Parkville Pathways January 2022

College and Career Info for PHS Students

Happy New Year and Second Semester!

We hope your families had a restful and healthy holiday break. Each month the counseling office will produce this newsletter to highlight college and career opportunities and information. Post-secondary planning starts in 9th grade, so please read even if your student is a freshman! In this month's newsletter: summer programs for all grades, information about Financial Aid and scholarships for seniors, and College Planning and SAT Prep for juniors.

Counselor contact information is listed at the bottom of this newsletter. Follow us on instagram and twitter at @counselphs

New College & Career Counselor!

Hi everyone, my name is Mr. Barga and I'm thrilled to say that I am the new College & Career Counselor here at Parkville! I was a counseling intern here the first half of the school year, graduated from Loyola University with my School Counseling masters degree in December, and am now working here full-time. I completed my undergrad degree in Accounting at the University of Maryland, College Park, and worked in that field for a number of years, but decided to change my career to pursue something I was truly passionate about!

As College & Career Counselor, I am here to help all students with creating your post-high school path, one which you can feel proud and excited about, and that will lead to many opportunities in your future. Whether your plan includes a 4-year college, community college, trade school, or other work options, I'm here to help you through the process!

Feel free to stop by my office in Room 205 to say hi, or you can contact me on Schoology (Joseph Barga), by email at, or by phone at 443-809-2557. I speak both English and Spanish. I look forward to getting to know all of you and helping you chase your dreams!

Summer Programs/Opportunities (all grades)

Are you looking to challenge yourself, explore your passions, get a leg up on college and career opportunities, and make new connections this summer? If so, there many summer enrichment programs out there for high school students of all grade levels!

Areas of interest include:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM)
  • Business, Leadership, and Social Justice
  • Environmental Sciences / Nature
  • Art, Literature, Journalism, Design, and Sports

These programs provide great opportunities to challenge yourself academically and explore your career interests, while building your resume for college. Make sure to have a conversation with your parent/guardian before applying to any of these programs. Please pay attention to cost of program before applying- some programs are free or low-cost with scholarships available based on financial need. Application dates vary, with some quickly approaching, so check them out today!

Here are some highlighted programs, but the complete list is attached below:

UMBC Summer Enrichment Academy

  • The Summer Enrichment Academy at UMBC offers unique, fun, challenging, and mind-expanding academic summer workshops and camp programs for high school students. It exposes students to the college experience with opportunities in science, engineering, technology, and the arts and humanities, all led by UMBC faculty, industry professionals, and graduate students. Rigorous, engaging, 1-week long summer workshops and camp programs are designed to spark our students' deepest passions and interests. See link for further details and wide range of program options. The cost of each program ranges from $200-485, but with scholarships readily available! Both virtual and in-person options are offered. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Penn State - Business Opportunities Summer Session

  • The Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS) is a pre-college program for students interested in pursuing a business education in college. It's an opportunity for these students to take college prep and business fundamentals courses taught by Penn State faculty. This program is for current 11th grade students only, is 1-week long, and is fully virtual. The cost of the program is only $50! See link for further details. Application deadline is 3/31/2022.

Girls Who Code - Summer Programs

  • The Girls Who Code summer programs teach girls and non-binary students of all grade levels the computer science skills they need to make an impact in their community while preparing for a career in tech. Participants get exposure to tech jobs, meet inspiring role models in tech, and join a global sisterhood of lifelong friends and support. Program offerings include a 2-week long and a 6-week long option, both of which are fully virtual. The program is free, and students are paid a stipend to participate! See link for further details. Application deadline is 3/18/2022.

Email Mr. Barga at or call at 443-809-2557 with any questions!

FAFSA FRENZY- 2/10 and 2/11 (Gr.12)

Seniors- have you completed your FAFSA? Many colleges have specific deadlines for completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Link to get started is below.

If you plan to attend CCBC, a 4 year college, or a trade program you MUST complete your FAFSA every year you are enrolled. The deadline for Maryland State Aid, including the Baltimore County/MD College Promise programs at CCBC is MARCH 1st!

Confused? Need help? The PHS School Counseling Office is hosting a two day FAFSA completion event- both Thursday 2/10 (B Day) and Friday 2/11 (A Day) from 8-11am in the Parkville High Cafeteria. No advance sign up necessary. Please bring parent tax returns for 2020, SSN, and other documentation you may need (see list here):

If you prefer to schedule a virtual FAFSA help session, email our college counselor, Mr. Barga at

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Senior Updates (Gr. 12)

Class of 2022!

We are so proud of all of your college acceptances and plans for attending trade schools, apprenticeships and military enlistments. To date, our counselors have met with over 95% of the class of 2022 for 1:1 meetings to discuss post secondary plans.

Attached you will find the college timeline to see if you are on track with your application process. Please email Mr. Barga with any questions about applying to 4 year colleges-

Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines (Gr. 12)

Featured Scholarship:

The Baltimore Ravens Scholarship application is now open until March 1st. The scholarship awards five public school students from Baltimore City and surrounding counties' a $5,000 renewable scholarship.

Criteria: You must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better; demonstrate financial need (include a SAR if available); be accepted to and attend a four-year college or university; have verifiable community service; and submit a Service Essay: Describe the environment in which you live (household, neighborhood, etc.), the most meaningful contribution you have made as a volunteer to the betterment of your community and how college will help you continue your mission (300-900 words; 2-4 pages).

Other Scholarships with upcoming deadlines (login to Naviance to view):





CCBC Info Sessions for SENIORS (Gr. 12)

The CCBC Admissions Office will host a Discover CCBC Information Session on 1/26 at 5pm. These sessions will focus on your high school seniors who plan to attend CCBC. The agenda topics include our academic pathways, financial aid options, short term training programs, and how to apply for admission. These sessions will begin at 5pm and we encourage parents and adults to attend these sessions. Students can register for these sessions at

Junior Post Secondary Planning (Gr. 11)

Second quarter grades will soon be in your hands, juniors! This is a great time to reflect on how you did the first half of the year and how you want the rest of the year/final grades to look.

In late February, counselors will be coming to your English classes to discuss your options for post high school life. Our goal is to make sure every one of our students has a career goal, educational plan or other opportunity lined up for them when they walk across the stage at graduation. We are here to show you the various opportunities and paths.

If you are interested in applying to four year colleges (UMD, NYU, Howard for example), you will spend your time during this lesson exploring college fit and identifying colleges you are thinking about applying to.

If you are interested in CCBC, you will spend your time during this lesson considering various programs and majors, the CCBC College Promise programs, and Early College Access Program classes for senior year.

If you are interested in the military, you will explore the branches of the military and rank your favorites. You will also have an opportunity to look at career options in each branch and understand how the ASVAB test plays a role in your career placement within the military.

If you are interested in a trade/apprenticeship/work, you will explore the trade programs offered at CCBC as well as local trade and apprenticeship programs we partner with at our trade fair. You will review your career interest inventory we took in the fall and see which trade programs may fit your results.

Beyond that lesson, this spring:

All juniors will have a 1:1 junior meeting with their school counselor to discuss post secondary plans, review senior year course options, and confirm that students are on track to graduate. Parents are invited to attend (online sign up will go live in late February).

All juniors are invited to attend our FREE MOCK SAT and SAT Prep Workshops in March (more details below).

All juniors will take the SAT at PHS, for free, on Tuesday April 26, 2022.

All juniors are invited to attend our College Application Boot Camp in late June. This one day event provides students an opportunity to revise their college essays, narrow their college lists, and begin the Common Application (date TBD).

FREE Saturday SAT Test Prep at PHS (Gr. 11)

The PHS Counseling Office along with the English and Math Departments have been working together to present two Saturday SAT prep activities for Junior (11th grade) students.

The first, a full practice SAT test, will take place on Saturday, March 5th from 8am-Noon. The second, a SAT Prep Workshop, will take place on Saturday, March 19th from 9am-Noon. At the workshop students will have opportunities to brush up on frequently addressed SAT concepts and learn test taking strategies. Pizza will be provided at the end of the SAT Prep Workshop.

We recommend students sign up for both events, but it is not required. Students must sign up for each event in Naviance (in the college visits section). Please encourage your junior students to sign up.

Email Ms. Serico at with any questions!

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DC/MD Black College Expo (Gr. 9-11)

Register now for the DC/MARYLAND Black College Expo at Bowie State 3/12/22


FAFSA Frenzy- 2/10 AND 2/11

Thursday, Feb. 10th, 8-11am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Seniors and parents are invited to drop in and get assistance in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Both days counselors will be available from 8am-11am, in the PHS library. Students should complete the FAFSA by March 1st to qualify for Maryland state aid (for CCBC and 4 year colleges).

MOCK SAT- for Juniors

Saturday, March 5th, 8am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

March SAT Test

Saturday, March 12th, 7:30am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Registration deadline for March SAT is February 11th (late registrations accepted until 3/1) on

SAT Prep Workshop for JUNIORS

Saturday, March 19th, 9am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

SAT School Day Test for Juniors

Tuesday, April 26th, 7:45am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

All juniors will be given the opportunity to take the SAT during the school day. Students do not need to pre-register. Stay tuned for SAT prep opportunities provided by Parkville in February and March.

May SAT Test

Saturday, May 7th, 7:30am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Registration deadline for May SAT is April 8 (late registrations accepted until 4/26) on

June SAT Test

Saturday, June 4th, 7:30am

2600 Putty Hill Avenue

Baltimore, MD

Registration deadline for March SAT is May 5th (late registrations accepted until 5/25) on

Parkville High School Counseling Office

Dept. Chair & AVID Students: Ms. Serico

ESOL Level 1 and 2 Students: Ms. Brillon

College & Career Counselor: Mr. Barga

Students Last Names A-C: Mr. Sherline

Students Last Names D-I: Ms. Bardoff

Students Last Names J-M: Mr. Ciorra

Students Last Names N-R: Ms. Tracey

Students Last Names S-Z: Ms. Wolf

Counseling Secretary: Mrs. Zenteno