COUNSELORS’ CORNER Publication of the Seneca Valley High School Guidance Department Visit our guidance bulletin at http://www2.svsd.net/~shguid/ for bi-weekly scholarship opportunities. Vol. 21 No.1 2008-2009 SENIOR HIGH COUNSELING STAFF 2008-2009 COLLEGE ADMISSIONS TEST SCHEDULE Mrs. Wendy McQuiston Counselor/Students A-G Mr. Keith Chrestay Counselor/Students H-O PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) Ms. Darla Ramirez-Hoss Counselor/Students P-Z October 18, 2008 Ms. Michelle Bergman Counselor/ Gifted and Learning Support Ms. Christine Sherman Student Assistance/Alternative SAT REASONING AND SAT SUBJECT TESTS: Classroom Counselor (7-12) Test Date *Registration Deadline Ms. Wendy Kasing Secretary October 4, 2008 September 9, 2008 Mrs. Sue Berlin Secretary November 1, 2008 September 26, 2008 December 6, 2008 November 5, 2008 INTERMEDIATE HIGH COUNSELING STAFF January 24, 2009 December 26, 2008 March 14, 2009 February 10, 2009 Mrs. Kristen Kress Counselor/ Students A-G May 2, 2009 March 31, 2009 Mr. Anthony DelPrete Counselor/ Students H-O June 6, 2009 May 5, 2009 Ms. Amy Calder Counselor/ Students P-Z TBA Counselor/Learning Support PLAN (Preliminary ACT) Mrs. Kathie Brown Secretary October 25, 2008 ACT Tests: September 13, 2008 August 12, 2008 2008-2009 EVENING PROGRAMS October 25, 2008 September 19, 2008 December 13, 2008 November 7, 2008 August 19, 2008 Freshman Class Orientation February 7, 2009 January 6, 2009 6:30 p.m. IHS Auditorium April 4, 2009 February 27, 2009 June 13, 2009 May 8, 2009 August 28, 2008 Junior Class & SHS New Student Note: Shaded exam dates are at Seneca Valley Senior High School. Orientation 7:00 p.m. SHS Auditorium Registration forms and all testing information may be obtained in the guidance office throughout the school year or visit August 21, 2008 IHS New Student Program www.collegeboard.com and/or www.actstudent.org for 10:00 a.m. IHS Guidance information. The code for Seneca Valley is 395465. September 17, 2008 Applying to Post-Secondary SAT and ACT services are available for students with School Night (Grades 10-12) disabilities. Please contact Ms. Jeanette Mike at extension 208 7:00 p.m. SHS Auditorium for SAT/ACT information. *Late registration and stand-by options are also available. December 10, 2008 Financial Aid Night (Grades 11-12) 7:00 p.m. SHS Auditorium ASVAB Make up date December 17, 2008 The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is scheduled to be administered at the Senior High School on January 21, 2009 Registration Night (Grades 10-11) October 8, 2008. Interested students can sign up in the 7:00 p.m. SHS Auditorium guidance office in September. Make up date January 28, 2009 RUTH VARNER OTTO MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP April 22, 2009 College & Career School Fair 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. SHS Gymnasium Ruth Varner Otto Memorial Scholarship applications will become available to Seneca Valley seniors in February, 2009. SAT TEST PREP The scholarship committee will consider academic standing, extra-curricular involvement, citizenship and financial need. Included in the Guidance Central program is unlimited access to SAT prep lessons, tips and practice. Go to www.bridges.com If you are planning to apply for this scholarship, you must first and log in to your portfolio with your portfolio name and register with the College Scholarship Service (CSS) and then th password (portfolios were created in 9 grade with the guidance complete a CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE application. department). If you must create a new portfolio use Seneca’s Registration forms for the College Scholarship Service are site ID# 10000045 and password seneca. Once your portfolio is available in the guidance office or online at created write down the portfolio name and password for www.collegeboard.com . continued use of the program. Completed CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE applications must To begin your testGear SAT Account: be received by the College Scholarship Service no later than March 1, 2009 in order to process the information in 1. Click on “testGear” (Under Your Tools) sufficient time to be considered for the Ruth Varner Otto 2. Take the BrainScan (30 minutes) to be matched up to a Scholarship. personalized test prep curriculum. You must still complete an application for the Ruth Varner 3. Take your time and work through 15 units of practorials, Otto Scholarship from the guidance office when it becomes micro labs quizzes and full-length tests. available in February, 2009. FALL STUDENT CHECKLIST F R E S H M A N Y E A R: S E N I O R Y E A R: Use the Guidance Central program. September You and your parents should begin the career decision If you have not clarified your educational goals, needs and process early and schedule a meeting with your counselor to preferences, and developed a preliminary list of post- discuss future planning. Courses and grades earned in secondary schools, do so now. Reduce your list to classes this year will have a direct bearing on future options approximately 5 to 10 schools. in both school and in careers. When information is received from post-secondary schools, Become familiar with college admissions tests (PLAN, analyze the application instructions to see what information PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject tests, ACT, ASVAB, AP) and create a testing plan that meets your needs. is required and to learn about all due dates. If you are applying to more than one post-secondary S O P H O M O R E Y E A R: school, rank your preference by location, academic program, and other priorities that are important to you. Continue to use the Guidance Central program. Create a completed checklist of test names and registration Find out what other resources are available in school to plan deadlines, financial aid applications and deadlines, and for post-secondary schools. Talk to a counselor about career other materials that will be needed. choices. Visit the Guidance Office to become familiar with If you are applying for early decision, acquire and start career software programs, books, pamphlets, and other filling out the necessary forms for application and financial informational guides that are available for career planning. aid to meet the college’s deadline, which is usually in Consider signing up to take the PLAN test on October 25, November. 2008. If the SAT, SAT Subject Tests and/or ACT are being taken this year, plan to take them at least 4 weeks before the J U N I O R Y E A R: scores must be submitted to post-secondary schools. Check in the Guidance Office for the registration dates and September materials. Identify the sources available in the high school to plan for October post-secondary schools. Talk to a counselor about career Some applications require an essay as part of your choices. Visit the Guidance Office and the Career Resource application. Develop an outline that conveys your personal Center for post-secondary school catalogs and view books, qualities and complete the first draft of your essay. Have guidance publications, and the internet driven Guidance your draft critiqued through the senior high College Essay Writing Service located in the library. Keep a copy of your Central program. essay for future reference. Decide whom to ask for Check the dates for college open house programs that will recommendations, and ask them now if you have not done be held at various locations in the area and sign up to meet so. When you ask, provide an addressed, stamped college representatives in the Guidance Office. envelope with the appropriate post-secondary forms. Consider taking the PSAT/NMSQT on October 18, 2008 at By now completed transcript authorization and student the high school. After registering for the test, pick up a free information sheets should be on file in the guidance office. copy of the PSAT/NMSQT Student Bulletin and take the Official transcripts cannot be released until these forms are practice test inside. By doing well on the test, you may be completed. eligible for scholarships and awards. Indicate on the transcript processing form how you want the Revisit your college admissions testing plan and make guidance office to aid in your application process. adjustments. November October Check the deadlines to apply to post-secondary schools. When you take the PSAT/NMSQT, be sure to sign up for the Be sure to apply on time. Some schools have deadlines in College Board's free Student Search Service (SSS). The December, while others are in February or later. SSS matches your background and interests with colleges If you would like to pick up transcripts or have them mailed that are looking for students just like you. The colleges will from the guidance office prior to Thanksgiving break, you begin to send you information about their programs in the must give the completed application to your counselor no spring of your junior year. later than November 18, 2008. November December Continue to use the Guidance Central program. If you would like to pick up transcripts or have them mailed Develop a list of post-secondary schools that meet individual from the guidance office prior to the holiday vacation, you must give the completed application to your counselor no interests, needs and abilities. These include size, type of later than December 15, 2008. school, location, fields of study offered, academic quality, Begin completing the financial aid forms and other student necessary facilities, desirable opportunities, cost and aid applications. If a school that you’re planning to attend financial aid opportunities, and social and cultural has its own financial aid forms, fill them out and return them environments. Try to rank them in order of preference. when you apply for admissions. Fill out the FAFSA and if December required, the CSS/PROFILE completely, accurately and PSAT/NMSQT results will be available this month. Use the legibly. The FAFSA cannot be filed prior to January 1, 2009. information provided by the Educational Testing Service to interpret and understand the scores.