Student Services Weekly Update

10/13/21

Welcome to Student Services!

Questions about scheduling, the college process, scholarships, work permits, transcripts or life in general? Please feel free to contact us or stop by the office. The Student Services Office is here to help!

2021 PSAT/NMSQT

Tuesday, Oct. 26th, 7:45am

26 Ashfield Road

Shelburne Falls, MA

WHAT IS IT? Preliminary Scholastic Achievement Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

WHAT DOES IT TEST?

  • The Reading Test – 60 minutes, 47 questions.

  • The Writing and Language Test – 35 minutes, 44 questions. (Find mistakes and weaknesses and fix them)

  • Math Test, No Calculator Portion – 25 minutes, 17 questions. (Algebra, problem solving and data analysis, some advanced math)

  • Math Test, Calculator Portion – 45 minutes, 31 questions.

WHY? It measures your academic skills for college, it is used for college applications and scholarships

WHEN? Tuesday, October 26th at 7:45 am lasting 2 hours 45 minutes

HOW DO I SIGN UP? Fill this out- PSAT FORM

HOW MUCH? $16 cash or check (MTRS) or FREE to 10th/11th grade students on who qualify

CAN I PRACTICE? Yes- KHAN ACADEMY FREE

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7th and 8th Grade Updates

Quarter 1 Progress Reports are available to view in Aspen

To view a progress report, login into Aspen, then click the icon under “Published Reports”

Progress Reports are published at the mid-point of each of the four academic quarters and are a snapshot of a student’s academic progress.


The last day of Quarter 1 is Friday, November 5th. Report cards will be available during the week of November 8th.

This week, middle school students met with Ms. Ruggeri who facilitated an advisory lesson focused on progress reports and grading.


Aspen Student & Parent Portal

Aspen is our student information system which allows students and caregivers to view information such as grades, attendance, and report cards. It is important to remember that teachers typically update grades weekly or bi-weekly. If you have a question about a particular grade or assignment, it is best to contact the teacher.

All middle school students have Aspen accounts and have participated in tutorials guiding them through the login process. Your student should now be able to view their grades in each class.

7th grade caregivers received an email from Aspen in late August with login information and instructions. This email would have gone to the email address listed for the first caregiver contact. Parents of 8th grade students can use account information from last year.


Thinking Ahead to College...

While we know that Middle School is years away from high school graduation, you may be interested in getting a head start to plan for the cost of college. Check out the Paying for College Resource for more ways to help students and families pay for college, including helpful guides, free tools, and a video series.

Here is a series of eight videos from Sallie Mae full of tips to help you pay for college. Start at the beginning or skip around and hit the ones you’re interested in.

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COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID - FAFSA

Have questions about how and when to apply for financial aid for college?


Please attend one of the multiple virtual meetings that the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) will be hosting. During these meetings a college financial aid representative will review the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) , the form that needs to be completed to apply for financial aid at all 2 and 4 year colleges.

Please go to MEFA.ORG/events/category/college-financing to register for one that fits your schedule.


COLLEGE FINANCING

Wednesday, October 20th 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 21st 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Monday, October 25th 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 28th 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 3rd 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.