33                            CONNETQUOT HIGH SCHOOL
                              GUIDANCE NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER 2006
                              Guidance Website: http://www.connetquot/schools/chs/guidance.htm

                              Connetquot Central School District – Connetquot High School
                                  Mr. Gregory J. Murtha, Connetquot High School Principal

From the Assistant Principal – Welcome                     “Spotlight” on College and Career School Night
Dear Parents:
        On behalf of the Connetquot High School                   Connetquot and Sayville High Schools will be
Counseling Staff, I would like to welcome                  hosting nearly one hundred colleges for a college and
everyone back to another great year. Fall is an            career night on Tuesday, October 24, 2006, at
exciting time for each of us. You might be                 6:30pm in the Connetquot High School Old
helping your ninth grader adjust to the high               Gymnasium. Workshops will be offered on topics
school or helping your twelfth grader apply to             such as Financial Aid, Colleges for Students with
college. Fall is certainly a time when we make             Learning Disabilities, the ACT vs. the SAT and
and plan for significant transitions.                      Athletic Scholarships. Students will also be able to
        We will be sending home our Guidance               speak to admissions counselors from nearly one
newsletter in September, November, January and             hundred public and private colleges representing
April. Each newsletter will shine a spotlight on           twenty five different states. We expect representatives
events such as our October College Fair and a              from prominent colleges such as College of the Holy
number of important community-building events              Cross, SUNY Albany, Binghamton, and Geneseo and
such as Rachel’s Challenge and Freshman                    many others.
Awareness Weekend. Many of these events will
be listed on the Guidance webpage:                                 Some Colleges Don’t Require the SAT
http://connetquot/schools/chs/guidance.htm                 Did you know that some colleges do not require
        I encourage your children to take                  applicants to sit for the SAT? 24 of the top 100 liberal
advantage of these opportunities for personal              arts colleges (ranked by US News and World Report)
growth and change. We also ask that you share              do not require the SAT when reviewing admissions
any ideas you have with us so that we can                  applications. Listed below are colleges that do not
continue to grow as a department and a school.             require college applicants to submit SAT scores. View
        Please feel free to contact your child’s           this website for a more extensive state-by-state list:
guidance counselor (listed alphabetically) or me,
Mr. Bertsch, the Assistant Principal, at (631)
244-2238. You can also reach me by e-mail at                     COLLEGE NAME                  DIFFICULTY
                                                                                              (THOMSON & PETERSON)                              Bard College, New York              Very Difficult
                                                            Bates College, Maine                Most Difficult
Mr. James J. Bertsch, Jr.
                                                            Bennington College, Vermont         Very Difficult
Assistant Principal/Guidance Supervisor
                                                            Bowdoin College, Maine              Most Difficult
                                                            College of the Holy Cross, MA       Very Difficult
                                                            Lewis and Clark College, OR         Very Difficult
Counselors Working With Students                            Dickinson College, PA               Very Difficult
Mr. Clark          M, N, O
                                                            Drew University, New Jersey         Very Difficult
Ms. Fritz          E, I, J, S, U, X
                                                            Hobart and William Smith, NY        Very Difficult
Ms. Latella        K, L, W
                                                            Mt. Holyoke College, MA             Very Difficult
Mr. Quiroz         D, F, H
                                                            Providence College, RI              Very Difficult
Mrs. Turner        P, R, T
Mrs. Ulrich        C, G, Q, Y                               Sarah Lawrence, New York            Very Difficult
Mrs. Wilhelmy      A, B, V, Z                               St. Lawrence University, NY         Very Difficult
SAT Dates – See your counselor or register on-line at             ACT Dates – The ACT is used by many colleges (especially          outside the Northeast) to help them make admissions decisions.
Tests begin at CHS at 7:15am. Juniors take the exam in            See your counselor to help you decide if you should take this
the spring and again in the fall of Senior year. Our school       exam. Tests begin at CHS at 7:45am. Register with our school
code is 330-449 and our center code is 33339                      code (330-449) at
Test Dates                                                        Test Dates
October 14, 2006…….Register by September 12, 2006                 October 28, 2006…….Register by September 22, 2006
November 4, 2006…...Register by September 29, 2006                December 9, 2006…....Register by November 3, 2006
May 5, 2007…………Register by March 29, 2007                         June 2, 2007………….Register by May 4, 2007
*June 2, 2007………..Register by April 27, 2007

*We are requesting that students take the SAT II Subject          PSAT Date – See your guidance counselor with questions about
Test during the June administration.                              this preliminary SAT. The exam is used for students aspiring for
                                                                  a National Merit Scholarship. Bring money orders or checks for
Contact your child’s Special Education teacher if you are         $17 (written to the CHS Student Activity Fund) to the CHS
interested in securing testing accommodations for the SAT         Auditorium between 9am -12pm on 10/12 and 10/13.
or to check on the status of a request you already made.          Test Date:        October 21, 2006…Register on 10/12 - 13

           College Searches: A Shortcut                                                   Coming Soon
                                                                  Did you realize that colleges review the profile of a school when
                                                                  reviewing a student for admission? That means that having a
To find colleges your child may be interested in, click on        90% average at CHS is worth more than earning a 90% average          College   at a less challenging high school. In the near future, you will be
Board’s search engine allows you to identify regions,             able to compare the types of courses, GPA, class ranking, and
acceptance rates, SAT scores, campus settings and other           SAT scores of CHS students over the past three years (names
factors that suit your child’s interests and abilities.           omitted) with where these CHS students attended college. Check
                                                                  http://connetquot/schools/chs/guidance.htm in October.

                                                                               Appointment Times for College Visits
Oct. 20, 2006….Senior Activity Sheets Due                         Admissions representative from colleges will be meeting with
 These sheets list a student’s activities and are used by         individual and small groups of seniors (or juniors) in Guidance:
 students when writing their college essay. Teachers              9/14 @ 10:30     Hofstra University
 writing your child’s letters of recommendation also use          9/18 @ 9:00      Catholic University
 this sheet.                                                      9/19 @ 9:30      Champlain
                                                                  9/25 @ 12:00     SUNY Cortland
Oct. 24, 2006….College & Career Night (see spotlight)             9/27 @ 1:00      SUNY Brockport
                                                                  10/3 @ 9:30      Emmanuel College
Nov. 3, 2006…Teacher Letters of Recommendation Due                10/3 @ 10:30     SUNY Potsdam
 Admissions counselors at colleges use letters of                 10/3 @ 11:30     Lesley College
 recommendation when deciding whether or not to admit             10/4 @ 10:00     Stonehill College
 students to their college or university.                         10/4 @ 11:45     Alfred University
                                                                  10/4 @ 1:00      Saint Bonaventure
Nov. 10, 2006....College Applications Due                         10/5 @ 12        Scranton
 All seniors who plan to attend college must give their           10/6 @ 10        Russell Sage
 guidance counselors the following:                               10/13 @ 8        SUNY Oneonta
         applications for each college                            10/13 @ 10       Randolph Macon
         separate checks for each college application fee         10/16 @ 8        College of St. Rose
         activity sheets (due Oct. 20)                            10/16 @ 9:30     University of New Haven
         college essays                                           10/17 @ 9:00     Fordham
                                                                  10/17 @ 11:00 Juniata College
                                                                  10/19 @12:30 Niagra University
                   Financial Aid                                  10/27 @ 12:00 Sacred Heart University
FASA worksheets are filled out each year by parents               10/30 @ 8:00     SUNY Albany
whose children will require student loans and college-            10/30 @ 9:30     CW Post
based scholarships. The FAFSA worksheet is available in           11/1 @ 11        Wagner
Guidance. File online using this worksheet @                      11/1 @ 12:30     Manhattan College You will receive your Student Aid               11/2 @ 9         Drew
Report (SAR) after filing. Your SAR gives your expected           11/6 @ 9:00      SUNY Stonybrook
family contribution (EFC). The SAR is provided to the             11/9 @ 11:30     University of Hartford
schools to which your child is applying as part of the            11/10 @ 12:30 Mt. St. Vincent
application package.                                              11/13 @ 9        University of Buffalo
   Senior Corner – For Students & Parents                         Parent Workshops at Connetquot High School
    •    Complete your student activity sheet now.         How to Pay for College Without Going Broke…11/29 @ 7:00pm
    •    Take the SAT in October or November.              Colleges for Students with Disabilities…………..12/6 @ 7:30pm
    •    Complete your student essay in English.
                                                             ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED
    •    Ask two teachers for letters of
    •    Go to the College Fair and meet with                                 Scholarship Information
         admissions officers in Guidance.
    •    Speak to your counselor about where you will      Searching for aid/scholarships on the net? Log onto these
         apply to college—especially if you hope to        websites:,, and
         apply early decision or early action.    See your counselor
                                                           for information on these scholarships:

                                                           Martin Luther King, Jr., Scholars Program at New York
   Junior Corner – For Students & Parents                  University recognizes students who have demonstrated
    •    Work hard because junior grades are essential     exceptional academic achievement, shown significant
         to colleges.                                      involvement in school and community activities, and also
    •    Take the PSAT in Oct.                             exemplify the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interested
    •    See your counselor about SAT Prep Courses.        students should ask their counselor to be nominated. The
    •    Stay active in extra-curricular organizations.    deadline is in late September.
    •    Meet with admissions representatives in
         Guidance.                                         Zonta International - Young Women in Public Affairs
    •    Contact colleges for admissions materials.        (YWPA) - This organization hopes to encourage more young
    •    Each parent/student will receive an               women to participate in public and political life. District
         appointment for a Junior Conference in the        recipients receive US$500. Five international awards are selected
         spring. Contact Mr. Bertsch at 244.2238 or at     from the District recipients to receive awards of US$1,000 each. if you don’t        Apply on-line by September 30, 2006 at
         receive an appointment time and date.   

                                                           New York Water Environment Association, Inc.- The New
Sophomore Corner – For Students & Parents                  York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) will be offering
                                                           a total of two $1,500 scholarships and one $10,000 scholarship.
    •    Look for leadership opportunities in extra-
                                                           These scholarships focus on either having a family member who
         curricular organizations.
                                                           works for the NYWEA or whose intended college study includes
    •    Are you meeting the goals you in 9th grade?
                                                           an environmental focus. Read the specific criteria on
    •    Consider taking more challenging courses. Apply by January 16, 2007.
                                                           Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation – Coca-Cola is looking for
                                                           students who demonstrate Leadership, Commitment to
 Freshman Corner – For Students & Parents                  Community, and Academic Achievement. For further
    •    Appointments for Freshmen Conferences will        information including deadlines, visit
         be mailed to all 9th grade parents in late
         September. Counselors will meet with each
         parent and student in October. If you do not      BP America, Inc.- They are providing $1,000 scholarships to a
         receive an appointment, contact Mr. Bertsch at    limited number of qualifying high school seniors. Student must
         244.2238 or at      be entering a 2 or 4-year college as a full-time student in 2007
    •    Get involved in clubs, teams and organizations.   and must demonstrate financial need. Applications are available
    •    Identify your high school goals.                  online at or any BP location.
    •    Get ready for Awareness Weekend!                  Deadline is May 5, 2007.
                                                           AXA Foundation - In association with U.S. News & World
                                                           Report, AXA presents the AXA Achievement Scholarship. AXA
         The Long Island National College Fair             Achievement is a philanthropic program dedicated to providing
On Sunday, October 1, 2006, from 11:00am – 4:00pm,         advice and access to help youth succeed in college and beyond.
the L.I. National College Fair will be held at Nassau      Visit to learn more.
Coliseum. National website –
                                                           The Hispanic Heritage Youth Awards (HHYA) - Identifies
            Athletic Scholarship Eligibility               and promotes the next generation of role models by rewarding
Do you wonder if your child is eligible for or should      over $600,000 in educational grants. The paper application is
consider pursuing an athletic scholarship? Log onto        available in January of 2007 on-line at the following web to learn more.                    address:
                                      NEW CHS WEBSITE

We are pleased to announce that Connetquot High School has a new website. Information on
Advanced Placement and Regents testing, school deadlines, upcoming events, school office contact
information, links to school publications and more are provided on our new website.


                                Connetquot High
            Together Toward The Future (Contact Information, Forms, etc. – Here)

            District Links

            District Home Page
                                                Essential Reading (Click to open)
            District Calendar                   Testing Schedules (Finals, Regents and A.P.) - Here
                                                Graduation Information - Here
            Lunch Menu                          Parent Connection Newsletter – Here
                                                Student Achievements - Here
            Quick Links
                                                Calendar Events and Activities
            Athletics, Library,                  Calendar Events (i.e. Homecoming, SAT, PTA, Class
            Touchdown Club,                      Trips) - Here
            Connetquot Foundation,
            PTA, Renaissance                    Important Information
            Program, Model UN
                                                                             HERE –
              __________________                  HS Newsletter, Student Handbook, Course Guide, Transportation,
                                                                School Closings, Attendance Policy

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