October 2015 Senior Update

Counseling Office Newsletter

Senior Information ...

Senior Planning Meetings

We would like to thank all the parents/guardians that were able to attend their student's senior meeting over the last few weeks and those coming in the next few weeks. For those of you who were unable to attend, we have been meeting with seniors to discuss their future plans. During these meetings, we provided students with their transcripts and various information on the college search/application process. At the conclusion of these meetings, students left with a folder of information for their senior year. Please be sure to review the material in the folder with your student. Students, please be reminded that you need to return your activity sheet and senior autobiographical record to Mrs. Bills ASAP.

College Night at SUNY Adirondack

Don't miss the 2015 Fall College Night at SUNY Adirondack on Thursday, October 8th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. There will be representatives from roughly 100 colleges/universities from all over the northeast there! This is a great opportunity to learn more about various colleges/university programs and what is out there for YOU!

Hudson Valley Community College Instant Admit Day

Are you interested in attending HVCC in the fall? If that answer is YES, make sure you participate in the INSTANT ADMIT DAY at CHS on Friday, October 16th! This means a representative from the Admissions Office at HVCC will be on our campus to meet with perspective students and possibly accept them on the spot!! If you are interested in this opportunity, please see you counselor ASAP!

Scholarship Updates ...

Scholarship Tips

Scholarship season is upon us ... here are some tips to assist you in this process:

1.) Start the application process early

2.) Read all the instructions carefully

3.) Make a copy of all application materials for your records

4.) Ask questions if you need help

5.) Pay attention to the deadlines ... give yourself enough time!

Lawrence Technological University Design Your Future Day Competition:
High school seniors are encouraged to participate in the competition as over $100,000 in scholarships will be awarded to students. For more information, please visit: http://mainevent20.com/competition/d4future/

Financial Aid Updates ...

Although the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form may not be filed until January 1, 2016, you may apply for a PIN number at any time. Both you and your child need to file for a PIN, as it represents your signature electronically. It has been our experience that filing the FAFSA online is very efficient and user friendly.

If you have a parent PIN number from a previous child, you do not need a PIN; however, your child will need their own individual PIN number.

The website to apply for a PIN number is: www.pin.ed.gov

You can also refer to Corinth High School's website for additional information and links on the web (The Counseling Office can be found under "Support Srvs.") Also on the Student Federal Aid website (https://fafsa.ed.gov/), you will find the FAFSA4caster, which can assist you in obtaining an early estimate of eligibility for federal student aid.

The 2016-2017 CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE is available online and may be completed anytime after October 1, 2015. The PROFILE is required by a small number of selective colleges. Please contact you child's counselor for more information or if you have questions.

Application Essay Tips ...

Many college applications require an essay or personal statement. According to the Sage Colleges:

  • Pre-write: brainstorm and organize your thoughts
  • Draft: decide what style of essay you want to write
  • Edit: read and re-read your essay to check for grammatical or punctuation errors; ask a teacher to proofread your essay to get additional feedback.
Source: Ready ... Set ... College. Resources to help prepare your for College Admissions, 2008.

Upcoming SAT, ACT & ASVAB Information ...

SAT Testing Information (register at: www.collegeboard.org)

Test Date (Registration Deadline)

  • November 7th^ (October 9th)
  • December 5th (November 5th)
  • January 23rd (December 28th)
  • March 5th (February 5th)
  • May 7th^ (April 8th)
  • June 4th (May 5th)

ACT Testing Information (register at: www.actstudent.org)

Test Date (Registration Deadline)

  • December 12th (November 6th)
  • February 6th* (January 8th)
  • April 9th (March 4th)
  • June 11th^ (May 6th)

^ Offered at CHS

* No test center in New York State

ASVAB Testing Information (see Mrs. Bills to register)

Are you interested in joining a branch of the military after graduation? Are you looking for an interest inventory to focus in on a possible college major/career choice? If you answer YES to either of these, please register to take the ASVAB this month! CHS will be offering the ASVAB on Thursday, October 15th. Please see Mrs. Bills in the Counseling Office to register!

College Application Week

Monday, Oct. 26th, 8am to Friday, Oct. 30th, 3pm

105 Oak Street

Corinth, NY

We are looking forward to the 2nd Annual College Application Week at CHS! Stay tuned for a list of daily activities for you to participate in.

Corinth High School Counseling Office

Mrs. Sarah Rust (A-K): rusts@corinthcsd.org

Mrs. Lynne Jenkins (L-Z): jenkinsl@corinthcsd.org

Mrs. Bills (Guidance Clerk): billsch@corinthcsd.org