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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 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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Back to School Breakfast Ideas

"What's for breakfast?" is a question that can be heard throughout most homes in America. To some parents it can be a dreaded question; especially in the rush to get everyone out the door to school on time. We have heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so what do we feed our kids for this ever important meal?   

Studies published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association and Nutrition Research Reviews have proven that children who eat a good breakfast perform better academically then those who don't.

Imagine your body is a machine; during the night your body depletes all the fuel your machine needs to keep running. Breakfast is the fuel to get your machine up and running again. 

Are all breakfasts created alike? No. The best combination for brain alertness and better learning is: a carbohydrate (whole grain variety) and a protein. A breakfast that is high in carbohydrates and low in protein (think sugary breakfast cereals) seems to decrease brain stimulation.   

Examples of a good breakfast are:

  • Yogurt with fruit and nuts
  • Whole grain toast topped with peanut butter and a glass of skim milk
  • Fruit salad with cottage cheese
  • Scrambled eggs with vegetables and cheese mixed in

You’ll find other examples at Kids Health.

If you find yourself running out the door late, here are some great breakfast ideas to go:

  • Trail mix of nuts, dried fruits, pretzels, and crackers
  • String cheese with whole wheat crackers
  • Single serving bowls of whole grain cereal

For additional ideas, check out the online sites:

Finally, according to Kids Health, kids who eat breakfast do better in school, are more likely to participate in physical activities, and tend to eat healthier overall. So, when your children ask "What's for breakfast?" you can answer confidently with a variety of options to help them perform better in school.