SHS Counseling Department

The School Counseling Department provides academic, social/emotional, and post-secondary support to all students in grades 9-12. We help students to develop the tools and confidence they need to become self-directed learners, strong self-advocates, and positive and creative contributors to their community. We work with students to set personal and educational goals and we collaborate with families, school staff, and community members to support students in bringing those goals to life.
 
802-885-7914
 
School Counseling Director: Corrie Smith– csmith@ssdvt.org
School Counselor: Jason Touchette — jtouchette@ssdvt.org
School Counselor: Heather Toth — htoth@ssdvt.org
Social Worker:  Deb Harrison - dharrisonobrien@ssdvt.org
Multiple Pathways Coordinator: Patty Davenport — pdavenport@ssdvt.org
Registrar & Counseling Office Mgr: Nancy Bovat - nbovat@ssdvt.org
 
 
 

SAT & ACT Test Dates:

SAT and ACT test dates at Springfield High School have been cancelled for Fall 2020. We will re-evaluate Spring test dates and post information as soon as it is available. Other test centers may still be operating. For the ACT, please check ACT Test Center Locator to find a test and ACT Test Center Cancellations to confirm that the test center is open. For the SAT, please check SAT Test Center Locator to find a test and SAT Test Center Closures to confirm that the test center is open.
 
2020-21 Learning at SHS
 
 

Reminders from Your Counselors

-Communication with your counselor is a VITAL part of the post-secondary planning process.  Stop by and make an appointment to see your school counselor today!!!

 

Important Links

  • Jumprope - Check your students proficiency progress.
  • VSAC-Career Exploration, Financial Aid, College Planning
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  • Naviance-College Planning & Exploration
  • VTVLC-Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative:  Online courses
  • Collegeboard-SAT registration; College search engine
  • ACT-Information and registration
  • FAFSA-Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • RVTC-Information about the technical programs offered to SHS students at the River Valley Tech Center
  • NCAA Eligibility Center – Information about college athletics

Interested in doing something other than college after high school? Check out these Gap Year opportunities!

 
AmericanGap.org –  nonprofit accreditation and standards-setting organization for Gap Years
City Year – City Year works to bridge the gap in high-poverty communities between the support that students actually need, and what their schools are designed and resourced to provide. They help to increase graduation rates across the country, and change the lives of the students they serve.
AmeriCorps – AmeriCorps engages more than 75,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. 
NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) –  NOLS believes in positive, ethical leaders change the world. Based on this belief, NOLS has become the leader in wilderness education. NOLS takes students of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions and teaches them technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics.
OutwardBound – Outward Bound is a non-profit educational organization and expedition school that serves people of all ages and backgrounds through challenging learning expeditions that inspire self-discovery, both in and out of the classroom.  Outward Bound delivers programs using unfamiliar settings as a way for students to experience adventure and challenge in a way that helps participants discover that they can do more than they thought possible.
CIEE Travel Abroad (Council on International Educational Exchange)– offers the tools to create a custom program built around your needs, and the resources and support necessary to explore a new culture in ways that were previously unimaginable.
Gap Year Fairs – To find a Gap Year Fair near you, visit this website!  South Burlington High School will be hosting one on January 20th – to register, visit this link!

Travel, Leadership, and Enrichment Opportunities

Winter Weekend:
A 48-hour immersion Institute packed with extreme learning and fun for all motivated 9-12th grade students. Students attending Winter Weekend will try out the intellectual exhilaration of a GIV summer institute in which they explore, laugh, perform, build, improvise, and more. In just one weekend, students take away more skills and inspiration than they could have ever imagined possible!  More info here:  Winter Weekend
 
Summer Opportunities:
 
Governor’s Institute of Vermont:
Vermont’s flagship summer program for talented teens, the Governor’s Institutes offers 10 summer Institutes that gather teenagers from every high school in Vermont to study in-depth on the topics of their choice, such as Arts, Engineering, Mathematics, Information Technology, Entrepreneurship, Current Issues and more. All Institutes are residential, take place on college campuses, and offer sliding scale tuition to meet all family budgets.  Please visit: www.giv.org
 

Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center: http://www.svtahec.org/programs/high-school-student/med-quest/

Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
A non-profit organization promoting international education and exchange.  Springfield High School Alum Kaylee Haskell participated in this experience in 2013. https://www.ciee.org/

 

DrugRehab.com – information and support to people fighting addiction and substance abuse.

Substance abuse in adolescents frequently overlaps with other mental health problems. Our goal is to support teens and their families by providing resources and tools related to drug and alcohol abuse. For more information click here: https://www.drugrehab.com/co-occurring-disorder/