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Title: Welcome to Senior Parent Night Class of 2012

Welcome toSenior Parent Night Class of 2012
  • Presented by
  • West Geauga High School Guidance Department

L.E.A.F.Lake-Geauga Educational Assistance
  • Service Free to You Paid by West G
  • Every Wednesday Every Other Friday at WG
  • Make an appointment with LEAF representative,
    Sandra Hanley by calling
  • (440) 729-5922 ext. 4164
  • OR email shanley_at_leaf-ohio.org
  • Website for LEAF- www.leaf-ohio.org

Class Honors Commencement Speakers
  • Class honors for graduates will be awarded on the
    basis of cumulative GPA (eight semesters) as
    follows Above 4.0Summa Cum Laude (with highest
    praise-Gold Medal) 4.0-3.75Magna Cum Laude
    (with Great Praise-Silver Medal) 3.74- 3.6Cum
    Laude (with Praise-Bronze Medal).
  • The President of the senior class, in good
    standing, will speak at graduation. The class
    presidents remarks will be submitted in advance,
    and approved by the Principal and senior class
  • Summa and Magna Cum Laude candidates may also
    apply to speak at graduation. Eligible applicants
    will submit proposed speeches to the Principal no
    later than Prom Friday. Speeches will be
    numbered, copied, and judged, with names removed,
    by a committee consisting of 1 member of the
    Board of Education 1 Administrator 3 teachers
    1 student and 1 parent. Committee members will be
    approved by the Principal and senior class
    advisor, who will be ex-officio members of the
    committee. Selected speeches must be read, as
    judged, at graduation. Committee members may not
    be related, in any way, to speech applicants.

Class of 2012 Graduation Criteria
  • English 4 credits
  • Mathematics 3 credits
  • Science 3 credits
  • Social Studies 3 credits
  • Health .5 credits
  • Phys. Ed. .5 credits (or waived)
  • Electives 7 credits
  • ----------
  • Total 21 credits
  • Foreign Lang. 2 credits
  •  Fine Arts 1 credit

Honors Diploma Criteria
  • Students need to fulfill all but one criterion
    for any of the following for a Diploma with
  • English 4 units
  • Mathematics 4 units Including Algebra I,
    Geometry, Algebra II or equivalent
  • Science 4 units Including Physics and Chemistry
  • Social Studies 4 units
  • Foreign Lang 3 units Including at least 2 units
    in each language studied
  •  Fine Arts 1 unit
  • GPA 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • ACT/SAT 27 ACT / 1210 SAT Writing sections
    not included  
  • Diploma with Honors requirements pre-suppose
    completion of all high school diploma
    requirements in Ohio Revised Code including
  • ½ unit physical education -- ½ unit health -- ½
    unit in American history -- ½ unit in government

Junior Year vs. Senior Year
  • Take PSAT
  • Attend College Planning Night
  • Attend Junior Parent Presentation
  • Schedule a Junior Meeting
  • Take ACT and/or SAT
  • Research Career Choices
  • Research Colleges
  • Strive to attain the Best GPA for yourself
  • Visit Colleges of Interest
  • Repeat ACT and/or SAT
  • Attend Senior Parent Presentation (tonight)
  • Attend Financial Aid Presentation
  • Schedule a Financial Aid Meeting with LEAF Rep
  • Solidify College Choices
  • Do Final College Visits
  • Apply to Colleges
  • Apply for Scholarships
  • Select a College

NCAA Clearinghouse Registration
  • Go to NCAA Clearinghouse Website _at_
    www.eligibilitycenter.org and follow all
    directions for registration.
  • Print both COPY 1 COPY 2 of the transcript
    request forms and bring them to Mrs. Vlah in the
    Guidance Office.
  • Copy 1 gets mailed immediately
  • Copy 2 gets mailed after graduation

Early Decision vs. Early Action
  • Early Decision
  • COMMITS a student to go to that school
  • Is a contract between the student and the school
  • Student promises, with acceptance to this school,
    to withdraw all other applications
  • Student can apply Early Decision to only one
  • Early Action
  • Student applies to an institution of preference
  • Not a contract between student and school
  • Student is not obligated to accept schools offer
  • Student will receive decision well in advance of
    schools regular response date

Top 10 College Application Mistakes
  • Misspellings/Grammatical Errors
  • Forgetting to Hit Send for Online Applications
  • Forgetting to Sign the Application
  • Not Reading Carefully
  • Giving Inaccurate Information
  • Not Telling Your Counselor You Applied
  • Writing Illegibly
  • Having an Inappropriate Email Address
  • Not Checking Your Email Regularly
  • Letting Your Parents Do Your Applications

College Application Information Page
  • West Geauga High School
  • 13401 Chillicothe Road
  • Chesterland, Ohio 44026
  • PH (440) 729-5950
  • FAX (440) 729-5959
  • School Code 360910
  • Mrs. Vickie Vlah Registrar
    (440) 729-5962 vickie.vlah_at_westg.org
  • Mr. David Callahan Seniors A-G
    (440) 729-5963 david.callahan_at_westg.org
  • Mrs. Kimberly Zannetti Seniors H-O
    (440) 729-5964 kim.zannetti_at_westg.org
  • Mrs. Megan Petronsky Seniors P-Z
    (440) 729-5965 megan.petronsky_at_westg.org

Important College Planning Websites
Family Connection http//connection.naviance.com/g
eauga SAT www.collegeboard.com West Geauga
School Code 360910 WGHS Test Center Code Not
given at WGHS ACT www.act.org West Geauga
School Code 360910 WGHS Test Center Code
182030 OCIS www.ocis.org You have your own
username/password OR you can also use the generic
one User Name WGeauga Password
ohiocis03 FAFSA www.fafsa.ed.gov NCAA
Clearinghouse www.eligibilitycenter.org  

  • What is Family Connection?
  • How do I access it?
  • How do I register?
  • What can I do with it?
  • How does it help career and college planning?

What is it?
  • It is a web-based resource specific to West
    Geauga High that supports student career and
    college planning
  • It is used by the guidance staff to process all
    college applications

How is it accessed?
  • Family Connection is on the Web at
  • http//connection.naviance.com/geauga
  • OR
  • Go to www.westg.org
  • Click High School
  • Click Guidance
  • Click Family Connection Website
  • AND
  • Once you get there --Bookmark it!

How do you register?
  • Each student receives a code
  • Use your code to create a personal account
  • Codes are random and alphanumeric for security
    reasons and can be used only once
  • On your first visit, click I Need to Register
    in the Are You New Here? box, then enter your
    code and follow the on-screen instructions
  • On subsequent visits, sign in under the heading
    Welcome to Family Connection using the email
    and password you set up

Main Page
Returning Users
First Time
After Sign in
College Information
My Applications
Explore Careers
The Common Application
  • Go to www.commonapp.org
  • Check which schools accept the Common App
  • Set up an account/login
  • Complete the application
  • Check to see if your chosen college(s) require
    supplements and/or fees
  • Have someone PROOFREAD all items
  • Remember You must logout of the online
    application after each session save your work
  • Be aware that once you hit submit you will not
    be able to make changes to your application

The Common ApplicationWho Takes It?
  • Baldwin Wallace College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • College of Wooster
  • Denison University
  • Hiram College
  • John Carroll University
  • Kenyon College
  • Lake Erie College
  • Marietta College
  • Miami University
  • Oberlin College
  • Ohio Northern University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Otterbein University
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Findlay
  • Wittenberg University
  • Xavier University
  • Which of Ohios colleges are Common Application
  • For schools outside of Ohio just go to the Common
    Application website _at_ www.commonapp.org

Common Application
  • Choose Colleges
  • Log on to Family Connection , click the COLLEGES
    tab and put colleges on your Colleges Im
    Applying To list
  • Once the colleges are on your list
  • Under the Submissions heading check for the
    type of application required for each college
    (ie. Common App, Online, Paper)
  • Under the Applying Via Common App? heading mark
    HOW you plan to apply and click Update
  • Under the Deadline heading check for each
    colleges deadline
  • Request teacher recommendations (if required)
  • Please follow teacher recommendation guidelines
    which will be presented on a later slide
  • Fill out Brag Sheet(s) for Counselors Teachers
    (if required)


This means this school is a Common App School and
you WILL use the Common App to apply.
This means this school is a Common App School,
but you chose NOT to use the Common App to apply.
Instead you will apply online directly from the
college website.
This means this school is NOT a Common APP
school, but you can apply online directly from
the college website.
This means this school does not have an online
application. And all forms need to be mailed.
  • Applying Via Common App
  • Go to www.commonapp.org
  • Set up your personal account/login
  • Complete a profile, add colleges, complete the
    application, upload essay, etc.
  • Check to see if your colleges require supplements
    and/or fees
  • PROOFREAD all items before you submit
  • Be aware that once you hit submit you will not
    be able to make changes to your application
  • Applying Via the College
  • When you apply via the college, you can apply
    either online or by using a paper application
  • (colleges prefer online)
  • To apply online go to that particular colleges
    website and follow their directions to apply
  • Complete send your application (online
    preferred) at least 2 weeks before any deadline

  • Right after you hit SEND on your application Log
    on to Family Connection
  • 1 Mark That You Applied
  • In the Colleges Im Applying to section under
    My App click Have you applied?
  • Scroll to the appropriate college and click the
    button next to I have submitted my application.
  • Scroll to bottom of the page and click Update
  • 2 Request Your Transcripts
  • In the Colleges Im Applying to section click
    the Transcripts link
  • Check the Add Request box next to the
    college(s) for which you need transcripts
  • Scroll down and click Request Transcripts
  • 3 Request Your Test Scores
  • Go to the ACT and/or College Board SAT website
    and request that your test scores be sent
    directly from the testing company to your chosen
    school(s). Your scores cannot be sent by the
    guidance office. www.actstudent.org or
  • Your counselor will prepare and send the
    application items. These include your transcript
    school profile along with any recommendations
  • You can check the status of your transcript
    package in the Colleges Im Applying to section
    under the Office Status tab

  • Students must submit all test scores directly
    from the testing companies
  • Many Colleges Universities are instituting
    policies that require all test scores be sent
    directly from the testing companies
  • Go to the ACT and/or College Board SAT website
    and request that your test scores be sent
    directly from the testing company to your chosen
    school(s). Your scores cannot be sent by the
    guidance office. www.actstudent.org or

  • How many do I need? 2
  • Who Should I ask? Teachers who know you well
    and with whom you have a good rapport,
    particularly those in the subject area you plan
    to pursue.
  • To Waive or not to Waive? We highly recommend
    waiving your right to see the letter. When asked
    on Family Connection- Waive
  • How do I ask? Ask in person! You must use the
    Request for Teacher Recommendation form. These
    forms are available in the Guidance Office
  • How it is sent? Once you bring Mrs. Vlah the
    signed form, she will go on Family Connection and
    Invite your chosen teachers to be your
    recommenders. They will then submit all forms
  • Can I see it? You can only see a letter of
    recommendation if that teacher allows you to
    access it. The guidance office will not allow
    students to see the letters of recommendation
    from their teachers.

Request for Teacher Recommendation
  • Student Name _________________________
  • I agree to write a letter of recommendation for
    the student listed above.
  • Signature _________________ Date ______
  • Students Once this is form completed, please
    bring it to Mrs. Vlah in guidance so she can
    request this recommendation via Family

Do Not Invite Recommenders Via Common App
  • You must log on to Family Connection to request
    transcripts for all applications
  • All test scores must be sent directly from the
    testing company
  • PROOFREAD all documents
  • Communicate with your counselor
  • Give your counselor time- At least 2 weeks before
    any deadline!

  • If you would like to schedule an
  • individual senior conference, please contact
    your counselor
  • Mr. Callahan- Students A-G
  • Mrs. Zannetti- Students H-O
  • Mrs. Petronsky- Students P-Z
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