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Students & Parents

Freshmen

Things to think about:

  • What are my talents and strengths?
  • Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
  • In which courses am I particularly strong?
  • In what areas do I need to build more skills?


Things to do:

  • Become familiar with graduation requirements.
  • Develop a Simsbury High School personal file, highlighting academic, extra curricular and community involvement / awards.
  • Develop a relationship with your counselor and teachers.
  • Maintain strong academic performance and maintain excellent attendance record.
  • Keep a record of all grades including tests, homework, papers, etc. in all classes.
  • Seek assistance or support when needed from teachers and counselor
  • Talk with teachers, parents, and counselor about your sophomore course selections (late January).
  • Become involved in an extra-curricular activity, sports, clubs, music volunteer work, etc.
  • Review finalized 10th grade schedule with counselor in April.

Sophomores

Sophomore Parent Program "Roadmap to College Testing" (SAT, ACT, etc)
Thursday, April 20th from 7 - 8:30 pm in the SHS Amphitheater

Things to think about:

  • In which subjects did I excel?
  • Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
  • Am I giving my best to sophomore courses?
  • Of my unique talents and strengths, which would I most like to develop?
  • Am I involved in at least one extra-curricular activity or community service?
  • What potential career/post high school option have I considered?

Things to do:

  • Update my personal file.
  • Keep a record of all grades including tests, homework, papers, etc.
    in all classes.
  • Seek assistance from teachers and counselors when needed.
  • Consider taking the PSAT test in October.
  • Maintain strong academic performance and maintain excellent attendance record.
  • Be aware of your graduation requirements.
  • Talk with your teachers, parents, and counselors about course selections
    for Junior year (late January).
  • Visit counselor to explore post high school plans and interest.
  • Continue involvement in extra curricular activities.
  • Review finalized Junior schedule with counselor in April.
  • Consult with academic teacher and counselor concerning SAT Subject Tests (ie. AP Biology)

Sophomore Parent Letter - Fall 2016

Juniors

Things to think about:

  • Am I taking courses that lead to my post high school plans?
  • Am I giving my best to Junior course work?
  • With which teachers have I established a strong rapport? (Potential college/job letters of recommendation).
  • Which talents or strengths might I want to further develop through college studies or post high school plans?
  • Which activities will I highlight on my college/job application?

Things to do:

  • Update my personal file.
  • Keep a record of all grades including tests, homework, papers, etc. in all classes.
  • Register for PSAT/NMSQT test in October.
  • Continue extra curricular activities.
  • Maintain strong academic performance and an excellent attendance record.
  • Check your graduation requirements.
  • Complete College Search Program in the
  • Attend Simsbury High School College Fair in April.
  • Talk with teachers, parents, and counselor about Senior year course selections.
  • Talk with parents about college needs, interests, etc.
  • Register for SAT I (March, May or June administration).
  • Attend post high school planning sessions for juniors in February.
  • Meet with counselor to discuss college needs, interests etc.
  • List college choices with counselor.
  • Consult academic teachers about SAT II Subject tests.
  • If taking an AP course, register for AP Exams (May).
  • Schedule interviews and college visits for Spring, Summer and/or Fall.
  • Review Senior schedule with counselor in April.
  • Continue to explore career options.

Seniors

Things to think about:

  • Am I continuing to challenge myself?
  • Have I written for college catalogues, applications, financial aid information, etc.?
  • Am I giving my best to senior course work?
  • Have I obtained enough information about the colleges of my choice and application deadlines?
  • Am I meeting with my counselor regularly?
  • Have I made campus visits to my top colleges?

Things to do:

  • Update my personal file - finalize resume - see counselor.
  • Register for SAT Reasoning* and SAT Subject Tests; *see counselor before registering.
  • Maintain strong academic record and attendance.
  • Check your graduation requirements.
  • Seek assistance from teacher and counselors when needed.
  • Continue extra curricular activities and community involvement.
  • Meet with counselor to finalize post high school planning (September-November).
  • Meet with college representatives during visits (September - November).
  • Complete college applications (September - December).
  • Be aware of deadlines including early decision and early action options.
  • Complete Local Scholarships application in January.
  • Attend Financial Aid meetings.
  • Have parents complete the Financial Aid Form with FAFSA on the web. See the financial aid informational sheet attached to the local scholarship application. (January)
  • If taking an AP course, register for AP exams (February).

All Simsbury High School Students

Graduation Requirements

Class of 2017


English

4.0

Mathematics

4.0

Science

3.0

Social Studies**

3.5

**1 credit in U.S. History and .5 credit in
Civics/U.S. Constitution required

World Language

2.0

The Arts (Fine & Applied)

2.0

Physical Education

1.0

Health Education

.5

Financial Literacy

.25

Other Electives

4.75

Total credits required for graduation

25.0

All students will be required to take six courses each year for four years. (For members of the Class of 2013, the minimum requirement is five courses.) For those students enrolled in an independent study, note that this program is above and beyond the six required courses.

In addition to achieving the above credits, students must meet at least one of the performance standards in each of four areas: Reading Across the Disciplines, Writing Across the Disciplines, Mathematics, and Science.

Reading Across the Disciplines Performance Standards:

  • Scoring in band 3, 4, or 5 on CAPT Reading Across the Disciplines (grades 10 or 11)
  • Scoring 50 on PSAT or 500 on SAT Reading (grade 11)
  • Scoring equivalent to national average on SAT Subject Test in Literature (grades 11 or 12)
  • Scoring at proficiency level on a common junior reading assessment (English)

Senior Year: Students who have not met the reading performance standard by the beginning of their senior year will need to satisfactorily respond to a literature-based reading assessment during the first marking period.

Writing Across the Disciplines Performance Standards:

  • Scoring in band 3, 4, or 5 on CAPT Writing Across the Disciplines (grades 10 or 11)
  • Scoring 50 on PSAT or 500 on SAT Writing (grade 11)
  • Scoring at proficiency level on a common junior writing assessment (social studies)

Senior Year: Students who have not met the writing performance standard by the beginning of their senior year will need to satisfactorily respond to a document-based writing assessment during the first marking period.

Mathematics Performance Standards:

  • Scoring in band 3, 4, or 5 on CAPT Mathematics (grades 10 or 11)
  • Scoring 50 on PSAT or 500 on SAT Math (grade 11)
  • Scoring equivalent to national average on SAT Subject Test in Math (grades 11 or 12)
  • Scoring at proficiency level on a common junior mathematics assessment

Senior Year: Students who have not met the mathematics performance standard by the beginning of their senior year will need to satisfactorily respond to a mathematics assessment during the first marking period.

Science Performance Standards:

  • Scoring in band 3, 4, or 5 on CAPT Science (grades 10 or 11)
  • Scoring equivalent to national average on any SAT science subject test
  • Scoring at proficiency level on a junior science assessment

Senior Year: Students who have not met the science performance standard by the beginning of their senior year shall be required to enroll in a science course and, within the content of that course, satisfactorily respond to a science assessment during the first marking period.

Career Sites

Study Skills

College Options

Other Web Resources

Transcript Request Forms: Must be submitted to counselors at least 15 days prior to college deadlines.

Application Follow Up: Colleges do not download materials immediately, so don't panic. Please allow two weeks for processing.

RESUME TEMPLATE

Financial Aid Resources

www.FAFSA.edu.gov

CSS/PROFILE: Collegeboard.org


Ultimate Guide to the FAFSA:
http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/fafsa-guide/

Graduating Without Debt:
http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/debt-free-college-education-guide/

College Savings Plans:
http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/college-savings-plans-guide/

Working Papers: Obtain from the main office with Mrs. Christian.

Enrollment - New Student Registration

Contact Susan Caccamo, Transportation and Enrollment Coordinator, at the Simsbury Board of Education Central Office (860.651.3361). Complete the online registration forms by visiting the Simsbury Public Schools website/District/Enrollment. Click here for more information

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