Guidance

WELCOME TO THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT

Find up to date information on our AH School Counselors Facebook Page. This information can also be found on this page
High School Counselors:
Mr. Peter Smith- Director
Mrs. Susan Corwin
Mrs. Lynn Spangenberg
Mrs Cindy Copley-Crisis Intervention
Mrs. Donna McCreary

Middle School Counselors:
Mrs Stacey Bamford
Ms. Amanda Nitowski- Career Counselor
Mrs Katie Milillo
Mr Morgan Craig

Elementary School Counselors:
Mrs. Jacquelyn Gaidula

Newton- Ransom
Mr. Jason Munley

Clarks Summit
Mrs Lindsay Hickey

Waverly Elementary
Mrs Alexis Johnson

South Abington Elementary


CHOOSING A SCHOOL


TRANSCRIPT REQUEST FORMS


MAKING APPLICATIONS


STANDARDIZED TESTING


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES


ABINGTON HEIGHTS STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM


Drug and Alcohol Resources for Students and Parents

Online Therapy for Addictions Counseling: https://www.onlinetherapy.com/addiction-counseling/

Finding substance use/abuse counseling for adolescents can be difficult in our area of the state. This website has some recommendations for online counseling services

60 Digital Resources for Addressing Substance Use Disorders, Addiction and Recovery: 

https://www.onlinemswprograms.com/resources/social-issues/resources-addiction-and-recovery/

For those who experience addiction, there is no magic switch for living substance free. Recovery is a process that includes daily mental and physical challenges, as well as setbacks. But with sustained support from peers, friends, family and professionals such as social workers and counselors, addiction recovery can succeed. OnlineMSWPrograms.com gathered a list of organizations and digital resources that support individuals working toward recovery and that offer advice to their families, friends and communities on how to aid in the process. 

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.

https://youtu.be/wlFRn0E8OL8

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.

https://youtu.be/OFotA15unbA

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.

The Risk of Addiction in the Transgender Community

10 Reasons to Stay Sober


NAVIGATING THE GUIDANCE WEBSITE



Paying for College/Vocational Education

Financial Aid Night Presentation 2020
Financial Aid Night Presentation 2020 Youtube

 FAFSA (Free Application Federal Student Aid): 

https://fafsa.ed.gov/spa/fafsa/#/LOGIN?locale=en_US


PHEAA: https://www.pheaa.org/

PA State Grant Money: 
https://www.pheaa.org/grants/state-grant-program/index.shtml


 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.


Scholarship Search:


Highly Recommended Reading for Students and Parents on the topics of Emotional Intelligence, Resilience, Positive Psychology, and Goal Setting

The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience
by Martin E. P. Seligman

What You Can Change . . . and What You Can't*: The Complete Guide to Successful Self-Improvement
by Martin E.P. Seligman

One Day University Presents: The Amazing Power of Mind Over Body 
by One Day University

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being 
by Martin E. P. Seligman

One Day University Presents: Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness (Harvard's Most Popular Course)
by One Day University

Goalsbook: Embracing Personal Responsibility in an Age of Entitlement 
by Biagio "Bill" Sciacca (Author)

Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It 
by Gabriel Wyner

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story 
by Dan Harris

Mental Rehearsal For Warriors: For Cops, Soldiers And Martial Artists (Meditation Book 1) 
by Loren W. Christensen

How to Become a Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less 
by Cal Newport

Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment 
by Martin E. P. Seligman

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy 
by Jon Gordon

Coach to Coach: Emotional Intelligence and Leadership for Winning Coaches 
by Sara Smith

Free online course: Raj Raghunathan , a.k.a. Dr. Happy Smarts, has done the upbeat A Life of Happiness and Fulfillment MOOC course. Enroll for free and get access to this excellent course material.

The Optimistic Child: A Proven Program to Safeguard Children Against Depression and Build Lifelong Resilience