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P:  (607) 758-4118
F:  (607) 758-4193
9-12 Counselors

P: (607) 758-4032
F: (607) 758-4149
Jr High Guidance

CEEB Code
331-525

STAFF


Academic Counselors
Shane Adams  9-12
Lauryn Abdo 9-12
Kindra Catalano   9-12


Support Staff
Patricia Votra, 9-12
Paulette Young, 7-12

 

WELCOME

In addition to working with students in one-to-one and group settings, our guidance counselors educate students making them aware of post-secondary school opportunities.
 

New York's Promise to Students: Ever Upward
The Excelsior Scholarship, Making College Possible
Governor Cuomo and the State Legislature recently enacted the Excelsior Scholarship program, which is administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation. Below is information provided by the Governor's office about the program:
 
This year, Governor Cuomo and the New York State Legislature enacted the nation's first tuition-free degree program, the Excelsior Scholarship.The Scholarship is making college possible for hundreds of thousands of students across the state and helping to alleviate the crushing burden of student debt. A college education is increasingly necessary to secure the jobs of tomorrow, and the Excelsior Scholarship ensures New York's students have access to a quality education and the skills they need to succeed. The Scholarship is available to students enrolled at SUNY or CUNY school for the fall of 2017.
 
Here you can find information about the Scholarship and share with your colleagues, friend and family to raise awareness about the program. More than 940,000 middle-class families across New York State will be eligible for the Scholarship, and the requirements are simple.
 
In order to apply, students must:
  • Be residents of New York State
  • Plan to attend a SUNY or CUNY two- or four-year degree program
  • Take 30 credits per year and make progress towards graduation
  • Maintain good academic standing
  • Be on track to graduate on time with an Associate's Degree in two years or a Bachelor's Degree in four years
The program goes into effect immediately, and is available for students whose families earn up to $100,000 annually beginning in the fall 2017. It will extend to families making up to $125,000 annually by 2019. Find more information in this fact sheet.
 
The application will be available June 7. Please help spread the word, and visitwww.hesc.ny.gov or www.ny.gov to learn more, and text COLLEGE to 81336 for updates.


 
 
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WHAT HAPPENS IF OCM BOCES CLOSES DUE TO WEATHER?
If Cortland and Homer districts are closed, OCM BOCES facilities located in Cortland County will be closed.  If only one of the aforementioned districts is closed, and the Career and Technical Education program enrollment by all districts totals one-half or more, OCM facitilites located in Cortland County will remain open.  Under certain extenuating circumstances a decision to remain open may be made.  Under all circumstances, the safety or our staff and students will be considered.

The OCM BOCES facilities located in Cortland County include:
Cortlandville (McEvoy) Campus
Cortland Alternative School
New Vision Program Sites
Seven Valleys New Tech Academy
The following radio stations and television channels to announce the closing of OCM facilities located in Cortland County.  They are as follows:
Radio:  AM680, AM870, AM1290, AM1430, AM1470, FM92.5, FM97.3, FM98.1, FM99.1, FM101.5, FM103.3, FM103.7, FM104.1, FM105.7, FM107.5
TV:  Channels 3,5,9, and 12
Questions?  Call Colleen Viggiano at (315)433-2604 (please do not call CHS)

SAT EXAM REPORTING PROCEDURES HAVE CHANGED!!
The guidance office no longer receives copies of students' individual SAT score reports from College Board.
To ensure that your SAT scores are placed on your transcript please bring a copy of your score report to Mrs. Young in Guidance.


 

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SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM

ATTENTION ANY MALE STUDENTS ABOUT TO TURN 18!

Hey guys, if you're already thinking about how to celebrate your 18th birthday - here's one suggestion:  Register for the Selective Service System.  No, it's not the draft, but yes, it is the right thing to do - for your country - for yourself.
Without it you can't get a driver's license in most states.  Or civil service jobs.  Or federal job training.  Or college loans & grants.  Selective Service is required for ALL males living in the United States.  
Check out the posters around the building, or see Mrs. Young, our Selective Service Registrar, for information on how to register.  It's easy and will only take two minutes out of your busy life. 

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YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM/STUDY ABROAD OPPORTUNITIES
Available to students in Grades 11 and 12

Students who are 15-19 years old and who are leaders in their school and community have the opportunity to learn a new language, discover another culture and become global citizens.  Long-term exchanges last a full academic year (August through June).
COSTS:  All programs do vary but students and families are typically responsible for round trip airfare, travel insurance, travel documents (passports/visas), spending money and any addtional travel or tours.
APPLICATION PROCESS: Begins in late August/eary September each year.  Coursework in advanced level foreign language is strongly recommended.        See your high school counselor in 10th grade to begin discussing the opportunity!
A few popular programs are listed below:

http://www.rotary-youth-exchange.com/index.php
https://www.iseusa.org 
http://usa.international-experience.net 


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The Academic Learning Center (across from the cafeteria) will be available to our students as a resource to enhance their educational experience as well as research, understand and plan for their futures. The center contains resource materials offering information on exam prep, colleges, financial aid, careers and part-time employment. 

Military service information is also available in the Academic Center.  Representatives from the different branches often set up in the Academic Center corridor to meet with interested students.

College and University representatives visit, primarily in the fall, to speak with interested students. 
Announcements of these visits are made in advance for students to secure a pass from Mrs. Young in the High School Guidance Office, Rm 150. 
Students are welcome to secure a pass ahead of time.  
College Representatives can now go to www.RepVisits.com to schedule an appointment with our high school.


SCHEDULED COLLEGE REP & MILITARY VISITS

September 13:  Bryant & Stratton College @ 8:30 a.m.
September 17:  University of Rochester @ 10:00 a.m.
September 17:  SUNY Broome Community College @ 11:45 a.m.
September 18: US Army during lunch periods
September 19:  Paul Smiths College of Arts & Science @ 8:30 a.m.
September 23:  University of Pittsburgh-Bradford @ 1:00 p.m.
September 24:  US Marines during lunch periods
September 27:  LeMoyne College @ 1:00 p.m.
September 30:  Saint John Fisher College @ 10:00 a.m.

October 2: US Army during lunch periods
October 2:  Canisius College @ 11:45 a.m.
October 3:  Keuka College @ 8:30 a.m.
October 3:  University of Tampa (FL) @ 11:45 a.m.
October 3:  Binghamton University @ 1:00 p.m.
October 4:  Hobart & William Smith College @ 8:30 a.m.
October 4:  SUNY Delhi @ 10:00 a.m.
October 4:  Ithaca College @ 11:45 a.m.
October 4:  Florida Institute of Technology @ 1:00 p.m.
October 4:  Marywood University @ 1:00 p.m.
October 7:  Elmira College @ 8:30 a.m.
Ocotber 7:  King's College (PA) @ 10:00 a.m.
October 9:  Utica College @ 10:00 a.m.
October 9:  SUNY Oneonta @ 1:00 p.m.
October 11:  SUNY New Paltz @ 11:45 a.m.
October 15:  SUNY Potsdam @ 8:30 a.m.
October 15:  SUNY Albany @ 10:00 a.m.
October 15:  Niagara University @ 1:00 p.m.
October 16:  US Army during lunch periods
October 17:  Herkimer County Community College @ 10:00 a.m.
October 17:  Onondaga Community College @ 1:00 p.m.
October 22:  Clarkson University@ 8:30 a.m.
October 22:  Nazareth College @ 10:00 a.m.
October 22:  St. Lawrence University @ 11:45 a.m.
October 22:  Hartwick College @ 1:00 p.m.
October 23:  University of New Haven (CT) @ 8:30 a.m.
October 24:  Cazenovia College @ 8:30 a.m.
October 24:  US Marines during lunch periods
October 24: Rochester Institute of Technology @ 10:00 a.m.
October 28:  SUNY Geneseo @ 8:30 a.m.
October 29:  SUNY Canton @ 11:45 a.m.
October 30:  US Army during lunch periods
October 31:  Alfred State @ 10:30 a.m.

November 6:  US Army during lunch periods
November 13:  SUNY Brockport @ 10:00 a.m.
November 20:  US Army during lunch periods

December 4:  US Army during lunch periods
December 12:  US Marines during lunch periods
December 18:  US Army during lunch periods

January 8:  US Army during lunch periods
January 15:  US Army during lunch periods

February 5:  US Army during lunch periods
February 12:  US Marines during lunch periods
February 24:  US Marines during lunch periods
February 26:  US Army during lunch periods

March 4:  US Army during lunch periods
March 18:  US Army during lunch periods
March 24:  US Marines during lunch periods

April 1:  US Army during lunch periods
April 15:  US Army during lunch periods
April 24:  US Marines during lunch periods
April 29:  US Army during lunch periods

May 6:  US Army during lunch periods
May 12:  US Marines during lunch periods
May 20:  US Army during lunch periods

June 3:  US Army during lunch periods
June 10:  US Army during lunch periods
June 12:  US Marines during lunch periods





 


 


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ACTs and SATs are administered at Cortland High School.  On the day of the examination, students should arrive by 7:45 a.m. and bring their ticket of admission, required photo identification, two #2 pencils and calculator.  Click the ACT or SAT link to see more information.

SUNY College Fairs:  Each reception and program is designed for high school juniors to explore all that SUNY has to offer including academic and student life programs, honors programs, opportunities for research, independent study, merit scholarships and financial assistance.  Click on the SUNY College Fairs link at the right for more information.

Christian College Fairs:  Free Admission - Attending a Christian University & College Fair can be the first step for many students when searching for the right college or university.  For complete information go to www.ChristianCollegeFairs.com .

AIR FORCE ROTC Detachment 520:  Students attending Cornell University, Cayuga CC, Broome CC, Binghamton University, SUNY Cortland, Elmira College, Ithaca College, Wells College or TC3 are eligible for this program.  Advantages?  Leadership training, scholarships, post-grad job and more.  Click on the Air Force ROTC  link for more information.

$$$$Wondering how you'll pay for college?  Sally Roy is a researcher for a site that provides college planning resources to students.  Aware of the burden of rising tuition she's put together a comprehensive Student Financial Aid Guide explaining various financing options available to students and adults!  Check out this very informative website at: http://www.onlineschools.org/financial-aid/.  


Need a comprehensive guide to 4-year and 2-year colleges, Nursing Schools & Military Programs in the United States?  Go to www.schoolguides.com or pick up a copy in the Guidance Office or Academic Center.


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 COLLEGE OPEN HOUSES & INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS
Every attempt will be made to keep this section up-to-date
 
TO BE UPDATED WHEN INFORMATION ARRIVES


SUNY COLLEGE FAIRS
Be a part of Something Bigger!
For dates and registration go to www.suny.edu/studentevents 

ALFRED STATE COLLEGE - Open House
Oct 19, Nov 3, April 4, 19
Register Online today at www.alfredstate.edu/admissions/visit-us

CANISIUS COLLEGE - Undergraduate Open House
Oct 6, Nov 9
Register Today at www.canisius.edu/visit 

SUNY CANTON - Open House
Sept 28, Oct 19, Nov 16, Apr 25


DAEMEN COLLEGE - Open House
Sept 28, Oct 19
Register Today at  www.daemen.edu/differentcourse 


SUNY DELHI - Open House
Oct 26, Nov 23
for information and to register visit www.delhi.edu/openhouse 


HAMILTON COLLEGE - Hamilton Saturdays
Sept 14, 21, 28; Oct 5, 12, 26; Nov 2, 9, 16
Comprehensive Campus Visit which includes opportunity to chat with faculty members,
an information session with an admission dean and a student-led tour and a personal interview
Visit www.hamilton.edu/saturdays for information, to secure your spot and register for an interview

KING'S COLLEGE - Fall Open Houses
Oct 20, Nov 10
For more information please visit www.kings.edu 
 

LEMOYNE COLLEGE - Fall Open House
Sept 15, Oct 20, Nov 10
Visit http://lemoyne.edu/openhouse for details

UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN - Fall Open Houses
Sept 29, Oct 27, Nov 10, Dec 8
Register online at http://newhaven.edu/OpenHouse 



UNIVERSITY OF SCRANTON - Open House
Oct 20, Nov 3
Visit http://scranton.edu/openhouse 
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DID YOU KNOW?????
While planning for college financing, students & parents may have come acress the terms "subsidized" student loan and "unsubsidized" student loan.  Since the difference between the two does affect when the loan interest wil have to be repaid, it is important to know the difference.  A subsidized loan is given based on financial need.  You are not charged any interest before the repayment period begins or during other times of deferment; the federal government "subsidizes" the interest during these times.  An unsubsidized loan is not need-based.  Therefore, interest is charged from the time the loan is disbursed until it is paid.  If you don't pay the interest in a timely fashion, it will be capitalized, which means that it will be added to the principal amount and the interest will be based on the higher amount.  If you get an unsubsidized loan, repaying your interest as it accumulates is the way to go. (Article cited from School Guide's College Confrence Manual, March 2, 2016)




FREE INTERNET SCHOLARSHIP SEARCHES
www.college-scholarships.com
www.petersons.com 
www.fastaid.com 
www.scholarships.com 
www.scholarship-page.com 
www.collegeboard.com 
www.studentawards.com 
www.fastweb.com
www.finaid.org 
www.nysaves.org
  



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EMPLOYMENT NEWS & OPPORTUNITIES

UPDATED WHEN INFORMATION ARRIVES

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS OR ANYONE AGE 17 AND OLDER!!!
NOT GOING TO COLLEGE?  UNEMPLOYED?
WANT TO START YOUR CAREER IN ADVANCED MANUFACTURING?
GET PAID WHILE YOU TRAIN - NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!
Start your career in Advanced Manufacturing by participating in the Accelerated Apprenticeship Program

Go to www.NYSApprenticeship.org/aap for details and to apply!!!
Don't delay!  



BECOME A CENSUS TAKER FOR 2020!!!
Temporary - part time positions - flexible work hours
Hourly wage is $17/hour for Enumerator/Lister; Census Field Supervisors are at $18.50/hour
Clerical Workers are $13.50/hour
An office will be located in the Syracuse area.
Mileage is reimbursed at $.58 per mile.
NO EXPERIENCE OR EDUCATION REQUIREMENT IS NECESSARY
All should apply if interested (Students, Retirees, Senior Citizens, etc.)
Positions available Summer of 2019

See or contact Mrs. Young in the Guidance Office if you are interested.  Again ... this is open to ANYONE 18 years of age or older at the time of employment!!



COMFORT INN AND QUALITY INN - CORTLAND
Interstate 81 Exit 11
There are openings in the Housekeeping Department for Student workers
* You will be cleaning hotel guest rooms and public areas such as the lobby, breakfast room and pool
*No experience required - they will train

*Great job for a high school student to work on Saturday and/or Sunday
*Pay - Minimum Wage $10.40/hr until December 31, then $11.10

Apply in Person at COMFORT INN - 2 1/2 Locust Ave., Cortland 
Or
email a letter of interest with phone number to jobsatinntelhospitality@yahoo.com




CORTLAND WORKS!!!
SUMMER YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING PROGRAM 2019
Application Packets for income-eligible youth, ages 14 thru 20,
interested in participating in the Summer Youth Employment and Training Program (SYETP)
are now available in the guidance office - Room 150 or click on the link at the right ....



SHIPWRECK GOLF AMUSEMENT CENTER IS HIRING...
Seniors planning to attend TC3 or Cortland State in the fall
Work experience a plus, but not required
Must have the ability to talk to strangers, make conversation and SMILE
Must be able to work weekends to start (graduation, prom, senior trip accomodated)

Apply by coming to Shipwreck dressed nicely & clean
Talk clearly, loudly and with enthusiasm for getting the job
Bring a resume and/or references with phone numbers
Read the application and completely fill it out
Do not call about the job.  




GUTHRIE CORTLAND MEDICAL CENTER
TEENAGE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (14-18 years of age)

Requirements:  Passing all classes - Complete mandatory orientation - Minimum hours commitment -
Possession of NY state working papers - Meet hospital clearance guidelines

Applications are now available in the guidance office - Room 150.

 
 

 
WENDY'S
Looking for a few smiling faces to join our team today!!
Our hours are flexible to your schedule!
2 easy ways to apply...
Online at www.wbwrestaurants.wendystoday.com
or
Appy in Person
at Wendy's
157 Clinton Ave., Cortland
Questions?  Call   607-753-6401, ext. 4632








 
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WORKING PAPERS applications are available in the Senior High Guidance Office - Rm. 150 and from Mrs. Perry in the Junior High Office - Rm. 177. 

YOUTH INTERNSHIP AT THE YOUTH CENTER - The Youth Center offers a paid internship program to students 14 and older.  The position involves field-trip planning, fundraising, in-house programming, event coordiantion, clerical tasks, and general assistance with daily operational chores.  Everyone who applies will be interviewed.  Applicants 17 and under must have working papers.  Applications are available at the Center.  Talk to a Youth Center staff person for more information (607 753-3021).
 
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SUMMER PROGRAMS
This section contains information about Academic Summer Programs offered by various institutes of higher learning.

 


 


 
Important Information

Saturday August, 24 2019



September 4: First Day of School for Students in Grades 9 & 12



September 5: First Day of School for Students in Grades 10 & 11



Scholarship Info on Naviance


QUICK LINKS

OUR SCHOOLS






Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

1 Valley View Drive
Cortland, NY 13045
607-758-4100

www.cortlandschools.org


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