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Harmony Guidance Web Page

Guidance Counselor: Mr. Matt Bonanno

 

Information for Tuition Funding Source (TFS):

Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) is using social media to post a new scholarship on our Twitter feed, Facebook page and Instagram account called

 "The Scholarship of the Day". TFS is sponsored exclusively by Wells Fargo Bank.

Students and parents can get a new scholarship delivered to their smartphone, tablet or computer - every day.

Please visit TuitionFundingSources.com and click on the social media icons to follow one or more of our social media accounts.

 

Role and philosophy of the school counselor:  Guidance services and school counseling is concerned with the educational, emotional, and social development of all students in relation to their total school experience. Guidance services and school counseling is an integral part of the school program, consisting of a coordinated plan involving pupils, parents, and all members of the professional staff, as well as numerous specialists. The center of the school counseling program is the individual student for whom the counselor hopes to provide a meaningful educational experience.

Guidance News & Notes

Be sure to check out a great new tool sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It is called the "fafsa4caster". This tool will now allow you to get an idea of what types of financial aid are available and how much you may be eligible to get. Check out www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov    for more information.

Attention seniors going on to postsecondary education: The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) may be filed on-line or by paper anytime after January 1, 2015. Please stop in the guidance office if you have any questions about this process. Check out www.fafsa.gov for more information.

 Seniors: If you are applying to colleges/universities, be sure to get your application fee waiver from Mr. Bonanno. This allows you to apply free of charge.

Attention male seniors that are 18 years of age or older: You must register with the Selective Service. Stop in the guidance office for information.

 

Attention past graduates:  If you need an official transcript, please contact the Harmony High School Guidance Office by email.

 

Seniors- Colleges, universities, technical schools, and business schools all have deadlines for applications.  Find out what your schools deadlines are. (Some schools hand out financial AID early. If you are enrolled early, there may be more money available to you.)

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Here are some Websites to help YOU!

 

Welcome to the nation's publicly-funded resource for jobseekers and businesses
Find jobs--from entry level to technical to professional to CEO. Identify job-ready workers with the right skills. Locate public workforce services in your area. Explore alternative career paths, compare salary data for different occupations, learn which careers are hot, get resume writing tips and job interview strategies, and much more!

 

Career OneStop www.careeronestop.org

Career OneStop was designed to meet the special employment needs of job seekers and employers. Information and services are offered without charge through these Web Sites and Toll-Free Help Line. The Career OneStop portal page allows you to view the list of services offered through the component Web Sites and to quickly access these services.

Americas Service Locator www.servicelocator.org

ASL and Toll-Free Help Line will connect you with offices in your area that provide unemployment compensation benefits, adult, dislocated worker, and youth employment and training opportunities, Job Corps training, apprenticeships, welfare to work services, vocational rehabilitation, and older worker programs. You can also find the location of the nearest public library throuh ASL.

Americas Career InfoNet www.acinet.org

ACINet will assist you in making informed career decisions. You can use ACINet to:

  • Find Typical wages and employment trends across occupations and industries.
  • Check the education, knowledge, skills, and ability levels that are required for specific occupations.
  • Write job descriptions.
  • Find employer contact information, get relocation and cost of living data, and access local labor market information for any area in the United States.
  • Search a database containing information on over 4,000 scholarships, fellowships, loans, and other financial assistance opportunities.
  • Access a career resource library consisting of over 5,000 external career resource links available on the internet.

Americas Job Bank www.ajb.org

AJB is one of the largest and busiest job markets in cyberspace. Employers use AJB to post job listings, create customized job orders, and search resumes to quickly find the most qualified job applicants. As a job seeker you can use AJB to:

  • Post your resume where thousands of employers search every day.
  • Automatically search for job openings located anywhere in the United States by job title, keyword, and military occupation codes.

National Toll-Free Help Line 1-877-US-2JOBS

You can use the Training and Education Center of the Career InfoNet to:

  • Search for individual courses, seminars, workshops, and degree/certificate granting programs by subject, state, and zip code.
  • Search for education and training providers located anywhere in the United States by keyword, state, and zip code.
  • Access information about special training and education programs that are unique to a particular industry or profession.
  • Learn about organizations that certify or accredit training providers and training programs.
  • Check on the certification, accreditation, and licensing and credentials of training providers and training programs.
  • Search for information on occupational testing and assessment instruments that can help you make informed career documents.

  To check out the different shops and possible careers at the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center click here www.ccctc.org    

OR try the military!

Active Duty

Service

Reserve Duty

(800) USA-ARMY

U.S. Army

(800) USA-ARMY

(800) USA-NAVY

U.S. Navy

(800) USA-USNR

(800) 423-USAF

U.S. Air Force

(800) 257-1212

(800) MARINES

U.S. Marine Corps

(800) MARINES

(800) 424-8883

U.S. Coast Guard

(800) 424-8883

 

Air National Guard

(800) TO GO ANG

 

Army National Guard

(800) GO GUARD

In addition, check out the military careers website at www.militarycareers.com.  It is an excellent career information resource for the military world of work.  It gives you details on enlisted and officer occupations as well as their civilian counterparts.  This site also describes training, advancement, and educational opportunities within each of the major Services - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.  You can search the site to get a list of military occupations that match your interests, or you may browse occupations by category.

Financial Aid

Websites

www.braintrack.com

Braintrack University Index lists over 6,600 links to higher education institutions in 170 countries

www.justcolleges.com

An interactive guide listing over 5,000 colleges and universities around the world

www.universities.com

A listing of post-secondary schools including business, trade and technical schools, colleges, and universities

www.petersons.com

Provides facts and figures on schools in addition to web links for American schools

www.educationplanner.org

Comprehensive website for Pennsylvania students planning to attend college; covers financial aid, career center, school selection

 

 

Online Financial Resources: www.Educationplanner.org

 

Education Planner provides students with an online resource for planning for higher education and simplifying the application process for post-secondary schools in the Commonwealth. This website is sponsored by PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency). This free interactive Website is user-friendly, accessible 24/7.

The innovative features on the site allow students to search for the postsecondary schools that meet their interests, take virtual campus tours, communicate with schools via a free email account, and submit admissions and financial aid applications online. The Career Center assists students in selecting possible career choices through identified interests and abilities. A financial aid estimator helps students and their families estimate the amount of aid they can expect to receive. The site is also home to the world's largest scholarship database. This free scholarship search allows students to enter qualifying information and presents scholarships for which they may be eligible.

Attention:  Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, and now Freshman set up a time with Mr. Bonanno to schedule a job shadow opportunity. If you don't know where you want to do one, ask Mr. Bonanno.

 

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* If anyone needs anything from the Guidance Office, stop in and tell us.  If we are not in the office, leave a note with your name and what you need on it.  * If you can't get out of the class to come to the Guidance Office, see Mr. Bonanno or Ms. Weaver for a pass.         

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Be sure to check out  the Collegeboard website for practice tests and additional information.

CEEB Harmony School Code:395210

ACT is also available if you are interested. Checkout www.actstudent.org  for more information.

Application for Admission; College Search


Resources for Financing Your Education; Calculating such as EFC Calculators

Check out these sites:

Financial Aid

 

Scholarship Search

http://www.fastweb.com

Department of Ed

http://www.ed.gov

American Education Services

http://www.aessuccess.org

Student Aid Home Page

http://www.studentaid.ed.gov

 

 

 

 

Admissions

 

FastWeb

http://www.fastweb.com

Admissions.com

http://www.admissions.com

NACAC

http://www.nacac.com

College

 

College Cost Calculator

http://www.fastweb.com

College Directory

http://www.fastweb.com

College is Possible

http://www.collegeispossible.org

College Search Based on Various Criteria

http://www.nces.ed.gov/ipeds/cool

Financial Aid Calculators

 

College Cost Calculator

http://www.fastweb.com

Loan Caculators

http://www.fastweb.com

EFC Calculators

http://www.finaid.org/calculators

Savings Plan Designer

http://www.finaid.org/calculators

Savings Plan Interest Rate

http://www.finaid.org/calculators

Compound Interest

http://www.finaid.org/calculators

Needed Annual Yield

http://www.finaid.org/calculators

Career & Job

 

Career Planning

http://www..fastweb.com

America's Career Infonet

http://www.acinet.org

Bureau of Labor Statistics

http://stats.bls.gov

Occupational Outlook Handbook

http://www.bls.gov/ocohome.htm

Open the Door to Job Corps

http://jobcorps.doleta.gov

Miscellaneous Websites of Interest

 

Fastweb

http://www.fastweb.com

PA Governor's School

http://www.pgse.org

The College Board

http://www.collegeboard.com

GED Information

http://www.gedtest.org

PA Department of Education

http://www.pde.state.pa.us

Pennsylvania School Counselor's Association

http://www.psca-web.org

 

Obstacles don't have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don't turn around and give up.  Figure out how to climb it, go though it, or work around it.  - Michael Jordan

 

Harmony Assistance Program

In Pennsylvania, every middle and high school has a Student Assistance Program (SAP). A SAP team, made up of school and agency staff, is here to help you access school and community services. The Harmony Assistance Program will help you and your children find services and assistance within the school and, if needed, in the community. We do not diagnose, treat, or refer your child for treatment. Rather, we will provide you with the information; you make the choices. Our goal is to help your child succeed in school. For more information on the Harmony Assistance Program, please contact one of the following team members listed below.

Matt Bonanno, Guidance Counselor

Krystal Satterlee, School Nurse

Teresa Young, High School Principal

Ralph Butterworth, Phys. Ed. Teacher

Lisa Kitko, Phys. Ed. Teacher

Tonya Fry, Elementary Teacher

Sean McMullen, Secondary Math & Social Studies Teacher

Chelsey Daisley, Secondary Language Arts/Library

Malissa Martino, Clearfield-Jefferson Drug & Alcohol Commission

 

For more information concerning the Student Assistance Program, please follow the link below.        

                          www.sap.state.pa.us/SchoolSites/MyWebSite.aspx?school=1039&SchoolName=Harmony%20Area%20HS   

 

Are you having problems or situations that you need to talk about? Think no one cares? Think again. Check out teencentral.net. It's a safe place for teens to tell their stories and hear from peers who respond with encouragement and support. This is a completely anonymous and safe internet resource dedicated to giving hope, help and healing to children facing crisis. Go to www.teencentral.net for more information.

 

 

 

 

PA's Homeless Children's Initiative

The Pennsylvania Homeless Children's Initiative is the Pennsylvania Department of Education's response to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvements Act of 2001. The key mandate of the law is to ensure that homeless children and youth have access to free, appropriate education on an equal basis with other children.

By definition of this act, homeless children are found in the following places or situations:

-  Public or private shelters

-  Public or private places not designated for or ordinarily use as regular sleeping accommodations for human           beings such as vehicles, parks, motels, campgrounds, etc.

-  Living with a parent in a domestic shelter, individuals, and/or friends due to a lack of housing

-  Runaway children (under18 years of age) and children and youth who have been abandoned or forced out of their home by parents or other caretakers

-  Children of migrant families who lack adequate housing

-  School-age, unwed mothers or expectant mothers living in houses for unwed mothers when they have no other available living accommodations

 

If you are aware of any children in the district who possibly fit the above criteria, please contact the Harmony Area School District's homeless liaison, Matt Bonanno at 845-7655, ext. 105 or mbonanno@harmonyowls.com. Services are available for these students.

More information on Pennsylvania's Homeless Initiative and services available can be located on the following web sites:

The Pennsylvania Department of Education web site:  www.pde.state.pa.us/homeless

The National Center for Homeless Education web site: www.serve.org/nche/index.php