Welcome to the Guidance DepartmentHigh School Counselors:
Mr. Peter Smith- Director
Mrs. Susan Corwin- Intervention Counselor
Mrs. Lynn Spangenberg
Mrs. Deanna Klingman
Ms. Amanda Nitowski- Career Counselor
Mrs. Donna McCreary
Welcome to the Guidance DepartmentMiddle School Counselors:
Mrs Stacey Bamford
Mrs. Sarah Smith
Ms. Katie Reese
Welcome to the Guidance DepartmentElementary School Counselors:
Mrs. Jacquelyn Gaidula
South Abington & Newton- Ransom
Mr. Jason Munley
Clarks Summit & Waverly
over 2 years ago
Choosing a School:
Accredited Online Colleges- A resource for students seeking accredited online degree-granting universities. Site also offers free open online college courses
College Scholarships, Colleges, and Online Degrees- search colleges, trade schools, and online schools, as well as access many different scholarship search sites.
Nursing.org- complete site for information regarding nursing programs, careers, and scholarships
FAFSA® Early Submission Changes
President Obama recently announced significant changes to the FAFSA process. Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, students will report income information from an earlier tax year, referred to as prior-prior year (PPY).
2016-17 FAFSA® on the Web (FOTW®)
To assist the community with the 2016-17 FAFSA processing cycle, please review the 2016-17 FOTW presentation.
Reporting Income on the FAFSA® – TIPS
Completing the FAFSA can be a challenge. Share these 11 common FAFSA mistakes with your students and their families.
Savings Bond Calculator
Find out what savings bonds are worth with this Online Calculator, including Series EE, E and I savings bonds and saving notes.
Helpful Student Aid Grid for Parents and Students (where to find answers to your many questions)
General Application for Scholarships (Scholarship lists available in March.)
Nursing.org- site includes scholarship applications for nursing majors.
Planning for a Career: (Please note that some of the career planning sites will offer career tests that may have a cost involved. There are many good free career tests however.)
Job Applications Online: this site helps students find part-time or summer jobs. Online job applications and information helpful in getting hired.
America's Career InfoNet http://www.acinet.org
Local Career Resources:
Drug and Alcohol Resources for Students and Parents
over 2 years ago
Please follow these links to view an excellent discussion regarding drug and alcohol use and abuse in our community and guidance for those who wish to seek help. This panel discussion took place at our high school with the 10th and 11th grade students. Dr. Lauren Hazzouri moderated the discussion which included Kevin McLaughlin (CEO of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Services), Vince Carolan (private therapist), Shane Scanlon (Lackawanna Country District Attorney), and Paul Keeler (District Magistrate).
Students received an informational brochure providing guidance on how to take the first steps to addressing a problem. If you wish to receive a copy of this brochure or have questions or concerns, please contact the High School Guidance Department at 570-585-5306.
As a follow-up to our Drug and Alcohol Panel Discussion we invited a nationally renowned speaker, Jeff Yalden, to talk to students about making good decisions and adopting a positive outlook. With Mr. Yalden's permission we are able to offer you a recorded session of one of his talks. Mr. Yalden's presentation was powerful and very well received by our teachers and staff. We hope you enjoy it.
What to do if you have a problem with drugs? This is a very informative link written for adults, but certainly is relevant to anyone who may be wondering whether or not they have a problem and if so where to start when it comes to asking for help.
ADHD and Addiction-What is the risk? Studies suggest that there may be a link between having ADHD and being at risk for developing a substance abuse disorder. This resource is informative and well-written. However, it is important to note that the Abington Heights School District does not advocate or endorse any drug and alcohol treatment facility or program. This link is posted solely for its information which could be helpful for students and parents.
Perfectionism and Addiction- as our children strive toward that dream school or career, we should help teach them to create balance. This article talks about the link between perfectionism and addiction.
Highly Recommended Reading for Students and Parents on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Positive Psychology, and Goal Setting
over 2 years ago
The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience