Loch Raven Reporter

To LRHS Freshmen and Sophomores from the College Counselor

It's Never Too Early...

...To start thinking about your plans for after high school, even now when things are so uncertain. My name is Ms. Campbell and I am the College Counselor here at Loch Raven High School. It may seem like it is too soon to plan for life after high school but the time goes quickly. This year, I will be publishing a newsletter just for Freshmen and Sophomores and their families to let you know about events at school and in the area, as well as what you should be doing now to prepare for your future. Think about it this way...when you are applying to college, a tech school, looking to go into the military or into the world of work, whoever is looking at your application, will only have your body of work from 9th , 10th and 11th grade to go on. That's why it is so important to make every day count in high school. I am available at Loch Raven on Mondays and Thursdays, and every other Wednesday. Your school counselors at Loch Raven are here everyday to help as well. See below for their contact information. You may always contact me at scampbell3@bcps.org. Let me know how I can help you!

What you should be doing now!

-Attending all of your classes online. Make sure you are on time to class and ready to go, just like you would if we were face-to-face.

-If you have an opportunity for an assignment redo, do it!

-Need help in a class? Ask your teacher for help. Attend your teachers' office hours and use the opportunity to get help early. Don't wait for the end of the semester for help.

-Learn how to take GOOD NOTES! Here's a great video to check out! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5cQ5bWLi2A

Start Researching Colleges!

Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) Virtual Days

September 27-30

During Virtual Days, each CTCL-member school will host a session so you can learn more about them. In addition, we will offer featured presentations that will cover a variety of aspects of the admissions process. The complete schedule and registration links can be found at the attached link.

Featured Presentations
Sunday, 9/27 – CTCL and the Liberal Arts
Sunday, 9/27 – Test Optional – What Does it Really Mean?
Sunday, 9/27 – You Don’t Have a School of Business?
Monday, 9/28 – Starting a College Search in a Virtual World
Monday, 9/28 – CTCL and the Liberal Arts
Monday, 9/28 – Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts
Tuesday, 9/29 – CTCL Presentation for Counselors
Tuesday, 9/29 – Acing the Interview
Wednesday, 9/30 – CTCL for International Students


Sweet Briar College Forum for Young Women Interested in STEM Fields

Is Your Child Interested in Playing DI or DII Sports in College?

Ninth Grade Starts the Eligibility Center Registration Process

Ninth grade is a great time for student-athletes to start the initial-eligibility process and learn about the Eligibility Center's requirements by registering for a free Profile Page account. Your students should expect to spend 15 to 30 minutes registering. If at any time your student wishes to play at the DI or II level, they can transition to a Certification account and pay the registration. Students can find more information and resources about registering on our How to Register page.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Now in its 26th year, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), provides a wide range of opportunities to amplify the stories of today’s young changemakers - and the schools that have supported them along the way. Open to students in grades 5-12 who have participated in a volunteer activity within the past year, top honorees from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are eligible to receive a scholarship, medallion and invitation to the program’s national recognition events.

To apply, students should do the following by November 10, 2020:

Apply at https://spirit.prudential.com

Go to the "certification" tab on the application, then email instructions to your certifier

Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal, or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or Points of Light Global Network member

To learn more about The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, student eligibility and recognition resources for schools and principals, please visit https://spirit.prudential.com/certifiers.

Raise Me Scholarship opportunities starting as early as 9th grade!

Your student can earn $ for college as early as 9th grade by creating a portfolio and including community service, good grades and extracurricular activities. Things they probably are already doing!

Check it out on http://www.raise.me/parents

Fast Web Scholarship Directory

Fastweb is the go-to source for students looking to find and apply for scholarships, grants and financial aid opportunities. The state-of-the-art scholarship database helps you save time by filtering through thousands of scholarships. Each scholarship and every grant is individually vetted by our research team before it reaches the national scholarship database.

Our huge directory organizes millions of scholarships and grants into simple categories. Whether you’re a high school student or parent looking for ways to fund your/your child’s college education, or you’re a current college student wanting to pay your way without racking up student debt, Fastweb’s scholarship directory is THE place to start.


Covid's Impact on 529 College Savings Plans and What You Need to Know

Your School Counselors

A - G Jessica Moody, jmoody@bcps.org
H - O Tracey Johnson, tjohnson2@bcps.org
P - Z Sarah Miller, smiller18@bcps.org
College Counselor: Stephanie Campbell, scampbell3@bcps.org