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Grade 12

Class of 2015 Monthly Newsletter

How to Complete the Mandatory Senior Survey- Due 5/13/15

Recap of April 16- After the Acceptance (Financial Aid) Night

Recap of Oct. 2- 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

Paying for College: Financial Aid Resources

      Financial Aid 101: The Basics

      Scholarships

      Recap of November 5 Financial Aid Night at FHS

      College News Corner

Grade 11

Class of 2016 Monthly Newsletter

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

May Lunch Workshop: College & Career Jumpstart for Juniors! 

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

College Resources for Juniors

College & Career Resource: Naviance

SAT Prep Classes (click here and scroll down)

Grade 10

Class of 2017 Monthly Newsletter

Summer Enrichment Opportunities

College and Career Planning Resources for Sophomores

Grade 9

Class of 2018 Monthly Newsletter

 

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Grade 12


Class of 2015 Monthly Newsletter

 

Class of 2015 Newsletter, May

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     Em Português

 


How to Complete the Mandatory Senior Survey

The senior survey is a mandatory requirement for all Grade 12 students. It must be completed by Wednesday, May 13th 2015.

To complete the senior survey, you must log in to you student Naviance Account. Then, go to the "About Me" top tab and on the left-hand side and click on "Senior Survey." Be sure to answer all questions! For any college you applied to, indicate the final decision (accepted, denied, incomplete application, etc.). 

Please note: you MUST indicate which college you plan to attend. By checking off the "attending" box next to the school you have chosen, FHS is made aware of where to send your final transcript.

For step-by-step instructions of how to complete the survey, click here.

Still have questions? See Mrs. Hendry in rm. D109, Mrs. Luzi in the College & Career Center, or your school counselor.


Recap of April 16th 2015: After the Acceptance Night

Financial Aid Support

 

On April 16th, 7:00pm -9:00pm, in the FHS Auditorium, FHS hosted "After the Acceptance." This event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA). Iris Godes, financial aid expert and Framingham Resident, delivered a presentation to help families understand the financial award letters that their senior has received from the colleges to which they have applied and been accepted.
 
Weren't able to attend? The see the presentation slides HERE
 

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


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

For any college(s) that had a deadline prior to February 15th and that your senior had requested FHS send their transcript to, mid-year grades were automatically sent to those schools 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 were automatically sent to UMass Amherst in mid-February. 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 sent their official FHS transcript anytime between the start of the school year and 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. 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

 

10. Other Helpful Resources:

11. 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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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

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For information about "Test Optional Schools" - Click 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.

  • 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

  • What does "Expected Family Contribution" (EFC) mean?

           Check out this resource!

2. Scholarships

Seniors- Still Looking for Scholarships? We recommend that you:

  • Set aside time to search for additional scholarships for which you may qualify. 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.

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

 

3.  Recap of November 5: Financial Aid Night at Framingham High School

MEFA 529 student loans for college

On 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

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

 

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College NEWS Corner

 

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

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...

 

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Grade 11

 


Class of 2016 Monthly Newsletter

Class of 2016 Newsletter, May

     En Español

     Em Português


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.


Wednesday Lunch Workshop in the College and Career Center!

 May Workshop: College & Career Jumpstart for Juniors!

Hey Juniors! Senior year is fast approaching! Are you thinking about college after FHS? Mrs. Luzi, College and Career Counselor, will be hosting "College & Career Jumpstart for Juniors" in the College and Career Center during Wednesday lunches in May!

 

This helpful workshop will offer tips to help you with your college/career search and prepare you for the college application process. Don't wait any longer if you haven't gotten started!


Click HERE to sign up, or see Mrs. Luzi in the D110!


PSAT Scores

Juniors took the PSAT exam during Framingham High School's annual Future's Day this fall. PSAT score reports were handed out to students during homeroom on Friday, January 9th. Students were also shown a video on Flyer News that morning which broke down how to interpret student PSAT scores. To access the presentation: click 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
 
Framingham High School is excited to host a FREE SAT Prep course through Let's Get ReadyLet's Get Ready is an intensive nine week program that provides SAT preparation and guidance around the college admission process. 
 
This course is open to all juniors! First priority will be given to students with demonstrated financial need, however, all students are welcome to apply.

For additional information, click here.
 
To apply to register, click here.
 
Questions? See Mrs. Luzi, College & Career Counselor, in rm. D110.  
 
Kaplan
 
We are pleased to share that Framingham High School will also be hosting an SAT Prep classes through Kaplan this spring. 

For more information and to register: http://www.kaptest.com/sat/sat-prep-course/in-person-sat-prep/sat-classroom-on-site?zip=01701&tab=schedule

*If you believe you may qualify for a fee waiver, please see your school counselor or the college and career counselor.

Questions? See Mrs. Luzi, College & Career Counselor, in rmD110.  

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 Grade 10

 


Class of 2017 Monthly Newsletter

Class of 2017 Newsletter, May

     En Español

     Em Português


PSAT Scores

Sophomores took the PSAT exam during Framingham High School's annual Future's Day this fall. PSAT score reports were handed out to students during homeroom on Friday, January 9th. Students were also shown a video on Flyer News that morning which broke down how to interpret student PSAT scores. To access the presentation: click 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 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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