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April High School Counseling Update

Dear High School Parents,

As we transition into April, I hope this newsletter finds you well and ready for the exciting updates and opportunities ahead. March was a month filled with important milestones and valuable discussions, particularly for our sophomore students. Here's a brief recap of what we covered during our individual sessions:

  • Transcript Review: Each student had the chance to delve into their transcript, gaining a deeper understanding of how the weighted GPA system works and its implications for college admissions. We also discussed class ranks and their significance in the college application process.

  • Course Planning for Next Year: We dedicated time to exploring course options for the upcoming academic year, ensuring that each student is on track with their academic goals. Recommendations from teachers for core classes were thoroughly explained, guiding students towards fulfilling their potential.

  • YouScience Career Aptitude Assessment: Students engaged with the YouScience platform to discover their unique strengths and interests, facilitating the exploration of potential career paths. By now, most students have completed this assessment, and they are welcome to schedule a meeting to review their results and discuss their implications for future planning.

  • SCOIR Registration: We successfully registered all students with SCOIR, our comprehensive college planning system. This tool serves as a valuable resource for researching colleges, exploring career options, and managing the college application process. Parents, you are encouraged to create your own SCOIR account to stay informed about your child's college exploration journey. If you haven't received an invitation from your student yet, please let me know, and I can assist you with access.

Additionally, March marked a significant milestone with the introduction of the first digital SAT Day at our school. Nearly the entire junior class participated in this event, signaling a successful transition to the new format. If you're interested in learning more about the structure of the new SAT, I encourage you to visit the College Board's website here.

This spring, students will have the opportunity to select their elective courses, allowing them to tailor their academic experience to their interests and aspirations. More information regarding the elective selection process will be communicated soon, so please keep an eye out for updates. We will be utilizing FACTS (Family Portal) for students to enter their first and second elective choices.

It's essential to note that while students have the freedom to choose their electives, certain classes are mandatory for graduation or may be necessary to fulfill college admissions requirements. These requirements have been discussed with your student ensuring they are on track with their academic progress.

As we navigate through this scheduling process, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Your active involvement is crucial in ensuring that your child's academic path aligns with their goals and aspirations.

As we move forward into April, I encourage both students and parents to remain proactive in their college planning journey. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions, concerns, or if you would like to schedule a meeting to discuss your child's academic and college goals further.

Wishing you all a productive and fulfilling month ahead!

Shannon Roy

College Counselor


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