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Counseling Corner: May Edition

Wellness Corner

Student and parent wellness workshops will resume next year. We look forward to hearing your feedback and interest in topics for next school year. If you have not done so, please complete the survey

Stanford's Challenge Success

Check out this article by Challenge Success Co-founder, Denise Pope: The Right Way to Choose a College.


If you haven't read it already, we encourage you to read their latest research: A Fit Over Rankings: Why College Engagement Matters More Than Selectivity.

Senior Scene

This is it! The last few days of high school. Are you ready to graduate?

1….Create a ‘college to do list’. Whether dorm room shopping or finding a roommate, start to figure out what you need to do before you head off to college.

2… Have fun at senior activities. Go to graduation parties, grad night if possible; make those final memories with your friends.

3…Get your health forms together. While shots are annoying, make sure you're up to date on your vaccinations.

4…Make sure you’ve set up your Parchment account to send your final transcript to your college. REMEMBER, your counselor will not be here in the summer to do this for you; it’s your responsibility. Go to: www.parchment.com and register.

5… CONGRATULATIONS, toss that cap ( just be careful you don’t hit anyone) and have a great summer. Get ready for the next best chapter in your life!


If you're still looking for a four-year university, check out NACAC's updated list of schools that are still accepting applications here.

Junior Junction

Continue to research careers, majors and colleges. Schedule campus visits at the colleges you are interested in or take a virtual tour on the college admissions websites. Research how to apply to the colleges, majors and certificate programs you are interested. Check the individual college websites to see the application requirements and how to apply. Check financial aid websites at each of the colleges you are interested in for financial aid and scholarship information. 11th Grade Financial Aid Checklist CLICK HERE


Requesting College Documents and Letters of Recommendation

If students are requesting that a teacher write a Letter of Recommendation, students must contact that teacher directly. If a teacher accepts, then students need to invite them to submit a letter of recommendation and teacher form in Naviance.


Students need to submit the documents below to your counselor before September 16, 2019

if you are applying to a college/university that has a deadline before December 2, 2019.

Students need to submit the documents below to your counselor before October 16, 2019

if you are applying to a college/university that has a deadline after December 2, 2019.

All the forms and documents need to be turned into Google Classroom.

1. Updated Resume

2. Updated Student Questionnaire

3. Updated Parent Questionnaire


The codes for the counselors' Google Classrooms are:

Schmidt……………......(A-F) - htntfsg

Farrell/Conrad.............(G-Lee)- 47pn17

Rogers……….…….(Leg-Ra)- 6thqfms

Guzik…...………….….(Re-Z)- 547xhx

Arellano…International / EL - n8357jb


Just a reminder that about everything you need to research and apply to colleges is located in your counselor's Google Classroom.

Sophomore Stop

College Knowledge: This last month sophomores learned the difference between the systems of higher education and SAT v ACT tests. Students knowledge and understanding between the public and private higher education system increased by 27%. Student understanding of the similarities, difference, and characteristics of both SAT and ACT tests increased by 11%. The counseling department will continue to provide students with information about the college and career exploration process.


Consider visiting colleges this summer and into the fall. College visits for sophomores are a great way to expose them to the different types of schools (urban, rural, large research universities, small liberal arts, etc.) so be sure to visit each type. There is no such thing as a wasted visit. Hearing what your student doesn’t like is just as helpful. Take notes when you see something that sparks their interest and listen to the questions they ask to gauge what's important to them. Debrief afterwards to get their first impressions. HERE is a great resource to get you and your student started on your visits.

Freshman Forum

Prepare and study for final exam week May 28-30. Beckman is offering a Finals Review during ExCEL Saturday on May 18th. Sign up with one of your teachers.


Check Aeries to see if you have any classes you need to enroll in for summer school.


This summer, look into internships, summer programs and community service to strengthen your academic resume. Visit the career center for information.


Food for thought this Month: Protecting Your Online Identity and Reputation

https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/online-id.html?WT.ac=t-ra#catsafebasics