Courtland Counseling Newsletter

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In this issue

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: Upcoming Events

Grade 12: Senior Events

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: AP Exam Schedule

Grades 9, 10, 11: Underclass SOL Test Schedule

Grades 9, 10, 11: Underclass Exam Schedule

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12: Spotsylvania County Schools Summer School

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: College Decision Day

Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12: Scholarship Information

Grades 9, 10, 11: College Financial Aid and the FAFSA

Grade 11: The Common App Essay Prompts

Grades 9, 10, 11: Free SAT Test Prep

Grades 9, 10, 11: Applying to a Military Academy?

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: Support Group information for LGBTQ families and students

Summer School

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.

Courtland's 2nd Annual #CollegeDecisionDay

College Decision Day is a national movement to create a college-going culture, with most schools celebrating the chosen school of their seniors. All students and staff were asked to wear college apparel and seniors were asked to wear the school that they will be attending next fall! Seniors that wanted to participate in a group picture were asked to come to the gym during Cougar AM (below). Congrats to the Class of 2016 on all of their college decisions!
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Looking for Scholarship Money?

Many students/families have been inquiring about scholarships and grants to help pay for college. Please remember to check Naviance for potential assistance opportunities with college (Colleges Tab, Scholarships and Money Section).

Other websites to browse are:

And, please do NOT forget to complete your FAFSA Application (Seniors A.S.A.P, Juniors October 2016).

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The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the application that current and future college students must complete to apply for federal student aid, which includes Pell Grants, federal student loans, and work-study opportunities. Families will work with college financial aid offices after their FAFSA data has been returned to determine what types and how much student aid is available.

On September 14, 2015 there were some exciting changes to the FAFSA:

Students will be able to file the 2017-18 FAFSA as early as October 1, 2016, rather than beginning on January 1, 2017. This a permanent change and will help families start planning earlier for college expenses.

Beginning with the 2017-18 FAFSA, a student or their parents can report two year's prior (2015) income information instead of their immediate prior (2016) information.

For more information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, visit

The Common Application Essay Prompts

The Common Application, known as Common App, is a college application that is accepted by more than 500 colleges and universities across the United States and in Europe. The chances are that your student will use the Common App to apply to one or more college(s).

The Common App has just released its essay prompts for 2016 – 2017, and this summer would be a great time to start an application essay draft. The 2016 – 2017 essay prompts are:

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 failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

3. Reflect on a time when you challenged a belief or idea. What prompted you to act? Would you make the same decision again?

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 or event, formal or informal, that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family.

For more information on the Common App:


The College Board and Khan Academy have partnered to provide a free SAT prep program.

Khan Academy is a free website that offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and personalized learning in a variety of subjects and specialized content.

Khan Academy’s SAT Practice Program includes full-length practice SAT tests, diagnostic assessments, videos showing step-by-step solutions to the problems, and comprehensive math and reading/writing tutorials that cover the skills tested on the SAT.

Students who have taken the PSAT and/or SAT can also link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to receive personalized recommendations and practice.

For more information and instructions on setting up a Khan Academy account and linking accounts, click here.


Applying to a military academy is a lengthier and more involved process than applying to a regular 4-year college or university. For example, nominations must be obtained from Congressional Representatives and a physical aptitude exam and medical exam are required. We also live in one of the most competitive areas in the nation! It is important to ask for the nominations as soon as possible. The key is to start early and submit a competitive application.

For more information visit:

United States Military Academy:

United States Air Force Academy:

800 – 443 - 9266

United States Naval Academy:

410 – 293 – 4361

Support Group Information for LGBTQ families and students

Parents/Guardians, do you have an LGBTQ child who may be struggling? If so, there is a support group just for them! Please see the flyer below.

Contact info: email or call 540.371.7532 x111

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There is also a support group for parents/families who are struggling or have questions regarding their LGBTQ child. Please see the information below.

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Counseling Department

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Ms. Kashima Morrison………... Counselor Ki—Ra

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