Looking Ahead

Grades 9 & 10 Fall Newsletter
Welcome to the Counseling Center Newsletter designed specifically for our Ninth and Tenth grade students. In this, and upcoming issues, you will find announcements, tips, and information that will benefit YOU!!! Please stop by the office and take advantage of all the wonderful resources we have available in the Counseling Center. Mrs Maloney and Poupore

Advice for Parents on the College Selection Process
Get to know your child’s School Counselor! The High School Counselor functions as a primary student advocate within the school community by challenging, supporting and encouraging students through a myriad of counseling services.

Communicate with your child’s School Counselor. Obviously, any problems affecting a child outside of school may carry over into the classroom. Please let your child’s counselor know when there are outside issues that may interfere with learning. We are here to help.

Be informed about your child’s academic program. Questions for the School Counselor:

  • What basic academic courses do you recommend for students who want to go to college?
  • How many years of each academic subject does the high school require for graduation?
  • What electives are recommended for college-bound students?
  • Is tutoring available?
  • What activities can strengthen a child’s preparation for college?
  • How much homework should I expect for my child?
  • What kinds of grades do colleges require?

I’m the School Counselor…Begin Here!!!

The School Counselor is a specifically credentialed, school-based professional trained to work with students, parents, teachers, administrators and the community.

The School Counselor

  • Listens to your child’s needs and concerns
  • Helps assess his or her strengths and weaknesses
  • Completes an academic/career profile for each child
  • Meets with all students to explain the counseling program, discuss personal concerns, discuss college and career options
  • Reviews your child’s academic record and suggests areas of improvement and strategies to increase academic achievement
  • Helps students schedule time and meet deadlines for taking standardized tests
  • Helps your child acquire skills to set reasonable goals and make wise decisions
  • Has resources (books, brochures, Internet, videotapes) for examining post-high school options
  • Provides the necessary forms and initial explanations of criteria for student financial assistance
  • Provides support, understanding and friendship

Meeting Me Is As Eeasy As 1-2-3
Come to Parent-Teacher conference meetings, open houses and/or school visitation nights. We are usually available for an appointment, or you can acquire literature to take home.

Make an appointment to discuss academic, college, career and/or personal concerns through the Counseling Center.

Attend activities, workshops, and programs sponsored by the Counseling Center.

Call for information and general advisement.

Your School Counselor can help your child with a myriad of needs, from working on course selections to coping with peer pressures, to making appropriate course selections.

Specially, Your Child’s Counselor Is:

  • An excellent first resource on college/career exploration, financial aid resources and specific guidance on considering post-graduation options.
  • Trained in helping your child acquire specific skills in areas such as test taking, study skills, values clarification, decision-making, and goal setting to assist academic achievement.
  • A liaison between students and available jobs and/or training and education programs.
  • The coordinator for in-school college visitation programs.
  • Provider for student recommendations.

He Or She Also Is:

  • Skilled at listening to the concerns of others.
  • Trained to help families share concerns and needs to help resolve problems.
  • A resource for community enrichment program information.
  • A Consultant with community agencies that provides supplemental personal, emotional or academic support, and a coordinator with school staff to align student interest with extra-curricular activities.

Did you know?
Students who graduate from high school earn, on average, $270,000 more in their lifetimes than students who drop out.

College graduates make almost $1 million more in their lifetimes than high school graduates.

When parents and families get personally involved in education, their children do better in school and grow up to be more successful in life!! Sounds like common sense.

Yet, parental involvement is one of the most overlooked aspects of American education today. The fact is, many parents do not realize how important it is to get involved in their children’s learning. As one dad said when he began reading to his daughter every day, “I never realized how much it would mean to her to hear me read.” Results – her reading improved. Research shows that when families get involved, their children:

  • Get better grades and test scores
  • Graduate from high school at higher rates
  • Are more likely to go on to higher education
  • Are better behaved and have more positive attitudes.

Most important of all, ALL parents and families can enjoy these benefits.

Children of all ages need their parents’ attention, support, and encouragement. These are the real ingredients to ensuring their success in the future.

The Road To College/Career Planning
Highlights for some of the tasks to be completed each year during your high school career.

9th Grade:

  • Take a challenging course load
  • Identify academic and personal strengths and weaknesses with your school counselor
  • Become involved in extra-curricular activities/sports
  • Develop strong study/homework habits

10th Grade:

  • Continue with a strong college/career preparatory academic program
  • Further exploration of college and careers through resource books and the Internet
  • Participate in volunteer/community service/sports

11th Grade:

  • Continue to select challenging courses for Junior year
  • Take the PSAT exam in October as preparation for SAT’s and entrance into the National Merit Scholarship competition
  • Explore college options with School Counselor
  • Attend College Fair at Hudson Valley Community College
  • Prepare for SAT exams by intense course work, SAT Prep review class (available at HVCC), SAT literature/practice materials/Internet sites.
  • Take the SAT , SAT Subject Tests and ACT exams in spring of Junior year
  • During the summer, visit colleges and attend college interviews
  • Continue to refine your college interest list

12th Grade:

  • Select rigorous courses for Senior year
  • Register for Fall SAT, SAT Subject Tests and ACT exams
  • Review final list of colleges with your counselor
  • Obtain college applications
  • Visit college representatives at the Counseling Center
  • Request letters of recommendation from counselors, teachers, and service organizations
  • Potential college athletes should register with the NCAA Clearinghouse
  • Write college application essay
  • Attend college open houses/overnight programs
  • Arrange campus interview
  • Investigate scholarships
  • Meet with Military Recruiter, if interested
  • Attend Financial Aid presentation in January
  • Complete Federal and State financial aid forms in January
  • Prepare job resume and applications
  • May 1st – Universal Acceptance Day
  • Complete graduation course and exam requirements