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.

Here are some more useful links:

Program of Studies 2020-2021

2020-2021 School Profile

Tech Help for Parents

Application for Employment Permit

FRESHMAN PARENT PRESENTATION – Oct 2020

JUNIOR PARENT PRESENTATION – 2019-2020 school year

Class of 2020 Virtual Scholarship & Awards Night Ceremony

Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Information for Students Needing Emotional Assistance

The TMHS School Counseling Department is here to support the social, emotional, and mental well-being of our students. While we cannot offer long-term therapy, we can help to connect students and families to available community resources. Please reach out to your assigned school counselor- we are here to help!

School counselors are not available to respond to any mental health crisis during school breaks. If you are in crisis, are experiencing a medical emergency, or are in danger or are feeling suicidal when school is not in session, please call 911 immediately.

Click here for more information and phone numbers if you need assistance.

Senior Project – Parent Information Night Jan 28th

The TMHS  administration is excited to announce the finalized plans for this year’s Senior Project. If you are not familiar with this program, Senior Project affords senior students the ability to participate in an Externship, a Community Service Project. or a Research Project & Research Paper in place of participation in fourth-quarter classes. This opportunity is designed to enhance their knowledge in a subject of interest to them.
For more information, please join the parent information night via ZOOM.  A meeting link will be sent in advance to all Senior parents.

SAT – Tuesday, April 13 at TMHS – Juniors ONLY

NEW !!!!  College Board is discontinuing the optional SAT Essay.  Students who are registered for the SAT with Essay this spring can cancel the Essay portion at any time, free of charge. We are removing the Essay option from our April administration and issuing $16 refunds to those who paid through Community Pass.

The SAT scheduled for Saturday, March 13th, at TMHS has been moved to Tuesday, April 13th, at TMHS for TMHS students only. We have made this change to accommodate the maximum number of TMHS students interested in taking the exam and to limit COVID-19 exposure for test-takers and proctors as there was a significant number of students from other school districts and nearby states who had signed up to take the test with us at TMHS.

If you were previously registered through the College Board to take the March 13th exam, you have been automatically registered on Community Pass for the April 13th exam, but your payment has not been rolled over!   College Board will NOT rollover your March 13th payment to the April 13th test date, so you must pay again.  Please see below for refund instructions from College Board.

Students interested in taking the exam should register and pay for the April 13th SAT on Community Pass. Seats are limited and will be assigned only after payment has been received.  IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT ALL STUDENTS SEEKING TO PARTICIPATE IN THE APRIL 13, 2021 ADMINISTRATION OF THE SAT COMPLETE THEIR REGISTRATION AND SUBMIT PAYMENT BY 3:00 PM ON WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2021.

TMHS has limited spots available to juniors for this school day administration. We have to limit the number of test-takers because of strict regulations around social distancing during the test and the limited availability of both proctors and classrooms while school is in session.

To request a refund through College Board:  Contact College Board, cancel the March 13th exam and request a refund.   You can do that by e-mail through your student’s college board account or by phone by calling College Board’s Student Family Support line at 1-866-756-7346 between 9:00am – 6:00pm Monday – Friday.   Please know that the wait time on College Board’s phone lines is sometimes long.   

update 1: We have been told by some parents that the College Board only offered them a $10 refund for the March SAT.  When we called the College Board to dispute this information (as this is not what we were told earlier this week) the agent said that all families will only be offered a $10 refund until they push back and insist on receiving a full refund. The agent further explained that if the student or parent says that they are planning to take the April 13 School Day administration that there should be no problem receiving the full refund. 

update 2: Some parents are now being told they will get their full refund AFTER their child has taken the April 13 exam.

Please understand that we here at TMHS are extremely frustrated by College Board’s total disregard for parents’ financial situations during this pandemic and their continued dissemination of conflicting information.   The timeframe for receiving your refund seems to be totally dependent upon the agent you speak to.  If having to pay for the exam in Community Pass prior to you receiving your refund from College Board presents a hardship, please contact your counselor or Mrs. Whitehouse and we will make arrangements to delay payment.

PSAT – Tuesday, January 26

The PSAT will be administered at TMHS on Tuesday, Jan 26.   Only students in Grades 10 and 11 who have already registered will be participating.  If you have registered, you should have received an email from Ms. Daniel confirming your registration.   Details concerning the day of the test will be emailed to registered students in mid January.

All TMHS students who are not participating in the PSAT will be learning remotely that day.   

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Whitehouse or your counselor.

ATTENTION Seniors!!  Application Fee Waiver Codes!

Many colleges and universities are offering Application Fee Waiver Codes to the students in the Class of 2021.    If you enter the code on Common App you will save yourself (or your parents) a few dollars!!  See below for the list that we have compiled so far.  We will add to this list as we become aware of more.   Some schools are waiving the fee and do not even require a code!

Don’t see your school listed?  Check their website or contact the admissions office to see if they have one available.

Don’t forget to check out the College Corner section of this website for the latest info coming to us from local colleges.

Please reach out to your counselor with any questions.

Fitchburg State U – no code required

Worcester State U – no code required

Merrimack College – no code required

WPI – no code required

Clark U – no code required

Mass College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) – no code required

U Maine at Farmington – no code required

Becker College – no code required (apply at becker.edu/apply)

UMass Lowell – UMLFW2021

Westfield State U – WESTFIELD21

Plymouth State – APPLY2021

Bryant U – TUPP63

Assumption College – Extension2020

Suffolk U – fee waived for anyone who takes a tour (in-person or virtual)

St Anselm – automatic for all 1st generation applicants; others should contact your counselor

Iona College, NY – #GoGaels!

University of Tampa – contact Mass Rep: pperelman@ut.edu

Looking for a Job ??

The Greater Lowell Workforce Board is continuing its partnership with TMHS this year to make it easier for students to find and get a job. A representative will be available to meet with interested TMHS students every Monday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 1:30-4:00 p.m. All appointments take place over Zoom, and you can schedule an appointment using the following link:

https://beatrizjobstewksbury.youcanbook.me

Ms. Sierra, a youth employment specialist, will be happy to answer any questions you have about getting a job and will help you every step of the way!

Applicants must be 16 years or older.

Financing College

Attention Senior families:

Beginning Monday, September 28, through Thursday, November 5, MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) will host a live College Financing webinar daily every Monday through Thursday, with daytime and evening hours. All webinars will be recorded and available online for families who are unable to attend a live event. The webinars will provide a comprehensive overview of the full financial aid application process.

Click here for a schedule of all MEFA upcoming events.

Click here for the MEFA website for additional information re: paying for college!

Click Here for the Application Process After You Apply.

Aspen Family Portal now open to Families of TMHS Students

The Aspen Family Portal is now available to parents of TMHS students!!  If you wish to have your own Aspen Account, please use this link to place a request.

We will be providing only one account per household, so we ask that parents/guardians share the account information.  If parents reside in different households, accommodations will be made to provide accounts for both parents.

If you have already requested an account, you should have received an email from Aspen with your log-in information.   If you have not seen that email, please check your spam folder.  It will come in from aspen-sysadmin@myfollett.com

Questions?  Contact Mrs. Whitehouse

IMPORTANT DATES

Jan 18    Schools closed for MLK, Jr Day

Jan 26    PSAT – Juniors and Sophomores (who have pre- registered)

Jan 26    REMOTE DAY for any TMHS student NOT taking the PSAT

Jan 29    Term 2 ends

Feb 1       Term 3 starts

Feb 10    Last day for Juniors to register for April 13 SAT !

Feb 12     1/2 day students and staff

Feb 12     Report Cards available in Aspen

Feb 15-19   Schools closed for Winter Break

Mar 10     No school students

Mar 13     SAT administered at TMHS – CANCELLED!!!

Mar 24     1/2 day students

Apr 2       Schools Closed for Good Friday

Apr 13     SAT Administered at TMHS – Juniors ONLY!  – register thru Community Pass by Feb 10!

Apr 16     1/2 day students and staff

Apr 19 – 23   Schools closed for Spring Break

May 3 – 14   AP Exams – please go to AP section of this website for details

May 19     1/2 day students

May 27     Scholarship & Awards Night (invitation only)

May 28     1/2 day students and staff

May 31      Schools closed for Memorial Day

June 11     Graduation Day !!

June 23     Last day of school – 1/2 day – includes 5 snow days

Upcoming College Visits

Attention Seniors!!  Representatives from the following colleges will be hosting virtual meetings 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 in’ and meet with any reps from colleges you are interested in and make that all-important good first impression!

You must pre-register through Naviance to get the link.  These meetings last about 20 minutes.

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

Nothing Scheduled

Military Visits:

US Marine Corps .

US Army

Massachusetts Army National Guard     Nov 19 1:35      (Contact Mrs. Whitehouse  if you wish to view the National Guard Power Point Presentation)

US Coast Guard Academy    TBD

US Navy     TBD