HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELING BULLETIN

Sept/Oct 2019

WELCOME BACK EVERYONE!

The High School Counseling Department would like to extend an official "WELCOME" to the Class of 2023!


You are about to embark upon an exciting and fruitful journey - the journey through high school.


Many opportunities are available to you, many potential challenges await you, and many, many choices and decisions will determine your success in high school and beyond!


The Counseling Office is located in Suite F-306. You will meet with your counselor repeatedly over the next four years. We look forward to seeing you in the Counseling Office very soon!


The High School Counselors

WHAT DO COUNSELORS DO IN THE SUMMER?

They spend time with their families, recharge for the next school year, write recommendation letters and often visit colleges!


This summer, Mrs. Leja traveled to California to explore the University of California - Berkeley Campus and Stanford University.


Counselor visits allow counselors to gain valuable information to pass on to our other counselors and most importantly to you! These visits provide information about changes in admissions, new courses of studies available and help make important contact connections in the Admissions offices.


Also, in July, Mr. Bowles volunteered as a mentor with Camp College, an intensive three day workshop designed for rising high school seniors and juniors. Participants come from all over western Pennsylvania to learn about all aspects of the college search and application process, financial aid, and essay writing while experiencing life in a residence hall.


Many technical schools, colleges and universities will visit Mt. Lebanon High School this coming fall. These visits are a way you can connect with admissions counselors to ask specific questions, and to find the perfect fit!

SENIOR MEETINGS

Counselors will meet with all Seniors during the first few weeks of school to discuss the college application process. This meeting includes how to use the Common Application to submit an application to member colleges, how to use Naviance Student to request transcripts and letters of recommendation, how to send test scores from College Board and ACT, and other important details.


Many resources including video tutorials are available on the School Counseling website under Naviance. Still need help? Stop by and see your counselor!

COLLEGE VISITS AT MT. LEBANON HIGH SCHOOL

Between now and November representatives from over 100 colleges and universities will visit our school.


All junior and senior students have an opportunity to talk in small groups with the visiting representatives. Since these conferences are time-consuming, students should be selective in choosing which visits to attend. Military representatives also visit frequently and are available through individual requests.


Students can view the list of visiting colleges in Naviance Student under the Colleges tab. When students add colleges of interest and/or colleges they are applying to, Naviance Student will automatically send an email if this college has scheduled a visit. It is very important that students check their student email and login to Naviance Student on a regular basis during the school year to keep abreast of upcoming events and deadlines. College visit information will also be available on the morning announcements, the TV screens in Center Court during lunch periods, & posted on dashboard under Student Announcements.


As a reminder, these are the student responsibilities for college meetings:



  • Students must sign in on iPad when attending a college meeting. This verifies attendance.
  • Students must secure the approval of the teacher whose class will be missed, prior to the meeting.
  • Prior to the meeting, students should read about the particular college in Naviance to gather facts and information about the school and SIGN UP in Naviance if they plan to attend.
  • Students should have some questions in mind to ask the representative.
  • It is the student's responsibility to make up class work missed as a result of attendance at college meetings.

College meetings are to be taken seriously and are an excellent opportunity to determine if the college may be a good fit for you.


To sign up for a visit, login into Naviance Student, go to Colleges Home/College Visits. Open the visits and click on Register Now next to the college visit you want to attend.

COLLEGE APPLICATION DEADLINES

Students applying to colleges with a November 1st or November 15th application deadline need to request an INITIAL transcript in Naviance by the date listed below so your counselor has time to process your request.



For November 1st due date, request your transcript by October 18, 2019.


For November 15th due date, request your transcript by November 1, 2019.

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UPCOMING COLLEGE FAIRS

North Pittsburgh College Fair

Monday, Oct. 7th, 6-8pm

9000 Babcock Boulevard

Pittsburgh, PA

This Fair is held @ LaRoche College in McCandless. Questions or looking for more information: Please email.

South Hills College Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 8th, 6-9pm

3001 Cool Springs Drive

Pittsburgh, PA

We encourage interested juniors and seniors & their parents/guardians to attend the South Hills College Fair which is co- hosted by Mt. Lebanon along with other local high schools.


October 8, 2019 6-9PM @ Cool Springs Sports Complex


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FALL FINANCIAL AID EVENTS

For seniors, college and trade programs are right around the corner. It’s not too early to become acquainted with some of the things you’ll need to be aware of in regard to funding your education.


Two events are available to our families this fall, as you approach the completion of the FAFSA(Free Application for Federal Student Aid) which is required to be considered for financial aid at most colleges.


Mt. Lebanon Finanical Aid Evening

October 23, 2019 @ 7:00 P.M.

Fine Arts Theatre

Presenter: Mr. Kevin Totty is the Sr. Associate Director for Financial Aid from Washington & Jefferson College. Mr. Totty will provide a Powerpoint presentation on the financial aid process, different types of aid, e.g. merit awards, scholarships, work/study, and loans, and examples of financial aid scenarios.


Finanical Aid Night @ South Fayette HS

September 12, 2019 @ 6:30 P.M.

South Fayette High School Theatre


In partnership with four other local high schools, a presentation on Financial Aid is available at South Fayette High School. A student aid expert from PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) will be available to provide information and answer questions.


These events are open to anyone, and reservations are not required.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SENIOR STUDENTS

Every year, more and more opportunities for scholarships are made available to our high school students. A majority of these scholarships are specifically designated for seniors. Mt. Lebanon High School is fortunate to have many local and regional organizations, and community members sponsor scholarships for our students.


Naviance is updated each year with scholarship details as they become known to us. Students can access these scholarship opportunities by logging in to their Naviance Account, and selecting the Colleges Tab on the right. Go to Scholarships and Money, then Scholarship List. There are several scholarships in Naviance with upcoming deadlines and this will continue throughout the school year.


Use the drop down arrow to the right of filters to show a subset of scholarships (e.g. Local, Other, or Pittsburgh Foundation). Check the box on the left side of Hide past-due scholarships or Only show new since my last visit to further keep this list current for you.


The different types of scholarships include:

Local Scholarships: generally offered by individuals or groups that have Mt. Lebanon ties and wish to recognize Mt. Lebanon seniors’ accomplishments. We recommend that you concentrate your efforts on these.


Pittsburgh Foundation Scholarships: available to any student residing in Allegheny County, attending a specific school, or applying for a specific degree or qualifying need.


Other Scholarships: available to high school seniors across the nation or to employees/employee dependents. These are offered by an array of organizations, companies and associations


To view the scholarship requirements, click on the scholarship name. From here you can access the description and download the application. All application and requirement documents are either Adobe PDF files or WORD documents.


Once an application is chosen, click the check box to the left of the scholarship name, then select + ADD TO MY APPLICATIONS on the top right to save to Scholarships I am applying for.


Pay close attention to scholarship application requirements. Transcripts, letters of recommendation or an essay may be required. Don’t miss out on being considered due to omissions of the required documents.


As always, if you have any questions, please contact your school counselor or Mrs. Diana Becker for assistance

FBI CAREER TEEN ACADEMY FOR SENIORS

Are you a rising Senior interested in a career with the FBI? Check out the opportunity below!


The Pittsburgh Division of the FBI is happy to announce our first semi-annual Teen Academy, to be held at the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office, 3311 E. Carson St., Pittsburgh, PA 15203, on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 8:00AM-5:00PM. This is a one day hands-on program for high school Seniors (2019-2020 school year) who live within the FBI Pittsburgh Division’s area of responsibility. Teen Academy is a chance for youth to learn about the FBI and what a variety of career paths in the FBI would entail.


Selected students are offered insight into a number of topics and specialties, including the importance of making good choices when using online communication platforms, federal law violations the FBI investigates, requirements of all FBI applicants, and the FBI’s domestic and international roles. Students will also enjoy various hands-on experiences involving specialized areas of the FBI, such with our Evidence Response Team. After completing the class, students are more aware of challenges their communities face, better understand how the FBI serves their region, and are prepared to mentor their peers.


Here is a link to the application for the October 23, 2019 program, which includes an essay requirement: 2019 FBI PG TEEN ACADEMY APPLICATION 10-23-19


Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on September 13, 2019, by email to kwesolosky@fbi.gov, or fax to 412-432-4188.


There will be a Spring 2020 Program offered to High School Juniors with a similar academic structure.


Any questions regarding this program can be directed to Community Outreach Specialist Kelly Wesolosky at the Pittsburgh Office of the FBI, 412-432-4488 or via email to kwesolosky@fbi.gov.

CHANGES TO AP EXAM REGISTRATION

Students currently enrolled in an Advanced Placement (AP) course should note the registration window for AP exams will be October 7th - November 8th. The cost is $100 per exam. A $40 late fee will apply to registrations received after November 8th. These changes are being mandated by College Board.


More specific details were sent to families via email, and will be discussed with students in class, and shared with parents at Open House. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to Mr. Bowles, AP Coordinator.


Information sent via email to AP Students and Parents/Guardians.

South Hills Trade Show

Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 6-8pm

264 East McMurray Road

McMurray, PA

Have an interest in a specific trade, looking for a technical college, or want to explore high demand opportunities?


Join us on Wednesday, October 16, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm in the gym at Peters Township High School for the South Hills Trade Show.


All area high school students are welcome to attend.

UPCOMING DRIVER EDUCATION CLASS

No. 101 DRIVER EDUCATION (HS RM D200)

September 16, 23 & 30th 6:00-9:00 p.m.

INSTRUCTORS: Mr. Antis, Mr. DeHaas, Mr. Herzog and Mr. Sliacky

Resident: $375.00 (Complete Program and License Test)

Non Resident: $390.00 (Complete Program and License Test)

Car Instruction Only and License Test-$300.00


No. 102 DRIVER EDUCATION (HS RM D200)

October 21, 28 & November 4th 6:00-9:00 p.m.

INSTRUCTORS: Mr. Antis, Mr. DeHaas, Mr. Herzog and Mr. Sliacky

Resident: $375.00 (Complete Program and License Test)

Non Resident: $390.00 (Complete Program and License Test)

Car Instruction Only and License Test-$300.00


DRIVER'S ED APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE HERE.


PLEASE VISIT THE ADULT EDUCATION WEBSITE HERE for the most up-to-date information.


The Mt. Lebanon School District online driver education program is Pennsylvania Department of Education approved. This program meets the traditional 30 hours of theory and 6 hours of car instruction that most insurance companies are looking for. The full program consists of 3 in-person classes (an introductory class, a guest presentation, and the final exam); 7-online modules that can be done from any computer at any time before the final exam, 3-hours of individualized simulation; and individualized car instruction. This fee also includes the Pennsylvania state approved driver licensing test.

Students who successfully complete the Mt. Lebanon theory/simulation are eligible for road instruction and license testing with Mt. Lebanon program certified instructors.


Students who have successfully completed other Pennsylvania Department of Education approved programs are eligible to take car instruction and license testing through the Mt. Lebanon program (as part of the Car Instruction Only Program). Students must show proof of successful completion of a PDE approved theory course from another institution for the car only portion. The charge for the six hours of road instruction which includes one half hour for license testing is listed above.

COLLEGE TESTING INFORMATION

THE PSAT will be given on Wednesday October 16, 2019 . All 10th and 11th graders will take the test during the school day. There are NO student fees or need to pre-register however all students should create an account on College Board. Students should be extra mindful when entering their date of birth and email address. This is very important in order for test results to be matched with your student College Board account. Click here to create an account, if you have not already done so. Watch for more information from the Principal's office in the near future.


SAT TEST


Mt. Lebanon is a testing site for the SAT Test Dates (except Aug, Nov and May dates).

Please be sure to use the School Code listed below when registering for SAT tests.


Mt. Lebanon High School code is 393730 for both the SAT & ACT tests.


REGISTER FOR SAT TESTS HERE

REGISTER FOR ACT TESTS HERE


For parking and other test-day information, please visit the High School website.


Contact Mr. Rolf Briegel (SAT Center Supervisor) via email with questions or concerns.


For information on College Testing Accommodations process, please see instructions on the School Counseling/ Forms page here.


2019-20 SAT TEST DATES


August 24 (Not at Mt. Lebanon)

October 5

November 2 (Not at Mt. Lebanon)

December 7

March 14 (Subject Tests not offered on this date)

May 2 (Not at Mt. Lebanon)

June 6



THE ACT


Mt. Lebanon is not a testing site for the ACT test. However, Mt. Lebanon students wishing to take this test are encouraged to go to authorized test sites nearby.


It is recommended for students to take this test in addition to the SAT. Please see your school counselor for information about the test.



2019-2020 ACT TEST DATES


September 14

October 26

December 14

February 8

April 4

June 13

July 18

HOW TO LINK PSAT SCORES TO FREE ONLINE TUTORING THROUGH KHAN ACADEMY

Visit the College Board to create a College Board account and get access to your PSAT score report.


Create a Khan Academy account and link it to your College Board account to get FREE, personalized practice for the SAT.

GOT HOMEWORK? NEED HELP?

Help is available for all students - just ask!


We have a Math Lab in Room B616. It provides tutorial, remedial and enrichment services. Email Mrs. Linda Trumbull or stop by her room to make an appointment.


Math Lab Hours


We also have a Writing Lab available for help with college &/or class essays as well as help for other writing assignments. The Writing Lab offers help before, during and after school hours. Email Mrs. Shine or stop by Room B521 to schedule your appointment.


Writing Lab Hours

OUTREACH TEEN SERVICES, INC.

Outreach Teen & Family Services offers Education, Prevention and Intervention programs. Their mission is to promote and provide empathetic, personal, accessible and affordable mental health counseling and wellness programs for children and their families.


The Choices program meets the 3rd Saturday of each month. This program is for any young person in need of education on how to deal with the pressures of alcohol/other drug uses so they can make better decisions and is available as an opportunity to help families find answers. Outreach aims to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and educating teens.


Click here or call 412.561.5405 to find out more about what Outreach Teen & Family Services has to offer.

JOB BOARD

Looking for an after-school job?


Local businesses frequently send us job opportunities for students which we post for your consideration on the Job Board. It is located in the hallway across from the Nurse's Office.


Work permit applications for students 14 yrs and up are available in the High School Counseling Office.