Sherman Central School School Counseling Department

Mr. Shawn McKane, School Counselor (

Mrs. Lori Svenson, School Counselor (

Ms. Ella Wiggers, Social Worker (

Mrs. Jenni Eddy, Administrative Assistant (

Services provided, but not limited to:

  1. Group counseling
  2. Individual counseling
  3. Classroom presentations
  4. Crisis Intervention Counseling
  5. School-based psychological evaluations
  6. Consultation with teachers and administrators
  7. Academic planning
  8. Career exploration
  9. College counseling


Guidance Plan 

(updated September 2021)

Sherman K-12 Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling Plan


Character Education

Sherman Central School utilizes the Second Step Curriculum which focuses on a holistic approach to building supportive communities for every child through social-emotional learning. Skills for everyday success are focused on during monthly presentations. This curriculum will teach children techniques to:

  • Gain confidence
  • Set Goals
  • Make better decisions
  • Collaborate with others in work and play
  • Navigate the world more effectively

Ms. Wiggers                             

  • Kindergarten & Grade 1

Ms. Soderberg

  • Grades 2 & 3

Mr. McKane

  • Grades 4, 5 & 6

Mrs. Svenson

  • Grades 7 & 8



Graduation Requirements for Regents &

Advanced Regents Diploma

A minimum of 22.5 units of credit is required for graduation from Sherman Central School. A unit of credit is earned by passing a full-year, 40 minute course or half year, 80 minute course. A half-unit of credit is earned by passing a half year, 40 minute class.

Regents Exams for each discipline are listed below and are given throughout the school year in January, June and August.

English: ELA

Social Studies: Global History II and U.S. History

Math: Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra II

Science: Living Environment, Earth Science, Chemistry and Physics

The following chart illustrates the diploma type and required credits and exams.






Required Credits Regents Exams                              ADVANCED REGENTS


Required Credits Regents Exams
English 4 1   English 4 1
Social Studies 4 1   Social Studies 4 2
Mathematics 3 1   Mathematics 3 3
Science 3 1   Science 3 2
Health .50     Health .50  
Fine Arts 1     Fine Arts 1  
Career and 

Finan. Mgmt.

.50 Career and

Finan. Mgmt.

Physical Ed. 2     Physical Ed. 2  
Second Language 1 (Checkpoint A)   Second Language 3 (Checkpoint B)
Electives 3.5     Electives 1.5  

Math, Science,

Social Studies, CTE, LOTE or Arts exam

Or CDOS Credential


Math, Science,

Social Studies, CTE, LOTE or Arts exam

Or CDOS Credential

Total required for diploma type 22.5 5   Total required for diploma type 22.5  



plus Checkpoint B*


*This is the traditional combination, there is also a Pathway, Math and Science Combination. Pathway Combination (other than STEM): ELA, 1 social studies, 3 mathematics, 2 science (1 must be life science and 1 must be physical science), and either 1 Pathway (other than science or mathematics) or meet the requirements for the CDOS Commencement Credential = 7 or 8 Assessments STEM (Mathematics) Pathway Combination: ELA, 1 social studies 4 mathematics, 2 science (1 must be life science and 1 must be physical science) = 8 Assessments. STEM (Science) Pathway Combination: ELA, 1 social studies, 3 mathematics, 3 science (1 must be life science and 1 must be physical science) = 8 Assessments. In addition a student must pass either a locally developed Checkpoint B LOTE examination or complete a 5 unit sequence in the Arts or CTE.

NOTE: Students must pass all Regents Exams with a 65% to obtain a Regents or Advanced Regents Diploma.

Remediation (Title I) and Academic Intervention Services (AIS) are provided for those students who have scored below the New York State reference points (65% on any Regents examination; or Level 1 or 2 on Grades 3-8 English and Mathematics exams).

For more information on Graduation requirements for New York State schools:

Class Weighting/Ranking System for High School

Weighting Method: The final grade/average for each course is multiplied by the weighting/difficulty factor (See below). All adjusted grades are summed and divided by the number of credits, not courses, taken. The resulting number will be considered the “weighted” grade point average. Dropped or incomplete courses are not used in this calculation. Where a class has been failed and re-taken, the higher of the two averages will be used for the calculation.

Level Weighting Factor

Course Type Weighting Factor
Electives 1.00
Regents 1.05
AP Courses/College Credit 1.10

Class rank will be calculated at two specific points in time

  • At the end of Junior (11th) year; and
  • At the end of the 3rd quarter marking period during the Senior (12th) year.

Transfer Student Graduation Information

A transfer student must be in attendance for two consecutive years prior to graduation to be eligible for Valedictorian, Salutatorian, or Historian status, or to be ranked within the class. It is the discretion of the principal to convert forwarded grades that are calculated using a different scale.

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society provides membership for eligible 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students. Selection is based on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service and character. A cumulative academic average of 90% is required for a student to be considered for admission to the National Honor Society. Students who show distinguished performance in all four areas may be admitted to the Society.

In accordance with the National Constitution, no single area is sufficient to assure election. Once a student becomes a member, he/she is responsible to remain a member in good standing in all four of the areas listed. Selection to the Honor Society is decided by a faculty committee as determined by Honor Society policy guidelines.

Information for Seniors

Any student who has taken a JCC course while attending SCS, must request a transcript to be sent to their college upon graduation. JCC transcripts are not sent to the high school. Use the form below for transcript requests.


Seniors are given a scholarship packet in the spring, these scholarships will be given out at Awards Night in June.  Other scholarships are emailed to seniors throughout the year and copies are available in the guidance office.

Chautauqua Region Community Foundation

Apply online at:

Financial Aid

Seniors and one parent must obtain a FSA ID# to complete and file the FAFSA form for Federal Student Aid for college. Please go to: and follow the instructions for completing this process. You may begin to complete this form after October 1 of every year using prior-prior year taxes.

Tap Program

The State of New York provides funds to students to attend college at New York State schools only. Once you have completed the FAFSA form and listed a New York State college on your form, you will be directed to a link to complete the TAP Application. You may also go to: to complete this process.