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Please feel free to contact our office directly if you have any questions.

Ph# 978-640-7838 ext 2048    
Fax# 978-640-7844     
e-mail: pwhitehouse@tewksbury.k12.ma.us

TMHS CEEB Code : 222130

Welcome to the TMHS Guidance Department

The TMHS Guidance Department is here to assist our students as they begin to plan for life after TMHS. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone in the department if you need questions answered or help with anything!

We have created this College Planning Guide which is especially useful for Juniors and Seniors, but younger students may also want to take a look so that they can get a jump start on their college plans.

Click here to take a look at the 2018-2019 Program of Studies.

!!  COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS February 15th at 10:30 am !!  

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2019-2020 Course Selection Process NOW OPEN !! Wednesday, Feb 13th

Click here for the DRAFT of the 2019-2020 Program of Studies.  Please review this document for more details about the available courses and course selection process.

Teachers met with students individually to review their recommendations.

Guidance counselors met with students in classrooms to inform them about available courses and review the course selection process.  All students were given a handout containing instructions at that time.  To view an instructional video please click here.  If you are unable to enter class requests, please make sure the button in the top left corner of the screen is set to ‘entry mode’.

Students will enter their course selections between Wednesday, Feb 13th and midnight Monday, Feb 25th. 

Students should review their course choices with their parents at this time.  Students will be able to enter only elective classes.   Core academic classes will be auto-filled based on teacher recommendations.  Adjustments can be made when students meet with their guidance counselor in March.

Throughout the month of March guidance counselors will meet individually with students who have already entered their course selections.  They will review the courses together and make sure that students are on track to meet their graduation requirements.    Adjustments can be made at this time.

Course Opportunities Available in the 2019-2020 School Year

Dual Enrollment:  Dual enrollment is available to upcoming junior and senior students.  The courses have been approved by Middlesex Community College and are offered here at TMHS during the school day.  We are offering the following Dual Enrollment courses:

US History (grade 11), Biology (grades 11 &12), Biotechnology (grades 11, 12), Senior English (grade 12), Calculus (grade 12), and Statistics (grade 12).

Interested students can pick up a Dual Enrollment application in Guidance.  All forms must be returned by April 1, 2019.  It is important to note, students interested in participating will receive both high school and college credit for successful completion of a course.  Middlesex Community College will bill participating families directly.  The current rate is $292 per course.

Innovation Pathways Engineering Program: This is a new program which will be offered to students currently enrolled in grades 9 & 10.  Interested students will need to take Engineering 1 & 2 during the sophomore and junior years.  Additionally, students will participate in an IP Skills and Strategies class in their sophomore and junior years.  These courses will prepare students in this program for the summer internship which will run between the junior and senior year.  Middlesex Community College will also award students 1 college credit for each IP Skills course completed.  The program will enroll up to 15 students.  Applications are available in Guidance and will need to be returned by April 1st.

UMASS Lowell at TMHS:  TMHS will be the host site of the UMass Lowell Engineering program.  The university will offer 4 courses and a lab over a two-year span.  Students are allowed to enroll in one or all 4 courses within this program.  Each course will run once a week in the evenings for 10 weeks.  The hybrid structured schedule of the program will accommodate student athletes who may have games/meets on the evenings that class may be scheduled.

Tuition will be paid directly to UMass Lowell (current course rate is $1,050 per course). Each course will provide 3 college credits from the university.  Students who take all four courses will earn a total of 12 college credits plus a certificate from the university in Advanced Manufacturing.  This program is open to upcoming junior and senior students.

Summer Internship Opportunities for Juniors

These opportunities are available for our current juniors.  All students need to register in Guidance.

Thermo Fisher offers a five-week paid internship at their Tewksbury site.  The number of available internships is yet to be determined.

Tewksbury Public Schools IT Department is pleased to offer internships again this upcoming summer.  Students will have the opportunity to earn 5 non-weight bearing credits for 90 hours of work, with the possibility of additional paid hours.

Eastern Bank is looking for students who would be interested in working this upcoming summer. This is a paid opportunity, which has the potential for continued employment.

Mandatory Social Host Meeting – Thursday, Feb 28

Juniors who are planning to attend the junior prom and their parents are required to attend this presentation by District Attorney Marian Ryan and Police Chief Tim Sheehan on Social Host Law and Underage Drinking. Students will not be allowed to purchase tickets to the junior prom if they and a parent have not attended the presentation.

Seniors and senior parents who did not attend the presentation last year and are planning on participating in Senior Week this year, MUST attend the presentation this year.    Seniors will not be allowed to purchase tickets to Senior Week activities if they have not attended the presentation.

SNHU Advantage Program On site Decision Day – March 22

A representative from the Southern NH University Advantage Program will be in the Guidance office on Friday, March 22nd starting at 12:30 to meet with students interested in this unique program.   Come meet with the rep and find out immediately if you are eligible for and will be admitted to this program

Pre-registration is required in Guidance.

Click here for more information about SNHU’s Advantage Program.

Post-Secondary Fair for Students who Learn Differently – March 28

The Landmark School located at 447 Hale St, Beverly, MA, will be hosting a College Fair on Thursday, March 28th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in their Athletic Center for students who learn differently.

This event is FREE and open to the public.  No RSVP necessary.  You will meet representatives from the following types of institutions: college and university admissions and student support services, gap year programs, technical schools and other non-traditional options.

Please contact Rachel Thomasczvic at Rthomasczvic@landmarkschool.org if you have any questions.

Middlesex Community College On site Decision Day – March 28

A representative from Middlesex Community College will be in the Guidance office on Thursday, March 28th, starting at 8:20 to meet with students interested in this College.   Come meet with the rep and find out immediately if you are admitted !

Pre-registration is required in Guidance.

Click here for more information about MCC.

RESUME Writing Workshop for Juniors!  April 9th   NEW DATE

Juniors who want to get a head start on Senior Year or who want to create a resume for that summer job should plan to attend the Resume Writing Workshop on April 9th at 12:45 – F Block – in LGI-1.

This workshop will be taught by Guidance staff members who will help students format and create a professional-looking resume.   We will have a laptop cart available, but students may bring your own.

Pre-registration required in Guidance.

ATTENTION Students Interested in Nursing!

Emmanuel and Assumption are now offering degrees in Nursing.

Please visit their websites for more information.

Emmanuel

Assumption

NHS Tutors Available Tuesdays and Fridays

If you are having trouble with any of your classes and would like some assistance, please drop in to the library any Tuesday after school or Friday before school and a member of NHS will be available to help you out.  No registration required!

Attention Class of 2019!!!    Upcoming Events & General Info

Don’t forget to access the College Planning Guide as you work your way through Senior Year and the College Application Process.

Members in Senior Class: 240

School Code: 222130

GPA

TMHS uses a weighted GPA system based on a 4.5 scale.

PLEASE NOTE : All colleges will RECALCULATE your GPA when they receive your transcript.  High schools around the country use many different GPA calculations.  In order to be fair, colleges will recalculate high school GPA’s according to their own standards.  Go to the College Corner section of this website to see the calculations used by the UMass institutions.

Scholarships

Many scholarships are now available for the Class of 2019.  They are listed on the scholarship page of the website.  They are listed on Naviance.  And the hard-copy can be found in the Career Center.

!! COMMUNITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE IN GUIDANCE !!

Pay attention to requirements and deadlines so that you don’t miss out on any opportunities!!!

College Visits 

If you will be visiting a college and want to receive a designation of ‘SB’, you MUST complete the form that can be found in the Guidance office BEFORE you go on your visit.  This form explains the steps you must follow to get a designation of ‘SB’.   You cannot get the ‘SB’ if you are going on a school tour unless you are also meeting with someone in admissions, financial aid, or a coach, etc.  You are allowed up to 3 excused absences, but you must not have more than 6 absences in any 1 class.

IMPORTANT DATES

Mar 1     AP Final Payment Due (please pay on Community Pass)

Feb 15     1/2 day – students and staff

Feb 18 – 22  February vacation

Feb 28    Social Host Meeting (see details above)

Mar 8     1/2 day students

Mar 8     Progress Reports Posted on Aspen

Mar 26-27  MCAS ELA

Apr 3      Grades Close Term 3

Apr 5       National College Fair in Boston

Apr 9      Resume Writing Workshop – 12:45 ‘F’ Block (registration required)

Apr 12    1/2 day – students and staff

Apr 15 – 19   Spring Break

May 2    1/2 day students

May 2     College Fair at TMHS 8:30 am – 9:45 am – Juniors

May 20   Progress Reports posted on Aspen

May 21-22   MCAS Math

Jun 4-5  MCAS Bio

Jun 7    Graduation!!

Jun 20   Last Day – includes 5 snow days

Upcoming College Visits

Attention Seniors!!  Representatives from the following colleges will be at TMHS to meet with you to discuss their schools and answer any questions you might have about the admission process, available majors, financial aid, etc.  Oftentimes, these representatives are the same folks who will be reviewing your application, so please try to stop by and meet with any reps from colleges you are interested in and make that all-important good first impression!

You must pre-register in Guidance with Mrs. Whitehouse AND have permission from your teacher to leave class.  These meetings last about 20 minutes.

Just click on the name of the school to be directed to their website!

US Army         Rescheduled for February 13th at 10:00

US Coast Guard 

US Marine Corps       Feb 4 at 10:00 

US Navy                     Feb 7 at 10:00

US Air Force 

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