CVHS Counseling Weekly Update
September 25, 2020; Vol 2 Num 3
We Are Here to Help You!
A reminder! Chippewa Valley Schools has a Community Resource Message Line - 586-723-2280.
Families can call for assistance in identifying needed resources.
(Calls are monitored between 8 am and 4 pm weekdays.)
How to Request an Appointment with your Counselor
9th-grade students: to request to see your counselor email your counselor using the contact info below.
Important SAT (12th Grade) and PSAT (11th Grade) Information
The 12th grade SAT with Essay will take place on October 14th.
The 11th grade PSAT/NMSQT on October 29th .
To register and reserve an in-person seat at your respective high school, go to: http://bit.ly/CVS2020SAT. The deadline to sign up is October 2, 2020. Chippewa Valley Schools continues to advocate for the safety of our students.
Please know that these assessments are truly optional and if our district is still in a remote learning phase, social distancing and all applicable safety protocols will be followed. 12th grade families should be aware that hundreds of colleges around the country have dropped their SAT requirements fo the 2020-21 college admissions cycle (https://blog.prepscholar.com/colleges-dont-require-sat-act-scores-2020-admissions-covid).
Whether or not your child participates in the October testing, we remind you to “opt in” to the College Board’s Student Search Service at https://studentsearch.collegeboard.org/opt-in, which sends colleges and scholarship organizations the necessary information they need to provide specific scholarships to your child for which they qualify. We also encourage the use of Khan Academy’s Official SAT Practice online site. Here, students can take practice PSAT and SAT assessments and use the results of those tests to create an individualized preparation plan for the spring assessment.
Virtual College Visits for Seniors and Juniors (what the heck? 9th and 10th grade too).
The list will be updated as we get more colleges signed up.
Some colleges do require you to register for this event ahead of time. This will be indicated in the meeting information section.
Good scholarship program for all grades: Raise.me
Earn micro-scholarships as early as 9th grade and discover your path to the best college for you.
1. Discover Colleges
Learn more about which colleges could be a great fit for you, see the micro-scholarships they’re offering, and share that you’re interested by hitting the “Follow” button (for each school).
2. Add Your Achievements
Complete your RaiseMe Portfolio by adding each of your course grades, club involvement, sports, volunteer activities, and more.
3. Earn Scholarships for Your Achievements
For each achievement, you'll earn a micro-scholarships from colleges you’re Following, the sum of which you'll be awarded when you attend that college.
Click on this link to get started: https://www.raise.me/
Class Specific Info
Class of 2021
Senior Meeting "Live" Event- Missed the presentation, don't worry it was recorded, visit our web site for the class of 2021: http://cvhsguidance.weebly.com/seniors-class-of-2021.html
Paying for College Night - A financial aid representative from the University of Michigan will do a virtual presentation on financial aid and how to complete the FAFSA (which is required) and be available for questions. The virtual presentation will be on September 28th at 6:30 pm. Please use this link to join the meeting. https://umich.zoom.us/my/juniorra.
Interested in ordering a transcript? Create an account on parchment.com and request your transcript to be sent to the colleges where you have applied. Next week, watch your email for a Parchment access code that will help you establish your account to send transcripts.
Coming Soon: College Application Month is during the month of October and will be virtually visiting your seniors in their English 12, Med English 12, and AP Lit classes during the week of October 5th. We will be talking with the students about college applications and financial aid. More details will be sent out soon.
Please see the below link for temporary changes in Michigan colleges admissions due to COVID-19.
Seniors! Order your cap and gowns for commencements download flyer below
Class of 2022
What Is the PSAT/NMSQT?
First of all, what do all those letters stand for? The full name is the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, often abbreviated to PSAT. So what is the PSAT? It's a standardized test that 11th graders can take, and about 3.5 million students choose to take it each year.
The PSAT is used to determine eligibility and qualification for the National Merit Scholarship Program (which is what the "NMSQT" part of the name is for). It also serves as a practice test for the SAT, but be aware that you can't submit PSAT scores to colleges as your standardized test scores.
Competition is tough, but students with top PSAT scores can get a significant amount of scholarship money. Of the roughly 1.5 million high school juniors who take the test, about 50,000 students with the highest total PSAT/NMSQT scores qualify for recognition in the National Merit Scholarship Program. About 34,000 of those students become Commended Scholars. The roughly 16,000 students with the highest PSAT scores in the country (partly based on which state you live in) become National Merit Semi-Finalists, and most of them (about 15,000) move on to become National Merit Finalists.
Class of 2023
Class of 2024!
Normally this time of year we would be heading in to your classrooms to offer up study skill strategies. Since we are virtual for now, we will be sharing a couple of tips with you each week!
Here are our tips of the week:
1. Be positive.
Thriving through a change is tough but doable with a positive attitude. A positive attitude about online learning is the best gift you can give yourself. Everything you learn, whether it’s your most favorite or least favorite subject, will help you grow as a person.
2. Get - and Stay - Organized!
Creating an orderly learning space to do schoolwork will put you ahead of the game. Be sure you have room for any books, computer, pens, paper, and other supplies. Label folders for papers and notes for each subject. Go ahead and create electronic folders for each class in your email or Schoology.
Remember - we are here for you! We are accessible throughout the school day, so contact us through Schoology, email or give us a call. We can set up a Teams meeting to chat! Our contact info is below :)
Staying connected and getting more info:
Do you feel left out of CVHS happenings? Are you always the last to hear about a CVHS event or activity. Maybe you need to update your settings or gain access to something. Click here and you can fix these problems. You'll never miss another thing!
*NEW* Follow us on Instagram!
Chippewa 10-12 counselors now have an Instagram account. Follow chippewacounselors as another way to stay connected and up-to date with any information our department has for you.
Stay up to date with Remind.com text messages from your CVHS Counselors
If you haven't already done so, students and parents are welcome to sign up.
Class of 2021 text @de22ake to the number 81010
Class of 2022 text @d9eg2e to the number 81010Class of 2023 text @6497a6 to the number 81010
Class of 2024 text @7673gc9 to the number 81010
Don't be alarmed if you occasionally receive a Remind text that you have been removed from our lists: This happens because we have to keep our lists under a certain number. We add you to a new group and the text reminders keep coming.
Email your assigned counselor with any questions or concerns.
For Grade 9:
Students Last Names A - Kq:
Mrs. Debbie Wall
Students with Last Names Kr - R:
Mrs. Jennifer Frohock
Students with Last Names S - Z:
Mrs. Nadia Given
For grades 10, 11, and 12:
Please Note - Counselor Alphabet Caseloads Have Changed From Last Year
Student's Last name: A-Co
Mrs. Kimberly Koskos
Student's Last Name: Cp-Hes
Mr. Scott Merchant
Student's Last Name: Het-McF
Dr. Dan Lawrence
Student's Last Name: McG-San
Mrs. Sydney Radzinski
Student's Last Name: Sao-Z
Mrs. Stephanie Pitcher
If you have an emergency crisis situation and are unable to reach your counselor, you are encouraged to utilize the following resources:
Macomb County Crisis Center: 586-307-9100
Okay to Say: 855-565-2729 or www.michigan.gov/ok2say
Local Police Dpt: Clinton Twp. 586-493-7800 Macomb Twp. 586-469-5151