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Grade 12

Class of 2015 Monthly Newsletter

December Lunch Workshop in the College & Career Center

Recap of Oct. 2nd College & Career Planning Night for Seniors

Overview of the College Application Process

College Search & Application Resources:

       Searching for Colleges

       Requesting a Transcript

       Teacher Letter of Recommendation

      Counselor Letter of Recommendation

      Standardized Tests: ACT & SAT

      Sending Mid-Year Grades to Colleges

College & Professional Organization Visits to FHS

Standardized Test Prep Resources

Financial Aid Resources

      Scholarships

      November 5th: Financial Aid Night at FHS

      Understanding Financial Aid

College News Corner

Grade 11

Class of 2016 Monthly Newsletter

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

College Resources for Juniors

College & Career Resource: Naviance

SAT Prep Classes

Grade 10

Class of 2017 Monthly Newsletter

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

College and Career Planning Resources for Sophomores

Grade 9

Class of 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Information for Rising Grade 9 Students

 

 

Grade 12


Class of 2015 Monthly Newsletter

Class of 2015 Newsletter, December 2014

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Recap of Oct. 2nd College & Career Planning Night for Seniors!

On Thursday, October 2nd, the FHS School Counseling Department hosted “College and Career Planning Night for Seniors!” The School Counseling Department provided an overview of the college application process. The evening also included a college panel with admissions representatives from Framingham State University, MassBay Community College, UMass Amherst, Northeastern University and St. Anselm.

The surveys that families filled out tell us that as a result of the presentation:

- There was a 62% increase in the number of individuals who know how to request a teacher letter of recommendation.

- 91% of families feel that overall, they understand the college application process.

- 97% of families are aware of post-secondary options other than attending a traditional, four year college.

If you were not able to attend the presentation, we encourage you to access the materials provided here:

Presentation Slides

Hand-Outs


Wednesday Lunch Workshop in the College and Career Center!

 

December Workshop: College Search & Application 

 

Attention Seniors! Not only are the holidays right around the corner, so are college application deadlines! If you're uncertain where to begin or need extra help deciding how to navigate through the process, join our new long-term sub Mrs. Novakovich for our December workshop. This workshop is available each Wednesday this month in the D110 office during lunch hours. 
 
 


College Search & Application Resources

1. Overview of the College Application Process

Click HERE to read a step-by-step outline of everything you need to do, as an FHS Senior, to apply to college this year.

2. How do I search for college/universities?

   A. Use NAVIANCE

       

Naviance helps students and families connect what students do in the classroom to their life goals, including finding colleges and careers based on their personal skills and areas of interests.

Seniors, to log on to your student Naviance account, CLICK HERE

To log on to Naviance as a guest, CLICK HERE.

  • Enter Framingham Zip Code: 01701
  • Enter Password: FHS

   B. Use Collegeweek Live

CollegeWeek Live is an innovative online college fair and online chat resource.

To access CollegeWeek Live, click HERE. 

To see online events hosted by colleges through CollegeWeek Live, click HERE.

 

3. How do I request to have my high school transcript sent to colleges/universities?

     A. Match you Common Application and Naviance Accounts. This involves completing      

           the FERPA (What is the FERPA?)

     B. Fill out the Transcript Request Form (copies available in the school counseling office)

*For step-by-step instructions on how to complete these steps:*

Click here: The FHS Transcript Request Process

 

4. How do I request a Teacher Letter of Recommendation?

      For instructions, click here: /fhs/Teacher Recommendation Letter Guide.docx

 

5. How do I request a School Counselor Letter of Recommendation?

       For instructions, click here: /fhs/Student Interview Packet.docx

      We also recommend providing your counselor with this document: Parent Brag Sheet

 

6. Standardized Tests: ACT and SAT

SAT: For information and to register: http://www.collegeboard.com

ACT: For information and to register: http://www.act.org

 

7. Sending Mid-Year Grades to Colleges

Within the next month or two, colleges to which seniors have applied will begin asking for  mid-year grades. For any college(s) that your senior has already requested FHS send their transcript to, mid-year grades will automatically be sent to that/those college(s) when they become available in mid-February. 

For example, if your senior submitted a "Transcript Request Form" to Mrs. Hendry (School Counseling Admin. Asst.) in November requesting that their transcript be sent to UMass Amherst, their mid-year grades will be automatically sent to UMass Amherst. This means that your senior does not need to take any additional steps in order to have their mid-year grades sent to colleges to which they have already sent their official FHS transcript.

Please note:

If there is any student, who does not want their midyear grades sent, they must contact Mrs. Hendry, School Counseling Admin. Asst. before February Break (February 13th.)

 

8. ACCUPLACER

What is the Accuplacer? Should I take it?

Check with your counselor or the College & Career Center Counselor (rm. D110) to see if you should take the Accuplacer and to get assistance with signing up.

 

9. Other Helpful Resources:

9. Not Sure if a 4 Year College is Right for You? 

Check out these great resources:

Keefe Tech Post Graduate Programs

Mass Transfer

NEBHE Tuition Break Program

NSTAR EPUT Program

Yearup

Gap Year Fairs 2014

Gap Year Programs

Gap Year Programs 2

Gap Year Programs 3

Community Service Programs

Thinking Beyond Borders


College and Professional Organization Visits to FHS

How do I attend a college/career organization visit at FHS in the fall?

1. To see who is visiting FHS: 

Please log in to Naviance to see the College and Career Visit Calendar!

2. To Sign up to Attend a Visit:

  1. Log into your student Naviance account
  2. Click on 'Colleges'
  3. Click on 'View all College Visits'
  4. Register for the visit
  • Students must sign up online 24 hours in advance and have a pass from their teacher to attend.
  • No name on registration list and no teacher pass = student cannot attend visit.
  • All visits take place in the College and Career Center, unless otherwise noted.

Why do colleges/universities visit high schools and attend college fairs? Click here!

 


Standardized Test Preparation Resources

1. SAT/ACT Test Prep Programs:

       Unfortunately, the Let's Get Ready Program has been canceled for Fall 2014.

  • Revolution Prep

For Current Offerings, Click HERE

To Enroll Online Click HERE

2. Standardized Test Information:

Home

 

For information about "Test Optional Schools" - Click HERE


Financial Aid Resources
 

1. Scholarships

Looking for scholarships? Seniors should:

A. Log on to their NAVIANCE account often: 

  1. To log on to Naviance, click here and enter your student account log on information.
  2. Click on the "Colleges" top tab.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on "Scholarship List" (under the heading "Scholarships & Money")

All currently active scholarships are listed. When you click on a scholarship, you will find a direct link to the application for that particular scholarship.

We recommend that seniors check Naviance OFTEN between December and March for updates on scholarships!

B. Keep an eye out in their email inbox. Mrs. MacDowell, Grade 9/11 Counselor, is emailing seniors regularly to notify them about new scholarships of which FHS has been made aware, so be sure to check your email regularly!

C. Set aside time to search for additional scholarships for which they may qualify. To see some of our recommended scholarship search sites, click here: Scholarship Resources!

D. Plan to apply for Local Scholarships in February/March. In the beginning of February, we will provide seniors with a packet listing all available local scholarships. 

Need Help Applying for Scholarships? See Mrs. Novakovich in the College & Career Center, rm. D110.

 

2.  Recap of Financial Aid Night at Framingham High School

MEFA 529 student loans for college

On Wednesday, November 5th, the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) presented at FHS in both English and Spanish. The two presentations explained how financial aid works and offered strategies for smoothly navigating the college financing process from beginning to end.

If you were not able to attend the presentation, we encourage you to access the materials provided here:

 

MEFA’s College Financing Seminars

 

MEFA's free College Financing Seminars demystify the entire financial aid application process, breaking it down into straightforward concepts that every family can understand. We explain the nuts and bolts of how financial aid works and offer strategies for smoothly navigating the college financing process from beginning to end. Topics include:

  • Financial aid applications and eligibility
  • The types of financial aid available
  • How colleges determine how much aid to offer
  • Understanding award letters
- See more at: http://www.mefa.org/planforcollege/events.aspx?id=2702#stha

3. Understanding Financial Aid 

  • What are the different types of financial aid? What forms do I need to fill out and when? For answers to these questions, click HERE.

3. FAFSA DAY - Sunday, January 25th 

Is your student planning to attend college next year? Do you need help filling out the FAFSA?

If so, we strongly encourage you to attend FAFSA Day on Sunday, January 25th at FHS.


What is FAFSA Day?

FAFSA Day offers FREE help with applying for financial aid for college. It is a non-profit, volunteer driven program in its 11th year of providing assistance to students and families.

FAFSA Day includes an informational presentation as well as FREE, one-on-one assistance with filling out the necessary forms.


What is the FAFSA?

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a federally required form that ALL students seeking financial aid (loans) to pay for college MUST fill out.

Students and parents/guardians can fill out their FAFSA beginning on January 1st of the student's senior year of high school. So, as parent/guardians of seniors, you will need to fill out the FAFSA this year.

For more information and to register for this event:

http://www.fafsaday.org/registration.php


4. Framingham High School Timeline for Financial Aid and Scholarship Applications - CLICK HERE


5. How Much Will College Cost?

Don't let the sticker price fool you. This tool shows what students really pay for college, based on their family income. We've got trends, too. Search from more than 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States. To access the tuition tracker, click here: College Tuition Tracker


College NEWS Corner

Huffington Post 10/17/2014 - Do This To Improve Your Chances

Quartz 10/9 2014 - Americans Apply Online To So Many Schools That It's Messing Up College Admissions

Forbes Magazine 8/14/2014 - Worrying Productively:Six Ways Parents Can Help With The College Search

NPR Article 5/6/2014 - Poll: Prestigious Colleges Won't Make You Happier In Life Or Work

Boston Globe 4/9/2014 - Acceptance Rates

NY TIMES 3/5/2014 - Big Changes Announced for the SAT

Boston Globe 3/5/2014 - Summer Programs

NY TIMES 10/28/2013  - Colleges Ranked By Value

Boston Globe 9/29/2013 - Don't rely on college rankings...

 


Grade 11

 


Class of 2016 Monthly Newsletter

Class of 2016 Newsletter, December 2014

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Upcoming Local College Fairs

Check back in August for new college fair dates and locations!


Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Attention students! Looking for something to do this summer? Check out a list of opportunities; across the state, across the country and across the world:

  1. Log on to your student Naviance account by clicking HERE
  2. Click on "Colleges"
  3. Look under "College Research" >> Enrichment Programs

College Resources for Juniors

1. FREE Practice for the PSAT through Kaplan! - Click here!
 

2. "Jumpstart to College & Career Planning Night for Juniors:"

        Click here: /fhs/Jumpstart to College & Career Planning Night.pdf

The presentation above covers the steps that current juniors should be taking at this point to prepare for life after high school. It was delivered by the FHS School Counseling Dept. on April 10th 2013, 7 - 9pm.

3. Helpful hand-outs:

4. Featured College & Career Resource: NAVIANCE

Naviance is a web based tool that helps students and families connect what students do in the classroom to their life goals, including finding colleges and careers based on their personal skills and areas of interests.

Juniors, to log on to your student Naviance account, click HERE

To log on to Naviance as a guest: CLICK HERE, then:

  • Enter Framingham Zip Code: 01701
  • Enter Password: FHS
 

Grade 10


Class of 2017 Monthly Newsletter

Class of 2017 Newsletter, December 2014

En Español

Em Português

 


Summer Enrichment Opportunities

Attention students! Looking for something to do this summer? Check out a list of opportunities; across the state, across the country and across the world:  

1. Log on to your student Naviance account by clicking HERE       

2. Click on "Colleges"                                                        

3. Look at "College Research">> Enrichment Programs


College & Career Planning Resources for Sophomores  

The College & Career Center

FREE Practice for the PSAT through Kaplan! - Click Here!

Looking for a job? Need help figuring out what you would like to do for a career or college major? 

When you return to school, access the FHS College & Career Center in it's NEW location, rm. D112

Grade 9


Class of 2018 Monthly Newsletter
 
 
 

 


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