Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hazen Link!

Attention Hazen Union school community! our Work Based Learning Coordinator Jen Olson has developed this excellent newsletter full of flexible pathways opportunities you can begin taking advantage of today!

Have you always wanted to have your own radio show? It's in there. Are you interested in becoming a soccer referee? Its in there.  Are you in need of some community service ideas?....You get the picture. Now check out the newsletter for more details on these amazing learning opportunities!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Senior College and Career Planning Presentation

Attention Seniors! Here is a presentation that breaks down all of the final steps you will need to take in preparation for your life at Hazen Union! Links to the Common App, Naviance and the Occupational Outlook are just a few of the resources you will find in the presentation. If you have any question please stop by the HU Guidance office and se Mr. Miller!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Governors Institute Winter Weekends!

Attention 9 - 12 graders! The Governors Institute of Vermont Winter Weekend schedule is out! GIV Winter Weekends are a fun hands on way to learn more about topics that interest you with other students from around the state on a college campus!

The following topics will be covered over two different weekends. Applications can be submitted beginning on December 10th. Please note some programs will fill quickly. If you're interested please see Mr. Miller in Guidance ASAP!

Check out the GIV website for more information here:

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

VSAC Scholarship Books are In!

Attention Seniors! The HU Guidance Department has received a shipment of VSAC Scholarship books. These are import scholarships that can help you finance your post secondary plan.

Please note there is an Early Bird deadline of February 3, 2017 where applications postmarked by February 3 will be entered in a drawing for one of three $1000 scholarships. The final deadline is March 3, 2017.

Please stop by the HU Guidance Office to pick up your book!

Friday, October 14, 2016

PSAT Information

Next Wednesday you all will be taking the PSAT. The test is being given at St. Norberts Church in Hardwick which is next door to Hardwick Elementary School. You will need to bring the following with you:
  • At least 2 # 2 pencils -- no mechanical please 
  • You will need a calculator -- Look in your student guide for an acceptable calculator or follow this link PSAT Acceptable Calculator. If you need to borrow one from the school let me know by the end of the day Monday. 
  • A sweater or sweatshirt to keep you warm in case the room is on the cool side. (optional)
  • A pillow to sit on. I cannot ensure comfortable seating and you will be sitting for a long time so this might be helpful. (optional)
  • Make sure you get a good night sleep the night before. 
  • Eat a hearty breakfast the morning of....food is not allowed in the testing room.
Please plan on arriving at 7:45! The test including the pre administration should take about 3 hours and 3o minutes. The actual test will take 2 hours and 45 minutes. Once you have completed the test your school day is done! You do not have to report back to Hazen.

If you have not picked up your student guide from the Guidance Office please stop by to get one. If you have any questions swing by Guidance and talk to Mr. Miller.

Monday, October 3, 2016

October College Visits!!

We have several colleges and universities coming to Hazen this month! Below is the schedule which can also be found on the hazen.ossu.org calendar.

Oct. 10 - Johnson State College @ 11:30
Oct 11 - Plymouth State University @ 11:30
Oct 12 - Castleton State College @ 1:30
Oct 13 - University of Vermont @ 12:00
Oct 14 - Southern Vermont College @8:00
Oct 18 - Husson University @ 8:30
Oct 19 - Sterling College @ 10:00
Oct 24 - Southern Maine University @ 1:00
Oct 31 - University of Maine @ 8:30

If you would like to sit down with any of these schools representative, please see Bryanne in Guidance to sign up and get a pass.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

VSAC Paying for College and Forms Night is Wednesday October 5 at 5:30!

Attention Seniors and parents! Now is the time to fill out financial aid forms. You are invited to Hazen on Wednesday October 5th at 5:30 where trained professionals will be available to help you complete these important forms. 

This is an important workshop designed to help you fill out your FAFSA & Vermont grant forms, ask questions, and learn about the college financial aid process, including scholarships.

We will have internet access and plenty of time for questions and answers. 

If possible, please bring copies of your:
  • 2015 taxes
  • W-2's
  • bank statements
  • and any other pertinent financial information

All documentation that you bring will be confidential --- just for your use filling out the forms.

Here is a link to some informative videos on the process from VSAC:

Please complete the following form to let us know you will be attending this event! Completing the form is not required! Even if you do not complete the form you can still attend! 

How to become a Game Warden in the State of Vermont

Are you big into hunting and fishing? Are you interested in working outside, getting paid well and working for Vermont Fish and Wildlife?

The HU Guidance Department has received a very informative brochure on what it takes to become a Game Warden. Stop in to get one before they're all gone!

VSAC Paying for College and Forms Night is Wednesday October 5 at 5:30!

Attention Seniors and parents! Now is the time to fill out financial aid forms. You are invited to Hazen on Wednesday October 5th at 5:30 where trained professionals will be available to help you complete these important forms. 

This is an important workshop designed to help you fill out your FAFSA & Vermont grant forms, ask questions, and learn about the college financial aid process, including scholarships.

We will have internet access and plenty of time for questions and answers. 

If possible, please bring copies of your:
  • 2015 taxes
  • W-2's
  • bank statements
  • and any other pertinent financial information

All documentation that you bring will be confidential --- just for your use filling out the forms.

Please complete the following form to let us know you will be attending this event! Completing the form is not required! Even if you do not complete the form you can still attend! 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Attention all Artists!!! National Portfolio Day is around the corner!

Attention visual artists! Have you complied a cache of artwork while at Hazen Union? Are you interested in pursuing visual arts or design at the post secondary level? If so then the National Portfolio Day on November 5 in Boston may be just the event for you!

National Portfolio Day is a opportunity for you to meet with representatives from colleges that are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. You will be able to have representatives review your artwork, discuss programs and talk about careers in the world of art!

See Mr. Miller in Guidance for more information!

Monday, September 19, 2016

SUNY Potsdam College Visit

Wednesday, September 28 at 12 a representative from the State University of New York Potsdam campus will be visiting Hazen to meet with students.

If you are interested in meeting with the representative, see Bryanne in Guidance to sign up!

For more information about the campus, visit https://www.potsdam.edu/

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Senior TSA Presentation

On Wednesday September 14 Mr. Miller talked to the Senior class about planning their post Hazen Union goals. Check it out for many useful links and information about decisions to consider during the first quarter of Senior Year.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Vermont Technical College Try a Major Day

Attention all HU Sophomore and Junior students! Vermont Technical College (VTC) is our only technical college but it is so much more than that! Offering Associate and Bachelor degree's in many high skill/high wage careers VTC is an excellent choice for many students!

On November 18 and December 2 VTC will open its doors to you to "try a major" for a day. This will allow you to meet students, teachers and see the facilities at the Williston campus. Plus they'll feed you lunch! This is a great opportunity to explore one of Vermont's hidden gems.

The following majors (click the link to learn more about each) will be open for visitors:

If you're interested in signing up please complete the google form:

Friday, September 9, 2016

First Day Packets


Please remember to get your first day packets returned to Guidance! See the checklist below:

  • Student Information Sheet
  • Free/Reduced Meals Application
  • Internet Access Agreement
  • Student and Parent Handbook Confirmation Form
If you need another copy of the above, you can find it in Guidance.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Women Can Do Conference: Thursday, October 13, 2016!

Calling all Hazen Girls: Let's Change the Tide!

A non-traditional career is defined as a career in which less than 25% of a gender is represented in that career.  For example:

  • In 2012, 3.4% of firefighters were women.
  • In 2012, 1.2% of automotive service technicians were women.
  • In 2012, 1.6% of carpenters were women.
  • In 2012, 4.8% of welders were women.
  • In 2012, 7.2% of cosmetologists were men.

Women comprised 58.1% of the total U.S. labor force in 2011, simply stated, in the United States, there are currently more women in the workforce than men.  But as the numbers above show, only a small percentage of women go into jobs that have been typically held by men.  There are lots of efforts happening to try to introduce young women to non-traditional trades, and one of those efforts is the Women Can Do Conference on Thursday, October 13th at Vermont Technical College.  This conference offers more than 35 hands-on workshops, led mostly by women who are professionals in the skilled trades or science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

If you are a young woman in grade 9-12 who is interested in attending this exciting and fun filled day, please sign up with Bryanne Marquis in the guidance department. The field trip is free, includes lunch, lots of great give-a-ways, and transportation to and from the event. For more information, visit Women Can Do online or contact Jen Olson at jolson@ossu.org or Lynn Patenaude at lpatenaude@ossu.org.

College Fair Thursday September 22 at Saint Michaels College

Mr. Miller and Mr. Dekens will be taking a bus to the college fair on Thursday September 22. The bus will leave Hazen at 8:00 and return in time for the end of school. Please indicate if you are interested in attending this important field trip either way. The deadline for signing up is FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 16.

Follow the link for a list of the colleges that will be attending:

College Fair List

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Are you an HU student looking for a little time away from the "classroom" and traditional learning? A gap years can be an important life altering experience if you do your research and know what you would like to get out of your time away from the classroom.

WOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms and could just be one of these opportunities. Check it out! If you have questions about a gap year and how to decide if it is right for you please see Mr. Miller in the HU Guidance Office.

Why do PSAT scores matter?

Attention Sophomores and Juniors!

On Wednesday October 19 you will be taking the PSAT test. Here is an article that outlines some of the reasons to take the test and why your scores might matter.

Please see Mr. Miller in the HU Guidance Department for more information and to sign up!

A Common App Tour

Seniors! If you know you have to complete the Common App why wait?! Here is an informative video that will walk you through all the ins and outs and make your life easier!

Check it out and don't forget to see Mr. Miller in the HU Guidance Department!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Class of 2017 Summer Letter and Resources

Attention HU Class of 2017!

In just about one month you will begin your Senior year of high school! Shortly, you will be receiving, in the mail, important planning resources to assist you in reaching your post Hazen aspirations! Here it is electronically for you. If you would like to meet with Mr. Miller to discuss your post secondary goals please set up an appointment.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

How to create a great college list!!!!!!!!!

Attention Class of 2017!

Have you made your college list yet? Do you know where you are applying to or where to find lists of school's that meet your interests and post secondary aspirations? Check out this nifty little FAQ with lots of great links to help you in creating or refining your college list.

Also please note that Mr. Miller will be available to meet with you and your parents over the summer to discuss where you want to go after Hazen and how we can get you there.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and ACT Registration

It is recommended that college bound juniors take the SAT and/or the ACT in the spring of their junior year. Some colleges also may recommend or require students take SAT Subject tests. Please make an appointment to meet with Mr. Miller if you need assistance in registering or if you'd like more information about any of these tests.
  • The regular deadline for the June 4th SAT or SAT Subject Tests (Hazen Union is a testing site for both) is Thursday, May 5th. Go to collegeboard.org/sat to register.
  • The regular deadline for the June 11th ACT is  Friday, May 6th. Go to actstudent.org/regist/ to register.

It is very important to save your login and password information when setting up your CollegeBoard and ACT accounts.  You will need this information if you register for additional tests and for applying to colleges through the Common App. The Hazen Guidance Office has a form to record your login information for future use.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Green Mountain Conservation Camp at Buck Lake!

As we begin the 4th quarter I'd like give you a heads up about an great summer through Buck Lake Conservation Camps. This is an opportunity for 12-14 year old students and is right down the road!

In addition there are scholarships through both the American Legion and Kiwanis available to students. 

Here is a link to the camp.

If you have questions or would like more information please stop by your friendly Guidance Office!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The College Search and Intercollegiate Athletics

Attention student athletes! This looks like a great opportunity to learn more about the process of playing athletics at the college level. Thursday April 14 at 7:00. Rice Memorial High School.

Monday, March 14, 2016

The HU Guidance Department has completed the Program of Studies for the 2016-17 school year. A huge thank you to Ann Laporte for making this happen! We are proud to announce through the hard work and creativity of many of our teachers Hazen Union will be able to offer 50 different elective courses for our students. In addition to these incredible options there are other changes to some of our other offerings you will want to make note of. 

For those of you who may be asking what a program of studies is let me briefly explain. The program of studies is written for students and families to outline general and specific information regarding curricular offerings and services at Hazen Union School. It is an educational planning guide designed to help students make informed choices about high school courses as well as assist in planning and refining their plans of study.

Please click on the picture to find the Program of Studies. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

Girls State Applications Due March 18!

Girls State Applications Due March 18
HARDWICK - For young women in the 11th grade who live in the Hardwick area, March 18th is the deadline to apply for Green Mountain Girls State (GMGS) through American Legion Auxiliary Unit 7.  At least one candidate will be selected to represent ALA Unit 7 during Green Mountain Girls State June 18-23, 2016, at Vermont Technical College in Randolph (room and board) as well as time at the State House from Saturday throughThursday.   The $250 fee for the candidate selected through the application process to attend GMGS will be covered by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 7.
Girls State is a nationally recognized and prestigious leadership development program for young women throughout the United States sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. It is a nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and civic engagement.
High school girls, who have completed their junior year, are eligible to apply to become an ALA Girl’s State program participant.  ALA Girls State participants spend an intensive week of study, working together as self-governing citizens and learning how to participate in the functioning of Vermont’s local and state government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens. Participants spend time campaigning for local and statewide office, writing bills, and passing resolutions. Girls also have other ways to be engaged and fully participating citizens of their independent “Girls State.” Then they get to put what they have learned to use when they attend a mock-government session at the Vermont State House as part of their ALA Girls State experience.
For an application or more information, please contact Patricia Tedesco by emailPTe1218@aol.com or phone/text 802-793-4276. (www.alagmgs.com)

Monday, February 29, 2016

Boston Red Sox Service Scholarship

Good morning everyone. This is another friendly reminder from the HU Guidance Department about this excellent scholarship opportunity from the Red Sox Foundation. If you are a Senior and have engaged in any type of community service you qualify! This is a unique opportunity offered to only a select few high schools in Vermont! The deadline is Friday March 4. Please see Mr. Miller in the HU Guidance Office for more information.

Follow this link for more information about this scholarship:

Follow this link to go directly to the application:

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

PSAT....What is it and why does it matter?

On Wednesday February 17 Mr. Miller gave a presentation to students who took the PSAT in October. Here is the presentation with useful information this test.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Medquest Applications are in for current Sophomores

Attention all 10th grade students. Are you interested in exploring a career in medicine or another health care related field? If maybe then Medquest is a great opportunity worth your time!

With Medquest you can spend a week at Johnson State College engaged in a rigorous program that will provide you opportunities to explore a variety of health care related careers.

Please see your TSA Advisor or stop by the HU Guidance Department and speak with Mr. Miller about this great opportunity.

Application deadline is March 1.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Attention HU Juniors and Parents of Juniors!

There are  many important upcoming events you should be aware of. While you will be receiving assistance and support through the Guidance Office it is also important that you take some initiative in shaping your future.

  • Register now for SAT Prep class being taught at Hazen. It will begin the week of March 14 and will include 7 sessions focusing on preparing for the Math and English tests. It will require a $20 per session ($140 if you plan on attending all 7) deposit. Deposits will be refundable if all sessions are attended. Please see Mrs. Laporte in Guidance for more information and to sign up.

  • Register now for VSAC College Pathways 2016 at Lyndon State College. Clink on the picture to register  In addition to many great workshops there will also be a college fair. This is an excellent opportunity to explore important steps in the college process such as:
    • The admissions process step by step
    • Free college during high school
    • Applying to selective colleges
    • The college essay
    • Intercollegiate sports 

  • SAT at Hazen on June 4. Registration deadline is May 5. Visit the College Board to register or click the photo and go directly there!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Governor's Institute of Vermont Summer Institute

Are you interested in specific topics that just aren't offered at Hazen? Do you have a unique skill you'd like to develop more formally with peers from other high schools? If so the Governor's Institutes of Vermont (GIV) may be an excellent resource for you.

GIV's Summer Institutes are now online and ready for you to apply! Offerings (with links to each description) include:
If you are interested and would like to apply please follow this link to the application or if you would like more information please stop by the HU Guidance Office and talk to Mr. Miller. 

Please note the deadline for all applications is Friday March 17. 

PSAT Scores are in. Now what?

Attention students who took the PSAT in October. I will be providing a general presentation during TSA on Wednesday February 17. Following this presentation I will be scheduling you to come in and discuss your scores and what they mean.

PSAT is an important college readiness tool that allows you to take an assessment that is similar to the SAT. In addition PSAT and Khan Academy have partnered to offer you specific SAT study modules that are linked directly to YOUR PSAT scores. A very cool study tool!

Here are a couple of videos that describe how to read your PSAT scores and how link them to Khan Academy.