Counseling Center

The Counseling Center supports all high school students with their scheduling questions. Additionally they help prepare students with the transition to a career or education beyond high school. 

Each of the 3 counselors focus on a specific group of students (determined by grade level) 
throughout the student's high school term.

For students in grades 9 & 10, Heather Bell is the school counselor. 

For students in grade 11, Lauren Meili is the school counselor. 
For students in grade 12, Mandy Zeigler is the school counselor.

Kathy Zendt is the Counseling Center Secretary and supports the three counselors. Kathy can be reached at 717-789-3931 x5410. 


Updates During COVID-19:

  • For a more streamlined way to disseminate information regarding the coronavirus's impact on West Perry, our district administrators have created a page with updated information. You can reach the page here: www.westperry.org/news/covid-19

  • Please visit Ms. Meili and Mrs. Zeigler's individual counselor webpages for the most up-to-date information.

  • MENTAL HEALTH/FINANCIAL RESOURCES:
  • Cumberland-Perry Vocational Technical School updates: Students who applied to Vo-Tech should have received a letter from Vo-Tech with their admissions decision. In order to accept your spot, please email lmeili@westperry.org or mzeigler@westperry.org and indicate whether you are accepting your spot or not. This includes students on the wait list.  Please be clear in the email. For example "I am accepting my spot in Nursing" or "I am accepting my spot on the wait list for Nursing" or "I am declining my invitation to attend Vo-Tech." For more information, please, you may also go to their website at cpavts.org.
  • Information will be sent to families about a rescheduled Registration Night, which is tentatively planned for mid-August.

  • NEW Dual Enrollment Applications:
  • The process has changed due to school closure. It is now a 2 step process. The SAT requirement is waived.
    • Step 1:
    • Please scan and email your application, parent request, and signature portion of the pink "Information for Seniors on Dual Enrollment at HACC" sheet to Mrs. Zeigler for her records. You should have received these materials at your scheduling appointment. 
      • If you don't have a scanner, try the CamScanner app. Iphones have built-in scanners in the "Notes" icon.
      • If you need a pdf copy of the application, click here.  HACC APP.pdf
    • Once she receives your scanned permission forms, Mrs. Zeigler will forward your transcript via email to HACC and to you. This email will constitute her signature and permission for you to apply. HACC will now have your transcript, but you can still attach it when you submit your application as directed below. You can submit the signature page without Mrs. Zeigler's signature.
    • Step 2:
    • Apply to HACC online after Mrs. Zeigler emails you a copy of your transcript. The application is not long or difficult. Be sure to apply as a high school student.
    • Prior to April 7th, Mrs. Zeigler was forwarding scanned applications to the admissions counselor. Due to technical difficulties and HACC staff working from home, the scanned applications are not able to be processed in a timely manner. Click here ( HACC Dual Enrollment App Instructions.pdf ) for directions to apply online.  I apologize that our plan to submit paper applications is not working due to closures. 
    • Applications must be submitted by April 24th.
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  • Final Transcript Requests: Any senior who is graduating and attending college should request a final transcript. This is required by most colleges and will be send in mid to late June.  Transcript Request.docx
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  • SAT updates: The College Board has canceled the May 2, 2020 SAT test,  and the June 6, 2020 SAT test has also been canceled. The College Board will offer the SAT in August, September, October, November, and December as long as it is safe to do so. For more information from the SAT program, please visit this link  College Board SAT Updates due to Covid-19.
  • Please note, MANY colleges are waiving SAT scores as a part of their admissions process for the fall. Check with your potential college choices to see how the cancelled SATs are affecting their application process. 

  • Keystone Testing updates: The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced the cancellation of statewide assessments for the 2019-2020 school year, which includes PSSA, PASA, and Keystone Exams.


Special Opportunities

The following exciting opportunities are available for our students. The monthly Guidance Newsletter has other possibilities.

  • Health Career Scholars Academy -  This is a program for sophomores and juniors who are interested in learning more about health care and careers in health care.  This program is held for four weeks in June and July.  Go to http://www.hcsa.pitt.edu/ for more information and an application. 

  • PinnacleHealth Student Volunteers -  If you're a teen, age 15 or over, and want to volunteer your time and learn about health careers, become a Volunteen!  An orientation session kicks off this annual summer program which provides an opportunity to work in a variety of locations throughout PinnacleHealth.
    Go to http://www.pinnaclehealth.org/giving-back/volunteer/student-volunteers to learn more information and to complete an application.

  • Study Abroad Opportunities - To identify study abroad opportunities and scholarships visit https://www.spiabroad.com/.

Each month the Counseling Center Newsletter will be added to this page:

September 2019
October 2019
November 2019
December 2019
January 2020
February 2020
March 2020
April 2020 Newsletter.docx