Winter 2018 Newsletter
Important Reminders for Seniors
College Applications If you have not yet submitted all of your college applications, now is the time to focus on finishing them.
Once you have submitted your applications, be sure to check your email for important information from the schools. Some schools will send you an applicant portal. Be sure to set these up and check them regularly.
As you hear from schools, please let guidance know whether you have been accepted, waitlisted, or denied. Remember, each school has a different timeline. Some schools will let you know as they decide; others will wait until the spring and let all applicants know at the same time. If you have not heard from the school, it is NOT a reason to worry.
What does it mean to be deferred? Students who have applied for Early Decision or Early Action may hear back that they have been "deferred." This means the schools is not ready to make a decision on your application and will move you to the regular decision pool. You can continue to update the school with your grades and accomplishments, as they review your application.
What does waitlisted mean? "Waitlisted" means the school will accept you if space opens up in the freshman class. If you are offered a spot on the waitlist for a school, you need to respond to the school and let the school know if you want to be put on the list. We can help you with this!
Senior to Visit North Shore Community College
The Guidance Office is taking a trip to NSCC on February 15th. Students will be able to complete the Accuplacer test during that time. We will also tour the campus and visit the support office. Any senior who is interested in attending should let their Guidance Counselor know.
You can begin researching and applying for scholarships. Students looking to search for scholarships should use the scholarship search tool on the Pathway account. If you have questions, ask your Guidance Counselor.
Making the Decision Now that you have applied, it is time to start thinking about the final decision of what school you will attend. The National Decision Day is May 1. Here are some steps you can take to help you in this process:
- Contact the Disability Services/Support Office and submit your testing. Get a clear idea of the accommodations each school will grant you.
- Plan to attend the accepted student events at your top schools.
- Get in contact with any Landmark alumni that attend schools you are considering.
- Compare financial aid packages. If you like a school that did not offer you as much as other schools, call to talk to them about the situation.
Diplomas & Caps and Gowns
Decide with your families exactly how you want your name to appear on the diploma. You must complete the diploma form prior to March Break! Stop into the Guidance Office and order your cap and gown. Be sure you bring in a check made out to Landmark School for $18.75 for your cap and gown.
Senior and Junior Groups
Guidance and Counseling have joined forces to provide seniors and juniors with additional support around peak stressful times. Students have and will continue to be provided with opportunities to attend informational and interactive meetings about issues that may come up during senior year. A wide variety of topics are covered, such as the application process, waiting to hear back, going home for the holidays, dealing with denials, and the process of saying goodbye. Students self-select for this group each time it is offered.
It is time to start meeting with your Guidance Counselor! Your Guidance Counselor will be emailing you in the next month to set up a meeting for early January.
Juniors should remember that if they signed up to take ACTs, they will be given Feb. 24 and 25 from 8 a.m.—noon.
- Breakfast will be served in the dining room starting at 7 a.m. each day of testing.
- Students should report to Alexander Library by 7:45 a.m. for testing.
- Bring calculators and pencils.
Juniors wanting to take the SAT in May can sign up with their Guidance Counselor before March break. The SAT will be given on May 5 and 6.
Juniors should watch the morning announcements for the following workshops that will be sponsored by the Guidance Office in the upcoming weeks.
What Are My options?
This workshop will explore the range of post-secondary options and give you an idea of what each option entails.
How Much Support?
This workshop will be offered during each period of the class day. You will be invited to come with your tutor or teacher. We will examine the differences between high school and post-secondary education and will look at the types and level of support offered in post-secondary education.
The College Tour
This workshop will look at how to set up a college tour, what to expect, and how to evaluate schools. If you are planning to visit schools in March, this workshop is for you!
Engineering: What is it? Is it for me?
This workshop will be offered to sophomores and juniors who want to learn more about engineering. We will examine the types of engineering as well as the differences between engineering and engineering technology.
Mind Your Business
Many students are interested in studying business. This workshop will examine the various areas of business and look at various types of business schools. Students will develop a list of questions to ask on their college visits.
Have you logged onto your MEFA Pathway account? If not, log on and make sure your profile is updated!
It is not too early to start thinking about summer. The Guidance Office has a file of summer opportunities. All students are welcome to come by and explore the information we have.
Career Exploration The freshman Career Day will be Saturday, April 7 (Saturday School). There will be many professionals in attendance. This will be a great opportunity to learn more about different careers. Stay tuned for a detailed list of professions that will be represented. Use your Pathway portal to explore careers and to add various careers to your list.
MEFA Pathway https://www.mefapathway.org/
College Board https://www.collegeboard.org/
Common Application https://www.commonapp.org/
Landmark Guidance Website http://www.landmarkschool.org/academics/high-school/guidance
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