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Financial Aid Night Information
Posted 10/11/2019 at 7:24:07 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
Here is a copy of Dr. Kimberly McCurdy's Financial Aid Night Presentation: 2020 Financial Aid Night Presentation 
Additional resources are available in the counseling career center. 
AP Ordering Information
Posted 10/1/2019 at 10:27:08 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
AP tests will be ordered in the fall this year. Students will need to register and pay for tests by November 8th. We will meet with students on October 15th during PLT to pass out order forms and present information about AP tests and ordering.
The cost per exam is $94. Any student who qualifies for free/reduced lunch will pay $20 per exam. 
Day in Fashion at Mercyhurst
Posted 9/24/2019 at 8:08:31 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Mercyhurst University is hosting a "Day in Fashion" event on October 7 for any students who are interested in learning more about studying fashion merchandising at the college level. One of the hosts for the event is TJ graduate, Carissa Budday. https://go.mercyhurst.edu/register/?id=194f3dde-f81a-4182-b7fa-19bf335efe20
Senior S.K.I.P. Day
Posted 9/24/2019 at 7:29:10 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
Senior S.K.I.P. Day Information - On October 16th 9-11th graders will be taking the PSAT or PSAT 9. We want seniors to take advantage of this modified instructional day by participating in an activity that will help them prepare for a successful future. Seniors who participate in a career activity on October 16th will be excused from school pending fulfillment of the S.K.I.P. day requirements.
NCAA Eligibility Information
Posted 9/23/2019 at 7:40:24 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
Posted 9/19/2019 at 7:25:40 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
The ASVAB will be offered at TJHS on October 16th. Seniors interested should see Mr. Kilcoyne to register for this free test.
Pitt Application Day
Posted 9/19/2019 at 7:24:26 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Pitt application day has been scheduled for October 2 during PLT 6A and 6B!!  Sign up for one (or both) of the sessions and your application fee will be waived!  Information session about Pitt for seniors and any underclassmen will take place during 6C.  
PSU Application Day
Posted 9/10/2019 at 9:37:16 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Penn State will be here for our annual Application Day Event on September 18 for seniors interested in applying to any Penn State campus. Sign up for one of the sessions during PLT, come and work on your application, and your application fee will be waived!
Look Like a Cardiologist Event
Posted 9/5/2019 at 5:06:03 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
An information and networking event for the next generation of physicians hosted by University of Pittsburgh's Medical School will take place on 10/19/19. For more details on the "I Look Like a Cardiologist" event and to apply, visit  https://www.ilooklikeacardiologist.com/event-description.html
SAT School Day Registration 10/16/19
Posted 9/4/2019 at 2:35:06 PM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
 - October 16th will be a testing day and a career exploration day for our seniors. The SAT will be held for seniors only at TJ on October 16th. The registration will not be done through collegeboard and instead will be done through our office. The form is available in the link.SAT School Day Registration 10/16/19
Summer School Options
Posted 5/10/2019 at 8:28:13 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
For students who might be in need of summer school - we have options for you: 2019 TJHS Summer School Packet . See your counselor with questions.
Summer Job Opportunity
Posted 4/16/2019 at 8:53:39 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
Rita's in Oakland and Kennywood is hiring for the summer. Apply at ritasfranchises.com/oakland
AIU Apprenticeships/Career Connections
Posted 4/15/2019 at 11:43:33 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Applications are open for the AIU Apprenticeships, now called AIU Career Connections, until May 24, 2019.  See your counselor or Mr. Giger with any questions.  https://www.aiu3.net/CareerConnections
Lifeguards Needed at South Park Pool
Posted 4/11/2019 at 11:18:09 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Lifeguards are needed at the South Park pool for the 2019 season, June 1-September 2. Candidates must successfully pass an aquatics test and background check and be willing to work the entire season.  First-year lifeguards will earn $11/hour.  More info: https://www.alleghenycounty.us/parks/careers/lifeguard-positions.aspx
Clarion University Summer Biology Camp
Posted 4/11/2019 at 8:33:24 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Clarion University biology department is offering an excellent summer camp from July 21-27th for students interested in learning about wildlife and fisheries.  Due to a grant, students only have to pay a $25 registration fee, which then covers room & board plus environmental classes.  They'll learn to identify macroinvertebrates, amphibians, fish; do water quality testing; some hiking and mapping, etc. 
Junior Meetings with Counselors
Posted 4/1/2019 at 10:34:38 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
Counselors will be meeting with juniors throughout the month of April to talk about preparing for senior year. Naviance will be the way that students send applications to trade schools, colleges, etc. A step-by-step guide for the College Application Process will be shared in hard-copy form with juniors as well as shared in the counseling google classroom. A Junior-Senior timeline, transcript request form,  and letter of recommendation process form will be shared with students as well. Parents can expect an email with information about Naviance and how it can be used for career exploration, college applications, and research. 
ACLU Summer Advocacy Program
Posted 3/27/2019 at 10:41:11 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
The ACLU Summer Advocacy Program is a week-long, firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. Through an intensive program in Washington, D.C from July 20-26, students will learn directly from lawyers, lobbyists, community activists, and ACLU experts and cover a wide variety of topics relating to social justice.  Financial aid is available for those who qualify.  See the attached flyer for more information about the program.  
Learn & Earn County Summer Work Program
Posted 3/22/2019 at 10:08:35 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
 Learn & Earn is a 6-week summer work program for students ages 14-21 who reside in Allegheny County.  Participants earn money while gaining valuable work experience and the soft skills necessary to become college and career ready.   Jobs are offered in more than 380 different businesses and non-profits in areas such as health care, education, technology, entrepreneurship, and more! 
Participants must meet household income criteria to participate in the program but will earn $7.25/hr (with the exception of students ages 18-24 who apply for corporate internships with rates of $10.35/hr).
Summer Driver Education courses at Mt. Lebanon
Posted 3/20/2019 at 2:13:16 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Mt. Lebanon SD is offering summer Driver Education courses available to any TJHS student (part online, part in-person format) which include the Pennsylvania state approved driver licensing test.  Visit https://www.mtlsd.org/page.cfm?p=1612 for more info.
Careers in Construction & Allied Industries Event
Posted 3/13/2019 at 10:23:04 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
There will be a Career in Construction & Allied Industries event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Friday, March 29, 2019. This event will be open to all juniors and seniors. Sign up here or in the counseling office if interested.
CCAC South Aviation Programs
Posted 3/13/2019 at 8:43:18 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Attention all students interested in taking courses in aviation or getting their pilot license.  CCAC South offers three programs: Aviation Management, Aviation Technology, and Private Pilot Certificate.   Informational packets are available in the Counseling Office.  
SAT Testing Tips
Posted 3/8/2019 at 11:40:37 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Check out these great tips from Khan Academy on having a plan for being in the best mindset going into the SAT!  
Summer Health
Posted 3/7/2019 at 8:37:54 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Summer Health forms are now available for any rising juniors or seniors that still need to take a health.  The form is attached, but copies will also be available in the Counseling Office, on the Counseling Google classroom, and in homerooms.  
Spring SAT Prep Class
Posted 3/6/2019 at 1:30:56 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Registration is now available in the Counseling Office for the Spring SAT Prep Class.  Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00 from 3/27 to 5/1.  Cost is $65 with $40 refund for perfect attendance!  Fee waivers available for those who qualify.  Cash or check to "TJHS".
Allegheny Health Network Summer Internship Program
Posted 3/6/2019 at 7:24:46 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Allegheny Health Network is offering an 8-week Summer internship program for current juniors or seniors.  Please see the attachment for information and application.  
ASPIRE Program
Posted 3/5/2019 at 10:51:11 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Attention Sophomores - Please see this information regarding the ASPIRE program.  This 2 year program can lead to scholarships down the line.
Posted 3/5/2019 at 8:47:07 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Any juniors who are interested in taking the ACT at TJ on April 13 must register at act.org by this Friday to avoid a late fee!  
Scheduling Information
Posted 3/2/2019 at 8:47:11 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Please visit the attached links for information on the scheduling process.  Students will be able to select their classes on Skyward until March 8!
Mr. Murphy's presentation on Curriculum Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=Xlb1NJczHYw
Video tutorial on how to schedule on Skyward:  http://www.wjhsd.net/SchedulingCourseSelection.aspx
South Hills Country Club is hiring!
Posted 2/26/2019 at 2:21:58 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
South Hills Country Club is hiring Banquet and Ala Carte Servers (age 16+) and Bartenders (age 18+).  
Full & Part Time positions available. Market competitive compensation + gratuities. 
Requirements: • Must be able to provide excellent service to our Members • Good communication • Ability to follow directions efficiently • Must meet the physical demands of the job, including standing, walking and lifting up to 50 lb if applicable • A positive attitude while on the job is essential • Work authorization: United States (Required) • Experience is desirable, but not required
Benefits of employment: • Flexible hours • Meals • Uniform support • RAMP certification if applicable • Golf privilege • Scholarship opportunities • Safe, clean work environment • Safe, well lit, dedicated free parking • End-of-season bonus
Call or email Glenn at 412-668-3524 or gstein@southhillscc.org for an immediate interview 
Posted 2/19/2019 at 1:28:16 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Students, as you start to think about what classes to take for next year, use your Naviance account as a resource.  Go to your Clever portal, log in to your Naviance account, and check out different majors, careers, or colleges to see what courses they recommend that you take.  For instance, if you are interested in pursuing business, you might want to consider taking an Accounting course!  If you would like to do a college search, go to "Colleges" then "Find Your Fit" and then "SuperMatch" for a fantastic search tool!  

Grade-level scheduling meetings will take place on Feb. 28 where you will learn about all of your options of classes to take.  See your counselor if you have specific questions!  
Anxiety in Children
Posted 2/18/2019 at 7:53:30 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Anxiety in Children:  A Metaphor to Put You In Their Shoes (And Right Beside Them)
AP Test registration
Posted 2/14/2019 at 8:05:54 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
AP Test registration will take place until Monday, March 11th. The cost for an AP test is $94. Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch will be eligible for a fee reduction to $53. Forms available in AP google classroom and in counseling office. See Mr. Kilcoyne with ?s
Project Prom
Posted 2/10/2019 at 2:48:28 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Are you planning on attending Prom but concerned about the cost of a dress? You might qualify for Project Prom where all gowns are priced at $25 or less.  Check out this link to see if you might qualify:
Scholarship Update
Posted 2/5/2019 at 11:29:44 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Langfitt Scholarship, Bartolomeo Scholarship, Breisinger Scholarship, and Jefferson Hills Women's Scholarship are all scholarships that will be awarded to a TJ senior. Please check the Scholarships page for applications!
Free ACT Prep
Posted 1/28/2019 at 8:44:36 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Free ACT Prep - ACT Bootcamp Live
Each Bootcamp includes one Math/Science (STEM) and one English/Reading (ELA) session. Join one or both to get ready for the test.

Weekend Bootcamp
2/2 Saturday 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM ET 
2/2 Saturday 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM ET

Weekday Bootcamp
2/6 Wednesday 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM ET 
2/6 Wednesday 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM ET
Plumbers and Ironworkers Union Apprenticeships
Posted 1/28/2019 at 8:38:00 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
For any students considering a career in the trades, the apprenticeships are a good, inexpensive way to enter the professional world. Attached is a .pdf with information about the Plumbers Union - http://www.ua27.org/apprenticeship.aspx?zone=Apprenticeship&pID=1755 and the Ironworkers Union https://apprentice.iwlocal3.com/
National College Fair
Posted 1/24/2019 at 2:03:00 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Juniors - TJ will be able to provide transportation for you to attend the National College Fair in Pittsburgh on Friday, February 8th. Here's some more information about it and look for a letter/permission form in homeroom tomorrow. 
University of Pittsburgh Women in Engineering
Posted 1/23/2019 at 9:02:29 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Any girls in grades 10, 11, and 12 who are interested in engineering, read on and gain information on an exciting event at the University of Pittsburgh.  Space is limited so sign up now!
SAT/ACT Fee Waivers
Posted 1/10/2019 at 7:27:03 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Juniors, as you think about registering for college admissions tests, if you qualify for free/reduced lunch that you could also get a fee waiver to cover the costs of the ACT and or SAT. Stop in to see your counselor.
Perry Outreach Program
Posted 1/8/2019 at 8:21:35 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopaedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.  The program will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at UPMC and is highly competitive.  Application deadline is March 4, 2019.  See attached flyer for more information.  
PSAT Score Reports and Test Booklets
Posted 1/7/2019 at 11:03:16 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
PSAT score reports and test booklets are being delivered to 10th and 11th grade students this week. PSAT score reports have not yet been received in our office for 9th grade, but we are anticipating their arrival soon!
Please see your counselor with any questions! 
How to Get Into Harvard and the Ivy League, by a Harvard Alum
Posted 1/4/2019 at 12:32:22 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Scholarship Program
Posted 1/3/2019 at 7:58:01 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
This scholarship program is to increase student interest in sports medicine careers.  Rising seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and community service along with a genuine interest in sports medicine may apply.  One scholarship is awarded worth $2,000 which includes a six week summer internship at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex and UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.  The selected intern will have the opportunity to observe patient evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation by physical therapists and athletic trainers and observe clients/patient care with various physicians and surgery with Dr. Fu.   Visit this link for more information: 
Westinghouse Women in Engineering Scholarship
Posted 12/19/2018 at 9:16:10 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Great opportunity for senior girls planning on majoring in Engineering...
College Application Reminder
Posted 12/12/2018 at 12:52:24 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
As a reminder to seniors still doing college applications, make sure that you request your transcript and/or letter of recommendation from your counselor by next Monday, Dec 17 in order for it to be sent before winter break (and in time for those Jan. 1-2 deadlines). 
PSAT Scores
Posted 12/10/2018 at 7:48:16 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]

PSAT Score Information

Students in 9th, 10th, and 11th grades took the PSAT (Pre-Scholastic Aptitude Test) on Wednesday, October 10th. Score reports will be released online to students and families on Monday, December 10th. Scores will be released at studentscores.collegeboard.org.  Each student will receive a hard copy of his or her score report when we receive them from College Board. Each student will also receive the test booklet used on the test. The online score report contains the same information as the paper score report will.

Here is a video from College Board for accessing your score report online: Accessing Your PSAT Scores.  If you have issues accessing your scores after following the directions in this video, you can see your counselor for additional information to help you access your scores online.

Once you are able to see your scores on the PSAT, it is helpful to know what the scores mean. This video by college board does a good job of helping you understand the score report: Understanding Your PSAT Score Report

Students in 11th grade are eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Contest based on scores on the PSAT. Students with scores in the top 1% of the state are considered for this prestigious recognition that can lead to full tuition scholarships. 10th graders who scored well on the test as sophomores are encouraged to work hard to improve scores over the course of the year in order to be competitive for the scholarship contest during junior year testing.

All students who have taken the PSAT can have scores linked to Khan Academy. Khan Academy will then provide students with a free, personalized SAT prep plan based on individual PSAT results. Here’s a video with directions for linking PSAT results to Khan Academy: Link PSAT and Khan Academy for SAT Prep

Counselors will present this information about accessing, understanding, and using PSAT scores during grade level meetings the week of December 10th. Any students or family members with questions about PSAT results and how they tie into future plans are welcome to see the counselors at the high school to discuss further.

Scholarship essay examples that won thousands
Posted 12/7/2018 at 11:29:59 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
A brief how-to guide for the short answer questions for highly-selective colleges
Posted 12/7/2018 at 8:02:11 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
How big of a difference can the admissions essays make in highly selective college admissions??
Posted 12/7/2018 at 7:42:19 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Point Park Summer Programs in Dance and Film
Posted 12/4/2018 at 11:50:08 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Point Park is offering summer programs in dance and film (animation, screenwriting, sound editing, etc).  Space is limited.  See the link for more information:
UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Academy
Posted 12/4/2018 at 10:45:09 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Another summer program in the medical field for high school students is the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Academy.  Information and applications can be found here: http://hillmanacademy.upmc.com/
Health Careers Scholar Academy
Posted 12/4/2018 at 10:19:50 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Are you a sophomore or junior interested in possibly pursuing a career in the medical field? Consider applying to the Health Careers Scholar Academy summer program at Pitt. Information and applications are available now: http://www.hcsa.pitt.edu/
PSAT Score Release
Posted 11/30/2018 at 11:58:18 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
PSAT Scores will be released the week of December 10.  If you have a College Board account or listed an e-mail on your answer sheet when you took the exam, you will be able to access your scores electronically (see link for more information). Paper copies of your score report will be distributed to you once they are received at TJ.  
Free Rapid SAT Prep through Kaplan and Naviance
Posted 11/27/2018 at 10:11:18 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Free SAT prep for TJ students through Naviance and Kaplan Prep. Information was sent to student email accounts. Available Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Opioid Awareness Night
Posted 11/20/2018 at 4:41:19 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Officer Porupsky is hosting an Opioid Awareness Night that will be held Thursday 11/29 at 6 at PHMS.  This is a 21 and over event for parents and other adults with interest.  
Naval Academy Visit
Posted 11/16/2018 at 1:21:42 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Naval Academy Blue/Gold Officer Doug Barrante and current Naval Academy Midshipman Alec Eckman will be visiting TJ on Tuesday, November 20 to talk to prospective Naval Academy students about the process of becoming and life as a midshipman.  The talk will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the Counseling Office.  Students can sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/KDQMAJEpQqwWm2bo2
Posted 10/25/2018 at 1:40:59 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Any students taking the ACT at TJ on Saturday need to remember their admission ticket and approved photo ID. If you don't have an approved photo ID, stop in the Counseling Office before you leave school on Friday!
Steel Center Open House
Posted 10/25/2018 at 12:39:37 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
 Steel Center is having an Open House on November 5 from 6-9 p.m.  Check out all of the many Pathways to Success that begin in each of the Steel Center programs:  Advertising and Design, Automotive Technology, Baking/Pastry Chef, Building Trades, Carpentry, Collision Repair and Refinishing, Computer Technology, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Diesel Technology, Electrical Construction, Health Assistants, HVAC-R, Protective Services, and Welding.  
For more information, call (412) 469-3200 or visit www.steelcentertech.com.   
ACE Mentor Program
Posted 10/23/2018 at 7:21:00 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Any students interested in Architecture, Construction, or Engineering, the ACE Mentor Program is an awesome opportunity for free to get connected to the industry. 
Nov. 1 Deadlines
Posted 10/23/2018 at 7:19:47 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
If any seniors are looking at early action November 1 deadlines for their college applications, make sure you have your stuff ready to go. See your counselor with questions.  If you want to meet Nov. 1 deadlines, you should have your stuff in to us by this Friday.
Posted 10/19/2018 at 8:32:17 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Seniors, don't forget to pay attention to deadlines for BOTH applications and financial aid for the schools that you are applying to. Schools sometimes require docs other than the FAFSA (like the CSS Profile) and have deadlines that are DIFFERENT than when the app is due.
Builders Guild
Posted 10/19/2018 at 8:31:36 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
The Builders Guild will be here on Oct 25 to discuss all of the apprenticeships in construction that you can do after high school.  Apprenticeship training is free and you get PAID as an apprentice plus benefits.  Sign up in our office to attend the presentation and learn more.
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