specific to Simsbury High School students.

Access Naviance Student here or go to and follow the instructions on the screen to log into your account.

Instructions for Matching Naviance with Common App

Family Connection allows students to:

  • Get involved in the planning and advising process: Build a resume, complete on-line surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about college and careers.
  • Research colleges: Compare GPA, standardized test scores and other statistics to actual historical data from SHS for students who have applied and been admitted in the past.
  • Sign up for college visits: Find out which colleges are visiting SHS and sign up to attend those visits.
  • Search for Scholarships: Use the database to look for scholarships.
  • Communication: Students can also use the site to send their counselors and college admission representatives emails.


*A student's personal profile and date are confidential and are only accessible to the student, parents, and counselors. College admission offices do not have access to the information in Naviance.

Post High School Planning

Researching Colleges
Selecting a College/Gaining Admission
Categories Regarding College Choices
Points of Caution
Your College Preferences
Factors to Consider
Kinds of Colleges/Universities
Peterson's College Search
Nat'l Association for College Admission Counseling

College Visits
Obtaining Information
Hints for College Visits
College Visit Report

The Interview
Interview Questions from Students
Interview Questions from Colleges

Creating and Uploading your Resume
Resume Template (new format updated 12-13-17)
Resume Template

The Application Application Process
Application Programs/Admissions Decisions
The Common Application

Admissions Decisions
FAIR TEST: Here you will find a listing of colleges and universities that do not require ACT or SAT scores.

The College Essay
College Essay
What Colleges Look For

Financial Aid
How to Pay for College
Additional Tips


Helpful Financial Aid Links
Information that encompasses the financial pieces of the college application process is available online.

Gap Year Options

Gap Year Fair
Conard High School
West Hartford , CT

Class of 2012 Testimonials (Gap Year)
Testimonial #1
Testimonial #2

Testimonial #3
Testimonial #4
Testimonial #5

Careers in the Military

Connecticut Technical Schools



Program of Studies & School Profile


A complete list of SCHOLARSHIPS

available in Naviance




Please check Naviance for a list of scholarships as it is updated often.

Student Athletes/NCAA

Standardized Testing


(ACT) American College Test

All four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. accept the ACT, but different institutions place different emphases on standardized tests such as the ACT, compared to other factors of evaluation such as class rank, GPA, and extracurricular activities. The main four tests are scored individually on a scale of 1–36, and a Composite score is provided which is the whole number average of the four scores. Note that a composite score of 32.5 rounds up to a 33.

The most current information on the ACTs (including registrations and test dates) is available at The ACT website

AP (Advanced Placement) Exams

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program in the United States and Canada, created by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students.

American colleges and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. If the course is approved, the school may use the AP designation and the course will be publicly listed on the AP Course Ledger. (

2020 AP Exam Schedule Monday May 4th - Friday May 15th, 2020


The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery is held each January.  The 2020 date is Tuesday, February 11th. Students wishing to take the Exam should register in the Counseling Office beginning the middle of January. There is no fee for this exam.

ASVAB Prep Questions

PSAT (9th, 10th, 11th grade)

College Board has partnered with Khan Academy to provide free practice tests that help students to improve academic skills and prepare for the SAT. The practice tests are customized using the students’ actual PSAT results. Students need to link their College Board accounts with their Khan Academy accounts on the College Board web site if they have not already done that.

In addition to the electronic score reports students will receive a paper score report in January. We will distribute these reports along with the students’ test booklets when we receive them from College Board. The information that is contained on the paper score report is the same that can be found on the electronic report. Scores, percentiles, predicted PSAT and SAT scores and a list of skills noting student proficiency and those skills needing more practice are contained in these reports. For more detailed information about PSAT scores please go to this link: (You tube) Understanding the PSAT score report

If you have any questions after reviewing your student’s score report please contact the student’s school counselor. The PSAT/NMSQT® is highly relevant to your future success because it focuses on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. It measures:

  • What you learn in high school
  • What you need to succeed in college

The PSAT/NMSQT measures reading, writing and language, and math skills developed over many years, both in and out of school.

The PSAT/NMSQT does not ask for facts from literature, history, or science, or recall of math formulas, because it measures your reasoning and critical thinking skills.

You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before.

There is no penalty for guessing.

The test length is 2 hours, 45 minutes.


School Day for all juniors (State mandated)

March 27, 2019

Saturday Administration at SHS

June 1, 2019

Saturday administration (SHS not hosting)

December 1, 2018
March 9, 2019
May 4, 2019

Test Prep Links:

Princeton Review

College Board

Ivy Bound Online prep

Revolution Prep


The National Center for Fair & Open Testing

FAIR TEST website

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests are given in Literature, American History, World History, and Social Studies, Mathematics-Level I, Mathematics-Level II, French, German, Hebrew, Latin, Italian, Spanish, General Biology, Ecological/Molecular Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. All are one-hour multiple-choice tests. The tests are designed to assess the skills students have developed in a particular subject, their knowledge of the subject, and their ability to apply that knowledge to new materials and situations. Students may take up to three different SAT Subject Tests on one test date.

SAT Subject Tests are hour-long, content-based tests that allow you to showcase achievement in specific subject areas where you excel. These are the only national admission tests where you choose the tests that best showcase your achievements and interests.

SAT Subject Tests allow you to differentiate yourself in the college admission process or send a strong message regarding your readiness to study specific majors or programs in college. In conjunction with your other admission credentials (your high school record, SAT scores, teacher recommendations, etc.), they provide a more complete picture of your academic background and interests.

Some colleges also use Subject Tests to place students into the appropriate courses. Based on your performance on the test(s), you could potentially fulfill basic requirements or receive credit for introductory-level courses.

There are 20 SAT Subject Tests in five general subject areas: English, history, languages, mathematics and science. Try the free practice questions or download the Getting Ready for the SAT Subject Tests practice booklet.

Also, check out our Frequently Asked Questions to get answers to more specific questions about Subject Tests.

Why take the tests

Some colleges require or recommend that you take SAT Subject Tests. In addition, you can enhance your application, demonstrate knowledge you’ve gained outside the classroom, and potentially place out of introductory courses.

Why Subject Tests might be right for you

Which tests to take

You’ll want to take the tests that are required or recommended by the colleges that you’re interested in. Also consider subjects that you excel in or may want to major in, to showcase your strengths and interests.

How to choose which tests to take

Remember: You cannot take both the SAT Reasoning test
and SAT Subject test on the same date.

Summer Assignments

Summer assignments are available on the LMC website on the Summer Assignments page.

Transcript Requests

School Counseling Office Address:

Simsbury High School
School Counseling Office
34 Farms Village Road
Simsbury, CT 06070

860-658-0451 x310
860-658-1576 (fax)


Release of Records Form

SHS alumni requesting a transcript should download and complete the release form, then send it to the School Counseling Office by fax at 860-658-1576, mail or email to
Please allow one week for processing.

There is a $4 processing fee for each transcript requested. Cash or check (made out to Simsbury High School) are accepted.

Please provide the following information:

  • Your full name at the time of graduation
  • Date of birth
  • Year of graduation
  • Where your transcript should be mailed.
  • Your telephone number/email address in case we need to reach you.


Transcript Release Form

Students requesting a transcript can download the form and submit it to the School Counseling Office. Forms are also available in the School Counseling Office. Please allow two weeks for processing.

  1. Indicate which college you would like your transcript to be sent.
  2. Indicate whether or not you are using the Common Application
  3. Add application deadline and indicate Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision, or Rolling Admission.
  4. Include the names of the individuals writing recommendations.
  5. Bring the completed form directly to your School Counselor along with the $4.00 processing fee for each transcript requested. One check is acceptable if there are multiple requests.

Scholarship Release Form

Students requesting a transcript be sent to a scholarship can download this form and submit it to the School Counseling Office. When possible, please provide your scholarship application so that all materials can be submitted together. This form is also available in the School Counseling Office.

Please allow two weeks for processing.

  1. Indicate which scholarship you would like your transcript to be sent, along with the address.
  2. Indicate the scholarship deadline.
  3. List the names of the individuals whose recommendations you'd like to include.
  4. Bring the completed form directly to your School Counselor.

Working Papers/Employment Opportunities

Job Postings are located on the bulletin board outside of the School Counseling Office and updated regularly.


Working papers are required for all 16 & 17 year old minors. Working papers are obtained in the SHS Main Office upon presentation of a promise of employment from the employer.

Permitted Occupations/Hours of Work

Other information for youth/workers under the age of 18

Questions? Call the Wage & Workplace Standards Division at (860) 263-6791 or visit the Department of Labor website at

Don't work too long, don't work too late, stay in school, GRADUATE!

November News......



First quarter grades are not automatically sent to your schools. If there are schools you have applied to that request your first quarter grades, please let you counselor know.