Happy Fall!

SCHOOL COUNSELING DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2019

In this issue:


  • MEFA Financial Aid Night
  • Post Secondary Planning Seminar for Seniors: update
  • AP Exam Registration/Payment
  • Freshman Presentation
  • Save the Date(s)

Parents of Seniors: Join us for our Financial Aid Night on 10/10!

We are fortunate to have Shannon Vasconcelos from MEFA here to present information surrounding the entire college financial aid application process, Thursday, October 10 at 6:30 in the Bromfield Library.


You’ll learn about financial aid applications and types of financial aid, the factors that determine your aid eligibility, how colleges determine the amount of aid to offer, and the details of financial aid award letters.

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Post Secondary Planning Seminar Update

Drew Skrocki and Sara Lamere have met with the seniors for two PSP rotations so far as well as seen all seniors at least once individually to discuss their post-secondary plans. By now, all seniors have completed a resume, asked teachers for letters of recommendation, filled out a survey for the counselor letters of recommendation and are working on finalizing their lists of colleges to apply to.


As a reminder, you can access the PSP lesson plans (linked) and handouts on our website at any time to see what we are reviewing with the students.


The counseling office also hosted our Senior Parent Night a few weeks back. If interested, you can click here to access the powerpoint.


Please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's counselors with any questions!

Registration & Payment Information for May AP Exams

If your child is currently enrolled in an AP course at The Bromfield School, the registration/payment for the May AP exam(s) is open. Please note, it is a two-step process. See below for details, and contact Sara Lamere in the Counseling Office with any questions!


STEP 1: REGISTRATION: https://myap.collegeboard.org/

STEP 2: PAYMENT: www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/220955


IMPORTANT AP DATES TO KEEP IN MIND:

  • Tue, Oct 1, 2019, at 12:01 AM - TotalRegistration Begins

  • Friday, Nov 8, 2019, at 11:59 pm - Registration & Payment Ends: specify if you are taking the exam or not on https://myap.collegeboard.org/, and complete all steps for payment via www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/220955 by this date

  • Monday, Nov 11, 2019, by 11:59 pm- Any registrations for which checks and payments have not been received by this date will be canceled

We understand that on certain occasions students must cancel an exam. Below is our refund policy:

  • Students who cancel an exam by Friday, Nov 15, 2019, are entitled to a full refund of the exam fee.

  • Students who cancel an exam by Sunday, Mar 1, 2020, are entitled to a refund of the exam fee minus a cancellation fee of $40.00 (per exam canceled).

  • After Sunday, Mar 1, 2020, there are no refunds.

School Counselors Visit Freshman Classes

School Counselors, Christine Reale and Susan Chlapowski will be visiting freshman classes on November 12th and 13th to deliver curriculum to the students. They will be presenting on topics including:


  • Getting to know your School Counseling Department

  • Graduation requirements & review of transcripts

  • How to get the most out of your high school career

  • Introduction to Learning Styles

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SAVE THE DATE(S)

Tuesday, October 1st: AP Exam Registration and payment opens for students enrolled in an AP course, looking to take the AP exam in May (see above for more details)


Thursday, October 10th, 6:30 pm: MEFA Financial Aid Night. This seminar will be presented by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) and will provide information and clarity on the entire college financial aid application process. You’ll learn about financial aid applications and types of financial aid, the factors that determine your aid eligibility, how colleges determine the amount of aid to offer, and the details of financial aid award letters. This presentation will be held in Bromfield's Library.


Wednesday, October 16th: The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered to interested 10th and 11th-grade students.


Thursday, October 31st: End of quarter 1


November 5th, 6:30-8: 30 pm: NACAC Boston Performing and Visual Arts College Fair at Emmanuel College


Tuesday & Wednesday, November 12th & 13th: Ninth grade "Welcome to High School" in class presentation

The Bromfield School Counseling Department

SCHOOL COUNSELING STAFF


Susan Chlapowski

schlapowski@psharvard.org, x1525

School Counselor, Adjustment Counselor

Gr. 6, Last Names: A-J

Gr. 7 - 9, Last Names: A-K


Christine Reale

creale@psharvard.org, x1547

School Counselor, Adjustment Counselor

Gr. 6, Last Names: K-Z

Gr. 7 - 9, Last Names: L-Z


Drew Skrocki

dskrocki@psharvard.org, x1543

School Counselor

Gr. 10- 12, Last Names: A-J


Sara Lamere

slamere@psharvard.org, x1541

School Counselor - Department Leader

Gr. 10-12, Last Names: K-Z


Sharon Schmidt

sschmidt@psharvard.org, x1540

School Counseling Administrative Assistant