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  • Freshman Parent Night 09 Presentation

    1. 1. Freshman Parent Night What’s on the horizon for your student? This presentation will be available tomorrow on our VCHS website: Academics  High School  College Counseling
    2. 2. Tonight’s Topics <ul><li>What really matters </li></ul><ul><li>How to utilize your four-year plan </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction of the 10th-12th college counseling staff and their role </li></ul><ul><li>PSAT results and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline for college preparation benchmarks </li></ul><ul><li>How to read a transcript and grad status report </li></ul><ul><li>Course selection for next year </li></ul>
    3. 3. What Really Matters <ul><li>Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” </li></ul><ul><li>Proverbs 16:9 – “A man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” </li></ul>
    4. 4. What To Do with Your 4-year Plan <ul><li>Evaluate the difficulty of your Freshman year – was it a good fit? </li></ul><ul><li>Are your post-high school goals still the same? </li></ul>Ask these questions after every year – the 4-year plan is a guideline; it is not set in stone.
    5. 5. Freshmen Parents – Watch Out! <ul><li>Freshman “Let Up” can occur in the first 6-8 weeks of the second semester. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Meet Your 10-12 th Grade College Counselor We’ll be taking you and your student the rest of the way!
    7. 7. Dr. Jonathan Burton (A-G) <ul><li>VCHS since 1995 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Previously taught Chemistry and Math (all levels) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attended Southern Methodist University, Stanford, National, Liberty </li></ul><ul><li>Church: Hillside Church </li></ul><ul><li>Other roles: Principal of Academics </li></ul><ul><li>My favorite thing about counseling… </li></ul>[email_address] (408) 513-2412
    8. 8. Ms. Jennifer Griffin (H-N) <ul><li>VCHS since 2003 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Previously taught English and History </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attended Westmont College & National University </li></ul><ul><li>Church: Saratoga Federated Church </li></ul><ul><li>Other roles: AP Coordinator, CSF Coordinator, Summer School Principal </li></ul><ul><li>My favorite thing about counseling… </li></ul>[email_address] (408) 513-2492
    9. 9. Mrs. Diana Fairchild (O-Z) <ul><li>VCHS since 1996 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Previously taught English </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Attended Washington State </li></ul><ul><li>Church: Hillside Church </li></ul><ul><li>Other roles: New teacher mentor </li></ul><ul><li>My favorite thing about counseling… </li></ul>[email_address] (408) 513-2411
    10. 10. High School Planning & Guidance <ul><li>Meetings with students and parents upon request </li></ul><ul><li>Annual meetings with each sophomore, junior & senior for course selection and graduation status </li></ul><ul><li>Prayer and personal counseling with students and/or parents as needed </li></ul>
    11. 11. High School Planning & Guidance <ul><li>Academic probation to hold struggling students accountable (below a 2.0) </li></ul><ul><li>Assist parents after an extended absence </li></ul><ul><li>Monitor attendance and grades of our general student population </li></ul><ul><li>Review graduation status reports and transcripts to ensure all students are taking necessary courses for graduation and college admission </li></ul>
    12. 12. College Planning and Guidance <ul><li>Meetings with students and parents upon request </li></ul><ul><li>Annual meetings with each sophomore, junior & senior for post-graduate plans </li></ul><ul><li>“ College Corner” in Parent Newsletter </li></ul><ul><li>Parent Night each year that focuses on upcoming benchmarks </li></ul>
    13. 13. College Planning and Guidance <ul><li>Coordination and promotion of college representative visits – approx. 35 each year </li></ul><ul><li>College Application and essay aid </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendation letters </li></ul><ul><li>NCAA Eligibility Center guidance </li></ul><ul><li>New counseling plans are added every year! </li></ul>
    14. 14. Your online support: Naviance https://connection.naviance.com/valleychistian
    15. 15. What is Naviance? <ul><li>Online tool that offers students and parents interactive: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>surveys </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>college search and comparison tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multimedia college profiles with VCHS’ data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>scattergrams of past applications from VCHS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>local scholarships and aid opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and much more </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Log-ons available for both parents and students </li></ul>
    16. 16. How can freshmen best utilize Naviance? <ul><li>Begin with the surveys </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first step in finding the right college is knowing yourself ! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>These will also be helpful resources for the English 9 career term paper </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student training will occur in February </li></ul>
    17. 17. My Personality Type
    18. 18. My Learning Style
    19. 19. Explore Interests
    20. 20. PSAT RESULTS Your guide to interpreting your student’s PSAT results
    21. 21. WARNING TO PARENTS: <ul><li>PSAT IS FOR SOPHOMORE/JUNIOR PREP </li></ul><ul><li>FRESHMEN NORMALLY DO NOT HAVE THE OPPORUNITY TO TAKE THE PSAT </li></ul>Please do NOT stress out if your student doesn’t have a very high score – he was only in high school for EIGHT WEEKS before he took a college test! The scores will naturally go up with more education.
    22. 22. Your Scores <ul><li>PSAT/NMSQT scores are printed right at the top of the report. Each is based on a scale of 20-80. </li></ul><ul><li>Percentiles compare your student's performance to that of other students, nationally. </li></ul><ul><li>How to translate into an SAT score? Add up the three scores an add a zero. </li></ul>
    23. 23. Review Answers <ul><li>Here you'll find the correct answer, your student's response, and the difficulty level of each question. </li></ul><ul><li>The test booklet has been provided to view the questions. </li></ul>
    24. 24. Improving Skills <ul><li>This section lists some specific skills that your student needs to improve. </li></ul><ul><li>These suggestions are based upon his pattern of responses across test questions. </li></ul>
    25. 25. More PSAT Analysis <ul><li>Take advantage of the online services from the PSAT – they’re fantastic! </li></ul><ul><li>www.collegeboard.com/quickstart </li></ul><ul><li>Use your code found on the inside of your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report </li></ul>
    26. 26. Step 1 : Create a College Board account if you don’t have one already. You will need this site for much more than just PSAT with a college bound student!
    27. 27. Step 2 : Type in the year of the test (2008) and your student’s access code
    28. 28. Step 3 : Utilize these powerful tools!
    29. 31. College Preparation Timeline We’re here to help every step of the way!
    30. 32. Every Year <ul><li>Sign up for courses that are a good fit and work hard to get good grades </li></ul><ul><li>Get help from teachers and counselors when needed – be proactive in your education! </li></ul><ul><li>Document various involvement so you don’t forget by your senior year </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to grow and stretch yourself academically, socially, and spiritually </li></ul>
    31. 33. Freshman Year <ul><li>Fall Semester </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Participate in extracurricular activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try your best on the PSAT (does not count for colleges) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spring Semester </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend a four-year planning session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend the Naviance introduction training </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Begin your college resume on Naviance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CSF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn in your course request for next year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Consider adding an AP course </li></ul></ul></ul>
    32. 34. Each Summer <ul><li>Consider a summertime job or extracurricular activity </li></ul><ul><li>Consider looking at college campuses when on family vacations – it’s never too early! </li></ul><ul><li>Consider taking enrichment classes or seminars to strengthen yourself as a student </li></ul>
    33. 35. Sophomore Year <ul><li>Fall Semester </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue participation in extracurricular activities and community service. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Begin to look for leadership opportunities in areas that you truly care about. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try your best on the PSAT (does not count for colleges) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Compare to your Freshman year to monitor progress </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Begin to use online collegeboard tools to prepare for the SAT </li></ul></ul></ul>
    34. 36. Sophomore Year <ul><li>Spring Semester </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend Sophomore Parent Night </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend college fairs and start to browse Naviance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Begin to seriously consider what type of college would be a good fit for your interests and personality </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet with your college counselor to discuss your transcript thus far and plan courses for next year </li></ul></ul>
    35. 37. Junior & Senior Years <ul><li>Look at the College Preparation Timeline handout for upper classmen benchmarks </li></ul>
    36. 38. Student Documents How to read a transcript and grad status report Lisa Samuelson, Registrar [email_address] (408) 513-2511
    37. 39. Transcripts & Graduation Status Report <ul><li>Subject </li></ul><ul><li>Credits Required </li></ul><ul><li>Credits Earned </li></ul>
    38. 40. Planning for Next Year HANDOUT: Making Good Choices in Your Schedule
    39. 41. Class Choice <ul><li>Our new online tool for families to select and design their own schedule. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be prepared for potential conflicts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Help your student prioritize interests and scheduling preferences </li></ul></ul>
    40. 42. Basic Homework Times <ul><li>AP Classes : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>5-6 hours per week </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Honors/Upper-level math: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>3-4 hours per week </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Regular Classes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>2-3 hours per week </li></ul></ul><ul><li>*Note if the time you spend right now on homework is more or less than what is listed above, you can adjust your own calculations. </li></ul>
    41. 43. Course Options <ul><li>Social Science </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AP European History, AP Human Geography </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>Foreign Languages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ASL, French, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Spanish – which should my student take? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Consider when selecting classes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>P.E. requirement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology requirement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Typing/Computer software requirement </li></ul></ul>
    42. 44. Your Sophomore Year <ul><li>Use the scheduling worksheet handout to make smart choices </li></ul><ul><li>Classes should challenge and stretch your student without overloading them </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t forget to consider extracurricular commitments and family time </li></ul><ul><li>Consult your student’s counselor for additional input </li></ul>
    43. 45. Don’t Forget… <ul><li>This is FUN! </li></ul>
    44. 46. Thank You! <ul><li>Thank you for coming tonight! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Counseling staff will remain in the front to answer any questions that you may have </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation will be posted on Naviance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contact Information: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scott Wessling (Freshman Counselor, A-N) [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(408) 513-2409 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Steven Torode (Freshman Counselor, M-Z) [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(408) 513-2406 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jonathan Burton (A-G) [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(408) 513-2412 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Jennifer Griffin (H-N) [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(408) 513-2492 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diana Fairchild (O-Z) [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(408) 513-2411 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lisa Samuelson (Registrar) [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(408) 513-2511 </li></ul></ul></ul>

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