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NEW FOR 2020-2021: College & Career Remote Plan for 2020-2021


We are excited to announce a new series of virtual college & career planning events that we hope will provide you with the opportunity to connect with us to get the information and support you need! All events are for 11th grade students and parents/guardians/families. You can plan to attend all or some of the events below. After each presentation, we plan to provide a video of the same information (note: the meetings themselves will not be recorded). The November 19th date is firm. All other dates/times subject to change (with advanced notice) and topics could be added if there is a demand! The Zoom link for all events will be sent out by Melanie Kessler. You can contact her at mkessler@k12.somerville.ma.us for more information.

  • Presentation 1: College & Career Planning Overview (November 19th at 7:30pm): Find out how college & career services will work for you and your student at SHS and learn about your options after high school. We will also discuss the PSAT/SAT plan at this meeting. 
  • Presentation 2: Intro to College Basics (two options: December 16th at 12pm OR January 14th at 7:30pm): Learn about four-year colleges and community colleges, the differences between them, the steps and timeline for applying, and how SHS will help.
  • Presentation 3: Career Exploration (February 25th at 7:30pm): Learn how to find out what career or major might be interesting to you. This is for students who want to go to college, students who do not want to go to college, and students who are unsure. We will provide specific information about all of those options.
  • Presentation 4: College Financial Aid (March 30th at 7:30pm): Learn the basics of how college financial aid works and the timeline for applying.
  • Presentation 5: College Admissions Panel (April 27th at 7:30pm): Hear advice from college admissions counselor and ask them questions about the admissions process.

Interpreters will be available in Spanish, Portuguese, and Haitian Creole.
Los intérpretes estarán disponibles en español.
Intérpretes estarão disponíveis em português.
N’ap gen entèprèt disponib an Kreyòl Ayisyen.


2019-2020 School Counseling Introductory Letter to Families of Seniors

School Counseling 2019-2020 Events for Families Flyer


Seniors Post High School Planning Night

Thursday, September 19, 2019
SHS Auditorium
7:00-8:30 pm
Information for seniors and families on postsecondary options, Naviance, and financial aid.


Postsecondary / PSAT Day / Financial Aid Completion Event

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
During the school day
10th and 11th graders take the PSAT. Special schedule for 9th and 12th grade
FAFSA/CSS completion event in partnership with uAspire for 12th graders.

Introduction to College Basics for Junior Families

Thursday, November 7, 2019
SHS Auditorium
7:00-8:30 pm
Join the School Counseling Department for basic information about the college process.

SHS Introduction to Course Selection Process Night

(for 8th grade families only)
Thursday, January 30, 2020
SHS Auditorium
6:00-7:00 pm
An opportunity to hear from SHS counselors about the high school course selection process.

Class of 2020 Scholarship Awards Night

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
SHS Auditorium
7:00–9:30 pm
Seniors are recognized with scholarships from the community.