Courtland Counseling Newsletter

Let's make your future happen!

In this issue

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: Upcoming Events

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: Workshop Descriptions

Grade 12: Senior Events (including exam schedule and exam exemption policy)

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

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: SOL Test Schedule

Grades 9, 10, 11: Underclass Exam Schedule

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: Courtland's 1st Annual #CollegeDecisionDay

Grades: 11: SAT Day Reminders

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: Summer School

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: What Can Your Child Do To Make the Most of Their Summer?

Grades 9, 10, 11: College Planning

Grades 9, 10, 11, 12: Why Volunteering Is a Good Thing

Courtland's 1st Annual #CollegeDecisionDay

College Decision Day is a national movement to create a college-going culture, with most schools celebrating on Friday, May 1. We celebrated just a few days early in conjunction with the SCA's college spirit day. 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 2015 on all of their college decisions!
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SAT Day Reminders

Students must bring their Admission Tickets. The tickets can be printed by logging onto www.collegeboard.org, clicking My SAT, and selecting Print Admission Ticket.


Students should also bring:

  • Two No. 2 pencils and a soft eraser
  • Acceptable photo identification
  • An acceptable calculator


Students should confirm their test center location by checking their Admission Tickets.


It is important to arrive on time.


Students should know which items are required and acceptable, optional, and prohibited in the test center. The full list of these items can be reviewed here.

Summer School

Summer 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. Students are eligible to repeat a course if they have earned a cumulative average of at least 50% for the year in the course he/she wishes to repeat. Please consult with your student’s teacher to determine if summer school is an option.


Summer School booklets and registration forms are available in the Counseling office.


NOTE: Registration deadline is June 18.

SUMMERTIME!! What can your child do to make the most of their summer?

(adapted from CBS News)


  • Get up-to-date on current affairs. Read online newsletters
  • Update their resume (Naviance has a great resume builder!)
  • Research and visit colleges (Naviance is a wonderful resource for college exploration).
  • Blog. Differentiate themselves from millions of other teenagers by blogging. They'll be more successful if they write about something they're passionate about, whether it's street art or field hockey. Free blogs are available at WordPress or Blogger.
  • Explore careers (Naviance has great resources!)
  • Learn a new language. There are plenty of free sites online to help people get started on a new language, including DuoLingo, Open Culture, and LearnAlanguage.
  • Sleep in. According to a report by the National Sleep Foundation, adolescents need 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep a night, which they often don't get during the school year.
  • Read. Here's a "best books" list for teens from the Chicago Public Library. And here's the "best of the best" list from the Young Adult Library Services Association.
  • Volunteer. Check out the Courtland High School website for a list of local organizations that accept teen volunteers or try Volunteermatch.org.
  • Study for the SAT and/or ACT. Check the College Board (www.collegeboard.org) and ACT (www.act.org) websites for practices tests. The Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.com) has a tutorial for the SAT.
  • Practice a new stress reduction technique (Meditation? Yoga? A new hobby?).
  • Listen to podcasts. It's amazing what one can learn on podcasts. iTunes has tons of podcasts!
  • Teach them how to change a tire. They'll be glad you did, if they ever find themselves stranded on the side of a road.
  • Create goals. Summer is a wonderful time to ponder what one wants to do with the rest of their life. Why not start now?

College Planning


  • Studying and making good grades pays off for students when applying to college. Colleges are looking for serious students who are ready to make the transition from high school to college.
  • Students should think about and explore potential careers so that when the time comes to select colleges, the student can make sure that the college has the programs he/she is interested in.
  • Get involved in activities. Sports, clubs, part-time jobs, and community service are wonderful ways to have new experiences, demonstrate responsibility and leadership, and show that he/she is well rounded.
  • Summer is a great time to explore activities, jobs, summer camps, and academic enrichment programs.
  • Tour colleges and keep a log of specific pros and cons.
  • Have your student review online social profile: create a professional email address and revise social media sites to prepare for college admissions.

Why is volunteering a good thing?

Volunteering in the community is a great way for students to help others and to experience the positive impact that they can make.


What students gain from volunteering:

Character: Volunteer experiences and activities help students learn the value of helping others and the value of hard work.

Fun: Meeting new people and spending time with students who are different from them can help broaden a student’s view of their community.

Valuable Experience: Volunteering allows students to do a variety of tasks and can help them explore potential college majors and careers.

Making a Difference: Helping others is a great feeling and can give students a new understanding and appreciation of their strengths and skills.


There are many ways to find out about volunteer opportunities: check with the school, church, or civic organizations to get a start.

Counseling Department

Mrs. Emily Hall …………….…. Counselor A — De

ehhall@spotsylvania.k12.va.us


Mr. Bart Nave ………….… Counselor Di—Kh

wnave@spotsylvania.k12.va.us


Mr. Dave DeSando ………... Counselor Ki—Ra

ddesando@spotsylvania.k12.va.us


Ms. Mary Nelson ………….... Counselor Re— Z

mnelson@spotsylvania.k12.va.us