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Help, I Can’t Stop Checking my Powerschool

Help, I Can’t Stop Checking my Powerschool

It happens every day somewhere in SPFHS. Twenty students sit under fluorescent lighting. Twenty multiple choice questions and an essay prompt burn holes in their eyes, as a pencil taps on a desk somewhere in the room.   Statistically, at least 38%, or eight out of twenty, of these students are suffering some form of

Giving back during the holiday season

The holiday season is a festive time of year for most, but those that are less fortunate should not be forgotten amidst the celebrations. It is important to remember that sometimes it is better to give than to receive. Fortunately, anyone can take advantage of the numerous volunteer opportunities available near Scotch Plains and Fanwood.

How to get the most (and best) information about colleges

by Ian MacPherson Students are bombarded by information about colleges coming from all sides. From junk email imploring students to “apply now!” to online fora comparing elite universities based on superficial criteria, useless information can overwhelm and even misguide students. Guidance counselor Candace Kilmer shares her expertise in order to help students learn how to

So you’ve been accepted to college…

graphic by Rachel Lambert From the first day you step into high school, you are aware that parts of your life are about to change, and, sooner than later, you start hearing the dreaded word: college. As your time in high school increases, so will the use of THAT word. For many students, everything you

The Waiting Game

The waiting game.   It’s what college admissions is all about. They tell you “late March” is when decisions are coming out, and you start scouring Google and College Confidential for the definition of “late” and every other decision day in the history of that college for the past decade. The anticipation before decision day,

The Journey to Financial Aid

With college comes the big question: how do I pay for it? Completing the financial aid process can be a daunting task, but there are many tools that can help you smoothly transition into the nitty-gritty of financial aid. Our first stop on this journey to financial aid is research. Extensive research. Not skimming through the colleges’ websites,