High School Counseling Connections

May/June 2016

Summer is Coming!

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Summer Courses Being Offered

As summer approaches, students may want to get a jumpstart on courses, so we're offering American Economics which is taught in a blended learning style (in class and on line). This course fulfills the New Jersey Department of Education Financial Literacy requirement. If interested, have your child contact his/her school counselor. This class is for credit.

We are also offering a College App Camp which will focus on writing the college essay as well as looking at the Commom Application for college. If you have a junior, this might be the summer class for her. This class is not credit bearing.

Finally, for students new to AP classes, we are offering an AP Institute which will cover critical skills all AP students need to have. This class is not credit bearing.

Career Lunch & Learn

Is your child interested in going into the medical field or fashion and business? Then we have just the career lunch and learn.

May 13 -- Medical Field/MD

May 27 -- Fashion and business

Keep an eye out for upcoming details.

Appeals Close June 3rd

If your child didn't meet the eligibility requirement for a certain academic class, you have until June 3rd to appeal the decision. Please have your child fill out the form found here.

Option II Deadline is May 16th

For students who wish to take a class outside of CHS to fulfill a graduation requirement, there is Option II. The deadline for getting this form in to you child's school counselor is May 16th. You can find the Option II application here.

May/June Calendar

May 7

(Redesigned) SAT and Subject Tests (Administration not offered at CHS)

May 2-13

Advanced Placement Exams. Find specific schedule at http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/cal.html

May 20

All seniors – senior graduation surveys to be completed in Family Connection

Log in to Family Connection at https://connection.naviance.com/fc/signin.php?hsid=hvrsd. Click on “graduation survey”. Complete by May 21st.

May 25 & 26

State mandated End of Course Biology Test for students taking Life Science, Biology and Honors Biology.

June 1 & June 2

End of Course Biology Test make-up. For students who were absent for the May 25th

and/or May 26th exams.

June 4

(Redesigned) SAT and Subject Tests. Administration at CHS 7:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Report to the CHS cafeteria by 7:30 for your room assignment. Be prompt, bring ticket, photo I.D., pencils and calculator.

June 11

ACT: Report to CHS at 7:30 AM and proceed to the cafeteria. Bring #2 pencils, calculator, picture ID, and registration ticket to the exam. Please park in the front of the building and enter through the main entrance doors of the high school.

Book Recommendations

"Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College (4th ed.) " by Loren Pope, edited by Hillary Masell Oswald

Fully revised and updated by education journalist Hilary Oswald, Colleges That Change Lives remains the definite guide for high school students (and their parents) who are looking for more in their college education than football, frat parties, and giant lectures. Building on the foundation of landmark author Loren Pope, Oswald spent more than a year visiting 40 colleges, speaking with students, faculty, and alumni to create these vivid and concise portraits.

Featuring a new introduction, a new Required Reading section, and a new chapter on learning disabilities, the book is organized into five geographic regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, Northwest) to make for easy browsing, and urban, suburban, and rural campuses are all featured. There’s also an alphabetical index of colleges. Each profile includes admissions standards as well as relevant statistics to make your decision easier, including where the school ranks in post-graduate grants and fellowships, what percentage of students go on to graduate school or further education, distinguishing facts about the curriculum, percentage of professors who have terminal degrees in their field, even what activities are available to students and what they’re likely to do on weekends.

"A Mind of Your Own" by Dr. Kelly Brogen

I'm reading this book now and find it very interesting. It gives a new perspective on depression. According to Dr. Kelly Brogan, antidepressants not only overpromise and underdeliver, but their use may permanently disable the body’s self-healing potential. She offers a science-based and holistic approach to treating depression and sees it a a lifestyle issue.

Have a Great Summer

The School Counseling Services Department wants to wish you and your family a wonderful summer. And a BIG congratulations to our seniors!! See you in the fall!