Counselor Courier

Updates from the Counseling Office from the week of Oct. 5

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Notice a pinkish hue to this newsletter? It's because it's October! I am honored to be the building leader for planning the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer activities leading up to the Making Strides Walk on October 18, 2015. I encourage our entire building to be involved in this effort for several reasons. For one, many STEM families, including my own, have been impacted by Breast Cancer in some way - either a family member, dear friend or some other cherished individual has had to fight this disease. It is in honor, or memory, of these individuals that we walk. Another reason to walk is that our STEM learners themselves have the ability to change the lives of so many individuals who are fighting this disease. Learners who are focusing on healthcare, sciences and technology will one day be leaders in research for a cure. If you are interested in supporting us in our walk, you can do so by donating to our team - the STEM Striders, making a donation to our Raffle Basket for October 18th, or donning some turquoise, chrome and pink and walking with us on the 18th. The Walk steps off at 10:00 a.m from the UA Field House and winds around campus. We hope to have a great turn out of STEM Learners, Staff and Families! Please let me know if you have questions and we look forward to seeing you there!

Sophomore Convocation on October 8th - Exploring Your Options After HS: The 3 E's

The focus for Sophomore Learners this year is on what path best suits them in developing their STEM skills and reaching their goals. We are exploring those options via the 3 E's: Enrollment, Employment and Enlistment. Tenth grade is a pivotal time in high school - there is still time to explore careers, make plans for college (and improve grades if necessary!), and set goals. On Thursday, Oct. 8th, UA College Enrollment specialists and ROTC Leaders will help Sophomores learn a little bit more in each of these areas with brief sessions during our Convocation time. Learners will be using the K-12 tools throughout the year to research careers and plan their futures. In the Spring, we will hold a 'Reality Check' event that combines future career goals with present achievement and attendance to give learners experience with planning and budgeting for a month based on the pay they would earn in that field. If you or someone you know in the areas of banking, retail, healthcare, insurance or human resources would like to help out at this event, planned for April 7th 2016, please contact Coach Howard.

For Follow Up:

  • Ask your Learner to see their K-12 account or help them to set one up.
  • Encourage your learner to take the PSAT for Practice.

Involved in CC+ and want to stay informed about events happening at STEM?

Sign up for Coach Howard's Remind account and get updates and reminders about due dates and deadline, pep assemblies and dances so that you remain a part of STEM. Text '@pseo1415' to 81010 or (330)899-4071. *Standard text message rates will apply. If you prefer email reminders, you can sign up via email. Just email You can leave the subject line blank.

Freshmen Checklist - What should I be doing with my Freshman this fall?

  • Help your learner make a list of academic and personal goals. They should revise them at least once a year.
  • Keep in touch with Learning Coaches. They are the best position to identify the areas in which your learner may be struggling and provide insight into what will help.
  • Encourage your learner to check out the web sites of their 'dream' colleges. What are their admission requirements? Are they taking the right courses? (Also, check the requirements of any specific majors they're considering at that school...note how much math, science and foreign language is required).
  • Help your Learner create a file. Have them keep important papers, grades, magazine articles, awards...whatever. This will come in VERY handy during Senior Year!
  • Suggest that they try out an extracurricular activity. Joining a club or a team allow them to meet people and try out different interests.
  • Volunteer. Have them keep track of their hours on a log and document with letters. Keep in their folder.

Junior Checklist - What should I be doing with my Junior this fall?

  • Encourage your Junior to keep their grades high and their courses as challenging as possible. If they are not already pursuing College Credit Plus, they need to be thinking about how they will.
  • Get information packets from the colleges they're considering. This is as easy as visiting that school's website.
  • Make sure they attend Career Days, College Fairs and Financial Aid workshops.
  • Start in-depth college visits this year. (Spring and Summer are the best times - build it into vacation!)
  • Have them take the PSAT. This time it counts for the National Merit Scholarship. (see above)
  • Talk with them about dates for the ACT and the SAT. Arrange to take both tests at least once during their junior year. They should plan to take them again in June if they will be applying early for college. Juniors will get ONE free ACT (with writing) from APS in April. It will be administered at STEM. Free ACT prep is available at K-12.
  • Investigate financial aid programs with your learner.

Senior Learners and Families: Plan Now to Attend Our First Ever Financial Aid and Scholarship Night

Thursday, Oct. 29th, 6-7:30pm

123 South Forge Street

Akron, OH


  • 6:00 - 6:15 Welcome
  • 6:15 - 6:35 A Representative from the Choose Ohio First STEM Scholarship Program at UA
  • 6:40 - 7:15 Tonya Lundy, Asst. Director of Financial Aid, UA - this will be presentation on General Financial Aid Information for any Senior as well as information on the Innovation Generation Scholarship for UA
  • 7:15 - 7:30 Q & A

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Senior Year Checklist: What to do this Fall

  • Visit Colleges (there are lots of Visit Days and Open Houses in the fall)
  • Start to narrow down college choices
  • Keep up on Senior Dues payments - See Coaches Graber or Bridenthal for more information.
  • Apply to colleges (watch deadlines - most should be in by Nov. 15)
  • Start to draft some essays for future scholarship applications
  • Make a FSA ID and put it away for safe keeping until January 2016

Check the Senior Year Tab on Coach Howard's webpage for tools to handle all these things.

Scholarship Updates on the Counseling Webpage

New Links to Scholarships are up on the webpage. Go to the Senior Class webpage and follow the tab to Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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