Central Catholic - Find Your Path
Class of 2024 - College, Life & Career - Aug/Sept 2023
***WELCOME BACK SENIORS***
Classroom check-ins: We are presenting to seniors in their Theology classes over the next two weeks to explain the college recommendation and transcript request process.
College essay writing: All senior English teachers will be offering dedicated classroom time and guidance on writing college essays this fall.
College Counseling appointment requests: Seniors should request an appointment with Ms. Calcagno through our Counseling Department Assistant Mr. Ruiz. Your school counselor is also knowledgeable about basic college information too.
Uncertain about post-high school plans? Mr. Blue is a good support for seniors too. Mr. Ruiz can also help set up those appointments too.
Get Reminders About College & Career Events
Parents and guardians: We have a limited number of people who can join a class. If you would like to join Remind, please click HERE to opt-in. The same information will be sent out to students and parents/guardians.
To get started, Naviance Student offers lots of resources and tools. Select Self-Discovery from the main navigation bar and choose Self-Discovery Home or an assessment from the list. We recommend the Career Key assessment. It will help you identify your traits, best-match work environments, and related careers by answering questions about your interests. Students can compare their results with previous assessments and look for common themes.
Community Partners Needed
As we seek to educate and celebrate the multiple pathways available to students after high school we are looking to partner with the Central Catholic community. If you or your organization are interested in providing career learning opportunities, please contact Mr. Blue.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Job Mentoring or Shadowing
LOOKING FOR A JOB?
Click on the button below to view CC's online Job & Internship Board* for part-time, full-time and summer positions.
Parents/Guardians: Interested in hiring students? Please send your information to Mr. Blue at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add it to the job board.
*Central Catholic is sharing this information as a service to student. It is the responsibility of students and families to fully investigate these opportunities.
***PREPARING FOR COLLEGE***
September 6 - Senior College Planning Night at 6:30 pm in the CC Commons
Seniors and their parents/guardians are invited to learn more about the four-year college admission process. We will go over timelines and next steps for senior year. This session will be recorded for those of you who are unable to join us.
College Application Drop-in Sessions - We will be hosting some sessions for seniors who would like assistance completing their college applications. No sign-up is required. Seniors are welcome to join us in the Commons for any or all of the following sessions:
- September 13 from 2:45 to 3:30 pm
- September 28 from 2:45 to 3:30 pm
- Every Tuesday morning from 7:25 to 7:55 am
Coming soon...Virtual Paying for College Nights
We will be partnering with the College Place Oregon and the Oregon Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators to offer two Virtual Paying for College events for seniors and families later in October. Watch for next month's newsletters for dates and details.
College Visits at CC
Representatives from a variety of four- and two-year colleges and universities will be on campus to meet with students. The admission representative typically presents information about their institution and then allows time for students to ask questions. Students should make the effort to meet with college representatives when they visit CC or host evening receptions. It gives college reps an opportunity to get to know you, answer your specific questions, and lets them know that you are genuinely interested in their institution. It is to your advantage to learn as much as you can about a college before you apply or visit the campus.
- Which colleges are visiting CC? Visits will be advertised in Naviance Student under the "What's New" section, daily announcements, and outside the Counseling Center.
- How do I sign up for a visit? Students sign-up for visits in Naviance Student. Then, pick up a College Visit pass from the Counseling Center and have the teacher sign it at least one day in advance of the scheduled visit.
College Campus Visits
While seniors are allowed to miss school time for campus visits, they should try to minimize missing classes whenever possible. The following days are recommended for scheduling a campus visit:
- October 13 (Teacher Inservice Day)
- October 18 (Testing Day for Grades 10 & 11/Frosh Retreat)
- November 3 (Teacher Planning & Conferences)
- November 10 (Veterans' Day)
Click HERE for resources on making the most of your campus visit.
College Fly-In & Diversity Programs
Many colleges would like to enroll more students from first-generation, lower-income, or various racial and ethnic backgrounds. They often host additional events focused on culture and diversity to increase representation from underrepresented student groups. These weekend or multi-day programs, often known as ‘fly-in programs,’ let students experience campus and get to know the students and faculty who bring the college to life.
Traveling to campuses for multiple visit programs can be extremely expensive, especially for students looking at colleges far from home. College Greenlight compiled a list of over 90 fly-in and diversity programs. Click HERE for details.
College Fairs & Upcoming Events
Virtual College Fairs
QuestBridge Virtual Session
Upcoming Information Session:
Common Application Assistance
The Common Application is accepted by over 1000 colleges and universities. A complete list of colleges accepting the Common Application can be found HERE. All students started working on the Common App last spring in their English classes and will be working on the essay in their Senior english class this fall. Check out our instructions to completing the Common App. Click HERE to check out Common App's video on how to approach the Activities Section.
Seniors are welcome to attend any of all of the optional College Application Drop-in Sessions listed above for dedicated time to work on applications and received assistance.
New: Open Student Life College Application Session - Seniors can opt in to have dedicated time to work on any college application with the help of Ms. Calcagno. Senior English teachers will also be available to review college essays. Sign-ups will take place during Advisory soon. Below are the two different options:
- Quarter 1 sessions will meet on 10/17, 10/20 & 11/7
- Quarter 2 sessions will meet on 12/1, 1/12 & 1/19
Need recommendation letters? Be sure to link your Common Application to Naviance first. Click on the Recommendation Request Process button below for instructions. We also welcome input from parents/guardians to assist with the counselor recommendations. Click HERE and share input about your senior.
Should you take the SAT or ACT?
Many colleges and universities will not require students to submit ACT/SAT scores to be considered for Fall 2024 enrollment. We also know that public universities in Oregon, Washington and California do not require a test score for admission or scholarships.
Consider the following:
If the SAT/ACT is optional for your colleges, should you take it?
You need to think about your application packet as a whole. Basically, colleges are assessing two things:
Your academic achievements: GPA, college prep courses and possibly an ACT or SAT score.
Some colleges will also want to know what you do beyond the classroom. You will have the opportunity to tell colleges who you are through your personal essay and your list of extracurricular activities including hobbies, service, family responsibilities, work, etc.
How do you know if your GPA is strong enough for admission?
Use the Naviance Student scattergram tool to compare your GPA data with Central Catholic students who have applied and been admitted to each college.
You can also Google search for [name of college] class profile, then click on the result from the college website. On this page, search for info about the incoming GPA range for admitted students. If your GPA falls within or above the range, test scores might not be as significant.
What about test scores for merit-based scholarships? If a college offers merit scholarships and is test optional, they are likely not requiring a test score for scholarships; however, they might require something else. Check out the requirements for each college on your list, so there are no surprises.
Upcoming ACT Test Dates
- October 28 - Register by September 22
- December 9 - Register by November 3
My recommendation is to skip the optional Writing section. Since the College Board has eliminated the optional essay portion for the SAT Test, almost all colleges are no longer requiring this section.
Free ACT Prep HERE
Upcoming SAT Test Dates
- October 5 - Register by September 7
- November 4 - Register by October 5
- December 2 - Register by November 2
REGISTER HERE - Most, if not all seniors should already have a College Board account. DO NOT create a new one -- use the one you have!
FREE test prep - Khan Academy is a very good resource and you can link it with your previous SAT Test.
The Cameron Impact Scholarship is a four-year, full-tuition, impact-driven undergraduate scholarship awarded annually to 10-15 exceptional high school students who have demonstrated excellence in leadership, community service, extracurricular activities, and academics. Applicants must have at least a unweighted 3.7 GPA and be a US citizen. The Cameron Impact Scholar is unique among their peers in their desire to directly impact their communities and in the world at large. Scholars aspire to contribute to positive forces for change and plans to tailor their education to that end. The scholarship covers the full tuition, fees, and books at any accredited U.S. based college or university that the recipient chooses to attend. Due September 8 at Noon Pacific Time
Pride in Diversity Scholarship will be awarded to one deserving member of the LGBTQ+ community pursuing a degree in STEM in order to promote further representation. To apply, submit a short video (1-2 minutes) describing your role as a member of the LGBTQ+ and STEM communities and how financial support will help you continue your educational journey. Due September 30
Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship - This is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to students recognizing their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. Due October 2 by 2 pm PT
The Skanner Foundation Scholarship - Amounts range from $1000-3000 based on applicant's responseoto one of three essay topics and completion of 20 hours of service within the last 12 months. Due October 8