Walter Panas High School

Senior Newsletter and Scholarships

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✔    Attend Accepted Student Days whether in-person or virtual at any college you may wish to attend.
✔    Carefully review your financial aid offers.  Make sure you understand how much debt you would be assuming at each college, as well as interest
      rates and payment schedules.

✔    Keep up your grades. Colleges have the right to revoke an offer.
✔    Check your email and/or college portal for any communication from colleges.
✔    Notify your counselor of any acceptances and what college you plan on attending.  Your final transcript needs to go out to the college you will

✔    Remember May 1st is the national reply date for responding to college offers of freshman admission and a deposit is usually required.
      (Check with your college as this deadline may be delayed.)

✔    Inform schools of your decision not to attend; it opens the waitlist for others.  
✔    There is still time to apply to colleges. If you are not planning to attend college, please advise your counselor to discuss your options.

Next month all seniors must complete the Senior Post-Graduation Form through Naviance.  The form notifies the school counseling department of your plans after graduation, as well as what college you will be attending if you plan on going to college.  After graduation we will automatically send a copy of your transcript to the school you indicated that you will be attending.  Without this information we cannot send your transcript to your college and you will not be able to register for classes!!


An Admission Ticket and an acceptable photo ID are required for entry into the Testing Area—no exceptions.  Changes to the test type, test date or test center cannot be made at the test center on test day. Standby/Walk-in testing is not permitted. Test-takers who miss the last registration deadline for an administration may request Waitlist Status online up until five days before the test

SAT & ACT Scores
You are responsible for contacting the College Board or ACT to request official scores be sent to a college or university.  Use the SAT score sender service at and make your request at least five weeks before the date you want your report to arrive.  Score reports from ACT can be requested at

SAT/ACT Test Dates

Many colleges will accept either SAT or ACT scores when making admissions decisions.  Registering early gives you the best chance of being assigned to the test center you want.  Note:  Regulations require that you submit an acceptable photo when registering for the SAT or ACT.  Register online for the SAT at or for the ACT at


NOTE: *The SAT will transition to digital starting March 2024


April 13, 2024

If you are an 18-year old male, you need to register with Selective Service within 30 days of your 18th birthday.  It’s the law.  If you’re 17 years and 3 months old, you can submit registration information and when you turn 18, you will be registered automatically.  If you fail to register, it will affect your ability to receive Federal college loans and grants, and student aid in most states.  

How to Register for Selective Service:  On-line at, or fill out a Selective Service “mail back” registration form at any U.S. Post Office, or check the “Register Me” box on the application form for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA form). 

Financial Aid
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) had its official launch on December 31, 2023.  During the soft launch, the FAFSA form was available for short periods of time while the site was being monitored for performance and form functionality.  This may lead to delays in financial aid offers being delivered to families.  Despite those initial delays, every family should file a FAFSA form regardless of whether they believe they are eligible for aid.  You never know what type of aid might be awarded and tuition loans are only available to students who have completed the FAFSA.   Go to to apply.


WALTER PANAS HIGH SCHOOL, 300 Croton Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY  10567
PH:  (914) 739-2823 (press 3, Guidance), FAX: (914) 739-3545
ADMINISTRATION:  Joseph Spero, Principal, Samantha Sherwood, Asst. Principal, Christian Clarke, Asst. Principal
COUNSELING OFFICE: Frank Gizzo , Director of Guidance
SCHOOL COUNSELORS:  Chelsea Aversano, Dale Chappelle, Laurainne Mosca, Sonia Recuppio, Brandon Thomas
Mary Ellen Brown, Kathy Giordano, Kathy Zadra, College and Career Ct