Senior Scoop

Oyster River High School~~~~~September 2015

Senior Counselor Assignments

Mrs. Cassamas A – Go

Mr. Baker Gr – N

Mrs. Sekera O – Z

Mrs. Machanoff Director

Ms. Osterloh Secretary

Upcoming Events!

College "101" Night

Tuesday, Sep. 15th, 6:30pm

55 Coe Drive

Durham, NH

College "101" Night Presented by NHHEAF will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:30pm in the Library. Learn all the steps of the college selection an application process. For additional college planning resources, visit

NEACAC College Fair at UNH

Lundholm Gymnasium; Field House, Durham, NH
Monday, October 5, 2015 - 6:30pm-8:30pm

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 9:00am-11:00am

For a complete listing of colleges visit:

****UNH Admissions requests that ORHS Students attend the evening presentation if possible due to the large number of schools attending during the day-time session****

Regional NHHEAF Student Athlete Night

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 6pm

1 Alumni Drive

Hampton, NH

New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation will present information on recruiting policies, NCAA regulations, and admissions policies for student athletes. Additional regional meeting dates are scheduled for:

  • NH Sportsplex Thursday, October 1 7:00PM
  • Londonderry High School Thursday, April 21 6:00PM
  • Kingswood Regional High School Thursday, May 19 6:00PM
2015-2016 Common Application

Four Things Prospective Applicants Need to Know about the 2015-2016 Common Application

Senior Meetings

During the month of September, counselors will be meeting with all seniors in small groups. Seniors will be asked to schedule an individual senior meeting with their counselor to discuss their specific plans. Seniors planning to apply Early Decision or Early Action should meet with their counselor in the coming weeks. Early deadlines approach quickly!

Senior Group Meetings:

We will cover Naviance, the college application process, and more! While students who attended the College Application Bootcamp already have most of this information, we welcome new questions, or just a chance for review! Counselors will be meeting with all seniors in Advisory the week of September 14th. In addition, Counselors will be available on Block Thursday, 9/24 and Block Friday, 9/25 in the Writing Center.

All seniors should meet with their counselor by mid-October to discuss post-secondary plans!

NCAA Clearinghouse for Seniors

Seniors who are planning to play sports at a Division I or II college must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse at Seniors should complete the registration, print the release page and turn this in to the counseling office. Completing this process early ensures that you will be ready to participate in fall sports at the college of your choice. See your school counselor with any questions!

Life After High School: Where Should I Begin?

1. What criteria have you set for college? Think about location, size, cost, majors offered and extra-curricular activities important to you.

2. Research colleges that match your criteria. The Counseling Office has several resources, such as college guidebooks and computers with college search programs. Naviance offers a college search feature as well. College fairs and tours are excellent methods to gather information about what each college has to offer.

3. Apply to colleges that fall into each of the following categories: Reach, Reasonable, Safety. Consult with your counselor to get assistance developing your list of colleges.

4. Carefully review the information requested on each application. How many formal teacher recommendations will you need? Does this include a counselor recommendation? If you are requesting a letter of recommendation, please provide at least three weeks notice! To request a counselor letter of recommendation, complete a Senior Sketch & have your parent/guardian complete the Parent/Guardian Questionnaire via Naviance. For a teacher recommendation, speak directly to the teacher. Then be sure to request a letter through Naviance, and/or give the teacher a self-addressed, stamped envelope for each college if the letter must be mailed.

5. Start writing your essay!! Give yourself plenty of time to develop a clear and concise essay that allows an admissions counselor to understand you beyond the information you provided in your application. Be creative and original!

6. Every college needs an official copy of your transcript. You must request an official transcript to be mailed to your colleges through Naviance. The request must be made at least three weeks (15 School Days) prior to your deadline.

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