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Title: Junior Parent Meeting

Junior Parent Meeting
  • Saturday, March 15th 2008

Meeting Agenda
  • Welcome Mr. Johnson
  • Class of 2009 Update Mr. Montalvan
  • Counseling Dept. Info Mr. Reid
  • Ms. Carrasco
  • After-Prom Committee Ms. Giacopuzzi

Class of 2009 Updates
  • Senior dues
  • Prom 2008
  • Tickets on sale April 28th to May 2nd
  • Financial Status
  • Obligations
  • AP Courses, uniforms, textbooks, etc.
  • Parent Involvement

Yearbook and Senior Pictures
  • Students will receive a letter in May regarding
    senior pictures.
  • Appointments will be held throughout the summer.
  • All students should take the portrait in order
    for their picture to appear in the yearbook.
  • Contact Mr. Alston at Daryl_Alston_at_mcpsmd.org if
    you have any additional questions.

Information from the School Counseling Services
Important Topics
  • College Searches
  • College Fairs
  • College Admissions Tests
  • High School Assessments
  • Scholarships and Financial Aid

College Searches
  • Students should use the Career Center to conduct
    college searches.
  • They have access to various publications, as well
    as the Bridges program.
  • In addition, students also have access to the
    Workspace K12 program, and the College Board
    website to conduct searches.

College Searches
  • By the end of junior year, students should
    identify 5-6 schools where they would like to
  • 1-2 Reach schools
  • 2 Target schools
  • 2 Safety schools
  • It is important to become familiar with the
    deadlines for each school, as well as the
    application fees.
  • In addition, please note that requests for
    letters of recommendations take 20 days to
    process, NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Interest inventories
  • College/career searches
  • College/armed forces representative visits
  • Scholarship/financial aid information
  • SAT/ACT registration applications
  • College/career resource materials i.e.
    Petersons College Guide, Book of Majors
  • All juniors need to visit the Career Center to
    conduct a college/career search

College Visits
  • Spring break is a good time to arrange college
  • Look up individual schools to find out what tours
    are offered the week of spring break.
  • Students are allowed 3 absences for college
    visits. These must be approved in advance by Ms.

NACAC College Fair
  • April 17th at 1100 am
  • In the Gaithersburg Agricultural Fairgrounds
  • Cost is 6
  • Students MUST turn in a permission slip to attend
    and they may not drive themselves to the fair
    during the school day.
  • Only academically eligible students will be
    allowed to attend the fair.

NACAC College Fair
  • You can go to the NACAC website to view which
    colleges will be in attendance.
  • Log on to
  • http//www.nacacnet.org/MemberPortal/
  • Permission slips are available today and will be
    distributed to students via English classes.

College Conferences
  • Counselors will hold group meetings with juniors
    and their parents beginning in May and throughout
    the summer.
  • Students and parents should attend this meeting.
  • The purpose of this meeting is to review the
    college plans for the student and notify parents
    and students of important deadlines and other
    pertinent information.
  • If individual assitance is needed, parents can
    set up an appointment with the counselor.

Financial Aid Information
  • Scholarships
  • Start researching scholarships NOW.
  • Information is available on the Career Center
    website of the Northwood page.
  • Grants
  • Federal money is available for low-income
  • FAFSA must be filled out to determine if you
  • Can be filled out January 1st, 2009.
  • Should be completed by March 1st for priority

Spring To Do List
  • Continue with computer searches
  • Attend college fair April 17th 2008
  • Visit colleges during Spring Break
  • Meet with your counselor to review credits and
    finalize course selections for senior year.
  • Explore summer enrichment programs, internships
    and summer job opportunities
  • Set up files for college material
  • Develop a resume
  • Complete the Gladiator Packet and turn in to Ms.
    Kahn in the registrars office.

Summer TO DO List
  • Visit colleges
  • Narrow down your list of colleges
  • Identify 2 reach, 2 safe, and 2 target
  • Become familiar with application deadlines
  • Request applications
  • Start writing personal statements/essays
  • Meet with your school counselor to discuss
    post-high school plans
  • Create a college calendar and note important
  • Start scholarship searches and begin working on

College Admissions Exams
  • SAT Reasoning Test
  • SAT II Subject Tests
  • www.collegeboard.com
  • ACT
  • www.actstudent.org
  • TOEFL Test of English as a Foreign Languge
  • www.ets.org

When to take the SAT
  • Students should take the SAT when they are READY.
  • You are ready for the SAT if
  • You have completed at least the first quarter of
    Algebra 2.
  • You have prepared for the test either by taking
    an SAT prep course or doing individual
    preparation at home.
  • Your practice SAT scores indicate that this is
    the best test for you to take.
  • Beware of college deadlines when planning to take
    the SAT.
  • Make sure that you have completed your
    preparation and tested in time to submit scores
    to colleges.
  • Typically, the December test is the last
    opportunity to take the SAT in time for college

SAT Preparation Resources
  • SAT Prep class at Northwood
  • Triumph online SAT Prep program
  • See instructions in the packet.
  • Online College Board class
  • See Ms. Hammond-Davis for a code.
  • We will offer an after school SAT Prep course.

Triumph Practice SAT
  • SAT practice exam was administered to Juniors on
    Feb. 27th.
  • Counselors met with the juniors to discuss scores
    and help them plan when to take the SAT/ACT.
  • Scores were sent home with the students and are
    available today.

SAT Preparation Resources
  • SAT Prep class at Northwood
  • Triumph online SAT prep program
  • Instructions were given to students on how to
    access this program.
  • Online College Board SAT course.
  • See Ms. Hammond-Davis for a code.
  • We hope to offer an after-school SAT Prep course
    in the fall.

What about the ACT?
ACT, contd.
  • The ACT is accepted by most colleges and
  • Some students perform better on the ACT because
    it is in a format that they are more familiar

Academic Planning for four Year Colleges
  • Courses needed
  • Algebra 2 and preferably Pre-Calc or higher.
  • 3 lab sciences Chemistry, Biology, and Physics,
    Earth/Space, or other advanced science
  • Minimum of 2 years in a Foreign Language.
  • Colleges like to see consistency in the foreign
  • Some schools require 3 years of a language.
  • ASL is not recognized as a foreign language by
    ALL colleges and universities.
  • Standardized Tests
  • ACT
  • SAT
  • SAT II (Subject Tests)

Classroom Visits
  • Counselors will be visiting the English 11
    classes in April.
  • During this visit, the following topics will be
  • College application process
  • Workspace K12
  • College Fair
  • Senior packets distributed
  • Transcript Review

Graduation Requirement Overview
  • 22 credits in required courses (see handout)
  • Obtain necessary credits in one of the 3 program
  • 2 credits in foreign language OR 2 credits in ASL
  • 2 credits in Advanced Technology
  • 4 credits in Career Development
  • 60 SSL hours.
  • Take ALL four HSAs and earn a total score of

High School Assessments
  • Students in the class of 2009 must take all four
    exams and earn a total score of 1602.
  • By now, most juniors only have to take the
    Biology HSA to complete the requirement.
  • Bio HSA is on May 21st.
  • Once the May HSA scores are in, counselors will
    review the info and formulate a plan for any
    student who has not met the 1602 total.

Student Service Learning Hours
  • Students MUST complete 60 SSL hours to graduate.
  • SSL hours are reported on the students report
  • If your child has many hours to make up, please
    have him/her do them over the summer.
  • All hours must be turned in to Ms. Hammond-Davis
    using the Student Service Learning Activity
    Verification form.
  • SSL opportunities are available online via the
    Montgomery County Volunteer Center webpage.
  • www.montgomerycountymd.gov

Important Dates
  • April 17th, NACAC College Fair
  • May 12th May 16th , AP Exams
  • May 19th May 22nd , HSAs
  • Biology HSA is on May 21st.
  • May 17th , Junior/Senior Prom
  • June 2nd, Graduation

Senior Breakfast
  • Senior Parent Breakfast Saturday, September 20th
  • College application process will be covered
  • Very important meeting, plan to attend!

Abbreviated Schedules
  • Courses at UMD and MC
  • Internships
  • Students MUST have a job to be enrolled in this
  • Jobs should be secured over the summer and
    continued into the school year.

After Prom Committee Update
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