Mrs. Cook

Mrs. Cook

Mrs. Teresa Wilhelm-Cook, School Counselor

Mrs. Cook and Turkeyfoot
Welcome to the Guidance department of Turkeyfoot Valley.
I am the School Counselor for Pre-K through 12th grade. I have been employed at Turkeyfoot since 2001. I began as the Music Teacher/Music Director. I graduated from Frostburg State in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education.  In 2008, I again graduated from Frostburg State University with a Master of Science Degree in Education in School Counseling. 
At that time I became the Elementary School Counselor, in addition to my duties as the Music Teacher/Music Director. 

In 2014, I took over the duties as the School Counselor for the entire School District.
I live in Meyersdale, where I grew up,  with my husband and family.  I have two grown children, and two grandchildren.
I love the atmosphere of the small school here at Turkeyfoot.  It is like that of a family.
I want the best for all the students and strive to make that happen to the best of my ability.

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Information for FAFSA Completion Webinars

Please join PHEAA's Higher Education Access Partners as they offer Virtual Financial Aid Webinars, from the comfort of your home. Two presentations will be offered throughout the month of January, FAFSA Overview and Understanding Your Financial Aid.  

FAFSA Overview Webinar
PHEAA’s Higher Education Access Partners, Amy Sawdey and Amy Sloan, will guide students and families through the process of filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). They will provide an overview of the necessary requirements in order to complete both the FAFSA and State Grant application. High school seniors and parents of seniors who have not yet completed their FAFSA are encouraged to attend.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 12 p.m.
Please register for this event here

OR

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6 p.m.  
Please register for this event here

Understanding Your Financial Aid Webinar
PHEAA's Higher Education Access Partners, Amy Sawdey and Wendy Dunlap, will present information on the financial aid application process, strategies to review and understand financial aid notifications, and how to compare different types of aid.

Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 12 p.m.
Please register for this event here

OR

Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6 p.m.
Please register for this event here

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Virtual Tour/Visit of Penn State Fayette
Monday, December 7th at 7:30
https://apply.psu.edu/register/?id=66f80463-5da9-4b8e-bbeb-9b48321dcc80

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Scholarship Grants
Go to the website for more information:
https://usagrantapplications.org/free-college-grants/index-v2.php
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Link for the Mt. Top Scholarship:
Must plan to attend Penn State Fayette campus
https://fayette.psu.edu/mountaintop-scholarship-eligibility
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Public Service Announcement Contest
2021 PSA Contest for Youth Suicide Prevention
Prevent Suicide PA is once again hosting the annual PSA contest for high school students. This is a great opportunity to engage students in a dialogue around suicide prevention, the importance of positive messaging, and communicating effectively. Staff who have participated in the past have seen this as a way to teach students on many levels (academically, socially, and emotionally), and students have been empowered to use their voice to reach out to their peers. This year’s contest submissions are due by Wednesday, December 16, 2020. Contest rules and submission guidelines can be found here.All of the winning and honorable mention PSAs from previous years are available for free public use and can be accessed by visiting http://psa.preventsuicidepa.org.These are great resources to use throughout the year.
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Information and a virtual tour of the Milton Hersey School:
Information:     https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/shar/KheeecL1RhiHlWcWz5mV84cRQyeuMah4G5buv3S_VfxBGQBwKSt4_sq6guL5iu9w.4_WF0pETxKZ2lwR5
Virtual Tour: : https://www.mhskids.org/virtual-open-houses/
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Information on the HOBY State Leadership Seminar for Sophomores:
Follow this link:
https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/cu/DEcNR12/HOBYRegistrationKit?source_id=dde14a16-eb95-47f0-abc0-5c7585b3edad&source_type=em&c=wEaebQ4QPFsGTLALZ0QQpJkV0dsrpOVNwwvYJMzP2bm7AhpMEjAfzg==


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Link for virtual tour and information on Pitt-Bradford.
 

We appreciate you and all the work you do with your students. As we couldn’t connect this fall due to the Global pandemic – and as we have discussed – I’d like to present you with this link to an informational videos about Pitt-Bradford. I think you will find this video very helpful to you and your students to show off campus, highlight some great things here on campus and provide additional information for support.

The link is – https://pitt.box.com/s/4jwys6k85xy9z1pini0rqi3njlyz8u6j

If you or your students have any questions or need more information about campus or any of our programs – please contact us! We are here to help and want to work with you and your students. Email us anytime at admissions@upb.pitt.edu

We hope to connect in person in the future – until then – be well and stay safe!

Cordially,

Randy Ruffner Jr.

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

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New FAFSA Information!!
Sallie Mae website  for FAFSA information.

http://salliemae.m.delivery.net/w/webView?cid=12759806960&mid=1095536936&pid=912&vid=13837&ee=Y29va0B0dXJrZXlmb290LmsxMi5wYS51cw__&si=&mv=H&bv=H&oc=H&k=11J94e&sc=
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Last winter I attended a workshop to learn about Apps and
the apps that are looking to catch our kids up in unhealthy and unsafe behaviors
Please see the following information!!!

The Hoop App

I learned about Hoop from a 12 year old. She was telling me about getting requests for "nudes" via Hoop.

Here is an article to read more about Hoop. From the article: "...At first, Hoop for iOS or Android looks just like Tinder. You create an account with some photos and bio information, and start swiping through profiles. If you like someone, you tap a Snapchat button to request their Snap username so you can message them."

I downloaded Hoop and tried it out.  Many adult women were trying to sell "premium Snapchat services" (Snapchat accounts where you could pay for nude images/videos etc). I saw a few women marketing themselves as escorts.

Younger people on the app were "trying to make friends" or "fill my Snapmap." I saw a lot of girl accounts state in their bio "don't ask for nudes, I'm not sending them." My assumption is that there are a lot of kids asking for nudes, or sharing unwanted nudes via this app. This app has no value for your kids. We teach them not to talk to strangers online. This app connects you to strangers online. Make sure you are checking their devices and having conversations with them. 

There are other apps like Hoop. Wink is one of them. I downloaded it and found the same type of content. Here are some other similar apps (based upon the Apple App Store) and their taglines. ~Ryan

Wink             "meet a Snapchat friend finder"
Swiping 
      "make new Snap friends"
                  "meet new people"
Addchat        "make random friends"
Wizz              "hit me up"
Lemon           "swiping and meet new people"
Hush             "new Snapchat friends"
Itsme             "the happiest place online"
Spotafriend   "swipe, chat and make friends"
Yobo             "discover, chat and meet people" 





***Online Dual Enrollment Classes Through WVU
This will not be accessible until the winter for the Spring semester!!!

The HS ACCESS website has everything you need to know about the program, so feel free to send any and all
interested students, families, school districts, colleagues, etc. our way: https://www.access.wvu.edu/home
Courses available: https://www.access.wvu.edu/courses


***Attention 2021 Seniors

***SAT Practice sites
satpractice.org
sat.org/practice tests (for printing paper practice tests)

***Scholarships you can control!!!

******Check out Raise.me a site where you input your information (grades & activities) and you can earn money towards your education.  Check out what colleges are participating.

******Also go to cb.org/opportunity to look at information on their College Board Opportunity Scholarships
Build your college list $500
Practice for the SAT $1000
Improve your score $2000
Strengthen your college list $500
Complete the FAFSA $1000
Apply to colleges $1000
Complete all SIX actions $40000






WELCOME TO THE EDUCATION DIVISION OF UPJ

The Pitt-Johnstown Education Division welcomes you to explore our programs and would be excited to accompany you on your journey to becoming a future teacher. In addition to the programs described below, we also offer PreK-12 Spanish as well as add-on certification/endorsement in STEM and ESL.

You will find that this is a great place to learn, make friends, and prepare yourself for the exciting and challenging world of teaching.  We take pride in our teacher education programs which combine high expectations with a caring disposition while readying you for a successful career in education.

We hope you will accept our invitation to meet members of the Education Division faculty, explore teacher education programs available at Pitt-Johnstown, and tour our beautiful campus.  Simply click on the links below!   

Click to Access the Pitt-Johnstown Education website for more detailed information

Click to Take a virtual tour of our beautiful mountaintop campus

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email mmoxim@pitt.edu.  Education Division faculty and staff will be happy to answer.

Once again, we are pleased to extend this invitation to become a part of the world class Education Programs at Pitt-Johnstown.

Mary Moxim


***NOTICE FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN DRAMA/MUSICALS:
Go to this website: 

 https://www.lionkingexperience.com/sessions/kids/1

***ATTENTION SAT Information:




These scholarships are now open for your juniors:

Build Your College List: $500

Practice for the SAT®: $1,000

These steps will assist your students as they head into summer and work on plans for college while they prepare for senior year. Access the resources and handouts booklet for lesson plans that can be modified for virtual delivery. You can also share this 3 Ways to Plan for College and Earn Scholarships from Home This Spring (.pdf/566.87 KB) flyer with your students while they're working remotely.

To ensure students will have opportunities to take the SAT® to make up for this spring's lost administrations, we've added a new SAT administration on Saturday, September 26, 2020. This administration date will be for the SAT only (no SAT Subject Tests™ are available). Sunday testing for religious reasons will be available on September 27, 2020. Visit our SAT website for additional updates.


 

 

Seniors: See the information below!!!
  *New
Scholarship opportunity!!
https://educationbenefits.wiley.com/covid-relief-k12-counselors

NEW INFORMATION for Seniors or Juniors!!!!

*Additional Information from PHEAA

PHEAA NEWS:

PA School Services Reminders:

  • Financial Aid Videos – Looking for online resources for students and families? Check out our short financial aid videos that focus on different subjects of interest.
  • Special Circumstances – We provide special processing to students from families who have suffered a loss of income by re-evaluating your financial need based on your unique circumstances. Special processing may also be extended to those whose family had extraordinary, unreimbursed medical/dental expenses. Obtain reduced income forms or medical expense forms by: Downloading them from the State Grant Documents and Forms page.


**The following email came to me today. It is a link to some online mental health services, such as talking to someone about an issue you may have.

We are now offering all districts and schools in the US access to a Mental Health Education module at no cost. This learning activity is recognized by the Florida District of Education as a valuable resource for grade 6-12 students, and given the current global crisis, it is more important than ever.

Additionally, we’ve added a COVID-19 Awareness and Prevention module. These activities can be done at home, on any device, and will engage learners to build knowledge and awareness in these critical topics. Educators can easily assess student progress.

It's an easy 2-steps to get started:

  1. Sign up at ChatterHigh.com
  2. To get students started, share these instructions with them.

Educators and/or parents wishing to learn more can sign up here for a demonstration or visit our website.






PLEASE CLICK ON THE USEFUL LINKS ON THE LEFT TO FIND COLLEGE PLANNING, FINANCIAL AID AND SCHOLARSHIP LINKS!!

ALSO CLICK ON THE CALENDAR LINK TO FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT EACH MONTH!