Pierson Counseling Office
Counseling Office & College News
September 21, 2018
Local Community Opportunities for Teens:
The Retreat Teen Leadership Project:
- Learn about healthy relationships and help others! Train to become a peer educator and leader alongside high school students from other local schools. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and more information.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island:
- Applications for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) are now being accepted! Pierson students accepted by BBBSLI mentor elementary school students on a weekly basis. See Mr. Mingione in the counseling office for more information and an application if you’d like to get involved.
Southampton Youth Bureau programs www.southamptontownny.gov/youthbureau
TRANSPORTATION IS PROVIDED AND AVAILABLE! Call for information
- Youth Court - Teens hear real court cases, participate in the court, and more! Mondays 6:00-7:30 p.m., grades 9-12, call (631) 702-2425
- Youth and Government - Teens learn how government and democracy works Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m., grades 9-12, call (631) 702-2425
- Youth Advisory Committee - Plan events, network, and do community service Every other Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m., grades 7-12, call (631) 702-2425
- ACT TWO Teen Community Theater - Teens learn improvisation, role playing, and discussion skills Thursdays 6:00-7:30 p.m., grades 7-12
John Jermain Library -www.johnjermain.org (631) 725-0049
- Teen Book Club - Teens meet as a group over snacks and beverages to discuss the latest read. Next meeting September 16
- Teen Writing Group - Learn about creative writing, poetry, and character development, and spend time in a group working on your craft. Free pizza! See library for meeting times and information.
- U.S. Senate Youth Program Washington Week: Each year the U.S. Senate hosts youth delegates from each state for a week of education and exposure to government. N.Y. State is looking for nominations of high school juniors or seniors to attend the week (March 2-9, 2019) as well as win a $10,000 college scholarship. Students must hold an elected position in either student government, educational, or civic organizations. Check out the brochure online https://ussenateyouth.org/ and see Ms. Motto for more information.
- VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship: This audio-essay scholarship competition is open to any democracy-loving student in grades 9-12. Students compete for the top prize of $30,000 college scholarship. See Mr. Mingione for more information and scholarship application. https://www.vfw.org/VOD/
- The New York State Scholarships for Academic Excellence: Seniors who plan to graduate June 2019 and attend college are eligible to be nominated for this $500-$1500 award. Rank in class will determine the nomination. Full information can be found here: http://www.highered.nysed.gov/kiap/scholarships/sae.htm
- Young Arts Mentorship and $10,000 award: Visual, literary, design, or performing artists between ages 15 and 18 in grades 10 through 12 are encouraged to apply. www.youngarts.org/competition
September 23 - NACAC College Fair 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. @ Nassau Coliseum
September 30 - SUNY College Fair 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. @ Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood
October 2 - The Big Virtual College Fair 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. An online virtual fair where students can connect to colleges all over the country. https://collegefair.ecareerfairs.com
October 17 - East End Counselors College Fair, Riverhead High School 5:30-7:00 p.m.
College Admissions Testing:
PSAT: October 10, 2018
- The PSAT is a Preliminary SAT that will help prepare all students to take the SAT and ACT. Free practice is available online via Castle Learning or Khan Academy.
- All sophomores and juniors will take the PSAT in school on October 10
- Counselors will register students in class in advance
- Next test date is October 6. Late registration is available until Sept. 26
- Future test dates are November 3 and December 1
- Next test date is October 27. Register by September 28
- Future test dates are December 8 and April 13, 2019
- FREE via Castle Learning’s Method Test Prep. Students login and click the links
- Khan Academy from the College Board is also free www.khanacademy.org
College representatives visit Pierson and students are invited to meet with them. Students should come to the guidance office conference room at the start of the period.
- University of Tampa, September 26 @ Academic Support
- Duke University, September 28 @ Academic Support
- Bennington College, October 1 @ 7th Period
- University of Vermont, October 2 @ 7th Period