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Ms. Inez Drummond Supervisor of Guidance

Ms. Inez Drummond Supervisor of Guidance

Contact

Extension: 50181
idrummond@paterson.k12.nj.us

Guidance Department

As school counselors, our role is to help students, guardians and teachers, develop a positive learning experience while preparing our youth for higher education after high school. The John F. Kennedy Educational Complex’s Guidance Department consists of a variety of services and activities to help students deal with personal, social and educational concerns.

 

-College and Career Planning
-Scholarship Opportunities
-Individual and Small Group Counseling
-Parent and teacher consultation
-Informational meetings for parents and students
-Referral assistance to community agencies
-Community Involvement

 

Students can make an appointment to speak with counselors through their classroom teachers or before and after school. We encourage and appreciate parental involvement as we both strive towards promoting our youth to be responsible and mature individuals. If you have any concerns about your child or would like to schedule an appointment please call or email your counselor at anytime.

 

ACT Guidance Counselors
BTMF Guidance Counselors
SET Guidance Counselors
STEM Guidance Counselors
 

 

The John F. Kennedy Educational complex consists of four schools within a school:

 

Please note all former students requesting to have transcripts sent must fill out the form below and return it to Monica Griffin at mgriffin@paterson.k12.nj.us. Requests can also be faxed to 973-321-0459 or mailed to John F. Kennedy Educational Complex, Attention Ms. Griffin, 61-127 Preakness Ave, Paterson, NJ 07522

Transcript Request form

 

New Student Enrollment
 

All new registrations must be processed by Central Registration at the Paterson Board of Education located at 90 Delaware Ave, Paterson, NJ. Please call 973-321-1000 to schedule an appointment. You will need to provide proof of residency, all student transcripts, medical/health records and a birth certificate. Once you are given clearance from the District, you will need to bring the following to JFK Educational Complex:

 

  1. A parent/guardian must be present or another individual must have a notarized affidavit from the guardian

  2. Transcripts from ALL completed grades (must be translated to English and notarized)

  3. A copy of the student’s IEP if applicable

  4. Students above the age of 18 are eligible for adult school

  5. Students who are 17 and older must have at least 40 credits

 

Genesis

 

Use Genesis Parent Portal to Monitor Your Child’s Academics and Attendance

 

 

College Planning and Readiness

As a junior, both parent and student will be invited to meet with their counselor for a Transcript Review Conference (TRC) regarding graduation status, college search, SATs and post high school planning. In this meeting, discussions pertain to student and parent responsibilities, researching colleges, internet information, and the college application process. In most instances, this is the first step on the road to selecting colleges that are right for the student. Keep in mind it is never too early to start planning! From the first day of freshmen year students and parents should be preparing for college and post high school endeavors.

 

 

Scheduling Process & Graduation Requirements

The scheduling begins in January for all students in grades 9-11. Each student will meet with his or her counselor to discuss high school performance to date, future plans and to establish a schedule of courses for the upcoming school year.

Counselors and students will discuss:

  1. Graduation requirements and status
  2. Grade level status
  3. College plans
  4. Honor/AP recommendations by teacher

Course Pathways By School
ACT Pathway
BTMF Pathway
SET Pathway
STEM Pathway

 

Scheduling for AP/Honors Courses:
If your son/daughter is not currently in the honors/advanced placement track and wishes to take and honors/AP level course next year, the honors/AP request form must be completed and given to the counselor.

AP/Honors Request Form

Students must complete 125 credits to graduate. Included in these 125 credits are the following 5 credit courses:

English I, English II, English III, English IV (20 credits)

Dev ESL I, Dev ESL II, Dev ESL III & Dev ESL IV for our non- English speaking students (20 credits)

Algebra, Geometry & Algebra II (15 credits)

US History I, US History II, & World History (15 credits)

3 years of science with one being Biology or Life Science (or equivalent) (15 credits)

PE/Health I, PE/Health II, PE/Health III, PE/Health IV (20 credits)

1 year of a fine art elective (5 credits)

1 year of practical art elective (5 credits)

2 years of a World Language (this is waived for most SPED students as per their IEP and most bilingual students as per their years in the country)

2.5 credits in economics or financial literacy starting with the freshmen class of 2010-2011/senior class of 2014

 

College Planning and Readiness

As a junior, both parent and student will be invited to meet with their counselor for a Transcript Review Conference (TRC) regarding graduation status, college search, SATs and post high school planning. In this meeting, discussions pertain to student and parent responsibilities, researching colleges, internet information, and the college application process. In most instances, this is the first step on the road to selecting colleges that are right for the student. Keep in mind it is never too early to start planning! From the first day of freshmen year students and parents should be preparing for college and post high school endeavors.

 


Freshmen & Sophomore Student Responsibilities:

Keep your grades up (every marking period counts!)

Start thinking about where you see yourself in ten years

Try your best on the PSATs

Meet with you guidance counselor and begin discussing and GPA & college requirements

 

Junior Year Student Responsibilities:

Meet with your counselor on an ongoing basis to discuss college and career plans

Discuss financing your education with your parents and counselor

Attend JFKs Financial Aid Seminars

Look into EOP programs

Visit colleges of interest and explore their websites

Sign up for the SATs in May or June (counselors have fee waivers)

Write your personal statement during the summer months

 

Senior Year Student Responsibilities:

Attend JFKs College Fair in early October

Contact teachers seeking letters of recommendation (Ask nicely J)

Ask a teacher to proof read your college essay/personal statement

Submit applications in the early fall of senior year

Notify your counselor to send transcript(s) and additional official information when necessary

Each counselor needs two weeks turnaround time

Report acceptances and rejections to counselor

 

Parent Responsibilities:

Help son or daughter explore college choices

Be aware of college costs

Attend JFK’s Financial Aid Workshop

Assist your child with filling out FASFA (January of senior year)

Plan a family visit to your child’s top three college choices

Attend the junior year TRC (see above)

Check in with your child’s counselor on a monthly basis

Attend Report Card Nights offered every marking period to obtain your child’s report card

 

Counselor Responsibilities:

Be available for consultation with students and parents

Educate students on the financial aid process & EOP programs

Inform students when college representatives visit the high school and field trips are taken

Publicize SAT testing and college and scholarship information

Keep scholarship information updated (monthly scholarship bulletin)

Prepare and mail transcripts, SAT scores and applications

Act as a liaison between student and admission counselors when necessary

 

Useful College Websites

http://www.collegeboard.com
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov
http://web1.ncaa.org/eligibilitycenter/common/
http://www.commonapp.org/
http://www.review.com/


-Click Here For a List of Guidance Counselors and their student assignments
AP Coordinator Mr. Joseph Ribitzki

 

 

  • The School of Education and Training:
  • CEEB Code used for PSAT/SAT/AP Testing - 311093
  • The School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics:
  • CEEB Code used for PSAT/SAT/AP Testing - 311094
  • The School of Business, Technology, Marketing & Finance:
    CEEB Code used for PSAT/SAT/AP Testing - 311096
  • The School of Architecture, Construction & Trades:
    CEEB Code used for PSAT/SAT/AP Testing - 311097

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School of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics
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