Courtland Counseling Newsletter

Let's make your future happen!

In this issue

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: Upcoming Events

Grades 9, 10, 11: Summer Schedule for Counselors

Grade 11: College Application Process Boot Camp

Grades 12: Senior Events

Grades 9, 10, 11: Underclass SOL Test Schedule

Grades 9, 10, 11 Underclass Exam Schedule

Grades 9, 10, 11: Goodbye...Hello!

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: Summer School

Grade 12: You Made Your College Choice: What's Next?

Grade 9, 10, 11: College Visits

Grades 9, 10, 11: Are you prepared for the future?l

Grades 9, 10, 11: Financial Aid Changes


Goodbye, Mr. Nave!

As a high school counselor for 17 years, I had the great pleasure of supporting many outstanding students as they navigated their four years of high school. I recently accepted the position as the school counseling director at Spotsylvania Middle School. I am extremely excited about this opportunity to prepare future Cougars. My experience will help me support and challenge middle school students so they are ready for high school. An added bonus is my oldest son, Brendan, will be going to school with me next year as a sixth grader!

In my place, I am excited you will be getting someone who is both an experienced counselor and familiar to many of you, Tom Mitchell. Tom is the current counseling director at Spotsylvania Middle School and is excited about becoming a Courtland Cougar.

To the Courtland family, I want to take this opportunity to say Thank You! It has been my pleasure to support Courtland High School students as they work to achieve their dreams. It is often said that educators leave a lasting memory for students, but I can tell you students make a lasting impression on us as well. I will never forget the awesome students and parents at Courtland High School.

Hello, Mr. Mitchell!

I have been the counseling director at Spotsylvania Middle School for the past 8 years. Before that, I counseled at Essex Intermediate School in Tappahannock, VA. I also worked at George Washington University in Washington, DC while earning my master's degree in education and human development. I am excited to join the Cougar family!


Summer School, held this year at Riverbend High School, is a great opportunity if your student does not pass a course needed for graduation and may be necessary to keep students on track to graduate on time. Please consult with your student’s teacher to determine if summer school is needed.

There is also an option for motivated students to take a new course "virtually," meaning 100% online.

This year, registration for these high school summer programs is ONLINE. The link can be found on the division website, or by clicking here. Registration is open now and should be completed as soon as possible.

Payment for regular, on-site summer school still needs to be made at Courtland High School. Payment for the 100% Virtual Summer School Program will be made at a mandatory meeting on June 20th.

Important Dates to Remember:

On-Site Summer School:

June 20 - Deadline to pay at Courtland by 4pm

June 22 - Late payment at Riverbend HS from 2pm to 6pm

100% Virtual Summer School:

June 10 - Deadline to complete online registration

June 20 - Mandatory parent and student meeting at Riverbend, 8:30 to 10:30.

YOU MADE YOUR COLLEGE CHOICE: WHAT’S NEXT? (adapted from College Board)

The next few months for the college bound student will be busy and exciting. Encourage your student to use the following checklist to make sure they are prepared and stay on track:

  • Read and respond promptly to all the information and forms you receive from your college. You’ll need to set up orientation activities, financial aid, housing, meal plans and more, so be careful not to miss any deadlines.
  • Send in your tuition deposit to save your place in your college’s freshman class. Sending in your deposit late could cause a serious problem. If the deposit deadline is not clearly listed, contact your college’s admission office to find out the due date.
  • Accept your financial aid offer. This is separate from your college’s acceptance offer. You don’t have to accept the entire financial aid package; you might want to take out a smaller loan, for example. Decide what to accept and then complete and return the form by the deadline.
  • Take care of loan paperwork. If you’re accepting a loan as part of your financial aid package, you’ll probably need to fill out the loan application before the start of the semester.
  • Choose housing if you won’t be living at home. If you’re going to live in a dorm, your college will send you housing information as well as a contract that you must return. If off-campus housing is an option you’re interested in, contact your college’s housing office for help.
  • Select a meal plan if you’re living on campus. (Enrolling in one may be mandatory for on-campus students.) Off-campus students may also have the option of signing up for a meal plan.
  • Send your final transcript to your college. Normally, you’ll just need to confirm that your counselor has mailed it to your college's admission office.
  • Check computer requirements to see if incoming students need to have a computer. Some colleges may help students buy a computer.
  • Start shopping and packing. Think about what you’ll need to bring, where to get it, and how to transport it. Making a shopping list is a good starting point.
  • Contact your roommate if you’ll have one and if your college makes contact information available. This will allow you to get to know your roommate in advance and coordinate with him or her about what to bring to college.
  • Get a physical before college starts. Most incoming college students have to submit the results of a recent physical exam and their vaccination history before they can register for classes.
  • Attend pre-orientation programs, if they’re offered. These programs let first-year students meet one another and can be a great way to ease into campus life.
  • Find out if you have to take placement exams to determine your level in reading, writing, math or other subjects. Your standardized-test scores may enable you to skip some placement exams, but look into testing requirements and exam schedules.
  • Thank your supporters. Your counselors, teachers, coaches, scholarship sponsors, and family all probably helped you get to college. Let them know how much you appreciate their efforts.


It’s never too early to visit a college or trade school….

When visiting a prospective school, here are some questions that you may not think to ask, but give you important information about the school:

  • Is it easy to find a job on campus? Do you offer a work-study program?
  • What are the times students can eat at the dining halls?
  • How are on-campus safety concerns addressed? What issues have occurred on campus?
  • What services are available to students?
  • In case of a medical issue, where do students go?
  • Are there shuttles on-campus that take students off-campus?
  • What are the student car policies? Is there a cost for parking on-campus?
  • Which organizations does your campus offer?
  • What does the diversity look like on your campus?
  • What does the student support services look like at this school?
  • What is the percentage of students who graduate within four years?
  • In what ways does the school help students find jobs once they have graduated, especially in their respective fields?


Prepare for your post-high school future by:

Taking AP and other advanced courses.

Taking the ACT & SAT examinations.

Meeting with your high school counselor, military recruiter and/or admissions counselor.

Doing research on your potential career (do you need to attend a trade school or college?).

Beginning your college search:

  • Go to college fairs.
  • Research schools (contact the admissions office for more information).

Preparing for your college visit:
  • Develop a list of important questions to ask (click here).
  • Make arrangements with your teachers and school attendance office about missing classes for college visits
  • Schedule your visits through the college admissions offices. Ask about meeting with faculty, coaches, etc., if you are interested

Starting your college visits:
  • Meet with a college admissions counselor
  • Take a tour
  • Meet with a professor in your academic area
  • Sit in on a class
  • Talk with coaches, music directors and others who lead college programs in your areas of interest

Participating in special summer visit programs.

Creating a résumé, including extra-curricular activities, community service, work experience, awards and honors, etc.

Filling out your applications.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID CHANGES (Adapted from College Board)

Here’s a summary of key dates for submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) depending on when you plan to go to school:

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Counseling Department

Mrs. Emily Hall …………….…. Counselor A — De

Mr. Bart Nave ………….… Counselor Di—Kh

Ms. Morrison ………... Counselor Ki—Ra

Ms. Mary Nelson ………….... Counselor Re— Z