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    Welcome to Grosse Pointe South Counseling
     
     Seniors: Once you have submitted your college application complete this form to ask your counselor to send materials
    Every application must be submitted using this form in order to send transcript/Letters/Profile.
     
     

    Welcome back! We look forward to working with returning families as well as our new families from the class of 2024.

    Who is my student’s Counselor?

    COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS

    Counselor Assignments

    How do I get in touch with my student’s counselor?

    Click here for Counselors emails and phone numbers

      

    Strange Days, Indeed!

    These days are weird, stressful, and above all one of the most dreaded words of 2020: UNPRECEDENTED.  I know that’s on my list of words to throw out the window forever, but for now it keeps ringing true. Never has there been a more important time to build and sustain relationships to support us socially, emotionally, and academically! Teachers will be focusing on this as they start their classes and work to build community virtually.  

    Counselors will also work to build and sustain emotional support with our families.  Expect that we will be reaching out to all of our students regularly throughout the year to check-in on them and following up individually with concerns and challenges.  However, if you see that your student is struggling please connect with us.  We want to help. Counselors will follow up with parents as well with recommendations on successful remote learning. Remember the lesson of airplane safety and put on your mask before assisting your children.  We all must build in good self-care and healthy habits to model positive life balance for our children.

     

    SENIOR PARENTS:  

    Counselors invite all Seniors and Parents to meet via Zoom on Friday, September 11th at 4:00 to review the college application process. Here is the Slide Show.  I will post the recorded presentation here.  During this important information session we will cover the following topics:

     

    • Using Naviance for the College Application Process
    • Timetable for college preparation
    • The College Application Process
    • Important dates for College Night and Financial Aid Night 
    • The Letter of Recommendation process
    • Important testing dates for Senior year
    • How to Request an official High School Transcript
    • Early Decision and Early Action possibilities
    • How to share important information for your counselor Letters of Recommendation

     

    We will record this meeting so it can easily be referenced online at the counseling center website.  Counselors will begin processing college application/transcript requests after this meeting.

     

    An important message on college application timing. 

    All colleges in the US abide by the NACAC Code of Ethics that states

     October 15: This date is the earliest deadline colleges may require first-year candidates to submit an application for fall admission. Members must give equal consideration to all applications received by that date. 

    This means that there is no advantage given to students who apply before October 15.  When college advisors suggest that you “apply early” to a school for your best chance that date is by October 15. We strongly encourage applications for seniors who intend to apply to the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) or Michigan State University by Nov 1 to meet the Early Action deadline of November 15. 

     

    Due to COVID, we do not anticipate many opportunities for standardized testing (ACT or SAT). I know parents have had as many as six dates scheduled that have been canceled.  There are no indications currently that this will change in the foreseeable future. Consequently, almost all schools are test-optional for admissions purposes. However, I have just learned that South will be offering the SAT on October 14 for Seniors.  No need to pre-register.  South will send out info in the weeks to come with details.

    Please visit our website for additional information about the counseling calendar, testing, scholarships, and financial aid, college planning, and high school visits, writing essays, etc.  

     

    JUNIOR PARENTS: Counselors provide the opportunity for fall junior meeting via Zoom. We will send out a link to the presentation at the start of the year. At the meeting, we will provide information about making the most of this important high school year.  This will include understanding the impact of grades and test scores, standardized testing in the junior year, college night, post-high school planning, and more.  We will record and post this meeting on the counseling webpage the following day. 

     

    If students are interested in preparing for the PSAT or SAT a fantastic and FREE resource is on Khan Academy (www.khanacademy.org). They are the only test-prep partner of the College Board so they will have the very latest in SAT test preparation.  The best part is that it is all free.



    FRESHMAN PARENTS Welcome to Grosse Pointe South!  Counselors are happy to meet with you and your student.  Parents and students can make appointments by calling 432-3519.  Please check here regularly to see important information from the counseling team.  

     

    ALL PARENTS

    Back to School Night will be Thursday, September 17.  I’m not sure how that will look in a virtual environment, but I hope to have the opportunity to meet you.

     

    APRIL 2020 - Counseling Updates

    See below for info on:

    Connect with Counselors

    Counselors are available all day (8am - 4pm) via email and also keep office hours for video or audio meetings via Google Hangouts. Here is how to connect:

    Social/Emotional Support

    Resources in supporting your family throughout COVID as it pertains to mental health, social/emotional and academic resources are available here.  Also, a wonderful resource page for mental health from our School Psychologists and Social Workers here.

    Click for a great at-a-glance list of Emergency Resources to post in your home

    Here is a great, brief video on supporting Mental Health during COVID

    Financial Help

    • Students experiencing significant financial hardship may be able to access support for College Enrollment Deposits, College Application fee waiver, SAT and ACT fee Waiver
    • If you are a college bound senior whose home financial status has changed since completing the FAFSA it is important that you look at this website to learn how you can take action for financial aid reconsideration.
    • Students currently qualified for free or reduced lunch will receive in the mail a pre-loaded Electronic Benefits Transaction (EBT) card – known as a Bridge Card – issued under the name of the oldest student in the household.

    The amount of EBT benefits will be no less than the total amount of free or reduced-cost school lunch benefits that the family would have received during the time that school is closed. The benefits will include $193.80 per eligible student to cover the months of March and April and an additional $182.40 per student to cover May and June combined. Click here for more info

    • If you are in need of food, home, heat, water, or health insurance call 211 or Text your zip code to 898-211 or go to Mi211.org
    • Many health care providers have waived co-pays and created more available resources for families to access care to cope with pandemic-related stress brought on by social isolation, job loss and other challenges. Look at this site to see what is available.

     

    AP Testing

    Exam Length, Structure, and Format

    • The exams will only include topics and skills most AP teachers and students have already covered in class by early March. Like many college-level exams, this year’s AP Exams will be open book/open note. Get tips for taking open book/open note exams.
    •  Most exams will have one or two free-response questions, and each question is timed separately.  Students will need to write and submit their responses within the allotted time for each question.
    •  For most subjects, the exams will be 45 minutes long, and include an additional 5 minutes for uploading. Students will need to access the online testing system 30 minutes early to get set up.
    • Students will be able to take exams on any device they have access to—computer, tablet, or smartphone. They will be able to either type and upload their responses or write responses by hand and submit a photo via their cell phone.
    • Students taking AP world language and culture exams will complete two spoken tasks consistent with free-response questions three and four on the current AP Exam; written responses will not be required. CollegeBoard will provide more details in the coming weeks to help students prepare.

     

    Students Who Don’t Have Internet or a Device

    CollegeBoard recognizes that some students may not have access to the tools and connectivity

    they need to review AP content online and take the exam. If you are a student or you know a

    student who needs mobile tools or connectivity, you can reach out to CollegeBoard directly to let

    them know.

     

    Courses with Portfolio Submissions

    The following courses will use portfolio submissions and will not have a separate online exam.

    All deadlines for these submissions have been extended to May 26, 2020, 11:59 p.m. ET:

    • 2-D Art and Design
    • 3-D Art and Design
    • Drawing
    • Computer Science Principles (note: this portfolio submission is best done on a laptop)

     

    Exam Timing and Tasks

    Exams will be given from May 11 through May 22. See the full AP exam schedule.

    Each subject’s exam will be taken on the same day at the same time, worldwide.

     

    Preparing for the Exam

    Continue following your class progress via Schoology, but you may also find resources on the College Board site with free, live AP review lessons, delivered by AP teachers from across the country.

     

    Parent Webinar:

    On Thursday, April 16 from 7-8PM EST, Trevor Packer, Senior Vice President of AP and Instruction, will be hosting a webinar for parents and guardians to share information about this year’s at-home AP Exams and how to help your student prepare. Trevor will be joined by Jane McBride Gates, Provost and SVP, Academic and Student Affairs from Connecticut State Colleges & Universities and Kristin Brandt, AP Live Human Geography teacher from Glenbard West High School. This webinar will go into detail about the online exams and format, how to prepare at home for them, and answer common questions parents and students may have. We encourage parents and their AP students to sit in on this webinar together.

     

    If you are a parent of an AP student, you can register for the webinar here and tune in live with your student(s) on 4/16. You can also share this registration link and webinar information with your communities as many of you know parents of AP students. A recording of the webinar will be available via the registration link after the live event.



    Taking the Exam

    In late April, CollegeBoard will provide AP students and educators with information on how to

    access the testing system on test day, and video demonstrations so that students can familiarize themselves with the system.


    Here are some suggested tasks to complete:


    INFORMATION FOR THE CLASS OF 2021

    Standardized Tests

    • SAT Testing: At this point SAT national dates (and of course our state test) have been canceled.  The College Board is hoping to open up monthly test dates beginning in August and through December. But of course, this is dependent on schools opening up.  If all goes well then students who were registered for June will get “first dibs” on registering for test dates. Get updates at www.collegeboard.org
      • Please utilize Khan Academy for test preparation. Khan Academy will make personalized recommendations based on your PSAT performance, or take diagnostics if you didn't take the PSAT. 
    • ACT Testing: National Test Sites have also canceled their ACT test dates. Go to www.actstudent.org for more information about tests in the future. ACT has launched ACT Academy. ACT Academy is a free online learning tool and test practice program designed to help you on the ACT test
    • At-Home Tests: Both SAT and ACT will offer At Home testing if Coronavirus closings continue
    • Test-Optional Many colleges are now electing to be test-optional. This means you may not be required to submit a test score with your application next year. Test optional policies for the next application cycle and some colleges are offering this policy for the next THREE years. Check each college on your list to learn their testing policies.

    College Checklist: 

    You may continue working on your college plans during the quarantine. Here are some suggested tasks to complete:

    • Keep working hard on your classes via Schoology.  This is an excellent opportunity to do well in school when you can work at your own pace with a lighter workload.
    • Draft your common app essay.  See essay prompts here
    • Create a list OR resume of activities.
    • Complete your Junior Conference Information Form for your counselor
    • Study for resumed SAT and ACT testing.
    • Clean up social media accounts.  Here is a good resource to figure out how
    • Keep sharp by keeping up with your academic content areas.
    • Reach out to your teachers - they're going through anxiety-filled times as well so check-in, ask questions.
    • Reach out to your school counselor if you begin feeling anxious and stressed
    • Open and explore Naviance; which is a web-based college and career search tool.

    Use Naviance to research colleges that may fit your profile. It's a wealth of information - use it!

    • Take virtual college tours via CampusReel.org to help make your final decisions. You will need to create a free account. Take advantage of these tours to assist in formulating your fit at a college. While it’s not ideal, it is a good way to assist in developing your college list.
    • View the presentations – The College Application Process. 
    • Colleges love to know that prospective students are using their time away from school well. Consider how you are using your time now.  Maybe there is a service activity you can do remotely like making masks for seniors or laundry bags for medical workers. Write a letter to share gratitude to essential workers or to brighten a senior citizen’s day.  Think about how you can create a fulfilling activity that makes an impact on our community.

    INFORMATION FOR THE CLASS OF 2022

    Here are some suggested tasks to complete:

    • Keep working hard on your classes via Schoology.  This is an excellent opportunity to do well in school when you can work at your own pace with a lighter workload
    • Develop your interests outside of class, including extracurricular activities, clubs, and

    volunteering.

    • Work on your reading and writing skills while paying attention to current events
    • Clean up social media accounts.  Here is a good resource to figure out how
    • Begin researching colleges of interest on Naviance; which is a web-based college and career search tool. Use the college matching feature in Naviance to research colleges which may fit your profile. Check out the scattergrams for data on South students admitted. It's a wealth of information
    • Most schools offer virtual tours.
    • Reach out to your teachers - they're going through anxiety-filled times as well so check in, ask questions.
    • Reach out to your school counselor if you begin feeling anxious and stressed.
    • Colleges love to know that prospective students are using their time away from school well. Consider how you are using your time now.  Maybe there is a service activity you can do remotely like making masks for seniors or laundry bags for medical workers. Write a letter to share gratitude to essential workers or to brighten a senior citizen’s day.  Think about how you can create a fulfilling activity that makes an impact on our community.

    INFORMATION FOR THE CLASS OF 2023

    Here are some suggested tasks to complete:

    • Keep working hard on your classes via Schoology.  This is an excellent opportunity to do well in school when you can work at your own pace with a lighter workload
    • Open up Naviance and take a look at some of the careers you marked that are interesting.
    • Begin researching colleges of interest. Most offer virtual tours.
    • Clean up social media accounts. Here is a good resource to figure out how
    • Start a list of your extracurricular activities, electives, interests, and honors.  Use Naviance to record these.
    • Reach out to your teachers - they're going through anxiety-filled times as well so check

    in, ask questions.

    • Reach out to your school counselor if you begin feeling anxious and stressed.
    • Colleges love to know that prospective students are using their time away from school well. Consider how you are using your time now.  Maybe there is a service activity you can do remotely like making masks for seniors or laundry bags for medical workers. Write a letter to share gratitude to essential workers or to brighten a senior citizen’s day.  Think about how you can create a fulfilling activity that makes an impact on our community
     

     

     
     
    College applicants, please note:
     TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE SENT UNTIL THE STUDENT COMPLETES THE
     
    NAVIANCE

     

    Mindfulness is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different; enjoying the pleasant without holding on when it changes (which it will); being with the unpleasant without fearing it will always be this way (which it won’t).

    ~ James Baraz