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 16th
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 have been asked to look back over their Personality test and Interest Profiler surveys that they completed in MAIA last year, along with the True Colors activity that we did in class in seminar #2 .The Uniquest assignment has them choose three universities for which to do in-depth research. Students will fill out this DOC as rough work and then complete the assignment. This assignment will be shared with their counselor at the 1 hour meeting in January /February. We will also discuss the student-led college conference that we will have with parents in the spring. There will be time in seminars, BUT students will need to spend time on their 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: Wednesday, Sept. 25th- Researching Universities in US - mandatory TBA -optional Researching Universities in Europe Researching Universities in Canada Researching Universities in Asia Researching Universities in Australia/New Zealand Researching Universities in UK
April-May: Student-Led 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: email@example.com
Excessive absences No student shall receive working levels / completion unless they attend 90% of each individual class periods in session each semester.Students receive the mark of "FA" if they don't meet the 90% attendance requirements at the end of the semester. A value of 0% is computed into the GPA for the mark of FA
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
INTERESTING ARTICLES THIS MONTH
New book on how to choose a college - article A Gap Year students can get credit for - article Foreign students studying in UK - article
UNIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT Each month a different university from around the world will be highlighted.
University of California - Irvine
In a Few Words: A research-based university that focuses on community and advancement Uniqueness: It's shaped as a circle A beautiful park in the middle of campus with furry critters running around General feel of calm and happiness Size: 30,000 undergraduates Curriculum: Popular programs: Social Psychology; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Business/Managerial Economics; Computer Science; and Public Health Location: Close to Huntington Beach in California Admission: UC Application Admissions Expectations: Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science UC awards students who complete the IB diploma with a score of 30 or above with 30 quarter (20 semester) units toward their UC degree. Students who receive IB certificates with scores of 5, 6 or 7 on Higher Level exams will receive 8 quarter (5.3 semester) units Cost: OUT OF STATE RESIDENT STICKER PRICE $61,872 Tuition$39,516 Books and Supplies$1,357 Other Fees$2,236 Room and Board$14,861 Other Expenses Budget$3,902