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This Month in Guidance:
Students visit LVC
On Friday April 21st, 28 juniors went on a field trip to Lebanon Valley College with College Adviser Mr. Smith. Students toured of the College with LVC student ambassadors. Then they had a session with an Admission Counselor about the admissions process, how financial aid works, and the importance of doing well their junior year. After that, the students heard from a panel of three current LVC students about their experiences in college, the transition from high school, why they picked the major they are studying, and their plans after college. To end the day, the students experienced lunch time in a college cafeteria.
Students visit HU to learn about GIS Technology
On Monday, April 24, 2017, Mr. Zelinka, high school counselor, coordinated a trip to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology along with Ms. Jones and Ms. Gordon, high school Earth and Space Science teachers. A group of about thirty students joined high school staff to learn about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technology and its implications in government, industry, education, and defense. For many students this was their first experience on a college campus in an urban setting. One student even boasted that he now knows where he wants to attend college. This experience falls under the mindsets and behaviors set forth in the American School Counselor Association in an area that fosters student growth and development. Thank you to Harrisburg University of Science and Technology for hosting this event for our students.
HACC Experience Day
On Friday April 21st, a combination of 30 sophomores, juniors, and seniors attended “HACC Experience Day” at the Lancaster Campus with College Adviser, Mr. Smith. Students heard from professors in the Nursing, English, and Psychology departments. They also received an overview of the dual enrollment, admission, and financial aid processes. Solanco students were also awarded prizes that were including Jordyn Herman who received a $500 tuition scholarship.
Leadership Conference through Millersville University
Mr. Zelinka and Mrs. Capoferri, certified School Counselors, were invited to a trip to Millersville University's Ware Center on Tuesday, April 11th at their annual Leadership Summit: Dialogues on Racism. This year's presentation separated students into groups focusing on topics like Exploring Race, Social Justice, and Understanding the difference between race, gender, and privilege. Activities like this one are designed to help student growth as outlined in the American School Counselor Association's Mindsets and Behaviors Standards.
Ophelia Club Trip
School Counselor, Mrs. Capoferri coordinated students in the Ophelia Club to give back to their community today, April 10, 2017. Approximately 12 students from the high school offered some of their greatest resource - time, to work with senior citizens as they decorated eggs and shared stories. The students reported that this experience was enjoyable in that they were able to give back to their community. Others reported that they would love to go back and continue visits like this in the future. Students also created meaningful relationships with adults who support success.Visits like this promote social responsibility established in a certified School Counseling program according to the American School Counseling Association.
College Bound Junior Night
Certified School Counselors Mrs. McTaggart and Mrs. Shumaker, met withover 50 parents and students on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. This workshop is presented to parents and guardians of juniors who are interested in getting a head start on their senior year and the college application process. If you were unable to attend, copies of the workshop PowerPoint will always be available on the Workshop Guidance Newsletters and Workshops tab of the website. A similar workshop will be repeated in the Fall for College Bound Seniors on August 30, 2017 at 6pm in the LGI.
Training for Life
On Tuesday, March 28, 2017 and Thursday, March 30, 2017, high school juniors were treated to a conversation about Diversity by certified school counselors, Mrs. Capoferri and Mr. Zelinka. This frank conversation about the difference and similarities among us was an enriching experience for all students who were involved. Students were challenged with the key question: How can an awareness of diversity make us more understanding about the people with whom we interact? Mr. Zelinka and Mrs. Capoferri were pleased with the discussion held by the junior class. Students are reminded that all workshop links can be found on the workshop page of the website.
Girls Night Out at the high school
On Friday, March 3rd, Mrs. Capoferri, School Counselor, and Mrs. Miller, Health and PE Teacher, coordinated an event for approximately thirty High School Girls. 7th and 8th grade girls were welcomed to the high school for a night out with friends and fun! This fun evening together included team-building activities, dinner, hairstyling, Zumba/yoga, crafts, games, and more! Mrs. Capoferri enjoyed this opportunity to work with students in this personal and social area of development.
Students visit Franklin and Marshall College
On Tuesday, February 28th, 9 juniors and Mr Smith, College and Career Advisor, went on a field trip to Franklin and Marshall College. The day started out with students talking with professors from different subject areas such as Business, Psychology, History, Computer Science, Theater and Film, Government and English. Further on in the day students attended sessions about the admissions and financial aid process, community service opportunities, collegiate athletics, student government and study aboard. To end the day, the students took a tour of the College and listened to a panel of first-generation college students reflect on their experiences in college and their transition from high school into college.
Trip to Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology
On Tuesday, February 21st, Mr. Smith, College and Career Advisor, orchestrated a visit to Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. Mr. Zelinka, High School Counselor, joined in the group of about 30 students who visited Thaddeus Stevens' on Tuesday to experience life on a college campus and learn about the various majors offered by this great resource. Thaddeus Stevens advisors complimented the Solanco students thanking them for the exemplar behavior, and excellent representation of high school students. Students walked away with a feeling of appreciation and understanding for life after high school. Thanks for Mr. Smith for organizing this event. Students who missed this trip and are interested in Thaddeus Stevens should contact their Office of Admissions to set up an individual tour and visit.
Course Selection Continues
Course Selection continued Thursday, February 16th for the Middle School in the LGI at the high school when parents and students of rising ninth graders joined Mrs. Capoferri to discuss 9th grade classes. Specifically, each elective class was discussed with reasons why some classes may be more relevant to individual students than others. A copy of the presentation can be found on the Guidance Workshop and Newsletters Tab above. Students can also follow up with their counselor should they have any questions.
Dual Enrollment Night at the HS
On Wednesday February 15, 2017, High School Counselors welcomed several local colleges and universities from our region to speak with rising seniors about Dual Enrollment opportunities for their senior year. Dual Enrollment serves as an opportunity for students to jump start their college experience in an efficient, effective way while earning credit towards that college and credit towards high school graduation. Generally, students must meet minimal GPA and PSAT requirements to qualify. Questions should be directed towards your child's school counselor. Thank you to Mrs. Lindsay Capoferri for organizing this great event!
Ophelia Day Volunteer Applications available
Students who are interested in helping with Ophelia Day this year are asked to complete the application online. Any student is welcome to fill out an application; however, grades, attendance, and discipline are considered as part of the process of accepting volunteers. Ophelia Club members will also receive preferred positions first, since they have contributed toward fundraising and preparation for the event. Please be sure to complete all parts of the application. Applications must be completed by the end of the day on Friday, February 17th. You will find out later in March if you have been selected to be a part of the day. Thank you for your interest!
Aevidum Assembly Held at the high school
On Thursday, January 26, 2017, the high school welcomed Carl Anishell to the auditorium. Carl Anishell was invited by the high school chapter of Aevidum, an anti-bullying club dedicated to letting students know that "we got your back". Mrs. McTaggart who stands as the Club Advisor, helped coordinate this event for high school students in grades 9-12. The message this afternoon was clear to all high school students: If you or someone you know is struggling, get help! Students are reminded that counselors are available to help them not only with college and career goals, but also their personal and social needs. Thanks to Mrs. McTaggart and Aevidum for organizing the wonderful message that was shared this afternoon.
Successful Grads visit the high school
It may be the week before Holiday break, but Santa and his elves are not the only ones hard at work. The SHS School Counseling department welcomed back three alumni this week to talk to students about future jobs in various industries. On Tuesday, December 20th, Jon Nadu (Temple alumna), and Alice Cheng (PSU & GA Tech alumna), both graduates from Solanco's Class of 2007, presented to students in the High School Career Room about STEM careers. The focus was also oriented towards student's self-development as they provided insight on what personal skills students need to develop in order to be successful in any industry. On Friday, December 23rd, Students from Mr. Mendez' Media Class and from Mrs. Long's Journalism class joined Mr. Tyler Hart, Class of 2010. Tyler works for Vice Media, centered in Brooklyn, NY where he lives. He joined us to talk about his experiences which led him to a successful career in TV Production. Thanks to Mrs. Shumaker, School Counselor, for setting up this awesome experience for our students.
PSAT and College planning night for parents
School counselors, Mrs. McTaggart and Mr. Zelinka presented an informative session for parents on understanding their student's PSAT score on Thursday, December 15th in the LGI. This presentation reviewed tips for acing the SAT in the future, working through the Khan Academy for additional support, and a brief review of the college application process for rising seniors. Families who missed this presentation are welcomed back to the Senior College Planning Meeting that typically takes place in the Fall. Additionally, families may follow-up with specific questions to their school counselor. Thanks to Mrs. McTaggart and Mr. Zelinka for presenting this engaging and beneficial information to our families.
Tammy Garza from LC Careerlink presents on "Finding your fit"
The Solanco School Counseling department welcomed Tammy Garza from the Lancaster County Career Link to engage with students on Thursday, December 15th about their plans for life after high school. This conversation which served an almost packed room in the LGI reviewed workforce values and responsibilities of students who are looking for jobs. Students also had an opportunity to participate in an Interest Inventory to find out their Holland Code. Any student who missed this engaging program is encouraged to speak with their counselor to complete an Interest Invetory and discuss potential jobs and careers after high school. Thank you Tammy Garza for coming to the high school and working with our students.
FAFSA Completion Night at the high School
Parents and guardians were welcomed back to the high school again for a night to prepare their FAFSA in anticipation of applying to colleges and receiving aid. Several families met with members of PHEAA in an effort organized by the school counseling department. Families of seniors are encouraged to complete their financial aid applications as they continue applying to colleges through the Spring. Questions should be directed to the school counseling department.
Getting a Job-101
10th Grade students were treated to a school counseling lesson the second week in November which highlighted the application and interview process for finding a job. Necessary school to work skills involving resume development, searching for a job, and acing an interview were discussed. In addition, students reflected on their individual values as they learned about how these values tie into jobs they may be searching for. This lesson will complement a spring-time resume writing lesson for the same group of students.
Career Lesson Encouraging students to be educated consumers
Sophomore students in World Literature classes participated in a Career Lesson titled “How to be an Educated Consumer, Career Research Beyond Interests Inventories.” Students used O*Net (Occupational Information Network) to research a career of their choosing. Students who did not have a specific career to research were given a list of the top growing jobs in Lancaster County. At the end of class, students were given a brief survey. Counselors will use their responses to follow up with students who are interested in further research as well as targeting specific career groups when those specific opportunities arise. Parents are encouraged to talk with their students about what career they researched, as well as Gold and Gray Collar Jobs. O*Net as well as other career research tools can be found on the School Counselor Website.
Busy week for school counselors
The week of November 7th was a busy week for your school counseling staff. The high school held it's first ever College Application Day where representatives from Shippensburg University, Millersville University, and Harrisburg Area Community College came to the high school to speak with students and assist in completing applications. Mr. Smith organized a financial aid session to assist with the FAFSA ID and scholarships.
In addition, we are also proud to announce that High School Senior, Dylan Hastings also signed on with Lafayette College for basketball.
Finally, the high school held it's first ever Parent Resource Night during Parent-Teacher conferences. Representatives from the community came out to speak with parents and guardians in the community.
Young Women's Symposium Trip
On October 6, 2016, the Solanco High School School Counseling Department took several girls to the Young Women’s Symposium at Elizabethtown College. These students had the opportunity to meet with young professionals in various areas of work that include fields in Healthcare, Education, Business, and Law among others. These girls had an opportunity to network with other professionals in the field and learn more about these career paths. This opportunity is presented yearly by Junior Achievement, and the School Counseling department is thankful for the opportunity to take these young ladies to this event. The Solanco girls who participated in this event include Courtney Henry, Alexis Fryberger, Katelyn Lewis, Brynn Raub, Nigeria Taylor, Olivia Thompson, Brittany Taylor, Alanna Fitzkee, Madison Moatts, Bianca Villeda, and Gisela Rivas. The Young Men’s Symposium is set for later in December.
THe counseling Department welcomes PHEAA to the high school
On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, our representative from PHEAA joined excited parents and guardians of high school seniors to discuss the changes to Financial Aid in the college application process. A link to the PowerPoint can be found under the Guidance Newsletters and Workshops page. A reminder to all participants that the school counseling staff will be assisting students during their lunches on October 19 to prepare their FASFA ID's. Additional questions can be directed to your student's counselor or Mr. Smith, our College Advisor.
2016 Graduate parade through the buildings
Mrs. Patricia McTaggart,
Mr. Tristan Zelinka
Mrs. Kelly Shumaker,
Mrs. Lindsay Capoferri,
Mrs. Nancy Roland
Transcript Requests for previous graduates
Transcript requests need to originate from the student and be requested in writing. The School Counseling office has a form that can be completed and brought to the high school along with a $3 cash or money order. The form is located aside:
We welcome opportunities for students to meet with college or university admissions' representatives. If you are a college or university representative, please visit repvisits.com or contact Mrs. Robin Capoferri to set up an appointment in the Solanco High School Career Center. Visits will begin two weeks after school starts in August and continue until December. Student should continue to monitor the "This Month in Guidance Section" to find out when upcoming college visits will occur.
This site is maintained by Tristan Zelinka. Last Update: May 2017.