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U-32 Middle & High School

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A school community dedicated to excellence in teaching and learning.

  • Welcome to U-32 Student Services

    The U-32 Student Services Office provides information and resources for students, families, faculty and community member for life at U-32 and life after U-32 via Naviance Family Connection. Please click on Naviance College and Career Family Connection to access our website.

    U-32 students and/or the parent/guardian of an existing student you can login into their own personal account to access student specific and grade specific information.   If you have not received or misplaced your login information please contact the Student Services Office at 229-0322.

    To enter as a "Guest" please click on the link above to view information regarding the U-32 Student Services Office.

    By accessing Naviance / Family Connection  you and your student have access to many informational pages regarding Life At U-32 and Life After U-32 including but not limited to:

    • Life at U-32 - Adopt a Counselor, echeckups, Foreign Exchange, Grades / Graduation requirements, Immunizations, NECAP/SBAC, New Student Info, Report Card Dates, School Choice & Tuition, Study Skills & TA
    • Planning and advising process – Build a resume, complete online surveys, and manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers
    • Dual Enrollment, Early College and the VAST program
    • Research career- take Career Interest Inventories, Personality Interest Inventories and Learning Style inventories
    • Research colleges – Compare GPA, standardized test scores, and other statistics to actual historical data from our school for students who have applied and been admitted in the past
    • College Information – How to apply, Paying for Colleges, List of Colleges U-32 students have been accepted to
    • PSAT/SAT/ACT/AP -Take on-line SAT/ACT preparation courses that will help you build your math, reading, writing, and SAT/ACT test prep skills. You will be able to complete the course and track all of the work you complete. Method Test Prep uses proven strategies that are clear and easy to understand for any type of learner and students have seen measurable progress using the course.
    • Find out what scholarships are available
    • Junior & Senior Timeline Calendars
    • Study Skills
    • ? to ask your counselor

    Family Connection also lets us share information with you and your child about up-coming meetings and events, local scholarship opportunities, and other Web resources for college and career information. In addition, the site includes a link that your child can use to send us an e-mail message.

  • |  ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS/GUARDIANS  |

    U-32 will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on Feb 8th. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. It is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. NAEP is different from our state assessment because it provides a common measure of student achievement across the country. The results are released as The Nation's Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

    Your student will take either a  mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment also asks students questions about their daily routine and their educational experiences. For example, students are asked if there is a computer at home and about the amount of reading they do. Student responses are anonymous, and they provide context and meaning to the assessment results. Please visit http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/about/booklets.asp to review sample questions.

    The assessment takes about 90 to 120 minutes for most students. The results are completely confidential (in accordance with the Confidential Information Protection provisions of Title V, Subtitle A, Public Law 107-347).

     

    The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

    • Your Student’s grades will not be affected.
    • Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.
    • While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your student to participate, please notify Lisa LaPlante in writing by January 6th.

     There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your student to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your student is available at HERE. Contact Lisa LaPlante at 802-229-0322 or at llaplante@u32.org if you have any questions.

    We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that U-32 students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.


    CLICK HERE for the U-32 Post High School Planning Guide.


     

    NEWS FROM STUDENT SERVICES

    IMPORTANT GRADING INFORMATION

    HOME REPORT DATES FOR 2016-2017

    (available through the IC Parent Portal)

    S1/Q1     Thursday, September 29, 2016

    S1/Q2     Thursday, December 8, 2016

    S2/Q3     Thursday, February 16, 2017

    S2/Q4     Thursday, May 11, 2017

     

    REPORT CARD DATES FOR 2016-2017

    (sent home with students)

    S1/Q1     Tuesday, November 8, 2016

    S1/Q2     Thursday, January 19, 2017

    S2/Q3     Friday, April 7, 2017          

    S2/Q4     TBA depending on last day of school


     

    College Fairs at U-32 in the Atrium   Approximately 30 colleges/universities on each date below:

    • November 1 - 10:30 am to 1:15 pm
    • December 23 – During lunches (Former students will represent their college in a Student Run College Fair)

     Things to Do Before Attending the College Fair 

    1. Look over the list of college fair participants. Use Naviance College Search feature to find colleges that match your interests. Choose the colleges you most want to find out more about. If you have time, research those colleges by checking their Web sites.
    2. Write up a short list of questions to ask admission representatives. To compare several schools plan on asking the same questions at each table. The questions you ask should be unique to your interests and not easily found  in standard college materials: 
    1. What are the two or three most popular majors? (This can give you a good idea of the main interests of a majority of the students);
    2. Ask about the availability and quality of the program(s) or major(s) you are interested in;
    3. What are the opportunities for undergraduates to participate in research with faculty members or to do internships;
    4. What courses would you take your first year in a particular major;
    5. Students who are undecided should ask about what services and support are available to help them explore various majors; and,
    6. Ask about: extracurricular activities, what kinds of students the college is looking for, what percentage of students receive financial aid (not including loans), are merit scholarships available, how do they look at AP scores, and other concerns unique to your interests and situation.

    Make sure you have:

    1.  a small notebook;
    2. pen or a handheld device with your list of colleges and questions;
    3. print up a sheet of self-stick address labels. Include (in small font, as much as you can of the following): your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, high school, year of graduation, intended major(s), and any extracurricular activities you’re interested in. At the fair, slap the address labels on the college information cards to save you time in filling out the same information over and over at each college.
    4. You may want to create an email account just for college purposes that you and your parent/guardians can access. You can delete the account after you choose which college to attend. Thus not cluttering your inbox!

     
    After visiting the fair, jot down your impressions of some of the most interesting colleges you saw as well as some of the answers they gave to your questions. Try to do this as soon as possible, while your impressions are still fresh.


    Student Alum Panel – December 23 – U-32 Auditorium Band 8

    Former students will talk about their transition to Life After U-32.


    College Calendar and Checklist for Seniors

    November

    • November 3: Start of Quarter 2
    • November 3: Registration deadline for Dec 3 SAT
    • November 4: Test date for SAT Reasoning & SAT Subject Tests
    • collegeboard.com
    • November 6: Registration deadline for Dec. 10 ACT. Register at actstudent.org
    • Meet with college representatives visiting U-32.
    • Check with your teachers, coaches, and/or TA to ensure that letters of recommendation are sent on time.
    • Mail applications for colleges with “rolling” deadlines as soon as possible.
    • Keep polishing your essay.
    • Continue to attend meetings with college representations.
    • Check in with your counselor.
    • Remember; Colleges take senior grades seriously.

     

    December

    • December 3: Test date for SAT Reasoning & SAT Subject Tests
    • December 10: ACT test date.
    • December 21: Registration deadline for Jan 24, SAT Reasoning & SAT Subject Tests.
    • Put the finishing touches on your essay.  Be sure to proofread!
    • Try to wrap up applications before winter break.  Photocopy all application materials before sending them in.
    • Send standardized test scores to your colleges.  It can be done electronically at collegeboard.com or by phone at 800-SAT-SCORE.
    • Early Decision and Early Action letters start arriving this month.  Check with individual schools to confirm dates.   Good luck!
    • Regular applicants:  call admissions offices to set up interviews if needed.
    • Complete CSS Profile if you haven’t already done so
    • Check in with your Counselor.

    SAT / ACT Test Preparation (FREE On-line)

    For free online SAT test prep log onto Khan Academy.  Students can link their PSAT scores to Khan Academy which will create a personalized test prep program.

    For free online ACT prep go to Method Test Prep, https://app.methodtestprep.com/U-32HighSchool/signup/tkn11584349 an on-line course that will help students build their math, reading, writing, and ACT test prep skills. 

    When you visit the link for the first time, you will need to click on the "sign up" tab to create their new account.  You will be required to enter a valid email address and create a username/password so you can log directly into Method Test Prep.


    PARENT resources:

    Remember to frequent Naviance / Family Connection as this web-based program will help U-32 students explore colleges and careers, build a resume, manage timelines and deadlines for making decisions about colleges and careers, sign up for college visits, and find out what scholarships are available.  Naviance will also house Personalized Learning Plans (PLPs) starting with students in grade 7.

    If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it yourself. If you have misplaced your registration card, please notify Student Services.

  • STUDENT SERVICES STAFF

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    Lisa LaPlante  |  Dir. Student Services

    Lisa joined U-32 in 2007, bringing with her 15 years of counseling experience and four years of social work experience. She has a M.Ed. in school counseling and was the Director of Guidance for the Haverhill Public School system. Lisa can be reached at llaplante@u32.org.
     


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    Cairsten Keese  |  HS Counselor

    Cairsten earned her B.A. in Psychology from Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts. After graduation she moved to Arizona and earned her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Caristen relocated to Vermont in 2014 and joined the Student Services team at U-32. She is very passionate about her field of work, especially when it comes to post-secondary planning. Cairsten believes that every student should be college and career ready upon high school graduation.  Cairsten can be reached at ckeese@u32.org.

     

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    Colleen Dwyer  |  Student Assistance Counselor (SAP) 

    As the U-32 Student Assistance Counselor, Colleen works with students to prevent drug and alcohol use as well as educating students about pertinent issues through the organization of awareness activities within the school community. as well as providing. An integral part of Colleen's job is to help identify and support students who might be struggling with drug or alcohol use and refer the students to appropriate community resources. She is at U-32 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Colleen comes to U-32 with a background in mental health and substance abuse in a variety of human service settings. Colleen can be reached at cdwyer@u32.org.
     

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    Ellen Cooke  |  HS Counselor 

    Ellen joined U-32 in 1990. She is the liaison to the Central Vermont Career Center, 9th Grade Academy, and Faculty Adivosr to Branching Out. Her other responsibilities include college and career counseling, individual and group work and she provides support for 9th and 10th grade faculty TA's. Ellen can be reached at ecooke@u32.org.

     

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    Scott Harris  |  HS Counselor 

    Scott moved to Vermont from Maine in 2008. He earned a B.S. in Secondary Ed - Social Studies from UMaine, and an M.A. in Education from Goddard College. He has various experience working in elementary, middle, and high school levels teaching social studies, science, and behavioral support. Scott approaches school counseling from a holistic, developmental, and student-centered perspective. His work with students revolves around social and emotional growth, career exploration, community building, and awareness around social justice topics. Scott can be reached at sharris@u32.org.

     

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    Nate Lovitz  |  MS Counselor

    A native of Central Maine, Nate joined the U-32 community after earning his Masters of Science in School Counseling from the University of Vermont. Nate earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Education at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He then spent four years in Jackson, Wyoming, working as a literacy aid and whitewater raft guide. Nate also spent a year in Augusta, Georgia, where he worked as a long-term sub at Burke County High School. Nate is extremely excited to aid students in social and emotional growth, help develop a strong and caring community, and explore social justice issues in his school counselor role. Nate can be reached at nlovitz@u32.org.

     


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    Paula Crossett  |  R.N. 

    Paula Crossett is a graduate of U-32 and UVM with a degree in nursing. She has worked in Maine, Colorado, The Children’s Hospital of Boston in the General Surgery and Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. After returning home to Vermont, Paula worked at CVHH&H as the primary nurse in East Montpelier, Calais and Woodbury for 12 years, then on the Maternal Child Health team for two years before leaving to work at U-32. Paula can be reached at pcrossett@u32.org.

     

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    Lisa Rice  |  R.N. 

    Lisa started at U-32 in 2015 as a school nurse. She is a graduate of Vermont Technical College with a degree in nursing and currently works for the University of Vermont Health Network when not at U-32. Lisa has worked in many areas of nursing: Medical surgical, Women and Children, Woodridge Nursing Home and currently the Express Care clinics through CVMC.

    Lisa can be reached at lrice@u32.org.

     

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    Jody Dwire  |  Admin. Assistant

    Jody works as an Administrative Assistant in the Health Services office on TK and TK.

    Jody can be reached at jdwire@u32.org.

     

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    Tracy Martin  |  Office Manager 

    Tracy joined U-32 in 2007 as administrative support for students and guidance counselors, as well as overseeing the state census reports. Tracy can be reached at tmartin@u32.org.

     


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    Lauren VanDeren  |  Admin. Assistant 

    Lauren has worked as an Administrative Assistant in Student Services since 1989. She really enjoys working with both the students and the staff. Lauren can be reached at lvanderen@u32.org.

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