Congratulations to the 2019 NJSCA Awardees!

2019 NJSCA HIGH SCHOOL AWARDEES

  • Eric Booth, 12th Grade Student, nominated by Cynthia Povall, School Counselor, Hillsborough High School

  • Khatia Smith, 12th Grade Student, nominated by Matthew Pogue, School Counselor, Montgomery High School

  • Adriana Simo, 12th Grade Student, nominated by Nancy Ortiz, School Counselor, Innovation High School

2019 MOST RESILIENT STUDENT AWARDEES (GRADES 4-8)

  • Vanessa Recor, 5th Grade Student, nominated by Maggie Walsh, School Counselor, Beers Street Elementary School, Hazlet, NJ

  • Aaron Clugston-Brecko, 7th Grade Student, nominated by Lori Amison, School Counselor, Fisher Middle School, Ewing, NJ

  • Nicholas Apostolis, 7th Grade Student, nominated by Eileen M. Quinn, School Counselor, Delaware Township School, Sergeantsville, NJ

  • Isaac Reidenbaker, 8th Grade, nominated by Sarah Kilpatrick, School Counselor & Janet Burdsall, School Psychologist, Southampton Township School #3, Southampton, NJ

  • Brianna Rosa, 8th Grade Student, nominated by Stacy Conner, School Counselor, Lopatcong Middle School, Phillipsburg, NJ

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Angela Cleveland
New Research Highlights Benefits of RAMP Schools

A new research study, High School Students Career and College Readiness in RAMP vs. Non-RAMP School Counseling Programs in North Carolina, shows the differences in ACT scores, SAT scores, WorkKeys assessment scores and graduates’ ability to enroll and be successful in college-level coursework without remediation in RAMP-designated schools and the control group of schools. Read the full report or download the infographic.

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Angela Cleveland
Online Directory of College Alternatives Launches

Prospective students interested in nondegree credentials can look to a new online directory of more than 200 companies and other organizations providing apprenticeships, boot camps, short-term online courses and other credentials.

Called Alternatives to College, the directory was launched as a joint effort between leaders at higher ed investment firm University Ventures and WhatsBestForMe, a platform for applicants to connect with postsecondary education providers.

Link to article to learn more.

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Angela Cleveland
Middle School Students from Scotch Plains Petition for More School Counselors

Park Middle School 7th graders Anastasia Berk, Anthony Chrisostomides, Elorie Howell and Emma Zhang say "Let's put school counselors where they are needed!" 

As part of a Service Learning Project, they are petitioning for the government to take action to reduce the number of high school dropouts in the United States by passing a bill referred to as H.R. 981 (116th), or the "Put School Counselors Where They Are Needed" Act. This bill would have schools that have graduation rates 60% or less receive a four-year grant to be used to hire counselors and procure counseling services. Currently, it is sponsored by Representative Linda Sanchez, and cosponsored by Steve Cohen and Debra Haaland.  

Thank you Anastasia, Anthony, Elorie and Emma for your support and recognition of School Counselors through this amazing initiative!

Link to this article in LINK for Counselors

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Angela Cleveland
ASCA Releases Updated Student-to-School-Counselor Ratio Data

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has released recent data that shows the student-to-school-counselor ratio is narrowing – reaching its lowest margin in nearly 31 years.

ASCA has compiled student-to-school-counselor ratio data from the 2016- 2017 school year via the most recent available data collected in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics state nonfiscal public elementary/secondary education survey.

According to the survey, the national student-to-school-counselor ratio was 455-to-1 in 2016–2017, compared with 464-to-1 the previous school year. Although the national average has decreased, it’s still nearly twice ASCA’s recommended ratio of 250 students per school counselor.

Link to report.

Student to School Counselor Ratio 2016 -2017

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Mental Health Month

“In 2019 we are expanding upon last year’s theme of #4Mind4Body and taking it to the next level, as we explore the topics of animal companionship (including pets and support animals), spirituality, humor, work-life balance, and recreation and social connections as ways to boost mental health and general wellness.” Download the toolkit: bit.ly/MayMH 

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Angela Cleveland
Free tuition expands to all of N.J.’s community colleges

All of New Jersey’s community colleges will now offer free tuition to some students, Gov. Phil Murphy announced this week. The current system is limited, with stipulations, to students coming from families who earn $45,000 or less.

Murphy said this will give students access to "an education that is within financial reach and allows them to worry about their grades instead of how they will pay for school.”

Read the article here: https://www.nj.com/politics/2019/05/free-tuition-expands-to-all-of-njs-community-colleges-murphy-says.html

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Angela Cleveland
Resource: How to Talk to a Child about a Suicide Attempt in Your Family

The “How to Talk to a Child about a Suicide Attempt in Your Family” booklet/DVD aims to support all families (civilian as well as military/Veteran) facing a suicidal crisis.
This resource has been shared with teachers, counselors and schools across the U.S., available both virtually (https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/talk2kids/) and free print copies (https://www.mirecc.va.gov/visn19/orderform/orderform.asp).

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