Presentation on theme: "Columbia High School Senior Parents’ Night Tuesday, September 24, 2010 7:00 pm, CHS Auditorium Welcome! We hope you leave here tonight feeling well-prepared."— Presentation transcript:
1Columbia High School Senior Parents’ Night Tuesday, September 24, 2010 7:00 pm, CHS Auditorium Welcome!We hope you leave here tonight feeling well-prepared to navigate SENIOR YEAR
2Program Agenda Welcome – Dr. Lovie Lilly, CHS Principal Program Introduction – Dr. Jennifer Giordano, Dir. Of GuidanceGraduation/Prom – Mr. Kirk SmithSenior Class Advisor – Mr. Matthew EndlichWhat You Need to Know – Mr. Maietta and Ms. BoerSENIOR H.S.A. Representatives –Ms. Acevedo & Ms. MonaghanThe Senior Year – College Admissions & the Application Process
3Program Objectives & Packet Contents College Application ProcessCommon MistakesProcess & Protocol for requesting a teacher recommendationTips for Applying to College or Technical SchoolsInterview TipsStandardized Testing Dates for College AdmissionsSAT I, ACT and SAT IIThe Family Connection (Naviance)The College EssayTips for Visiting College CampusesWhat do admissions officers look for?Counselor Contact Information
4Step-by-Step Guide to the College Application Process Students are responsible for the following:Obtaining an application for admission (online) from each college of interestCompleting the application and electronically submitting it to the collegeContacting testing agencies (www.collegeboard.com; and requesting test scores be sent directly to the colleges…this may include SAT, SATII, ACT or APAsking teachers (2-3) for letters of recommendation. A stamped, addressed business envelope must be provided to each teacher for each college/university.Completing a Transcript Request Form - TRF (available in Guidance) and providing a large, addressed envelope with three stamps to your counselor for EACH college to which a student is applying ($1.27 postage )The large envelopes are available in Guidance and MUST be submitted at the same time as the TRF. Please check with Mrs. Singer (Guidance Secretary) that you have completed the process, prior to leaving your materials for your counselor.Once students have submitted the TRF along with the envelopes, the Guidance Department is responsible for the following:Mailing the envelope(s) to the college(s). The envelope contains:An official Columbia High School TranscriptYour Grade Point Average and Percentile Class Rank as of the previous JuneA Secondary School Report, which includes a RECOMMENDATIONA CHS ProfileStudents should mail applications no later than 1 week prior tot the college’s application deadline.Students should give application items to their counselors no less than 10 business days prior to the deadline.
5Common Mistakes on College Applications Date of Birth must be written or entered CORRECTLY!Confirm the correct number of essays for which the college is asking.Remember to put your name and social security number on every page you submit.DO NOT forget to sign your application & recommendation letter waiver.When asked about activities, remember to include ALL in which you participate. You are not limited to those sponsored by CHS.Proofread your essay and application. DO NOT rely on Spell CheckSend official test scores. Contact College Board or ACT directly to find out how (www.collegeboard.com,List intended major, if asked. If you don’t know, indicate “undecided”.BE, THINK, & PRESENT yourself in the most positive way!
6Teacher Recommendation Procedures The STUDENTAsk 2-3 teachers who have had you in class within the last two years if they will write you a letter of recommendation. Teachers of math, science, English, social studies and world language are preferred by most colleges.Provide them with the teacher recommendation form, if requested.Have a conversation with the teachers. They are responsible for representing you as a student in their classrooms.Provide each teacher with a stamped business envelope, properly addressed to each college to which you are applying. Neatness and legibility is key!Clearly indicate application deadline dates for each college. Submit materials to teachers at least 1 month prior to the earliest deadline.The TEACHERType letter of recommendationMail letter to the colleges for which an envelope has been provided
7Sample Teacher Recommendation Form, page 1 Date _____________Dear _____________As per our conversation, I am formally requesting a college recommendation. I have attached stamped, addressed envelopes and would appreciate the recommendations mailed by ______________. On the reverse side of this form I have completed relevant information to assist you in writing my recommendation. Please include my name and social security number on the recommendation to ensure it is placed in the proper file.If you have any concerns or questions about the recommendation or deadline date, please contact me. Thank you for taking the time and making the effort to help me reach my goals.Sincerely,_____________________(student’s name)
8Sample Teacher Recommendation Form, page 2 Student Name _______________________Social Security No. ___________________Courses and final grades taken with you:The following is a list of my involvement in student activities with you or activities related to your subject matter:My plans for the future are:*Please include your observations of my class performance, attitude, and capability
9Tips for College Interviewing First Impressions Count Arrive early & dress neatly. No suit necessary, just something comfortable and appropriate…no jeans or t-shirts.Be prepared. Be sure you know the basics about the school you are applying to.Be aware of your body language – are you slouching? Fidgeting? Frowning? Avoiding eye-contact? Posture is important. Smile and look people in the eye!Don’t worry about feeling nervous. Nerves are perfectly normal. Concentrate instead on knowing your unique strengths and getting comfortable speaking with them.Listen to the questions and be sure to answer them completely.This is your chance to share information about what you and the school have to offer one another.Have questions prepared.
10Interview Questions Some typical questions asked by college interviews: If your best friend were here and I asked him/her to describe you, what would he/she say?How did you become interested in our college/university?If I cleared my desk and asked you to put any three books on it, what books would you choose and why?If you inherited one million dollars with the stipulation that you take a year off between high school and college, how would you spend your time and money?If you were to be named the new principal of your high school, what changes would you make and why?How would accepting you to our college impact our campus?Some typical questions asked by prospective students:What are your criteria for admission in order of importance?Will applying for financial aid affect my chances for admissions?What is/are the major issue(s) on campus, at present.Are there opportunities for independent study and undergraduate research internships?
11College Admissions Standardized Testing Schedule for 2011-2012 CHS CEEB Code: 310750 SAT I Reasoning Tests and SAT II Subject TestsTest date Registration Deadline Late DeadlineOctober 1 September 9 Sept. 21November 5 October 7 Oct. 11December 3 November 8 Nov. 20January 28 December 30 Jan. 13March 10 (SAT ONLY)February 10 Feb. 24May 5 April 6 April 20June 2 May 8 May 22ACT (American College Test)September 10 August 12 August 26October 22 September 16 Sept. 30December 10 November 4 Nov. 18February 11 January 13 Jan. 20April 14 March 9 March 23June 9 May 4 May 18*CHS is NOT an ACT test center. The nearest test centers are located at Montclair HS, James Caldwell HS & West Orange HS.Important Dates to RememberNovember 1 or 15 – Early Decision Application Deadline (for many colleges)September 29 & 30, October 21, November 10 & 11 – CHS closed; a GREAT time to visit collegesDecember 1 – Target date for getting completed application packets to counselors
12Tests for College Admissions: Facts, Tips, and Important Information Students often ask their counselors for recommendations regarding when and which college admissions tests (SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Test and/or ACT) should be taken.THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR SENDING THE SCORES TO THE COLLEGES IS THE STUDENT’S.SAT REASONING TESTThe SAT, a three-hour-and-forty-five minute test, measure critical thinking, reasoning and writing skills students have developed over time and skills they need to be successful.The SAT is the best independent, standardized measure of a student’s college readiness. It is standardized across al students, schools, and states, providing a common and objective scale for comparison.The SAT consists of nine sections, including a 25 minute essay, each timed separately. The essay will always appear first, and the five other 25 minute sections can appear in any order, as can the two 20 minute sections. In addition, a 10 minute writing multiple-choice section will be at the end of the test.Each of the SAT’s three main sections is scored on a scale of the SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It is administered seven times a year in the U.S., Puerto Rico and US Territories, and six times a year overseas.
13THE ACT: Facts and Information Tests for College Admissions: Facts, Tips, and Important Information (con’t)In addition, there is one 25 minute unscored section, know as the variable or equating section. This unscored section may be either a critical reading, math, or writing multiple choice section. This section does not count toward the final score but is used to try out new questions for future editions of the SAT and to ensure that scores on new editions of the SAT are comparable to scores on earlier editions of the test.SAT SUBJECT TESTSSubject tests are designed to measure students’ knowledge and skills in particular subject areas, as well s their ability to apply that knowledge. Students take the Subject Tests to demonstrate to colleges their mastery of specific subjects such as English, history, mathematics and science. Some colleges use the Subject Tests for admission, for course placement, and to advise students about course selection. They may specify the Subject Tests they require for admission or placement; others allow applicants to choose which tests to take. All tests are outlined on the College Board website.THE ACT: Facts and InformationThe ACT is a national college admission and placement examination. The test (including instructions and break times) takes just over 4 hours to administer without the Writing Test. The actual testing time is 2 hours and 55 minutes, broken down as follows: English 45 minutes, Math 60 minutes, Reading 35 minutes, and Science 35 minutes. The ACT Writing Test adds 30 minutes.
14ACT facts and information, con’t… The ACT is universally accepted for college admissions. Instead, the questions on the ACT are directly related to what the students have learned in high school courses in English, mathematics and science Students may take the ACT as often as they wish but only once per national test date. Many students take the test twice, once as a junior and again as a senior. Research suggests that 55% of students who take the ACT more than once increase their composite score on the retest. They may also take the ACT if they have already taken the SAT.
15What is the Family Connection? The Family Connection was designed to serve the need of students and parents while at the same time giving the counselor full control over how it is used in their particular program. It is designed to provide flexibility in what features it offers, how it looks, and who can access it. The overview below will help you to understand the most important points to know about how the Family Connection works:The web address for the Family Connection at CHS is:Anyone with a valid username and password can access the site. They can view and modify information that is specific to them.In order to protect the security and privacy of student information, each student is required to register with a unique registration code before they can create a username and password. This registration information is available to all students via their guidance counselor. Please note, an address is needed to activate the connection.The Family Connection is divided into three sections: About Me, About College, and From the Counselor. Each of these is explained as follows:
16Family Connection, con’t… ABOUT ME…This section provides students an opportunity to enter information about themselves, test scores, notable accomplishments, and their post-graduation “Game Plan.”It also allows them to view and add to their college application list, indicate a level of interest in specific schools, view scattergrams with student scores and GPA date overlaid on the graph, as well as check application deadlines and update application information.ABOUT COLLEGE…This section provides students the opportunity to look up colleges by name, alphabet, state or by country. It also helps students seek out appropriate “match” schools to their grades, scores and academic performance. It provides comparisons among student data at CHS and nationally to lend insights into the competitive nature of different colleges and universities. A list of scheduled college visits is also available, here. Further, information on scholarships, deadlines and financial aid awards is also available via this section of the Family Connection.
17Family Connection, con’t… FROM THE COUNSELOR….Here, as student can obtain a list of other web-based resources related to college and financial aid. In addition, this section provides direct access to the counselor via . If a student is signed-in, the will be directed to the counselor that is assigned to them.Counselors can monitor all updates and changes to a student’s profile through their accounts. The Family Connection is a wonderfully transparent resources to keep students, families and counselors in contact throughout the often tedious and stressful college application process.
18The College EssayThe essay is an integral part of the application process that may set you apart from your peers. It should tell the reader something about you that could not be gleaned from the transcripts, activities, or perhaps even recommendations. The essay should reveal your INDIVIDUALITY!BEFORE YOUR START:Read other essays.Understand the question and the task. Ask yourself, “ who is my audience?”Practice WritingSchedule in enough time to meet your deadlines.Make an appointment with your English teacher to have your essay reviewed.ORGANIZING YOUR INFORMATION:List facts and information about specific subjectsSeek out other points of view, such as autobiographical data, positive qualities and/or shared experiences.TYPES OF QUESTIONS:General (Open-ended or Your Choice)Specific (i.e. Discuss something that you have read that has a profound affect on you?)
19College Essay…more! PURPOSE: Write about something that you really know.Be POSITIVE about yourself.Avoid controversyShow that you can reason effectively, think creatively, and write with clarity and accuracy.POINTS TO REMEMBER:Did you follow directions?Did you answer the question that was asked?Did you avoid: Did you include:Cliches variations in sentence structureAbbreviations consistency in verb tenses“cute” words organization of your thoughtsRepetition remember to proofread for errors“In other words” statements
20Visiting the College Campus There is nothing like seeing the campus for yourself. If you are going to make a college visit, you should not approach them lightly. Here are some helpful hints and strategies for making the most of your on-campus visit TAKE NOTES AFTER EACH VISIT! The schools tend to run together and it is hard to remember the details.ACADEMIC COURSES:How much flexibility will I have in my curriculum. Can I change majors? Can I double major? Can I cross-register with other local colleges? Is there a core curriculum.What is the average class size?What is the faculty-student ratio?How many majors are offered?Do you offer a major in….? If not, is there a way to develop my own major?Can I get an internship in my major field?Can I study abroad? Where?How many credits must I take each semester to be a full-time student?How often does each class meet per week?FACULTY:What percentage of the faculty teaches freshman and sophomores?Will I be taught by full professors or graduate students?How accessible are the faculty members? Office hours? Availability outside of class?STUDENT LIFE:Is the campus and student population diverse? What is the geographic distribution of students from across the country?What student organizations exist on campus?Are there fraternities and sororities? How important is Greek life on campus?Is there tangible school spirit? How is it fostered?What kinds of athletic teams exist on campus? Do sports play a major role on campus? Are there intramural sports?Is there an effective student government? How do I get involved?What is campus life like on the weekends?
21Visiting Colleges, con’t… MISCELLANEOUS:How are the facilities in various departments, especially the science and engineering resources?How active are the athletic, music, theater and arts departments in campus life?Is housing guaranteed for four years? Are there specific freshman dormitories? Can I chose where I want to live? Is it a lottery? How’s the food on campus?Is the campus safe? What resources and precautions are available to ensure student safety?What percentage of students go on to graduate school?What kinds of support services are available to students? Where do I go on campus if I need medical, psychological or academic help?Can I get a job on campus?Can I have a car on campus?KEY PIECES OF ADVICE:Go to a dormitory and see a student’s room.Find out where students hang-out and spend some time there.Talk to current students to get a feel for the campus and what kinds of students make up the population.Have lunch with a student.Read the student newspaper.Make an appointment to meet with a faculty member in your department of interest.Stay overnight, if the option exists. Getting a feel for campus life through your own experiences is the best barometer.You need to determine if this is the type of academic and social setting you want to live in for the next four years. The only way to decide is to look and ask.
22What Do Admissions Officers Look For What Do Admissions Officers Look For? Ask any college admissions officer what three elements are most important in the admissions application and the answer will likely be: courses, courses, and courses. The admissions officer’s job is to bring to the campus those students the faculty most wants to teach. THE TRANSCRIPT: Most admissions officers read the transcript as a dynamic, multidimensional document. It speaks to the student’s level of motivation: have you challenged yourself and taken advantage of the most rigorous curricular offerings or have you taken the easiest path through school? Have you demonstrated range, depth and breadth in the courses you have taken? Is there evidence of a willingness to try new things? Perhaps, most importantly, the admissions officer gains a sense of trend. Are you maturing, gaining strength in the upper grades or taking it easy knowing you have already achieved a certain level of accomplishment? The transcript provides real insights into your high school experience and should considered a valuable reflection of your academic history and potential. TEST SCORES: In addition to the SAT I and ACT, many of the more selective colleges require that students take the SAT II Subject Tests in various content areas.
23From the admissions officer’s perspective…more TEST SCORES con’t…Acceptable ranges of test scores vary from college to college. For the most part, test scores are used as one element of consideration,. A student’s test scores provide another clue to interpreting the overall record: another way to add dimension and detail to the map presented by the transcript.EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES:Most applications ask you to list your accomplishments and extracurricular activities. Some students obsess about these and rush out and join every activity/club in their senior year. The last reason to do these things is to improve the “LOOK” of your application. Admissions officers are more interested in a depth of involvement that reflects your true interests. A person with a single interest, pursued with passion, is far more appealing than one who touches lightly on many.
24More… GOOD LUCK! RECOMMENDATIONS: When seeking recommendations, follow the same rules as for extracurricular activities. The admissions staff wants to hear from a few people who know you well and can write convincingly about your abilities. For example, a compelling recommendation may come from a teacher who gave you a “B” but speaks of your determination and tenacity in pursuing a subject that does not come easily to you.A FINAL POINT:If you see the application, transcript, recommendations and personal statement as instruments over which you have control, you can use them to build a clear and convincing position for your admission. Don’t be afraid to take calculated risks and put forth your best image of yourself. What’s important to remember is that your admissions profile begins the day you started high school, not just in your senior year, so remember to start strong and end strong…because everything in between matters.GOOD LUCK!
25CHS Counseling Department Contact InformationDr. Jennifer Giordano ext 1030Guidance Counselors (10-12)Mrs. Nancy Tenenbaum ext 1036Ms. Susan Boer ext 1037Mr. William Seaman ext 1038Mr. Sam Maietta ext 1039Ms. Patricia Nazaire ext 1040Ms. Deb Conway ext 1041Mrs. Marcia HicksMs. Bleiberg ext 1151Student Assistance Counselor (11-12)Mrs. Judith Cohen ext 1043Guidance Secretaries and RegistrarMrs. Cheryl Hernandez ext 1030Ms. Amy Singer ext 1031Mrs. Sheila Bellini ext 1032
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