Guidance and Counseling Department News! 

Updated: December 9, 2016

Students will have an early dismissal at 11:30 am on Thursday, December 22, 2016.  
 
Have you updated your contact information?
Please update your contact information (address, telephone number, and emergency contacts) with the Guidance and Counseling Department by Thursday, December 15, 2016. 
It is extremely important that we have correct information.
 
Class of 2017Information
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now available for the Class of 2017. 
Both parent and student need a FSAID (Federal Student Aid ID). 
To register for a FAFSA, go to www.fsaid.ed.gov then complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov.
Please note: You are applying for financial aid for the 2017/2018 academic year!
 
Class of 2017and Class of 2018 Information
SAT Information
The test dates and registration deadlines for the SAT are as follows:
Test Date                               Registration Deadline
January 21, 2017                 December 21, 2016
March 11, 2017                   February 10, 2017
May 6, 2017                         April 7, 2017
June 3, 2017                         May 9, 2017
The Guidance and Counseling Department recommends Juniors take the May or June SAT.
The cost of the exam is $57 (with essay).  You can register online at www.collegeboard.com.
 
ACT Information
The test dates and registration deadlines for the ACT are as follows:
Test Date                               Registration Deadline
February 11, 2017               January 13, 2017 (test not given in New York State)
April 8, 2017                        March 3, 2017
June 10, 2017                       May 5, 2017
The cost of the exam is $58.50 (with writing).  You can register online at www.act.org.
The Guidance and Counseling Department recommends Juniors take the June ACT.
 
Class of 2018 Information
SUNY Fredonia’s 3-1-3 Program
SUNY Fredonia will be holding a 3-1-3 informational meeting on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in THE WILLIAMS CENTER Room S204 ABC at 7 pm.  This meeting is for prospective students and parents to explain the SUNY Fredonia time-shortened degree program during which students spend their senior year at both high school and SUNY Fredonia.
 
Junior Parent and Student Night
On Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 6 pm in the LGI, the Guidance and Counseling Department will be sponsoring a “Junior Parent and Student Night” for all parents and students in the junior class.  The purpose of the evening is to discuss expectations, requirements, and to provide information for what to expect during students’ senior year.  It is extremely important that you and your daughter/son attend this event.
 
Class of 2018 and Class of 2019 Information
Attention students who took the PSAT
There will be a PSAT score interpretation on Monday, December 19, 2016 in the LGI at 2:30 for those students who took the PSAT.  The interpretation will last 15 minutes.
 
Jamestown Community College Placement Examinations
The Jamestown Community College English and College-Level Math Placement Examinations will be given on Monday, March 13, 2017 and Tuesday, March 14, 2017 during English class. 

The purpose of these Placement Examinations is to determine each student’s skill level and eligibility to enroll in Jamestown Community College’s College Connections Program to earn college credit while in high school.  The tentative JCC courses for the 2017-2018 school year are:

BUSINESS (6 credits)
BUS 1420: Office Procedures (No prerequisite)
BUS 1500: Introduction to Business (JCC English 1510)
 
ENGLISH (9 credits)
ENG 1510: English Composition I (80+ on Reading, 4+ on Writing)
ENG 1530: English Composition II (English 1510)
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature (English 1530)
 
MATHEMATICS (12 credits)
MAT 1600: Pre Calculus (40+ on College-Level Math)
MAT 1710: Calculus and Analytical Geometry I (Pre Calculus)
MAT 1720: Calculus and Analytical Geometry II (MAT 1710)
 
MUSIC (6 credits)
MUS 1570: Music Theory I (Musician’s Studio and 80+ on Reading)
MUS 1510: Music Appreciation (Music Theory I and 80+ on Reading)
(Music Exploration-Westfield Academy and Central School title of the course)

The English Placement Examination is a two-part examination: The first section is a multiple choice reading comprehension examination while the second section is an essay examination.

The College-Level Placement Examination tests skills on algebraic operations, solutions of equations and inequalities, coordinate geometry, applications and other algebra topics, and functions and trigonometry.

Additional information on the Placement Examinations can be found at: http://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/accuplacer-tests

For sophomores and juniors to be eligible to take these exams, students must sign up in the Guidance and Counseling Department by Thursday, March 9, 2017 and they must have their social security number (for JCC).

Class of 2019 Information
Career and Technical Education (CTE) field trip on Friday, January 13, 2017
On Friday, January 13, 2017 (new date) the Guidance and Counseling Department is sponsoring a field trip to the LoGuidice Center for sophomores interested in Career and Technical Education during their junior and senior years.  The bus will leave Westfield Academy at 8:30 am and will return at 11:15 am.  At the LoGuidice Center, sophomores will see first-hand the career and technical education courses offered, their content, and the facilities available to them. 
 
To attend the event, interested sophomores must sign up in the Guidance and Counseling Department by Tuesday, December 20, 2016.  Permission slips will be available in the Guidance and Counseling Department.
 
Career and Technical Education (CTE) applications are due by Friday, March 10, 2017
If your sophomore would like to attend the LoGuidice Center in the fall of 2017 for Career and Technical Education (CTE), please ask your student to pick up an application in the Guidance and Counseling Department and return it by Friday, March 10, 2017.  The LoGuidice Center works on a first come, first serve admissions basis, making it important to complete the application and turn it in to the Westfield Academy Guidance and Counseling Department.
 
Westfield Academy and Central School High School Information
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be given to interested students on Monday, March 6, 2017 from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm in the computer lab.  The ASVAB is used by the Guidance and Counseling Department to show how well students perform in the areas of English, mathematics, and practical arts.  Interested students must sign up in the Guidance and Counseling Department by Friday, March 3, 2017. 
 
The ASVAB Score Interpretation will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017 from 2:30 pm to 3:15 pm in the computer lab.
 
Course Selection for the 2017-2018 School Year
Course selection for the 2017-2018 school year will begin in February.  Course selection books will be provided for all high school students in February and will be available at www.wacs.wnyric.org.  If you have any questions about the scheduling process, please contact the Guidance and Counseling Department.
 
Student Data Sheets-available under "Guidance and Counseling Department Information"
During your high school career, involvement in extra-curricular activities is important, as colleges, universities, and employers wish to see well-rounded students who have participated in a variety of activities.  Please get involved in your school and community.
 
Maintain a comprehensive list of all your school and extra-curricular activities.  Student Data Sheets are available in the Guidance and Counseling Department.  
  
NCAA Eligibility Center
Students interested in playing a sport at a Division I or Division II college or university must complete the NCAA Initial Eligibility Application.  Applications are now available at www.eligibilitycenter.org.    
 
Guidance and Counseling Department Contact Information 
If you have any questions, please contact the Guidance and Counseling Department at 716/326-2151 or scooper@wacs2.wnyric.org. 
 
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