Greetings from Guidance!
As the freshmen begin their Guidance Groups and the seniors are putting their finishing touches on their college applications, both grade levels are utilizing Naviance, our service which allows students to take surveys regarding personality, academic and career assessments to name a few. All students can use the planner, goal setter and to-do lists to help manage their time. The SuperMatch College Search is of crucial importance when considering various collegiate options. There are a variety of resources on Naviance designed to help students succeed and grow their academic career in addition to preparing them for their college and career pathways, such as creating a resume, researching scholarship opportunities, watching videos of professionals at the top in their field, etc. Students at all grade levels, and parents, have continued access to Naviance.
One stepping stone to college readiness is the PSAT, which sophomores and juniors took on October 11th. Scores became available on The College Board Website on December 11th. If students have not yet created an account, they need to do so as soon as possible. This will be the only way in which scores can be accessed.
As the final weeks of the college application process draws to a close, a few reminders. December 15th was the final day for students to meet with their Guidance Counselors to request that applications be sent to the colleges and universities before the Christmas break. Guidance Counselors will resume meeting with students regarding transcript submission when classes resume on January 3rd.
Some Reminders for Seniors:
- Students are responsible to make an appointment with their Guidance Counselor prior to deadlines, as meeting slots fill up quickly.
- As seniors begin receiving acceptance and scholarship letters, they are to bring a copy of them to the Main Guidance Office where they will then be placed on the Bulletin Board outside the cafeteria to showcase their accomplishments! Also, seniors need to update their application statuses and any scholarships awarded in their Naviance account, using the Graduation Survey. We want to know the results of each college application and any scholarships received, even if the student does not plan on attending that specific college. We will celebrate the Class of 2018's college acceptances, scholarships and awards with print and digital advertising and in the graduation program on graduation day.
We are pleased to present our annual College Experience Day on January 10th. On this day, some of our recent graduates return to St. Edmund Prep and share their experiences, thus far, with college. A pool of alumni that have gone away to college and those attending local colleges are included to give juniors an opportunity to hear the pros and cons regarding each. In addition, the juniors will be able to ask questions of the alumni, gaining a better understanding of the college life and application process.
Junior Parent Night will be on January 17th, during which our department will discuss the college application process. All junior parents are invited and encouraged to attend. It is strongly suggested that junior students attend as well.
Part of this process includes preparing for the standardized tests; a letter was sent home regarding the SAT and ACT prep classes that will be offered by St. Edmund Prep. A $75 deposit is necessary to enroll your child for the SAT class, and can be handed into the Main Office. A flyer has gone home detailing information about registering for the ACT prep class. It is strongly encouraged that your child prepare for whichever standardized test they opt to take. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your student’s Guidance Counselor.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year!
The Guidance Office
Mrs. Jeanne Malazzo, Mrs. Ann Coughlin, Mrs Janine Viti, and Mrs. Anne Hurley