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Class of 2018: Summer Planning for Senior Year

posted Jun 29, 2017, 7:07 AM by YHS Guidance

As we wind down the year in the guidance office, we wanted to take the opportunity to share some important college-related information for the summer months.

Virtual Tours
Many college websites offer virtual tours - a great way to see campus without having to travel to every school! To see if your schools offer virtual tours, just Google the school name along with "virutal tour" (for example "NYU Virtual Tour"). 

*New! August SAT Registration Test Date
Registration deadline for the August 26 SAT is July 28th. Register with your College Board account at

SAT Practice and Prep
We recommend for free and helpful SAT practice and preparation tips. More information regarding local SAT prep courses will be emailed this fall.

College Essay Information and Workshop

The Telling Room in Portland will be hosting a College Essay Workshop on August 28 and 30 from 6-8pm at the Merrill Library in Yarmouth. Sessions are limited to 12 students, and cost $250. Learn more here and register at

The Common Application has released its 2017-2018 essay prompts. Summer is a great time to start working on your essay! See below for the full list of prompts. Students will need to choose one prompt for their Common Application

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. 

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? 

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. 

A final reminder that the guidance office will be open until this Friday, June 30th and then will close for the summer. We will re-open on Monday, August 21st. If you need assistance during the summer months, please contact the main office at 846-5535 or Beth and Brenda will be checking their email periodically throughout the summer as well.

Have a wonderful summer - we look forward to starting your senior year with you in September!

June in Guidance

posted Jun 6, 2017, 6:17 AM by YHS Guidance

It's hard to believe it is June already, and we are getting ready to say goodbye to another school year. Please read below for important information regarding the last few weeks of school and summer hours. 


Congratulations on graduation! We are so proud of you all and wish you all the best as you head off to the next phase of your lives. Please keep in touch!

Senior final transcripts will be mailed to all colleges the week of June 26th. You do not need to request to have your transcript sent.

Step-Up Day
Underclass step-up day is Thursday, June 15th beginning at 8:00 a.m. All underclassmen will receive their schedules in advisor group and go through an abbreviated schedule of attending their classes.  Step-up day will go until 10:18 a.m. The guidance office will be available for walk-in appointments for schedule changes during breaks, lunch, and study halls throughout the day and until June 21, 2017

Local and Regional Opportunities
Our database continues to grow and change as we approach the summer months. Click here for the list of upcoming programs and opportunities.

Guidance Summer Hours
The Guidance Office will be open through Friday, June 30th, and will reopen the week of August 21. If you have any transcript requests during the summer months, please call the main office at 846-5535, and the summer staff will be able to assist you.


Thank you all for a great year - we hope you have a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing everyone again in September!

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