Thursday, June 14, 2018

University of Chicago Drops SAT/ACT Requirement

University of Chicago Drops SAT/ACT Requirement

The University of Chicago announced Thursday morning that it was dropping the requirement that all undergraduate applicants submit SAT or ACT scores.
Hundreds of colleges -- including elite liberal arts colleges -- have stopped requiring the SAT or ACT. But Chicago's move is the first by one of the very top research universities in the country. And the move is striking coming from an institution, known for its academic rigor, that has had no difficulty attracting top applicants.
For the class that enrolled in September 2017, the university received 27,694 applicants and admitted 2,419. The middle 50 percent of the range of SAT scores of admitted applicants was 1460 to 1550.
The test-optional policy applies to all. The university also announced an expansion of financial aid (for which the university was already on the generous side) and other new policies designed to attract more low-income and first-generation students.
Read more about this developing story here.

Mental Health Resources

Don't forget the importance of mental health for your students this summer!

School Counselors: 
The end of the school year is here and sometimes that means missing emotional support for some of your students during the summer months.  Please feel free to distribute the attached flyer to students and parents who may need support this summer.  

Our practice takes most major insurances, has both male and female counselors and is LGBTQIAA friendly.  We encourage our families to sign releases so that we can communicate with schools when students return in September.  We also see high school seniors temporarily during the summer months before they make the huge transitional jump to college in the fall.  

We look forward to working with your students and families, have a wonderful summer!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

NJ Center for the Healing Arts Programs

I’m reaching out to share with you that the NJ Center for the Healing Arts, in Red Bank, is offering new therapy groups and healing arts classes/events for children, adolescents, and adults. Our groups offer a variety of integrative therapeutic modalities, including play, expressive arts, mindfulness, movement, sand tray, and various community based experiences. Below is a short synopsis of each of our new groups and events and attached to this email are flyers with additional information.

Express Yourself  is a group for children ages 8-12 to connect, create, and communicate. The goal is to implement coping strategies and a supportive environment for children experiencing anxiety/impulse control.  A different theme will be explored each week through various creative modalities.  This therapeutic group will meet for six weeks, starting on June 9th from 12-1:30PM.

Exploring identity is a group for all teens (boys/girls/LGBTQ) ages 13-17 who may struggle with issues relating to self-identity, academic stress, emotional resiliency, social expectations, and feeling misunderstood. This group will meet for six weekly sessions on Wednesday’s from 6:30-8PM starting on June 20th. 

Awakening Intuition is an empowerment group for young women aged 18-24 that are interested in cultivating an environment of compassion, resilience, humility, and radical acceptance. This group will focus on becoming aware of one’s own thoughts, emotions, and body to gain a better sense of control. Six sessions starting on Wednesday June 20th, from 5-6:30pm.

Artful Qi Gong is a new integrative class for children ages 7-12 and will include Qi Gong instruction and creative arts activities. Classes will be offered on Mondays starting in July at 10 am and 6pm for one hour. We are offering two free trial experiences for those who are interested, on June 30th at 11am-12pm, and 4pm-5pm.  

ArtWorks: An Open Studio for Creative Expression is an open studio that will be offered on the second floor of our counseling center. Specific days and times to be determined.

If you have any questions about any of our groups, you can contact us at 732-747-2944 or email group facilitator Kristy Mathews at You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram @NJCenterfortheHealingArts.

Warm regards, 

Kristy Mathews, MS, LAC, NCC
NJ Center for the Healing Arts
Mental Health Clinician
Phone: (732)747-2944

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Matching Gifts for Donations to the MCSPCA This Weekend

We Need You!
You can DOUBLE your gift to the Monmouth County SPCA!
A generous donor has pledged to match all gifts this weekend, up to $5000, which will go towards our Duchess Fund - a special account that helps animals who need immediate, specialized care. Donate today!
Pookie & Riley Need Your Help..
Pookie and Riley recently came to the shelter in extremely poor shape. Both dogs were matted, Pookie to the point of strangulation to one of her legs, causing an infection in the bone. Sadly, her other leg was dangling due to a previous, untreated injury and will need to be amputated. Riley, the larger of the two, came with a grapefruit sized necrotic mass on her neck, which was too graphic to post. Both girls have severe periodontal disease, infected ears and anemia and will require aggressive treatment to help their health and condition improve.
Riley with her mass wrapped up to prevent further infection.
Our medical staff has been working since the minute they arrived to get these girls comfortable and ready for the long road to recovery they have ahead of them, but we need your help!

Our Duchess Fund is set up for situations just like this, for animals entering our shelter who need immediate and intensive care. We believe that all animals deserve freedom from pain, injury or disease and we're asking our followers to help us achieve that <3

You can help right now
Please consider making a donation today - a generous donor has pledged to MATCH all donations starting today through Tuesday so we can help even more animals like Pookie and Riley!
"Those who teach the most about humanity, aren't always humans"
Monmouth County SPCA

Friday, May 18, 2018

Emerson College Sports Communication and Esports Summer Programs

Emerson College is proud to offer pre-college programs in Sports Communication and Esports, this summer, for high school students looking to deepen their knowledge and receive first-hand experience in each of these fields.  During the week-long institutes, participants can expect to hear from industry professionals, receive hands-on experience, and explore new and exciting career paths.  For additional information, please visit

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Free AP Italian Language Course for Students and Teachers

Wellesley College
Dear School Counselor,

We are pleased to announce that Wellesley College will run the second iteration of our successful online AP® Italian Language and Culture course on the edX platform!

Registration is free and open to all, students and teachers alike.

The course will be open from August 20th, 2018 until June 1st, 2019, but students and teachers can register now!

We would be grateful if you could advise any interested students and their families, as well as other teachers, about this unique opportunity.


1. Students who want to study on their own for the AP® Italian exam of May 2019 may register now for free on edX. All online material will become available on August 20th, 2018 when the course officially opens.

2. Students who want to study with the help of our teachers may register for one of ourOnline Live Instruction Classes: these are synchronous online classes taught in conjunction with the free AP® Italian Language and Culture course, and meet one or twice a week in the evenings and/or on Saturdays. Students will be part of a very small (max 6) online learning community and will practice the material they have studied in the free online course. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate from Wellesley College with a letter grade that they may present to their high school for registration on their transcript.
Our Online Live Instruction Classes will have the following schedule:
  - September 24th to December 15th, 2018 (Intensive module)
  - February 4th to April 27th, 2019 (Intensive module)
  - September 24th, 2018 to April 27th 2019 (Non-Intensive module).
Please find here a complete schedule and a link to the registration form.

Register now to secure a spot in a class of your choice!


Teachers and their students

Our online material will help teachers design an interactive and academically challengingAP® Italian Language and Culture course. Teachers and their students register for free to access all online material.

Thank you very much in advance for your help in spreading the word about this unique opportunity.

Should you have any questions, please contact us at:

Best regards,
Daniela Bartalesi-Graf and the AP Italian Team @ Wellesley College


Monday, May 7, 2018

Career Information Session

LEDR Seeking Nominations

Program information

The Team Eagle Foundation is pleased to inform you of the 2018 LEDR: Leadership Excellence - Direct Results program, open to young adults in New Jersey ages 15 to 20. If accepted, the nominees will receive a $500 scholarship to cover the full cost of the program. Nominations forms are found on our site and are due by Monday, June 4th. More than one nomination from your school can be submitted. If you know of any candidates you feel are qualified and would benefit from the program please nominate them soon, as spaces are filling up quickly. Attached is the current year's brochure.

This is the seventh year of LEDR! It is an Activity-Filled program based on Strategic Mentoring and Leadership, which includes a week-long camp program open to all young adults in New Jersey ages 15 to 20.  Our program enables students to strengthen their leadership skills and exposes them to different career fields. LEDR takes place in Camp Winnebago in Rockaway, New Jersey from August 12th to the 18th. During the week, students will be taken by bus to various locations that relate to the career field of the day. In the evenings, there are evening seminars the students will attend, or they may be given free time to enjoy the different activities offered in the Camp Winnebago.
Additional details of the LEDR program are attached, and more information can be found on the LEDR website:

Please note that the Program Brochure contains key information, as well as, a list of our Executive and Advisory Boards.
See your counselor if you're interested in a nomination.

Get Involved and Make a Difference: SPTS Youth Council Application is Open

What is the SPTS Youth Council? The mission of The Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide (SPTS) is to reduce the number of youth suicides and attempted suicides by encouraging public awareness through the development and promotion of educational training programs. With initiatives such as our annual Youth Wellness Summit, social media campaigns, and fundraising, the SPTS Youth Council plays a critical part in helping our organization fulfill the needs of our mission. As the Youth Council’s agenda are self-set by students, it’s imperative that those applying have a passion and commitment to being an active member. Youth Council members can expect to participate in... monthly meetings, fundraising events, online social media campaigns, Walk for Wellness: Stride Against Suicide, Youth Wellness Summit Planning Meetings, and the 2019 Youth Wellness Summit.

The application must be submitted by June 30th.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Hate: Causes, Crimes, and Consequences Workshop

On May 21st, at Brookdale Community College, Garden State Equality is co-hosting a workshop, Hate: Causes, Crimes, and Consequences, that is free and open to the public. This event will teach students about hate crimes; how to stand up against hate; and how to empower themselves to become advocates for social justice.

This event will be facilitated by David D’amico, Chief Youth Investigator for Middlesex County. Special guest speakers will include: the Federal Bureau of Investigation, NJ Division of Civil Rights, and Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Additionally, this will serve as a great networking opportunity and learning experience for students who are interested in a potential career in law enforcement and government.

We do ask that all attendees register prior to the event simply to have an estimate on the crowd size. Any questions or concerns, please email our Community Outreach Coordinator directly at 

Ashley Chiappano 
Safe Schools Coordinator
Garden State Equality

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Dedication and Opening of Battery Lewis

Monmouth University's College Acceleration Program

Help your rising seniors
Encourage your students to get a jump-start on their college degrees at a 15% summer tuition discount by taking a course or two at Monmouth University!
Monmouth University’s College Acceleration Program
Apply by: June 22, 2018
Courses begin: July 9, 2018
Requirements: 3.0 GPA, 1100 redesigned SAT or PSAT equivalent, school counselor recommendation
Call the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 732-571-3456 for more information.
View courses and the application at: