Parkville Pathways October 2019

College and Career Info for PHS Students

Happy Fall!

Our students have settled into the school year and first quarter interims will be distributed on October 10th, 2019. If your student is struggling in a class, now is the time to reach out to the teacher and encourage your child to stay for coach class. Counselor contact information is listed at the bottom of this newsletter.

In this issue: information on PSAT's (grades 9-11) and PSAT day field trip (grade 12), scholarships, financial aid info and MUCH MORE!

Please follow us on instagram and twitter at @counselphs

Upcoming College Fairs

College fairs are a great way for grade 9-11 families to get a better understanding of various college offerings and scholarship programs. Many local high schools host these fairs. Some of the upcoming events include:

Calvert Hall College Fair- October 2nd at 7pm

Perry Hall High School College Fair - October 3rd at 8pm

Kenwood High School College Fair - October 22nd at 6pm

Milford Mill Academy HBCU Fair - November 7th at 10am

PHS Financial Aid Night Wrap Up

Thank you to the over 175 students and parents who attended financial aid night on 9/24. Below you will find the power point presentations from the CCBC presenter regarding Baltimore County's College Promise and from Goucher College's financial aid office on the financial aid process from start to finish. Stay tuned for the dates for our FAFSA Completion Day (Grade 12 students and parents) and Spring College Admissions Panel (for Grades 9-11 student and parents).

THE FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID (FAFSA) is available for students and parents to complete starting TODAY 10/1/19.

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What is the PSAT? Who takes it?

The PSAT is a standardized test our grade 9-11 students will take on Wednesday October 16, 2019. The PSAT is the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship. Some of the highest scoring students may win scholarship money, so while you shouldn’t stress out about the PSAT, you certainly shouldn’t ignore it either. We suggest our students use the PSAT as practice for the SAT and ACT and an important guidepost on their college admissions journey.

The PSAT has two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. Students will encounter passage-based questions—sometimes accompanied by tables, graphs, and charts—and math problems drawing upon algebra, geometry, and a little trig.

Students can practice for the PSAT (and SAT) at

PSAT Day College Field Trips for Seniors

On Wednesday, October 16th the Class of 2020 will have the opportunity to attend a FREE college field trip sponsored by the PHS Counseling Office. Students are able to sign up for ONE field trip. We will be visiting:

Loyola University

Morgan State University

Towson University


University of MD College Park

Permission slips are available by in the counseling office and must be turned in by 10/9 to secure a spot on the trip. Students must arrive at school at 7:45am and report to the Auditorium for an assembly before being dismissed to their respective field trips. 10/16 is a B day, but students with A day only schedules are welcome to attend.

* Lunch is not provided, students may bring a lunch or buy on campus.

SENIORS- Four Year College Application Corner

Class of 2020,

How are those early action applications coming? The early action deadlines for UMBC and UMD College Park are fast approaching. November 1st will be here before you know it! Make sure you have requested transcripts and teacher letters of recommendation in Naviance by October 23rd to ensure everything is sent to your colleges by November 1.

Every Wednesday after school we offer a college application help session from 2:30- 3:30pm in the library. In this space we are able to assist with college applications, requesting teacher letters of recommendation, editing college essays and helping with financial aid. Attached you will find the college timeline to see if you are on track with your application process. Please email Ms. Serico with any questions about applying to 4 year colleges-

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Scholarship Corner

Each month we will highlight a scholarship in our newsletter. This month's scholarship is the Horatio Alger Scholarship:

Application can be found here: DEADLINE: 10/27/19

As one of the nation's largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.


To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2020 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
  • Be a United States citizen

Upcoming College Visits

Did you know we have over 50 colleges and universities visiting Parkville High this fall? These visits give you an opportunity to learn about programs, scholarships and majors at various campuses.Here are some of the upcoming college admissions rep visits. Students in Grade 10-12 can sign up for these visits in the college section on Naviance. You will get a pass the AM of the visit and are responsible for any missed work.

Towson University 10/1/19 9:00 AM

Hofstra University 10/1/19 10:00 AM

Lebanon Valley College 10/2/19 9:00 AM

Bridgewater College 10/2/19 10:00 AM

University of Pittsburg 10/3/19 10:00 AM

Longwood University 10/10/19 9:00 AM

Columbia University 10/10/19 10:00 AM

Stevenson University 10/15/19 9:00 AM

Johnson & Wales University 10/15/19 10:00 AM

Virginia Tech 10/17/19 9:00 AM

UMBC 10/17/19 10:00 AM

Notre Dame of MD 10/22/19 9:00 AM

Alvernia University 10/23/19 9:00 AM

UMBC Upward Bound Program 10/23/19 10:00 AM

Washington College 10/24/19 10:00 AM

York College 10/29/19 10:00 AM

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Upward Bound at UMBC- Info Session on 10/23 Sign up in Naviance

We will be hosting an info session for any interested students in grades 9-11. Sign up in Naviance under college visits.

Upward Bound is a nationwide, federally funded educational program, authorized by the Higher Education Act of 1965, for high school students. The Upward Bound Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County was initiated in 1989. The Program’s design promotes the development and enhancement of students’ basic skills, academic and cultural enrichment, and the motivation necessary to matriculate at and graduate from college. Upward Bound serves students who have demonstrated academic potential and who meet the income and first generation to obtain a four-year college degree criteria established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Program provides students and their parents with an opportunity to invest in students’ futures and thus realize their potential and goals.

Students in grades 9-11 may apply by completing the attached application. Email Brittany Walker: for more information.

October SAT Test

Saturday, Oct. 5th, 7:45am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Late registrations accepted until 9/24 on


Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 7:30am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

All 10th, 11th and 12th grade students will take this free test, which assists students in preparing for the SAT.

ACT Test

Saturday, Oct. 26th, 7:45am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Register by September 20.

November SAT Test

Saturday, Nov. 2nd, 7:45am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Registration deadline for November SAT is October 3rd (late registrations accepted until 10/22) on

Parkville High School Counseling Office

Dept. Chair & AVID Students: Ms. James

Magnet Students & College Counselor: Ms. Serico

ESOL Level 1 and 2 Students: Mr. Ciorra

9th Grade Counselor: Mr. Sherline

10th Grade Counselor: Ms. Bardoff

11th Grade: Ms. Allen

12th Grade: Ms. Wolf

Counseling Secretary: Ms. Adkins