School Counseling Program Announcements

Welcome to the homepage of the Mt. Abraham School Counseling program.  Here you will find information and links that support students in academic success and future planning.  Feel free to browse our site.  Counselor assignment is based on grade and first letter of last name.  Please see the distribution below.  You are welcome to call or email your School Counselor at any time if you have questions.  See links near the bottom of the page for contact information.

COUNSELOR ASSIGNMENTS 2014-15
Mary Barnett    Grades 7-8
Alan Kamman  Grades 9-11 (H-S)  Grade 12 (G-S)
Deb Van Schaack  Grades 9-11 (A-G, T-Z)  Grade 12 (A-F, T-Z)

Phone (802) 453-8646
FAX    (802) 453-4726

CEEB Code:  460065

UPCOMING EVENTS:  

College Admissions Night Tuesday October 7, 7:00pm Large Cafeteria  Join us for an informative presentation by John Nordmeyer of Middlebury College.  John will discuss the admissions process in general and offer information for families as juniors and seniors prepare for the college admissions process.

STUDENT PLANNING NOTES 

SENIORS
Welcome back to the start of your last year of high school!  As much as you wish it would be a breeze, you have plenty of things to be doing.  By now you should have a pretty clear idea of where you may apply to college.  You should be on the mailing list at those colleges so you can be receiving up to date material.  You should know the application process at each school.  You should have an account at the Common App website.  You should be considering some essay topics that you could write about.  You should be signed up to take any required admissions tests.  You should be considering who to have write letters of recommendation for you.  Whether or not any of this sounds overwhelming, you should definitely meet with your School counselor!!!  As you apply to school, your counselor's office should be a regular stop in your school week.  Stop by and make an appointment or be on the lookout for a pass as we will be inviting you in to talk about your post-secondary plans after the drop-add period ends.  Parents are also welcome to call or make an appointment to come in.  

Seniors who do not currently plan to apply to college should meet with their counselor to discuss their post-secondary plans. Whether you plan to work, join the military, or take a GAP year, your counselor can be a resource in supporting these endeavors.  Remember, post-secondary planning is not just for college bound students!

JUNIORS
Be on the lookout for information about the PSAT.  This test will be offered on Wednesday October 15, 2014 here at Mt. Abraham.  All college bound juniors are encouraged to take the PSAT.  This year the cost will be $14.00.  There will be a sign-up sheet in the guidance office.  Counselors will be coming to your US History classes to go over some details with you during September.  

SOPHOMORES
COLLEGE REPS   We will once again have representatives from various colleges visiting Mt. Abe.  It is a very good idea to meet with them if you are interested in that particular school.  Simply ask for a pass to attend.  Please check your school email as we are sharing the schedule through student gmail.  Follow this link to see the current schedule of visits:

SAT/ACT REMINDERS
Testing schedules are available at the SAT and ACT websites.  Please visit these websites to see testing dates and deadlines by which you must sign up.  Signing up online is very efficient and the preferred way for students to sign up for testing.  If you have any concerns about testing dates, which test to take, or even if you should take any tests, see your counselor.

FINANCIAL AID TIPS  
There are three ways in which you may need to apply for financial aid.  All financial aid applicants must fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and may fill out the VSAC Incentive grant application.  Follow the links to these sites.  These two forms may not be submitted before the first of January as they are based on your 2014 family income.  A third application you may need to fill out is the CSS Profile.  This application is used by certain schools in order to gather more information about your family resources.  Log on to the CSS Profile page for information about the Profile.  Online registrations will be accepted beginning October 1.  Do not hesitate to register as soon as possible if you are required to do so.  The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is an invaluable resource for financial aid information.  They can be reached at 1-800-642-3177.

OTHER IMPORTANT LINKS

MOUNT ABRAHAM SCHOOL PROFILE


ACT INFORMATION AND SIGN UP

SAT INFORMATION AND SIGN UP

COMMON APPLICATION ONLINE

LINKS TO RELEVANT WEBSITES - Including college selection, financial aid, career awareness, the military, and job searches.

FOREIGN EXCHANGE PROGRAM INFO - Links to several foreign exchange program web sites

GAP YEAR LINKS A few links to information on ideas for a GAP year.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES - Scholarship opportunities received by the school counseling office.  Updated periodically.

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