Crosby Scholars Junior Newsletter

Fall/Winter 2018-2019

Taking Ownership of Your Success

Check the Crosby Scholars website and your Crosby Scholars student portal regularly to ensure that you stay on top of opportunities and program deadlines.

If you have questions about your student portal you can send an email to Stay informed!

Plan ahead and register for upcoming required events.

Junior Academy Dates

Register for a Junior Academy

Junior Crosby Scholar Academies offer scholars the opportunity to attend personal and academic enrichment workshops.

Juniors are required to attend one Crosby Scholars Academy during the school year. You will learn about ACT/SAT Test Prep and Financial Literacy.

Parents are invited to attend the optional parent session on Financial Aid and Preparing for College.

Choose a date and mark your calendar:

  • Saturday, November 3rd, 10 am -12 pm
  • Saturday, December 1st, 10 am -12 pm

To register, go to your student portal:,

You can also register below:

Junior Academy B

Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 10am-12pm

500 North Main Street

Salisbury, NC

Check-in from 9:30-9:45 am. You must stay for the entire Academy and submit an attendance sheet in order to receive credit for this program requirement.


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Junior Academy C

Saturday, Dec. 1st, 10am-12pm

1333 Jake Alexander Boulevard South

Salisbury, NC

Check-in from 9:30-9:45 am. You must stay for the entire Academy and submit an attendance sheet in order to receive credit for this program requirement.


RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Introducing: Gwynne Shoaf - High School Outreach Specialist

Gwynne is a graduate of WRHS. She was a cheerleader at the University of South Carolina. She was a middle school teacher with Rowan-Salisbury Schools for 13 years.

Gwynne enjoys sports, exercise, and reading. She loves being outside and playing with her son.

She has recently learned to scuba dive.

She is excited to be a part of our team and work with you all!

Prepare for ACT/SAT

The ACT and the SAT are the college entrance exams. The scores are used for admissions and scholarships. In North Carolina, every junior will have the opportunity to take the ACT in early spring at no cost.

Here are some free online resources to get you started:

  • ACT Academy
  • SAT Test Prep - Khan Academy
  • SAT & ACT Test Prep - - Log in and click the "Plan" tab at the top. Click on the "For College" tab, then click on "College Test Prep" and choose your respective test.

Upcoming test dates:


  • December 8. Register by November 2.
  • February 9: Register by January 11.
  • April 13: Register by March 8.
  • June 8: Register by May 3.
  • July 13: Register by June 14.


  • December 1: Register by November 2.
  • March 9: Register by February 8.
  • May 4: Register by April 5.
  • June 1: Register by May 3.

Career & College Promise

Career and College Promise offers structured opportunities for qualified Cabarrus and Rowan county high school students to dually enroll in Rowan-Cabarrus courses that provide pathways that lead to a certificate, diploma, or degree as well as provide entry-level job skills.

The program is free to all students who maintain a “B” average and meet other eligibility requirements. Eligible Cabarrus and Rowan county high school students begin earning college credit at Rowan-Cabarrus at no cost to them or their families.

The three pathways include:

  1. Career & Technical Education Pathway (CTE) leading to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school career cluster.
  2. College Transfer Pathway (CTP) requiring the completion of at least 30 semester hours of transfer courses including English and mathematics.
  3. Cooperative Innovative High School Programs (CIHSP) located on various Rowan-Cabarrus campuses and providing opportunities for students to complete an associate degree program or earn up to two years of college credit within five years.

Career and Technical Education Pathway Booklet

College Transfer Pathway Booklet

Pre-Health Pathway Booklet

Winter Checklist

Thinking about college? Follow these steps:

  1. Keep working hard in your classes to maintain a solid grade point average.
  2. Get familiar with financial aid terms, such as FAFSA, FSA ID, the College PROFILE, scholarships, grants, federal and private loans.
  3. Start developing a resume: a record of your accomplishments, activities, and work experience.
  4. If you haven't participated in many activities outside of class, now is the time to sign up. Consider clubs at school, team sports, leadership roles, involvement in a religious or civic community group.
  5. Explore colleges that interest you and check entrance requirements.
  6. Begin to prepare for the ACT or SAT. Plan to take at least one of these tests in the spring. Ask your counselor if you qualify for a fee waiver.
  7. Complete community service hours and submit your form.

What Colleges Look For in a High School Student

Each college looks at the admissions process differently. You can visit a college’s website to learn what each college is seeking in an applicant.

Some of the more common factors considered—in no particular order—are:

  • Difficulty of your high school courses
  • Grades in college prep courses
  • Cumulative Grade Point Average
  • Admission test scores
  • Essays
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Class Rank

You also have a say in the process! Think about what matters to you and pick a college that is a good fit.

Guidance Counselors

Continue to reach out to counselors and other support staff at your school to find out about upcoming opportunities and to make sure that you are getting important information.