Greetings Seniors and Senior parents:
Homecoming is just around the corner and so are college applications!
Workshops update: In an effort to meet the college application needs of seniors who have afternoon off-campus classes, I have revised the schedule for upcoming College Application Workshops so that seniors can pick the day that works best for their schedule:
9.23: Private College Application workshop. Seniors who missed this workshop need to email me so I can send critical materials that were missed (i.e. the Naviance instructions and Self-rating form, which are necessary for sending the Secondary School Report and the counselor letter and how to request letters of recommendations from teachers).
Oct. 1: CSU application cycle has opened and applications can be submitted online.
10.04: CSU College Application workshop in the library lab during lunch
10.05: CSU College Application workshop in the library lab during lunch (a repeat of the previous workshop).
10.11: UC College Application workshop in the library lab during lunch
10.12: UC College Application workshop in the library lab during lunch (a repeat of the previous workshop).
10.19: Out-of-State College Application workshop in the library lab during lunch
November: Cabrillo College Application workshop with a field trip to Cabrillo in February for taking the math and English placements tests.
November: Make-up college application workshop for any senior who missed any of the above or still needs assistance, per requests.
9.29: Financial Aid Night. It was good to see seniors and their parents at this event which featured Steve Shapiro from Tuition Solutions Now. Steve provided plenty of information and hints about financing the college years. Steve’s practical advice was evident as a panel of SLV parents explained their their journey in supporting and financing their SLV graduates path to college. Special thanks to Richie Solomon, Jill Collen, Andrea Yanowitz, & Jennifer Kanter for sharing their experiences and showing parents that there are lots of options and different paths to take.
10.1 FAFSA opens. The 2017–18 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) season will begin earlier than previous FAFSA application cycles. In the past, parents and students had to wait until January 1. In addition, applicants will no longer need to estimate income and tax information and will be able to retrieve their data directly from the IRS, right from the first day the FAFSA is available. Students also will have information about their Expected Family Contributions earlier, helping them as they’re going through the college application and selection process.
We hope to hold evening FAFSA workshops for parents to receive assistance on the completion of the FAFSA.
However, dates are yet to be determined.
In the meantime, below is a listing of some of useful resources:
- College match, college chances, Admissions tracker, scholarships: collegedata.com
- Additional college matches, matches, etc.: parchment.com/c/my-chances and www.cappex.com
- Colleges That Change Lives: ctcl.org
- Lynn O’Shaughnessy: thecollegesolution.com/about
- Western Undergraduate Exchange program: http://www.wiche.edu/wue
- Naviance: https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=slvh
10.04 -10.28: Conferences for seniors and their parent(s) to review progress toward graduation and post-high school plans will be held throughout Octove. Please pick a time during your senior’s open period or elective class and make an appointment through Jeannette Lange in the Counseling Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 335.4721. If you are unable to attend, please instruct your senior to schedule their own conference time.
10.07: Grades close for the First Progress Report and eligibility declared the following week.
10.08: CSUMB Open House 10:00 am – 1:00 pm (check-in at 9:30) at the Cal State Monterey Bay Main Quad. This is a great opportunity for parents and seniors try Cal State Monterey Bay for a day. Check out the majors, explore the campus, meet professors and fellow students, and attend information sessions on admissions, financial aid, and university life. For more information, go to this link: https://csumb.edu/admissions/open-house
10.09: College application essay workshop, provided by the San Lorenzo Learning Lab and sponsored by the Cougar Club from 9-12 pm in the MPR. $45, though a discount may be provided for students who qualify. The workshop will help students develop their college application and scholarship essays.
To sign up, contact the San Lorenzo Learning Lab at email@example.com
10.27: NHS (National Honor Society) Renewing members need to submit an updated resume and annual dues fo $20 during lunch in the MPR.
ASB & Yearbook Sales: During lunch on the Cougar Lawn – ASB cards provide discounts on a variety of school events. Yearbooks are $75 but the price will increase soon.
Seniors are reminded to check Schoology and complete any missing assignments this week and check school email for senior information.
Enjoy Homecoming Week but please attend one of the CSU workshops if applying to any CSU campuses.
Noreen E. Nolan
Guidance & ROP Counselor