Parkville Pathways September 2021

College and Career Info for PHS Students

Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year

Welcome to Parkville High School! We are so excited to work with all of our students and families this year. Each month the counseling office will produce this newsletter to highlight college and career opportunities and information. Post secondary planning starts in 9th grade, so please read even if your student is a freshman! Counselor contact information is listed at the bottom of this newsletter. Please follow us on instagram and twitter at @counselphs

VIRTUAL PSAT CLASSES (for Grades 10-11)


What is the PSAT?

The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam.If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.


Who takes it?

Students in grades 9-11.


How do I study?

www.khanacademy.org is a great place to start. Even better, PHS is hosting afterschool virtual PSAT prep classes this fall- starting on Tuesday 9/21. See flyer below for more details.


Email Mr. Chotikul achotikul@bcps.org with any questions.

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SAVE THE DATE! PHS Financial Aid Night 9/30- VIRTUAL EVENT

All students and parents are invited to attend this event. On Thursday, September 30th from 6:30- 8pm counselors will be on hand to share knowledge about the financial aid process from start to finish. Families will gain a better understanding of how financial aid works for two and four year colleges as well as trade schools.


Google meet nickname- PHSFINAID and link will be posted in schoology 15 min before event start time.


Email Ms. Serico with any questions: lserico@bcps.org.

SENIORS- 4 Year College Application Corner


Class of 2022,


Welcome back! Your counselors are looking forward to getting into your English class over the next few weeks to discuss your post secondary plans and make sure you are on track with the college application process. 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- lserico@bcps.org

Upcoming College Representative Visits (For Grades 10-12)


Did you know we typically have over 50 college and university admissions representatives visit Parkville High each year? 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.


Here are some of our upcoming visits:


Mount Saint Mary's University 9/13

Goucher College 9/17

Towson University 9/20

Washington College 9/21

Virginia Commonwealth University 9/22

University of Maryland College Park 9/23

US Air Force 9/27

Stevenson University 9/27

Lycoming College 9/27

Notre Dame of MD University 9/28

Alvernia University 9/28

Bridgewater College 9/30

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology 9/30

University of MD Baltimore County (UMBC) 10/6

University of Delaware 10/6

Saint Francis University 10/7

Salisbury University 10/7

Bowie State University 10/11

York College of PA 10/11

Johnson & Wales University Providence 10/12

George Washington University 10/14

Loyola University of MD 10/18

McDaniel College 10/21

Afterschool College Application Help (Grade 12)


These drop in sessions allow students to get counselors help in completing college applications, requesting transcripts, editing college essays, and getting any college related questions answered. Stop by the library any Wednesday between 2:30-3:30PM. Email Ms. Serico lserico@bcps.org with any questions.
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HBCU College Virtual Fair Nights Start 9/20 (for grades 9-12)

Interested in learning more about historically black colleges and universities (HBCU's)?


HBCU Night is hosting virtual college fairs featuring representatives from 60 HBCU's. Events are 9/20-9/23. You can register at the link below:


https://events.hbcubuzz.com/event/a-digital-world-21-virtual-college-fair/

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Upward Bound at UMBC (for grades 9-12)


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. To ensure students’ complete development, participation in program activities is mandatory.


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 must attend Parkville, Chesapeake, Overlea, Kenwood, Patterson and Coppin Academy High Schools.


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

CCBC Dundalk Upward Bound (for grades 9-11)

Upward Bound is an intensive enrichment program that enhances the academic and personal growth of low-income and potential first-generation college students. The program is designed to help students with academic enrichment and career exploration.

Partnerships with targeted schools assist with program goals. Our target schools are: Chesapeake, Dundalk, Kenwood, Parkville, and Patapsco High Schools.


Are you Eligible?


  • Rising 9th through 11th grade Baltimore County Public School students.
  • Potential first generation college student — Neither parent has a bachelor's degree.
  • Income Eligible — Eligible for a Pell Grant or 150% of federal government poverty level.
Upward Bound provides academic instruction in a variety of subjects. Tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, work-study programs, education or counseling services are designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students.

Programming includes:
  • Financial aid workshops
  • College survival skills workshops
  • Career exploration through career academies
  • Academy of Arts Communications and Entertainment
  • STEM Academy
  • Business Academy
  • Ninth Grade Success Academy
  • Academy and Career-Based Projects and Lecture Series
  • Internships/Externships Shadowing
  • Grade level specific Seminars
  • Early College Access planning and support
  • Parent Workshops


Link to apply below:

October SAT Test

Saturday, Oct. 2nd, 7:30am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Late registrations accepted until 9/21 on www.collegeboard.org

PSAT Test

Wednesday, Oct. 13th, 7:30am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will take this free test, which assists students in preparing for the SAT.

November SAT Test

Saturday, Nov. 6th, 7:30am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Registration deadline for November SAT is October 8th (late registrations accepted until 10/26) on www.collegeboard.org

Parkville High School Counseling Office

Dept. Chair, College Counseling & AVID Students: Ms. Serico lserico@bcps.org

ESOL Level 1 and 2 Students: Ms. Brillon kbrillon@bcps.org

Students Last Names A-C: Mr. Sherline lsherline@bcps.org

Students Last Names D-I: Ms. Bardoff kbardoff@bcps.org

Students Last Names J-M: Mr. Ciorra aciorra@bcps.org

Students Last Names N-R: Ms. Tracey htracey2@bcps.org

Students Last Names S-Z: Ms. Wolf ewolf2@bcps.org

Counseling Secretary: Ms. Adkins madkins@bcps.org

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