Crosby Scholars Sophomore Newsletter, September 2018

Our Mission

We will assist public middle and high school students in Forsyth County in preparing themselves for successful college enrollment.

Our Vision

We seek to ensure that every public school student in Forsyth County has the opportunity to attend college.

Welcome to the Crosby Scholars Sophomore Program!

Welcome to the Crosby Scholars High School Program! Sophomore year is the time when you're no longer the newbie of the school and have a better grasp of high school expectations. As a sophomore, you should continue to explore extracurricular activities that interest you, refine time management and study skills, and continue working hard in the classroom. Crosby Scholars is here to alleviate stress by keeping you informed and helping you prepare for the remainder of high school and beyond. Learn to utilize the program's many resources for assisting you in performing to your highest potential.

DestinationCollege2021 is published quarterly to keep you informed of activities, deadlines, and program opportunities. It is your responsibility to meet deadlines and fulfill program requirements, so read your newsletter and log in to your Crosby Scholars student portal regularly to find out all the latest information.

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Sophomore Program Requirements

The High School Program is designed to help you think about and begin preparing for the future. Our requirements lay the foundation for a successful college admission journey and a smooth ride senior year. Thoughtful planning can improve your college admission options.

Here is a quick look at the High School Program requirements:

  • Attend one Crosby Scholars Academy annually, hosted in Fall 2018
  • Perform at least 2 hours of community service by March 6, 2019 (five hours is recommended for high school students)
  • Speak with four admissions reps at a college fair (can also be completed by visiting college campuses as a junior or senior)
  • Do not receive out-of-school suspension
  • Continue to participate in It’s My Call/It’s Our Call random drug screening program
  • Remain enrolled in a Forsyth County public school and graduate from a Forsyth County public school
  • Strive to maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Fulfill the terms of the Partnership Agreement

This list of sophomore year program requirements is always posted in your Crosby Scholars student portal. As a reminder, sophomore year is the last year for students to enroll in the Program. When the application closes for the 2018-2019 school year, you will not be able to re-enroll if dismissed from the Program.

Ready to Register? 9th and 10th Grade Academy Dates Announced!

Crosby Scholars sophomores are required to attend one academy during the fall. Topics emphasize academic and personal development in support of scholastic achievement and college planning. Online registration will be available through the Crosby Scholars student portal beginning Tuesday, September 4.

Academy Dates:

Saturday, October 6 - 9:30am-11:45am - Forsyth Tech- Strickland Center

Saturday, October 13 - 9:30am-11:45am - Forsyth Tech- Strickland Center

Wednesday, October 17 - 2:45pm-5:00pm - Goodwill Industries (early release day)

Saturday, October 20 - 9:30am-11:45am - Forsyth Tech- Strickland Center

Monday, October 29 - Times TBA - Goodwill Industries

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Score Prizes with Early Community Service Completion

Once school is back in session, you will spend the majority of your time on school work and extracurricular activities. That's why we recommend you complete your community service requirement as soon as possible. Two hours is the minimum; however, you should strive to complete as many hours as possible. Admission officers appreciate dedication to service, and volunteering strengthens the local community by benefitting organizations that serve others.

Throughout the summer and fall, scholars who submit a completed community service form will be entered into drawings for prizes. Check your email often for contest prizes and deadline dates.

August Contest Winners:

Ehime Abhulimen, Mt. Tabor

Kaitlyn Blakley, North Forsyth

September Contest: Submit your completed community service form by 5:00 p.m. on September 26 and be entered to win a FREE Admission ticket to the Dixie Classic Fair!

Check out our website for community service opportunities and to download a community service form. Submit your form early for more opportunities to win prizes!

Your Portal to Success: the Crosby Scholars Student Portal

The Crosby Scholars student/parent portal was designed to keep you connected to the Program. We post new information, free program events, etc. in the Crosby Scholars student portal every week. It is important that you log in regularly to stay updated.

As a high school student, you must log in to your Crosby Scholars student portal to keep your information updated and to register for academies. If your parent has logged in for you in the past, it is important that you now take responsibility for checking the student portal. Set up your Crosby Scholars student portal using an email you check regularly and a password you can remember. Parents also have access to a Crosby Scholars parent portal.

If you don't know how to access your Crosby Scholars student portal, email (include your name and email) for assistance.

Testing for Practice and Much More

As a sophomore, you have the opportunity to take the following test, which are administered during the school day.

PSAT/NMSQT on October 10, 2018

PSAT 10 in Spring 2019

The PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 are the same test, and both serve as practice for the SAT, because they test the same skills and knowledge in alignment with your grade level. They each provide score reports that can be used to personalize Khan Academy SAT practice. These score reports also suggest which AP courses might be a good fit. For more information, visit

PreACT testing date to be determined by the school

The PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience within a shorter test window on all four ACT test subjects: English, math, reading, and science. The new PreACT provides feedback that can help you select the right high school courses, devise strategies for improvement, and begin discussions about college and career possibilities. You also may choose to have your information shared with colleges and scholarship agencies when you take PreACT, which might lead to college recruitment and scholarship opportunities. For more information visit

Contact your school counselor to inquire about fees and registering for these tests.

Crosby Scholars will be hosting a PSAT Webinar on October 2. You will need to register through the Crosby Scholars Student Portal in order to receive the webinar link and for more details about the event.

It's NOT Too Early to Start Speaking with College Reps!

The WS/FCS System, along with the Carolina Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (CACRAO), sponsors a college fair each fall called the Post-Secondary Opportunities Session (PSOS). Crosby Scholars are required to attend the college fair once as a sophomore, junior, or senior. Read more about the college fair/college visit requirement in your Crosby Scholars student portal.

Fulfill this requirement early! Attend the 2018 college fair on Monday, October 1, 2018, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the Benton Convention Center in downtown, Winston-Salem AND submit your college fair form to verify your attendance. Look for the Crosby Scholars table as you enter and exit the fair! You are not required to stay for three hours; you will not need to pre-register to attend.

Approximately 125 colleges/universities are represented at this fair. Each college will have its own table, which will be placed in alphabetical order. To help scholars navigate the college fair, a list of colleges and their table number is provided by the WS/FCS system and is available upon entering the fair. Additionally, the list is posted on the Crosby Scholars Program website approximately one week prior to the fair. Parking is available in the parking deck for a fee. Several hundred students will attend this fair, so please allow extra time to enter and exit the parking deck. PSOS offers students the opportunity to interact with admission reps from North Carolina colleges as well as out-of-state schools.

Click here to view and print the sophomore college fair form. You can submit the form at the Crosby Scholars table prior to exiting the college fair.

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Check out the many resources and activities available to you as a Crosby Scholar Sophomore:

  • Crosby Scholars Academy workshops
  • Crosby Scholars Grade Advisor Program
  • Crosby Scholars webinars
  • Crosby Scholars student portal full of important information
  • Access to articles, blogs, webinars to help prepare you for the college admission process
  • Community service contests
  • Quarterly Newsletter
  • Crosby Night at the Dash
  • Discounted tickets to a Wake Forest Football game
  • Discounted tickets to a Wake Forest Basketball game
  • Participation in the Jaycees Holiday Parade

Check your email and Crosby Scholars student portal regularly for new events and to register for activities that suit your interests.

What's hAPPening With Your Phone?

If you think of your phone primarily as a camera, a gaming device, or a social media tool, it's time to consider other ways to use it to your benefit. The following apps (free) can assist you with organization, time management, study skills, test prep, foreign language study, and relaxation. Most are available for iOS and Android. If you have a favorite app that would be helpful to other students, post it and tag us on Twitter or Instagram @crosbyscholars, and let us know why you love the app.

  • myHomework Student Planner
  • Simplenote
  • 30/30
  • Power Nap App
  • Brainscape-Smart Flashcards
  • My Study Life
  • The Homework App
  • ACT Test Prep and Practice by Magoosh
  • SAT Exam Test Prep and Practice by Magoosh
  • Magoosh ACT Flashcards
  • SAT Vocab by mindsnacks
  • Duolingo
  • RelaxMelodies
  • Calm

Parents can monitor their student's Crosby Scholars student portal, view announcements and events, and confirm if their student has fulfilled program requirements by logging in to their Crosby Scholars parent portal. If you need assistance accessing the parent portal, please email