SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

Phone: 978-897-8891
Fax: 978-897-6089

Counselors are available Monday through Friday during the school day. If you need to meet outside of regular hours, please contact us.

Nicole Fernald, M.Ed., C.A.G.S.
Certified School Guidance Counselor
Caseload: Last names Lb-Z
Email: nfernald@maynard.k12.ma.us
Phone: 978-897-8891 x3209
Office: B110

Dana MacPhee, M.A., C.A.G.S.
Certified School Guidance Counselor
Certified School Adjustment Counselor
Caseload: Specific students, last names A-Z
Email: dmacphee@maynard.k12.ma.us
Phone: 978-897-8891 x3105
Office: A203

Amy Petroskey, M.Ed., Ed.S.
Certified School Guidance Counselor
Caseload: Last names A-La
Email: apetroskey@maynard.k12.ma.us
Phone: 978-897-8891 x3210
Office: B109

Abigail Kilcommins
School Counseling Intern
Email: akilcommins@maynard.k12.ma.us
Phone: 978-897-8891 x3111
Office: A111

Counseling Department Newsletters

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SCHOOL COUNSELING

IMPORTANT DATES

NEACAC College Fairs

The New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) is offering college fairs throughout the fall in New England. These events are free and open to the public. No pre-registration is required.

- Tues. Sept. 27th at Mount Wachusett Community College from 9am-11am
- Thurs. Sept. 29th at Southern New Hampshire University from 9am-11am
- Sun. Oct. 2nd at Worcester State University from 11am-1pm

More information and links to the list of colleges attending each fair can be found here.

NACAC Virtual College Fairs

The National Association for College Admission Counseling is holding a handful of Virtual College Fairs this fall.

- Sun. Sept. 11th from 1-6pm
- Sun. Oct. 9th from 1-6pm
- Sun. Nov. 6th from 1-6pm

Sign up at nacacattend.org/fairs

College Admissions Representative Visits

Visits from college admissions representatives begin next week! These are open to all seniors. These visits are done by the admissions representatives who typically read applications for our high school, so please attend! Sign up sheets are available a week in advance for the colleges that are visiting. Please continue to listen to the announcements and check out the Class of 2023 Google classroom to see which colleges have scheduled visits.

Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) Webinars

MEFA is offering a handful of different webinars related all aspects of the financial aid process throughout the fall. Here are some in particular to consider attending:

Financial Aid 101 - will provide information and clarity on the entire college financial aid application process, offered many times throughout the fall, for dates and times, see event calendar and sign up here.

Understanding the FAFSA - will provide a detailed overview of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the main application for college financial aid. This event has passed, but the video can be found here.

What to Know about the CSS Profile - will introduce the nuts and bolts of the CSS Profile, a financial aid application required by approximately 250 colleges, universities, and scholarship agencies across the country. Thurs. Sept. 27 at 12pm, sign up here.

FAFSA Festival - Join to receive help with your FAFSA. Experts will be available to meet with you one on one in a private break-out room to answer your questions and walk through any components of the application on which you need assistance., Tues. Oct. 25th at 4pm, sign up here

MHS COUNSELING  INFORMATION

Welcome Class of 2026!

We are so excited to welcome the 9th graders to MHS! All of our 9th graders are enrolled in either PE, Health, Intro to Capstone, or Academic Literacy during G block. The counselors will be visiting all of those classrooms in early October to introduce ourselves to the 9th graders. We will be discussing the main differences between middle school and high school, graduation requirements, the role of the high school counselor, and how to make appointments with us.

We know that the transition to high school can be a tough one for students, especially after so many disrupted school years due to the pandemic. If you or your student are struggling with this transition to high school, please reach out to your school counselor.

Senior Postsecondary Planning

Counselors will be going into Senior Project Classrooms in early September to talk to students about the college application process and what to expect this fall. We will also be hosting a post-secondary planning advisory to provide extra support for any student who needs it with this process. If anyone has not already talked to their school counselor about their plan for next year or needs any help with it, please set up a meeting by signing up on the appointment sheet outside of your counselor's office or sending your counselor an email. If you are applying early action or early decision with a Nov. 1st deadline, please reach out to your counselor ASAP.

Important Senior Forms

- Brag Sheet for Counselor Recommendation - please fill this out in as much detail as possible so that your school counselor has all of the information to write a great letter of recommendation!

- Caregiver Brag Sheet - a questionnaire for parents to fill out in case they want to provide us with some additional background information that would be helpful for us to know for the letter of recommendation, optional but appreciated!

- Transcript Release Form - in order to send any students' transcript to a college or scholarship program, we must legally receive permission to do. If the student is under 18, a parent must also electronically sign.

TESTING

PSAT

Save the date! We are offering the PSAT on Oct. 12th. The test will begin at 7:45am and will end around lunch time.

All juniors will be able to take the test free of charge. Sophomores are able to opt in for $20. The spots are first come first serve. The deadline to sign up is Oct. 11th or until we run out of additional tests.

We will share the PSAT 10th grade sign up form shortly. Sophomores will sign up in the main office by paying their money to Gail Lucas or Sharon Ray. If the $20 fee poses an issue, please contact your school counselor. Please stay tuned for further information!

Upcoming SAT TESTS

Register at www.collegeboard.org
- October 1 - registration deadline has passed, but late registration is available until 9/20
- November 5 - registration deadline is 10/6
- December 3 - registration deadline is 11/3
Please reach out to your counselor if you need a fee waiver.

Upcoming ACT TESTS

Register at www.actstudent.org
- October 22 - regular registration deadline is 9/16, late registration available until 9/30
- December 10 - registration deadline is 11/4
Please reach out to your counselor if you need a fee waiver.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

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