May. 1, 2014

2014 NYSSCA executive board election results
The newly elected board members, who will take office on July 1, 2014 are the following:

NYSSCA President Elect-Elect (2014-2015):
Rosemarie Thompson, United Federation of Teachers Chapter Leader for Guidance Counselors

NYSSCA Vice President-Directors (2014-2016):
Jeanne Myers, Department Chairperson, Schenectady High School

NYSSCA Vice President-Secondary (2014-2016):
Jennifer Duffy, School Counselor, Beekmantown School District

NYSSCA Region 1 Governor (2014-2017):
Donna Craig, Roosevelt Union Free School District

NYSSCA Region 3 Governor (2014-2017):
Juana Rivera, School Counselor, Newburgh Enlarged City School District

NYSSCA Region 5 Governor (2014-2017):
Kandis Griffin, Guidance Director, Town of Webb UFSD

NYSSCA Region 7 Governor (2014-2017):
Kristen M. Shearer, Guidance Director, Schenevus Central School

NYSSCA Region 10C Governor (2014-2017):
Gail Reed-Barnett, Ed.D

Thanks to all our candidates who ran for office this year. Congratulations to our new board members and thanks to all members who voted! More

NYSSCA 2014 Conference news — registration now open!
NYSSCA Conference 2014
"School Counselors: Informed, Accountable, Impactful"
Oct. 31-Nov. 1, 2014
Hilton Albany

Region forms, exhibitor information and call for programs

Call for Programs form is available on the conference page of our website at www.nyssca.org.

Conference Registration is now open. Online registration is available HERE. The "paper" registration form is HERE.

Hotel reservations are to be made directly through the Albany Hilton, and that info is available here:

For room reservations, contact Albany Hilton at 1-800-HILTONS (445-8667) or go to www.hiltonalbany.com. Use conference code 1NYSCC for the conference room rate.More

The Women's Press Club of New York State, Inc. announces scholarship award
The Women's Press Club of New York State, Inc. is offering an annual scholarship award for a qualifying student interested in resuming or continuing his or her studies toward a career in communications or a related field. Students must be matriculated no later than the start of the Fall 2014 semester in a field that fosters the development of communication skills. Applications must be postmarked by May 10, 2014. The scholarship award is $1,000. For more information, click here. More

Schools explore benefits of peer counseling
Education Week
Schools in Baltimore, New York City, New Jersey and North Carolina have used a program called Peer Group Connection — created by the Princeton, N.J.-based Center for Supportive Schools — to boost attendance, academic persistence and graduation rates.More

New York graduation rate slightly below US average
The Associated Press via The Wall Street Journal
A new report on high school graduation rates shows that 77 percent of New York state's Class of 2012 graduated on time, slightly below the national average. The graduation rate for low-income New Yorkers was 68 percent, while wealthier students had a graduation rate of 84 percent, according to the report released by foundations including the America's Promise Alliance, which is headed by former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.More

Higher doses of antidepressants may raise teen suicide risk
Antidepressants are thought to increase the risk of suicide in young people, but that may be caused by starting them on larger doses of the drugs, a study finds. Children and young adults who started taking selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants in higher-than-average doses were twice as likely to attempt suicide as people taking average doses, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.More

A link between fidgety boys and a sputtering economy
The New York Times
The behavior gap between rich and poor children, starting at very early ages, is now a well-known piece of social science. Entering kindergarten, high-income children not only know more words and can read better than poorer children but they also have longer attention spans, better-controlled tempers and more sensitivity to other children. All of which makes the comparisons between boys and girls in the same categories fairly striking: The gap in behavioral skills between young girls and boys is even bigger than the gap between rich and poor.More

Administrations, school districts working to boost graduation rates
Archita Datta Majumdar
In 2013, the U.S. Department of Education stated that the nation's high school graduation rate had risen by 2.7 percent, with more students graduating on time and fewer dropping out. These results are based on a specific measurement called Averaged Freshman Graduation Rate and show a positive picture of the nation's education scene after almost 30 years. If the positive trends persist, then America should also have more college graduates per capita and should easily meet President Barack Obama's goal to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.More

Summer camp may improve college admissions odds
How you spend your summer vacation isn't just fodder for first-day-back-in-school essays. It could provide a boost on college or job applications — especially if you went to camp. Grades and standardized test scores are still the top factor for admission, but educational counselors say colleges are starting to take a harder look at extracurricular activities, particularly those over summer vacation. More

New York school cancels kindergarten show to prepare kids for 'college and careers'
While our nation’s schools have long been criticized for failing to impart practical skills, one Long Island kindergarten class just got a harsh dose of reality. Parents of students at Harley Avenue Primary School in Elwood, N.Y., were outraged to discover that an annual year-end play had been cancelled because the school is refocusing to equip its 5- and 6-year-olds "for college and career[s] with valuable lifelong skills," according to school officials. More

New York finds space for 3 charter schools
The New York Times
The office of Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York announced it has found space for three charter schools that had been at the heart of a battle between the new mayor and Eva S. Moskowitz, the leader of a high-performing charter network. According to a statement from the mayor's office, the three schools, Harlem Success Academy 4, Success Academy Jamaica and Success Academy City Hall, will move into former Catholic school buildings that the city will lease from the Archdiocese of New York. More