Dear Parents/Guardians of Juniors,
As we near the December break, in the Guidance Department our hope is that students are experiencing a challenging, yet manageable junior year. We hope to see growth in students’ academic achievement, extra-curricular participation, while seeking good social and emotional health. During first semester we work with students to help them achieve balance between school, outside interests, and other responsibilities. During the second semester of junior year, the focus naturally shifts more to post-high school planning and therefore, we begin to incorporate more activities associated with that process. We will kick off that process formally at Junior Parent Night on Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the NSHS Field House. (Snow date January 19th)
The purpose of this evening is to become acquainted with information that is essential to the post-graduate planning process. The program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm in the Field House, where you will hear from a few key people involved in your educational experience. You will then have the opportunity to meet with your child’s counselor in a group setting, when general information will be shared about what to expect for the remainder of the year and transitioning into senior year. Junior students will have a corresponding Guidance Seminar session with their counselor on the same day. For students, this is a follow up session to their first seminar meeting, which took place yesterday, at which time counselors presented an overview and facilitated a question and answer session about what to expect during the spring of junior year.
Most juniors took the PSAT exam in October and beginning Monday, December 12th students will be able to access scores electronically, via The College Board website. We feel it is important for students to meet with their counselors, who will explain the score reports and have a meaningful conversation about future testing options. Students schedule meetings with their counselors soon after they get their scores. For your reference, I have attached a PSAT/NMSQT sample score report as well as a link to The College Board’s “Understanding Your Scores” website. You can also get additional information from The College Board’s full website at www.collegeboard.org.
The College Board has partnered with Kahn Academy for free test preparation for the SAT and students can link their College Board and Khan Academy accounts to get a free, customized SAT study plan. For more information comparing the SAT and ACT, please refer to the attached Comparing the SAT and ACT document.
Lastly, we encourage you to review the Newton South College Planning Guide. This comprehensive guide serves as a resource manual with rich information to help you navigate the post-secondary planning process. Hard copies will be available for sale at the Junior Parent Night.
If you have any questions, please contact your son/daughter’s school counselor.
Dan Rubin/Kathleen Sabet
Director of Guidance & Counseling/College & Career Center Counselor