Counseling Announcements: September 2018
SENIOR STUDENTS & PARENTS: COLLEGE FORUMS
In an effort to provide additional assistance in the college application process, particularly for seniors and parents encountering the college process for the first time, the Department will be conducting College Application Forums. To give families the chance to ask questions in an informal setting, the Department will host two (identical) Forums. The entire time both evenings will be devoted exclusively to answering college search, selection, and application questions from parents and students. Students are welcome and encouraged to accompany their parents. The Forums will be held in the Digital Resource Center from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The Forum dates are: Tuesday, September 25 and Thursday, October 11.
SENIOR & JUNIOR STUDENTS: COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVE VISITS UNDER WAY – NAVIANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Seniors and juniors are invited and STRONGLY encouraged to attend college representative visits. The Visit Calendar is located in Naviance. Students should check Naviance regularly, because the list of visiting schools is updated often.
Seniors and juniors who wish to attend a college visit must sign up through Naviance by 6:00 p.m. the evening before a visit. Some visits are limited in number, with priority given to seniors. Also, some visits will require a minimum student GPA. Details are in the visit calendar in Naviance.
Students who sign up will be able (on the morning of the visit) to pick up from the Counseling Office a pass to attend. Students are required to have a pass in order to be released from class and attend the visit. Allowing a student to attend a visit is up to the discretion of the instructor. Students who do not have a pass will not be released from class to attend a visit. Students showing up to a visit without a pass will be sent back to class.
Signing up means students will receive an e-mail reminder the day before a visit. Signing up also allows the Counseling Department to contact students if there is a change to a visit.
SENIOR, JUNIOR, AND SOPHOMORE STUDENTS & PARENTS: LOCAL COLLEGE FAIRS
A number of more selective colleges hold regional information evenings, as opposed to making individual school visits. These events are still very valuable and because registration is usually required, also count as a contact between the student and the school. A list of these upcoming information sessions is posted in Naviance here: From the Naviance home page / scroll almost to the bottom of the page / on the left-hand side under ‘From My School’ heading click ‘View all from my school’ link / scroll to the bottom of the page and see links under ‘Updates’ heading.
JUNIORS: COLLEGE NIGHT FOR JUNIORS AND THEIR PARENTS: SAVE THE DATES!
All juniors and their parents are asked to attend one of the Counseling Department’s mandatory Junior College Nights: either Wednesday, September 19, or Wednesday, October, 3. Both evenings’ presentations will be held in the Athletic Center from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., so families can check-in and receive materials. We host identical/repeated events so students and parents can choose the option best fitting their schedules and allow us to achieve 100% attendance. We ask students and parents to attend presentations together.
The Department's presentation will address admissions testing (including a suggest admissions testing calendar), transcript evaluation (from the point of view of college admissions offices), and senior year academic information, among other crucial topics. We will also cover key components of the college search and selection processes.
SENIORS: EARLY ACTION – EARLY DECISION – RESTRICTIVE EARLY ACTION REMINDERS
For all Teacher Recommendations and School Reports due on or before 11/15: see instructions on pp. 7 – 9 of the College Handbook. You should request Teacher Recommendations from faculty and the School Report (SR) from your counselor by 10/1. This process is reviewed in the Common Application Workshops, but be aware of this deadline.
SENIORS: SAT, ACT, AND SAT SUBJECT TEST REGISTRATION
SAT, ACT, and Subject Test dates and registration deadlines are upcoming (see table below). Students must use online registration for these tests. To find the registration links: from the Naviance home page / scroll almost to the bottom of the page / on the left-hand side under ‘From My School’ heading click ‘View all from my school’ link / click on the appropriate test registration link. (Note: you will need to create a registration (i.e., a login and password) if this is the first time you are signing up for any of the tests.)
UPCOMING FOR FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, AND JUNIORS: NATIONAL TESTING DAY
On October 10, freshmen will take the PSAT 8/9 exam, sophomores will take the PSAT, and juniors will take the PSAT/NMSQT exam. Seniors will have the day off. There is no fee or registration required to take these very important exams, which provide key pieces of data for the college admissions process.
ALSO UPCOMING FOR SOPHOMORES: ACADEMIC PLANNING NIGHTS – SAVE THE DATES
ALL sophomores and their parents are invited to attend one of the mandatory Sophomore Academic Panning Nights either on Wednesday, October 17, or Wednesday, October 24. Both evenings’ presentations will be held in the Athletic Center from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m., so families can check-in and receive materials. We host identical/repeated events so students and parents can choose the option best fitting their schedules and allow us to achieve 100% attendance. We ask students and parents to attend presentations together.
The Department’s presentation will address: details and updates on college admissions, academic progress, junior year class course selection, academic information for upcoming years, and considerations regarding activities.