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School Counselor Newsletter - February 2015

Happy Winter!

Despite the cold, wet and dreariness outside, some exciting things are happening Inside the halls of JOJ and your counselors, Ms. Eison & Ms. Hall, would like to share the news!

Save the Dates!

Monday, Feb 9 @ 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - Senior Parent & Student FAFSA/Financial Aid Mtg. Ms. Eison (12th grade counselor) and Mrs. Irene Steele (NACEE) will talk about scholarships (how to find them and how to apply) and the FAFSA. NOW is the time for our seniors to be completing their FAFSA and NACEE is here to help everyone with this process!

Saturday, Feb 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. HBCU College Fair in the Family Life Center at Union Chapel. Join them and learn about the different programs these colleges have to offer!

Saturday, Feb 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. "iRegister" 2015 HCS Pre-Registration Fair for HCS Rising 9th-12th Grade Students & Parents. More info to come!

What Has Been Happening at JOJ?

During the fall semester, all students were introduced to Naviance, a wonderful college and career planning tool. In Naviance, freshman and sophomores took career interest assessments and explored possible career paths. Juniors and seniors have been using Naviance to explore colleges & career interests and to study for the ACT with the PrepMe program. Seniors have also been using Naviance to keep up with their college applications, request transcripts and search for scholarships. Students and parents have access to their Naviance accounts 24/7 and from anywhere there is internet access and are encouraged to utilize this website for further exploration of colleges, careers, scholarships, and ACT prep!

All sophomores were administered the ACT Plan test on October 21. The score reports are back, and Ms. Hall gave students their results in their tenth grade history classes the week of Jan. 12 - 16. If your child hasn’t received his/her score report due to absences, please tell him/her to see Ms. Hall. The ACT Plan test is an assessment of students’ relative strengths and weaknesses in the areas of English, math, reading, and science. In addition, there is a career interest portion that shows students possible suggested career paths that they should explore. Feel free to contact Ms. Hall if you have questions about your student’s Plan score report. (UPDATE: An email was just issued from the State Department informing everyone that there was an error in the scores. We will update students and parents should any of our scores change.)

In November, freshmen participated in Bully Prevention in Positive Behavior Support: Expect Respect. Ms. Hall discussed respectful versus disrespectful behaviors, using stop phrases and stop strategies, and getting help from an adult. Students also created anti-bullying posters that promoted positive messages.

November was also the month for our very successful College Application Week. During the week of November 3 - 7, we held a mini Senior College Fair, then Ms. Eison, Ms. Wells (Curriculum Specialist), Coach Barbee (Graduation Coach), and Ms. LaRue (Librarian) spent the rest of the week stationed in the library as 12th grade history classes came in and completed college applications and learned how to request their transcripts online through their Naviance accounts. We were able to help 92% of our seniors submit at least one application to a college of their interest that week, and since then our seniors have submitted over 600 college applications!

As this new semester rolled around, students began reviewing and updating their 4-Year Plans, beginning with our freshman class. Sophomores and juniors will be updating their plans in February which will be a great tool to use as everyone begins to think about the courses they will want to take during the 2015-16 school year.

And finally, some GREAT NEWS! We are setting records here at JOJ with this year's senior class! Last year's seniors did an incredible job of being awarded $776,000 in scholarship offers ($339,000 of which were academic scholarships). We were tremendously proud of their efforts and achievements! This year's seniors are continuing to prove that great things are happening at JOJ as they are currently sitting with $1,101,000 in scholarship offers...and those are only academic scholarship offers thus far! Huge smiles here on campus!


Please help us help your students by encouraging them to get plenty of sleep, to study hard and to attend school every day. Check their grades often and keep in touch with their teachers, and encourage them to "hang in there!"

"I'm not telling you it's going to be easy, I'm telling you it's going to be worth it!"

Your Counselors

Ms. Lorie Hall (9th & 10th)

Ms. Susan Eison (11th & 12th)