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Posts from the Counseling Office
Test Prep - Mount Lebanon Academy
Posted 1/5/2023 at 7:53:38 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
Test prep for both the SAT and ACT are available through Mount Lebanon Academy. Mt Lebanon Test Prep 22.pdf
Mel Blount Youth Leadership Initiative
Posted 2/14/2022 at 7:33:20 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
Current seniors interested in internship opportunities while in college can check out the Mel Blount Youth Leadership Initiative site for current openings: Mel Blount Youth Leadership Internships
Apprenticeship Information
Posted 10/8/2021 at 10:10:49 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
Western Pennsylvania Laborers' Joint Apprenticeship & Training Program will be looking for students interested in a career in the trades. 

September Newsletter 21-22
Posted 9/22/2021 at 8:02:53 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]

Hi Everyone,

We want to share some information with you about what’s happening in the counseling office throughout the year. Our plan is to send a monthly newsletter in addition to regular announcements and updates that we share with you and the students. 

If you need anything, please reach out to any one of us in the counseling and social work office.

  • Meet the Team

    • Mrs. Bricklemyer - [email protected] - Mrs. Bricklemyer is the new secretary in the counseling office and she is still also working with attendance

    • Mrs. Erin Yeager - [email protected] - Counselor for students with last names that begin with A-G

    • Ms. Karen Maple - [email protected] - Counselor for students with last names that begin with H-O

    • Mr. Mike Kilcoyne - [email protected] - Counselor for students with last names that begin with P-Z

    • Mrs. Michelle Lander - [email protected] - School social worker who is able to work with all of the students in the high school 

  • General Information

    • Schedule change window has closed - we are not able to change any classes except for second semester electives

    • Upcoming Dates:

      • October 13, 2021 - PSAT, SAT, and ASVAB in school - or career activity for seniors

        • 9-11th graders will take the PSAT during the school day

        • Seniors may take SAT, the ASVAB, or participate in another career activity like a college visit or job shadow

        • The ASVAB is recommended for students considering a career in the military. Interested students should see Mr. Kilcoyne to sign up.

      • Financial Aid Night - October 25th - 6:00 p.m. TJHS Auditorium

    • Keep up with grades on Skyward, Canvas, and working with teachers during PLT

  • College and Career Information

    • Senior Meetings - Counselors will be meeting with seniors one on one to discuss progress towards graduation and post-secondary plans

    • Applying to College - Here’s what we’ve shared with kids about the process. We use Naviance to send transcripts.

    • Career Planning Days- Students are able to visit colleges on their own and have the day excused as a career planning day. Steps to do this are 1) Email counselor or attendance secretary before the visit to let them know the day and location of the visit 2) Attend the visit 3) Complete a survey on Naviance about the visit (Longer version here)

    • PLT Offerings 

      • College Visits at TJ - Click here to see the calendar - Updated as visits are added or changed. Representatives from different colleges come to the school to talk with students. Oftentimes students will be able to get an application fee waiver if they attend visits with an admissions representative

      • Application Workshops - throughout the week, we’ll have several opportunities for students to work on college applications with counselors available to answer questions, review essays, and walk students through the process

    • Naviance is a resource your students have access to help with career planningHere is a quick overview (~3 minutes) to understand what’s available to them. You can see Naviance by having them access it through the Clever Portal on their school-issued chromebook.

    • Here is a longer (15 minute) video that gives you a thorough overview: 15 Minute Naviance Student Overview

  • Suicide Awareness Month - September is suicide awareness month. Here are some resources for parents and families about suicide:

  • Anxiety is something we work with a lot in our office. Students are feeling anxious about a lot of things, including school. Here are some resources on dealing with anxiety:

Counseling Office Conferences
Posted 11/13/2020 at 10:04:24 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]


November 24th is Conference day for the West Jefferson Hills School District.  The Counseling Department would like to invite you to reach out if you would like to schedule an appointment for a virtual conference.  The following is a list of counselors and their contact information:

  1.  Mrs. Erin Yeager - Students whose last names begin with A-G.

   [email protected] 412-655-8610 x6222

  1.  Ms. Karen Maple - Students whose last names begin with H-O

   [email protected] - 412-655-8610 x6223

  1.  Mr. Michael Kilcoyne - Students whose last names begin with P-Z

   [email protected] - 412-655-8610 x6224

  1.  Mrs. Michelle Lander - Social Worker for all students

   [email protected] - 412-655-8610 x6230

We look forward to hearing from you for any discussion you may need to have about your son/daughter.


The Counseling Department

Athletic Training Information Session 12.5.20
Posted 11/10/2020 at 7:39:35 AM by Michael Kilcoyne [staff member]
Fall SAT Prep classes
Posted 9/11/2020 at 9:54:11 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]

Our test preparation partners at Goldstein Test Prep will be running several programs to help TJ students prepare for the upcoming October 14 SAT school day, including a full group course for new students and several free reviews and free practice tests for students who took the prep course in the spring.  Please see the information below, and contact program director Mike Goldstein with any questions.  Mike can be reached at 412-874-7645 or  You can also learn more at  As part of our partnership, Goldstein Test Prep will continue to offer a reduced rate for all TJ students and provide scholarships to families who qualify for free and reduced lunch. 


Free Reviews for Returning Students

If you previously participated in the Goldstein Test Prep SAT course, you are eligible to attend free reviews and practice tests.  Please follow the links below to register.





Full Preparation Program for New Students

Please see the schedule and registration link and below for Goldstein Test Prep’s upcoming course.



Registration Link:

Use the Discount Code TJ100



Class Date

Class Time

Practice Test 1


11:00AM - 2:30PM

Class 1


6:30PM - 8:30PM

Class 2


6:30PM - 8:30PM

Practice Test 2


11:00AM - 2:30PM

Class 3


6:30PM - 8:30PM

Class 4


6:30PM - 8:30PM

Practice Test 3


11:00AM - 2:30PM

Class 5


6:30PM - 8:30PM

Class 6


6:30PM - 8:30PM

Practice Test 4


11:00AM - 2:30PM

Class 7


6:30PM - 8:30PM

Class 8


6:30PM - 8:30PM

  • Practice exams may be rescheduled as needed. Students can make up missed tests at a later date, or we can provide students with tests to take on their own.

  • Students can sit in on courses at other times and locations in the event they need to miss a class.



·        Accolades – Goldstein Test Prep was recently selected by CBS Local as one of the top SAT/ACT preparation programs in the region.


·        Options – Goldstein Test Prep offers group courses, private tutoring, and combination programs for both the SAT and the ACT.  Every family receives a free consultation and ongoing support to determine which tests might be best for students to pursue.  They also work with families to determine the appropriate number of hours students need to meet their goals. 


·        Elite Teachers and Mentorship – All teachers have scored in the 99th percentile of test-takers and have attended an Ivy League or equivalent undergraduate program.  Goldstein Test Prep instructors are young, ambitious, and talented.  Also, having recently and successfully traversed the college admissions process, instructors are in a unique position to serve as mentors to their students.


·        The Right Approach – Students learn how each question type is designed to test them on a very narrow set of skills, specifically step-by-step thinking processes.  By pulling back the curtain on the SAT and ACT, Goldstein Test Prep seeks to empower students.  They also review every concept that students will encounter on each test.  Students develop a clear system for each section and know exactly what to expect on test day. 


PSAT/NMSQT Registration for juniors
Posted 9/8/2020 at 12:06:23 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Complete this form to register your 11th grade student to take the PSAT/NMSQT which will be optional this year.

Why take the PSAT/NMSQT?  Not only is the test a great way for students to prepare for the SAT, but it gives students the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program and/or gain access to a number of scholarships based on their scores.  Students will also be able to use their score reports to learn more about their performance, determine which college-level AP courses match their strengths, and connect with a free, personalized test prep program through Khan Academy.  

Students will take the test in person on October 14, 2020 at TJHS beginning at 7:30 a.m.  Social distancing and masks will be required at all times, per College Board.  Please contact the TJHS Counseling Office with any questions.

Registration due no later than Monday, September 14, 2020.  
Summer Reading and Writing Classes
Posted 3/3/2020 at 1:12:31 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Summer Reading and Writing Classes will be offered in Upper St. Clair through Chatham University for ages 4/Pre-K through 12th grade.  
See attachment for schedule and registration information.
Drivers Ed
Posted 3/2/2020 at 9:38:02 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Mt. Lebanon HS is offering spring and summer Driver Education and SAT Prep classes.  See attached form or visit for more information.
Waynesburg Sports Journalism Camp
Posted 2/21/2020 at 9:32:55 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Are you interested in Sports Broadcasting/Journalism? Lanny Frattare and Waynesburg University are hosting a camp June 22 - June 26 for current 10th - 12th grade students. Deadline is May 1 and cost is $500. See link for more info:
Trust Arts Summer Camps
Posted 2/21/2020 at 9:29:10 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust will be hosting summer workshops in the arts!  High school level workshops are available in fashion/clothing creation and filmmaking.  Register at: Trust Arts Summer Camps
Posted 1/30/2020 at 8:14:28 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
The Perry Outreach Program is a free, one-day, hands-on experience at Allegheny General Hospital for high school women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering.
Posted 1/30/2020 at 8:08:37 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Applications are now available for RxPlore, a 5-day summer camp run by the Pharmacy program. This program will provide high school students with the opportunity for "RxPloration" throughout the field of pharmacy.
More info and applications here:
Posted 1/29/2020 at 1:24:33 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
MANUFACTURING 2000 (M2K), a PA State Registered Pre-Apprenticeship program of New Century Careers, offers entry-level machinist training to qualified applicants at no charge with the end goal of full-time job placement. Check it out:
RMU Women in STEM
Posted 1/22/2020 at 2:59:19 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]

On Friday, March 13, 2020, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm Robert Morris University's School of Engineering, Mathematics & Science would like to invite your high school girls grades 9-12 to a Women in STEM Speed Networking Event.

During the evening guests will be introduced to local female STEM professionals, students, and faculty. They will be given the opportunity to meet and ask questions to learn more about how significant the opportunity is for them in the various STEM fields.

This event will also include dinner in Yorktown Hall and an opportunity for networking similar to that of speed dating. It's a great way to have a fun and guided approach to STEM career education. This is a FREE event designed to encourage and inspire your students to pursue STEM careers.

This email can be shared with staff, students, and families within your school.  Register using this form:
AHN Healthcare Discovery Program
Posted 1/21/2020 at 8:35:55 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
The Allegheny Health Network Healthcare Discovery Program is an eight-week, paid summer internship. The program provides 30 high school Juniors and Seniors with hands-on experiences in our Pittsburgh area hospitals. High school interns have the opportunity to work and observe in clinical and non-clinical areas and work alongside healthcare professionals while guided by a college intern and the Health Sciences Department. The Discoverers will also partake in learning experiences at our simulation center and receive additional professional development through workshops and mentorship.

We are looking to recruit our 30 high school Discovers for Summer 2020, and we are ideally looking for students who have a future interest in pursuing a career in Healthcare.  Eligible students must be a current Junior or Senior, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and be spending their summer in the Pittsburgh area (eligibility is outlined in the flyer and application).
Freddie Fu
Posted 1/21/2020 at 8:22:42 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
The 2020 Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Scholarship Program is a highly competitive scholarship program for students interested in careers in Sports Medicine.  To qualify for the scholarship, the applicant must be entering his/her senior year of high school (i.e., the applicant must be a senior in September 2020).  All applicants must also complete and send in the four (4) required documents, which include:

•      The 2020 Freddie Fu Scholarship application

•      A School Counselor Form, which indicates the applicant’s Quality/Grade Point Average, Class Rank, and Class Size (completed by your school counselor or appropriate school representative.)

•      And two (2) letters of recommendation

The scholarship application and counselor forms can be found at  All four (4) documents must be mailed together and postmarked by Saturday, April 18, 2020.  

Feel free to contact [email protected] or 412-432-3724 with any questions.
CMU Splash
Posted 1/13/2020 at 12:27:35 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Attention all HS students, sign up to participate in "Carnegie Mellon Splash" on Saturday, Feb. 29. "Splash" is a day long event consisting of workshops taught by college students for HS students on a variety of interesting topics. More info found here:
FBI Program for Juniors
Posted 1/13/2020 at 7:49:36 AM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Attention juniors: The Pittsburgh Division of the FBI is happy to announce our second Teen Academy, to be held at the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office, 3311 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203, on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 FROM 8:00AM-5:00PM. Teen Academy is a chance for youth to learn about the FBI and what a variety of career paths in the FBI would entail. 

Selected students are offered insight into a number of topics and specialties, including the importance of making good choices when using online communication platforms, federal law violations the FBI investigates, requirements of all FBI applicants, and the FBI’s domestic and international roles. Students will also enjoy various hands-on experiences involving specialized areas of the FBI, such with our Evidence Response Team. After completing the class, students are more aware of challenges their communities face, better understand how the FBI serves their region, and are prepared to mentor their peers. 

Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on January 31, 2020, by email to [email protected], or fax to 412-432-4188, for panel review. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted.

Any questions regarding this program can be directed to Community Outreach Specialist Kelly Wesolosky at the Pittsburgh Office of the FBI, 412-432-4488 or via email to [email protected].

Here is a link to the application for the March 24, 2020, which includes an essay requirement:
Health Career Scholars Academy at Pitt
Posted 1/7/2020 at 12:58:15 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Applications are now available for the Health Career Scholars Academy at Pitt. This summer program is a unique, academically rigorous, hands-on experience for students interested in studying medicine. Apply by February 19:
Posted 12/19/2019 at 2:44:47 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Applications are now open for the Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) 2020 Summer Internship Program for high school students interested in clinical research or other possible careers in the biomedical field.
Steeltown Film Academy
Posted 12/13/2019 at 12:16:29 PM by Erin Yeager [staff member]
Students, are you interested in digital media arts and production? Apply to the Steeltown Film Academy.
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.
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
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
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.
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:
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 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 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:
Video tutorial on how to schedule on Skyward:
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 [email protected] 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 - and the Ironworkers Union
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  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:
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:
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:
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   
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.