PHS Guidance Department Newsletter April/May 2012 Natalie C. Betz, Principal Lynn A. Burek, Assistant Principal Richard C. Fonti, Assistant Principal /Athletic Director Thomas Rizk, Assistant Principal Greetings from Guidance College Applications Students have begun to receive their college acceptance letters and narrow down their choices. Please have your seniors update their acceptance results in Naviance. Seniors will complete an exit survey in May. Contents Greetings from Guidance Good News Scholarships SAT information Upcoming Events 8th Grade Advisement Night Over 100 parents of the incoming 9th grade class (Class of 2016!) attended Eight Grade Advisement Night at PHS on January 31, 2012. The program opened with remarks by Ms. Natalie Betz, Principal and Ruth Anne Estler, Interim Director of Curriculum and Instruction. The parents then proceeded to the cafeterias, where they had the opportunity to meet with Curriculum Supervisors and Lead Teachers of English, Science, Math, World Language/ESL, Social Studies, Physical Education, Health, Business, Applied Technology, Art, and Music. Parents also had the opportunity to meet with Mrs. Lynn Burek, the 9th grade Assistant Principal, Mrs. Stacy Bush, the Coordinator of Guidance, and Mrs. Ellie Fried, the 9th grade Guidance Counselor. The Guidance Department offered handouts to the parents, such as “Freshman Survival Guide”, “Stuff to Help You Do Better in Less Time (Really!)”, and “Clubs and Activities for 9th Grade Students”. The evening was a huge success, and we are all looking forward to working with the incoming students next year. Sophomore Seminars In early January, Mrs. Letsch, Mrs. Hrobuchak, and Mrs. Belarmino held sophomore seminars. The seminars focused on how personality traits and potential careers go hand in hand. Students were given the opportunity to complete a personality inventory in Naviance. If they did not get to finish, please encourage them to do so at home. This is a great opportunity to sit with your child and review their results regarding potential career fields. Junior Seminars Counselors met with all the juniors during their English classes in the first week of February to begin the college search process. After an overview of a general timeline to follow, upcoming SAT dates, and key factors in determining what colleges look for and what students should consider when searching for schools, students began exploring the comprehensive college search website, Naviance. Students were given the opportunity to check out the various features of the college search component, including College Match, College Compare, Scattergrams, Scholarships, and much more. They then began searching for schools that met their own criteria. Juniors were also given a reference booklet loaded with important and specific information related to the college search process as well as descriptions of various military options and a list of career schools in the area that offer certificate programs in a wide variety of career fields. Students were encouraged to remember the 3 key words: Search, Visit, and Apply during this potentially overwhelming process and to ask their counselors any questions they have along the way. Page 2 of 4 Guidance Newsletter Junior Parent Night Junior Parent Night was held on February 8th. Guidance Counselors presented a program to parents that covered information that had been shared with our juniors during seminars that were held that week. Topics included: college searching, college visiting, athletic eligibility, standardized testing, and career schools. Juniors should be logging onto our search program, Naviance, as an important first step in their post high school planning process. Scheduling During the entire month of February students were in “course selection mode!” All students worked with their teachers and filled out a course selection card. Each student then had a conference with his or her school counselor. Counselors reviewed each student’s four year plan, making adjustments as necessary, to ensure that all students are on track to graduate. Additionally, the counselors worked with students to plan for life after high school and meeting all necessary requirements for that plan. At this point all initial course requests have been entered and we are beginning to work on the master schedule for PHS for the 2012-2013 school year. Please keep in mind that requests for schedule changes will be considered for the following reasons only: Completion of summer school, failure of a pre-requisite course, or specific scheduling error. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call your child’s counselor. We are here to help! Good News Governor’s School Finalists Announced Congratulations to the following Governor’s School Finalists from PHS: Christina Hum – Sciences and Eva Xu – Engineering and Technology. Their applications have passed through the rigorous high school level and are now on their way to the individual colleges in which each Governor’s School is housed. If selected by the individual school, they will be considered Governor’s Scholars and attend the prestigious 3-4 week Governor’s School program with approximately 90 other students from around the state. Congratulations again to Christina and Eva and we look forward to hearing even more good news in April! New Jersey Scholars Semi-Finalist Announced Congratulations to Elora Basu and Michael McVea for being selected as finalists from PHS in hopes of attending the intensely competitive NJ Scholars program this summer. This was an accomplishment in itself! We received word in late February that Michael has been selected to continue on in the process as a state semi-finalist by the NJ Scholars committee and will take part in a group interview in late March. In the end, only 39 candidates from around the state will be chosen to participate in this free, five-week interdisciplinary program on the historic campus of the Lawrenceville School. We wish Michael the best of luck in his upcoming interview and hope to hear even more good news in April! Hoby Candidate Selected Congratulations to sophomore Melissa Kelly for being selected to participate in the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar this spring! Through the continuous and generous support of the Parsippany-Troy Hills School Association, Parsippany High School is able to send Melissa to the weekend-long conference held at Monmouth University from June 22nd – June 24th. Page 3 of 4 Guidance Newsletter Good News Continued… While in attendance, Melissa will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on leadership and team building activities, listen to keynote speakers, and interact with other sophomores from around the state. Congratulations also goes to Samantha Pignatelli for being selected as the alternate to HOBY in case Melissa is unable to attend. Boys State Delegates Selected Congratulations to Michael McVea and John Patracuolla for being selected to Boys State. Sponsored by the American Legion, Boys State is a week-long citizenship program held each June on the campus of Rider University. While staying on campus, Mike and John will have the opportunity to participate in a model state, complete with government bodies and elected public officials, gaining practical training and developing an in-depth understanding on how state government operates, while at the same time, building character and honing their leadership skills. Congratulations also to Frank Pogoda and Tyler Wilhalme for being selected as alternates. Girls’ State Delegates Selected Congratulations to Alexandria Rigoli and Alice Zhou for being selected as delegates to Girls’ State. This nationally recognized program, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, will be held in June on the campus of Georgian Court University. During their week-long stay, Alexandria and Alice will become “citizens” of a fictious city, county, and state, and participate in the practical processes of selfgovernment and good citizenship in a democratic society. This unique experience will also give the girls an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the basic ideals and principles of government, develop leadership skills, and instill a deeper appreciation for their roles as American citizens. Congratulations also to Kim Idrobo and Eva Xu for being selected as alternates. Scholarships Please check Naviance under “Scholarship List” for all scholarships that come to Guidance. Remember, any scholarship offered by a local organization usually guarantees someone from our school will win. The deadline date listed on Naviance is the one that must be followed- NOT the date on the application. We need time to fill out the paperwork the organization requires from us as well as time to proofread all applications to make sure they are complete and arrive at the proper destination by their deadline date. Please complete all parts of the application you can and then your counselor will fill out any forms they might need to in order to complete your application. After the application is complete, please paperclip the blue scholarship transcript request to your packet and place in the basket in Guidance. REMEMBER: you can’t win if you don’t apply!! Guidance Newsletter 4 of 4 SAT Students should plan to take the SAT at least once during the spring of their junior year. Upcoming test dates are: May 5th – register by April 6th June 2nd – register by May 8th Register online at www.collegeboard.com Please check out our school website for a listing of SAT prep programs. UPCOMING EVENTS April 26th National College Fair Field Trip. This trip is limited to the first 80 juniors who sign up. It is a great opportunity to speak with college representatives and get answers to any questions students may have. May 7th-May 17th AP Testing Students who have registered will be taking AP tests during this time period. May 18th – Junior Awards Breakfast This is a breakfast for invited students and parents honoring the students for their achievements. June 6th – Senior Awards Night Invited seniors will be awarded scholarships and receive recognition for their outstanding achievements.