Counseling 411

September 2019

Senior Success Day 2019

College/Senior Success Day 2019 will be on Tuesday, October 1st for all Stevenson seniors. The event will be held in our Library Media Center. There will be over 25 colleges/universities in attendance for this special event. Some schools will even be conducting onsite admissions so it's quite possible that a senior could have his/her acceptance and/or scholarship/financial aid wrapped up in one day! How awesome is that?!? In addition to meeting with college and university representatives, there will also be opportunities for information surrounding: the military, scholarships/financial aid, career counseling, etc. Seniors will also partake in an assembly focusing on life lessons and how to have a positive outlook.

*If you would like to register for ONSITE ADMISSIONS you will do so by logging into your LPS student email then use the following link:

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Schoolcraft College Night

Tuesday, Oct. 1st, 6-8pm

18600 Haggerty Road

Livonia, MI

Schoolcraft College Night provides an opportunity for high school students and their parents to meet with representatives from over 80 colleges and universities—large/small, urban/suburban, public/private, in-state/out-of-state, etc. in order to explore college options. This community service event provides a unique experience for high school & Schoolcraft students intending to transfer to complete a bachelors degree. The open house format allows participants to drop in at any time during the event.

In addition, representatives from the Michigan Department of Treasury – Student Financial Services Bureau, together with the Schoolcraft College Student Financial Services Department, will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

The Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers’ (MACRAO) is offering an optional online registration process that streamlines the data collection process for sanctioned events—including Schoolcraft College Night 2018. Each student attending the fair will have the opportunity to provide more detailed information including interests, extra-curricular activities, and special accomplishments.

For more information and to see a complete list of schools who committed to attend, please visit:

Some tips for the Common Application, SENDedu and Letters of Recommendation

  • If applying to schools via Common App or SENDedu, students must "invite" their counselor to view the application no later than OCTOBER 1st IF the November 1st deadline is to be met. Students- do not wait to invite your counselor and/or teacher. The RECOMMENDER section is where you invite your counselor and/or teacher. Please make sure that you are using the CORRECT email address.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Most applications do not require a letter of recommendation, however, if you are requesting one- please follow these guidelines: Make sure the FERPA box is checked on your Common Application to ensure the integrity of your recommendation. Be advised that a letter of recommendation can take up to 5 weeks to complete, so don't wait until the last minute! Provide your recommender with the Letter of Recommendation Assistant PRIOR to asking for the letter. Be courteous and plan ahead.

Catholic College Night

Thursday, Nov. 7th, 6-8pm

36600 Schoolcraft Road

Livonia, MI

Madonna University along with the Knights of Columbus Council 7304 present the 4th Annual Catholic College Night. Informational seminars on Financial Aid/scholarships as well as the FAFSA process. The University of Notre Dame, Loyola University Chicage and Xavier are just a few of the schools which will be in attendance. To view a complete list, learn more about the event and to register; please visit:

Hot off the Presses!

Seniors (and maybe your parents and guardians, too!) Check this out from the Department of Treasury. There is money out there, take the time to see if any of it can come your way!
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We all need a little support sometimes. Luckily, there are many ways to get the help that you need to excel in your classes. Here are a few options to consider:

National Honor Society tutors will be available every Thursday during lunch in the Counseling office. Use this opportunity to catch up on homework, get organized or help prepare for that upcoming test/quiz! Lunchtime Tutoring will begin on Thursday, September 26th.

After School help (formerly known as Homework Club) is offered on Thursdays after school in room B-30. Look for informational sheets in your math classes. This will begin on October 3rd.

SHED (Science After School Help) will be available in room A-21 on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 2:30-3:00. Please see your teacher for when this option is starting.

Stay after school with your teacher. What could be better than receiving some individualized help and support? Talk to you teachers! Set up a time that works for you both. Get that extra support that you need.

Looking for an outside tutor? LPS has a district approved tutor list for reference.

Please keep in mind that the tutors set their own rates.

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The PSAT/NMSQT test will be given at Stevenson on Saturday, October 19th, as an optional test, for interested students at 7:30 a.m. The PSAT/NMSQT scores are used to determine which students will qualify as National Merit Semi-Finalists. Those who test in the top one percent, as juniors, move on to National Merit Semi-Finalist status and have the opportunity to become a National Merit Finalist in their senior year. Students in 10th grade may sign up to take the test as "practice" for the real thing the following year. However, please be advised that your child will be taking the PSAT 10 in April as part of the State of Michigan's Assessment, and there is no fee if taken in April. All questions should be directed to Sean Horgan

CREDITS? I thought those were just the names at the end of a movie.....

So, yes. Credits while important at the end a movie are also of equal importance during high school. Do you know your credit status? Are you aware of how many credits you currently have or what the magic number is needed to graduate on time? To earn your coveted diploma, you must EARN 23 credits. These credits are comprised of core and elective classes.

Freshman status= 0-4.5 credits

Sophomore status= 5-10.5 credits

Junior status= 11-16.5 credits

Senior status=17-23 credits

Stevenson Graduate (HOORAY!)= 23 plus credits

If you have any questions about your credits, if you believe your credits are not accurate or you need options to recover credits, please see your counselor as soon as possible.

Graduation Requirements

How many years of Language Arts do I need? What is a Visual Performing Arts credit? Familiarizing yourself with the graduation requirement is an extremely essential piece of the high school puzzle. Finding ways to fit in the classes that you want to take while making sure that you meet all of the necessary requirements can seem like an impossible task. Have no fear, your counselor can help. Counselors visit classrooms and work with students to develop their Educational Development Plan (on a yearly basis)and discuss class options prior to the scheduling process which typically begins in March. If at any time, you are unsure of where you stand or what you need; please see your counselor! Don't wait till your senior year to realize that you need to complete something required for graduation! As always, the Programs of Study booklet (all students receive prior to beginning Stevenson) is available on the Stevenson website under the Guidance tab.

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