Counseling


The Millis High School Counseling Staff is prepared to help with resources and guidance during this challenging time.  Please take care of yourselves and follow advised precautions (wash your hands, practice social distancing, etc.), and make sure to take care of your physical and emotional health.  Email us with any questions or concerns you have along the way, or book an appointment below - the breakdown of the caseloads as well as contact information can be found below as well. 

If you're looking to book an appointment with Mr. Awdycki, go to this link:  markawdycki.youcanbook.me

If you're looking to book an appointment with Mrs. Puffer, go to this link: schedulewithmspuffer.youcanbook.me


Class of 2021 - We know many of you have questions about the college process, standardized testing, and what it all means.  Below are a couple of links that we hope will help along the way.
 
College and Career Updates for Millis High School Seniors - Class of 2021 - UPDATED REGULARLY!

The National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), is providing an online tool with information on college and university plans and policies for admission events; for consideration of high school transcripts and standardized test scores; for decision and deposit dates; for fall tuition and registration plans; and more, as a resource during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The tool will update in real-time as they receive input from colleges and universities. 
*Please make sure to double check individual school websites to verify any information you find in the NACAC portal. 

Senior College Planning Night
In case you missed it, here is the video and slide presentation from Senior College Planning Night on October 1:
College Planning Night Video - 10/1/20
College Planning Night Slide Presentation - 10/1/20

Financial Aid Webinars
From Monday, September 28 through Thursday, November 5, the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) is hosting live College Financing webinars daily every Monday through Thursday, with daytime and evening hours.  All webinars will be recorded and available online for families who are unable to attend a live event.  The webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of the full financial aid application process.  Presenters will include MEFA staff members as well as guests from financial aid offices across the Commonwealth, providing families the opportunity to hear from many of the most knowledgeable financial aid leaders in the industry. 

Please register at mefa.org/events for a live webinar.  If you have any questions please reach out to MEFA at 1-800-449-MEFT (6332) or collegeplanning@mefa.org.


Attention College Admissions Representatives!  Our RepVisits calendar is now available for Fall 2020 Virtual Visits.  Thank you in advance for taking the time out of your schedules to talk with our students! 

Virtual College Visits for MHS Students - Seniors and Juniors can sign up in Naviance Student to attend virtual college visits at Millis High School.  Visits are Monday through Thursday at either 3pm or 7pm.  Go to your Naviance Student accounts to see the list of schools visiting, register, and receive the links to the visits.  You must register ahead of time to get the  links, and should plan on logging in 10-15 minutes before the scheduled visit to make sure you are able to access the meeting.


Contact Info:

Millis High School - School Counseling Department
245 Plain Street
Millis, MA 02054
School Counseling Phone: 508-376-7010 / School Counseling Fax: 508-376-7020
Twitter: @mhs1counseling
Instagram: @milliscounseling

Secretary: Erika Harkey - eharkey@millisschools.org

School Counselors and Assignments:

Riley Dunn - rdunn@millisschools.org / Loren Puffer - lpuffer@millisschools.org
Grade 9 (2024): Athanasi - Kelly
Grade 10 (2023): Abraham - Kilmartin
Grade 11 (2022): Abreu - Krauss
Grade 12 (2021): Agostino - Kilmartin

Mark Awdycki - mawdycki@millisschools.org 
Grade 9 (2024): Legere - Zarnofsky
Grade 10 (2023): LaDuke - Zangari
Grade 11 (2022): Lazare - Welch
Grade 12 (2021): LeBlanc - Zammarchi

Services and Programs Offered:

Academic Counseling: Counselors work with students throughout the high school to help provide programs that suit their academic needs. They also help students with college and/or career planning. Counselors interface with students, parents, and teachers regarding academic issues needing attention. Parent conferences, pre-referral team meetings, and weekly progress reports are examples of these services. Continuing emphasis is placed on developing improved communication, organizational, and time management skills.

Post Secondary Planning-College/Career Counseling: Counselors guide students through the college application process, helping them link their strengths and interests to colleges and careers. Information is given regarding college admissions, requirements and organizing the college search.

Personal Counseling: Counselors provide support for students with personal problems and concerns. Conversations with students are confidential UNLESS the student is being abused or is at risk of hurting himself/herself or others.

Seminars/Groups: The School Counseling Department conducts seminars to discuss topics relevant to each grade level.

Parent Nights: Parent nights are currently held for 11th and 12th grades, along with a high school transition night for 8th grade students and parents. Helpful information on relevant topics is discussed and distributed at Parent Nights.

STAT (Student Teacher Assistance Team): Counselors meet regularly with the principal, the school nurse, school adjustment counselor, school psychologist and selected faculty members regarding student progress or concerns. Parental comments and concerns are always welcome.

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