Saranac High School Counseling News

Vol 1

Welcome Back

This year we will start something new in the Guidance Office and it will be a monthly newsletter to update you on what is happening here! We have so much going on and want to make sure you are aware of it all. We will use the newsletter to keep you informed about a variety of events happening in and outside of school that pertain to academic needs, college and career needs, and emotional and social needs.

CAP (Clinton Community College)

At Saranac High School we offer several CAP courses through Clinton Community College. These courses are CAP Business Internship, CAP Spanish, CAP French, CAP Physics, and CAP Algebra with Trigonometry II. Although this is not new, gaining access to the online student portal is. All of the students taking a CAP course this semester were sent home with a student handbook the first week of school that includes the application and registration process, tuition and billing process, how to request a transcript after the course is completed, as well as the college resources that are provided to our students which include using Clinton's library, tutoring center, and fitness facilities. Something very important to note that first semester bills will be printed and MAILED OCTOBER 5th and payment is due OCTOBER 28th. Please notify us ASAP if you do not receive a bill. Your child can also access his/her bill on the student portal.

PSAT

PSAT's will be offered in school to all 11th grade students on October 19th. We will be participating in a pilot program this year with College Board so all 11th grade students can take the PSAT FREE! Yesterday Mrs. Rosenbaum met with all of the 11th grade students in English class to talk about the PSAT and complete pre-test procedures.

Financial Aid Night

On November 17th at 6:00pm Kerry Lubold, Financial Aid Advisor at SUNY Plattsburgh will conduct a Financial Aid night. She will start with a brief presentation about financial aid resources and scholarships and then we will conclude with parents/guardians that are interested completing the FAFSA in the computer lab. There are big changes this year for our seniors because the FAFSA can be completed as early as October 1st. Regardless of whether or not you believe you will qualify for financial aid you will want to complete the FAFSA because some schools need this information to give out scholarships. For example, if your child qualifies for the North Country Scholarship at SUNY Plattsburgh then you must fill out the FAFSA before the scholarship will be awarded.

College Visits

If your child is interested in attending one of the college representative visits listed below (11th and 12th grade students) please have them sign up in the Guidance Office.

Senior Meetings

Soon you will be getting a senior information sheet mailed home. Once those have been sent home counselors will begin meeting with the seniors to discuss plans for after graduation and what needs to be accomplished. IF A STUDENT HAS A NOVEMBER COLLEGE DEADLINE PLEASE SIGN UP ASAP IN THE GUIDANCE OFFICE FOR A SENIOR MEETING. For students attending college a good rule of thumb is to have applications finished before Christmas Break.

Dates to Remember

10/5 SUNY Plattsburgh College Night 6:30-7:30pm at the Field House

10/5 Hobart College Visit

10/5 St. Lawrence University College Visit

10/6 Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts College Visit

10/6 Niagara University College Visit

10/7 Alfred University College Visit

10/7 Lemoyne College Visit

10/11 SUNY Canton College Visit

10/14 Western New England University College Visit

10/18 SUNY Potsdam College Visit

10/19 Clinton Community College Visit

10/22 ACT test (late registration deadline until 9/30/16- find more info at www.act.org )

11/3 Albany College of Pharmacy College Visit

11/4 SUNY Plattsburgh College Visit

11/5 SAT test (registration deadline 10/7/16- find more info at www.collegeboard.org)

11/17 Financial Aid night for seniors and parents/guardians given by Kerry Lubold

12/10 ACT test (registration deadline 11/4/16- find more info at www.act.org)