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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 2019-2020 Program of Studies.

2019-2020 School Profile coming soon

Attention AP Students – Exam Payment Deadline Oct 9

College Board has established a new payment timeline for the school year 2019-20  As a result of this new timeline, the deadline to register and pay for AP classes is Wednesday, October 9thAny student who has not registered and made their payment through Community Pass by October 9th will be removed from their AP class(es) and their schedule will be adjusted accordingly.

Cost per exam is $94.

Students on Free/Reduced Lunch will have a reduced cost of $15 per exam.  Please confirm your free/reduced status with your guidance counselor or Mrs. Whitehouse as soon as possible.   You still must register for the exam through Community Pass.  Select ‘send payment’ at checkout.   Your payment will be adjusted after your F/R status has been confirmed.   The next day you can go back in and make your payment.

All payments are being handled through Community Pass!

NEACAC College Fair

The New England Association for College Admission Counseling will be hosting college fairs at various locations throughout the area.  Come and meet representatives from various colleges and universities, technical institutes and community colleges and learn about the college admission process and financial aid.

Local locations:

Thur, Sept 26  9:00 – 11:00 am   Southern NH University Athletic Complex

Tues, Oct 1  6:00 – 8:00 pm   Northern Essex Community College Sport & Fitness Ctr (D-Building)

Mon, Oct 7  6:00 – 8:00 pm   UNH Lundholm Gym Field House

2019 – 2020 Counselor Caseload

Please refer to the Counselor Caseload page of this website for the 2019-2020 student / counselor assignments as the breakdown has changed a bit.   Ms. Kennan Daniel has taken on the Department chair position and Mrs. Karen O’Brien has taken on a new position in the Central Office, so the counselor caseload breakdown for all underclassmen has changed.   The Senior Class (YOG 2020) breakdown will remain the same.   Mrs. O’Brien is available to all her senior students who would like her to write a recommendation letter and to those who would like her assistance with the college application process.

We are currently interviewing for a new counselor.  As soon as one has been selected, we will update this page with his/her information.  Meanwhile any student who falls under the new counselor can see any of the counselors currently in the office until a new person is in place.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Class of 2020 – Scholarships!!

Scholarships NOW available!  Click on the links to get more details.

VFW Voice of Democracy Speech Competition – What Makes America Great?

Coca-Cola Scholarship Foundation

Various Elks Scholarships

Info for Elks Scholarship:  local Elks Lodge is Tewksbury/Wilmington BPOE #2070

These are the only scholarships we have been made aware of at this time.

Please refer to the Scholarship Page of this website for more information regarding scholarship opportunities.   The 2019-2020 list of scholarships will be available starting in late fall.  The majority of scholarships will become available after Winter Break (including the Community Scholarship Application.

See Mrs. Whitehouse with any questions.

Add / Drop Period for Full Year Classes Ends Oct 8th

** The deadline to change semester 1 classes has passed.  **

The following is taken from the Course Curriculum Guide:

COURSE CHANGE PROCEDURE

Once school has begun, students may make changes to their year-long classes up to the posting of First Quarter Progress Reports (add/drop period) in October.         TUESDAY – OCT 8

 Notwithstanding, there must be space available in the new course and it must meet at the same time as the original course.  Course change forms are available online or in the guidance office and must be submitted prior to the fifth class meeting. Once a semester course is changed, the student must remain in the newly selected class for the remainder of the semester.

This time frame enables students, teachers, and parents to make informed course and placement decisions.  After this time, changes may only be made to core courses at the discretion of the assistant principal and department head/lead teacher, only if a class is either too difficult or too easy. This does not apply to semester courses.

The attached form must be completed to request changes after the add/drop period.  Any student changing a level of a core course will receive a W on his/her transcript for the class from which they are changing.   Student are encouraged to read the course syllabus previous to selecting the course.  Course syllabi are available through the Guidance Office or the department head/lead teacher.  Lateral moves will not be allowed. 

YEARBOOK PORTRAIT INFORMATION

November 1st is the deadline for submitting senior portraits to be included in our yearbook.  

 

******If you are not planning to use O’Connor Studio simply do the following: ****

Specifics for Senior Portraits for the School Yearbook:

Please be advised photographs should be from shoulders up, any full body photographs will be cropped.

1. Photographs can be taken outdoor, or indoor, your choice.

2. The image needs to be a Portrait, NOT Landscape.

3. Save the file as last name and then first name of the student. Example: Sullivan_Ashley.jpeg

4. Save your image as a JPEG (you may also have your photographer send the photo) (300 DPI) digital copy of the photograph (asullivan@tewksbury.k12.ma.us) that you wish to have in the yearbook of your son/daughter.

If I have any issues with your image I will let you know, otherwise I will just respond with “Got it” as I receive a lot of emails with student portraits.

Please email me with any yearbook questions.

Ashley Sullivan

asullivan@tewksbury.k12.ma.us

Yearbook Advisor

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!

College Rep Visits

Many colleges have already made appointments for their representatives to come to TMHS to meet with you.  See the list at the bottom of this page to see who is coming!!

If you wish to meet with a rep, you MUST pre-register by signing the binder on Mrs. Whitehouse’s desk or by registering through Naviance.    You will also need permission from your teacher to leave class.

Common App Workshop Part 2 and Resume Writing – Thurs, Sept 26 during Open House

Bring your laptop and get started (or keep working) 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.  Click here for the essay prompts and get started on that all important college essay.

Struggling with the resume?  You can also get help with your resume at this time.

Senior Parent Breakfast – 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.

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.

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.

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

Sep 20  Senior Parent Breakfast – registration recommended, not required

Sep 26   Open House

Sep 26   Common App and Resume Writing 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 1   Term 1 Ends

Nov 5  No school students – PD Day

Nov 8  Eighth Grade Parent breakfast 7:45 – 8:45

Nov 11  Schools closed – Veteran’s Day

Nov 15  Report cards available on Aspen

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

Jan 8   Careers in Health Care Day

Jan 17   Half Day Students

Jan 17   Term 2 Ends

Jan 20  Schools Closed

Jan 31   Junior Parent Breakfast and Junior Student Assembly

Feb 14   Half Day

Feb 17 – 21  Schools Closed – Winter Break

Mar 13   Half Day Students

Apr 1    Term 3 Ends

Apr 10  Schools Closed – Good Friday

Apr 17   Half Day

Apr 20 – 24  Schools Closed – Spring Break

May 4 – 15  AP Exams (refer to AP section for details)

May 21   Scholarship Night (invitation only)

May 22   Half Day

May 25    Schools Closed – Memorial Day

June 5   Graduation!!!

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 9    Bryant U   12:45

Sep 10   Marist College   9:30

Sep 12   St Lawrence U   1:00

Sep 16   U Mass Amherst   9:00

Sep 18   Lasell College  10:15

Sept 19   Fitchburg State U   1:00

Sept 20   Wentworth Institute of Technology  8:00

Sep 20   St. Anselm College    10:00

Sep 20   Curry College   10:30

Sep 20   Assumption College  11:00

Sep 25   Emerson College     11:00

Sep 26  Western New England  10:00

Sep 27   St Joseph’s College of Maine  10:30

Sep 30  U Conn   8:00

Sep 30   Rivier U   10:30

Oct 1      University of Southern Maine    8:00

Oct 1     University of New Hampshire   12:30

Oct 2    Landmark College  8:00

Oct 2    Sacred Heart U   10:00

Oct 3     Southern NH U   8:00

Oct 3    Universal Technical Inst    1:00

Oct 4    Fisher College    12:00

Oct 8    U Mass Lowell   9:30

Oct 9    Bryant U   12:45

Oct 10   Elms College    8:00

Oct 10   Framingham State U   9:00

Oct 15   Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences    8:00

Oct 15   University of New England    10:00

Oct 17   University of New Haven   8:00

Oct 17   Suffolk U   11:00

Oct 17   University of Rhode Island     1:00

Oct 18   University of Vermont     9:45

Oct 18   Plymouth State     10:30

Oct 18    Merrimack College   12:00

Oct 21    Johnson & Wales     11:00

Oct 21    Stonehill College   11:30

Oct 22   Springfield College   11:00

Oct 23   Keene State    9:30

Oct 23   Nichols College    11:30

Oct 24   Worcester State U   8:00

Oct 25   University of Maine, Orono    11:15

Oct 28   Salve Regina    10:00

Oct 29   Porter & Chester   1:00

Oct 30   U of Hartford   10:30

Nov 8   MCLA  8:00

Nov 8   Westfield State   9:00