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Counselors' Corner

The Counselors' Corner is a series of
articles that are written by the guidance
department to keep our families informed
about a variety of things that are important
to your daughters. Since we work with all of
our students, the entire department is
responsible for contributing articles from
time to time. We try to keep our articles
brief and timely. These articles also appear
in the weekly Tiger Tracks sent to parents
each Friday.

 


 
Counselors' Corner 09/05/2014

Center for Wellness Updates

The Center for Wellness and Student Support is excited to introduce our new and updated programming plans for the year.  We are partnering with the Dean of Students Office to offer this important information that focuses on the health and wellbeing of our students. The first evening program is open to parents from all four grade levels and focuses on adolescent risky behaviors and substance use. Jill Ahrens, LPC from The Council on Alcohol and Drugs - Houston will share her vast knowledge of the current trends in adolescent substance use and the possible warning signs to be aware of in your daughter. Our new drug testing policy will be explored and discussed. Please join us Wednesday, October 22nd at 6:30 pm in St. Agnes' Strake Family Cafeteria. 

Strategies for Financing College

Nathan Birney, a financial advisor with Ameriprise Financial Advisors, will conduct a seminar for the SAA and SJ parent community on Wednesday, September 10th at 6:30 pm in the Fleming Room located in the Clay Center for Sciences and Academic Services.  This informative session will help you understand financial aid calculations, analyze college costs, evaluate your savings and investment vehicles, and explore a variety of tax implications.  This seminar is open to all our parents regardless of the grade level of your daughter.  Our counseling departments have found that planning early for the cost of a college education allows families to position themselves more effectively.  We hope that you can join us for this presentation.

Getting In – The Knowledge to Get Into College

Strake Jesuit College Preparatory and Princeton Review, Inc. are pleased to welcome Rob Franek to the Parsley Center at Jesuit on September 9th at 6:30 pm.  As The Princeton Review’s chief expert on higher education issues, Rob has many responsibilities and a wealth of information to share with our families.  This evening’s target audience is sophomore and junior families.  For more information, please click here.

Junior Parent Night Information

The college counselors will host our annual Junior Parent Information Night on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Strake Family Cafeteria at St. Agnes Academy.  This is an excellent opportunity to meet your daughter’s counselor and learn about the junior programming at St. Agnes.  The college counselors will also be discussing testing, the college admissions process, trending and preparing for senior year and the college application process.  We hope that you can join us. Light snacks will be served.

Senior Parent Night Recap

Thank you so much to those parents who attended the Senior Parent Information Night last Wednesday. We hope you found it to be a very informative evening and had a lot of burning questions answered! If you were unable to make it, we have uploaded the presentation here!

Senior Parents: Defining Decision Plans and Deadlines

Now that your daughter has begun her college application process, you will notice that colleges have many different types of deadlines! Here is a rundown of the different types:

• Rolling Decision: School will make a decision on an applicant as soon as all the materials necessary have been submitted.
• Early Action (EA): Schools offer an early set deadline in early November.  In turn, the college guarantees that they will make a decision by a certain date, usually by Christmas.  A student is NOT bound by this decision, although   applying EA infers a genuine interest in the school.
• Early Decision (ED): A binding decision plan where the student is only allowed to apply to one school. Families aren’t able to compare financial aid packages. At some schools, this is advantageous as it shows a true    commitment to the college
• Regular Decision: All private universities have regular decision.  Regular decision is good for students who are interested in multiple schools and for those who want to submit fall semester grades. Students will be notified by   April 1. *** It is important to note that some schools with regular decision have an earlier scholarship deadline.
• Priority Deadline: Schools who receive more applications than students they can admit sometimes offer a priority deadline. Most schools will still admit students after the priority deadline but there are no guaranteed spaces   after that date. Many schools use this as their scholarship deadline.

To The Parents of the Class of 2015

The College Counselors began meeting with seniors on Monday, August 25th.  Students are encouraged to stop by their counselor’s office and sign up for an individual appointment.  Slots are available before school, during the day and after school.  This is an exciting time for our students and it is apparent that many of them have done their research and are ready to go with the college admission process! We ask that you aid us in making this application season a good one for your daughter and your family.  Here are just a few tips:

1) If your daughter has an early deadline of October 15th, November 1st or November 15th, we would like to see her in the next couple of weeks.  Gently ask her if she has made an appointment.

2) Review your daughter’s choices with her.  It is best if the student, the counselor and the family are in agreement about the composition of the list.  An agreed upon varied mix of solid, target, and reach schools is optimal.

3) Make sure that your daughter is releasing her test scores to her universities.  St. Agnes Academy does not send test scores to schools as this responsibility belongs to the student.  Counselors will be talking with each of their  students regarding the release of the scores.

4) Review your daughter’s essays and resume.  This is an all hands on deck assignment.  Your daughter’s counselor can help guide the content, but typos and simple errors can sneak by even a seasoned editor.  Another pair of eyes  is always a great idea.

5) Contact us with any questions that you may have about your daughter’s process.  We view this as a collaborative effort between all of us and are happy to help.

 
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