SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT

Phone: 978-897-8891
Fax: 978-897-6089

Counselors are available Monday through Friday during the school day. If you need to meet outside of regular hours, please contact us.

Nicole Fernald, M.Ed., C.A.G.S. (she/her)
Certified School Guidance Counselor
Caseload: Last names Lb-Z (K-Z for class of 2025 and beyond)
Email: nfernald@maynard.k12.ma.us
Phone: 978-897-8891 x3209
Office: B109

Dana MacPhee, M.A., C.A.G.S. (she/her)
Certified School Guidance Counselor
Certified School Adjustment Counselor
Caseload: Specific students, last names A-Z
Email: dmacphee@maynard.k12.ma.us
Phone: 978-897-8891 x3105
Office: A203

Amy Petroskey, M.Ed., Ed.S. (she/her)
Certified School Guidance Counselor
Caseload: Last names A-La (A-J for class of 2025 and beyond)
Email: apetroskey@maynard.k12.ma.us
Phone: 978-897-8891 x3210
Office: B110

Olivia Hull, M.A. (she/her)
School Adjustment Counselor
Email: ohull@maynard.k12.ma.us
Phone: 978-897-8891 x1417
Office: A202

Counseling Department Newsletters

Other Counseling Pages

Important Information

2023-2024 Program of Studies - This document includes MHS graduation requirements.

Application for Free/Reduced Lunch - Although all students receive free lunch, it is helpful for families to apply for free lunch each year. Qualifying for free/reduced lunch allows for fee waivers or reductions for the bus fee, activity fees, standardized tests, and college applications. If you think you may qualify, please apply here.

Work Permits - Work permit applications are available in the main office. Completed applications can be turned in at the main office for official work permits.

Official Transcripts for Alumni - Official transcripts can be requested at the main office, by calling 978-897-8891, or by emailing Gail Lucas at glucas@maynard.k12.ma.us.

SCHOOL COUNSELING

IN-SCHOOL EVENTS

Signs of Suicide (SOS) Curriculum for 10th Graders

Counselors went into 10th grade health classes in early February to present the Signs of Suicide (SOS) curriculum. This curriculum helps students recognize signs in friends and themselves of mental health concerns and gives them the tools to ACT (acknowledge the signs, show you care, tell a trusted adult).

Counselors will be meeting with students who were absent or are not scheduled for health this year after February break to complete the lesson.

2024-25 Scheduling

School counselors went into English classes to have 9th, 10th, and 11th graders choose electives for next year on February 8th and 9th. Students can see their course recommendations for core classes through Aspen and which electives they chose those days. The program of studies is available here.

Counselors have been meeting individually with students and will continue to meet to discuss scheduling through March.

OTHER EVENTS

POST-SECONDARY PLANNING

Seniors: please make sure you are completing the documents necessary for counselors to submit documents to college, including your brag sheet and the transcript release form.

Parents/caregivers: please complete the caregiver brag sheet to brag about your student in ways they won't do themselves and/or to share additional information that you think we need to know.

Last spring, school counselors presented to families and students in the class of 2024. You can view the slides presented to families here and a recording of the full presentation is available here. Please also feel free to refer to the Postsecondary Planning Timeline and Resources page for more information. There are links to additional documents on the Class of 2024 Google Classroom.

Financial Aid

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which all colleges require for financial aid (and sometimes merit aid, as well) is finally available!

Step 1 is to create your FSA ID (username and password) here.
Step 2 is to complete the FAFSA here.

uAspire Financial Aid Workshops

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education along with uAspire have partnered to provide free FAFSA support. uAspire is a national nonprofit whose singular focus is on college affordability and removing financial barriers so that every student has an equitable opportunity to attain a postsecondary degree. Here is a one-pager that shares more about the upcoming changes to the FAFSA.

FAFSA Walkthrough: The FAFSA Walkthrough walks students and families through the entire FAFSA by section, outlining what information is necessary, detailing common confusion spots, and discussing how to answer questions.
-February 27, 2024 at 5:30-6:30pm ET
Register for any of these webinars here.

Next Steps Post-FAFSA: The Next Steps Post-FAFSA walkthrough will discuss in detail how to review the Student Aid Report and what to look out for. The presentation will also cover making corrections, adding schools, and completing verification for both the FAFSA and CSS Profile.
-April 2, 2024 at  4:00-5:00 pm ET
Register for this webinar here.

Financial Aid Offer Review: The Financial Aid Offer provides students and families with critical information to interpret their financial aid offers. uAspire advisors will share key details about the different types of financial aid, best practices for reviewing and comparing financial aid offers, and the essential next steps to take after determining how much each college will cost.
-April 24, 2024 at 5:00-6:00 pm -ET
Register for this webinar here.

Students with 504s or IEPs

The process to receive accommodations at college is not the same as in high school. Students need to disclose their disability and request accommodations through the office of disability services (sometimes also called accessibility services). For more information about the transition to college with a disability, check out these resources.

TESTING

Testing information has been moved to the post-secondary planning website.

RESOURCES

Mental Health/Crisis Hotlines

  • Advocates 24/7 Mobile Crisis Line: 800-540-5806

  • MA Behavioral Health Help Line: 833-773-2445

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988

  • Crisis Text Line: Text ACT to 741741

  • theTrevorProject.org 1-866-488-7386

  • Trans Lifeline 1-877-565-8860

Community and Mental Health Resources (Webpage)

Mental Health Resources List (Google Doc)