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Revised Junior Parent Presentation

  1. 1. JUNIOR PARENT NIGHT January 23, 2008 7:00 – 9:00pm Auditorium Grosse Pointe South High School
  2. 2. AGENDA <ul><li>Welcome, Introductions and Plan for the evening </li></ul><ul><li>Al Diver, Principal </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Appraisal – Abilities, Interests, Career Pathways Program, Goals, NCAA </li></ul><ul><li> Eric Burson, Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Testing Preparation – PSAT, ACT, SAT I, SAT II, AP </li></ul><ul><li> Anne Mabley, Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>College Applications – Electronic/paper process, Deadlines </li></ul><ul><li> Beth Walsh-Sahutske, Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Essays/Resumes’/Interviews </li></ul><ul><li> Catherine Lewis, Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations/Campus Visits </li></ul><ul><li> Troy Glasser, Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid and Scholarships/the Internet/Career Resource Center </li></ul><ul><li> Troy Glasser, Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Questions and Answers </li></ul>
  3. 3. STUDENT SUPPORT PERSONNEL <ul><li>COUNSELORS </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Eric Burson [email_address] 432-3524 </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Catherine Lewis [email_address] 432-3523 </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Troy Glasser [email_address] 432-3521 </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Beth Walsh-Sahutske [email_address] 432-3522 </li></ul><ul><li>Mrs. Anne Mabley [email_address] 432-3526 </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling Office [email_address] 432-3519 </li></ul><ul><li>Counseling Fax 432-3527 </li></ul><ul><li>Career Resource Center [email_address] 432-3675 </li></ul><ul><li>Web Page www.south.gpschools.org/crc </li></ul><ul><li>STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Doug Roby [email_address] 432-3520 </li></ul><ul><li>SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Scott Bruns [email_address] 432-3525 </li></ul>
  4. 4. SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT <ul><li>Biographical information </li></ul><ul><li>Overall grade point average </li></ul><ul><li>Academic grade point average </li></ul><ul><li>Completed class and GPA </li></ul><ul><li>Current classes </li></ul><ul><li>Test scores (GPA, ACT, PSAT, SAT I & II, AP) </li></ul>
  5. 5. JUNIOR and SENIOR INFORMATION SHEET <ul><li>Activities and offices </li></ul><ul><li>Awards </li></ul><ul><li>Hobbies, interests, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Special circumstances including ethnicity </li></ul><ul><li>Counselors use these sheets to relay information about scholarships, colleges, jobs and special programs. </li></ul>
  6. 6. JUNIOR INFORMATION Parent Contribution <ul><li>Many colleges, scholarship donors and special programs require a counselor recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>Parent can write a letter to the counselor: </li></ul><ul><li>special anecdotes </li></ul><ul><li>special talents </li></ul><ul><li>information unknown in school </li></ul>
  7. 7. CAREER CRUISING PROGRAM <ul><li>Arts and Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Business, Management, Marketing and Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Engineering/Manufacturing and Industrial Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Health Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Human Services </li></ul><ul><li>Natural Resources and Agriscience </li></ul>
  8. 8. CAREER CRUISING PROGRAM <ul><li>Will be working with all students to explore career options based on interests and abilities </li></ul><ul><li>Can access this program from home after initial registration and set-up </li></ul><ul><li>Update the information often by working side-by-side with your student </li></ul>
  9. 9. NCAA Eligibility and NEW Requirements <ul><li>To be considered qualified for playing sports at the collegiate level: </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate from high school </li></ul><ul><li>Complete a core curriculum of 16 academic classes </li></ul><ul><li>Earn an academic GPA and ACT or SAT score consistent with NCAA requirements </li></ul><ul><li>The MME/ACT is NCAA reportable </li></ul>
  10. 10. NCAA Divisions I, II and III <ul><li>For Division I, student must have 4 years of English, 2 of math, 2 of lab science, 2 of social studies, 1 additional English, math, or science, and 4 more of any above </li></ul><ul><li>For Division II, student must have 3 years of English, 2 of Math, 2 of Lab Science, 2 of Social students and 5 more of any above </li></ul><ul><li>For Division III, these requirements above do not apply. </li></ul>
  11. 11. 2007-2008 Testing Calendar <ul><li>The required MME / ACT is scheduled at South for all juniors on March 11-13th </li></ul><ul><li>Register early for other test dates and use online resources rather than the mail </li></ul><ul><li>See counselor regarding any special accommodations </li></ul><ul><li>Check data on admissions ticket for: location, Social Security number, spelling, and address </li></ul>
  12. 12. MME – ACT with Writing Michigan Merit Exam <ul><li>The required MME exam to be held on March 11-13th includes the </li></ul><ul><li>ACT with Writing </li></ul><ul><li>Registration for this exam is scheduled in school on March 3 rd (half day) </li></ul><ul><li>This is a college reportable ACT score </li></ul><ul><li>It is free of charge to all juniors </li></ul><ul><li>The 90 day rule between ACT exam attempts does not apply. </li></ul>
  13. 13. To register online for other test dates: <ul><li>ACT </li></ul><ul><li>www.act.org </li></ul><ul><li>SAT I and II </li></ul><ul><li>www.collegeboard.com </li></ul>Free practice ACT exams are available online. Refer to the link on the Grosse Pointe South High School Home page: http://south.gpschools.org/resources/
  14. 14. Testing Services for Disabilities <ul><li>ACT </li></ul><ul><li>All documentation must be mailed with application when applying for test </li></ul><ul><li>Extend time tests are now </li></ul><ul><li>offered every test date </li></ul><ul><li>of the year </li></ul><ul><li>Apply early! </li></ul><ul><li>SAT </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers must verify use of accommodations in class </li></ul><ul><li>Application for extended times done in 10 th grade and applies to PSAT, SAT I, SAT II and AP tests thereafter </li></ul><ul><li>Extend time test dates are every test date of the year </li></ul>Check with your counselor to assure MME /ACT accommodation requests have been submitted.
  15. 15. Changes in ACT/SAT since 2005 <ul><li>Writing will be a part of ACT and SAT I Reasoning tests—take this! </li></ul><ul><li>SAT II Writing exam to be eliminated </li></ul><ul><li>Students have the option of taking ACT with or without Writing section; all Michigan public school students will take the ACT with Writing at school in March as part of the MME </li></ul>
  16. 16. The College Application Process <ul><li>Get on-line now with perspective colleges to start receiving information (colleges this year have begun using “pre-interest” as part of the admissions decision) </li></ul><ul><li>Visit colleges this semester and have a conference with Admissions Office, if possible </li></ul><ul><li>Check to see if the Common Application or the Black College Common Application are options </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the Prep HQ program for another excellent resource (free) to compare your student with other South grad college results </li></ul><ul><li>Do applications online whenever possible </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Common Application <ul><li>If you are applying to two or more selective colleges, use the Common Application. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to: www.commonapp.org </li></ul><ul><li>Print copies for each of the colleges and turn all in to the Career Resource Center in the Library </li></ul>
  18. 18. ELECTRONIC APPLICATION CHECKLIST <ul><li>Show samples </li></ul>
  19. 19. If there are required essays . . . <ul><li>Have your student: </li></ul><ul><li>Start early </li></ul><ul><li>Read the directions carefully </li></ul><ul><li>Tell the truth about himself </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the student’s best side </li></ul><ul><li>Feel comfortable with any anxieties </li></ul><ul><li>Tie himself to the college </li></ul><ul><li>Speak in a positive but not self-serving manner </li></ul><ul><li>Write about greatest assets and achievements </li></ul><ul><li>Look for special or unusual interest/activities/talents </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.essayedge.com </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Essay-writing continued <ul><li>DO NOT </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat information that is elsewhere on the application </li></ul><ul><li>Write on general, impersonal topics </li></ul><ul><li>Use the personal statement to excuse any shortcomings </li></ul><ul><li>Use clichés </li></ul><ul><li>Go to extremes such as too witty, too opinionated or too intellectual </li></ul><ul><li>Write a serious essay, from the bottom of the heart, in the most mature manner possible. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Resume’ <ul><li>Have your student: </li></ul><ul><li>Keep to one page </li></ul><ul><li>Use quality paper and quality type </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easily decipherable </li></ul><ul><li>Be specific </li></ul><ul><li>Customize to the college’s preferences </li></ul><ul><li>Include address, home telephone number and email address </li></ul><ul><li>Go to www.resumeedge.com </li></ul>
  22. 22. Resume’ <ul><li>Show examples </li></ul>
  23. 23. Interviews <ul><li>Remind your student to: </li></ul><ul><li>Take a copy of his resume’ to give to the interviewer </li></ul><ul><li>Take a copy of his transcript and most recent report card </li></ul><ul><li>Dress in appropriate clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Have questions to ask the interviewer </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to expand on the questions that may be asked </li></ul>
  24. 24. Teacher Recommendations <ul><li>Ask 11 th /12 th grade teachers for letters </li></ul><ul><li>Give the teacher at least 2 weeks notice prior to the date the letters are to be sent </li></ul><ul><li>Supply the teacher with a stamped envelope already addressed to the college </li></ul><ul><li>Include the separate college recommendation form, if needed </li></ul><ul><li>Supply the teacher with a completed resume’ with which to refer </li></ul><ul><li>Remind the teacher to keep a copy in case there is a need for more recommendations later </li></ul><ul><li>If the teacher feels a letter of recommendation is not advisable for that class, select another teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Wait two weeks. Then confirm with the teacher the date the recommendation was mailed. </li></ul><ul><li>Follow up with a “thank you” note to the teachers for the time and effort they took to support the application. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Campus Visits <ul><li>The Office of Admission at Alma College suggests the student ask these questions: </li></ul><ul><li>How is admission to the college determined? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I have a campus tour? Sit in on a class? Have lunch in a dining hall? Stay overnight in a dorm? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have a Career Planning program? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the school’s overall job placement rate? What is it in my intended major ? </li></ul><ul><li>What kinds of financial aid programs are available? What extra forms do I fill out? Are there any special scholarships offered by the school or its alumni? </li></ul><ul><li>Can I have a car on campus during my freshman year? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the dorm facilities like? </li></ul>
  26. 26. Financial Aid and Scholarships <ul><li>Use the Web to access up-to-date aid sources </li></ul><ul><li>Attend Financial Aid Night at Grosse Pointe South in November of 12 th grade </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Career Resource Center in the Library for additional information </li></ul><ul><li>Research NOW – apply in senior year </li></ul>
  27. 27. Other Resources <ul><li>Check out materials in South’s Counseling Center </li></ul><ul><li>FAFSA form </li></ul><ul><li>Register with FastWeb now </li></ul><ul><li>MME (coming in March); replaces MEAP </li></ul><ul><li>Michigan Promise Award $4,000 </li></ul><ul><li>State of Michigan Scholarships – ACT </li></ul><ul><li>National Merit Scholarships (PSAT/SAT) </li></ul><ul><li>Go online for more resources but do not use any that charge fees! </li></ul>
  28. 28. Career Resource Center in Library <ul><li>Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 10:30 am </li></ul><ul><li>or by appointment at other times </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the CRC website! </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: Brenda Carlson </li></ul><ul><li>432-3675 </li></ul><ul><li>Career Cruising, college representative visits, financial aid, college videos & catalogs, summer programs, vocational school information, service information, College Night, Financial Aid Night </li></ul>
  29. 29. Two Words of Warning <ul><li>The “Credit Card Binge” </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid Scams </li></ul><ul><li>Work with your student now to get an understanding for finances for college – forewarned is forearmed . </li></ul>

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