News from MMU Counselors - January 2018
It's hard to believe, but mid-year exams are over and students have started the second semester! Now we begin the process of looking ahead to next year. In the month of February, counselors will meet individually with each freshman, sophomore, and junior to create a course of study plan for next year. We will take a close look at graduation requirements, teacher recommendations, and each student’s college and career goals to create a list of appropriate courses. This process will be complete by the time we leave for February break and students will be given a copy of their course requests to share with you. For those considering a technical center program, the Center for Technology, Essex will host an open house on February 10, from 11am-2pm. We encourage you to contact us with any questions.
Here are some upcoming events and general reminders for each grade level:
Freshmen: It’s not too early to start thinking about summer opportunities. Meet with your counselor and check out our webpage or Naviance for some great ideas! Some programs have spring application deadlines, so now is the time to consider your options.
Sophomores: As you think about your summer plans, consider taking a free class offered by the Community College of Vermont. Introduction to College and Career (ICC) is a course that provides career exploration opportunities and an orientation to the college experience for high school students. Ask your counselor about this and other similar opportunities available in our area.
Juniors: As you know, PSAT results were released in December. Counselors met with juniors in English classes and provided an overview of what the scores mean and what to think about in planning for the SAT and ACT. Remember to check your Junior Calendar for test dates and registration deadlines and see your counselor for an individual planning meeting.
Juniors & Parents - Please join us at 6:30 on February 15th for Junior Parent night where we will talk about planning for life after MMU.
Seniors: Have you completed your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the Vermont grant application (for more information and links, go to vsac.org/FAFSAfirst)? Be sure to look at the scholarships list in Naviance and those offered through VSAC. Deadlines are approaching.
Also, remember that Naviance has an easy to use tool that will help you build a resume. See your counselor for support in getting started.
Note to AP Students: Registration forms to order AP exams will be distributed to students the last week of January. Please help your student look at AP exam dates for conflicts, request accommodations (if approved by Collegeboard), and turn registration forms and money into Student Services by March 21st. More information about AP exams can be found on the College/Career Resources page under College Testing. AP Exam Information
Remember, our doors are always open and we love to hear from you.
Kristen Barker, Meghan Sweet, Toni Chandler and Chris Adams - MMU School Counselors
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Register now for VSAC's College & Career Pathways - VSAC's College & Career Pathways events help parents and students learn about financial aid, grants and scholarships, navigating college loans, how to search for a college or career program ... and more. Attend your choice of in-depth workshops led by local experts. Click on above link for information and to register.
Governor's Institute's of Vermont Summer Program: GIV is for students who are academically and/or artistically motivated with a passion for learning! GIV Summer Institutes are residential, affordable programs for Vermont 9th-11th graders. Students apply online beginning February 1st. Deadline for MMU applications is March 23rd. Information and Application
Junior Parent Night (for students and parents) - February 15th, 6:30 p.m. - Join us to talk about life after MMU.
VSAC's "Scholarships for Vermonters" booklets are available in Student Services or click the link above to view. Submission/postmark deadline is Feb. 16, 2018.
The ASVAB Career Exploration Program aptitude test will be given at MMU on Thursday, March 15th. Interested students in grades 10-12 can sign up to take the test in Student Services. Information about the test can be found at: ASVAB Career Exploration Program
MedQuest 2018 - July 9-14 at UVM Medical Center in Burlington. MedQuest is a week-long, residential program for current 10th grade high school students from northeastern and central Vermont. Click link above to apply now - deadline March 7, 2018.
A note about Driver’s Ed:
Each year we get many questions about how to register for Driver’s Education at MMU. The first thing student’s need to do in order to get on our Driver’s Ed list is to bring their permit to Student Services to be copied. This makes one eligible for the class. Each semester, we schedule the 60 oldest students whose permits are on file. We will likely schedule Spring 2018 Driver’s Ed in October.
College Admission Representatives please schedule visits to Mt. mansfield Union High School at RepVisits