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Grade 12

Grade 12 Monthly Newsletter: January 

How Does the School Counseling Dept. Prepare Seniors for
Success?

January Brown Bag Workshop: How to Pay for College

Upcoming Event: January 31st FAFSA Day

Recap of October 1st "College & Career Planning Night for Seniors"

Recap of November 4th: Financial Aid Night

 


College Search & Application Resources:

       Overview of the College Application Process

       Searching for Colleges

       Requesting a Transcript

       Teacher Letter of Recommendation

      Counselor Letter of Recommendation

      College Planning Chart

College & Professional Organization Visits to FHS

Recap of "Jumpstart to College & Career Planning Night"

Paying for College: Financial Aid Resources

      Financial Aid 101: The Basics

      Scholarships

College News Corner- Recent, relevant news articles

Grade 11

Grade 11 Monthly Newsletter: January

How Does the School Counseling Dept. Prepare Juniors for Success?

Recap of April 9- Jumpstart to College & Career Planning Night

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

College Resources for Juniors

College & Career Resource: Naviance

SAT Prep Classes

PSAT (Practice SAT College Entrance Exam) at FHS

Grade 10

Grade 10 Monthly Newsletter: January

How Does the School Counseling Dept. Prepare Sophomores for Success?

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

College and Career Planning Resources for Sophomores

PSAT (Practice College Entrance Exam) at FHS

Grade 9

Grade 9 Monthly Newsletter: January

How Does the School Counseling Dept. Prepare Freshman for Success?

School Counselors and Social Workers

 

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Grade 12


Grade 12 Monthly Newsletter

 

Class of 2016 Newsletter, January 2016

     En Español

     Em Português

 


How Does the School Counseling Department 

Prepare Seniors for Success?

Click here to read a summary of the programming provided to seniors by the School Counseling Department.

 


January Brown Bag Workshop: How to Pay For College

 

Seniors, we encourage you to attend this workshop during your lunch on Monday, January 11th or Tuesday, January 12th. Click here for the details!

 


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?

    Follow the steps listed on 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

ACCUPLACER

What is the Accuplacer? Should I take it?

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

7. College Planning Chart

What materials do you need to send to each college or university when you apply? How do you keep track of it all?

We recommend that seniors fill in our "College Planning Chart" to keep track of the application requirements for each four year college to which they are applying.

 

8. Students with Disabilities Navigating the College Process

What are the rights and responsibilities of students with disabilities who are preparing to attend postsecondary schools? For information, click here

 

9. Other Helpful Resources:

10. 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

 

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 Recap of October 1:  College & Career Planning Night for Seniors

 

On Thursday, October 1st, the FHS School Counseling Department hosted, “College and Career Planning Night for Seniors!” The School Counseling Department provided an overview of the steps and elements of the college application process. The evening also included a college panel with admissions representatives from five institutions which were a mix of public, private and community colleges. The representatives in attendance this year were from: St. Anselm, Quinnipiac University, MassBay Community College, UMass Amherst, and Framingham State University. 
 

Surveys that families filled out tell us that as a result of the presentation:
 
  • 100% of individuals surveyed know how to send their  ACT and SAT scores to colleges.
  • 100% understand how to send their transcript to colleges.
  • 100% understand how to request a request a letter of recommendation from a teacher.
  • 97% know how to request a school counselor letter of recommendation.                                             
  • There was a 56% increase in overall understanding of the college application process.
  • 94% of individuals surveyed are aware of non-traditional post-secondary options.                            
  • 100% found the panel of college admissions representatives to be helpful.  

 

Weren't able to attend? We encourage you to view the slides from the presentation here.


College and Professional Organization Visits to FHS

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

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!


Recap of November 4: Financial Aid Night


On Wednesday, November 4th, the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA) came to FHS to present. The presentation was offered in both English and Spanish. It broke the financial aid process down into straightforward concepts that every family can understand. It explained how financial aid works and offer strategies for smoothly navigating the college financing process from beginning to end. The presentation covered:

  • Financial aid applications and eligibility 
  • The types of financial aid available 
  • How colleges determine how much aid to offer 

We are pleased to report that approximately 115 individuals attended the event.

Weren't able to make it to Financial Aid Night? You can access the materials from the presentation here.


Recap of "Jumpstart to College & Career Planning Night"

On Thursday, April 9th 2015, from 7:00 - 9:00pm, the School Counseling Department delivered, “Jumpstart to College and Career Planning Night for Juniors!” The presentation provided a recap of the two college and career planning lessons that have been delivered to Grade 11 students this school year. School counselors shared timelines for moving forward with the college search and application process, general information about standardized tests, and links to resources on these topics.


We are pleased to report that the event was attended by approximately 275 individuals.

The surveys we collected tell us that as a result of the presentation:

  • 95.5% of families who attended are aware of the school counseling curriculum that has been delivered to Grade 11 students this year.
  • 99% of families who attended are aware of non-traditional post-high school options.
  • 95% of families who attended feel they have a general understanding of the college application process.
  •  96% of families who attended know what college and career planning steps their student should be taking between now and the start of senior year.

Weren’t able to attend?

We encourage you to read through the presentation slides, accessible here.

 


Paying for College: Financial Aid
 

1. Financial Aid 101: The Basics

  • What are the different types of financial aid? What forms do I need to fill out? For answers to these questions, click HERE.
  • Who gets federal student aid? How much aid will I get? For answers to these questions, click HERE.
  • What is the timeline for filling out Financial Aid paperwork? To read the "FHS Timeline for Financial Aid and Scholarship Applications," CLICK HERE
  • 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

 

2. Scholarships

Looking for Scholarships? We recommend that you:

  • Set aside time to search for scholarships using multiple avenues. To see some of our recommended scholarship search sites, click here: Scholarship Resources!
  • Log on to your NAVIANCE account often. To log on to Naviance, click here and enter your student account log on information. Click on the "Colleges" top tab. Scroll down to "scholarships" and click on the link to view links to all scholarships of which FHS has been made aware.
  • Apply for FHS Scholarships. FHS Scholarships are available! These are local scholarships that are available specifically to Framingham High School students and require the "FHS Scholarship Application Form."

How Can You Access and Apply for FHS Scholarships?

1 Click here to download and print the attached "2016 FHS Scholarships List" and  "FHS Scholarship Application Form" 

OR

2. Pick up hard copies of the "2016 FHS Scholarship List" and "FHS Scholarship Application Form" in the School Counseling Suite (D102) or the College & Career Center (rm. D110)

OR

3. Log into your Naviance account, click on the "Colleges" top tab, and scroll down to "Scholarship List." Please note: this list includes all FHS Scholarships as well as ADDITIONAL scholarships, both local and national, which have varying deadlines and for which you may qualify.

 

All FHS Scholarships require you to complete the "FHS Scholarship Application Form" and submit it to the D102 School Counseling Office by FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH 2016.

 

Need Help Searching or Applying for Scholarships?

See Mrs. Rivkin in the College & Career Center, rm. D110.

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

College Access for Immigrant Students

General information and resources regarding financial aid.

Helpful Scholarship Websites:

 

 

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College NEWS Corner

Boston.com January, 2016- "Harvard Report Calls for Admissions Revolution"

Family Circle October, 2015 - Higher Ed Help

NY Times 3/13/2015 - "How to Survive the College Admissions Madness"

Chronicle of Higher Education Financial Aid Article 2/24/2015 - "The Financial Aid Fine Print"

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"

 


Grade 11

 


Grade 11 Monthly Newsletter

 

Class of 2017 Newsletter, January 2016  

     En Español

     Em Português


How Does the School Counseling Department

Prepare Juniors for Success?

Click here to read a summary of the programming provided to juniors by the School Counseling Department.


Recap of April 9th: Jumpstart to College & Career Planning Night

On Thursday, April 9th from 7:00 - 9:00pm, the School Counseling Department delivered, “Jumpstart to College and Career Planning Night for Juniors!” The presentation provided a recap of the two college and career planning lessons that have been delivered to Grade 11 students this school year. School counselors shared timelines for moving forward with the college search and application process, general information about standardized tests, and links to resources on these topics.


We are pleased to report that the event was attended by approximately 275 individuals.

The surveys we collected tell us that as a result of the presentation:

  • 95.5% of families who attended are aware of the school counseling curriculum that has been delivered to Grade 11 students this year.
  • 99% of families who attended are aware of non-traditional post-high school options.
  • 95% of families who attended feel they have a general understanding of the college application process.
  •  96% of families who attended know what college and career planning steps their student should be taking between now and the start of senior year.

Weren’t able to attend?

We encourage you to read through the presentation slides, accessible here.


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

Helpful hand-outs:

 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


SAT Prep Courses

 
Let's Get Ready
 
This spring, Framingham High School is excited to host a FREE SAT Prep course through Let's Get Ready! Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30pm -8:30pm from February – May 2016.  This course is open to all juniors! First priority will be given to juniors with demonstrated financial need, however, all students are welcome to apply.

For additional information and to register, click here.

  
 
Kaplan
 
We are pleased to share that Framingham High School will also be hosting SAT Prep classes through Kaplan this spring. The upcoming session runs from January 27th – March 3rd.
 
For more information and to register, click here.

**If you believe you qualify for a fee waiver, please see Mrs. Rivkin Haag in the College & Career Center, rm. D110**


 
 
On October 14, 2015, sophomores and juniors took the PSAT (Practice SAT College Entrance Exam) at FHS.

The CollegeBoard (the company that runs the PSAT) has informed us that student scores will become available as follows:

January 7thScores available online, studentscores.collegeboard.org  

  • On test day (October 14), students were instructed to write their email address on their answer sheet. College Board has emailed to students an Access Code that they'll need in order to see their scores.
  • If a student did not provide an email address on the answer sheet or has not received their access code, he or she should call the PSAT Student Help Line, 866-433-7728, to get it.  


January 29th:  High ?schools receive paper score reports. FHS will distribute the score reports to students during homeroom shortly thereafter.

 

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 Grade 10

 


Grade 10 Monthly Newsletter 

 

Class of 2018 Newsletter, January 2016  

     En Español

     Em Português

 


How Does the School Counseling Department

Prepare Sophomores for Success?

Click here to read a summary of the programming provided to sophomores by the School Counseling Department.


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


 
 
On October 14, 2015, sophomores and juniors took the PSAT (Practice SAT College Entrance Exam) at FHS.

The CollegeBoard (the company that runs the PSAT) has informed us that student scores will become available as follows:

January 7thScores available online, studentscores.collegeboard.org  

  • On test day (October 14), students were instructed to write their email address on their answer sheet. College Board has emailed to students an Access Code that they'll need in order to see their scores.
  • If a student did not provide an email address on the answer sheet or has not received their access code, he or she should call the PSAT Student Help Line, 866-433-7728, to get it.  


January 29th:  High ?schools receive paper score reports. FHS will distribute the score reports to students during homeroom shortly thereafter.

 

Grade 9

 


Grade 9 Monthly Newsletter
 
 

How Does the School Counseling Department

Prepare Freshman for Success?

Click here to read a summary of the programming provided to freshman by the School Counseling Department.

 

School Counselors and Social Workers:

Who are They and How Can They Help?

This hand-out identifies the Grade 9 school counselors and social workers. It also provides information about some of the ways in which the school counselors and social workers assist students.

 

 


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