Mrs. Cook

Mrs. Cook

Mrs. Teresa Wilhelm-Cook, School Counselor
During this time of chaos and fear of the unknown, I am truly concerned about our students.  For this reason I will be available to talk with anyone that feels the need.  You may call the school to ask them to contact me.  I will come to meet with you at the United Church of God if you feel you need to talk about anything that is going on with you, to make you feel better or calmer during this time of unknowing and insecurity.  You may also Instant Message me, search for my name as it appears above.  Through messaging, 
together we can determine what you need.

*** PA Free Enterprise Week Information:
If you have already applied or planned to apply for PFEW please read:

Good Morning!

Despite the cancellation of our 2020 sessions, our Foundation remains resilient and committed to teaching Pennsylvania’s youth about the wonders of the American free enterprise system! While we are all disappointed that we can’t gather and meet in person this summer, we are thrilled to be able to give you, your family and your PFEW 2020 registrants a glimpse of PFEW from the safety and comforts of your own homes! As we move forward with our award winning programming, we are pleased to bring you the much-awaited LIVE Speaker Series!

For the last 42 years, we have been incredibly blessed to welcome the greatest group of youth speakers assembled in the world – a group of men and women who educate, challenge, engage, and inspire us all to overcome obstacles, take ownership of our futures, make true human connections, and turn dreams into realities. Our speakers have a way of tapping into the deepest parts of our hearts and minds and help us discover our true purpose. They teach us to reach beyond our limitations and create lives of extraordinary depth and meaning.

Mark your calendar and gather your family and friends each Thursday evening from 8pm-9pm for our LIVE Speaker Series on Zoom! For the next few months, you can join in on the excitement and conversation of our wonderful speaker lineup! All Zoom webinar sessions are FREE with live Q&A. We will kick off our LIVE Speaker Series on Thursday, June 11th with Sweethearts & Heroes. Click Here to view the full speaker lineup and register! *An invitation to attend this special series has been emailed to all PFEW 2020 registrants. If you’d like PFEW to send you a list of student attendees from your school after the conclusion of the Speaker Series, please contact us and we’d be happy to provide you with a list.

COMING SOON: A standards-aligned collection of Postsecondary Preparation and Career Exploration Resources will soon be available on our website that will assist students as they prepare and position themselves for postsecondary success in education and work. This collection of resources will allow students to explore and learn about a variety of careers as well as get advice, industry knowledge, tips and guidance from experts and industry professionals. Students will also have the chance to connect with professionals in their field(s) of interest and form a mentorship platform that will provide guidance, support and motivation to help grow and enhance their skills so they can hit the ground running. We’ll be in touch soon with more details! Stay tuned!

FREE Virtual Opportunities: Want to join in on the fun and participate in some healthy competition? Want to experience the thrill of investing, without the risk of losing real money? Who doesn’t, right?! Join our Stock Market GameTM this summer for FREE and compete against others educators throughout the state! You’ll have a blast all while learning and exploring the game. Once registered, you’ll have access to our Teacher Support Center that will provide curriculum, guides, how-to videos, numerous lesson plans, quizzes etc. that you may consider bringing to your classroom to teach students about economics, investing, personal finance and much more. Starts June 15th! Register now by clicking here.

Finally, as our Foundation forges ahead with preparations for PFEW 2021, we are excited to announce our 2021 Program Dates:

Week 1: July 4- 10

Week 2: July 11-17

Week 3: July 25 -31

Week 4: August 1 – 7

*Any PFEW 2020 registrant who selected to transfer their registration to PFEW 2021 will be giving the chance to make a week selection that suits them best. The PFEW staff will be in touch with them in October with instructions to make their week selection. *While PFEW is normally only offered to current sophomores and juniors, in light of the pandemic our Board of Directors have made a one-time exception by extending the eligibility to those who are currently registered juniors who will be seniors during the 20-21 school year.

**Any PFEW 2020 registrant who selected to cancel their PFEW registration who may later change their mind and wish to reinstate their participation for PFEW 2021, should contact us right away!


***Summer Courses for Adults and Students:

Sweet Briar College is offering 10 courses this summer with you and your students in mind. Four of the courses are from our innovative Leadership CORE designed to help hone leadership skills.  These courses have no prerequisites and are open to any interested person from upper level high school students to adult learners. Each course is offered for credit (3 college credits) or audit (no credit).

Overview:
·All summer courses are offered completely online using synchronous instruction, asynchronous instruction, or a combination of both. A computer and stable internet access is required for each student.
·Courses are open to men and women
·Courses will run from June 15 to July 27
·Registration is open until June 8th
·Fill out the non-degree seeking student form here:

Register Here



Attention Seniors: Scholarship Opportunities

2020 William J. McMannis and A. Haskell McMannis Educational Trust Fund

The William J. McMannis and A. Haskell McMannis Educational Trust Fund is being offered to assist students from Pennsylvania attending designated colleges in Pennsylvania with their education. Up to 30 renewable scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 will be granted based on financial need.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be a Pennsylvania high school senior or graduate or current postsecondary undergraduate
  • Plan to enroll in fulltime undergraduate study at one of the following 4-year accredited Pennsylvania institutions: Mercyhurst University, Gannon University, Edinboro University, Penn State Behrend, Allegheny College, Clarion University, Grove City College, Thiel College, Westminster College, Slippery Rock University
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent)
  • Be a United States citizen

Awards are renewable for up to three additional years based on satisfactory progress, and may not exceed total cost of tuition, fees, books and supplies.

Deadline to apply is June 18, 2020.

To learn more and apply, visit learnmore.scholarsapply.org/mcmannis.

 


***Attention Seniors:


***FOR Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
:





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

Seniors Celebrate Together:

 The class of 2020 has faced a senior year like none other in history. The XQ organization has partnered with The Lebron James Family Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to celebrate high school seniors throughout the country with a first-of-its-kind national graduation that will air simultaneously on network television, social media and streaming platforms. The event will feature LeBron James, Malala Yousafzai, the Jonas Brothers, Yara Shahidi, H.E.R., Megan Rapinoe, Bad Bunny, Lena Waithe, Pharrell Williams, Ben Platt and others.

Here's how you and your students can participate:

--Share your stories about remote learning quirks, inspiring tales of educators going above and beyond, or anything else that you think needs to be told on Graduate Together’s website.

--Encourage your seniors to submit photos and short video segments that tell the stories of their achievements.

--Ask your seniors to submit photos for the first-ever National High School Yearbook in partnership with JR’s global Inside Out participatory photo project.




The College Board is committed to helping ensure your students don't lose college planning momentum while they're at home during these challenging times. With the College Board Opportunity Scholarships, class of 2021 students can take important steps on the path to college while earning scholarship opportunities along the way.

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.

Resources for Students

***SAT INFORMATION

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.


ATTENTION SOPHOMORES:

HOBY PROGRAM INFORMATION:

This school year is sure going to be one for us all to remember! We at Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership are ready for the challenge! We are taking our face-to-face conference virtual for our rising junior class June 19-21, 2020

Although we will be online this year, our young leaders will still gain the experience of connecting with other student leaders and professionals across Western Pennsylvania, alumni of HOBY, college and universities. 

We want your students to grow our program. All a student needs to qualify for the program is to be a rising junior! There is a fee for the program that either the student or school would pay. Should money be the obstacle for a student to participate, please let me know, we do have sponsors for some schools!

I, as the school counselor need to register students.  If you are an interested Sophomore please let me know. Click below to see what it is all about.  We have had students attend in the past.  It is a great experience and looks great on a college or work application.  There is a cost involved, but this year since the format is different they are allowing each school to send two for the price of one.  We can see if the parents, school or an outside source can cover the expense. 

Click here to explore HOBY experiences and opportunities.

Our HOBY programs truly provide a life-changing experience for our students.  Once a HOBY Leadership Seminar is complete, the students return to your school and community more inspired and focused on truly making a difference in the lives of others.  

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact our Leadership Seminar Chair, Heather Robison by phone at 724-691-2172 or by email at heather@hobypaw.org

 

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

NEW INFORMATION for Seniors or Juniors!!!!

Point Park University

You’re invited to connect with us during StriveScan’s Virtual College Exploration Week to learn more about Point Park University on Thursday, May 7th at 1:00 PM CT (2 PM EST)!

During a 45 minute session, you will join Nathan Petrak, Assistant Director of Admissions, to learn about academic programs, campus life, our innovative co-operative education program, and the admissions process. You’ll even have the opportunity to submit questions!

We’ll see you all on Thursday, May 7th at 1:00 PM CT (2 PM EST)!

Joell Minford
Director, Office of Admission

RSVP online



***Information pertinent to those interested in Cal U
An additional date!

We are bringing Cal U to your Students! That's right, students can join us for a Virtual Open House in their own home!

Our Event will be Tomorrow --- Thursday, May 7th from 6pm to 8pm.


During the virtual experience, students will

  • meet and personally talk with Cal U administration, staff, and students.
  • discover our majors and various opportunities to Build You!
  • learn more about admissions, financial aid, student life, and more.
  • explore our campus services, and amenities.
  • ask questions and get answers to what they need to know.

Beginning the college search? This is an awesome way to hear all about Cal U!

Already accepted? Great, this is the perfect time for students to learn more as they take the next steps toward becoming an official Vulcan!

Looking to transfer to Cal U? We have a chat room just for transfer students to find out what they need to do!

Let your students know to mark their calendar and find a comfy spot at home as our Cal U Community will welcome them at 6pm on May 7th!

Please go this link to register:     https://adm.calu.edu/register/VOHMay7202

***We at SAGE Scholars would like to help you with your senior and junior students as you are working with them remotely.

Seniors attending in the Fall of 2020 have many questions and concerns. We have compiled Questions You Need Answered To Prepare For College This Fall based on input from college leaders.

***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.


* Following is a link for a virtual tour of ACM since we could not get our tour completed.  Share with your Parents too!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1595651620609202/
This is available April 13- 24.
Tiffany Boone is available to provide help. Leave a message at this number:
814-445-9848  or email at tboone3@allegany.edu
She can help you get registered for summer or fall classes.

*Calu News!!
If you plan to attend Cal U read below. It might apply to you!!!

**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.



Here is the good news:  California University of Pennsylvania has decided to waive the SAT/ACT requirement for seniors who have applied or plan to apply to Cal U and have not taken the exam yet.  We are also awarding merit scholarships based on the GPA only for these students.  We are still accepting applications so please encourage students to apply!

As always if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at admissions@calu.edu or call 724-938-4404.

A message for Seniors from PHEAA:
(About Financial Aid)

Good Afternoon,

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) has been reviewing the impact of COVID-19 on students as it relates to the PA State Grant Program. In order to give students and families more flexibility during the COVID-19 pandemic, PHEAA’s Board of Directors also acted to extend the May 1 PA State Grant application deadline by 2 weeks to May 15 for the 2020-21 Academic Year.

To apply for a PA State Grant, applicants must first complete the 2020-21 FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Applicants can access this form online at pheaa.org/FAFSA or fafsa.gov.

Please do not hesitate to contact me directly as I am available to assist your students and families with any questions they may have.

Thank You,

Julie Fontana
Julie A. Fontana, Higher Education Access Partner
PHEAA - Pennsylvania School Services
814-322-2563
jfontana@pheaa.org

In light of recent college fair cancellations across our region and nationally, we have partnered with StriveScan and other associations around the country to provide a virtual alternative.

Through unprecedented collaboration, we are excited to announce the Strive Virtual College Exploration Week, which will provide a unique and diverse program for the students as they begin to navigate their postsecondary options:


Strive Virtual College Exploration Week

Monday, April 20 - Thursday, April 23, 2020

  • 300+ colleges from 44 states and 10 countries
  • 96 sessions over 4 days
  • Day and evening options
  • Panel presentations on a range of topics for juniors and underclassmen
  • Free and open to students nationwide

 

Registration for students and parents is now live:
www.strivescan.com/virtual



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 a 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.


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!