The School Adjustment Counselors help students to overcome problems that impede learning and support them in emotional and psychological growth. Working with the school disciplinary system and other referral sources, they provide direct services to students individually and in groups. Related services include conflict resolution through mediation and follow-up; consultation and advocacy with parents, staff, numerous agencies and the courts.
Guidance offices are open to all students, their parents or guardians and teachers from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and at other times by special appointments. Students and parents should check the guidance webpage as well as the Naviance website for up-to-date information and programs.
Students are assigned to a guidance counselor and remain with the same counselor as long as the student is enrolled. An open door policy allows for students to meet with their counselor by appointment. Students are encouraged to meet with counselors whenever there are questions. Counseling sessions that involve personal, social, home and family relations and peer relations are held in strictest confidence at the student’s discretion. Students should request a pass from a counselor in advance, except for emergency situations, in which case the student should report to the guidance department for assessment.
Parents are encouraged to confer with counselors during office hours. Conferences with teachers and counselors with or without students are desirable. Involvement of parents/guardians in the educational programs of students is strongly encouraged. It can be rewarding for students, and provides information about individual progress, adjustment and career plans.
Naviance Family Connection
The High School Guidance Department is excited to introduce you to the Naviance Family Connection program for students, parents, and Counselors. This web-based program will assist you with setting personal goals and making career and college planning decisions. There are numerous activities such as Learning Styles Inventory, Personality Inventory, Career Interest Inventory, and College Search. “Family Connection” is linked with “Counselor’s Office” and will allow your Guidance Counselor to view your results and assist you with making important choices on your future plans. It will also provide you with detailed information and research on career and college options. We encourage you to begin using Naviance immediately and often. As always, your Counselor is here to assist you in this process.
Naviance Student Registration Process
- Go to site: http://connection.naviance.com/falmouth
- Skip New User and go to Returning User:
- Username = Your Student ID# (5digit # from last year)
- Password = Your Birthday = mmddyy
- 020191 (must be 6 digits and no slashes etc.)
- **Parents may enter as Guest (password = guest) (You will have limited menu choices)
- Please see left side menu bar for activities to complete:
- ABOUT ME” - My Profile = go to edit email. Please add your email address and save. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT IN ORDER TO COMMUNICATE WITH THE GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT. My Resume = complete with all of your activities and awards. Add years under additional notes. This document should be saved for future additions and inclusion with your college applications.
- My Game Plan = complete and save.
- My Colleges = add college choices.
- My Personality Type = optional career search.
- “ABOUT COLLEGE” = use all features as part of your college planning process. *See schedule for college visits to FHS.
- “ABOUT CAREERS” = use all features as part of your career planning.
- “FROM YOUR SCHOOL” = contact/email counselor with questions, request appointments, etc.
- “LINKS TO OTHER WEBSITES” = College Board, ACT, NCAA, Common Application etc.
Begin by taking the inventories listed on the left side menu. “My Personality Type”, “My Learning Style”, “Explore Interests”. Your counselor will review your results with you.
Exploration of such plans should be accomplished as early as possible utilizing information in the guidance resource center and discussion of specific programs with one’s counselor. Students are encouraged to meet with representatives from a variety of schools and programs who are regularly scheduled in the center.
Study of schools should not begin later than the junior year because of the importance of making on-site visits. College applications are usually filed in the fall of the senior year; however, there are exceptions that should be discussed with the counselor. Intelligent and realistic decisions about plans will result from considering your interests and desires, aptitudes and academic achievement and intellectual or vocational potential.
Scholarships and Awards
Many awards for achievement in various areas of school life are made to Falmouth High School students each year. For seniors, the application process extends from January through June of the senior year. These awards are announced at a special awards night program before graduation. A list of local scholarships and their requirements is made available to students in the main guidance center and the Naviance website.
All college bound seniors and their parents should attend the Financial Aid Planning Night in November/December. Falmouth High School does not endorse, nor recommend students for any of the “Who’s Who” type of publications or contests.
This program offers high school students the opportunity to take college courses and receive credit towards both their high school and college graduation from a Massachusetts state college or university. Junior or senior students are eligible to participate if they satisfy the entrance criteria: a GPA of 3.0 or better; receive a recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, and/or principal; and successfully complete the application process. All dual enrollment applications must be received before the start of the Junior or Senior Year.
Community Service/Service Learning
Community Service is an important ingredient to the educational program of Falmouth High School. The majority of Falmouth High School students actively participate as volunteers for community service organizations in the area. Community service helps bring a practical reality of the scholastic skills learned at the high school while providing valuable service to our community. Students benefit from community service by:
- getting first-hand experience in the community that can be used on job applications and resumes;
- being given additional opportunities to develop responsibility and skills;
- getting the satisfaction of making Falmouth a better community.
Student volunteer hours are tracked through the VIPS Office using a system designed with the assistance of students. This information is made available to guidance counselors, who use this information for writing college recommendations, scholarship applications and other recommendations. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are registered volunteers and that their hours are properly recorded. This may be done by logging their hours monthly with the VIPS Office. Forms are available in the VIPS Office. A list of organizations and agencies willing to employ student volunteers is available through the VIPS Office and the Guidance Office.