Westport Community Schools

WES-Mac PTO Holiday Fair     Saturday Dec. 2nd     10-3 at Westport Jr/Sr High

Counseling Department - Grades 7-12

Counseling Department

The mission of the WHS Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive program that will assist all students in acquiring the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to become effective students, responsible citizens, productive workers and global learners.


The Guidance counselors provide a comprehensive counseling program designed to ensure student success. Counselors work to facilitate each student’s personal, academic, and career development through individual guidance and group activities.  Counseling goals aim to foster student potential through identifying interests and abilities; enhancing productivity, dependability and responsibility; constructing self expression and control; and building decision making and conflict resolution skills, along with other social competencies that assist youth in becoming healthy well rounded adults.
Jennifer Borelli:  School Adjustment Counselor-Grade 7, 11 and 12:  jborelli@westportschools.org
Marie Fallows:      School Guidance Counselor-Grade 9 and Grades 10, 11, 12 Special Ed and 504 students and Testing: mfallows@westportschools.org
Mary-Jo Medeiros:  School Adjustment Counselor- Grades, 8, 9 and 10:   mmmedeiros@westportschools.org
Leslie Ruel: School Counselor-Grades 10, 11, and 12 and college&career counseling:  lruel@westportschools.org
Sherry Michael: School Guidance Counselor-Grade 7 and 8: smichael@westportschools.org
Jackie Corey: Guidance Clerk 7-12 jcorey@westportschools.org
College Visit Information
College visits are extremely beneficial to students.  It allows the opportunity for students to meet with admissions counselors and learn about the campus, curriculum and acceptance.
Juniors and Seniors are afforded this opportunity.  The following colleges will be visiting:                                                                                         
-Worcester State University-Nov 1
-Dean College-Nov 1
-Salve Regina University-Nov 2
-Framingham State University-Nov 8
-UMASS-Boston-Nov 9
-Curry College-Nov 14th
-Bristol Community College-Seniors Only-Dec 6th
**In collaboration with the Education Opportunity Center, Westport Juniors and Seniors will be able to have a tour of Worcester State University.  On November 17th, interested juniors and seniors will have a guided tour of the campus, eat in the dining hall (not provided) and experience a day in the life of a college student.  Students must sign up in the guidance office and we can take 35 students.  Worcester State is known for its Nursing, Business, Occupational Therapy, Criminal Justice, Biomedical and Education Programs. And, students who have received the John and Abigail Adams Award for MCAS Excellence can use their tuition scholarship at Worcester State.**
Early Action Applications
Seniors have started the application process.  
Here is a list of the schools seniors have applied to:
1.  Bridgewater State University
2.  Dean College
3.  Emmanuel College
4.  Fordham University
5.  Framingham State University
6.  Harvard University
7.  Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health
8.  Northeastern University
9.  Salve Regina University
10. Salem State University
11. University of Massachusetts-Amherst
12. University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
13. University of New Hampshire
14. University of Pennsylvania
15. University of Rhode Island
16. Western New England University
17. Westfield State University
**Seniors have been working hard to prepare for the next phase of their educational journey**
The following seniors have received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship for MCAS Excellence.  These students will receive tuition paid up to $1,750 per year because of their MCAS scores.
                       1.  Patricio Bernal                          10.  Candace Gagne
                       2.  Jack Bernard                             11.  Charis Hall
                       3.  Ethan Carreiro                           12.  Zachary Karl
                       4.  Aleah Cateon                             13.  Corey Lesieur
                       5.  Jacqueline Collins                    14.  Paige Pacheco
                       6.  Nicholas Collins                        15.  Ian Pichette
                       7.  Dakota Costa                             16.  Mitchell Pichette
                       8.  Kirby Dobyna                             17.  William Riendeau
                       9.  Madison Gagliardi                     18.  Delaney Wilkinson
The following scholarships are in guidance:
-Dan Pires Scholarship-Deadline Nov. 3rd
-US JCI Senate Foundation-Deadline Jan. 5, 2018
-Charles E. Winterhalter Memorial RMHC Scholarship App opens on Oct 1 and closes on Jan 24, 2018.
-NHS Scholarship-Deadline Jan 30, 2018
-Stephen Philips Memorial Scholarship-Deadline April 3, 2018
Two of our current seniors are the Wendy's Heisman Scholar Athlete Award winners for the Westport Community Schools.
Their names will move forward for state competition!
The winners are:
Ethan Carreiro
Candace Gange
Job Shadows 
Last year we partnered with Junior Achievement in New Bedford and Youth Connections in Fall River to allow our students to experience different careers at various job sites.  These opportunities are offered to all grades 7-12.
The following Job Shadows are upcoming!
-Buttonwood Park Zoo on Nov 3rd
-BayCoast Bank on Dec 1st
**We are currently working on job shadows at SMAST, The Justice Resource Center and St. Luke's Hospital."
WHS has a mentor program in place to assist students with adjusting to high school, meeting new people, and getting accustomed to things like studying, dealing with stress, and managing school with extracurricular activities. Mentors meet with their Mentees once a month under the supervision of Mary Jo Medeiros, a School Adjustment Counselor and Jennifer Borelli, also a School Adjustment Counselor
If you are an incoming freshman or a student transfer & are interested in having a Mentor or would like to become a Mentor yourself, please contact:
Mrs. Mary Jo Medeiros at 508 636-1050 Ext 4215
Mrs. Jennifer Borelli 508-636-1050 Ext 4214
STEEL (Students That Exemplify Extraordinary Leadership)
Students grades 8-11 interested in becoming a member of STEEL must complete an application and have one recommendation letter completed by Wednesday Oct 18th.  Completed applications should be handed to Mrs. Michael in guidance.
CCEB Code:  222360
www.commonapp-Application used by over 400 colleges.
www.collegeboard.org-Web page for SAT I and II registration, SAT scores, AP scores and college information and the CSS Profile
www.act.org-Web page for ACT test registration
www.fafsa.ed.gov- Federal Financial Aid Form