Saranac High School

September & October 2019 Newsletter

Welcome Back....Fall is here!

We wanted to say....welcome back to another great school year! We have been very busy in the counseling office the entire month of September. We had an amazing first day kick off as the high school staff aims to improve building culture and climate. Please know that a lot of the work we do to build a positive culture takes time and effort and our goal is to communicate more with students and families during this process. If you ever have questions or concerns we want to hear from you. Thank you for all you do!

Senior Meetings

All seniors will be meeting individually with Mrs. Rosenbaum or Mrs. Sproule to discuss plans for life after high school. Senior meetings began the week of September 16th and will run through December. These meetings are required and it is up to the student to make them. All seniors have been informed of this over the morning announcements and via schoology. Please encourage your child to make an appointment ASAP!

Senior Graduation Requirements

All senior families will receive a letter in both October and February. This letter will inform you of how many credits your senior has, their GPA and rank, their expected diploma type and the courses needed for graduation. It may also list certain regents exams needed for graduation as well. Once you receive these please look them over and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

SUNY Roadshow

We hosted our third annual SUNY Roadshow September 23rd from 8:30-9:30 in the auditorium. This was a mandatory assembly for our seniors. The SUNY Roadshow is an assembly that has been traveling all over New York State for years. Five colleges are represented (SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton, Clinton Community College, and North Country Community College) and representatives spoke about their colleges, the SUNY system, the application process, scholarships, the financial process, etc.

College Fair

SUNY Plattsburgh will be hosting their annual college fair for students in the North Country. This is truly an amazing opportunity for students to connect with over a 100 colleges. This event is held in the field house and will take place on Wednesday, October 2nd from 6:30-8:00pm.

Importance of Freshman Year and Career Cruising

Next week Mrs. Rosenbaum and Mrs. Sproule will spend two days in the classroom with all of our 9th grade students. The first day freshmen will learn about the importance of freshman year, how many credits are needed to graduate, how many regents exams are needed to graduate, different diploma types, what happens if they fail a course, what a transcript is, how a transcript is used, and that for most students their transcript began in 8th grade with their language grade.


The second day our freshmen will complete the Career Cruising assessment. We will help students identify three career clusters they would like to learn more about. In English class, students will continue with the Career Connect program they began last year. They will complete a research project on a career and attend a career exploration field trip in the spring.


We will also show students how we, as their school counselor, will continue to use the Career Cruising program as a tool to help with high school planning and college/career planning.

National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and we are working on ways to promote kindness and unity within the school. On Tuesday, October 15th, ten students, grades 7-11, will attend the 4th Annual Youth Empowerment Summit at the Angell College Center on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus. The aim of this summit is to help students improve their school community and promote kindness, acceptance, and inclusion.
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Financial Aid and Scholarship Evening

We strongly encourage seniors and their parents/guardians to attend our financial aid and scholarship night with Kerry Lubold from SUNY Plattsburgh. We will hold this presentation on November 4th at 5:30pm in the LGI. After the presentation, we will hold a work session with Kerry for families to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA opens up October 1st and the earlier it is completed the better.

PSAT/PreACT

Students taking the PSAT on October 16th and PreACT on October 30th will begin testing at 8:30 in the gym. Although these are practice exams, they have strict regulations. If students are caught cheating or are disruptive, they will be removed from the exam and their scores will be cancelled. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to Mrs. Rosenbaum or Mrs. Sproule.

CAP

CAP registration is completed and students should be receiving a bill by November 1st. We should know the recipients of the CAP scholarships before bills have to be paid and will contact you if your child is one of the recipients.
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College Visits

Throughout the fall we have many college representatives that visit us to speak with juniors and seniors. Students are notified ahead of time and must request a pass from his/her school counselor if interested.


Concordia University October 2nd 11:00am

University of New Haven October 2nd 12:20pm

SUNY Potsdam October 3rd 8:30am

Niagara University October 3rd 10:15am

St. Lawrence University October 9th 12:00pm

Utica College October 9th 1:30pm

Paul Smith's College October 10th 8:30am

St. Michael's College October 11th 9:00am

Hartwick College October 21st 11:30am

North Country Community October 28th 9:00am

Clarkson University October 28th 10:00am

Lemoyne College October 29th 10:45am

SUNY Plattsburgh October 31st 1:00pm

SUNY Geneseo November 15th 8:30am

Important Dates

10/2/19: College Night at SUNY Plattsburgh Fieldhouse 6:30-8pm

10/5/19 SAT

10/16/19: PSAT (in school)

10/30/19: PreACT (in school)

10/26/19: ACT

11/2/19: SAT (registration deadline is October 3rd www.collegeboard.org)

11/4/19: Financial Aid Night in the LGI 5:30pm

12/7/19: SAT (registration deadline is November 8th www.collegeboard.org)

12/14/19: ACT (registration deadline is November 8th www.act.org)