Students are encouraged to continue to achieve at their highest level. Students need to maintain a solid, challenging course schedule and strong grades. This is a critical year for academic success. Students should stay in touch with their counselor as needed. Counselors follow up with students based on progress reports, report card status, attendance, etc. Counselors will be reviewing student achievement, throughout the year, to determine if they are meeting the necessary graduation requirements. Students continue to build on their base of experiences outside the classroom. They should get involved in activities that are a major commitment (i.e. internships, shadowing professionals at work, clubs, athletics, employment, enrichment activities, and community service) and feel free to try new things. If there is a particular college major or career that the student has an interest in, it is suggested that the student pursue activities that will offer some experience in this area. Students are encouraged to become involved in leadership positions. TCCI/Naviance: All students and parents should have a registration code to be able to access this on-line system. If you do not, please contact the Department of School Counseling and Guidance Services. The program can be accessed from home or on computers in the library. Important information related to the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services is available through Naviance. If Students/parents/guardians are not registered, they need to register as soon as possible. Students should continue exploring colleges using Naviance and other resources available in the library, on the Internet and in the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services. All students/parents/guardians have been given a registration number to be able to access Naviance. Naviance: Students should check Naviance regularly. Enrichment opportunities are available on Naviance (i.e.: information on Governor’s School, NJ Scholars, Boys’ State, Camp Rising Sun etc.)
College representative visits to MHS: Offered during the school day in the fall. Students are encouraged to sign up to meet with representatives from colleges/universities in which they are interested. Sign up and schedule is available on Naviance.
504 and Students working with the Child Study Team: If they have not already done so, students need to be sure to ask their case managers or counselors if they need to complete an SSD form for PSAT, SAT, AP and ACT testing accommodations. This will be determined on a case by case basis. PSAT/NSMQT registration: Students should register for the PSAT/NMSQT and review information and the sample test to prepare. Registration will be handled in the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services. If students took the test in sophomore year they still need to take it this year. Scores will count for National Merit Scholarships. Mini College Fair (MHS Auxiliary Gymnasium): Students can sign up to meet with admission representatives, ask questions and learn more about what colleges have to offer. This is a great way to find out about the colleges. Testing: Students should seek the assistance of their counselor to develop their SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Test, Advanced Placement and/or ACT testing plan. College Campus Visits: Students/parents/guardians should consider planning some unofficial college visits during high school breaks and vacations. If the student is ready, this is a good way to begin to explore colleges. If you do visit, sample a wide range of campuses: one small, one medium, one large, one city, one rural, one suburban, and one urban. Be sure to check out colleges you may not be familiar with in addition to well known and highly competitive schools. Using Naviance will help students narrow down colleges/universities that could be good matches for them.
PSAT/NMSQT: MHS (Saturday). Students who are registered will take the test. Morris County College Fair (Site: County College of Morris): Students/parents/guardians are welcome to attend to meet with admissions representatives from 150+ colleges, ask questions and learn more about what colleges have to offer. Information sessions are available. Bilingual Day (MHS – Saturday): Program focuses on the community services available for bilingual families and emphasizes graduation and school requirements.
Mini College Fair (MHS Auxiliary Gymnasium): Students can sign up to meet with admission representatives, ask questions and learn more about what colleges have to offer. This is a great way to find out about the colleges. Historically Black College Fair (field trip): Students sign up to attend in the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services. Governors’ School, Boys’ State, NJ Scholars, and Camp Rising Sun:Each program has specific criteria and an application process. Students will learn more about this from their counselors. Information about the programs will be posted on Naviance. Interested students should see their counselors.
Students who took the PSAT/NMSQT receive their scores. Counselors will offer an information session to hand out test results and explain how to interpret them. Students are encouraged to analyze their results with their counselor to plan for future testing. Students can seek the assistance of their counselor to develop their SAT Reasoning and SAT Subject Test, AP and/or ACT testing plan. If appropriate, students can take an SAT or ACT Prep course or review for testing in the winter/spring based on their testing plan. Students are encouraged to seek recommendations from their counselors regarding test preparation. Financial Aid Night (MHS Auditorium): Parents/guardians are encouraged to attend this presentation that reviews the college financial aid process. It is not too early to plan on how to pay for college. SAT Reasoning Test Registration: If appropriate, students can register for the January SAT National Hispanic College Fair (field trip): Students sign up to attend in the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services.
TCCI/Naviance Presentation: (PAC meeting – MHS Library): Students/parents/guardians are invited to attend to learn more about Naviance and how to make the most of the college admission search. Students are welcome to meet with their counselors to discuss summer activity programs (i.e.: study abroad, specialized camps, athletic programs, pre-college course programs, and volunteer programs). ACT Registration: Based on testing strategy and personal timelines, students should consider registering for the ACT February test date. SAT Reasoning: Registered students will take the test. Junior Night (MHS Auditorium): Student/parents/guardians are invited to attend and hear important information shared by a panel of college admission representatives. January/February: Teacher recommendations for 12th grade courses are mailed home for student/parent/guardian review. If there is a question about the recommendations, the student/parent/guardian should speak directly with the teacher to determine why the recommendation was made prior to their course selection meeting with his/her counselor.
Junior Conference: Students need to schedule a “family” Junior Conference with their counselor to review college and post-secondary options and procedures. Families will be notified of the procedure for doing this by the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services. Parent/guardians should plan to attend with the student. February/March: Counselors meet with students to select courses for 12th grade. Students/parents/guardians should discuss choices so students are prepared to make their selections. Seniors need to plan to choose a challenging senior year program. This is critical for their post high school studies. ACT: If registered, students take the ACT. ACT Registration: If interested, students register for the ACT April test date. SAT Reasoning Test Registration: If appropriate, students can register for the March SAT Senior Options: Students who are interested in pursuing this program as seniors should see their counselor for an application form. National Honor Society: Students who qualify by virtue of their GPA are invited to apply and are given the application materials after the first semester of the junior year.
SAT Reasoning: If registered, students take the test. SAT Reasoning or Subject Tests: Students register for the May tests based on their personal testing plan. Students register for the April ACT test if they are planning to take it. AP Exam registration: If appropriate, students register for AP exams. Students take the official HSPA (High School Proficiency Assessment). Passing this test is a requirement for graduation. Students not proficient in Math and/or English will repeat testing in October and possibly March (based on test results) of their senior year and will be scheduled for an SRA (Special Review Assessment) class which is designed to help them meet their graduation requirements. If they have not already done so, students need to schedule a “family” Junior Conference with their counselor to review college and post-secondary options and procedures. Families will be notified of the procedure for doing this by The Department of Counseling and Guidance Services.
April/May/June Workshops: Students are encouraged to sign up and attend workshops, offered by the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services to work on crafting the college essay, résumé writing, and interviewing skills.
Students should continue college/career research, exploration and visit process by making maximum use of Naviance. If registered, students take the ACT. SAT Reasoning or Subject Test Registration: If appropriate, students can register for the May test. If students are considering Early Decision, Early Action or Rolling when they apply to college, they should register for SAT Reasoning or SAT Subject tests, as appropriate. Junior Conference: If students have not already done so, they need to schedule a “family” Junior Conference with their counselor to review college and post-secondary options and procedures. ASVAB (Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery) (MHS): A career/vocational inventory that students will have the opportunity to take with no obligation to enlist in the military. Once the inventory is scored, students meet with their counselor to discuss results and ideas for possible careers to pursue for post graduate studies. Honor Societies: Upon meeting qualifications, students should submit application
Students take the SAT Reasoning, ACT and/or SAT Subject tests as appropriate. Advanced Placement Exams are held. SAT Reasoning or Subject Test Registration: If applicable, students register for the June test date. ACT registration: If interested, students need to register for the ACT June test date. Junior Conference (MHS Auditorium): Student/parents/guardians will meet with their counselor to review college and post-secondary options and procedures.
If registered, students take the ACT. SAT Reasoning or Subject Tests: If registered, students take the SAT Reasoning or Subject tests. Student Activity, Student Brag Sheets and Parent Brag Sheets need to be completed by student/parents/guardians and handed in to counselor before the end of the school year. Letters of Recommendation: Secure a commitment from two academic teachers and an extra curricular advisor you would like to have write letters of recommendation for your college applications.
Summer: Maintain an awareness of being prepared for the upcoming college application process. Take action on gaps in your potential profile. Chip away at the mountain while still finding time to recharge your batteries.
Students should consider some summer opportunities (i.e.: internships, summer programs, athletics, community service, and employment). Students should continue the college and career research and visiting process, aiming to bring their lists down to an appropriate range, typically 12 – 15 possibilities for final consideration. Students should be collecting catalogues and application materials. Students should begin preparing a rough draft of their personal statements/essays for college applications. Students should complete their résumés. Students should begin familiarizing themselves with actual college applications, when available. As soon as new college applications are available, students should begin filling them out in preparation for submitting them. Those students who are not college-bound should see their counselors to begin discussing their post secondary plans. NCAA: Athletes interested in playing for Division I or II schoolsshould register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. Students should see their counselors to discuss this. Athletes who are interested in participating on college teams need to be contacting appropriate coaches. Students should begin to prepare videotapes, audiotapes and art portfolios, if appropriate, to send to colleges. Confirmation of course schedules are mailed home in late summer. It is important to review the schedule to make sure there are no errors or omissions. If corrections need to be made, please contact the counselor. Student Activity, Student Brag Sheets and Parent Brag Sheets need to be completed, if not already done, by student/parents/guardians and submitted to counselor in the summer or as soon as school begins in September.
Please note: This planning timeline is intended to be used as a general guideline. Activity timelines are subject to change at the discretion of the Department of Counseling and Guidance Services.