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Published on February 9, 2009

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Freshman Parent Night What’s on the horizon for your student? This presentation will be available tomorrow on our VCHS website: Academics  High School  College Counseling

Tonight’s Topics What really matters How to utilize your four-year plan Introduction of the 10th-12th college counseling staff and their role PSAT results and analysis Timeline for college preparation benchmarks How to read a transcript and grad status report Course selection for next year

What really matters

How to utilize your four-year plan

Introduction of the 10th-12th college counseling staff and their role

PSAT results and analysis

Timeline for college preparation benchmarks

How to read a transcript and grad status report

Course selection for next year

What Really Matters Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” Proverbs 16:9 – “A man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Proverbs 16:9 – “A man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.”

What To Do with Your 4-year Plan Evaluate the difficulty of your Freshman year – was it a good fit? Are your post-high school goals still the same? Ask these questions after every year – the 4-year plan is a guideline; it is not set in stone.

Evaluate the difficulty of your Freshman year – was it a good fit?

Are your post-high school goals still the same?

Freshmen Parents – Watch Out! Freshman “Let Up” can occur in the first 6-8 weeks of the second semester.

Freshman “Let Up” can occur in the first 6-8 weeks of the second semester.

Meet Your 10-12 th Grade College Counselor We’ll be taking you and your student the rest of the way!

Dr. Jonathan Burton (A-G) VCHS since 1995 Previously taught Chemistry and Math (all levels) Attended Southern Methodist University, Stanford, National, Liberty Church: Hillside Church Other roles: Principal of Academics My favorite thing about counseling… [email_address] (408) 513-2412

VCHS since 1995

Previously taught Chemistry and Math (all levels)

Attended Southern Methodist University, Stanford, National, Liberty

Church: Hillside Church

Other roles: Principal of Academics

My favorite thing about counseling…

Ms. Jennifer Griffin (H-N) VCHS since 2003 Previously taught English and History Attended Westmont College & National University Church: Saratoga Federated Church Other roles: AP Coordinator, CSF Coordinator, Summer School Principal My favorite thing about counseling… [email_address] (408) 513-2492

VCHS since 2003

Previously taught English and History

Attended Westmont College & National University

Church: Saratoga Federated Church

Other roles: AP Coordinator, CSF Coordinator, Summer School Principal

My favorite thing about counseling…

Mrs. Diana Fairchild (O-Z) VCHS since 1996 Previously taught English Attended Washington State Church: Hillside Church Other roles: New teacher mentor My favorite thing about counseling… [email_address] (408) 513-2411

VCHS since 1996

Previously taught English

Attended Washington State

Church: Hillside Church

Other roles: New teacher mentor

My favorite thing about counseling…

High School Planning & Guidance Meetings with students and parents upon request Annual meetings with each sophomore, junior & senior for course selection and graduation status Prayer and personal counseling with students and/or parents as needed

Meetings with students and parents upon request

Annual meetings with each sophomore, junior & senior for course selection and graduation status

Prayer and personal counseling with students and/or parents as needed

High School Planning & Guidance Academic probation to hold struggling students accountable (below a 2.0) Assist parents after an extended absence Monitor attendance and grades of our general student population Review graduation status reports and transcripts to ensure all students are taking necessary courses for graduation and college admission

Academic probation to hold struggling students accountable (below a 2.0)

Assist parents after an extended absence

Monitor attendance and grades of our general student population

Review graduation status reports and transcripts to ensure all students are taking necessary courses for graduation and college admission

College Planning and Guidance Meetings with students and parents upon request Annual meetings with each sophomore, junior & senior for post-graduate plans “ College Corner” in Parent Newsletter Parent Night each year that focuses on upcoming benchmarks

Meetings with students and parents upon request

Annual meetings with each sophomore, junior & senior for post-graduate plans

“ College Corner” in Parent Newsletter

Parent Night each year that focuses on upcoming benchmarks

College Planning and Guidance Coordination and promotion of college representative visits – approx. 35 each year College Application and essay aid Recommendation letters NCAA Eligibility Center guidance New counseling plans are added every year!

Coordination and promotion of college representative visits – approx. 35 each year

College Application and essay aid

Recommendation letters

NCAA Eligibility Center guidance

New counseling plans are added every year!

Your online support: Naviance https://connection.naviance.com/valleychistian

What is Naviance? Online tool that offers students and parents interactive: surveys college search and comparison tools multimedia college profiles with VCHS’ data scattergrams of past applications from VCHS local scholarships and aid opportunities and much more Log-ons available for both parents and students

Online tool that offers students and parents interactive:

surveys

college search and comparison tools

multimedia college profiles with VCHS’ data

scattergrams of past applications from VCHS

local scholarships and aid opportunities

and much more

Log-ons available for both parents and students

How can freshmen best utilize Naviance? Begin with the surveys The first step in finding the right college is knowing yourself ! These will also be helpful resources for the English 9 career term paper Student training will occur in February

Begin with the surveys

The first step in finding the right college is knowing yourself !

These will also be helpful resources for the English 9 career term paper

Student training will occur in February

My Personality Type

My Learning Style

Explore Interests

PSAT RESULTS Your guide to interpreting your student’s PSAT results

WARNING TO PARENTS: PSAT IS FOR SOPHOMORE/JUNIOR PREP FRESHMEN NORMALLY DO NOT HAVE THE OPPORUNITY TO TAKE THE PSAT Please do NOT stress out if your student doesn’t have a very high score – he was only in high school for EIGHT WEEKS before he took a college test! The scores will naturally go up with more education.

PSAT IS FOR SOPHOMORE/JUNIOR PREP

FRESHMEN NORMALLY DO NOT HAVE THE OPPORUNITY TO TAKE THE PSAT

Your Scores PSAT/NMSQT scores are printed right at the top of the report. Each is based on a scale of 20-80. Percentiles compare your student's performance to that of other students, nationally. How to translate into an SAT score? Add up the three scores an add a zero.

PSAT/NMSQT scores are printed right at the top of the report. Each is based on a scale of 20-80.

Percentiles compare your student's performance to that of other students, nationally.

How to translate into an SAT score? Add up the three scores an add a zero.

Review Answers Here you'll find the correct answer, your student's response, and the difficulty level of each question. The test booklet has been provided to view the questions.

Here you'll find the correct answer, your student's response, and the difficulty level of each question.

The test booklet has been provided to view the questions.

Improving Skills This section lists some specific skills that your student needs to improve. These suggestions are based upon his pattern of responses across test questions.

This section lists some specific skills that your student needs to improve.

These suggestions are based upon his pattern of responses across test questions.

More PSAT Analysis Take advantage of the online services from the PSAT – they’re fantastic! www.collegeboard.com/quickstart Use your code found on the inside of your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report

Take advantage of the online services from the PSAT – they’re fantastic!

www.collegeboard.com/quickstart

Use your code found on the inside of your PSAT/NMSQT Score Report

Step 1 : Create a College Board account if you don’t have one already. You will need this site for much more than just PSAT with a college bound student!

Step 2 : Type in the year of the test (2008) and your student’s access code

Step 3 : Utilize these powerful tools!

 

 

College Preparation Timeline We’re here to help every step of the way!

Every Year Sign up for courses that are a good fit and work hard to get good grades Get help from teachers and counselors when needed – be proactive in your education! Document various involvement so you don’t forget by your senior year Continue to grow and stretch yourself academically, socially, and spiritually

Sign up for courses that are a good fit and work hard to get good grades

Get help from teachers and counselors when needed – be proactive in your education!

Document various involvement so you don’t forget by your senior year

Continue to grow and stretch yourself academically, socially, and spiritually

Freshman Year Fall Semester Participate in extracurricular activities Try your best on the PSAT (does not count for colleges) Spring Semester Attend a four-year planning session Attend the Naviance introduction training Begin your college resume on Naviance CSF Turn in your course request for next year Consider adding an AP course

Fall Semester

Participate in extracurricular activities

Try your best on the PSAT (does not count for colleges)

Spring Semester

Attend a four-year planning session

Attend the Naviance introduction training

Begin your college resume on Naviance

CSF

Turn in your course request for next year

Consider adding an AP course

Each Summer Consider a summertime job or extracurricular activity Consider looking at college campuses when on family vacations – it’s never too early! Consider taking enrichment classes or seminars to strengthen yourself as a student

Consider a summertime job or extracurricular activity

Consider looking at college campuses when on family vacations – it’s never too early!

Consider taking enrichment classes or seminars to strengthen yourself as a student

Sophomore Year Fall Semester Continue participation in extracurricular activities and community service. Begin to look for leadership opportunities in areas that you truly care about. Try your best on the PSAT (does not count for colleges) Compare to your Freshman year to monitor progress Begin to use online collegeboard tools to prepare for the SAT

Fall Semester

Continue participation in extracurricular activities and community service.

Begin to look for leadership opportunities in areas that you truly care about.

Try your best on the PSAT (does not count for colleges)

Compare to your Freshman year to monitor progress

Begin to use online collegeboard tools to prepare for the SAT

Sophomore Year Spring Semester Attend Sophomore Parent Night Attend college fairs and start to browse Naviance Begin to seriously consider what type of college would be a good fit for your interests and personality Meet with your college counselor to discuss your transcript thus far and plan courses for next year

Spring Semester

Attend Sophomore Parent Night

Attend college fairs and start to browse Naviance

Begin to seriously consider what type of college would be a good fit for your interests and personality

Meet with your college counselor to discuss your transcript thus far and plan courses for next year

Junior & Senior Years Look at the College Preparation Timeline handout for upper classmen benchmarks

Look at the College Preparation Timeline handout for upper classmen benchmarks

Student Documents How to read a transcript and grad status report Lisa Samuelson, Registrar [email_address] (408) 513-2511

Transcripts & Graduation Status Report Subject Credits Required Credits Earned

Subject

Credits Required

Credits Earned

Planning for Next Year HANDOUT: Making Good Choices in Your Schedule

Class Choice Our new online tool for families to select and design their own schedule. Be prepared for potential conflicts Help your student prioritize interests and scheduling preferences

Our new online tool for families to select and design their own schedule.

Be prepared for potential conflicts

Help your student prioritize interests and scheduling preferences

Basic Homework Times AP Classes : 5-6 hours per week Honors/Upper-level math: 3-4 hours per week Regular Classes: 2-3 hours per week *Note if the time you spend right now on homework is more or less than what is listed above, you can adjust your own calculations.

AP Classes :

5-6 hours per week

Honors/Upper-level math:

3-4 hours per week

Regular Classes:

2-3 hours per week

*Note if the time you spend right now on homework is more or less than what is listed above, you can adjust your own calculations.

Course Options Social Science AP European History, AP Human Geography Science Math Foreign Languages ASL, French, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Spanish – which should my student take? Consider when selecting classes: P.E. requirement Technology requirement Typing/Computer software requirement

Social Science

AP European History, AP Human Geography

Science

Math

Foreign Languages

ASL, French, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Spanish – which should my student take?

Consider when selecting classes:

P.E. requirement

Technology requirement

Typing/Computer software requirement

Your Sophomore Year Use the scheduling worksheet handout to make smart choices Classes should challenge and stretch your student without overloading them Don’t forget to consider extracurricular commitments and family time Consult your student’s counselor for additional input

Use the scheduling worksheet handout to make smart choices

Classes should challenge and stretch your student without overloading them

Don’t forget to consider extracurricular commitments and family time

Consult your student’s counselor for additional input

Don’t Forget… This is FUN!

This is FUN!

Thank You! Thank you for coming tonight! Counseling staff will remain in the front to answer any questions that you may have Presentation will be posted on Naviance Contact Information: Scott Wessling (Freshman Counselor, A-N) [email_address] (408) 513-2409 Steven Torode (Freshman Counselor, M-Z) [email_address] (408) 513-2406 Jonathan Burton (A-G) [email_address] (408) 513-2412 Jennifer Griffin (H-N) [email_address] (408) 513-2492 Diana Fairchild (O-Z) [email_address] (408) 513-2411 Lisa Samuelson (Registrar) [email_address] (408) 513-2511

Thank you for coming tonight!

Counseling staff will remain in the front to answer any questions that you may have

Presentation will be posted on Naviance

Contact Information:

Scott Wessling (Freshman Counselor, A-N) [email_address]

(408) 513-2409

Steven Torode (Freshman Counselor, M-Z) [email_address]

(408) 513-2406

Jonathan Burton (A-G) [email_address]

(408) 513-2412

Jennifer Griffin (H-N) [email_address]

(408) 513-2492

Diana Fairchild (O-Z) [email_address]

(408) 513-2411

Lisa Samuelson (Registrar) [email_address]

(408) 513-2511

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