School Counseling Corner

January 2016

NEWS

The New SAT

Starting March 2016, changes are coming to the SAT. For more information, please refer to collegeboard.org/sat.


Current SAT vs New SAT


New SAT vs ACT

NHS Peer Tutoring

Peer tutoring is available for all students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm in the Media Center.

After School Assistance

Counselors are available every Wednesday from 2:30 - 3:15 for extra help in School Counseling.

College Applications

Seniors, please remember to give your counselor at least 10 school days to process your college admissions documents.

Going to College in New Jersey is now online.

Seniors - Need help filling out the FAFSA?

Learn more about the New Jersey FAFSA Days by following this link.

DID YOU KNOW?

Students can access free SAT test-prep on Naviance by logging in to their Naviance account and clicking on "Test Prep" on the left side of the screen.


Free and personalized prep for the SAT is available through Khan Academy. Visit khanacademy.org for more information.

TESTING

PSAT

All sophomore students will be taking the PSAT in school on Monday, February 22, 2016.

SAT

To view SAT test dates, registration deadlines, and to register, please visit collegeboard.org/sat.

ACT

To view ACT test dates, registration deadlines, and to register, please visit actstudent.org.

CLUB HIGHLIGHT

Film Club

A must for film lovers of all kinds, Film Club is an enriching experience for all who attend. Members will be able to view movies that they have not seen and/or heard of before. This club is an opportunity for students to explore the cinematic world. Films range from foreign to classic and from drama to comedy.


Film Club meets on Wednesdays after school. Please see Mr. Hollender for details and to join!

ALUMNI HIGHLIGHT

Danielle Carroll

High School Graduation Year: 2011

College- Rutgers University

Academic Major- English and Psychology


Danielle recently graduated from Rutgers and is now in the process of applying to graduate school to pursue a PhD in School Psychology. She encourages all students at SHS to get as involved as possible in school activities such as clubs, band, or sports, as these are great ways to make new friends and also find something that they are passionate about. Danielle looks back fondly on her interactions with her teachers at the high school and strongly encourages students to communicate with their own teachers, both in and out of class. She also recommends students to look to their teachers for help and inspiration. Finally, she wishes that she had known that one does not need to have everything figured out when they graduate, citing her transition from a Music major to an English major with a minor in Psychology before finally graduating with a double major in English and Psychology. In Danielle's own words, "College is a time to expand your interests and education, and there are so many fields and majors out there that I didn't even know existed until I got there."

SCHOLARSHIP HIGHLIGHT

Hollister Co Anti-Bullying Scholarship Program

Hollister Co is offering scholarships up to $2500 that can be renewed up to three years after freshman year of undergraduate study. All seniors with at least a 3.0 GPA are eligible to apply. Applicants will be asked to answer one of two questions about their experiences of overcoming bullying or promoting anti-bullying awareness in their communities. For more information on application requirements, and to apply, please visit https://nshssfoundation.org/scholarships/hollister-co-anti-bullying-scholarship/.


Application due: February 1, 2016

Janet Logan Daily Foundation Scholarship

The Janet Logan Daily Foundation awards an annual $10,000 scholarship to one graduating high school senior in New Jersey who enrolls full-time in an accredited university or college within the United States. The foundation was established in memory of Janet Logan Daily, a New Jersey teacher who cultivated special bonds with students, friends, family and newcomers. Janet's warmth continues with this scholarship.


More information, including a link to the application, can be found at http://janetlogandailyfoundation.org


Application due: April 1, 2016

COUNSELING TIPS FOR MANAGING THE CHANGING SCHOOL YEAR

January's Tip

Now that the holidays are over, find out how you can help your teen who may be dealing with post-holiday blues by checking out the following article: Holiday Depression, Anxiety, and Stress.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TIPS

Caldwell College: Stephen Quinn

Stephen Quinn is an admissions counselor at Caldwell College. Below are some tips that he has shared for our students.


Are summer visits helpful?

You can get an idea of where you are, what the surrounding neighborhood or town is like, and the conditions of the campus facilities. Colleges know that for many families, summer is the only time they can travel to distant places. Most admissions offices are open all summer, and they are prepared for visitors with tours and information sessions. Depending upon the size of the campus, libraries will be open, summer classes will be in session, and the neighborhood will be as busy as it is during the rest of the year.


What is the importance of College Fairs?

There are many types of college fairs, and the one you went to is not designed to provide ”in-depth knowledge” but rather to give a huge array of colleges and universities exposure in a large urban market. For most students, this will be their first exposure to the many possibilities out there in the word of higher education. It’s a good place to start, to browse, and get a general idea.

USEFUL LINKS

School Counseling Website

For more information on college, scholarships, study skills, career planning, SAT/ACT/Accuplacer test prep, educational programs, and more, please visit the school counseling link: http://spotshs.spotswood.k12.nj.us/?PageName=%27Guidance%27