School Counselor Newsletter September 2019

Hudson High School Counselor Team

Elizabeth Smith- Class of 2020

John Dornfeld- Class of 2021

Sarah Jamieson- Class of 2022

Lori Rossini- Class of 2023

Jessica Siler- Healthcare and STEM+ Academy Counselor

Class of 2020


College and Career Information

College Applications

Apply early and feel confident about your choices! Students that are interested in applying to college (2 and 4 year schools) should watch deadlines for individual campuses. There are deadlines for admission and for scholarships. Ms. Smith and Ms. Siler are happy to assist students with college applications and exploring educational opportunities after high school.


Career Cruising is transferring over to Xello and will up and running soon! We will train all students on Xello and what is needed for the college and career components of senior year! During the transition we will need to send transcripts by paper copy through the mail. All requests will need to fill out the Class of 2020 Transcript Request Form (link below). Schools that use SENDedu will be able to receive electronic copies of transcripts as long as students provide a printed confirmation from Sendedu with the student code. Please talk with Ms. Smith or Ms. Siler if you have any questions about sending your transcript.


Make sure students are always checking their email for communication with their schools. Most communication between colleges and students are via email. Students should use an email address that can go with them after high school as their Hudson School District email account will not be accessible once they graduate. Another reminder for students is to have their voicemail and phones set up if their are using a cell phone number as a primary contact. Admission representatives may need to leave a message and will not be able to contact students without these things set up.

Financial Aid - FAFSA

October 1st is an important date for FAFSA. The 2020 Application is available October 1st. A couple of links are below to help you navigate the financial aid application. Please be aware of individual college scholarship deadlines as they may require the FAFSA to be completed to be eligible. Some states and schools have limited funds; so don't delay!


Always check with your college of choice for scholarships available to incoming Freshman.

National Search Sites

Local Scholarships for Hudson High School Seniors

State and local area scholarships known to us will be listed in Xello or sent out in our newsletters. Local scholarship applications will be available in February and more information will be provided at that time.

Kohl Scholarship - Applicants must be graduating high school students who intend to enroll in a postsecondary institution, which may be a public or nonpublic university, college, or vocational/technical college. Students who are residents of the State of Wisconsin, are in good standing, and who demonstrate probable success in postsecondary education are eligible to apply. This is a competitive scholarship. In 2019, 100 students statewide were recipients of the Herb Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship. $10,000 per scholarship. Student scholarship applications are due by November 4, 2019.

Senior Class Presentation

Encourage your son or daughter to make an appointment with their counselor about college/career plans if they have questions, concerns, need help with applications or need more information. On Sept 27, Ms. Smith and Ms. Siler will be meeting with all seniors to review transcripts, graduation requirements, college and career information and other senior year important dates. Students will be excused from their social studies course to participate in this meeting.

Class of 2021



Hudson High School will offer the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 . Registration for the PSAT/NMSQT will take place on your Feepay account or in the Student Services Office at HHS starting at 7:00 a.m. on September 9th. If you do NOT wish to register online, you can bring your check/money ($20.00) payable to HHS along with a note from the parent excusing the student hours 1-6 on the testing day. The Student Services Office has a PSAT student guide with practice test available for students who wish to learn more about the test.

Space is limited and will be filled on a first come basis starting September 9th at 7:00 a.m. (no early registrations will be allowed) through Feepay or in the Student Services Office . This test is highly recommended for the top 10% of the Junior class as it is the qualifier for the National Merit Scholarship program.

Find out more about the PSAT and if your student should be taking the test by visiting: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/get-in/testing/an-introduction-to-the-psat-nmsqt

Any questions, please contact Jessica Siler at silerjr@hudsonraiders.org

Junior Classroom

Mr Dornfeld and Ms Siler will be meeting with all juniors during their Social Studies class on October 24th to review graduation requirements, junior year information and highlight what students should be thinking about.


ACT will be administered on March 3, 2020 to all Wisconsin high school juniors. Students will not need to register for this test since it is a state test. All pre-registration will be done during school hours. If students want to take the ACT before this date at another site, register at http://www.act.org.

ACT National Test Dates

(Students need to create an account on ACT.org and register for a date if they would like to take another test other than March 3.)

October 26, 2019/ Register by September 20, 2019

December 14, 2019/Register by November 8, 2019

February 8, 2020/Register by January 10, 2020

April 4, 2020/ Register by Feb 28, 2020

June 13, 2020/ Register by May 8, 2020

July 18, 2020/ Register by June 19, 2020

ACT Prep

There are many ways students can prepare for the ACT. Prep courses are offered and other free practices tests are available.


Fee-based Options

College Visits

This is a great time to plan a view campus visits. Students can get a feel of the school and environment to help them narrow down options. Please contact the school to set up a campus tour! Some campuses may be too far to personally visit. There are online tour options.

College and Career Resources for Parents and Students

Class of 2022


10th Grade Planning Meeting

We are excited to meet with families for the sophomore planning meeting. This meeting is for you and your student to help plan for the remaining years of high school and connecting it with post high school plans. Ms. Jamieson and Ms. Siler are excited to offer multiple opportunities to meet. We will present on October 17th and October 22nd from 6pm-7pm. Please pick the night that works best for you and your student as it is the same information both nights. There will be another opportunity later this school year to attend others if these nights do not work.

Students will attend with their parents to further understand their transcript, graduation requirements, college/career investigation tools, leadership opportunities and ways to be involved. Bring a chromebook or device to view transcript on skyward.

This is an important year for exploration. Students will be using Xello in their Advisory to investigate careers, research colleges and self-exploration.

Grief Group

As the school year begins, Student Services will be providing a small group opportunity to support students as they continue to grieve the loss of their classmate, Bailey TeWinkel. If your son or daughter would be interested in participating, or if you’d like further information please contact Ms. Jamieson at jamiessj@hudsonraiders.org.

Class of 2023


Parent(s) and/or Guardian(s) of Ninth Graders:

Later this semester, all freshmen will have the opportunity to complete a self-evaluation questionnaire called the Reynolds Adolescent Depression Scale. This depression screening, which will take just a few minutes to complete, will help us identify students that might be struggling with depression. If a student has an elevated score on the questionnaire, I will follow up with the student and the student’s parents. If you have questions or would like further information, please feel free to contact me.

In addition to the screening, I will be presenting information on depression awareness and suicide prevention to all freshmen through their World Connections class. This is a great way for me to connect with my students and educate them on this important topic.

We would like all of our students to be able to know:

Signs and symptoms of depression and suicide risk.

How to best handle situations where they have concern for themselves or others.

Healthy ways for helping cope with anxiety and/or depression.

This is a voluntary survey. If you DO NOT want your child to participate in the screening, please contact Lori Rossini at (715)377-3800 ext. 6018 or at rossinll@hudsonraiders.org. More information and a reminder to come.

Freshman Respect Retreat

On October 9, 9th grade students will participate in a respect retreat with Youth Frontiers. Youth Frontiers provides a day full of activities and discussions. Students will see what it is like for all students to be respected! More details will be provided soon.

Leadership Opportunities

Step out and get noticed...There are great opportunities around the local Hudson area and the state where you can participate in activities that match your interests.

See your counselor for more information if you are interested!

Camp RYLA - http://www.campryla.com/

Camp Enterprise- http://www.campenterprise.org/about-us

World Affairs Seminar -http://www.worldaffairsseminar.org/

Badger Boys State - http://www.badgerboysstate.com/

Badger Girls State - http://www.badgergirlsstate.org/

Upcoming Events at Hudson High School

October 7th- No School

October 9th- Freshman Respect Retreat (all 9th graders during school hours)

October 16th- PSAT Exam (open to Juniors and some sophomores see information above)

October 17th- Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 7:30pm

October 17th- Sophomore Planning Meeting 6pm

October 22nd- Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00 - 7:30pm

October 22nd- Sophomore Planning Meeting- 6pm

Oct 24th- Junior Class Meetings- during Social Studies class

October 25th- No School

November 8th- End of Quarter 1 (HS Early Release)

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