Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer College Visits

Attention HU students, especially the class of 2018! Summer can be a great time to visit colleges and universities you are interested in. Here is an informative US  News article on how to prepare for summer college visits:

Monday, May 15, 2017

Standout College Essays -- New York Times

Attention all HU students but especially members of the class of 2018! Here are some great examples of winning colleges essays that address the issues of work, money and class

Thursday, March 30, 2017

VTC Randolph Campus Try a Major Day!

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

On Friday May 5 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 their Randolph campus. Plus they will feed you! 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 to try for a day:

Please see Mr. Miller or Michelle Legere in the HU Guidance office for more information on signing up to for this excellent opportunity.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

How Do College's View Proficiency Based Transcripts?

Recently, the New England Secondary School Consortium published a briefing on the impact proficiency based transcripts have on college admissions decisions.  A highlight of what they have learned can been seen in some of our recent work.

All colleges evaluate data from many different sorts of data. High schools communicate most information about student learning through a transcript. Our transcript is in the process of changing to address proficiency based grading however we are not there yet.

The main role of high schools is to present what students are accomplishing in school in the clearest possible way. Through our new school profile we have worked hard to be a clear as possible about or new grading and reporting systems you can find it here:

We are also happy to report as of this posting not one in our Senior class has been denied admission based on our new grading and reporting system!

If you would like to view the complete NESSC brief please follow this link (click on the picture):

We have also blogged about the increasing support for proficiency based transcripts in this blog post from early February.

If you have further questions please contact Chris Miller in the HU School Counseling Department

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Medquest 2017 applications are online!!

Attention 10th graders! Have you considered a career in the health field? If you then you should be considering Medquest! Visit the Medquest website for more information or see Mr. Miller in the HU Guidance Office.

Click the image for a link to the Medquest website!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Vermont Tech Summer Camps Registration is now OPEN!

Vermont Tech Summer Camp 2017 Dates

Rosie's Girls STEM Leadership Camps: June 19-23 or July 10-14
(Overnight camps - for girls entering 9th - 10th grades with follow-on mentorships - Randolph Center Campus)

Coder Camp for Girls: July 17-21
(Day camps - for girls entering 8th - 10th grades - and mentorships - Williston Campus)

AeroCamp: July 24-28
(Day camp - for boys and girls - ages 12-18 - Williston Campus)

If you are interested and would like to register, please follow that 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 are different.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Growing Support for Proficiency Based Transcripts and Diplomas!

As Hazen Union continues to make a shift towards proficiency based learning, transcripts and diplomas we are pleased to announce 5 highly selective New England Colleges and Universities have agreed to support applicants applying with proficiencies. Please read the following article on this important news! (click the pictures to access the articles)

In addition to these five school another 68 have also written statements of support for this important change in teaching and learning. If you click on the individual school name you will be linked to their statement of support for proficiency based transcripts. 

If you have any questions regarding these important changes please contact Hazen Union School. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Governor's Institute of Vermont applications are now open!

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. 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Hazen Link January 20 Edition!

Please check out our Hazen Link. Huge thank you to our Work Based Learning Coordinator Jen Olson and our Aspirations Coordinator Michelle Legere on putting this excellent resource together!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

PSAT Scores and What They Mean

Attention students who took the PSAT in November. I will be providing a general presentation during TSA on Thursday January 19. 

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!

However, this is one measure of your college readiness. You are much more than this assessment says that you are! Please do not compare your scores with anyone else and set up a meeting with Mr. Miller to discuss next steps.

Here is the presentation:

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Upward Bound is coming back to Hazen Union!

Hazen Union is proud to announce a new partnership with Lyndon State College's Upward Bound!

The Lyndon State College Upward Bound Program will host an informational meeting on Friday January 13th. This meeting is for all high school students in 9th and 10th grade who are interested in finding out more about the opportunities this program offers. 

Upward Bound is a federally funded program through the U.S Department of Eduction. It is committed to providing modest income, first generation college bound students the academic background, college preparatory experiences and support needed to succeed in college immediately after high school.

Upward Bound works with eligible students who meet at least one of the following criteria:
  • They will be the firs tin their family to obtain a 4 year college degree
  • They are from a modest income family (approximately $35,000 for a family of 4)
LSC's Upward Bound works with 75 students from 9 area high schools in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and Northern New Hampshire including: Canaan Memorial, Craftsbury Academy, Danville, Hazen Union, Lake Region, Lyndon Institute, St. Johnsbury Academy, Woodsville and Rivendell Academy. 

While in the program students have the opportunity to participate in:
  • Community Service 
  • Attend leadership events
  • College tours
  • Financial Aid and college planning workshops
  • Academic guidance, support and other opportunities to students throughout the school year
Additionally, students spend six weeks of their summers on the campus of Lyndon State College where they:
  • Take college preparatory courses including SAT prep
  • Hold volunteer and work study positions in the local community to explore careers
  • Participate in fun activities while experiencing life on campus. 
Upward Bound is FREE for any eligible participating student!

For more information please contact Rick Williams in the Upward Bound office at 802 626-5000 or make an appointment to meet with Chris Miller in the HU Guidance Office. 

Friday, January 6, 2017

Dual Enrollment Workshop!

Want to learn about your college options – while you’re in high school? Come to VSAC and CCV’s Dual Enrollment Workshop! • Vermont’s Dual Enrollment Program

• Vermont’s Dual Enrollment program offers Vermont high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn up to six college credits. That means your credits help you finish high school and start college, all at the same time!

• Introduction to College Studies • CCV offers a free, non-credit Introduction to College Studies (ICS) course for high school students each semester. ICS prepares you for college by helping you set goals, problem-solve, manage time and stress, improve communication skills, take better notes, reduce test anxiety, and plan financially.

• Fast Forward Program for Technical Center Students • The Fast Forward program helps students in technical center programs earn college credit while they are still in high school and prepares them to enroll in college degree programs. Students earn credit toward their technical center program and college credit at the same time.

• Early College • The Early College Program allows you to spend your senior year earning college credits that help you graduate and get a jump on your college degree, tuition free. Students in this program enroll fulltime by taking 4 – 5 college level classes during the fall and spring of their senior year for a total of 8 – 10 classes (24+ credits).

To register for this free event please email Michelle Legere, VSAC Aspirations Coordinator, at or Francinne Valcour, CCV Academic Coordinator, at