DRRHS Guidance Newsletter
Dighton-Rehoboth Regional High School September 2022
WE ARE DR
Welcome Back Falcon Families
Add/Drop Period has Concluded
Changes in course schedules are now complete. We concluded our add/drop period so any requests for course changes will not be allowed. If students would like to change a level, please refer to the Program of Studies and complete the override form with the appropriate signatures. This is based on availability of the course and upon approval only.
Save the Date for Senior College Planning and Financial Aid Night 10/5 at 6 PM
All senior students and parents are invited to participate in our senior presentation on the college application process. Seniors and parents will learn the nuts of bolts of the Common App, Naviance, Application process and types, scholarships, letters of recommendation, and the evening will conclude with a segment on Financial Aid from the MEFA Organization. The event will begin at 6 and is expected to end at 7:30 depending on how many questions families have.
During English Classes September 20th and 22nd
Senior presentations will take place on September 20th and 22nd during English classes. Guidance Counselors will be coming into English class to review all of the nuts and bolts of college admissions, get each student on Naviance and Common App, and begin the college application process through a series of steps.
Individual Meetings with Seniors
After Presentations Conclude
Students will also have scheduled individual meetings with their counselor starting the week after the classroom presentations. Students who are applying early action or early decision will be seen first as those deadlines are earlier in the year.
PSAT- OCTOBER 15TH ONLY...SIGN UP ON UNIPAY
Anyone interested in taking the practice SAT, here are the details:
DATE: October 15th, 8 am-12pm
WHERE: Dighton-Rehoboth High School
HOW TO REGISTER: SIGN UP AND PAY ONLINE AT UNIPAY https://unipaygold.unibank.com/
- This is highly recommended for any student planning to take the SAT junior year. Your scores are not shared with anyone and the student gets exposed to the format and test before actually taking the SAT. In addition, your score will also include a roadmap of practice areas to work on in preparation for the SAT.
- Highly recommended for any junior wishing to be considered for the National Merit Scholarship program. You MUST be a junior to be considered for this program.
- SIGN UP AND PAY ONLINE AT UNIPAY https://unipaygold.unibank.com/
- The PSAT is ONLY offered ONCE per year
- Please visit this link or click on the photo to be directed to the PSAT website for more information.
Juniors and Seniors
Here is the SAT/ACT testing information. For seniors taking it a 2nd time, October and November are the recommended dates so you have your results in time for college application deadlines.
Not all colleges require standardized testing (SAT/ACT) so please check the college website or www.fairtest.org
For the link to SAT testing, please visit www.collegeboard.com or click on photo to the left.
You will see terms:
- Test blind- will not look at test scores
- Test optional- student choice to submit scores. *Some majors within the colleges might require testing.
- Required- the student will need to take the SAT/ACT and submit scores
Virtual College Visits
DR Virtual College Visits
Looking to meet the reader of your college application? Schedule a virtual visit with your prospective college. All visits are listed on Naviance and you can register there for the ones you'd like to attend. These virtual visits will be DRRHS students only and with the college admissions rep for our area. You can find the upcoming visits in Naviance under college visits.
College Admission Info Session
Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Wellesley, and U.V.A. See the flyer below for more information
Bridgewater State University
Please encourage your interested students to attend one of our Fall Open Houses to learn about the many opportunities that await them at Bridgewater State University (BSU). Students and their families can join us from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm on any of the following three Saturdays: • Saturday, October 15, 2022 • Saturday, October 29, 2022 • Saturday, November 5, 2022. Please see the flyer below.
More Open Houses
Anyone Interested in Auto Mechanics?
RI College Fair
The Rhode Island Association of Admission Officers (RIAAO) is sponsoring the 45th Annual Regional College Fair. The event will be hosted by Bryant University in Chace Athletic Center-Multipurpose Activity Center (MAC) , 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917. The fair is scheduled from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 25, 2022. The first 15 minutes of the fair will be designated for transfer students and adult learners. Doors will open for the general public at 11:15 am. The fair is free to attend and free parking is available.
Last year, nearly 100 colleges and universities were in attendance. A list of colleges and universities that plan to attend can be found at http://riaao.com/annual-college-fair/.
Worcester College Fair- NEACC
Please see the flyer below
FAFSA and MEFA
Seniors and Senior Parents should be filling out the FAFSA. The portal opens on 10/1 and closes on 5/1. See link below. Please be mindful that many colleges have deadlines for financial aid.
Some Colleges and Universities also require, in addition to the Fafsa, the CSS Profile
Participating Schools are here
CSS Profile HERE
- FAFSA Day Massachusetts is offering virtual events from November to February that allow families to meet with a financial aid expert and get FAFSA help
- Our family webinar, What to Know about the About the CSS Profile, gives guidance specific to the application required by roughly 270 colleges and universities
- Using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool explains what to know about this key component within the FAFSA
- Reporting Income on Financial Aid Applications and Defining Assets on Financial Aid Applications help students and families answer questions on their applications accurately
Financial Aid Webinars
Is your senior in high school preparing to apply to college this fall? If you intend to apply for financial aid and you have any questions about the FAFSA and the financial aid application process, you may want to register to watch these live webinars.
● “Understanding the FAFSA”- September 22nd at 12:00 p.m.
To register: https://www.mefa.org/events/understanding-the-fafsa
● What to Know about the CSS Profile- September 27th at 12:00 p.m. To register: https://www.mefa.org/events/what-to-know-about-the-css-profile
For more information about financial aid, please visit: https://www.mefa.org/pay
Where to find them
Local Scholarships generally do not come out until January 1st but for those looking to start the process early, here are some places to start:
Scholarships can be found on in Naviance under the scholarships tab see sample below
Students can also access National Scholarships on FASTWEB
More scholarships https://studentscholarships.org/2021scholarships.php
Citizen's Scholarship Foundation, our local scholarship organization will be forwarding applications and guidelines in the spring. Please visit their site for information.
College Bound Athletes
Counselors to Visit Freshman in Classes Next Month
- All freshman met with their counselors during English classes in the month of October.
- Freshman will complete a personality test and a learning style inventory.
- Freshman will be able explore various careers based on their personality type.
Counselors to visit Sophomores later this year
- Guidance Counselors will be going into Sophomore classrooms later this year to complete the Career Interest Profiler, Intelligences, and Strengths Explorer as part of their career exploration journey. Students will also be asked to think about their junior course selections and aligning this to their future goals.
National Honor Society Tutoring
If you are interested in working with a tutor from the National Honor Society, please email your counselor in the Guidance Office.
Making an Appt. with your Counselor
All Things Guidance
New Students/Transfer Students - Google Classroom
All students should be using the Naviance platform for college and career planning.
Students have their own unique login and password that they can share with their parents. Please use your school email and log your password somewhere you can remember it. To access Naviance Student Login Click the Naviance icon above or click HERE
- Try something new, take advantage of opportunities to be involved in your school community. Set yourself up as a well rounded student. Make friends, build connections, learn something new about yourself, and develop a skill. You never know where that will lead....
- We will share out new activities and advisors information when it becomes available