Lauralton Hall

Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy

Academic Advisement

Our multi-purpose facility provides a safe, supportive environment. It’s the ideal setting for a one-on-one meeting or for a college recruiter’s group presentation. Most importantly, the department is structured so that counselors really get to know their advisees. Not only is there a very low student-to-counselor ratio; students get to know their counselors through individual meetings and seminar classes.

Through individual and small group meetings, students are guided through a comprehensive program which includes goal setting, decision making, personal strengths and career preferences. The counseling department follows a careful process of encouraging students to challenge themselves and gain awareness of their own values, learning styles and personal attributes in this important stage of their development.


Comprehensive Seminar Program

Through individual and small group meetings, students are guided through a comprehensive seminar program which includes setting goals, building decision making skills, focusing on personal strengths and exploring career preferences. The counseling department follows a careful process of encouraging students to challenge themselves and gain awareness of their own values, learning styles and personal attributes in this important stage of development.

Each year, students at Lauralton Hall are assigned a seminar class. Freshmen and sophomore seminars are held in rotating academic class periods. College Seminar is built into students’ schedules during second semester junior year and first semester senior year.

Freshman Seminar Schedule

Freshman Guidance Seminar Schedule

Freshman Guidance Seminars are scheduled during an assigned class time. Students should report to their regularly scheduled classroom. If materials are needed for the seminar, they will be posted on the Guidance Haiku Page. In addition, if any information is needed from the students, an email will be sent to the class as a whole. It is the student’s responsibility to check Haiku and email on a regular basis.

September – Introduction to Freshman Year/What to expect as a Freshman/Intro to PSAT

October – Bullying/Cyberbullying & Healthy Relationships

December – Organizational Skills Bootcamp/PSAT Review

January Freshman Four-Year Academic Planning *

March – Course Selection for Sophomore year

April - Social Media/Digital Footprint

May – Letters & Goals for Sophomore Self/Gratitude

*Freshman Four Year Academic Planning: During this seminar, freshmen are encouraged to make strong connections between academics and course selection, their future college & career goals and planning. Students are also encouraged to strive for level progression and rigor when mapping out future courses. Weighing choices, achieving balance in a holistic manner, and considering possible college and career goals through developmentally appropriate activities are all components of the seminar.

Freshman Guidance Appointments

Mrs. Chamberlain and Mrs. Hanson will notify students of their guidance appointments by sending passes via student email. These passes will be sent out a few days prior to the appointment. It is the students’ responsibility to check their email for these passes. If the student misses an appointment, it is her responsibility to reschedule with her assigned counselor. Guidance appointments are scheduled around the student’s free periods in order to prevent missed class time.

Students also have the option to schedule their own appointments with Mrs. Bernier at the front desk of the Guidance and College Planning Center.

Individual and Group Meetings

Students and their School Counselors will meet periodically throughout the school year. At times these meetings will be one-on-one or in a small group setting.

Sophomore Seminar Schedule

Sophomore Guidance Seminar Schedule

Sophomore Guidance Seminars are scheduled during the assigned class time or during students’ free periods as drop in sessions. If materials are needed for the seminar, they will be posted on the Guidance Haiku Page. In addition, if any information is needed from the students, an email will be sent to the class as a whole. It is the students’ responsibility to check Haiku and email on a regular basis.

September– Introduction to Sophomore Year/ Introduction to PSAT

October – Identifying Values/Priorities and linking them to Future Aspirations

December– Personality and Career Interests/ Naviance Lesson

January - PSAT Review and Next Steps

February - Information about Course selection for Junior Year

March-Course Selection for Junior Year

April - Resume Building and Visual/Digital Resume

May - Reflection of Sophomore Year, Summer Plans, and Introduction to Junior Year

Sophomore Guidance Appointments

Mrs. Hanson and Mrs. Chamberlain will notify students of their guidance appointments by sending passes via student email. These passes will be sent out a few days prior to the appointment. It is the students’ responsibility to check their email for these passes. If the student misses an appointment, it is her responsibility to reschedule with her assigned counselor. Guidance Appointments are scheduled around the student’s free periods in order to prevent missed class time.

Students also have the option to schedule their own appointments with Mrs. Bernier at the front desk of the Guidance and College Planning Center.

Individual and Group Meetings

Students and their School Counselors will meet periodically throughout the school year. At times these meetings will be either one-on-one or in a small group setting.

Junior Seminar Schedule

Junior Guidance Seminar Schedule

Junior Guidance Seminars are scheduled during the second semester, as part of the academic schedule. Students are assigned to meet one first period block per eight day rotating schedule. Attendance is taken and students are responsible for meeting with their College Counselor to obtain information missed. All topics covered in seminar, are also addressed with students in one-on- one meetings with their College Counselors.

Cycle One: Introduction to Junior Guidance Seminar: Naviance - Building a College List, Application Deadlines, and the different factors that go into a solid college application

Cycle Two: Standardized Testing and Timeline Seminar

Cycle Three: Grade 12 Course Selection Seminar: Career Exploration, College Major Exploration

Cycle Four: Resume Seminar

Cycle Five: College Essay Questions & Mock Interview Seminar

Cycle Six: Teacher Recommendation Letters & Summer To Do List Seminar

Junior Guidance Appointments

Students and their College Counselors will meet periodically throughout the school year. At times these meetings will be either one-on-one or in a small group setting.

Ms. Fosse-Previs and Mrs. Fracker will notify students of their guidance appointments by sending passes via student email. These passes will be sent out a few days prior to the appointment. It is the students’ responsibility to check their email for these passes. If the student misses an appointment, it is her responsibility to reschedule with her assigned counselor. Guidance Appointments are scheduled around the student’s free periods in order to prevent missed class time.

Students also have the option to schedule their own appointments with Mrs. Bernier at the front desk of the Guidance and College Planning Center.

College Planning Meetings

Juniors and their parents are invited to meet with their College Counselor to discuss the college process in depth during second semester.

Senior Seminar Schedule

Senior Guidance Seminar Schedule

Senior Guidance Seminars are scheduled during the first semester as part of the academic schedule. Students are assigned to meet one first period block per eight day rotating schedule. Attendance is taken and students are responsible for meeting with their College Counselor to obtain information missed. All topics covered in seminar are also addressed with student in one-on-one meetings with their College Counselors.

Cycle 1: Introduction to Senior Seminar: Updating College List, Review the Importance of a Solid Application, Review Deadlines and Student Responsibilities

Cycle 2: Common Application Bootcamp Seminar

Cycle 3: Transcript Request/Early Decision Signing Seminar

Cycle 4: Financial Aid, CSS Profile & Scholarship Seminar

Cycle 5: Final Senior Seminar - Review of Next Steps, Request of First Quarter Grades for Early Action Institutions, and How to Make a Conscientious Decision in May

Senior Guidance Appointments

Students and their College Counselors will meet periodically throughout the school year. At times these meetings will be either one-on-one or in a small group setting.

Ms. Fosse-Previs and Mrs. Fracker will notify students of their guidance appointments by sending passes via student email. These passes will be sent out a few days prior to the appointment. It is the students’ responsibility to check their email for these passes. If the student misses an appointment, it is her responsibility to reschedule with her assigned counselor. Guidance appointments are scheduled around the student’s free periods in order to prevent missed class time.

Students also have the option to schedule their own appointments with Mrs. Bernier at the front desk of the Guidance and College Planning Center.

For more college related information please see College Planning Events for a detailed description of programs.

Course Selection

Overview

Counselors advise students through the process of choosing appropriate and challenging college preparatory, honors and advanced placement courses that are offered in all of the academic disciplines. A description of the course and any prerequisites are described in the Program of Studies below.

Program of Studies

Program of Studies 2016-2017

Lauralton Hall offers challenging and demanding college preparatory, honors and advanced placement courses in all of the academic disciplines.

All Departments

Program of Studies 2016-2017

Individual Departments


Business

English

Religious Studies

Mathematics

Science

History

Music

Visual Arts

Physical Education

World Languages

Contacts

Yvonne Fosse-Previs
Director of Guidance and College Planning
yfosseprevis@lauraltonhall.org
203.877.2786, ext. 134

Susan Fracker
Guidance Counselor
sfracker@lauraltonhall.org
203.877.2786, ext. 122

Carly Hanson
Guidance Counselor
chanson@lauraltonhall.org
203.877.2786, ext. 128

Erin Chamberlain
Freshman Guidance Counselor
echamberlain@lauraltonhall.org
203.877.2786, ext. 157

Kim Bernier
Guidance Administrative Assistant
kbernier@lauraltonhall.org
203.877.2786, ext. 138

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