http://www.wsuffolkcounselors.org/ The Western Suffolk Counselors' Association (WSCA) is the professional organization in the western part of Suffolk County, Long Island, New York for individuals engaged in, or interested in, any phase of counseling.
Membership includes school counselors in public and private schools, mental health counselors, college admissions counselors, career counselors and professors and students in the field of counseling.
Operating as usual
2 for 1 event!! Bring your favorite counseling colleague from another district or maybe your most supportive administrator. Looking forward to seeing everyone :)
Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdUL_ixwawxxPKwYgW8iTY0VJFT-a5PA3YfwVlo6_iSy8tlVQ/viewform
In case you get questions:
The NYSED has released a memo titled Providing Over-Age Students the Opportunity to Return to School in the 2022-23 School Year Due to the Impact of COVID-19. To ensure that 21-year-old students who will “age out” of the P-12 education system because they have turned 21 years old by the start of school in September 2022 have the chance to earn their high school diploma and fully prepare for the transition to their planned postsecondary experiences, the Board of Regents and the State Education Department are strongly encouraging schools and school districts to allow those students who will age out of school the opportunity to attend school in the 2022-2023 school year, to complete their education and earn a diploma, credential, or endorsement.
Hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer. 988 is NYS's new su***de and crisis hotline. Sharing the link to get info and media.
Thank you Dr. Stephen Kennedy and Chi Sigma Iota.
Congratulations to the following 2022 WSCA Scholarship Award Recipients:
Alexander Michael Blaut Centereach High School
Leandro Pineda Perez East Hampton High School
Julianna Lester East Hampton High School
Yanira Rivera Huntington High School
Each student was a spectacular representation of what we hope for.
Thank you to all the WSCA members as your support helps us continue to offer this. If anyone would like to kick off our fundraising for next year's scholarships, please use the Venmo below with "scholarship" in the memo.
Tuesday was a beautiful day for WSCA’s awards ceremony. St. Joseph’s University (yes…University) graciously sponsored the event and shared their latest and greatest news.
Congratulations to the following winners:
Keith Beuhler, Port Jefferson MS Counselor - 2022 WSCA School Counselor of the Year
Andrew O’Farrell, Beach Street MS Principal (West Islip) – 2022 WSCA Administrator of the Year
Dr. Christine Jordan, Assistant to the Superintendent for Administrative & Instructional Accountability (Wyandanch UFSD) - 2022 WSCA Administrator of the Year
Evelyn Hernandez, Hunington HS Counselor (Accepted by Daphne Marceline, Huntington HS Counselor– 2022 WSCA Exemplary School Counselor Practices Award
NY cancels Regents exam in U.S. history, content could add to 'trauma' of Buffalo shooting New York canceled its U.S. History Regents exam, set for June, over content that could 'compound trauma' related to the Buffalo shooting.
***Hot off the presses***
988 – A New Number for the Behavioral Health Crisis Hotline in New York State
* 988 is the new three-digit number that connects callers with behavioral health crisis counselors.
* Once it goes live on July 16, 2022, callers who dial 988 will be connected to the National Su***de Prevention Lifeline call centers. This easy-to-remember number will change the way we address behavioral health crises in New York State.
* The New York State Office of Mental Health has created a monthly newsletter that will provide updates, education, and information on 988. To stay current on the development and implementation of 988 in New York, sign up for the 988 Updates and Education newsletter (mailto:[email protected]?subject=subscribe%20omh.ls.988updates) . When you copy and paste everything in the parentheses into a search engine, a blank email message will open. All you will need to do is press “send” and you will be signed up for the newsletter.
* The first newsletter is attached; to receive future 988 newsletters you need to sign up for the listserv above. Please share this information with your community and stakeholders.
Great PD with 3 CE hours attached.
It's time to honor administrators and counselors. You will find the nomination forms for WSCA Administrator and Counselor of the year on the WSCA web page. Nominations are due by the 23rd and 24th of the month. Please view each attachment with specific information. http://wsuffolkcounselors.org/
Western Suffolk Counselors' Association Happy spring! It looks like the warm weather has finally arrived. I hope this continues in our favor. Thank you for all your continued support this past 2021 - 2022 year. We have accomplished so much.
Spring College fair tonight
Don’t forget to remind your students about the college fair tonight at the Radisson in Hauppauge.
Don’t forget to remind your students about the college fair tonight at the Radisson in Hauppauge.
Good insight and solutions are listed.
Cyberbullying victims are more likely to suffer from depression. Here’s how to spot it and stop it. The same advice parents give children before heading to school or a friend’s house can protect them from cyberbullies.
Are you familiar with Microcredentials? You should be.
5 Key Characteristics of Microcredentials and What to Do With ThemBig Ideas Blog Microcredentials provide a way to learn a new skill or earn a certification with a badge, credit, or certificate/certification earned as a result.
Social Media and Depression: What the Research Says Social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can have negative effects on your mental health. Here's how they could be impacting your depression.
New York State School Counselor Association's latest PD. Carolyn Stone is the real deal!!! Not to miss!
What are you doing to understand the new career paths our students have opportunities in?
Counselors for Computing broadens student exposure to STEM The program trains counselors to encourage girls and other students underrepresented in computing to pursue tech careers or hobbies.
Below is the virtual event on March 29th.
The CBO and Opportunity Programs Committee of NYSACAC invites students, families, and all interested parties to:
Understanding Opportunity Programs: A panel discussion about opportunity programs including HEOP, EOP, SEEK, College Discovery and more!
Join us for an interactive discussion which will focus on the purpose of opportunity programs, general eligibility, admission processes, interviews, summer programs and more.
Panelists will include: Walvi DeJesus, Director, Educational Opportunity Program, SUNY Canton
Paul Dorestant, Director, Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK Program, CUNY New York City College of Technology
Cindy Suarez-Espinal, Director, College Discovery Program, CUNY Bronx Community College
William (Bill) J. Short, Director, Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, St. Lawrence University
Julio A. Torres Jr., Admissions Representative, Western Connecticut State University
The Opportunities Program subcommittee is hosting this event to provide an overview of opportunity programs for students and families as they navigate their future options. This interactive event will be concise and most importantly informative!
The event is open to all high school grades. Content, however, will be geared towards sophomores, juniors and seniors. We would love to see any student who may benefit from this opportunity.
If you or your students have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to [email protected].
Date: March 29, 2022
Time: 6:00-7:15 p.m. EST
Location: Via Zoom (link will also be provided)
A confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting will be sent after registering.
We look forward to seeing you!
Tyree Vann and Luis Santiago
Co-Chairs, CBO and Opportunity Program Committee
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Understanding Opportunity Programs . After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. A panel presenting on general information about opportunity programs such as HEOP, EOP, SEEK, and more.
Top o' the mornin' to you all. No need for your students to rely on luck anymore. 🍀 Have any of you seen Tuitionfit.org?
How TuitionFit Works
High school seniors or parents upload financial aid award letters that they’ve received onto TuitionFit’s website.
They also provide basic information such as test scores and high school grade point average and their financial need that is represented by a child’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC). An EFC represents what a household would be expected to pay, at a minimum, for one year of college.
TuitionFit redacts all of the private information on each letter and organizes them by a student’s academic stats and financial need to create a “Kelley Blue Book” of true college prices.
Students who share one or more of their own award letters will get to see all of the real prices (and corresponding financial aid offers) for free that were shared by other students and families with a similar financial need and merit profile.
Home - TuitionFit Make your tuition fit. Graduate with minimal debt. Get Started Real College Pricing Information Gives You Power TuitionFit gives college-bound students, families and college search counselors the pricing information they need to make the most informed decisions possible. We make it possible for more...
Good repost for your parents.
Privacy and Trust Go Hand-in-Hand for Teens Every teen craves some privacy. Learn why privacy is important, how it is related to trust, and when it is appropriate to snoop.
School shootings: What we know about them, and what we can do to prevent them Our goal should be creating an environment in which school shootings never occur.
WSCA will be awarding scholarships to students graduating
from a Suffolk County High School and planning to pursue a post-secondary education in September.
The counselor of the applicant must be a current WSCA member and the applicant’s counselor of record. Counselors may only recommend one scholarship candidate. It is not transferable to
counselors who are not members.
Scholarships will be awarded by June 9, 2022.
Last month, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released updates to the College Scorecard to make this interactive web tool more helpful for students and families considering colleges. The revisions will allow individuals to easily compare colleges across costs, graduation rates, and post-college earnings.
College Scorecard changes also include an annual refresh of the cumulative loan debt of student borrowers at the institution-level as well as by field of study within each institution. The tool additionally features federal student loan repayment rates at the institution.
"The updated and enhanced College Scorecard shines a spotlight on affordability, inclusivity, and outcomes, over exclusivity and colleges that leave students without good jobs and with mountains of debt,"
College Scorecard | College Scorecard Find the college that’s the best fit for you! The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard has the most reliable data on college costs,graduation, and post-college earnings.
New York State School Counselor Association supports Governor Hochul's inclusion in her executive budget, $2 million to launch new program cohorts aimed at supporting high performing teachers and school counselors. This funding will prioritize teachers of color, career and technical education (CTE) teachers, and school counselors. Each master teacher is awarded $15,000 per year for four years ($60,000 total). Those selected as master teachers will pledge to engage in peer mentoring, participate in and lead professional development activities, work closely with pre-service and early career teachers to foster a supportive environment, and ensure the most innovative teaching practices are shared across all grades and regions. More information about the Master Teacher Program is Linked HERE: https://www.suny.edu/masterteacher/
CLICK BELOW to take Action Now by Contacting your State Assemblyperson and Senator to urge them to include school counselors in this much-needed program in the state budget to ensure students have access to high-quality counseling services.
Let Your Voice Be Heard
Master Teacher Program - SUNY The New York State Master Teacher Program seeks to identify, reward, and support master teachers throughout New York State.
We have to help our students and their families see the merit of graduating without life crippling debt. Here is an article to share. https://www.road2college.com/giving-up-your-dream-college-to-graduate-debt-free/?fbclid=IwAR0QbgGBs98bKdBQ5oMkA3HjpxH6hiW83wJIq255nAfu8wdyAvwTto65vr0
Bypass a Dream College to Graduate Debt Free Being admitted to your #1 college choice. is a thrill. But that might not last when you see your financial aid package and figure out how much it will cost.
Another great PD from New York State School Counselor Association happening this Thursday.
A good share for those parents/students who are struggling to make choices between their college acceptances. Very thought provoking.
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New York State Education Department
announces some great resources on su***de. Below is their flyer announcing two upcoming webinars.
Register for the March 9th one here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/when-someone-in-your-family-is-suicidal-webinar-tickets-254775308807
Register for the March 16th one here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suicidality-skills-for-families-webinar-tickets-254816582257
They also have a guide for school personnel here: https://www.p12.nysed.gov/sss/documents/GuideforSu***dePreventionforSchoolPersonnel2.7.22.pdf
The Guide for Su***de Prevention for School Personnel is intended to provide schools with the knowledge to prevent, identify and act when a student is at risk for su***de.
o The Guide provides schools with the following resources that can be customized for immediate school use:
• Sample Su***de Crisis Protocol.
• Protocol for Responding to a Student Su***de Attempt.
• Sample Su***de Risk Assessment and Safety Planning Document.
• Columbia Su***de Severity Rating Scale.
• Sample Parent/Guardian Notification of Child’s Su***de Risk.
• Sample Student Safety Plan.
• Sample Return to School Meeting.
• Sample HIPPA-FERPA Release Form.
o Please contact the Office of Student Support Services by email at [email protected] or at 518-486-6090 for questions.
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