Guidance and Counseling Department News! 

Updated: February 17, 2017
The next update will be Thursday, March 2, 2017 
 
Have you updated your contact information?
Please update your contact information (address, telephone number, and emergency contacts) with the Guidance and Counseling Department.
It is extremely important that we have correct information.
 
Chautauqua Institution Job Fair
On Friday, March 10, 2017 Chautauqua Institution will hold a job fair in the main lobby from 11 am to 1 pm.  If you are looking for summer employment, talk to the representative from the Chautauqua Institution.
 
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
Buffalo National College Fair
The Buffalo National College Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.  Contact the Guidance and Counseling Department for more information.
 
Jamestown Community College Open House
Jamestown Community College is sponsoring an Open House Program on Sunday, April 2, 2017 from 1pm to 4 pm at the Hamilton Collegiate Center.  During this program, students will be able to apply to JCC on site, understand the admissions process, explore degree and certificate programs, tour JCC, and attend presentations on financial aid and other topics.  Register at www.sunyjcc.edu or call 716-338-1072. 
 
SAT Information
The test dates and registration deadlines for the SAT are as follows:
Test Date                               Registration Deadline
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
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
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
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)
 
COMMUNICATIONS (3 credits)
CMM 1610: Public Speaking (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) 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.
 
Class of 2021 Information 
Eighth Grade Parent/Student Night
On Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 6 pm in the Large Group Instruction Room, the Guidance and Counseling Department will be sponsoring an “Eighth Grade Parent and Student Night” for all parents and students in the Class of 2021.  
 
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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