College Panel for Juniors and Seniors
On January 6, juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to meet with recent alumnae to hear about their transition to college and their experiences. During fourth period, all juniors will hear from a group of seniors who will answer questions specifically related to the college process. During fifth and sixth periods, juniors and seniors can sign up for two of the four sessions (Highly Selective Colleges and Universities, Public In State Colleges and Universities, Public Out of State Colleges and Universities, and Private Colleges and Universities). Students have until December 11th to register for a session. Otherwise, your daughter will be assigned a session. In addition to listening to our panelists, students can select questions they would like the panelists to answer or submit questions to be asked. Information regarding this year's college panel can be found here.
Junior Group Guidance Recap
The college counselors were in your junior daughter’s History classes Thursday to discuss starting the college process. We walked your daughters through the different areas of Naviance they should begin familiarizing themselves with and had them complete a short survey to get their minds thinking about what they may want in a college atmosphere. We will be hosting a workshop during their activity block on Wednesday December 2nd that will go further in to depth the many resources available to them through Naviance as well as allow them to get a jump start on their resume! We also shared the many ways in which we communicate college related information, ie: the Counseling Website, Emails, Tuesday Tidbits, and much more. It is imperative that your daughters are reading the information being disseminated by the office, especially over the next year and a half!
In addition to college information we discussed the testing options available to them with the ACT and the SAT. We emphasized the importance of early registration so you can secure your preferred testing site! St. Agnes will be a March test site for the SAT and Strake Jesuit will be a February and April test site for the ACT. We will also be hosting one day preparation seminars given by Sycamore Learning at St. Agnes for both the ACT and SAT, more details to come as the spring semester approaches. They received a Testing Info handout that also shares detailed information and would be a great document for you to review as well!
We began junior meetings in mid-October but will once again meet with your daughters in early spring for their first “official” college meeting. During group guidance we spoke to them about adding colleges in their “Colleges I’m Thinking About” tab in Naviance. This by no means limits the conversation but is really a starting point for your daughter. We will work with your daughter to create a balanced and well thought out list over the course of the next several months. We will begin our college meetings with your daughters in late January. You can access the detailed presentation here and the testing info handout here!
Wellness Center Parent Night Recap
Thank you to all of the parents who joined us last Wednesday evening for our annual Wellness Center Parent Night. This year’s speaker was Shayna Barksdale, LCSW of Austin and Houston Therapy for Girls. Shayna shared great information with our parents on the topics of resilience: the ability to bounce back and healthy boundaries. In light of this generation’s unique challenges and distractions, a great discussion ensued about grades, student/parent relationships, and healthy boundaries. Ms. Barksdale provided a handout that addresses depression in girls. If you would like to view a copy, please click here.