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School Counseling Google Classroom – Class of 2023

This classroom has an abundance of information that you need to be aware of - - especially deadlines!!  We recommend checking the classroom routinely to stay abreast of any pertinent information.  It’s a good habit to develop as colleges communicate with you via your portal (similar to the classroom).

Watch your deadlines – You are responsible!

Do you have a January 1st deadline?  Advise your counselor by November 30th.  Winter Recess is December 26th - January 2nd.
FREE SUNY Application Week!!!

Students are able to apply for free to up to five SUNY schools via the SUNY Application or the Common Application. The last day to apply for FREE is November 6, 2022.

Applications! Essays!  Scholarship Forms!  Where do I begin?

These may seem like insurmountable tasks to you, but you can do it! Just be sure to organize your time by breaking each task into manageable pieces that you can reasonably accomplish by their respective deadlines; and be sure to use your school supports to the fullest!

College Applications  Reminders...

Fill out as much of the application as you can and make an appointment to meet with your counselor to review your colleges, if need be, and to have any final questions answered.

Counselors must receive the college application worksheets and transcript request form at least 15 school days before deadline dates in order to process supporting application materials.  This also pertains to scholarship applications.  These forms can be found on the district school counseling website and hard copies are available in the school counseling office.

You are responsible for contacting the College Board (SAT) or ACT to have your official test scores sent directly to the college. 

The COMMON APPLICATION is the recommended form for more than 900-member colleges and universities for admission to their undergraduate programs.  Many of these institutions use the form exclusively.  All give equal consideration to the Common Application and the college’s own form. Students complete one Common Application that can be sent to any of the participating colleges.

Direct links to the Common Application, your Naviance account and other helpful sites can be accessed from the district school counseling website.

College Essay

Before sitting down to write a first draft of your essay, spend some time organizing your thoughts. Talk to your English teacher or counselor about the topic you are considering.  Borrow one of the books on College Application essays or pick up a tip sheet in the school counseling office.
Financial Aid
Remember to complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. The U.S. Department of Education publication Do You Need Money for College? The Guide to Federal Student Aid, provides a comprehensive description of federal student aid programs. Visit to view the publication and find other helpful resources.
Many colleges use your FAFSA information to award non-federal aid, and their deadlines vary. Contact the college’s financial aid office to find out if any additional forms are required.
If you list a New York college on your FAFSA form, you can link directly to the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). For more information on TAP, visit
After submitting your FAFSA you’ll receive a Student Aid Report, or SAR, containing the information reported on your FAFSA and including your Expected Family Contribution (EFC).  The schools you list on your FAFSA will receive your SAR data electronically and each school will send you an aid offer showing the amount and types of aid available to you.

Go to to complete the FAFSA form. FAFSA on the Web Worksheets are available in the school counseling office.

Links to information on financial aid, options for paying for college as well as access to financial aid applications are all conveniently located on the district’s web page at . Go to “Departments”, “School Counseling”, “Post Secondary Planning – College, then to the “Paying For College” tab

Pertinent Miscellaneous Information

 **SUNY recommends that regular decision freshman applicants apply by December 1st to maximize chances for financial aid, campus housing, and consideration for major of choice.

**Many US colleges and universities that provide federal financial aid have a Net Price Calculator on their website.  These online devices offer students customized approximations of college costs based on their family size, financial status, etc.

**Review your college applications and essay 3 or 4 times before submitting them.  Check capitalization, punctuation, and grammar.   Make sure your email address is appropriate for review and use by a college admissions office.  It’s a good idea to keep copies of everything you send to colleges.

**Remember that the admissions process does not represent a personal judgment.  Oftentimes, colleges have specific institutional goals that an applicant cannot control.  What you can control at this point is where you choose to apply, so commit yourself to choosing a healthy mix of colleges.

**Try not to worry about college interviews. You should be yourself and be prepared to answer and ask some simple questions.  (You may find it helpful to pick up a list of questions in the school counseling office.)  Be sure to be on-time and dress appropriately. Most colleges do not require an interview. However, a borderline student may benefit if willing to speak meaningfully about him/herself or about something in the record that needs interpretation.

 **Athletes should keep in mind that NCAA eligibility certifies you to compete as a student athlete but it has nothing to do with a college’s academic admissions requirements.  If a student-athlete meets NCAA initial-eligibility standards, that student still may not be admitted to the institution.  Likewise, a student-athlete who gains admission to a college or university may not meet NCAA initial-eligibility standards.

** Work hard all year!!  Colleges ask for mid-year and final grades.  This can affect your acceptance and scholarship opportunities.


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 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


Nov. 5, 2022: @Walter Panas HS 

Dec. 3, 2022: *Regular registration deadline:  Nov. 3, 2022
                        Late registration deadline:  Nov. 22, 2022



Dec. 10, 2022:  Regular registration deadline:  Nov. 4, 2022
                         Late registration deadline:  Nov. 11, 2022

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, Doris Dapaah, 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, Carole Henkin, Kathy Zadra, College and Career Ct