Crosby Scholars Senior Newsletter, July 2018

Our Mission

We will assist public middle and high school students in Forsyth County in preparing themselves for successful college enrollment.

Our Vision

We seek to ensure that every public school student in Forsyth County has the opportunity to attend college.

Important Dates:

July 1 - CSA #6 Financial Basics for High School and Beyond - online academy Open Date

July 8 - AP Scores Released to NC residents

July 10 - CSA #4A-C Residency Determination Service - Completion Labs

July 12 - CSA #3B ACT Prep: Reading and Writing

July 14 - ACT Test Date

July 18 - CSA #4D-F Residency Determination Service - Completion Labs

July 16 - CSA #7 Engaging Your Future

July 16 - CSA #5 Making the Most of Your College Visits

July 20 - Final date to call and schedule your Mandatory Senior Meeting!

July 26 - CSA #4G-I Residency Determination Service - Completion Labs

July 27 - Deadline to register for August 25 SAT

July 31 - Community Service Contest for seniors only ends at 5pm

August 10 - Deadline to register for September 8 ACT

August 17 - Final date to attend a Mandatory Senior Summer Meeting!

Welcome to Your Senior Year!

Welcome to the Crosby Scholars Senior Program! DestinationCollege2019 is published monthly for Crosby Scholars in the Class of 2019 to keep you informed of activities, deadlines, and announcements. It is your responsibility to seek information regarding deadlines and requirements, so read your newsletter and log in to your Crosby Scholars Student Portal to stay informed. This year, for the first time, we'll be texting you a link to the newsletter! The newsletter is posted on the Crosby Scholars board at your school (except HBI schools), at the Career Center, and on our website. It is e-mailed to your parents and to your Senior Advisor once your advisor assignment has been confirmed.

Senior Program Requirements

A list of Senior Year Program Requirements is posted in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal, which allows you to keep track of which requirements have been met. The Crosby Senior Academy schedule will be posted by the beginning of August.

You can review the requirements HERE

We're looking forward to seeing you!

  • Call our office TODAY if you haven’t scheduled your meeting as meeting times are filling up quickly! 336.725.5371

  • The final day to attend a meeting is August 17; however, the deadline to schedule the meeting is July 20.

  • We will send you a confirmation email soon after you schedule your meeting and then a reminder postcard one week prior to your meeting. We will also send you a text reminder the day before your meeting. (You can check your meeting date and time in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal.)

  • You scheduled the meeting, so we expect you to be present on the date and time you scheduled.

  • If you do not attend the meeting you scheduled, you will jeopardize your status with the Program.

  • Meetings are held in our office in the Goodwill Industries Building, 2701 University Parkway—bring your post card to receive a visitor badge when you enter through the Goodwill lobby, then you will be directed to follow the signs to our office suite.

  • Come to the meeting prepared to discuss your post-secondary education plans.

  • Parents/Senior Advisors are not required to attend this meeting.

Attending this meeting is a Senior Program requirement! It provides you with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a Crosby Scholars summer counselor to evaluate your target list of colleges, review your SAT and/or ACT scores and your plan to retake both? either?, review your transcript and discuss senior course selections, fall timeline, names of teachers/counselors/etc. to write letters of recommendation for you, and examine your activities resume. Arrive 10 minutes early and plan to stay for one hour. Read more about this requirement in the feature box on our website.

Not Recieving Text Messages from Us?!

Enter your cell phone number in your Crosby Scholar Student Portal, it's that easy!

YOU can win a $25 Gift Card!

Simply submit your community service form to our office by 5pm on July 31st verifying your participation in at least 2 hours of community service, and you may be the lucky winner selected. All seniors who have already submitted a community service form for the 2018-2019 school year will be included in the drawing. Confirm your community service status by visiting your Crosby Scholars Student Portal.

Click HERE to download a blank Community Service Form.

Each Crosby Scholar must complete at least 2 hours of community service each school year. (Two hours are required, although five hours are recommended for seniors.) Follow the guidelines outlined in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal.

Submitting your form is easy!

  • Bring it to your Mandatory Summer Senior Meeting.
  • Bring it to a July Senior Academy.
  • You may upload your form to your Crosby Scholars student portal on the My Documents page which is the dropdown of the My Crosby page. You will see a field for 2018-19 community service form.
  • You may take a picture of your form and e-mail it to
  • You can text it to 336-777-7140
  • You may fax it to 336.725.1321

Crosby Senior Academy

Crosby Scholar seniors are required to attend two Crosby Senior Academies (CSA) offered throughout the school year. A different topic is discussed at each CSA. Online registration is required through the Crosby Scholars Student Portal. Academies began last Spring and will be held through December 2018. The final schedule will be posted in the Crosby Scholars Student Portal by August 1st.

Upcoming Academies:

  • CSA #3B ACT Prep: Critical Reading and Writing - July 12th from 10:ooam-12:00pm
  • CSA #4A Residency Determination Service - Completion Lab - July 10 from 1:30-2:30pm
  • CSA #4B Residency Determination Service - Completion Lab - July 10 from 2:45-3:45pm
  • CSA #4C Residency Determination Service - Completion Lab - July 10 from 4:00-5:00pm
  • CSA #5 Engaging Your Future - July 16 from 10:00-11:30am
  • CSA #5 Making the Most of Your College Visits - July 16 from 1:30-3:00pm
  • CSA #4D Residency Determination Service - Completion Lab - July 18 from 2:30-3:30pm
  • CSA #4E Residency Determination Service - Completion Lab - July 18 from 3:45-4:45pm
  • CSA #4F Residency Determination Service - Completion Lab - July 18 from 5:30-6:30pm
  • CSA #4G Residency Determination Service - Completion Lab - July 26 from 2:45-3:45pm
  • CSA #4H Residency Determination Service - Completion Lab - July 26 from 4:00-5:00pm
  • CSA #4I Residency Determination Service - Completion Lab - July 26 from 5:15-6:15pm

As more Senior Academies are confirmed, we will add them in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal, on the Senior Academy page of the Crosby Scholars website, and we'll let you know! Plan wisely, you must earn 2 CSA credits before December!

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The Senior Program is excited to offer CSA #6 an online, self-paced academy through CFNC's Financial Basics for High School and Beyond. You must apply for academy credit by August 31, 2018. This online opportunity will allow you to earn one CSA credit.

Follow the steps below to begin:

~Go to

~Hover over the gray "Pay" tab at top of page

~Click on the "Financial Literacy" tab on far right

~On the next page, choose "Financial Basics"

~In the classroom code box, enter DD7F7D-2019 (Crosby Scholars)

~Enter your name, grade level, and phone number in the boxes provided

~Enter your e-mail address (twice) and create a password

If you have questions, please contact your Crosby Senior Advisor or email

Senior Advisor Assignments

Senior Advisor Assignments are confirmed beginning in July. Your Senior Advisor’s name will be posted in your Crosby Scholars Student Portal as soon as the assignment is made, but no later than August 1st.


All students who apply to any North Carolina public, private, or community colleges are required to complete the NC Residency Determination Interview.

The Residency Determination Service (RDS) was established in coordination with the University of North Carolina, the North Carolina Community College System, the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, and the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities as the centralized service for determining residency for students. This service enables a student to use one residency determination for admissions applications to multiple North Carolina public colleges and universities and to demonstrate residency for state aid programs consideration at all (public and private) North Carolina colleges and universities.

If you have any questions, contact your Crosby Scholars Senior Advisor or call our office.

For more information go to;

Come to one of our summer lab's to complete your Residency Determination Service before it's time to start college applications!

Summer College Visits

Planning to take college tours this summer? You can go ahead and get your College Fair/College Visit requirement complete. Take this Form with you and have it signed after each tour! You must attend 4 for the requirement to be complete.

The WS/FCS System, along with CACRAO, sponsors a college fair each fall called the Post-Secondary Opportunities Session (PSOS). Approximately 110 colleges/universities are represented at this fair. The college fair is typically held at the beginning of October, but the date has not been finalized. We will announce the date as soon as we find out!

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College is ready for YOU!

Get to know the application by creating your Common App account today! The Common App will be doing a refresh and will be offline from July 27-August 1.

While every school has a different list of college-specific requirements, the general application information (for the Common App) will remain constant for all schools on your list. Check out the list of Common App Institutions HERE. Look for dates of Common Application Lab opportunities in August and earn one Senior Academy Credit!

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2018-2019 Common App Essay Prompts

1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Volunteer Opportunities in YOUR Community!

Click the button and scroll to the bottom of the page for a list of places to complete your community service!

Do your summer plans include the following?

· Confirm your target list of colleges

· Visit college campuses

· Register to take a fall SAT/ACT — register now, it’s not too early

· Schedule and attend your Crosby Scholars Mandatory Summer Senior Meeting

· Review college applications and mark deadlines on your calendar

· Write drafts of your admission essays

· Work a summer job and save money to attend college

· Volunteer — Submit your community service form TODAY to be entered in the July Contest!

· Update and enhance your activities resume

· Establish an account at — It’s FREE!

· Create a Common Application account at

· Develop a habit of checking your e-mail — we will contact you through e-mail this year — establish a professional e-mail account

· Read and save your senior newsletters!

· Consider the possibility of taking a gap year. Check out the American Gap Association’s website for a list of accredited programs.

Look forward to participating in these events:

Parents can monitor their senior’s Crosby Scholars Student Portal, view announcements and events, and confirm if their senior has fulfilled each program requirement by logging into their Crosby Scholars Parent Portal. If you need assistance accessing your parent portal, call our office at 725.5371.

Only students who complete the Crosby Scholars Senior Program are eligible to apply for Last Dollar Grants and Crosby scholarships.