Contact Us

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 2019-2020 Program of Studies.

Summer Reading 2019

Please use this link for Summer Reading Information.

Summer School 

Students who are eligible for summer school were notified by their counselor in the Failure Letter that was sent home at the end of school.   Only core classes and Spanish 2 can be remediated through summer school.

Students who are eligible to remediate 2 classes will attend in the morning and the afternoon.  Afternoon sessions (11:15 – 2:15) are an option ONLY for students who are remediating 2 classes.

The Summer School schedule is as follows:

July 8th – July 26th from 8:00 – 11:00 Monday – Friday.

Registration for summer school is done online through Community Pass by using this link.

Guidance Summer Hours 

Guidance counselors will be out of the office for most of the summer with limited access to email.  Mrs. Whitehouse will be in the office off and on throughout the summer and will regularly check email.   Questions and concerns should be sent via email and not voice mail whenever possible.

August hours (8:00 am – 1:00 pm unless otherwise noted)

Counselors available: August 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 22

August 21st hours will be 8:00 – 10:30 because of the Common App Workshop.

Please DO NOT walk-in.  Email your counselor or Mrs. Whitehouse for an appointment.

ATTENTION Class of 2019 

All  transcripts have been sent out to the college / university you indicated on the sign-out sheet.  If you are contacted by your school that they have not yet received your transcript, please email Mrs. Whitehouse and she will get that out for you!

Congratulations!  And good luck as you enter into the next phase of your life!

ATTENTION Class of 2020

The upcoming year is going to be very busy for you!!  Please be sure to check this website regularly to keep up with all the activities that will be available to you!  The College Corner section of this site contains tons of information on various local colleges as well as other general information for seniors.  Check it out!

Common App Workshop – Wed, Aug 21st 11:00 – 1:00 in the TMHS cafeteria

Bring your laptop and get started on the Common Application – the application that is now used by many colleges and universities across the country!  Guidance counselors will be available to help you get started.  Click here for the essay prompts and get started on that all important college essay.

Senior Parent Breakfast and Senior Class Assembly – Fri, Sept 20th

Parents and guardians of students in the class of 2020 are welcome to attend a parent breakfast with members of the guidance staff and admission counselors from local colleges to help prepare you for your student’s senior year.  You will hear a presentation on the timeline of events, what colleges are looking for in their applicants, and much more useful information to help you navigate this big year!   This will be held in LGI-1 at 7:45 am.  Registration is not required, but is recommended so that we will have enough materials, coffee and pastries.  Please contact Pat Whitehouse via email to RSVP.

Students will hear much of the same information at their own assembly immediately following in the auditorium.

Essay Writing Workshop – Fri, Sept 27th (last block)

Having trouble with that essay?  Plan to attend this workshop to get some tips on making it as good as it can be!  Make sure to bring along a draft!!!   Click on the link found above in the Common App Workshop section to access 2019-2020 essay prompts.

Registration is REQUIRED by signing up in the book on Mrs. Whitehouse’s desk.

FREE Summer Program – OUTBREAK 2019!!

Attention rising Juniors & Seniors interested in Public Health!!!

If you will be a junior or senior in the Fall of 2019 and are interested in learning about any area of public health – epidemiology, bioethics, disease surveillance, occupational & public health nursing, or emergency preparedness – you should consider this FREE program.

The Public Health Museum at Tewksbury State Hospital is offering a FREE 5-day interactive program that offers students the opportunity to learn the history and impact of public health.  This program includes speakers and activities each day as well as a free lunch every day.

There will be 2 field trips: one to the Massachusetts State Laboratory in Boston to hear about rabies, salmonella, mosquito control,  and other current issues.  And a 2nd to the Lowell Community Health Center to view health care in a way that many students may not be familiar.

This program runs from August 5th – 9th.

Space is limited – Apply here!!

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.

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!

IMPORTANT DATES

Aug 21  Common App Kick-off  11:00-1:00 at TMHS for Class of 2020

Aug 28  1st Day of school – all classes will meet on 8/28 and 8/29

Aug 30  Schools closed

Sep 2    Schools closed – Labor Day

Sep 3   Classes Resume – Day 1

Sep 20  Senior Parent Breakfast – registration recommended, not required

Sep 26   Open House

Sep 26   Common App Workshop (during Open House hours)

Sep 27   Essay Writing Workshop for Seniors (last block) – registration required

Oct 4   Freshman Parent Breakfast – registration recommended, not required

Oct 11   No school students – PD Day

Oct 14  Schools closed -Columbus Day

Nov 5  No school students – PD Day

Nov 11  Schools closed – Veteran’s Day

Nov 27  Half day

Nov 28-29 Schools closed for Thanksgiving

Dec 5  Half day Students – Teacher Workshop

Dec 24 – Jan 1  Schools closed – Holiday Break

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!

Sep 25   Emerson College     11:00

Oct 1      University of Southern Maine    8:00

Oct 15   University of New England    10:00

Oct 17   University of Rhode Island     1:00

Oct 18   University of Vermont     9:45

Oct 18   Plymouth State     10:30

Oct 22   Springfield College   11:00