The freshmen appear to be adjusting to high school well. They appear to enjoy their classes and indicate that they will be successful. Many students are involved in extracurricular activities, being active in sports or clubs. Overall, the transition to high school seems to be going well.
The counseling staff visited all the freshmen English classes in October to welcome the students to North High, discuss expectations at the high school level and to further encourage students to be active in clubs, activities or sports. We explained to students how to develop a five year plan. This includes planning the four years of high school and life after high school. Students were given materials to take home and share with their parents, so be sure to ask your student about this.
Please encourage your student to make an appointment with their counselor to review his/her schedule and make corrections if necessary. This is a great way for students to introduce themselves to their counselor and get to know them.
The PSAT, which is a practice for the SAT reasoning test, was given in October. Although this is a test for juniors to indicate the National Merit qualifiers, we allow sophomores to take it to practice the format and learn about the test as it has a different structure than the ACT.
It is important at this point in their high school careers for students to evaluate their performance and plan for the future. This is a time to ask students what is working. What are their successes? What would you like to improve? It is not too early to start the planning process for college, technical school or a career path. Please make sure you access the teachers, counselors and the guidance department resources and websites. Communication is the key to success at school among all parties. Please let us know how we can help your child feel successful.
The junior year is very important. Students should continue to take challenging courses and honors courses as appropriate to interests and abilities. They should start to accumulate work samples and projects for a personal portfolio. Such samples may be useful for college applications or form the basis of future projects. Writing samples are always wise to keep. Juniors should participate in school or community activities for enrichment, experience and fun. This could be valuable highlights for admission or scholarship activities. Juniors should meet with the college representatives that come to North. These meetings usually occur during academic lab and may take about 20 minutes. The meetings are to inform, make contacts, and make comparisons. The schedule of college representative visits is posted on the counseling website.
It remains important that the seniors continue to work hard at maintaining a strong record. Seniors can be a positive role model for the entire school. Those that use their leadership skills will obtain valuable experience for the future.
The senior year will pass quickly; therefore it is important that the time be used wisely. Plans for post high school need to be made in a timely manner. The sooner college applications are sent, the better. It is very difficult to hurry in the spring when making this important decision.
Please make sure all credits are met so that there are no surprises in May. Well over 95% of seniors will have met the graduation requirements, but it never hurts to double check. Those who need credit recovery need to see their counselor.
COLLEGE OPPORTUNITIES BEING LOST
Did you know that every month many college representatives visit the Counseling and Guidance Center. Between September and January over 100 college representatives will come to visit us as well as military representatives. The purpose of their visits is to tell inquiring students about the opportunities available at the colleges they represent. They are not only informed about the admission procedures, but also are thoroughly and currently informed about the college’s curriculum, extra-curricular offerings, and financial aid. Equally important, they are most often the best source of information available to our students about the college’s atmosphere as a place to live and work for four years. Students interviewing as many of the visiting college representatives as possible will be helpful in gathering information upon which to base this decision.
Students who are already considering a particular college should come to see that representative for answers to questions and to become acquainted with a person whose recommendation may be very influential. (Having the visiting representative go back to the admissions office saying, “I met a really interesting girl at Parkway North last week, watch for her application” is a head start in the admissions process.)
Students should regularly check the college calendar outside the Guidance Office to see which representatives are coming. Parents, your student is busy! Remind him or her to take time to learn about college opportunities. Parents are also invited to visit with the representatives.
FEATURED COLLEGES OF THE MONTH:
Global. Rigorous. Inspiring. Macalester challenges students to consider ideas from multiple perspectives, to be responsible global citizens and to forge solutions to problems that the world faces today and will encounter tomorrow. Students come from every state and 90 countries. The academic program ranks among the top 20 in the nation and includes broad research and internship opportunities. Graduates reap the benefits of a global education in the job market and at the nation’s top graduate programs.
Located in the suburbs just 25 miles from New York City, Hofstra University’s vibrant 240-acre campus awaits you. With 8,000 full-time undergraduates and 140 academic areas to choose from, Hofstra students engage in small classes and use state-of-the-art facilities in all of the performing arts, business, education and media programs. Division I athletics, 500 annual cultural events, the building of a new medical school (scheduled to open in 2011) along with having been the host site of the third and final debate of the 2008 Presidential Campaign adds to the excitement of what it means to be a Hofstra student.
FEATURED CAREER OF THE MONTH:
Have you thought about a career as an actuary?
Actuaries are risk evaluators. They spend their days calculating the costs of assuming different kind of risks. For example they determine for various insurance companies how much these companies should charge automobile owners for collision insurance based on a person’s age, their sex, and other factors like the city they live in. If you like math and statistics, this may be the career for you.The average salary for an experienced actuary is about $100,000 a year.There are less than 40,000 people in the United States in the actuarial profession. It is a fast growing field with many job openings.