2019-2020 School Year
Mr. James Laliberte
Mrs. Deborah Starkus, Guid. Secretary.
email@example.com or ext. 175
Mr. Darin Haig (grades 9 & 10)
firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 166
Mrs. Jennifer McGrail (grades 11 & 12)
email@example.com or ext. 122
- Transcript Request
- Transferring In/Out of SHRHS
- Senior Transcript Information Sheet
- Student Recommendation Letter/Interview Sheet
To request a transcript from Shepherd Hill you must:
- Complete the Request for Transcript form
- Forward two dollars for each transcript (this can be cash or a check payable to SHRHS) to the guidance office
- You may stop by the guidance office, *fax the form to 508-949-3513, or mail the form and payment to:
*The transcript will be mailed upon receipt of the two dollars per transcript.
- Guidance Dept. Objectives
- Graduation Requirements
- Calculation Formulas
- Honor Roll Announcement
- Access to Student Records
- Clubs & Activities
The main objective of the Guidance Department at Shepherd Hill Regional High School is to assist students in all aspects of their high school experience.
Below are listed the general categories of services provided for students:
- Course Selection
- Career Counseling
- Progress Monitoring
- Problem Solving (academic - personal)
- Statewide and National Testing
- College and Post Graduate Education
- Outside Agency assistance and Referral
- Peer Tutoring
- Provision of Guidance Bulletins
- Orientation of New Students
The Shepherd Hill Regional High School Guidance Department is proud to have developed a curriculum based on the Comprehensive Model of Counseling. This model systematically provides allstudents with information throughout their high school career. The following topics will be covered or activities will be conducted:
Freshman year: Freshman Facts Brochure - information with regard to where to obtain help, mid-term and final exams, credits required for promotion and GPA
Sophomore year: Career Interest Inventory - students will complete an inventory that will be utilized for course selection and college/technical school searches
Junior year: Post graduate planning - topics revolving around the essential question: How do I ready myself for making informed college/workplace decisions?
Senior year: College application process - review of the internal practices to meet college application expectations, where to find scholarship information.
All students must carry enough courses during a school year to accumulate a mimimum of 5.75 to 6.0 credits. A greater number of credits may be elected should space be available in courses, if they serve the best interests of the pupil, and if they have been approved by the student’s parents and Guidance Department. The following requirements must be met by students in order to graduate:
- Four credits in English
- Four credits in Mathematics
- Three credits in Social Studies
- Three credits in Science
- Three 1/4 Credits in Physical Education successfully passing in grades 9-12
As mandated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
- A Competency Determination with a score of 240 or a score of at least 220 with an EPP (Education Proficiency Plan) in the areas of English Language Arts and mathematics.
- A Compentency Determination with a score of 220 in the area of Science/Technology.
- A Compentency Determination with a score of 220 in the area of U.S. History (beginning with YOG 2012). NOTE: In February 2010 the DESE voted to postpone this requirement
Requirements for Promotion. **Beginning with the YOG 2014: The minimum number credits required for promotion and graduation are as follows:
- To be considered a sophomore 5.00
- To be considered a junior 10.00
- To be considered a senior 15.75
- For Graduation 22.00
A - Excellent Performance
B - Above Average
D - Below Average
F - Failing
P - Passing
I - Incomplete (work to be finished within two weeks)
M - Medical
How to Calculate Honor Roll
The Shepherd Hill Honor Roll is computed at the end of each marking period. Honor roll is calculated based on a student’s numerical averages in their courses. Independent Studies, no credit-classes (such as music assistant) and ¼ classes (PE and health) are not included. The following table applies.
- If the average is 92 or greater, the student earned First Honors.
- If the average is 89 or greater (but below a 92), the student earned Second Honors.
- If the average is 85 or greater (but below an 89), the student earned Recognition.
- The overall average will not be rounded up.
- A student may not have a grade lower than C- (69) for honors consideration.
How to Calculate National Honor Society Eligibility
The Shepherd Hill National Honor Society is also computed at the end of each marking period. To be eligible for NHS membership a student must maintain a cumulative average of 3.5.
The following scale is utilized: A+ = 4.3, A = 4.0, A- = 3.6, B+ = 3.3, B = 3.0, B- = 2.6, C+ = 2.3, C = 2.0, C- = 1.6. Add up the values for each class, and divide by the total number of grades. Independent Studies, no-credit classes (such as music assistant) and ¼ classes (P. E. and health) are not included.
How to Calculate Grade Point Average
Please click the PDF link below to access the formula to calculate the GPA. The GPA is a weighted, cumulative system.
Access to Student Records
Military Recruiters and Post Secondary Education Institutions
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 requires that all schools receiving federal funds must provide the names, addresses and telephone numbers of secondary students to military recruiters and institutions of higher education. The act also requires that military recruiters be given the same access to students that is given to recruiters for post secondary education institutions and employers. If a parent objects to releasing this information he/she should notify the guidance office before the end of the first week in September.
- Academic Decathlon, Ms. Curtis, Room 107
- Astronomy Club, Mr. Sullivan, Room 325
- Bible Club, TBA
- Book Club, Mrs. Kennedy, Library
- Booster Club
- Bowling Club, TBA
- Concert Choir*, Mrs. Bussiere, Music Room (*scheduled class during the school day)
- Drama Club, Ms. Griffiths, Room 227
- Envirothon Club, Mr. Sauvageau, Room 124
- Friends on the Hill, Mrs. Danner-Connole, Room 105
- Gamers Club, Mr. Santic, Room 304
- Gay Straight Alliance, Mr. Bakum, Room 316
- Global Awareness Club, Mrs. Pierangeli (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- HillProv (Improvisation & Comedy), Mr. Foley, Room 200
- Hill TelegRam, Mr. Stefan, Room 201
- Junior Booster Club, Mrs. Covill, Room 101
- Library Assistants, Mrs. Kennedy, Library
- Math Team, Mrs. Richard, Room 111
- National Art Honor Society, Mrs. Lashua, Room 219 & Mrs. Hines, Room 223
- National Honor Society*, Mrs. Covill, Room 101 (*opens to grades 10-12 by invitation & application)
- Peer Tutoring, Mr. Gendron, Guidance
- Principal's Advisory Council, Mr. Chaplin, Main Office
- Prom/Victory Dance Committee, Jr. Class Advisor
- Robotics Club, Mr. Hennigan, Room 125
- Science & Engineering Fair Club, Mrs. Lebeau, email@example.com
- Show Choir*, Mrs. Bussiere, Music Room (*audition required)
- Ski Club, Mr. Cormier, Room 204
- Students Against Destructive Decisions (SAAD), Ms. Gustafson, Room 207
- Student Council, Mrs. Piehl, Room 301 or Mr. Duffy, Room 306
- Welcoming Committee, Mrs. Hernandez, Guidance
- Yearbook, Mrs. Piehl, Room 301
- AP Testing Information
- AP Exam Schedule 2018
- SAT/PSAT Testing Information
- Parent/Student Portal
- Peer Tutoring
- Team of Tutors
Students may register for multiple Advanced Placement exams. Registration is through the guidance office (Mr. Gendron). Payment must be in the form of check or money order payable to SHRHS. To register just drop off a check(one check only), make sure your name, student ID number and AP course name(s) are on the check. Cash will not be accepted. The cost per exam is $94.00 per student. Free or reduced lunch student exams cost $53.00. If the state should decide to further reduce this price, we will reimburse free or reduced lunch students at that time.
Students enrolled in ELA, math, or science Advanced Placement courses are required to take the exam. All other exams are optional. However, students are encouraged to take exams in each of their AP classes. Should a student not pay for a required exam, the test will be ordered and a bill will be assigned to the main office that will be due prior to the end of the student’s Shepherd Hill career, if a senior, or before underclassmen can sign out.
The registration period is currently open and will conclude on Friday February 16, 2018. Any questions should be directed to Mr. Gendron at 508-943-6700 x173 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 7, 2018
8 am - AP Chemistry
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
8 am - AP Spanish
Noon - AP Physics 1
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
8 am - AP English Literature
Noon - AP Physics 2
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Noon - AP Env. Science
Friday, May 11, 2018
8 am - AP US History
Monday, May 14, 2018
8 am - AP Biology
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
8 am - AP Calc AB/AP Calc BC
Noon - AP Computer Science
Noon - AP French
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
8 am - AP English Language
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Noon - AP Statistics
Students sign up for testing at http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/ and will need a credit card for the process.
Testing dates may be viewed at:
IMPORTANT: SAT Registration requires uploading a picture for identification purposes the day of the test.
The picture MUST:
1. Be a portrait (head shot only)
2. Be EASILY identifiable as the student to a stranger (you cannot rely on people knowing you)
3. Have ONLY the student testing in the frame
CAREFULLY READ THE PHOTO REQUIREMENTS BEFORE YOU REGISTER:
The DAY of the TESTING
1. The student must have the Admission Ticket
2. Two number two pencils
3. An acceptable calculator (see College Board checklist link)
4. The student MUST have an ID card with an identifiable photo.
Acceptable ID cards are: http://sat.collegeboard.org/register/id-requirements
COLLEGE BOARD TESTING DAY CHECKLIST:
COLLEGE BOARD REQUIRES THAT STUDENTS CANNOT BE ADMITTED IF THEY DO NOT HAVE THE PROPER REGISTRATION MATERIALS OR PHOTO ID.
Please contact Amanda Holton at email@example.com with any questions.
TESTING DATE: Wednesday, October 16, 2019
TESTING TIME: 8:00 a.m.
TESTING LOCATION: SHRHS
JUNIORS - Sign up with the guidance secretary. The cost is $17 (check payable to SHRHS; No cash). By taking the PSAT in the 11th grade, you may be eligible for scholarships and other academic recognition, including:
- National Merit Scholarship Corporation: www.nationalmerit.org
- Other scholarship and recognition programs: www.collegeboard.org/psat
To learn more about the PSAT/NMSQT, visit www.collegeboard.org/psat.
SOPHOMORES - There is no charge for you. A list of the rooms will be posted on the second floor a few days before the testing.
Please forward any questions you may have to Diana Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent and Student Portals are available to any parent or student wishing to monitor grades and attendance on an up-to-date basis. The most recent report card or progress report can be printed from the portal. Contact the guidance secretary if you wish to set up portal access. All students were invited through their DCRSD email address to create portals.
- Great Resources
- Application Process & Information
- Tools for Understanding PSAT/SAT Scores
- College Admissions Workshop
The Princeton Review - all sorts of college information
College Board - The SAT test plus all sorts of testing and college preparation information
ACT - the ACT test and other resources
Federal Student Aid Site - Federal Student Aid Site for students, parents and counselors
FinAid - Student aid resource site
MEFA -MEFA is a not-for-profit state authority, established to make college education more accessible for with help at every step of the way.
US Dept. of Education - search for student aid resources by state
Scholarship Scams - avoid scholarship scams - don't pay!
Personality and Career Assessment
Bureau of Labor and Statistics Career Guide - link your favorite subject in school to a possible career
Reading Lists for Students
College Board - 101 great books for the college bound readers
Search for Colleges
National Center for Education - links and searches to colleges and universities
Online Education and Degrees - online education and degree program information
Peterson's - find colleges by degree programs of interest
Online Education Links
Capella University - degree programs listed by professional focus
Kaplan University - includes financial aid info
University of Phoenix Online - includes links to all campus locations
College and University Rankings - a list of different ranking sites
Two Year College Resources
Community College Review - profiles of community and junior colleges
Axia College Online - online education offering associate degrees
League for Innovation in Community Colleges - international consortium of community colleges
http://www.todaysmilitary.com/ - Military (general)
http://www.army.mil/ - Army
http://www.navy.mil/ - Navy
http://www.uscg.mil/USCG.shtm - Coast Guard
http://www.marines.com/ - Marines
http://www.af.mil/ - Air Force
http://www.ecampustours.com/ - virtual campus tours
http://www.campusview.com/ - collection of on line view books
http://www.collegiatechoice.com/ - non promotional videos of colleges
What are my Chances at This School?
Health and Safety for Students
Centers for Disease Control - learn what you can do to enjoy college the safe and healthy way!
Health Insurance Quotes - student health insurance quotes and plans
About the Different Tests
ACT test - used for college admissions, an alternative to the SAT
Advanced Placement (AP) tests - information about AP testing
www.collegeboard.com/prof/counselors/apply/12.html - Sat Subject Test Requirements at different schools
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) - about the CLEP program
ISEE - Independent School Entrance Exam - often used for entrance into private high schools
PSAT - Preliminary SAT
Test Prep Resources
http://www.testprep.com/ - by Stanford Testing Systems
http://www.act.org/ - online registration and prep for ACT
http://www.eurekareview.com/ - Eureka One on One Review, LLC
http://www.vocabulary.com/ - fun ways to improve your vocabulary
http://www.scholarship.com/ - finding scholarships
http://www.fastweb.com/ - Financial Aid and Scholarship Search
http://www.collegeboard.com/ - College, Career, Scholarship Search
http://www.tuitions.com/ - scholarship search
http://www.wiredscholar.com/ - SallieMay site for financial aid
http://www.collegepayway.com/ - tools for planning to pay for college
Financial Aid Calculators
www.finaid.org/calculators/ - financial aid calculator
www.act.org/fane/index.html - calculator on the ACT website
Financial Aid Links
http://www.studentaid.ed.gov/ - Federal Student Aid Site or call 1-800-433-3243 (TTY 800-730-8913 for hearing impaired)
http://www.finaid.org/ - Student aid resource site
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/ - online FAFSA application
For Minority, Low-Income, First Generation Students
www.finaid.org/otheraid/minority.phtml - minority aid site
http://www.chciyouth.org/ - english and spanish information on planning - free publications
http://www.uncf.org/ - United Negro College Fund
http://www.ubp.com/ - universal black pages
collegefund.org - American Indian fund
http://www.aihec.org/ - American Indian Higher Education Consortium
http://www.black-collegian.com/ - the Black Collegian
http://www.blackexcel.org/ - Black Excel: The College Help Network
http://www.hillel.org/ - Jewish resource for colleges
http://www.gmsp.org/ - Gates Millennium Scholars Fund
http://www.hsf.net/ - Hispanic scholarships
http://www.hacu.net/ - Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
http://www.jbhe.com/ - Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
qemnetwork.qem.org - Quality Education for Minorities
www.nativeculture.com/lisamitten/education.html - Tribal Colleges, Native Studies Programs, and Indian Education
Students With Disabilities
http://www.ahead.org/ - Association of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
http://www.add.org/ - Attention Deficit Disorder Association
http://www.chadd.org/ - Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders
http://www.ldanatl.org/ - Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
http://www.ldresources.com/ - Learning Disability Resources
http://www.ncld.org/ - National Center for Learning Disabilities
http://www.fcsn.org/ - Federation for Children with Special Needs
http://www.ldonline.org/ - Learning Disabilities Online
http://www.nifl.gov/ - National Adult Literacy & Learning Disabilities Center
IF YOU ARE APPLYING EARLY ADMISSIONS OR EARLY DECISION... PLEASE STOP IN TO SEE YOUR GUIDANCE COUNSELOR RIGHT AWAY.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN to fill out the applications (paper or online):
1. Submit your Senior Transcript Information Sheet to the Guidance Secretary at least two weeks before you begin any applications.
2. Complete the Student Recommendation Letter /Interview Sheet and submit it to your counselor. You will give one copy of this form to each person you ask to write a recommendation.
3. Request letters of recommendation (WELL IN ADVANCE OF YOUR DUE DATES, 2 weeks prior is a minimum) from two teachers and/or coach and/or employer.
4. Ask your guidance counselor for a recommendation if one is required (one is needed for the Common Application).
FILLING OUT PAPER APPLICATIONS:
NOTE: This work must be completed at least two weeks prior to the application deadline – YOU are responsible for knowing your deadlines.
Please keep these approximate guidelines in mind:
Early Decision October 14 Early Action October 14
Regular Admissions December1
A word regarding deadlines - as a rule, it is not in your best interest to wait until the end of a deadline window to apply to a college. Programs can fill quickly and financial aid availability may be effected as well. Also, State Universities and Colleges are currently experiencing a significantly increased number of applicants.
1. Remember to spell
2. Shepherd Hill Regional High School's CEEB # is 220698 (For SAT and ACT)
3. Be sure to fill out ALL of information on the application
4. Be sure that your and/or your parents sign the application
5. Enclose the college application fee:
Make the check payable to the college (do NOT send cash)
Write your Social Security number on the check
6. Make copies of your essays
7. Have your official SAT scores sent to the college from College Board (colleges only consider them official if sent by the College Board). Make the request at sat.collegeboard.com/scores There is a $10 fee and a $29 fee for rush requests and a credit card is required.
8. Have your ACT scores sent to the college from actstudent.org/scores/send/
There is also a fee for this transaction and a credit card is required.
9. Bring your completed materials to your guidance counselor.
FILLING OUT APPLICATIONS ONLINE:
Set aside at least 30 minutes to complete the application and have these items on hand:
Your social security number
A list of your activities and/or awards
A credit card to pay the application fee (Some schools will waive the processing fee if you apply online). If you do are not able to pay online, you must bring a check or money order payable to the college and it will be sent with your official transcript.
If an essay is needed, you will likely be asked to “paste” it onto your online application
ONCE YOU HAVE COMPLETED AN ONLINE APPLICATION
1. Your guidance counselor must send an official high school transcript and any letters of reference that may be needed. You must sign a release with your counselor. Your online application is incomplete until an official transcript is sent.
2. Send your official SAT and/or ACT scores as explained above in # 8 and #9.
The Guidance Office will be posting available scholarships from this page. Posting date will be in [ ].
- The Guidance Office will begin posting updates as they become available. Students are encouraged to visit the guidance office to obtain the necessary applications.
- National Scholarship information may be obtained by visiting the linked websites*
*SHRHS offers information for Specialized and National scholarships by providing links, but does not endorse any of the sites.
VISIT THE SITE OFTEN TO REVIEW NEW ROUNDS OF SCHOLARSHIPS :)
LOCAL SCHOLARSHIPS (Found in Scholarship Bin in Guidance)
Students must obtain the application in the Guidance Office - ** THEN STUDENT RETURNS THE APPLICATION TO GUIDANCE WHEN COMPLETE ** Due date indicates the last day the completed application can be handed back to the Guidance Office when transcript and letters of recommendation will be attached.
Internal Selection Scholarship – Apply once for over 20 various scholarships. Due in Guidance April 1, 2020.
Big Y Scholarships - 300 scholarships totaling over $250,000 awarded to the most academically outstanding student in the Big Y market area. Due online February 1, 2020.
Brake the Silence, Inc Scholarship - 2 - $1,000 scholarships for seniors pursuing a career in the Mental Health Field. Due in Guidance April 17, 2020.
Central Massachusetts Track & Field Officials Association District E Scholarship- $500 award to graduating senior who participated in Track & Field. Application due by May 14, 2020.
Chamber of Central Mass South - Must maintain a 3.0 GPA through the first semester of college. Also, must provide 3 letters of recommendation and one must be from a business person. Due in Guidance March 27, 2020.
Cornerstone Bank Scholarship – (16) $2,000 scholarships to area 2020 high school graduates who plan to study in a business or financial field. Due in Guidance April 9, 2020.
Dr. Beth E. Maling Kelley Memorial Award - $500 award to a female member of Shepherd Hill graduating class who will be majoring in science. Due in Guidance March 9, 2020
Dudley Charlton Administrators Association Scholarship - $250 scholarship awarded to a Shepherd Hill senior continuing their education. Due in Guidance April 1, 2020.
Greater Worcester Community Foundation - Apply once online for over 138 scholarships. Deadline id March 2, 2020
Jennifer Krukowski Award - $500 award to Shepherd Hill Graduate continuing their education. Due in Guidance April 3, 2020
Massachusetts Credit Unions Scholarship - $1,500 award to graduating senior who is or their parent is a member of the Southbridge Credit Union. Due in Guidance February 28, 2020.
Southbridge Garden Club Scholarship Award – (2) $1,000 awards to graduating seniors who will be majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, forestry, conservation, agronomy, environmental studies, land management or botany. Due in Guidance March 30, 2020.
Southbridge Italian-American Associates and Eustachio Sinni Memorial Scholarship – (2) $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors of Italian descent with a solid academic and community service record. Due in Guidance April 8, 2020
Southbridge Woman's Club Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship awarded to a graduating senior who is a resident of Southbridge. Due in Guidance April 6, 2020.
William R. Tittle Memorial Scholarship Award – (2) $2,000 awards to 2 Shepherd Hill Graduates. Due in Guidance March 13, 2020
Woman In Business, Inc/Judith A. Jaeger Memorial Scholarship - $500 award to a graduating female senior with a 3.0 GPA or better. Do in Guidance March 27, 2020.
SPECIALIZED SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES (Found in Black Binder in Guidance)
(Students apply online- if transcripts are needed you must contact the Guidance Secretary one week before the deadline. Student is responsible for mailing before due date.)
Big Y Scholarships - Over 300 scholarships totaling more than $250,000. Apply online at www.bigy.com (Scholarship Page) by February 1, 2020.
Catherine E. Philbin Memorial Fund Scholarship - awarded to graduating senior who is planning a career in nursing. Postmark Deadline May 29, 2020.
DAR Scholarships: Application deadline is February 15, 2020. dar.org/national-society/scholarships/general-info
Grand Lodge of MA Order Sons of Italy in America - 20 scholarships at a maximum of $1,000 each. Anyone can apply. Must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2020
Henry David Thoreau Scholarship - up to $20,000 tuition scholarship to graduating senior planning a career in Environmental Studies. Application on website: www.thoreauscholar.org. Due February 1, 2020.
Lieutenant June T. Murphy Scholarship - $1,000 award to a female planning a career in law enforcement or criminal justice. Deadline is April 24, 2020
Massachusetts JCI Senate Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship due January 24, 2020. Application on website: http:\\majcisenate.weeble.com\.
Red Pine Scholarship - 4 yr renewable scholarship to graduating senior planning on attending a competitive 4 yr college and comes from a low to middle income family. Must apply online at http://www.tpi.org/scholarship/red-pine-scholars-program. Information is in Guidance. Due February 14, 2020.
Stephen Phillips Memorial Scholarship - Apply online at www.phillips-scholarship.org. Due May 1, 2020
Yawkey Scholars Program - 4 yr renewable, maximum $25,000 yearly. Must apply online. Information can be found at Yawkey Scholars Program > Required Application Forms: ma_yawkey_scholar_guidelines and
yawkey_scholarship_application_2020-2021_for_massachusetts residents. Online applications due by February 14, 2020.