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  • Welcome to the Guidance Department
    High 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 Department
    Middle School Counselors:
    Mrs Stacey Bamford
    Mrs. Sarah Smith
    Ms. Katie Reese
  • Welcome to the Guidance Department
    Elementary School Counselors:
    Mrs. Jacquelyn Gaidula
    South Abington & Newton- Ransom
    Mr. Jason Munley
    Clarks Summit & Waverly


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Choosing a School:

Making Application: 

Financial Aid:

    Latests News: 
        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. 


Scholarship Search:



Standardized Testing:

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.)

Drug and Alcohol Resources for Students and Parents

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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.

The Risk of Addiction in the Transgender Community

10 Reasons to Stay Sober

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

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

Goalsbook: Embracing Personal Responsibility in an Age of Entitlement