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Preparing for college & career - August Issue

Welcome Freshman & New Students!

Here is a video just for you!!!

You have a few weeks left of summer, enjoy...AND be productive. Here are some ideas:

  • Volunteer - Check out the Youth Volunteer Opportunities posted by United Way
  • Work & Set up a Bank Account - Learning to manage your money, creating a budget, and living within your means are all learned skills. Working throughout high school can help you build health money-management habits, build your resume, and build employability skills that will follow you into adulthood.
  • Visit Colleges - road-trip with friends or stop by a college on a family trip. Visits are the best way to see if a college is the right fit for you
  • Work on College Apps - dont wait until the busy school year starts to add more work to your plate. Start your apps now! Essays take the most time, so start there.
  • Apply for scholarships - Get familiar with the MMSD scholarship page - you will want to check here often! Check out scholarship search engines as well.
  • Retake the ACT (if needed) & create your ACT account - colleges need your score(s) and they will need to come directly from your account. Study for the test by logging into your Career Cruising account>My Plan>Method Test Prep
  • Get organized! - get your school supplies, contact your counselor if you need to make a schedule change, designate a place to keep your college app passwords (seniors, we are talking to you!) and begin calendaring important deadlines and dates for the school year.

PSAT

Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 8am

702 Pflaum Road

Madison, WI

Who: Interested Sophomores & Juniors

**PSAT MUST be taken Junior year for students planning to compete for the National Merit Scholarship

Early College Credit Options

Interested in taking a course at college while in high school? Check out the link and see your counselor for details.

Students will have online access to their schedules on August 31st. Look for your homeroom posted in the hall on the first day of school

College Applications: Advice on Surviving Senior Year

Tips from College Essay Guy - follow him on Twitter @CollegeEssayGuy or Facebook

FREE FAFSA Workshop

Wednesday, Oct. 10th, 6pm

702 Pflaum Road

Madison, WI

College Goal Wisconsin is in its 21st year of helping families complete the FAFSA! If you have a student attending college next year, hold this date on your calendar to complete the forms required for financial aid.


If you can't make it, attend the College Goal event at Memorial High School or East. Click here for details.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

WI Education College Fair

Many colleges and universities represented. This is a great way to talk with college reps from schools you may not be able to visit. Juniors and seniors encouraged to attend

Senior College Planning Night & Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, Oct. 18th, 4:30-6:30pm

702 Pflaum Road

Madison, WI

Meet w/ your student's teachers and get valuable college planning information all in one night!
  • Important Updates from colleges
  • Application tips
  • Process for submitting required documents
  • Guidance on essay writing

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

11th & 12th Grade College Bound Athletes & NCAA

Students who plan to participate in Division I or II collegiate athletics during college, must complete an NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse form. Students should register at the end of their junior year, work with their counselor and coach.

Working on College Apps? They all need a transcript, application and ACT score. See below to get started:

Re-taking the ACT this fall? Start prepping now!!


  • Log into Career Cruising, click on "My Plan" then "Method Test Prep" to get ready for the test.
  • Registration, deadlines, and account creation instructions here
  • During sign-up, don't forget to choose 4 FREE destinations for your test scores.
  • If you receive free/reduced lunch, see your counselor before signing up.

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