Sent on the last Thursday of each month, the Counseling Newsletter provides extra guidance and information to assist you during the university research process. Please read each issue carefully. The newsletter is also shared with your parents and teachers, and it can be used to help create more dialogue about your future.
PSAT: Wednesday, October 10th
SFS uses the PSAT/NMSQT as standardized test to measure students' progress in the HS similar to the MAP/CAT testing done in MS/BS.
Grade 11 Students and their families will be given the option to "OPT-OUT" for PSAT testing annually; please see relevant details here.
Please bring #2pencilsand an approved calculator.
Please click here to view College Boards calculator policy and a comprehensive list of approved calculators.
Dates for writing the SAT, ACT and SAT subject tests
WHAT WE'RE WORKING ON IN JUNIOR YEAR!
Students are being asked to look back over their Do What You Are and Career Interest Profiler surveys, along with consideration of the True Colors activity that we did in class, and choose three universities for which to do in-depth research. Students will fill out this GOOGLE FORM before the Dec. 4th deadline. This completed assignment will be shared and discussed with your counselor at the 1 hour meeting in January/February. We will also discuss the three way college conference that we will have with your parent(s) in the spring. You can work on this assignment during the next two seminars with your counselors (remember we come every other cycle) BUT you will need to spend time on your own as well. The assignment should take approximately 5 hours.
WHAT'S COMING UP!
October: Lunch hour workshops on university research for various national systems: Thursday, Oct. 11th- Researching Universities in Europe Monday, Oct. 15th- Researching Universities in US Friday, Oct. 19th- Researching Universities in Canada Tuesday, Oct. 23rd- Researching Universities in Asia Thursday, Oct. 25th- Researching Universities in Australia/New Zealand Tuesday, Nov. 6th- Researching Universities in UK
April-May: 3-Way College Conferences between student, parent and counselor Continuously: University visits @ SFS (approx. 200 universities per year)
Procedure to follow when a student is ill: Please e-mail the HS Administrative Assistant explaining the student’s absence. If the parent does not email the Administrative Assistant, students will be admitted to class with an unexcused absence until a note is received or two days pass. HS Administrative Assistant’s email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Excessive absences No student shall receive working levels / completion unless they attend 90% of each individual class periods in session each semester.
Please refer to the Student Handbook for details regarding 'excused' and 'unexcused' absences.
Students must make arrangements to do all the work missed during their absence. This is the student's responsibility. The due date for all makeup work for planned excused absences will coincide with their return to school. Please note that this applies to ALL planned absences, including Family Travel, school-sponsored sports, MUN or performing arts trips.
FAMILY TRAVEL With a desire to support special family/student circumstances, SFHS allows a maximum of five (5) school days for ‘excused absence due to family travel’ with the option of making up work for grades.
Please note that no family travel will be allowed during Discovery Week.
Please email Mrs.Koh, the HS Administrative Assistant, regarding upcoming family travel. HS Administrative Assistant’s email address: email@example.com
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