· Get off to a good start! Continue to challenge yourself academically and focus on getting the best grades possible
· Home Access Center- Continue to access your student account so that you can keep track of your grades. Pay attention to interim and end of marking period dates.
· PSAT Register for the PSAT, offered at North on October 20th. Registration will take place in the counseling office from September 19th to October 17th. The fee is $24.00 cash or check payable to “Guidance Testing Fund.”
· Continue involvement! Keep participating in activities that interest you in school or outside of school, and increase your leadership role in these activities. Attend the Activities Fair held in the lobby and cafeteria during lunches on September 27th and 28th.
· Grad Project- If you have not done so already, complete your graduation project this year. This is a requirement to graduate!
· National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) If you are considering competing at the college level in a Division I or Division II sport, please let your counselor know. Visit http://eligibilitycenter.org for information on the NCAA Clearinghouse.
· Learning In Neighborhood Community Service (LINCS) Keep working on your LINCS hours. Visit the website to learn about opportunities to help out in your community. Although LINCS hours are not a requirement for graduation, 60 hours are required if you would like your service documented on your official transcript. LINCS hours may also be required for various Honors Societies. Visit the LINCS website for more information.
· Naviance: Update your contact information in your Naviance profile. Keep using this website to explore colleges and become familiar with their requirements.
· Need help? Clinic days are Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, so students can request help from teachers. A 4:00 bus is available to provide transportation home.
· National Honor Society (NHS) Tutors- Students can request an NHS tutor in a variety of subjects. Just visit the counseling office, and fill out a request form located on the bulletin board of the waiting room.
· Library Hours- The library is open to students in the evenings. The North library is open 7-9pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, and the South library on Wednesdays and Thursdays. NHS Tutors are also available during these time slots. A student ID is required to enter the library.
· College Representatives Visits- Juniors are invited to attend college representative visits, that are scheduled in the counseling office from September 24th through Thanksgiving. Visit the Naviance website to view the schedule and to print out a pass.
· Financial Aid Night- 11th Grade Parents should attend this informative event held in early December at Council Rock South.
· Junior Meetings- 11th graders will attend a seminar hosted by counselors on the College Exploration Process utilizing the Naviance website in December.
· SAT/ACT Tests- Consult with your counselor to review PSAT scores and identify the best time for you to take these tests. Register online for these tests at www.collegeboard.com and www.actstudent.org respectively. Visit the link to the left for specific dates and testing information.
· SAT II- Consider taking the SAT Subject Tests, if required for college admission. Registration is online at www.collegeboard.com
· Course Selection- Counselors will meet with 11th graders during the month of February for course selection, to choose classes for the 2013-2014 school year.
· College Fair- Attend the Council Rock College Fair on March 21st, 2013 hosted at North, and start obtaining information on colleges that interest you. Over 200 colleges and universities are invited to attend.
· College meetings- Meet with your counselor in the spring to identify colleges that are a good fit for you. Identify characteristics that are important to you and your family, including major, location, size, cost and extracurricular opportunities.
· Advanced Placement Exams- Prepare for these exams, if applicable, which take place during the first two weeks of May.
· College Visits- Visit, visit, visit! This is the best way to know if a college is right for you. Make sure you register for a tour and/or information session if time permits. Ask to sit in on a class in your intended major, or speak with a student. Juniors are allowed three excused absences to visit colleges. A note from a parent is required to verify absence.
· Summer- Keep visiting colleges that are top on your list. Create an activities resume to organize your participation in and out of school. Research scholarship opportunities in Naviance. Look for a senior packet to arrive in the mail in late summer. This will have updated transcript information, as well as information on the college application process.