Crosby Scholars Sophomore Newsletter, December 2018

Our Mission

We will assist public middle and high school students in Forsyth County in preparing themselves for successful college enrollment.

Our Vision

We seek to ensure that every public school student in Forsyth County has the opportunity to attend college.

This newsletter is published quarterly to keep you informed of activities, deadlines, and program opportunities. It is your responsibility to meet deadlines and fulfill program requirements. Reading the newsletter and logging in to your Crosby Scholars student portal regularly will keep you apprised of the latest program information.

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WOW! 1,391 Sophomores attended a 10th Grade Academy!

This year the Crosby Scholars High School Program hosted 16 Academies for our scholars. Crosby Scholars sophomores are required to attend one academy during the fall. The Crosby Scholars Academy offers students academic and personal development workshops on a variety of skill enhancement topics that support student achievement and college planning.Topics covered included:

Time management

Stress management

Communication skills

Preparing for a career

Strategies for success

Test-taking skills

Study skills

Personality types

ABC's of going to college

Right decisions, right now

Social media tips

302 Sophomores have already submitted a community service form! Don't miss the March 6, 2019 deadline!

Throughout the summer and fall, scholars who submitted a completed community service form were entered into a drawing for prizes each month. August winners were awarded $10 Chic-Fil-A gift cards, September winners received one entry ticket to the Dixie Classic Fair, and winners of the October contest received $10 Dairi-O gift cards!

August Contest Winners:

Ehime Abhulimen, Mt. Tabor
Kaitlyn Blakley, North Forsyth

September Contest Winners:

Kylie Tucker, NCLA

Trey Creger, Reagan
Rithvik Srinivas, Atkins

October Contest Winners:

Ian Weide, West Forsyth
Ryan Malacane, West Forsyth

Winter is a great time to fulfill your community service hours, and many organizations are looking for volunteers to help with service projects.

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday in January, also known as a "Day of Service," finds many organizations seeking volunteers to assist with various projects. Contact non-profit organizations now to participate in their holiday events and projects.

Check the website for community service opportunities and to download a community service form.

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Grade Advisor Program

The Grade Advisor Program for sophomores consists of group meetings after school (except for Carter G. Woodson, Carver, Paisley, and WSPA, whose meetings will take place during lunch) beginning in January that cover a variety of topics to prepare you for college admission. All meetings will take place at your high school in a specified location. Grade Advisor meetings are voluntary, but attendance is highly recommended to make sure you are prepared to enter into your junior year STRONG!

Watch for email correspondence and Crosby Scholar portal postings regarding Grade Advisor Kick-off Meetings at your school next month.

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Did you take the PSAT? Check out these resources now!

The PSAT/NMSQT was hosted on October 10th at most schools. Sophomores and Juniors are strongly encouraged to take this practice test when available. Scores will be released to your online College Board portal December 10-12th.

There are many things you can do with your score report: You can use it to find out which skills you need to work on for the real SAT, to connect to Khan Academy for free, personalized SAT study plans, find AP courses to take through AP Potential, create your own career roadmap through Roadtrip Nation, and begin your college search on BigFuture.

Check out this score report video guide, and be on the look out for events and programs from Crosby Scholars or at your school to help you understand your score report.

Don't let EXAM week scare you!!!

The best way to conquer exam week is through proper preparation. The grades in all of your classes are factored into your GPA and are therefore important. Continue building upon the strong foundation your established as a freshman, or start working hard now to perform well in every course and thus improve your GPA.

Check out these tips to ACE exam week. These strategies can be altered to fit any course material.

Sophomore Timelines

Using a timeline is a smart way to remain on track to finish high school successfully, apply to college, and attend college. If you are not already following a timeline, please consider using one listed below to guide you through the remainder of sophomore year and help you prepare for junior year.

Peterson's Sophomore Timeline

CFNC Sophomore Timeline

College Board College Planning Checklist

A Quick Reminder: High School Program requirements

  • Attend one academy, hosted in Fall 2018
  • Complete at least two hours of community service by March 6, 2019 (five hours is recommended for high school students)
  • Speak with four admissions reps at a college fair OR visit four college campuses as a junior or senior
  • Do not receive out-of-school suspension
  • Continue to participate in It’s My Call/It’s Our Call random drug screening program
  • Remain enrolled in a Forsyth County public school and graduate from a Forsyth County public school
  • Fulfill the terms of the Partnership Agreement

Sophomore year is the last opportunity to enroll in the Program, so continue fulfilling program requirements, meeting deadlines, and abiding by the Partnership Agreement. If you are dismissed for any reason, you will be ineligible to reapply next school year.

Your Portal to Success: the Crosby Scholars Student Portal

The Crosby Scholars student/parent portal will keep you connected to the Program. We post new information, free program events, etc. in the Crosby Scholars student portal every week. It is important that you log in regularly to stay updated.

As a high school student, you are advised to log in to your Crosby Scholars student portal at least bi-weekly to keep your information updated and to register for an academy.

If you don't know how to access your Crosby Scholars student portal, send a message to with your name and email, and someone will assist you.

Parents can monitor their student's Crosby Scholars student portal, view announcements and events, and confirm if their student has fulfilled program requirements by logging in to their Crosby Scholars parent portal. If you need assistance accessing your parent portal, please email