Being prepared is a great way to avoid frustration and stress especially as it pertains to the post-high school planning process. In an effort to help you with this planning, I want to make you aware of some opportunities.
College Information Night, Thursday, October 12, 2017 7-9:15p.m. is open to families with students in 9-12th grade. Become an expert on college by attending this event! There are 12 different sessions on college planning offered. You will have time to attend only three of them. Some families choose to attend this event more than one year so that they can glean all of the information that is offered in the sessions. More information on College Information Night and the entire list of workshops available can be found online. Students and parents are encouraged to attend Thursday, October 12, beginning at 7p.m. in the theater.
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Performing and Visual Arts College Fair at Webster University, Saturday, October 7, 1-3p.m. This is a great opportunity for students who want to study music recording, game design, app design, theater, music or the visual arts to interact with college reps with exceptional programs in these areas. Pre-register and check out a list of schools attending: www.gotomypvafair.com
College Fair at SLU- on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 1-4p.m. in the Simon Recreation Center is a national college fair attended by thousands of students and hundreds of colleges. It is recommended that students pre-register online: www.gotomyncf.com. You can also find a complete list of colleges that are attending on this same website. Visit this site for tips on how to make the most of a college fair: http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/students-parents/resources/Pages/NCFTips.aspx
Naviance/Family Connection is a helpful tool for searching for colleges. Students logged on to use Naviance during their Advisory period this fall and completed a StrengthsFinder. Naviance is used for: college searching, signing up to meet with college reps that visit RSHS and career searching. Ask your student to share their login information with you (username: @rsdmo.org email password: 10 digit student #). Instructions can be found here for Family Connection/Naviance: http://www.rsdmo.org/rsummit/offices/college/Pages/FamilyConnectionsNaviance.aspx
I recommend starting the search process for post-high school options as early as 9th and 10th grade. The best way to do this is by using online resources to find a good fit, visiting campuses, attending summer programs (usually on college campuses), and talking to other adults (friends parents, parents friends, etc. What did you do? How did you get there? What do you like best/least about your job or college you attended?) By fall of senior year students should have a pretty good idea of their post-high school plans. We can assist with applications, financial aid and the college search process. Check out our website for college planning timelines and other information: http://www.rsdmo.org/rsummit/offices/college/Pages/default.aspx.
I am available to meet with students one on one beginning in spring of 11th grade. Appointments can be made by calling Mrs. Ronda Skinner or your student can stop by the Counseling Office to make an appointment. In the meantime, please take advantage of our evening programs. I will also be available for brief conversations during conferences.
As always, please feel free to contact the College and Career Office with questions.
Mrs. Hutchison, College and Career Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Skinner, College and Career Secretary email@example.com (636) 891-6834