Student Services

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    Helping Students Plan for the Future

    The role of the Student Services Office is to provide students with personal and inter-personal counseling, crisis management, school-to-career transitional planning, and course selection in accordance with state and local curriculum standards. We also provide a crucial link for teachers, students, administrators, parents, and members of our community.

    Student Services at Cheektowaga Central High School
    3600 Union Road
    Cheektowaga, NY 14225
    Phone: (716) 686-3634
    Fax: (716) 686-3648

    Demario Rhodes, Counselor

    Grades 9-12:  A-J

    (716) 686-3637

    E-mail Demario Rhodes

    Kimberly Nichols, Counselor

    Grades 9-12:  K-S

    (716) 686-3647

     E-mail Kimberly Nichols

    Lauren Smith, Counselor

    All Transition Program & P-Tech Students; Grades 9-12:  T-Z

    (716) 686-3635

    E-mail Lauren Smith

    Courtney Wall, Counselor

    All students with IEP/504 Plans

    (716) 686-3637

    E-mail Courtney Wall

    Jeanne Kornowicz, School Psychologist

    (716) 686-3632

    E-mail Jeanne Kornowicz

    Krystal Washburn, School Social Worker

    (716) 686-3631

    E-mail Krystal Washburn

    Donna O'Connor, Secretary

    (716) 686-3634

    E-mail Donna O'Connor


    Websites for College, Career and Financial Aid 

    Choices365 - This website is equivalent to having your own personal school counselor who's available on a 24/7 basis! Setting up an account is easy: Click on "Create an Account"; then type in the ACCESS Code: NY01254. Next, provide your own unique user name and password to identify your account. Current college, career, financial aid, and free SAT/ACT practice information is also readily available!

    SUNY - This is the official SUNY application website that is recommended for all SUNY colleges and universities. Students can apply for up to six SUNY schools with this one application.
    Common Application - This website give students access to the COMMON APPLICATION to most private schools and out-of-state colleges and universities.
    Career Zone NY - This website is sponsored by the NYS Department of Labor. It is a comprehensive website that allows students to create and manage their own college and career planning portfolios. Access to career videos are included, along with a host of career interest inventories which can be saved in students' career plans.

    WNY COllege Connection - The WNY College Connection is your link to 21 world class colleges and universities. Information is designed for students, parents, and high school counselors. You will find links to admissions, financial aid, scholarships, career decision making, succeeding in college, internships, professional resources, planning a visit, and more. This is a one-of-a-kind resource worth checking out! 

    March 2 Success - This is a FREE website designed to help students study and prepare for SAT and ACT Tests. Students simply create an account, once this is accomplished, they will have access to all of the website's features, which include: interactive SAT and ACT flashcards and practice test materials; interactive NYS Tests required for graduation in the areas of English, Social Studies, Math, and Science; and helpful links to prepare students for college and financial aid.

    You Can Go To College - This website is designed to help students overcome real and perceived obstacles in their way such as education costs, grades and academic concerns, competing responsibilities (ex. work vs. attending college), or if they are feeling overwhelmed and confused. Learn how to apply to college, how to find a college that meets your needs, how to find financial aid to pay for college, hear real life student stories talking about facing and overcoming challenges, etc.!

    Higher Education Services Corporation - This is the official website for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and the NEW Excelsior Scholarship. Learn how to apply for aid, pay for college, and utilize financial aid calculators. Access the Guide to NYS Colleges for college and career planning!   

    Fast Web - The task of finding scholarships for undergraduate and graduate programs has been simplified through this web site.a software program called fastWeb searches over 300,000 scholarships, grants, and loans to find those that match the student's qualifications. A list of findings, including addresses, deadlines, and form letters for requesting details - arrives via E-mail within 15 minutes.

    Next Step U - Your source for college, career and life planning resources is your source for college, career and life planning resources. It is a college access program that provides prospective college students, parents, teachers and counselors an easy-to-use online database of local scholarship information and relevant college and career weblinks.

    Best Colleges - provides free access to more detailed information such as college rankings, free college planning, financial aid, and career resources.  

    New York State Financial Aid Administrators' Association - The New York State Financial Aid Administrators' Association provides free, comprehensive, independent, and objective information on financial aid for college. "Ask the Expert" - your questions answered online. Obtain a listing of local college financial aid nights.

    Free Application for Federal Student Aid - this free web service allows students and parents to access and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form electronically. Information can be saved on a diskette so that it can be completed and transmitted at a later time. "FAFSA -On -the-Web" automatically edits the applicant's answers before transmitting, resulting in better information and fewer applications rejected by the Dept. of Education.

    Sallie Mae - this web site allows parents and students to estimate the total, multi-year cost at more than 5,500 colleges and universities using real tuition and expense data.  It also provides estimates of repayment costs if student loans are part of their college financing plans.

    Big Future by the College Board - BigFuture by the College Board is a free comprehensive website with a step-by-step approach that improves the college planning process for students, families and educators. Students and educators collaborated to create interactive tools and media that guide students as they find, afford and enroll in a college that's right for them. This site is highly recommended if students need to create a college road map plan.

    College Board - this web site connects the student to the publishers of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Practice tests and registration for the SAT I and SAT II are available on-line. This website also provides access to the College Financial Aid Profile Form that some colleges require.

    American College Test - this site connects the students to the publishers of the AMERICAN COLLEGE TEST (ACT). Practice tests and registration for the ACT are available.

    Bureau of Labor Statistics - this site is maintained by the US Department of Labor, which publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook. You will have access to specific information on virtually any career (educational requirements, job outlook, working conditions, average starting salary, etc.). As a result, career decisions can be made more effectively.

    New York State Job Services - are you looking to find a job? This is the official web site for the NYS Job Service. Up-to-date job postings are available along with online applications for certain occupations

    New York State Apprenticeships - this site provides information on opportunities for students to enroll in apprenticeship programs throughout the state in various trade areas that include, but are not limited to: plumbing, electrical trades, carpentry, heating and air-conditioning, etc.

    Students with Disabilities - this site provides invaluable resources and access on-line for parents and students with disabilities who need assistance with college and career planning.

    Studying with ADHD - this site is for students who are looking for college information that provides assistance to students with ADHD.

    Students with Autism -  this site is for students who are looking for ocllege information that provides assistance to students with autism.

    Students with Cerebral Palsy -  this site is for students who are looking for college information that provides assistance to students with cerebral palsy.

    Students with Down Syndrome - this site is for students who are looking for college information that provides assistance to students with down syndrome.

    Accredited Schools Online - ACT Prep website.

    Discover Accounting Degrees - this site is for students considering accounting as a career, and to identify the colleges that offer accounting as a major. Degree options are also covered.

    Teacher Early Childhood - this site is for students considering a career in Early Childhood Education.

    Please Note: The links listed above will bring you to third party institutions. Our school district does not endorse any of these links, nor are we responsible for their compliance.