Comet Connection

CHS School Counseling

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Dear Comets,

First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during this difficult time. While we sincerely wish we could all be together in the building, we have been working around the clock to make sure things run as smoothly as possible during this period of virtual learning! There will understandably be speed bumps along the way, but we will adapt as necessary. We want you to know that you gave the support of your teachers, counselors, administrators and the entire Catonsville faculty as you embark on this school year.

The School Counseling team, along with our Social Worker and Psychologist, have been working to ensure that you all receive academic, social emotional, and college and career readiness support virtually. While things will look a little different this year, we are excited to bring you information in new ways! In addition to our newsletter, which will be published bi-weekly, you can find information on our Schoology page (Group Join Code: 7DVXZ-XXDD9). You will also receive emails via Naviance with important information (so be sure to update your email address!). Finally, we will be offering live information sessions this fall for students and parents. As always, if you have questions or there is anything else we can do to support you, please do not hesitate to reach out.

We hope you all had a wonderful first week of virtual learning and we are so excited to officially welcome you to the 2020-2021 school year!

The CHS School Counseling Team

Meet Your School Counseling Team

Information for Seniors

**MUST COMPLETE** 6 Year Plan

Seniors,

Please log in to your Naviance account to complete the 6 Year Plan-Grade 12 Survey. This survey consists of 5 items, and only takes a few minutes to submit.


To help us provide more targeted supports during virtual instruction, we will be using responses to group students into lessons/info sessions that align with their specific post-grad plans. Survey responses will also help to inform the 1-on-1 planning meeting with your counselor, and must be completed ahead of time.


We’d like to begin meeting with seniors as soon as possible, and are asking that you please complete the 6 Year Plan Survey before Thursday, 9/17.


Directions:


  • Log in to your BCPS One account
  • Click on the orange "Naviance" tile
  • Go to the "Important To-Dos and Task" section on your home page
  • Click on the "6 Year Plan - Grade 12"
  • Click "Take This Survey"
  • Respond to EACH of the 5 survey items and submit



Please reach out to Ms. Weston (College Counselor) or your school counselor if assistance is needed with this process.

SAT Updates

All Saturday National SAT testing administrations scheduled to be held in BCPS high schools are cancelled through November 13, 2020.


BCPS will review Saturday SAT National testing administrations scheduled to be held in BCPS high schools in December and January at a later date.


There will be no Makeup SAT School Day for the class of 2021.


Many colleges are now test optional, meaning you do not have to have SAT scores to apply/be admitted.


If you still want to take the SAT, you must do so on your own. You can go to www.collegeboard.com to register for a session (prior to 11/13/2020, you will have to find a testing center location outside of Baltimore County).

College Application Steps

While we will be providing more information in the upcoming weeks about college applications, please review the CHS College Application Steps below if you are looking to get a head start.


All seniors must complete the following form in order to request transcripts and have them sent to college on their behalf by the School Counseling office: https://forms.gle/KtxaDzUBoxsHVCFJ9


If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Weston (lweston@bcps.org).

Virtual College Visits

While we cannot hold in person college visits at CHS this year, we will still be working with College Admissions Counselors to provide virtual visits to students. We are very excited to have partnered with Western Tech, Chesapeake High School, and Patapsco High School to offer these visits. Visits WILL NOT be held during class times.


Students must still register for this visits on Naviance as we have done in the past. Registered students will recieve a join code for a Google Meets session via Schoology Message prior to the visit.


We have posted the current list of Colleges that are signed up below. We encourage you to check Naviance frequently for updates.


How to Sign Up for College Visits on Naviance:


  • Log into your BCPS One account
  • Click on the orange "Naviance" tile
  • From your home page, click the "Colleges" tab
  • Click on "Research Colleges"
  • Click on "College Visits"
  • Click "Register" for the Colleges your are interested in.



Students in grades 9-12 are welcome to register for all available sessions.

Please note, registration is limited and preference will be given to senior and junior students.

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In addition to the Virtual College visits we are offering through CHS, many colleges are doing virtual information sessions and tours while families cannot visit campus.


We have compiled a list of some of our most applied to colleges and the websites to register for these visits.


These infromation sessions are a great opportunity for students from all grades to take advantage of. It's never too early to start that college seach!

Senior Parent College Information Session

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 6pm

Google Meets

We will be holding our Senior Parent College night virtually this year! Please join us on GoogleMeets for important information about the college admissions process. More information will be forthcoming.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Financial Aid Night

Thursday, Oct. 8th, 6:30pm

Google Meets

Join your school counselors and a CCBC financial aid advisor for a virtual financail aid information session. More information will be forthcoming!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.