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Whitefield Academy College Counseling Newsletter March 2019

Upcoming College Counseling Events

Standardized Testing 101 (9th & 10th grade parents)

The College Counseling Office invites parents of 9th and 10th graders to learn more about standardized testing on Thursday, March 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Barnett Gathering Room. The event will be a unique opportunity to hear firsthand from Beth Bristow, owner of Beth Bristow Tutorial Services, about the differences between the ACT and SAT and how to determine what test is best suited for your student. We hope to see you there!

9th Grade Breakfast Workshop

In the spring, the College Counseling Office hosts breakfast workshops for grades 9 - 11 as an opportunity to share important grade-specific information related to college planning. The 10th and 11th grade workshops were a great success in the month of January, and we look forward to hosting the 9th grade workshop on Wednesday, March 27.

This breakfast workshop is for students only, and attendance is mandatory. It will take place in the Barnett Gathering Room and will last from 8 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. (during late start on Wednesday).

Class of 2019 Updates

Senior College Photos

Seniors are invited to stop by the College Counseling Office on the following Tuesdays to have their photos taken in their college t-shirts/ paraphernalia. These photos will be placed on the bulletin board outside the College Counseling Office to showcase where the Class of 2019 is heading after Whitefield. Please encourage your student to stop by our office and have their photo taken once they know their plans after graduation.

Dates: March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 23, April 30

College Decision Reminder

As seniors continue to receive admission decisions from colleges, we ask them to stop by our office or Schoology message us to notify us of any updates. We will be collecting a detailed list of all scholarship and admission decision information beginning March 19, but also enjoy hearing the decisions from the students in real time. Please encourage your student to stop by and provide us with any updates they may have!

Class of 2020 Updates

Vocare Career Roundtable Summary

The College Counseling Office is thrilled to have offered so many successful career roundtables last month. During this time, 11th grade students had the opportunity to hear from different professionals who shared their unique perspectives and professional experiences with our students over breakfast and lunch. Speakers were selected based on survey feedback from the Class of 2020, and 99 percent of 11th grade students participated in at least one roundtable.

Teacher Recommendation Letters

Juniors will have the opportunity to reach out to teachers to request recommendation letters beginning April 10, and our office will walk through the process of requesting rec letters during rally the day before. Students will be allowed to request two teacher recommendation letters and at least one letter should be from an instructor who teaches a core academic class. The deadline to request all teacher letters and have the appropriate forms into College Counseling will be May 3. Students are encouraged to reach out to teachers who know them well and can best speak to their performance in the classroom as the college counseling recommendation will highlight both extracurricular and academic performance.

College Essay Camp Registration NOW OPEN!

During the College Essay Camp, juniors will work with Dr. Hughes and learn to develop and construct a well written college essay for their college applications. To learn this skill, students will have a chance to hear from various college admission counselors on what makes a great college essay and to read many real examples of high quality essays. Finally, the students will brainstorm ideas for their own essay topics and will complete at least one essay by the conclusion of the camp.

Juniors interested in attending the college essay camp workshop are invited to sign up HERE!

College Counseling Resources

College Counseling Student Schoology Group

Students are encouraged to visit the "College Counseling" Schoology Group for all resources pertaining to the college search and application process. Every Upper School Student has been added to the group, and we encourage students to check it for information pertaining to summer programs, scholarships, NCAA and college athletics, college interviews, and more!

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