Current Guidance News:

Recent Guidance Announcements

  • There Are Still Scholarships Available If You Know Where To Look
    USA Today ran an article several years ago listing the 10 best sites for searching for scholarship cash — along with one scholarship from each to get you started! If you missed that article, here's a link to that article.
    Scholarship

    NOW, one of those sites is reaching out to high school Guidance Departments to get the word out that there is still time to apply for scholarships!  Their May 2017 Newsletter list 10 scholarships that have deadlines between June 1st and July 26th. Don't miss out, CHECK IT OUT.

    Posted May 18, 2017, 9:52 AM by Floyd Wygant
  • Service Academy Night in Bangor 4/12/17
    Join all of Maine's congressional representatives and senators and learn about the exceptional educational opportunities available at the service academies and these opportunities can fit in your career goals. This gathering will include representatives of the five US Federal Service Academies, four state & private military colleges, Army/Air Force/Navy/Marine ROTC, and the Maine Army & Air Force National Guards, Learn, earn and serve your country. Academy Night


    Posted Mar 31, 2017, 11:57 AM by Floyd Wygant
  • KENNEBEC COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY SPONSORS ESSAY CONTEST for High School Juniors and Seniors

    The topic of the essay is:

    “An Important Health Issue For Teenagers In The World Today” The essays should be 2 to 3 type-written double-spaced pages in length (3 page, maximum).

    The essay should include the following elements:

    • The health issue should be explained.

    • The severity of the health issue should be explored.

    • Potential solutions to the health issue should be offered or explored. NOTE: Addressing the possibility of a solution is an important part of the assignment.

    Essays judged on:

    • the ability of the essay to convince the reader that the issue is important,

    • the clarity of the subject exploration,

    • and the craft of the writing, including grammar and spelling.

    The scholarships are awards of:

    • 1st Place - $1000

    • Runner Up - $500

    • Honorable Mentions - $100

    Mailed to:

    • Maine Medical Association

    • Attn: Lisa Martin

    • PO Box 190

    • Manchester, ME 04351

    Entries must be received by Monday, April 10, 2017.

    Contestants and their schools will be notified of the winning submissions on May 4, 2017. The awards ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 6:15 PM.

    See the attached PDF file for complete information.

    Start writing and good luck!

    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 8:10 AM by Floyd Wygant
  • Maine State TechNight, Should you be there? 3-22-17
    Even with the proliferation of technology in our society, high school students often lack a full understanding of Information Technology careers. The exploding world of technology requires resources with a wide range of skills, from management to analysis to problem-solving to curiosity. OIT’s goal is to educate students to the possibilities of Information Technology as an exciting and very viable career path. In addition to talking about the technology aspects, we also stress the importance of teamwork, collaboration, creative problem solving and endless learning opportunities. This event is fun and interactive.

    Does this sound like you?
    • Inquisitive not afraid to ask questions
    • Creative / Innovative
    • Learner likes to jump into new things
    • Natural problem solver
    • Technical aptitude or interest
    Then you should be signing up to attend the Maine TechNight Field Trip! 
    See or email Mr. Wygant in the Tech Department at WSHS (fwygant@aos92.org).   

    Bus leaves WSHS around 2:45 pm returns around 8:15 pm




    Posted Mar 6, 2017, 7:57 AM by Floyd Wygant
  • 525 Reasons to Check Out MaineCF Scholarships
    Scholarship

     Peter Logue, recipient of a MaineCF Gannett Scholarship in journalism,
    films Checkmate (2012) in New York City. Logue has produced and directed many documentary films, including Outrunning Parkinson’s, a portrait of Michael Westphal of Great Cranberry Island.

     

    Students, Start Your Applications

    The Maine Community Foundation offers more than 525 scholarships that support students pursuing studies in music, journalism, teaching, horticulture, technology, the arts, and many other fields. The scholarships are available for students who attend secondary, post-secondary, and graduate schools, as well as nontraditional programs. Adult learners also can benefit from 18 scholarship funds that help them navigate the road back to school.
     
    A complete listing of scholarships available for the upcoming school year is now online at www.mainecf.org.
     
    In 2016, the community foundation awarded more than $2.3 million in scholarships to 1,124 Maine students attending schools in the state, across the country, and around the world.
     
    Have a question? Call Liz Fickett, scholarship funds manager, toll-free at 877-700-6800, ext. 2015.

     Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main Street, Ellsworth ME 04605 | (877) 700-6800www.facebook/mainecf | info@mainecf.org

    Posted Feb 7, 2017, 9:56 AM by Floyd Wygant
  • THOMAS COLLEGE – FUTURE TEACHERS ACADEMY

    Thomas
    Open to Maine high school juniors (class of 2018) the Future Teachers Academy will take place on June 19th on the Thomas College campus.  Students who are interested in exploring the field of education will be able to participate in a daylong, hands-on and experiential teaching environment within a STEAM-based curriculum taught by talented Thomas College Education faculty.  This academy is free and includes morning snacks and lunch.  Students will get a chance to participate in workshops, create projects, and will be able to take a tour of the College after the day concludes.  Thomas College’s education program is unique in that all students have exposure to STEAM curriculum.  This academy will give students an insight into this – and by attending, they will receive a $1,000 visit scholarship toward their first semester if they apply, are accepted and decide to attend Thomas College upon high school graduation.  Students can register online at www.thomas.edu/future-teacher-academy
    Posted Jan 20, 2017, 6:11 PM by Floyd Wygant
  • Waterville High, Much More Than A School

    As the holiday break approaches, most members of the community are all excited about the prospect of some family time, a special meal to celebrate, and maybe even a present or two.  But not everyone in the school community has that to look forward to. This is why Waterville High School is much more than just a place to learn.  It is also a place that cares.

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    Again this year, some students and their families needed some help in order to make the holiday season joyous and nice. Stepping forward, Nancy Hebert, Anne Smith, and Ratesha Petrillo organized the school’s annual Giving Tree program. Working with students, teachers and the extended school community and their community contacts to provide a holiday feast, clothing, and those important gifts for more than 45 student families.  


    When last minute needs came to our attention, the school again moved to support our kids.  This time it was Ashley Rancourt from the Guidance Department who stepped in to fill the needs for two more students and their families. Ashley said, “I reached out to the whole high school list and had an AMAZING response. People donated checks, cash, gifts, clothing, etc. It was beyond awesome. I found gifts of cash on my chair, desk and in my drawers. Just spectacular.”

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    The Latin club, headed by Seth Metcalf stepped in for one of the families and the students went shopping for an entire Christmas meal, gifts, etc. They went above and beyond. One staff member here handed me cash four days in a row (see related article In the News). And for the other, Ashley related she went out late last night and shopped for the kiddo who approached her just yesterday and staff have been stopping by all morning giving her money to help cover the cost of that. Ashley’s excitement was contagious as she and Officer Cam Huggins had, “actually just got back from delivering all the food and gifts to both families! They were sooooo grateful.”


    While most of us would be tired and looking for a rest after all this work, all are “hoping next year to be more organized” to help even more. Ashley summed up the high school community by saying, “I truly have never been so humbled and proud to be part of such a caring, giving group of people.”



    Posted Dec 22, 2016, 10:10 AM by Floyd Wygant
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PAST - Archived Articles:

01/08/16 -----
8th Grade Parent Night

    Waterville Senior High School invites you to our Eighth Grade Parents’ Night on Monday, February 8th at 5 p.m. with a snow date of Thursday, February 11th at the same time.  All eighth grade students and parents are encouraged to attend

    The purpose of this event is to share a broad range of information with you so that your child has the best possible opportunity to get off to a strong start in high school.  For many students, the freshman year literally shapes their entire high school experience.  It is our hope that by outlining specific academic, artistic, athletic, and social programs, as well as the nuts and bolts of high school, we can assist parents and students with the planning for these all-important years.


A SPAGHETTI DINNER WILL BEGIN AT 6:00 PM

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THIS WILL BE THE AGENDA OF THE EVENING

  • Graduation Requirements & Courses Available to Freshmen (Principal)

  • Course Registration Process (Director of Guidance)

  • Discussion of the WSHS Experience (WSHS Students)

  • How to Succeed in Freshman Classes (Freshman Teachers)

  • Participation in Athletics (Athletic Director)

  • Question & Answer Session (All of the Above)

  • Time for parents to speak with individual department chairs and teachers

B Holt
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01/04/16 -----

FINANCIAL AID Information Night:


Please join us on:

Thursday, January 21, 2016 starting at 5:30pm.

Please register with the guidance office by January 14th to reserve your spot.


Pizza will be served at 5:30pm followed by Financial aid Presentation by from FAME. The FAFSA can also be completed that evening!


To complete your FAFSA that evening, you will need to bring MOST RECENT COPIES OF:

  • Social Security Numbers for student and parent(s)

  • Federal income tax information (most recent copies available)

    • Federal income tax form

    • W-2 Forms

    • Last pay stub

  • Asset information

    • Current estimate of amount in checking and/or savings and non-retirement investment accounts


B Holt_
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09/10/15 -----
PSAT Planning Day
For your planning purposes...Wednesday, October 14th is PSAT day.  All sophomores are still required to take the exam, but it is optional for juniors.  At community homeroom, Ms Holt will talk about it.  Juniors with a plan to attend a four-year school should re-take the exam because of the possibility for scholarship recognition.
B Holt
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6/4/15 -----
Schedules Available
The 2015-2016 student schedules are now available in Guidance.  Review them carefully, the last day to change classes is June 26.   
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4/30/15 -----
AP Testing May 4-15,  Local Times and Locations Announced 
Transportation:  You are responsible for your own transportation to the test site locations.
Parking:  Maine Children’s Home's Eskelund Center: The Maine Children’s Home is located at 93 Silver St. Waterville - parking is available behind the Development office; the front parking lot is reserved for staff and clients.  Please ride share if you can.
Payment:  Reminder your payment is due in full prior to taking an AP exam.  Deadline is Friday May 1st
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4/6/15 -----
SAT School Day Testing
The SAT testing is schedule for WEDNESDAY(Purple Day), APRIL 15th. If you are testing, be sure you know which room you are going to. The test begins by 8:00 am and will not be finished until close to 12:30 pm. Thus 3 blocks of classes will have to be relocated, as well as many Advisor groups, and some lunch class lunch schedules will also change. All juniors taking the SAT will eat D lunch. For more information, faculty and staff should consult Ms Holt's message concerning SAT testing specifics.
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1/14/15 -----
Do you need to take the Accuplacert Test?
Most students applying to Maine Community Colleges are required to take the Accuplacer test to assess their reading, writing, and math skills.
The Accuplacer is a computerized test covering:
Reading Comprehension
Sentence Skills
Arithmetic
Elementary Algebra

MMTC is offering to administer the test on Wednesday's from either 7:00-10:45 AM or 11:15-1:35 PM. The test is untimed, but usually takes approx. 90 minutes.
Please come to the Guidance Office to schedule an appointment for the test. There is no fee for the first time takers but, all retakes are $2.50 per unit

Score reports are available immediately upon completion of exam.
Students may choose to:
Print results of exam to be included with college materials or
Request that test results be sent to college of their choice or
schedule to retake any or all test units.

For practice test materials go to www.scf.edu locate search box in upper right hand corner, type "accuplacer" in the search box click on button. A list of options appears, click on first link,
This will present you with the practice test page with the various test options.
To start test, click on desired test link.
Recommendations for remediation will be shown with test results.
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12/18/14  -----
Great News from UMaine Farmington!
 "University of Farmington no longer requires an application fee. Students can apply to UMF for FREE!" I am very pleased because even though $40 doesn't sound like much, it can be for some folks. Yeah!
Brenda J. Holt
Director of Counseling and Career Education
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3/7/14 -----
UMaine Academ-e
Fall 2014/Tentative Spring 2015 UMaine Academ-­e Courses Announcement letter
UMaine informational letter for tuition free online college courses for high school juniors and seniors!