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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!


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MCAS Testing Information

MCAS testing in ELA will be taking place for all 10th graders on Tuesday, March 24 through Thursday, March 26. 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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Parent Volunteers

“The ultimate expression of generosity is not in giving of what you have, but in giving of who you are.”
~Johnnetta B. Cole

It is tough for working parents to cram volunteer work into an already packed schedule. While volunteering used to be just a nice way to get to know your child’s teacher and classmates, now it has become a lot more. Schools need parent volunteers more than ever, as they play a growing role in saving programs and staff that generate enough cash to help salvage them. Having adults and parents present at school goes way beyond raising money for extracurricular activities and after-school programs; it also helps children develop into healthy, confident adults. 

Some schools manage to turn out successful students despite a lack of resources.  Community and parent support is one big reason. Even at schools with only one teacher and a handful of children, the presence of parents and neighbors not only enriches the teaching but helps kids develop self-esteem and the ability to form strong relationships with adults.

Volunteers’ growing role in education raises the discussion that all parents should try to figure out a way to contribute. There are a myriad of ways to do so: field trips, parties, working in the school’s copy center or library, helping with the teacher’s paperwork at home, reading or math tutoring in the classroom or in an “after-school program” are just a few.

Take advantage of various volunteer opportunities for and with your children. Below are more resources to get the creative juices flowing: