College & Career Center Newsletter

George Mason High School - November 13, 2020


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Virtual College Visits and Information Sessions

For Virtual College Visits, please sign up in Naviance at least one day in advance to attend visits. On the day of the visit, you need to login to Naviance, locate the visit, and click on the URL to join the meeting. The URL will be visible 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. If a visit conflicts with a class, you need to obtain permission from your teacher to attend.

For informations sessions with the Navy Recruiter and American Pool, they will be held in Schoology. (The link to participate is on the calendar in Schoology.)

Monday, November 16

Tuesday, November 17

Wednesday, November 18

Thursday, November 19

Friday, November 20


Senior Worksheet & Parent Brag Sheet, due one month before the first college application deadline

The Senior Worksheet is completed in Naviance (About Me > My Surveys > Surveys Not Started). The Parent Worksheet is posted on the College and Career Center website; it should be completed and emailed to your student's counselor. These forms are not sent to colleges and universities. They are used to help your counselor write the school recommendation.


Abilities Expo Virtual Experience, College Accommodations for Students with Physical Disabilities and Health Conditions, Sunday, November 22, 12-12:45 pm

"Students with physical disabilities and health conditions have a different set of considerations to navigate when transitioning to college in the United States. This webinar will explore the additional calculations that these students may face.

  1. Understand the applicable laws that govern academic, residential and programmatic aspects of college life (ADA, 504, FERPA).
  2. Identify common issues for students with physical disabilities and health conditions.
  3. Identify ways that students and families can prepare for this transition."

National Portfolio Day, 100% Free, Online Portfolio Reviews hosted by the NPDA (National Portfolio Day Association)

If you are applying to a NPDA member college, university, or art school, you may need or want to participate in one of the National Portfolio Day reviews as part of your admission process. Please consult individual institutions for specific application requirements.

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New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) Virtual College Fair, Sunday, November 15, 1-3:00 pm

"This college fair will allow students and families to:

  • Uncover new college options through a robust search tool
  • Watch videos and download materials helpful for your decision making process
  • Ask questions!

No matter where you are in the college search process, you can learn more about your options here!"

SRT Webinar Series

You can watch past recordings on the SRT Webinars YouTube channel.

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Coalition for College Panel: College as a First-Generation Student, Thursday, November 19, 8 pm

"Register to join us for this panel discussion and Q&A, featuring Coalition for College schools sharing advice for students who are the first in their families to go to college.

Coalition schools participating include Caltech, the University of Massachusetts - Lowell, the University of Washington, and Wesleyan University. Admissions counselors, who were themselves first-generation college students, as well as current first-generation students from these schools will be on hand to share their experiences and advice on preparing for and succeeding in college."

Longwood University Accelerated Decision Program

"Our Accelerated Decision allows you to get an on-the-spot admission decision immediately following your visit event—either on campus or virtually from the comfort of your home. We're also offering special regional events throughout Virginia!"

NACAC Guide to International University Admission

"This guide responds to the growing desire among high school counselors to broaden undergraduate college options for students, specifically students who have expressed an interest in studying internationally. It features country profiles and admission how-tos for 15 top and emerging destination countries; as well as supplementary chapters covering other international study alternatives and applicability of US federal financial aid.

Learn about pursuing full-degree undergraduate study in Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Information on supporting diverse students in education abroad, American universities abroad, US branch campuses, international dual and joint degree programs, international gap year options, short-term study abroad, and using federal aid outside the US is also included."

TERRIFIC 10: Virtual College Exploration Series

10 of the largest research-extensive public universities in the country are working together to bring the college search to you! We want you to learn about what a public university has to offer you close to home and across the country. As public universities, we recognize the importance of working together to ensure you find your best college fit. Learn about Arizona State University, Clemson University, Penn State, University of California San Diego, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Georgia, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Nebraska, University of Oregon, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Thursday, November 19, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 pm

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 pm



FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)

Seniors, and a parent/guardian if the student is under 18 years old, need to complete the FERPA Consent, Release & Waiver for Letters of Recommendation(s): College, Scholarship, Honor, Special Programs & Employment. If you are applying to colleges using the Common Application, the GMHS FERPA form is in addition to completing the FERPA section within the Common Application. To complete the GMHS FERPA form, students need to use their FCCPS email addresses.

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The next national test administration date for the ACT is December 12. The deadline to register is November 20. No late fees!

National test dates for the SAT/SAT Subject Tests in the spring are March 13 (no subject tests), May 8, and June 5.

FREE, The Princeton Review SAT Virtual Practice Test, Saturday, November 14, 1-5 pm

Hosted by Tysons Pimmit Regional Library

FREE, The Princeton Review SAT Practice Test Online

"Don’t procrastinate! Take action NOW to ensure you improve your SAT score. Try a full-length free practice SAT today. After the test, you’ll receive a comprehensive score report detailing your strengths and weaknesses."


The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1. Some schools also require the CSS Profile for financial aid consideration. Please consult individual colleges regarding financial aid forms that are required.

Effective Strategies for Student Loan Borrowers by SCHEV (State Council of Higher Education for Virginia)

Navigating the Twists and Turns of Paying for College, with The College Funding Coach and St. Mary's College of Maryland

"The struggle is real! Changing times, economic uncertainty and a rapidly evolving college landscape call for greater education around college financial planning. The College Funding Coach®️ and St. Mary’s College of Maryland have joined forces to offer a highly educational webinar."

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You will find scholarship resources on the College and Career Center Financial Aid and Scholarships website page and within Naviance.

Assumption University (MA) Light the Way Scholarship

The Light the Way Scholarship is awarded to incoming students who Light the Way for others through acts of service, leadership and innovation, or volunteering to positively impact our communities. This $27,000 per year scholarship is awarded to up to 50 deserving students annually.

An admission officer from Assumption University will hold a virtual college visit for GMHS students on Tuesday, November 17 at 12:15 pm. You can sign up and connect to the visit in Naviance.

Please reach out to Ms. Mural by Friday, November 20 if you are interested in Assumption University and being nominated for this scholarship. Nominated students need to apply to Assumption and complete the Light the Way Scholarship Application by Tuesday, December 15.

Science Ambassador Scholarship, application due December 14

Stephen J Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships, application due December 5

This scholarship is open to students ages 5-25. Scholarship winners receive a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant for their hunger-related charity.

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United States Coast Guard Career Q&A on Google Meet, Wednesday, November 18, 4–5 pm

"The Coast Guard is one of our nation’s five military services. Our core values—honor, respect, and devotion to duty, are the guiding principles used to defend and preserve the United States of America. We protect the personal safety and security of our people; the marine transportation system and infrastructure; our natural and economic resources; and the territorial integrity of our nation–from both internal and external threats, natural and man-made. We protect these interests in U.S. ports, inland waterways, along the coasts, and on international waters.

There is no one set career trajectory in the Coast Guard. That’s because we offer a host of diverse and challenging opportunities that span a broad scope of interests, backgrounds, and skillsets - ranging from law enforcement officers all the way to executive chefs.

Members of the Coast Guard receive a comprehensive benefits package. In addition to their salary, members earn free health, dental, and vision insurance; tuition assistance; housing and meals; 30 days of paid vacation; and much more.

If you want to explore some of our many enlisted career opportunities, please follow the provided link."


Fir Acres Writing Workshop, Lewis & Clark College, June 20-July 3, 2021

A Residential Summer Creative Writing Program For Talented High School Students. Fir Acres Writing Workshop is open to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders. The Priority Application Deadline is January 1, 2021.


You will find a list of gap year programs on the College and Career Center Gap Year website page.

AmeriCorps NCCC: A to Z Webinar, Thursday, November 19, 4 pm

This event will include information about NCCC's opportunities, benefits, and requirements to serve.

Go Overseas Gap Year Fairs

Monday, November 30

  • Gap Year 101, 7–8 pm
  • How to Plan a Gap Year in 2021, 8-9 pm

Tuesday, December 1

  • Experiential Ed: Gap Year in Academics, 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Language Learning during Gap Time, 7:30-8:30 pm

Wednesday, December 2

  • Gap Time as Career Exploration, 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Gap Year in Sustainability & Social Justice, 7:30-8:30 pm

Thursday, December 3

  • Outdoor Experiences & Adventure Trips, 6:30-7:30 pm
  • Gapping during COVID: Health & Safety, 7:30-8:30 pm


American Pool

They manage pools in Virginia, including several in Falls Church, and are hiring individuals 15 years or older to be lifeguards, pool managers, and supervisors. Anyone who is interested can book an interview, text SWIM to 25000, or apply online. Also, earn up to $45 for each friend you refer!

They will hold an employment information session in Schoology on Friday, November 20, at 12 noon. The link to participate is on the calendar in Schoology.

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Tysons Corner Wegmans

The store is open and they are hiring.

This information is provided for your convenience. Postings do not indicate endorsement or sponsorship by George Mason High School, FCCPS, nor any administrator or employee of either George Mason High School or FCCPS.