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Guidance & Counseling

Patricia Walter, Guidance Counselor Grades 8-12:  twalter@mcgrawschools.org
Kathleen Laffoon, Guidance Counselor Grades K-7:  klaffoon@mcgrawschools.org
Kristy Forkey, Secretary


Seniors/Juniors info insert table here
Scheduling for 2017-18
Fall 2017 schedules will be mailed on August 24, 2017.  Students who are in need of schedule changes should call the Guidance Office and schedule an appointment to come in on Tuesday, August 29 or Wednesday, August 30.
A.C.E. Access to College Education
A program through Cortland State, Cornell University, Ithaca College and Tompkins Cortland Community College to help students learn more about the next step after high school to include college admissions, financial aid, and careers.  Please complete an application in the Guidance Office if you and your student are interested in this program. 
A.C.E. students strive for specific levels of academic achievement and participate in ACE sponsored events throughout their years in high school.  ACE programs are designed to open students' minds to the idea of college in their future and to help them begin to dream about what kind of career they would like to have.
Benefits include: Skill training and academic support, Access to college resources while in high school, College based programs including campus tours, theater presentations, lectures, conferences, sporting events, and social events.  Visit the ACE website at: ACE College Link 
Informative workshops such as: securing financial aid, Study Skills or Time Management
Special admissions consideration for those who acquire the ACE recommendation and fulfill the college admission  criteria.           
Goals of ACE:  Identify capable students who may not be thinking about college for academic or  social reasons
Help students access higher education by providing programs to raise their levels of expectations and achievement
Increase students probability of success in college by developing appropriate attitudes, study skills, and life skills
Involve parents in their children's education so parents can provide much needed support
Encourage collaboration among educators at all levels of education in support of ACE goals
Visit A.C.E. at www.cortland.edu/ace
If you are interested in signing up please call the Guidance Office at 836.3610

Here is a list of college/career related activities to help you discover ideas for your future!  
Established by the NY Department of Labor this website offers a career interest inventory, career task search, and other links to help you research different careers.     
Prepare for the PSAT and SAT, conduct scholarship and college searches.  
A college search engine helps you to learn about different college majors and the colleges or technical schools which offer them.  
One of many scholarship search engines. 
When researching scholarships always remember scholarships are meant to be free. Never pay toward finding out or applying for a scholarship.
Ask someone about their profession. What is their job title? What specific duties do they have? Do they like what they do? If it sounds interesting ask if you could visit for a day.   
Volunteer-provide a service to others, many scholarships require some volunteering, this always looks great on a resume and you could get a terrific college reference out of the experience.  
Visit Cortland Career Works on Main Street in Cortland. They help teens and adults find employment.


Melinda McCool , Superintendent
McGraw School District
10 West Academy Street
McGraw, NY 13101

Phone: 607-836-3636


Elementary School
Susan Prince, Principal
50 West Academy Street
McGraw NY 13101
Phone: 607-836-3650

High School
Mark Dimorier, Principal
10 West Academy Street
McGraw NY 13101
Phone: 607-836-3601