Stuff to Know & Do

Words from your IB Counselor

T-Shirt Ideas, anyone?

To help make IB more visible on campus, it would be nice if we had a t-shirt. It would also be nice if you guys had a part in designing it. So, if you have any ideas, submit them to Mrs. Wagner or to me by HALLOWEEN.

PSAT is October 17th

JUNIORS -- I hope you signed up to take the PSAT. If you forgot, that's okay -- just go to the Blue Front Office and see Mrs. McCrady. She will take your $15 through 4pm on October 10th. It would be awesome if you don't wait until the last minute to sign up.

Why take the PSAT?

  • Well, it is a good practice for the real thing (minus the essay portion), and
  • this is the only way for you to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship and recognition programs.

Seniors, if you haven't already ...

... registered to take your SAT and/or ACT ...

... then you need to do that now. Seriously. Right now. The next SAT is November 3 (you can still do late registration, or register for the December 1 test) and the next ACT you can register for is December 8.

  • If you qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, see Mrs. Kerr in the GO Center to get a fee waiver.

When you register, be sure to send your scores to the colleges you are interested in attending. If they don't get your scores, your application is not complete.

  • You are paying for this service as part of your registration fee. You can send additional score reports to different schools later if you want (for an additional fee).
  • If you retake the test, send those scores too. Your application will always be evaluated on your best score. If you have no score, your application won't be evaluated at all.

... applied to college(s) ...

... then you should set a deadline of doing this as soon as possible, preferably before December 1st. The scholarship application deadline at many schools is 12/1, so get both your application for admission and for scholarships done together.

  • Even if you are in the Top 10%, you still need to fulfill all the admission requirements in order to be accepted. This includes filling out the application, submitting an official transcript and scores from ACT/SAT.
  • Here is a link to Apply Texas (for schools in Texas)
  • Here is a link to the Common Application (for schools everywhere)
  • Some colleges have their own applications, so you may have to fill that out instead.
  • If your application requires letters of recommendation, be sure to pick people who really know you (and have good things to say). Don't wait to the last minute for this ... a good letter takes time.
  • If you haven't taken the ACT or SAT yet, submit your application anyway. Your scores will catch up to your application (presuming you select colleges to send those scores to)

Just a thought ...

“Everyone should be able to do one card trick, tell two jokes, and recite three poems, in case they are ever trapped in an elevator.”
Lemony Snicket, Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can't Avoid