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Are you ready for your child to attend college? Here you’ll find some resources to ensure you and your child are ready!


To help you understand your child's PSAT score report and how to interpret his or her PSAT results, view:


MCAS Testing Information

MCAS testing for 10th graders:

  • Semester 1 Biology - February 5-6, 2018
  • ELA - March 27-29, 2018
  • Math - May 23-24, 2018
  • Semester 2 Biology - June 6-7, 2018

It is very important that students be well rested, eat a good breakfast, attend on testing days, and arrive to school on time. Thank you for your support and cooperation.


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Guidance & Counseling

Our goal at Turners Falls High School is not to simply graduate students but to truly prepare them for life beyond high school. Whether they choose to enter the workforce, go to a community college, or attend a four-year university, we walk them through the process every step of the way. Starting with his or her first day of high school until graduation day, our guidance staff works tirelessly to ensure that every child meets or exceeds his or her potential.


School Counseling Mission Statement: Great Falls Middle School and Turners Falls High School

The school counseling program’s shared mission is to deliver a comprehensive program to all students that promotes lifelong learning and active citizenship for grades six through twelve. In partnership with the school and greater community, we provide a safe and supportive environment for students to discover their interests, pursue their goals, succeed academically, explore postsecondary options, and develop and improve their interpersonal and workplace readiness skills.


Our Vision

Empowering all students to be college and career ready.


Our Beliefs

We in the guidance department believe that:

  • All students are unique individuals with unique needs
  • All students have the capacity to achieve
  • All students need 21st century skills
  • All students have dignity and intrinsic value
  • Learning involves the education of the whole person and is a life-long process
  • All students should have access to a comprehensive school counseling program delivered by state-certified, master’s degree level counselors

The school counselor should:

  • Advocate for all students and be student-centered
  • Adhere to the ethical standards set forth by the American School Counselor Association
  • Be proactive and data driven
  • Draw upon the knowledge of and collaborate with family, school, and community partners
  • Utilize a team approach for planning and management purposes
  • Use technology to enhance program delivery
  • Participate regularly in professional development activities to remain up to date on best practices

 


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Prepare Your Child for the Start of the New Year

As a parent or caregiver, your child's academic achievement depends on your role in preparing your child for school. You can ensure your child's success in learning and life by getting involved early in your child's education. Communication between parent and child is crucial. Your connections to the school and his or her friends will help your child adjust to school. Here are some ideas to help prepare your child for the upcoming year:

  • Let your child know what the schedule will be like. Include what time school begins and ends each day.
  • Ask your child about his/her feelings -- both the excitement and the concerns for the first day of school.
  • Visit the school with your child to see the classroom and meet his or her new teacher before school officially starts.
  • Point out the positive aspects of starting school. It will be fun and he or she can make new friends.
  • Let your child know that all kids are nervous about the first day of school.
  • Leave a note in your child's lunchbox.
  • Reassure your child that if any problems arise at school, you will be there to help resolve them.
  • Try to have your child meet a classmate before the first day of school.
  • Arrange for your child to walk to school or ride together on the bus with another child in the neighborhood.
  • Find out about after-school activities that your child can join.
  • Please be sure to update all contact information for your child.