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Lisa Mozeleski • Class of 2017 • (570) 270-2171 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Bartron • Class of 2018 • (570) 270-2152 • email@example.com
Catie Kersey • Class of 2019 • (570) 270-2114 • firstname.lastname@example.org
C.J. Kersey • Class of 2020 • (570) 270-2103 • email@example.com
Every student has a faculty/staff advisor to whom he or she is encouraged to go with any kind of problem, scholastic or personal. The keen understanding and personal interest of an adult in a student’s welfare, achievements and setbacks can give helpful and sometimes vital guidance. Advisors are uniquely connected to their advisees and offer formal letters three times a year. They can be very helpful to contact with any concerns or questions about a student’s progress. Students sit in groups with their advisors for assemblies and meet bi-weekly.
To provide continuity, returning students retain the same advisor from year to year. New students are assigned to a faculty advisor early in the school year and may request a change in May for the next school year. Students may request changes of advisor by seeing the Dean of the Upper School.
The Campus Store is in the Student Center and has a variety of school-oriented merchandise for sale. Students may purchase t-shirts, jackets, sweatshirts, sweaters, school mugs, and various other school items. The store is open each school day according to the schedule posted.
Wyoming Seminary’s College Guidance program plays an integral role in preparing students for the next phase of their educational experience. The mission of the counselors is to guide students on individual journeys of self-knowledge to identify and gain acceptance to appropriate colleges or universities where they can grow and thrive. The counselors are available to meet with individual students and parents as often as necessary to facilitate admission to colleges appropriate for each senior and postgraduate. The College Guidance department meets with parents as a group on designated calendar dates, and parents may meet with individual counselors by appointment at any time. Learn more >
Day students requesting to stay for dinner due to evening school obligations should contact their class dean.
The school nurse, Mrs. Beth Blaum, is on duty every school day from 7:45 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in her Darte Hall office near the front entrance of the building. Mrs. Blaum can also be reached for emergencies at all times by a cell phone, through the dorm faculty or administrative staff on duty. All excuses from class for boarding students, including physical education, must be secured from the nurse’s office, in advance, by the student involved. Students taken ill during the school day must notify the nurse’s office immediately in order to be excused from classes. If the nurse is not in her office, students should report to the Dean of Upper School’s office or to their Class Dean. The Residential Life section of this handbook advises dorm students of procedure in the event of their illness. No student may leave the campus because of illness without first consulting the nurse, who will try to notify parents.
Wyoming Seminary requires all boarding and day students to be in compliance with Pennsylvania State immunization requirements. We do not accept exemptions. Questions regarding immunization requirements should be directed to Beth Blaum R.N., B.S.N. Director of Student Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A physical exam is required for all students yearly. Students participating in interscholastic activity will be held out of practice and competition until the physical exam form (located in the the Magnus Health section of My Sem) is completed and given to the nurse.
Kirby Library is located on the second floor of the Stettler Learning Resources Center. The library offers students both academic and recreational fiction and nonfiction materials and provides spaces conducive to studying and relaxing. Subscribing to numerous periodicals, the library is an excellent place to pursue personal interests or to find the answers to intellectual questions. Learn more >
Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.*
Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.*
Sunday: 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
The library offers extended hours Monday through Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. whenever possible based on student-worker availability; otherwise it closes at 4:00 p.m.
SOCIAL & PERSONAL COUNSELING
Social and personal counseling is available on campus through several trained staff members. Referral to these services can be made through several different methods: self-referral, advisor referral, faculty referral, administrative referral or parental referral. Counseling sessions are completely confidential. Any questions regarding available services should be directed to Ms. Jessica Montrella (contact info below). A student may be referred to outside sources at our counselors’ discretion.
Ms. Jessica Montrella
Phone: (570) 270-2185
Fax: (570) 270-2189
Wyoming Seminary Counseling Program Mission Statement
Wyoming Seminary Upper School’s Counseling Program is comprehensive, focusing on the needs of students, parents, and educators. The goals of the program are to assist students in developing their potential both as learners and as community members; and to promote health and wellness in life choices; and to serve as a resource for parents and educators.
Services can be categorized as preventive and developmental, focusing systematically on individual student potential for growth; and as crisis oriented, responding to students who are experiencing specific problems and stresses. The school counselors are professionals who assist students, parents, teachers, and administrators. Three processes used by the counselors are: counseling, which includes problem-solving, decision-making, and discovering personal meaning related to learning and development; consulting, a cooperative process in which the counselor/consultant assists others to think through problems and to develop skills that make them more effective in working with students; and coordinating, a leadership process in which the counselors help to organize and manage the school’s counseling program and related services. Confidentiality is observed in all counseling relationships.
Wyoming Seminary has had a relationship with the United Methodist Church since Sem’s founding in 1844. From its very beginning, however, the school has welcomed students of all faiths. Sem incorporates spiritual and ethical as well as academic education.
All students are required to take a one-trimester course, “The Bible and Western Culture.” In addition, students may elect to take “World Religions” or “A History of Judaism” to develop their knowledge in these areas. Throughout the year, students are required to attend chapel assemblies twice per month, held either in the Kirby Center for Creative Arts or at the Church of Christ Uniting. These provide an interfaith forum for the exploration of important issues that affect all of us. On special occasions they also offer an opportunity to worship together as a school community.
Those who come to Sem as boarding students may become affiliated with faith communities in our local area. A number of churches and synagogues as well as a mosque are accessible from our campus. The school chaplain, Reverend Charles Carrick, will assist interested students in locating a house of worship that suits their traditions or tastes. You can reach him at email@example.com.
The student activities program at Wyoming Seminary, headed by the Director of Student Activities attempts to balance the weekly academic load with a variety of student-oriented weekend opportunities. Therefore the scheduling is flexible, with clubs and on-campus activities being student-driven rather than adult-driven. In recent years, trips have included New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia for professional sporting and cultural events; Hershey Park, Dorney and Six Flags amusement parks; several local ski areas; King of Prussia, Woodbury Commons, and Crossings shopping malls. Other weekend trips have included ice skating, hiking, bowling, roller skating as well as weekly movie and local restaurant trips.
On-campus activities have featured bands and DJs at indoor and outdoor performances, professional hypnotists and mind readers, game show night, casino night, and other events organized by the Student Activities Committee.
Information about weekend events, future events and links to athletic schedules and scores can be found in the school’s electronic daily bulletin, the Knight & Day.