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DECEMBER 2021

In a few weeks, we expect that some of our seniors will receive the results of their Early Decision/Actions from colleges. To those students who received a positive response we send our congratulations. All Early Decisions involve a binding commitment to attend, so please ensure that your son/daughter withdraws all other applications, in writing (or email) immediately. For those students who were deferred or not accepted, please remember that this is the college’s loss and not theirs! Please encourage your child to see their School Counselor to discuss plans and discuss applying to other colleges.

 School Counselors do not receive the results of most admissions decisions. Please encourage your child to share this news with us!

 The School Counseling department is sending home letters to confirm to which colleges we have sent transcripts. We are in the “blind admissions” process of reviewing each student’s list of colleges to ensure that, given our current knowledge, each has included schools where students are likely to gain admission. Your child may receive a note from us indicating that our counseling team does not feel that they have a well-balanced list. In this letter, we do suggest a few “likely” schools for your child to consider. If your child has questions, please have them see their counselor immediately.

 We know that students and parents have concerns about the information arriving at the colleges in a timely fashion. If you plan to contact a college regarding this, ALWAYS have the applicant make the contact.

 From the University of Virginia Admissions Office - words of wisdom to students about materials arriving on time for the admission file:

 “There's a lot that has to happen between the time when you submit your Common App and when admission officers get to read it. Applications are downloaded and added to our system, documents that arrive electronically are matched up with applications, and anything submitted by mail has to be scanned into the system and manually linked to the correct applicant's file.

 

It will take several weeks to process all the documents that are arriving in our office right now. Please do not worry about your status page at this time. Once we are caught up on filing, we'll start contacting students by email about missing items.”

 

So What Does Defer Mean? A Few Thoughts From the Dean of Admissions at Georgia Tech:

“It means you have some work to do. It is a “maybe.” Colleges will be looking at how you’ve done in a challenging senior schedule, or if your upward grade trend will continue, or if you can juggle more responsibility outside the classroom with your course load.  Are you going to get admitted in the next round? No promises. But if getting deferred is what helps keep you focused and motivated, you should look at their decision as a good thing. Finish well.

“It means you may need to submit another application or two. The bottom line is you need applications in a few schools with higher admit rates and lower academic profiles than the one that deferred you.

“It means holistic review is a real thing.  If your scores and grades are above their profile and they defer you, they only proved what they said in their publications and presentations. It means admission is about more than numbers. Admission decisions feel personal. How could they not? Nobody loves spending a few more months in limbo. But this is not about you. This is about schools who are hedging their bets and wanting to evaluate you in context of their overall pool.” 

 

Seniors who are not planning to go directly to college should also ensure that their arrangements are in place. They should come and see their counselors for assistance and to reassure us that they have plans for next year. We are interested in your child’s life after NCHS.

 

FINANCIAL AID

 

Applications for free student aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1 and while deadlines vary (depending on the state and college), it is in your best interest to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

There are five common mistakes students and parents make when it comes to submitting the FAFSA:

 

  1. Completing the FAFSA too late. Families have a higher probability of negotiating their financial aid packages if they submit FAFSAs earlier. Families should submit their FAFSA as soon as possible. Don’t delay it!
  2. Assuming that you make too much money to fill out the FAFSA: Each year several billion dollars in free federal aid goes unclaimed because qualifying families did not submit the FAFSA. Many families assume they make too much money, but we recommend this for all families. Submitting the FAFSA in the senior year of high school can also open up opportunities later on in college no matter what your income is!
  3. Failing to submit the FAFSA just because you lost your password to your FSA ID. Many families end up giving up on the FAFSA because they lose their passwords. It can take up to three days to reset a new password, but make sure you do.
  4. Not checking “interested in work-study” on your application. Students should check this box because it allows them on-campus work opportunities with tax benefits as a subsidy for college costs. Many don’t know what the term means so they ignore it, but it’s a great supplementary income if you can manage it.
  5. Assuming you’re an “independent.” Even if you pay your own bills, file your own taxes and even live by yourself, you may still fall into the category of a dependent student and must provide your parents’ financial information.




SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (SIP):

 Registration began for the Senior Internship Program on November 8th via email. Seniors were emailed a link to register. The internships will be in the greater New Canaan area and run from May 17 to June 10, 2022 (the end date remains flexible, depending on the weather this winter).  Students will be expected to work 25 hours a week in lieu of attending classes. All internships may be in person, hybrid, or remote. There will not be an option to do a senior project. Senior grades will be frozen before the internship begins and they can still participate in all afterschool activities such as athletics and theater.  

Students can find/design their own internship program. The forms for designing internships can be found on the SIP website:  https://sites.google.com/ncps-k12.org/nchs-sip/students/self-design-internship  SIP is accepting the forms now through February 7th for students who would like to find their own.  

Every senior was e-mailed a website link to apply for the Senior Internship Program on November 8th.  The Senior Internship Program is not mandatory.  If a senior student does not want to participate in the program, he/she can select decline on the portal link.

Link for more information:

https://sites.google.com/ncps-k12.org/nchs-sip/home

All forms for “find your own/self-design” must be emailed to heather.bianco@ncps-k12.org

Mrs. Bianco and the SIP Committee will review the self-design/proposal. Students will be informed of approval by the end of February/early March 2022. If the internship is not approved, the student will be informed and assigned an alternate internship.


Important SIP Dates

  • 11/8/21     SIP application opened
  • 1 /4/22      SIP application closes
  • 1/6/22      Students start to view available internship choices
  • 1/10//22   Student interviews with  SIP committee begins
  • 2/10/22    Student interviews with  SIP committee ends
  • 2/7/22      SIP deadline for self-design (find your own)  internship proposal
  • 2/10/22    Last day to pick 15 internships in SIP Program, for non-self design 
  • 4//?/22     Mandatory meeting for SIP students  from 830am to 11am
  • 5/16/22    Mandatory meeting for SIP students  from  830am to 1030am
  • 5/17/22    Internships begins
  • 6/10/22     Internships  ends/ Internship presentation reception (date may change due to snow days)

 

Parents:

Members of the class of 2022 are looking for a chance to expand their horizons and better prepare themselves for the next stage in their lives by participating in the Senior Internship Program. Can you help?

If you'd be willing to offer a four-week internship to a qualified senior in May and June of 2021 and have a business in the greater New Canaan area, we'd like to hear from you! Please contact Heather Bianco (heather.bianco@ncsp-k12.org)  for more information.

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2021

LISTING COLLEGES IN NAVIANCE IS NOT ORDERING TRANSCRIPTS. 

College lists, admission plans and deadlines in Common App, Naviance and the Transcript Request Form must be in sync in order for school documents to be sent to colleges on time. 

 

For more information on this, please refer to the “College Application Process” packet you received in your English class in September. If you do not have this handout please look for “College Application Process” packet under Senior Information on the School Counseling website, or come to the School Counseling office and ask for a paper copy from Mrs. Poccia.



SENDING FIRST QUARTER GRADES TO COLLEGES

 

  • Seniors should first review their quarter grades on the portal, when they are available, and see their teachers with questions.
  • If seniors wish to submit their first quarter grades to  their prospective colleges they must complete, sign and SUBMIT a request form to Lisa Granite. The form is available on the School Counseling website under Senior Information. (Please note that filling out this form gives NCHS permission to send your 1st quarter grades to ALL schools that you requested on your transcript request form. If you do not wish for them to be sent to ALL the schools, then you may send them yourself to the schools of your choice. You can see Mrs. Granite and she can print or email you a copy of your grades for you to send.)
  • Please encourage your son/daughter to see their counselor if they have questions.

 

By now all seniors should have made their senior appointments with their school counselor. The Senior Profile (available on the School Counseling website) must be completed before the appointment. These meetings are for counselors and students. Parents should feel free to contact the counselor with any questions or concerns.

 

For parents of seniors who are college bound here are some hints:

  • Please encourage your student to request transcripts for colleges that have a January deadline by December 1st
  • Students must send their applications and supporting information ahead of the deadline. Please encourage your son/daughter to keep copies of all documents.
  • Students should follow up to inquire if the admissions application and school documents have arrived at their colleges two to three weeks after they have sent out the application. Many colleges have portals for applicants that list the components of the file and the status of whether they have been received. Your counselor can also check Naviance to see if school documents have been delivered. Please note that it takes time for colleges to process the materials. If you check too soon the college may still be downloading applications/paperwork into the student’s folder.
  • Often college emails go out to applicants saying that they haven’t received their transcripts or recommendation letters when they actually have received them. Calling admissions usually solves questions like this quite easily.
  • If your daughter/son is still compiling a final list of colleges, please encourage them to visit with their counselor for advice and help. 

 

  • Please do not try to fill out your child’s applications, Naviance or Transcript Request Forms. The process is designed for students to complete these tasks and there is lots of help available to them in the counseling office. Unfortunately things tend to “fall through the cracks” and mistakes are made when parents do this work for their seniors.
  • Counselors will be holding “blind admissions” sessions during November, viewing each senior’s college selections to ensure that students have enough “likely” colleges on their final lists. Letters will then be mailed home to each student to confirm the colleges to which NCHS has sent his/her transcript. If we feel a student needs more “likely” schools, we will give further suggestions. Students are highly encouraged to follow up with their counselor.

 

We know that for seniors and their parents this can be an anxious time. Please contact us whenever you have questions or concerns.

 

Seniors who do not have a plan to go directly to college, or are delaying college enrollment, should also ensure their arrangements are being considered and implemented. Please ask these students to come in and see their counselor for assistance and to discuss their plans for next year. We are interested in life after NCHS for ALL of our students.

 

FINANCIAL AID

 

Applications for free student aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1 and while deadlines vary (depending on the state and college), it is in your best interest to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

There are five common mistakes students and parents make when it comes to submitting the FAFSA:

 

  1. Completing the FAFSA too late. Families have a higher probability of negotiating their financial aid packages if they submit FAFSAs earlier. Families should submit their FAFSA as soon as possible. Don’t delay it!
  2. Assuming that you make too much money to fill out the FAFSA: Each year several billion dollars in free federal aid goes unclaimed because qualifying families did not submit the FAFSA. Many families assume they make too much money, but we recommend this for all families. Submitting the FAFSA in the senior year of high school can also open up opportunities later on in college no matter what your income is!
  3. Failing to submit the FAFSA just because you lost your password to your FSA ID. Many families end up giving up on the FAFSA because they lose their passwords. It can take up to three days to reset a new password, but make sure you do.
  4. Not checking “interested in work-study” on your application. Students should check this box because it allows them on-campus work opportunities with tax benefits as a subsidy for college costs. Many don’t know what the term means so they ignore it, but it’s a great supplementary income if you can manage it.
  5. Assuming you’re an “independent.” Even if you pay your own bills, file your own taxes and even live by yourself, you may still fall into the category of a dependent student and must provide your parents’ financial information.




SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (SIP):

 

Registration will be available for the Senior Internship Program on November 8th via email. Seniors will be emailed a link to register. The internships will be in the greater New Canaan area and run from May 17 to June 10, 2022 (end date remains flexible, depending on the weather!).  Students will be expected to work 25 hours a week in lieu of attending classes. All internships may be in person, hybrid, or remote. There will not be an option to do a senior project. Senior grades will be frozen before the internship begins and they can still participate in all afterschool activities such as athletics and theater.  

Students can find/design their own internship program. The forms for designing internships can be found on the SIP website:  https://sites.google.com/ncps-k12.org/nchs-sip/students/self-design-internship  SIP is accepting the forms now through February 7th for students who would like to find their own.  

Every senior will be e-mailed a website link to apply for the Senior Internship Program on November 8th.  The Senior Internship Program is not mandatory.  If a senior student does not want to participate in the program, he/she can select decline on the portal link.

Link for more information:

https://sites.google.com/ncps-k12.org/nchs-sip/home

All forms for “find your own/self design” must be emailed to heather.bianco@ncps-k12.org

Mrs. Bianco and the SIP Committee will review the self-design/proposal. Students will be informed of approval by the end of February/early March 2022. If the internship is not approved, the student will be informed and assigned an alternate internship.

Important SIP Dates

 

  • 11/8/21     SIP application opens
  • 1 /4/22      SIP application closes
  • 1/6/22      Students start to view available internship choices
  • 1/10//22   Student interviews with  SIP committee begins
  • 2/10/22    Student interviews with  SIP committee ends
  • 2/7/22      SIP deadline for self design (find your own)  internship proposal
  • 2/10/22    Last day to pick 15 internships in SIP Program, for non self design students.
  • 4//?/22     Mandatory meeting for SIP students  from 830am to 11am
  • 5/16/22    Mandatory meeting for SIP students  from  830am to 1030am
  • 5/17/22    Internships begins
  • 6/10/22     Internships  ends/ Internship presentation reception (date may change due to snow days)

 

Parents:

Members of the class of 2022 are looking for a chance to expand their horizons and better prepare themselves for the next stage in their lives by participating in the Senior Internship Program. Can you help?

If you'd be willing to offer a four-week internship to a qualified senior in May and June of 2021 and have a business in the greater New Canaan area, we'd like to hear from you! Please contact Heather Bianco (heather.bianco@ncsp-k12.org)  for more information.

 

OCTOBER 2021

STANDARDIZED TESTING

 

The Common App Help Center is terrific to have questions answered. Please encourage your son/daughter to see their counselor to discuss whether to submit test scores with their college applications.

 

SCORE CHOICE AND “SUPERSCORING”

We advise seniors to ignore score choice when deciding about sending scores. Most colleges will “superscore” the highest critical reading and math scores from multiple testings and use these re-combined scores in rendering an admissions decision. Since many colleges ask students to send all their scores from multiple test dates, students should feel confident that colleges are using the best possible configuration of scores; they will not hold a low score against you if there is a better test result elsewhere in your record.

Subject Tests have been discontinued and most colleges do not request these.

REQUESTING TRANSCRIPTS

 An important part of the college application process is requesting transcripts. Seniors should review this process in the Senior Packet they received when counselors visited their English classes. Students will be asked to list the colleges where they wish to have transcripts sent. 

The Transcript Request Form is found on the School Counseling website. We ask that students please download and fill this out, and send it to Lisa Granite, NCHS Registrar, and follow the instructions in the Senior Packet. The form is due 3 - 4 weeks before the first application deadline. Seniors must ensure that they have listed the same colleges and deadlines in their Common App, in Naviance and on the Transcript Request Form in order for us to send materials to their schools. 

Counselors and Mrs. Granite, our School Registrar, are here to help!

 

SENIOR APPOINTMENTS

 If your daughter/son has not yet made a Senior Appointment with their counselor, please encourage her/him to do so at this time. This appointment should take place 3-4 weeks before the first application deadline. Please remind your student that they must bring their completed Senior Profile, preferably typed, to this meeting if they haven’t already sent it in. 

 To schedule the appointment seniors should see Mrs. Poccia, Counseling Secretary, in the counseling office. She will need to know the first college application deadline and the student’s free periods to schedule a timely appointment.

 

Senior parents who have not returned the parent questionnaire to their child's counselor are asked to do so as soon as possible. Sending in this form allows counselors to write a detailed recommendation including details and anecdotal insights. It also gives you a chance to brag and tell us stories about your child!

 

Thank you to all parents who have already provided us with the questionnaire.

 

FINANCIAL AID

 For those of you who are exploring financial aid options please use the official address to get started on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):  www.fafsa.ed.gov 

 Another site, www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov, will help you to explore financial aid options, help you to see who qualifies and how to apply. 

Links directly to the FAFSA are also included in the Commonapp.

In addition, many colleges request that you complete the CSS Profile, found on the College Board website. www.collegeboard.org

 The best time to file the financial aid applications is at the time your child sends in the application for admission.

 

Each college website also has a net-price calculator that will help to estimate the financial aid that you can expect to get from that particular institution based on initial information.


NAVIANCE

 Parents should note that there are a number of on-line systems that students can use to search and track their college applications. Some of these are Xap, Connecticut Mentor, CollegeforTN.org.  Please note that many of these sites ask for counselor input. Counselors cannot support multiple systems and NCHS has made the decision to work with the Naviance system. Your son or daughter should be directed to use Naviance. Students may find other systems helpful for information and college research with the understanding that counselors’ work will only be done in Naviance. 

 

 

AUG/SEPT 2021

PARENTS please note this date:  

 

  • Senior Parent Virtual Program - Wednesday September 15th at 8:00 am.

 

Please join the School Counselors for a webinar to review the exciting year ahead and how you can help your students as they make their post high school plans. A link will be sent to join this meeting.

 

Standardized testing

For seniors who plan to take the SAT or ACT during the fall, NCHS will be a test center for both the October 2 and November 6 test dates for the SAT, and December 11 for the ACT. 

To register, please visit the websites at www.collegeboard.com and www.actstudent.org.



Senior Program for STUDENTS

Counselors will be presenting during Senior English classes in the first few weeks of school to provide information about the college application process. We encourage students to come prepared with their college questions! Please note that students received a letter during the summer with specific tasks to complete prior to the second week of school. It is very important that ALL SENIORS set up a Common Application account and Password. Students may have difficulty following the instructional information in the Senior Program if they have not completed the preparation.  Please encourage your son/daughter to carefully read the letter and to email his/her counselor if they have questions. 

 

 

Senior Appointments

Please encourage your seniors to make their Senior Appointment with their counselor through Mrs. Poccia. The senior appointment cannot be scheduled until completion of the Senior English Class Program.  These meetings are for students and counselors to discuss your student’s post high school plans. Counselors also gather further information that can be used when writing a supportive college recommendation. Students planning to apply to college should ensure that a completed Senior Profile has been sent to their School Counselor prior to this meeting. It is preferable to type this important senior form and print or email it to your counselor. We encourage students to share the information that they receive at this meeting with parents. 

 

Colleges Visiting NCHS

 

Seniors can attend college visits in the College and Career Center and hear first hand the latest news from colleges in which they may be interested. Students must register on Naviance to attend each visit and ask for permission from their teacher to miss class. Students who are unable to meet with the college representatives should stop by the College and Career Center BEFORE the visit time and fill out a form indicating their interest in the visiting school. Attendance is taken at these sessions whether through Zoom or in person. The visit schedule may be viewed through Naviance and on the School Counseling page of the NCHS website. 

 

 

 

JUNE 2021

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS AND PARENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2021, We are so proud of the way you have handled this unusual year and we will miss you.  

 

MAY 2021

 

Now that many seniors have been accepted to college and have made a commitment deposit, the next step is to decide about living accommodations. One tip from School Counseling is to ensure that your son/daughter returns the housing preference questionnaire as quickly as possible. Some colleges will wait until the summer to send these to their new freshmen but do not delay in returning the form!

 

If students are still wait-listed at their first choice college, please ask them to see their counselor as soon as possible. Colleges will usually go to their wait-list if they do not receive sufficient deposits by early May. We will be glad to place a supportive call to the admissions office of the college if the student can commit to attending.

 

Questions regarding financial aid packages should be addressed to each college immediately. Please contact Mrs. Granite in School Counseling if you have questions about the New Canaan Scholarship Foundation.

 

Please remind your senior, it is vitally important that he/she continues to keep up grades.

 ALL seniors must complete the Senior Exit Survey on the Naviance Family Connections system.  

This is a graduation obligation and must be completed by May 14th. 



ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Look into these local scholarships. 

 

The SAPIENZA Scholarship through the New Canaan Community Foundation

Deadline is May 7th 2021

Sapienza Application 

Please note that students must request a transcript from the Registrar (Mrs. Granite) for the Sapienza Scholarship by 4/22.

 

The New Canaan High School Scholarship: 

Deadline to apply is May 7th 2021
New Canaan High School Scholarship Application

This scholarship requires the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form (using Code 7929) be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com 

 

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship

Deadline to apply is May 7th 2021
Exchange Club Application

Students must complete the CSS Profile for this scholarship using the Code 7929 (this is the NCHS Scholarship Foundation code). If you have already applied for the NCHS Scholarship, you do not need to submit the CSS Profile again.

Please note that community service is an integral part of the application for this scholarship.

 

Each grant is based upon financial need, maintaining a B average or its equivalent, and the satisfactory completion of yearly program requirements. 

 

There are also many scholarships outlined in Naviance under the ‘Colleges’ tab. 

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS PLEASE EMAIL OUR REGISTRAR, MRS. GRANITE AT lisa.granite@ncps-k12.org

 

APRIL 2021

Seniors will have a chance to chat with their counselor in April to review the year and talk about their plans. Look for a link to sign up for a quick one-on-one discussion. We would love to hear about your journey this year and your thoughts about next year. We are here to help with any decisions as well.

Congratulations to all who have been accepted to college(s). PLEASE ENTER YOUR COLLEGE DECISIONS IN NAVIANCE. Remember that the Candidates Reply Date may vary depending on each college’s plan. STUDENTS MUST CHECK TO SEE THEIR FIRST CHOICE COLLEGE’S DEADLINE. Students must select one college or university and submit a commitment deposit indicating his/her intention to enroll in order to reserve a place in the class.

If waitlisted to any schools that you still wish to hear from, counselors will help you make a plan.

 

PLEASE VISIT YOUR COLLEGES’ WEB SITES. THEY ARE OFFERING ALL KINDS OF VIRTUAL ACCEPTED STUDENTS DAYS. 

SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 

The Senior Internship training will be on April 13, 2021 during the morning and will be virtual. Seniors should check their emails for more information.   



ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Look into these local scholarships. 

 The SAPIENZA Scholarship through the New Canaan Community Foundation

Deadline is May 7th 2021

Sapienza Application 

Please note that students must request a transcript from the Registrar (Mrs. Granite) for the Sapienza Scholarship by 4/22.

 

The New Canaan High School Scholarship: 

Deadline to apply is May 7th 2021
New Canaan High School Scholarship Application

This scholarship requires the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form (using Code 7929) be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com 

 

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship

Deadline to apply is May 7th 2021
Exchange Club Application

Students must complete the CSS Profile for this scholarship using the Code 7929 (this is the NCHS Scholarship Foundation code). If you have already applied for the NCHS Scholarship, you do not need to submit the CSS Profile again.

 Please note that community service is an integral part of the application for this scholarship.

 Each grant is based upon financial need, maintaining a B average or its equivalent, and the satisfactory completion of yearly program requirements. 

 IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS PLEASE EMAIL OUR REGISTRAR, MRS. GRANITE AT lisa.granite@ncps-k12.org

 

There are websites that can help students search for scholarships but please note that some of these will flood the student with emails so we suggest opening a separate email account just for this scholarship information.

 

SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

We continue to hear reports of scholarship services writing to parents and students. Almost all of these agencies are for-profit and do not deliver any more than families can get on their own. You should never have to pay a fee to an agency to learn about qualifying for assistance. If you receive material in the mail, feel free to check this out with your counselor.

 

 

MARCH 2021

From mid-March on colleges start to send their regular decision outcomes.  Students can be accepted (definitely our preference!); wait-listed or denied. While a wait-list may be disappointing, please encourage your son/daughter to speak with her/his counselor to determine the next step. If this college is your student’s first-choice and he/she will commit to attending, should they be accepted, we will be glad to place a supportive call to the admissions office. In addition, students should complete any wait-list replies immediately and send it to the college together with any new supporting documentation. Any student who ends up on a wait-list will need strong grades to be considered further.

 

Here is a link to register for a webinar on Navigating Financial Aid offers. Wednesday March 3rd 6pm ET

<salliemae@e.salliemae.com>

 

Questions regarding Financial Aid packages should be addressed to each college immediately.



ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  

There are local scholarships. 

 

The Sapienza Scholarship through the New Canaan Community Foundation

 

Please note that students must request a transcript from the Registrar (Mrs. Granite) for the Sapienza Scholarship by 4/22.


The New Canaan High School Scholarship:

Deadline to apply is May 8th 2020



Both scholarships require the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov ) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com 

 

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship

 

Each grant is based upon financial need, maintaining a B average or its equivalent, and the satisfactory completion of yearly program requirements. The scope of grants is $2500 per year. 

Please note that community service is an integral part of the application for this scholarship.

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS PLEASE CALL OUR REGISTRAR, MRS. GRANITE AT 203 594 4647

 

There are websites that can help students search for scholarships but please note that some of these will flood the student with emails so we suggest opening a separate email account just for this scholarship information.



SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

 

We continue to hear reports of scholarship services writing to parents and students. Almost all of these agencies are for-profit and do not deliver any more than families can get on their own. You should never have to pay a fee to an agency to learn about qualifying for assistance. If you receive material in the mail, feel free to check this out with your counselor.

 

For all seniors, it is vitally important that you continue to keep up your grades. An acceptance is conditional until receipt of the student’s final transcript. We have examples of letters that have been sent to students whose grades have dropped. Colleges may ask for a detailed explanation, require a summer school class or retract the acceptance.

 

Senior Internship Program

Seniors will be emailed their internship placement or Senior Project information by March 10th. The Senior Internship/Project contracts will be emailed to Seniors and Parents on 3/25/21 which explains the rules/guidelines.   The contract must be signed and emailed back to Mrs. Bianco by April 5th. Seniors participating in SIP/Senior Project will have mandatory career based webinar training on April 13th and May 17th.   The webinar information will be emailed to all Seniors.

 

FEBRUARY 2021

 

For all seniors it is important that they continue to keep up their grades. 

 

For those students who have applied for admission under the Regular Decision option or those deferred from an Early Decision/Action program, first semester senior grades will form a part of the admission file. These will be automatically sent to the colleges once grades are verified.  If there are any remaining grade changes, please ask your student to see their counselor to let us know immediately.

 

For those who have already received acceptance to a college please note that these offers are conditional until receipt of the final high school transcript. We have examples of letters that have been sent to students whose grades dropped. Colleges may ask for a detailed explanation, require a summer school class or retract the acceptance.

 

Seniors should update the Registrar, Mrs. Granite, with their college decisions (and also inform counselors). If a student has decided not to follow through with an application to a college please inform the Registrar.

 

Questions regarding financial aid packages should be addressed directly to the college immediately.  Colleges run out of funds before they run out of students who need funding. If you have not yet filed the FAFSA please so without delay. 

 

www.fafsa.ed.gov

 

ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

There are several local scholarships. More details will be available in March.

 

 

 

Both these scholarships require the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com 

 

 

  • The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship

 

Each grant is based upon financial need, maintaining a B average or its equivalent, and the satisfactory completion of yearly program requirements. The scope of grants is $2500 per year. 

Please note that community service is an integral part of the application for this scholarship.

 

There are websites that can help students search for scholarships but please note that some of these will flood the student with emails so we suggest opening a separate email account just for this scholarship information.

 

SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

 

We continue to hear reports of scholarship services writing to parents and students. Almost all of these agencies are for-profit and do not deliver any more than families can get on their own. You should never have to pay a fee to an agency to learn about qualifying for assistance. If you receive material in the mail, feel free to check this out with your counselor.

 

 

JANUARY 2021

 

We hope that all of our seniors have completed or almost finished all of their applications and have pressed Submit! Please ask your child to check to ensure that their admissions files are complete. Many colleges are offering a way to check via the Internet. Please give the college time to process the information before encouraging your student to check.  Ask your child to see the Registrar, Mrs. Granite, if he/she is contacted by a college to request the transcript package be re-submitted and then, RELAX.

Any students who have yet to start making post high school plans should visit their counselor as soon as possible.

ENCOURAGE YOUR SON/DAUGHTER TO KEEP UP HIS/HER GRADES!!!!!!

NCHS will send out the semester grades (on the transcript) to every college to which students have applied as soon as they are available after the end of the first semester. This is not usually until several days after grades are available. We do not need the mid-year forms that many colleges provide as notification is handled automatically by our office.  If your child has withdrawn applications or decided not to apply to all the schools for which they originally ordered transcripts, please have them see Mrs. Granite in the School Counseling Office for help.

 

If you are planning to apply for financial aid for college, you should file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. This form can be submitted on-line and you should make it a priority to work on this now.  Most colleges do not have unlimited funds and award aid to those who complete their forms in a timely manner.

To start the process, log onto www.fafsa.ed.gov.  DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE FILED YOUR 2020 INCOME TAX.  Use estimated figures, based on the information that you have available.

 

 

SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (SIP): 

 

Seniors who would like to find their own internship (self design), the due date to self design is February 3rd.  Please complete the forms for self design that can be found on https://sites.google.com/ncps-k12.org/nchs-sip/students/self-design-internship?authuser=0

 

As a reminder here are important dates

  • 1/5/21 SIP Application due date
  •   1/7/21 Student interviews with SIP committee begins

 

  •    2/3/21 SIP deadline for self-design (find your own) internship proposal

 

  •   2/12/21 Student interviews with SIP committee ends

 

  •   2/12/21 Last Day to pick 15 internships in SIP Program, for non self-design students.

 

  •   3/24/21 Mandatory meeting for SIP students

 

  •   5/17/21 Mandatory meeting for SIP students

 

  •   5/18/21 Internship begins

 

  •   6/11/21 Internship ends (end date will most likely change due to snow days)

 

 

DECEMBER 2020

In a few weeks, we expect that some of our seniors will receive the results of their Early Decision/Actions from colleges. To those students who received a positive response we send our congratulations. All Early Decisions involve a binding commitment to attend, so please ensure that your son/daughter withdraws all other applications, in writing (or email) immediately. For those students who were deferred or not accepted, please remember that this is the college’s loss and not theirs! Please encourage your child to see her/his School Counselor to discuss their plans and applications to other colleges.

 

School Counselors do not receive the results of most admissions decisions. Please encourage your child to share this news with us.

 

The School Counseling department is sending home letters to confirm to which colleges we have sent transcripts. We are in the “blind admissions” process of reviewing each student’s list of colleges to ensure that, given our current knowledge, each has included schools to which your child is likely to gain admission. Your child may receive a note from us indicating that our counseling team does not feel that he/she has a well-balanced list. In this letter, we do suggest a few “likely” schools for your child to consider. If your child has questions, please have him/her see their counselor immediately.

 

We know that students and parents have concerns about the information arriving to the colleges in a timely fashion. If you plan to contact a college regarding this, ALWAYS have the applicant make the contact.

 

From the University of Virginia Admissions Office-Words of wisdom to students about materials arriving on time for the admission file

 

“There's a lot that has to happen between the time when you submit your Common App and when admission officers get to read it. Applications are downloaded and added to our system, documents that arrive electronically are matched up with applications, and anything submitted by mail has to be scanned into the system and manually linked to the correct applicant's file.

 

It will take several weeks to process all the documents that are arriving in our office right now. Please do not worry about your status page at this time. Once we are caught up on filing, we'll start contacting students by email about missing items.”

 

So What Does Defer Mean? A Few Thoughts From the Dean of Admissions at Georgia Tech

It means you have some work to do-It is a “maybe.” Colleges will be looking at how you’ve done in a challenging senior schedule, or if your upward grade trend will continue, or if you can juggle more responsibility outside the classroom with your course load.  Are you going to get admitted in the next round? No promises. But if getting deferred is what helps keep you focused and motivated, you should look at their decision as a good thing. Finish well.

It means you may need to submit another application or two-The bottom line is you need applications in a few schools with higher admit rates and lower academic profiles than the one that deferred you.

It means holistic review is a real thing-If your scores and grades are above their profile and they defer you, they only proved what they said in their publications and presentations—admission is about more than numbers. Admission decisions feel personal. How could they not? Nobody loves spending a few more months in limbo. But this is not about you. This is about schools who are hedging their bets and wanting to evaluate you in context of their overall pool. 

 

Seniors who are not planning to go directly to college should also ensure that their arrangements are in place. They should come and see their counselors for assistance or to reassure us that they have plans for next year. We are interested in your child’s life after NCHS.

 

 Our Senior Program with the Alumni Class of 2020 is postponed. We are hoping to have this in the spring. 

 

Seniors and Parents- Do you need help completing the FAFSA and other financial aid documents? NCC is running a virtual FAFSA workshop on December 2 at 5pm and December 13 at 11:00 am.

Register here:

https://www.capfaa.org/.../fafsa-day-student-registration/

 

SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (SIP):

Registration is open for the Senior Internship Program (SIP). The hard deadline to enter this program is December 18th. Seniors were emailed a link to register on November 9th. The internships will be in the greater New Canaan area and run from May 17th to June 11th, 2021. Students will be expected to work 5 hours a day in lieu of attending classes. Their grades will be frozen before the internship begins and they can still participate in all after-school activities such as athletics and theater.

 

Students can also design their own internship. Click here  to access the forms for designing internships. SIP is accepting the forms now through February 3rd. All forms must be emailed to Heather Bianco. 

 

Support a Senior Intern!

Do you have a local business or organization?

Do you have a project you have not been able to get to?

Do you enjoy mentoring young adults?

Do you want an opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life?

 

Become part of the MANY businesses and organizations who take part in the NCHS Senior Internship Program each year.

 

DATES: MAY 17th – JUNE 11th, 2021

 

To participate, please email Heather Bianco or call 203-594-4752

 

 

OCTOBER 2020

 

STANDARDIZED TESTING-

October 14th SAT in-school test for seniors only. Info will be forthcoming but the school will be registering students and there is no cost.  

 

The Common App Help Center is terrific to have questions answered.  Please encourage your children to see their counselor if they are experiencing difficulties. 

 

SCORE CHOICE AND “SUPERSCORING”

 

We advise seniors to ignore score choice when deciding about sending scores. Most colleges will “superscore” the highest critical reading, math and writing scores from multiple testings and use these re-combined scores in rendering an admissions decision. Since many colleges ask students to send all their scores from multiple testings, students should feel confident that colleges are using the best possible configuration of scores; they will not hold a low score against you if there is a better test result elsewhere in your record.

 

There are just a FEW colleges that still require Subject Tests so research test requirements carefully on each college website. If students have questions about this please see your counselor.

 

REQUESTING TRANSCRIPTS

 

An important part of the college application process is requesting transcripts online. Seniors should review this process in the info they received when a counselor visited their English classes. Students will be asked to list the colleges they wish to have transcripts sent. The Transcript Request Form is found on our website and we ask that you please download and fill this out, following the instructions on the handout from the counselor visit to the English class. Seniors must  also ensure that they have listed the same colleges in their Common App account where appropriate, in order for us to send materials. Counselors and Mrs. Granite, our School Registrar, are here to help. 

 

 SENIOR APPOINTMENTS

 

If your daughter/son has not yet made a Senior Appointment with her/his counselor, please encourage her/him to do so, without delay. Please remind her/him that he/she must bring their completed Senior Profile (Pink Sheet, preferably typed) to this meeting. 

Seniors should look at their email (sent out on 9/11) for the information of how to access their counselor’s calendar electronically.

 

Please make sure that students request their transcripts in a timely fashion. We need 3-4 weeks lead-time to ensure that this package arrives before the college’s own deadline. Students must bring the college’s deadline date.

 

Senior parents who have not returned the parent questionnaire to their child's counselor are asked to do so immediately.  These forms are a valuable benefit to the counselors, plus it lets you brag and tell us stories about your child.

 

Thank you to all parents who have already provided us with the questionnaire.

 

FINANCIAL AID

 

For those of you who are exploring financial aid options please use the official address to get started on the Free Application for federal student Aid:

www.fafsa.ed.gov

 

THIS SITE HAS A LINK TO HELP YOU GET STARTED (the earliest date that you can file this form is now October 1)

This will help you to explore financial aid options, help you to see who qualifies and how to apply.

www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov

In addition, many colleges request that you complete the CSS Profile, found on the College Board website. This document can also be completed now.

 

Each college website also has a net-price calculator that will help to estimate the financial aid that you can expect to get from them based on initial information.

 

SCAM ALERT

The fafsa.com web site is a scam and asks you for $$ to help you get aid. You should never have to pay money to get financial aid (except for the College Board Profile financial aid form).

 

Finally please be aware of college deadlines for financial aid. They are often different from those for application submission.

  

NAVIANCE NEWS

 

Parents should note that there are a number of on-line systems that students can use to search and track their college applications. Some of these are Xap, Connecticut Mentor, CollegeforTN.org.  Please note that many of these sites ask for counselor input. Counselors cannot support multiple systems and the school has made the decision to work with the Naviance system. Your son or daughter should be directed to use Naviance. They may also find other systems helpful but need to understand that counselors’ work will only be done in the Naviance system.

 AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2020

PLEASE NOTE THAT AS OF THIS TIME ALL PROGRAMS WILL BE OFFERED VIRTUALLY AND LINKS WILL BE AVAILABLE.

PARENTS please note this date:  

 

Senior Parent Virtual Program-September 15th at 8:00 am 
Please join the School Counselors for a webinar to review the exciting year ahead and how you can help your students as they make their post high school plans. A link will be sent to join this meeting.

 

STANDARDIZED TESTING-

NCHS will be offering an in-school SAT test (without the writing component) on October 14th for  SENIORS ONLY. All seniors will be able to take this test at no cost and registration will be accomplished here. 

 

If students are  planning to additionally test during the fall, it is preferable to register early in order to select the nearest test center. The web addresses are www.collegeboard.com and www.actstudent.org

 Please check if your student signs up for a test as Test Centers have been closing down due to the current health situation.  



Senior Program for STUDENTS

Counselors will be presenting during Senior English courses during the first few weeks of school to provide information concerning the college application process. We encourage students to come prepared with their college questions! Please note that students received a letter during the summer with specific assignments to complete prior to the second week of school. It is very important that ALL SENIORS set up a Common Application account and Password. Unprepared students will have great difficulty following the instructional information of the Senior Program if they have not completed the preparation.  Please encourage your son/daughter to carefully read the letter and to email his/her counselor if they have questions regarding the assignments.

 

 

 

Senior Appointments

Please encourage your seniors to make their Senior Appointment with their counselor, through Mrs. Poccia at maria.poccia@ncps-k12.org. They cannot be scheduled until completion of the Senior Class Program.  The meetings are for students and counselors to discuss post high school plans. Counselors also gather further information that can be used when writing a supportive college recommendation. Students planning to apply to college should ensure that a completed Senior Profile (sent to students in August and also available on the NCHS website) is with the School Counselor prior to this meeting. We encourage students to share the information that they receive at this meeting with parents.

 

 

Colleges Visiting NCHS

 

Seniors can attend college visits and hear first hand the latest news from colleges in which they may be interested. They must register for the visits on Naviance  and ask for permission from the faculty to miss class. Students who are unable to meet with the reps should stop by the CCC BEFORE the visit time and fill out a form indicating their interest in the visiting school. Attendance is taken at these sessions which will be done via Zoom. The visit schedule may be viewed through Naviance and on the NCHS website (School Counseling page). 

 

 

JUNE 2020

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS AND PARENTS OF THE CLASS OF 2020, We applaud your spirit during your last semester of high school. 

 

SEE YOU AT THE PARADE!

CAP

 

MAY 2020

Now that many seniors have been accepted to college and have made a commitment deposit, the next step is to decide about living accommodations. One tip from School Counseling is to ensure that your son/daughter returns the housing preference questionnaire as quickly as possible. Some colleges will wait until the summer to send these to their new freshmen but do not delay in returning the form!

 

If students are still wait-listed at their first choice college, please ask them to see their counselor as soon as possible. Colleges will usually go to their wait-list if they do not receive sufficient deposits by early May. We will be glad to place a supportive call to the admissions office of the college if the student can commit to attending.

 

Questions regarding financial aid packages should be addressed to each college immediately. Please contact Mrs. Granite in School Counseling if you have questions about the New Canaan Scholarship Foundation.

 

Please remind your senior, it is vitally important that he/she continues to keep up grades.

 

  • ALL seniors MUST complete the Senior Exit Survey on the Naviance Family Connections system.  

This is a graduation obligation, and final transcripts will not be released to colleges if this is not completed. This survey MUST be completed by May 22nd. 

Seniors may access it under their "plan" tab in Naviance. Please do not leave any decisons unknown, and if you decided not to follow through with an application that you requested transcripts for, please check "did not apply". Please check send final transcript and check the box to which school you will be attending. This will enable Mrs. Granite to send your final transcripts to the colleges you will be attending.

If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Granite.

 

 

$$$$$ Scholarships

 

ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

There are local scholarships. 

 

The SAPIENZA Scholarship through the New Canaan Community Foundation

 

https://app.smarterselect.com/programs/65214-New-Canaan-Community-Foundation

 

Please note that students must request a transcript from the Registrar (Mrs. Granite) for the Sapienza Scholarship by 4/22.



The New Canaan High School Scholarship: https://www.nchs-sf.org/scholarships

Deadline to apply is May 8th 2020



Both scholarships require the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov ) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com 

 

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship 

 

Each grant is based upon financial need, maintaining a B average or its equivalent, and the satisfactory completion of yearly program requirements. The scope of grants is $2500 per year. 

Please note that community service is an integral part of the application for this scholarship.

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS PLEASE EMAIL  OUR REGISTRAR, MRS. GRANITE AT lisa.granite@ncps-k12.org

 

 

 

APRIL 2020

Congratulations to all of our seniors who have been accepted to college(s). PLEASE ENTER YOUR COLLEGE DECISIONS IN NAVIANCE. Please remember that the Candidates Reply Date may vary depending on each college’s plan. STUDENTS MUST CHECK TO SEE THEIR FIRST CHOICE COLLEGE’S DEADLINE. Students must select one college or university and submit a commitment deposit indicating his/her intention to enroll in order to reserve a place in the class.

Students who have been wait-listed should contact their counselor as soon as possible. Counselors can help students devise a plan of action for the wait list.

 

Students who are having difficulty choosing among their offers of admission are also encouraged to talk with their counselor. PLEASE VISIT YOUR COLLEGES’ WEB SITES. THEY ARE OFFERING ALL KINDS OF VIRTUAL ACCEPTED STUDENTS DAYS. 

Students should inform their counselors of their final choice of college. We love to hear good news and we do not always get notices from the colleges!

 Students who are still firming up their post high school plans should see their counselor. We can offer alternatives and work with individual needs.

 

SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM 

The Senior Internship training will be on May 18th from 8am to noon.  All Seniors should report to the Auditorium at 8am. After the presentation in the auditorium,Seniors with last names A to K will have a meeting from 9am to 1030am and Seniors with last names L to Z will have a meeting from 1030am to noon in the Wagner Room.  Attendance will be taken at the meetings.

 

ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

There are local scholarships. 

 

The SAPIENZA Scholarship through the New Canaan Community Foundation

 

http://www.newcanaancf.org/scholarships_award_funds.html

 

Please note that students must request a transcript from the Registrar (Mrs. Granite) for the Sapienza Scholarship by 4/22. (You may email your request to Mrs. Granite at: lisa.granite@ncps-k12.org )



The New Canaan High School Scholarship: https://www.nchs-sf.org/scholarships

Deadline to apply is May 8th 2020


Both scholarships require the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov ) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com 

 

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship

 

Each grant is based upon financial need, maintaining a B average or its equivalent, and the satisfactory completion of yearly program requirements. The scope of grants is $2500 per year. 

Please note that community service is an integral part of the application for this scholarship.

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS PLEASE EMAIL  OUR REGISTRAR, MRS. GRANITE AT lisa.granite@ncps-k12.org

 

There are websites that can help students search for scholarships but please note that some of these will flood the student with emails so we suggest opening a separate email account just for this scholarship information.



SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

 

We continue to hear reports of scholarship services writing to parents and students. Almost all of these agencies are for-profit and do not deliver any more than families can get on their own. You should never have to pay a fee to an agency to learn about qualifying for assistance. If you receive material in the mail, feel free to check this out with your counselor.

 

 

MARCH 2020

From mid-March on colleges start to send their regular decision

outcomes.  Students can be accepted (definitely our preference!); wait-listed or denied. While a Wait-List may be disappointing, please encourage your son/daughter to speak with her/his counselor to determine the next step. If this college is your student’s first-choice and he/she will commit to attending, should they be accepted, we will be glad to place a supportive call to the admissions office. In addition, students should complete any wait-list replies immediately and send it to the college together with any new supporting documentation. Any student who ends up on a Wait List will need strong grades to be considered further.

 

Questions regarding Financial Aid packages should be addressed to each college immediately.

 

ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

There are local scholarships. 

 

The SAPIENZA Scholarship through the New Canaan Community Foundation

 

Sapienza Scholarship

 

Please note that students must request a transcript from the Registrar (Mrs. Granite) for the Sapienza Scholarship by 4/22.



The New Canaan High School Scholarship

Deadline to apply is May 8th 2020



Both scholarships require the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov ) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com 

 

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship

 

Each grant is based upon financial need, maintaining a B average or its equivalent, and the satisfactory completion of yearly program requirements. The scope of grants is $2500 per year. 

Please note that community service is an integral part of the application for this scholarship.

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS PLEASE CALL OUR REGISTRAR, MRS. GRANITE AT 203 594 4647

 

There are websites that can help students search for scholarships but please note that some of these will flood the student with emails so we suggest opening a separate email account just for this scholarship information.



SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

 

We continue to hear reports of scholarship services writing to parents and students. Almost all of these agencies are for-profit and do not deliver any more than families can get on their own. You should never have to pay a fee to an agency to learn about qualifying for assistance. If you receive material in the mail, feel free to check this out with your counselor.

 

For all seniors, it is vitally important that you continue to keep up your grades. An acceptance is conditional until receipt of the student’s final transcript. We have examples of letters that have been sent to students whose grades have dropped. Colleges may ask for a detailed explanation, require a summer school class or retract the acceptance.

 

Senior Internship Program

Seniors have been emailed their placement information on 2/10/20. The Senior Internship contracts have been emailed to Seniors and Parents on 2/13/20 which explains the rules/guidelines.   The contract must be signed and returned by March 19th to the Attendance Office. Seniors participating in SIP will have a mandatory internship training on March 25th in the Wagner Room. Students with last name A to K must attend the 8am to 9am session and students with last name L to Z must attend the 9am to 10am session.

 

FEBRUARY 2020

 

For all seniors it is important that they continue to keep up their grades. 

 

For those students who have applied for admission under the regular decision option or those deferred from an Early Decision/Action program, first semester senior grades will form a part of the admission file. These will be automatically sent to the colleges once grades are verified.  If there are any remaining grade changes, please ask your student to see their counselor to let us know immediately.

 

For those who have already received acceptance to a college please note that these offers are conditional until receipt of the final high school transcript. We have examples of letters that have been sent to students whose grades dropped. Colleges may ask for a detailed explanation, require a summer school class or retract the acceptance.

 

Seniors should update the Registrar, Mrs. Granite, with their college decisions (and also inform counselors). If a student has decided not to follow through with an application to a college please inform the Registrar.

 

Questions regarding financial aid packages should be addressed directly to the college immediately.  Colleges run out of funds before they run out of students who need funding. If you have not yet filed the FAFSA please so without delay. 

 

www.fafsa.ed.gov

 

ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

There are local scholarships. 

 

The SAPIENZA Scholarship through the New Canaan Community Foundation

 

Sapienza Scholarship

 

Please note that students must request a transcript from the Registrar (Mrs. Granite) for the Sapienza Scholarship by 4/22.

 

The New Canaan High School Scholarship: Click here for more info

(Deadline to apply is May 8th 2020)



Both scholarships require the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov ) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com 

 Roberta B. Willis Scholarship

The State of Connecticut provides a governor’s scholarship for eligible students, known as the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship, last year awards ranged up to $5250 for students attending college, full-time in a four year program of study and up tp $4650 in a two year full-time program of study  in Connecticut.*

 

In order to qualify for consideration you must have financial need as determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than February 15th, 2020.  Additional qualifiers are listed below.

 

You should apply for funding if you have financial need and meet ONE of the following criteria:

 

  • Your combined SAT score is 1200 or better.

 

  • Your composite ACT score is 25 or better

 

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS FEBRUARY 13TH!!!

 

Interested students should click on the link below to fill out the application information.

 

Roberta B. Willis Application Form

 

*Awards will be given based on continued state funding of this program. 

 

 The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship

 

Each grant is based upon financial need, maintaining a B average or its equivalent, and the satisfactory completion of yearly program requirements. The scope of grants is $2500 per year. 

Please note that community service is an integral part of the application for this scholarship. (Stay tuned....application will be available at a later date!)

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS PLEASE CALL OUR REGISTRAR, MRS. GRANITE AT 203 594 4647

 

There are websites that can help students search for scholarships but please note that some of these will flood the student with emails so we suggest opening a separate email account just for this scholarship information.



SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

 

We continue to hear reports of scholarship services writing to parents and students. Almost all of these agencies are for-profit and do not deliver any more than families can get on their own. You should never have to pay a fee to an agency to learn about qualifying for assistance. If you receive material in the mail, feel free to check this out with your counselor.

 

 

JANUARY 2020

 

 

We hope that all of our seniors have completed or almost finished all of their applications and have pressed Submit! Please ask your child to check to ensure that their admissions files are complete. Many colleges are offering a way to check via the Internet. Please give the college time to process the information before encouraging your student to check.  Ask your child to see the Registrar, Mrs. Granite, if he/she is contacted by a college to request the transcript package be re-submitted and then, RELAX.

Any students who have yet to start making post high school plans should visit their counselor as soon as possible.

ENCOURAGE YOUR SON/DAUGHTER TO KEEP UP HIS/HER GRADES!!!!!!

NCHS will send out the semester grades (on the transcript) to every college to which students have applied as soon as they are available after the end of the first semester. We do not need the mid-year forms that many colleges provide as notification is handled automatically by our office.  If your child has withdrawn applications or decided not to apply to all the schools for which they originally ordered transcripts, please have them see Mrs. Granite in the School Counseling Office for help.

 

If you are planning to apply for financial aid for college, you should file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. This form can be submitted on-line and you should make it a priority to work on this now.  Most colleges do not have unlimited funds and award aid to those who complete their forms in a timely manner.

To start the process, log onto www.fafsa.ed.gov.  DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE FILED YOUR 2019 INCOME TAX.  Use estimated figures, based on the information that you have available.

 

 

SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (SIP): 

 

All seniors participating in the Senior Internship Program will need an interview with the SIP Committee members.  The sign up was emailed to Seniors December 18 via Sign Up Genius. Interviews will take place January 6 to January 30.

 

 

 

 

 

DECEMBER 2019 

In a few weeks, we expect that some of our seniors will receive the results of their Early Decision/Actions from colleges. To those students who received a positive response we send our congratulations. All Early Decisions involve a binding commitment to attend, so please ensure that your son/daughter withdraws all other applications, in writing (or email) immediately. For those students who were deferred or not accepted, please remember that this is the college’s loss and not theirs! Please encourage your child to see her/his School Counselor to discuss their plans and applications to other colleges.

 

School Counselors do not receive the results of most admissions decisions. Please encourage your child to share this news with us.

 

The School Counseling department is sending home letters to confirm to which colleges we have sent transcripts. We are in the “blind admissions” process of reviewing each student’s list of colleges to ensure that, given our current knowledge, each has included schools to which your child is likely to gain admission. Your child may receive a note from us indicating that our counseling team does not feel that he/she has a well-balanced list. In this letter, we do suggest a few “likely” schools for your child to consider. If your child has questions, please have him/her see their counselor immediately.

 

We know that students and parents have concerns about the information arriving to the colleges in a timely fashion. If you plan to contact a college regarding this, ALWAYS have the applicant make the contact.

 

From the University of Virginia Admissions Office-Words of wisdom to students about materials arriving on time for the admission file

 

“There's a lot that has to happen between the time when you submit your Common App and when admission officers get to read it. Applications are downloaded and added to our system, documents that arrive electronically are matched up with applications, and anything submitted by mail has to be scanned into the system and manually linked to the correct applicant's file.

 

It will take several weeks to process all the documents that are arriving in our office right now. Please do not worry about your status page at this time. Once we are caught up on filing, we'll start contacting students by email about missing items.”

 

So What Does Defer Mean? A Few Thoughts From the Dean of Admissions at Georgia Tech

It means you have some work to do-It is a “maybe.” Colleges will be looking at how you’ve done in a challenging senior schedule, or if your upward grade trend will continue, or if you can juggle more responsibility outside the classroom with your course load.  Are you going to get admitted in the next round? No promises. But if getting deferred is what helps keep you focused and motivated, you should look at their decision as a good thing. Finish well.

It means you may need to submit another application or two-The bottom line is you need applications in at a few schools with higher admit rates and lower academic profiles than the one that deferred you.

It means holistic review is a real thing-If your scores and grades are above their profile and they defer you, they only proved what they said in their publications and presentations—admission is about more than numbers. Admission decisions feel personal. How could they not? Nobody loves spending a few more months in limbo. But this is not about you. This is about schools who are hedging their bets and wanting to evaluate you in context of their overall pool. 

 

Seniors who are not planning to go directly to college should also ensure that their arrangements are in place. They should come and see their counselors for assistance or to reassure us that they have plans for next year. We are interested in your child’s life after NCHS.

 

Reminder- Senior Program with the Alumni Class of 2019 is on December 20, 2019  in the Multipurpose Room. Seniors are invited to come and listen to the current college freshmen’s words of wisdom. This program is for students only.

 

 

 SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (SIP):

 

Please note these deadlines for SIP

 

    • 11/12/19   SIP application opens

 

  • 12/16/19   SIP application closes

 

  • 12/17/19  Students start to view available internship choices, choices can be adjusted through January

 

  • 1/7/20      SIP deadline for self designed internship proposal

 

 

NOVEMBER 2019

 

SENDING FIRST QUARTER GRADES TO COLLEGES

 

  • Seniors should review their quarter grades on the portal, when they are available, and see their teachers with questions.
  • If seniors wish to submit their first quarter grades to any/all of their prospective colleges they must see Mrs. Granite or download the form below. They must complete and sign a request form. No grades will be sent without a signed form.
  • You can download the first quarter request form here: FORM
  • Please have your child return the signed, completed form to Mrs. Granite
  • Please encourage your son/daughter to see their counselor if they have questions.

 

By now all seniors should have made their post high school planning appointments with their school counselor. These meetings are for counselors and students. Parents should feel free to contact the counselor with any questions or concerns.

 

For parents of seniors who are college bound here are some hints:

  • Please encourage your student to come in and see the registrar to request transcripts for colleges that have a Jan 1st deadline as soon as possible. This is a popular deadline and we need time to expedite this process.
  • Gently remind your child to send the applications and supporting information ahead of the deadline. Please ensure that your son/daughter keeps copies of all documentation, in the event that it is lost in transit.
  • Ask her/him to follow up to inquire if the application has reached the admissions office two to three weeks after she/he has sent out the application. Many colleges have websites that list the components of the file and whether they have been received. Please note that it takes the college time to process the materials. If you check too soon the college may still be downloading applications/paperwork in the correct folder.
  • DO NOT PANIC if things are missing. See your counselor or the registrar to re-submit the transcript and call College Board/ACT to resend the scores.
  • If your daughter/son is still compiling a final list of colleges, please encourage her/him to visit with her/his counselor for advice and help. Remember, NO QUESTION IS REDUNDANT!
  • Once the application has left her/his desk and is en route to the colleges, give her/him a pat on the back and a treat!
  • Counselors will be holding “blind admissions” sessions during November, viewing each senior’s college selections to ensure that students have enough “likely” colleges on their final lists. Letters will then be mailed home to each student to confirm the colleges to which NCHS has sent his/her transcript. If we feel a student needs more “likely” schools, we will give further suggestions. Students are highly encouraged to follow up with their counselor.

 

We know that for seniors and their parents this can be an anxious time. Please contact us whenever you have questions or concerns.

 

Seniors who do not have a plan to go directly to college, or are delaying college enrollment, should also ensure their arrangements are in place. Please ask these students to come in and see their counselor for assistance and to reassure us that they do have plans for next year. We are interested in life after NCHS for ALL of our students.

 

FINANCIAL AID

Applications for free student aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1and while deadlines vary (depending on state and college), it’s in your best interest to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

There are five common mistakes students and parents make when it comes to submitting the FAFSA.

Don’t make these mistakes!

  1. Completing the FAFSA too late. Families have a higher probability of negotiating their financial aid packages if they submit FAFSAs earlier. Families should submit their FAFSA as soon as possible. Don’t delay it!
  2. Assuming that you make too much money to fill out the FAFSA: Each year several $billion in free federal aid went unclaimed because qualifying families did not submit the FAFSA. Many families assume they make too much money and don’t apply.
  3. Failing to submit the FAFSA just because you lost your password to your FSA ID. Many families end up giving up on the FAFSA because they lose their passwords. It can take up to three days to reset a new password, but make sure you do.
  4. Not checking “interested in work study” on your application. Students should check this box because it allows them on-campus work opportunities with tax benefits as a subsidy for college costs. Many don’t know what the term means so they ignore it, but it’s great supplementary income if you can manage it.
  5. Assuming you’re an “independent.” Even if you pay your own bills, file your own taxes and even live by yourself, you may still fall into the category of a dependent student and must provide your parents’ financial information.

 

OCTOBER 2019

 

STANDARDIZED TESTING-

 Here is another reminder to register for SAT, Subject Tests and/or the ACT.   The web addresses are www.collegeboard.com and www.actstudent.org

 

Test dates are as follows:

 SAT                                                             ACT

November 2*                                          October 26

December 7                                            December 14

 

 * Denotes NCHS is a Test Center

 

 

COMMON APPLICATION

 

Students and parents are reminded that on the right of each screen are some hints to aid in completion. There are also links to Video Tutorials. Please encourage your children to see their counselor if they are experiencing difficulties. 

 

SCORE CHOICE AND “SUPERSCORING”

 

We advise seniors to ignore score choice when deciding about sending scores. Most colleges will “superscore” the highest critical reading, math and writing scores from multiple testings and use these re-combined scores in rendering an admissions decision. Since many colleges ask students to send all their scores from multiple testings, students should feel confident that colleges are using the best possible configuration of scores; they will not hold a low score against you if there is a better test result elsewhere in your record.

 

There are just a few colleges that still require Subject Tests so research test requirements carefully on each college website. If students have questions about this please see your counselor.

 

REQUESTING TRANSCRIPTS

 

An important part of the college application process is requesting transcripts from Mrs. Granite in the Guidance Suite. Students will be asked to list the colleges they wish to have transcripts sent. They must also make sure that they have listed the same colleges in their Common App account where appropriate in order for us to send materials. 

 

SENIOR APPOINTMENTS

 

If your daughter/son has not yet made a Senior Appointment with her/his counselor, please encourage her/him to do so, without delay. Please remind her/him that he/she must bring their completed Senior Profile (Pink Sheet) to this meeting.

 

Please make sure that students request their transcripts in a timely fashion. We need a month’s lead-time to ensure that this package arrives before the college’s own deadline. Students must bring the college’s deadline date.

 

Senior parents who have not returned the parent questionnaire to their child's counselor are asked to do so immediately.  These forms are a valuable benefit to the counselors, plus it lets you brag and tell us stories about your child.

 

Thank you to all parents who have already provided us with the questionnaire.

 

FINANCIAL AID

 

For those of you who are exploring financial aid options please use the official address to get started on the Free Application for federal student Aid:

www.fafsa.ed.gov

 

THIS SITE HAS A LINK TO HELP YOU GET STARTED (the earliest date that you can file this form is now October 1)

This will help you to explore financial aid options, help you to see who qualifies and how to apply.

www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov

In addition, many colleges request that you complete the CSS Profile, found on the College Board website. This document can also be completed now.

 

Each college website also has a net-price calculator that will help to estimate the financial aid that you can expect to get from them based on initial information.

 

Want help completing the FAFSA?

Attend FAFSA Day at NCC:]

Norwalk Community College

188 Richards Avenue

Norwalk, CT 06854

Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2019

Time: 11:30am-2:30pm

 

Please register at https://www.capfaa.org/fafsa-day/ 

 



SCAM ALERT

The fafsa.com web site is a scam and asks you for $$ to help you get aid. You should never have to pay money to get financial aid (except for the College Board Profile financial aid form).

 

Finally please be aware of college deadlines for financial aid. They are often different from those for application submission.

  

NAVIANCE NEWS

 

Parents should note that there are a number of on-line systems that students can use to search and track their college applications. Some of these are Xap, Connecticut Mentor, CollegeforTN.org.  Please note that many of these sites ask for counselor input. Counselors cannot support multiple systems and the school has made the decision to work with the Naviance system. Your son or daughter should be directed to use NavianceThey may also find other systems helpful but need to understand that counselors’ work will only be done in the Naviance system.

 

AUG/SEPT 2019

 

PARENTS please note this date:  

 

Senior Parent Program-September 10th at 8:00 am in the Wagner Room

Please join the School Counselors to hear a review of the exciting year ahead and how you can help your students as they make their post high school plans.

 

STANDARDIZED TESTING-

Please remember to encourage your son/daughter to register for SAT, Subject Tests and/or the ACT, if needed.  If any student is planning to test during the fall, it is preferable to register early in order to select the nearest test center. The web addresses are www.collegeboard.com and www. actstudent.org

 

Test dates for seniors applying to college are as follows:

                                                                             

 SAT DATES                                                             ACT DATES

October 5, 2019                                                      September 14, 2019

November 2, 2019                                                  October 26, 2019

December 7, 2019                                                  December 14, 2019

 

 Senior Program for STUDENTS

Counselors will be going into Senior English courses beginning the second week of school to provide information concerning the college application process. We encourage students to come prepared with their college questions! Please note that students received a letter during the summer with specific assignments to complete prior to the second week of school. It is very important that all senior students set up a Common Application account and Password. Unprepared students will have great difficulty following the instructional information of the Senior Program if they have not completed the preparation.  Please encourage your son/daughter to carefully read the letter and to see his/her counselor if they have questions regarding the assignments.

  

 Senior Appointments

Please encourage your seniors to make a Senior Appointment with their counselor. These cannot be scheduled until completion of the Senior Class Program.  The meetings are for students and counselors to discuss post high school plans. Counselors also gather further information that can be used when writing a supportive college recommendation. Students planning to apply to college should ensure that a completed Senior Profile (sent to students in August and also available on the NCHS website) is with the School Counselor prior to this meeting. We encourage students to share the information that they receive at this meeting with parents.

  
Colleges Visiting NCHS

 Seniors are encouraged to come and hear first hand the latest news from colleges in which they may be interested. They must ask for permission to miss class from the faculty. Students who are unable to meet with the reps should stop by the CCC BEFORE the visit time and fill out a form indicating their interest in the visiting school.  If juniors have a free during the scheduled visit period, they are also welcome to attend. Attendance is taken at these sessions and passed along to the Attendance Office. The visit schedule is available and may be viewed through Naviance and on the NCHS website (School Counseling page). In addition, the schedule will be posted in the School Counseling department.  All visits are in the College and Career Center unless otherwise noted. Students should check where each visit will be located before the day of the event. Students should RSVP to the visit on Naviance.  

 

 

 

 

 

JUNE 2019

 

All seniors must complete the Senior Exit Survey in Naviance.

 

This form constitutes a student obligation. No caps and gowns will be issued to those seniors who have not completed this survey. If your son/daughter has not yet completed this short survey, please have him/her log onto naviance student

 

Follow the instructions and click on Senior Exit Survey and complete.  If students have forgotten their passwords or have questions, please have them see their School Counselor or Mrs. Granite, the Registrar.

 

Graduation rehearsal begins at 10:30 am in the cafeteria, with a breakfast for seniors only that begins at 9:30am on the 18th.

 

Senior Interns: Parents of Senior Interns are invited to a reception celebrating their students’ participation in SIP on June 17th from 5-6pm in the NCHS Auditorium. Refreshments will be served. This is a mandatory event for interns.

 

 CONGRATULATIONS SENIORS!

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MAY 2019

 

Every senior should be in touch with her/his counselor to determine final plans for next year.


Now that many seniors have been accepted to college and have made a commitment deposit, the next step is to decide about living accommodations. One tip from School Counseling is to ensure that your son/daughter returns the housing preference questionnaire as quickly as possible. Some colleges will wait until the summer to send these to their new freshmen but do not delay in returning the form!


If students are still wait-listed at their first choice college, please ask them to come and see their counselor as soon as possible. Colleges will usually go to their wait-list if they do not receive sufficient deposits by early May. We will be glad to place a supportive call to the admissions office of the college if the student can commit to attending.


Questions regarding financial aid packages should be addressed to each college immediately. Please contact Mrs. Granite in School Counseling if you have questions about the New Canaan Scholarship Foundation.


Please remind your senior, it is vitally important that he/she continues to keep up grades.



ALL seniors must complete the Senior Exit Survey on the Naviance Family Connections system.


Available  NOW!!!!!!

This is a graduation obligation and must be completed by May 18th 2019

www.connection.naviance.com/newcanaan

If your son/daughter has misplaced their Naviance password please ask them to see Mrs. Carroll, Mrs. Granite or their counselor.


$$$$$ Scholarships

The deadline for the application for the New Canaan High School Scholarship is May 4th. Please see Mrs. Granite, the Registrar if you have questions. Please note that the CSS Profile must be completed for this scholarship.

 

The deadline for the Sapienza Scholarship,sponsored by the New Canaan Community Foundation, is May 6th; however students must request a transcript from Mrs. Granite asap.

 

The deadline for The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship that is based on financial need, is May 9th. Please collect the application from Mrs. Granite in the School Counseling office.

 

The deadline for The Harold S Kenney Scholarship that is based on financial need and other requirements is June 4th. This is a one-time grant awarded to an outstanding New Canaan High School senior.  Please collect the application from Mrs. Granite in the School Counseling office.

Post High School Transition Assembly ( Mr. Ben Carpenter will be discussing his book “The Bigs”: All Seniors will attend an assembly on Monday May 20th at 8am to discuss transitioning to life after high school.  Seniors participating in the Internship Program will attend a MANDATORY  LinkedIn training at 9am or 10am. Sessions times will be emailed to SIP students.

 

 Have a happy and safe Senior Prom.

 

APRIL 2019

Congratulations to all of our seniors who have been accepted to college(s). Please remember that the Candidates Reply Date is May 1, 2019. Students must select one college or university and submit a commitment deposit indicating his/her intention to enroll in order to reserve a place in the class.


Students who have been wait-listed should meet with their counselor as soon as possible. Counselors can help students devise a plan of action for the wait list.


Students who are having difficulty choosing among their offers of admission are also encouraged to talk with their counselor. There are several evaluative tools that may prove helpful to families as they face this decision.


Please let counselors know where your son/daughter has been admitted. We love to hear good news and we do not always get notices from the colleges!


Students who are still firming up their post high school plans should see their counselor. We can offer alternatives and work with individual needs.

 

SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

 

The dates for Internship program are May 21 to June 14 2019.

 

The date for the SIP Reception for students, parents, mentors and site hosts is June 17 from 5-6pm in the auditorium.

 

There is a MANDATORY meeting for Seniors-May 20th 8am in the HS auditorium followed by a training session in Wagner Room.

 

ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

There are local scholarships.

 

The SAPIENZA Scholarship through the New Canaan Community Foundation



Please note that students must request a transcript from the Registrar (Mrs. Granite) for the Sapienza Scholarship by 4/22.



The New Canaan High School Scholarship: http://www.nchs-sf.org



Both scholarships require the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov ) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com



The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Foundation provides financial aid for New Canaan High school graduates and parents or children who are clients of the Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center of Stamford, Connecticut. The Foundation provides grants annually to students who are enrolled in college and university programs, community college, technical and vocational schools.

The maximum award is $2,500.00. Students must apply for each year that they seek aid. Student applications are available through the following link: The Exchange Club Application. 

Prior to receiving XCNC grants, each applicant must first seek aid from the school, college or university that they will be attending. Financial aid information considered by the Foundation’s Board of Directors will be identical to the information that colleges and schools use in making their awards because it will be derived from the common application requires by the College Scholarship Service. If you are applying for the New Canaan High School Scholarship, your information from the CSS Profile will be used also for this scholarship.


If students have questions regarding any of these scholarships please see Mrs. Granite in the school counseling dept.

For all seniors, it is vitally important that you continue to keep up your grades. An acceptance is conditional until receipt of the student’s final transcript. We have examples of letters that have been sent to students whose grades have dropped. Colleges may ask for a detailed explanation, require a summer school class or retract the acceptance.

 

 

REVISITING COLLEGES TO MAKE THE FINAL CHOICE


Advice for our seniors from Siena College Admissions

       

  1. Your Point of View is completely different now. When you first visited campuses, you were probably trying to absorb as much as possible all at once. And back then, you weren't sure if you'd even get in. Now that you're an accepted student, you can roam the campus without the pressure of having to complete your application weighing you down—and with all the excitement of knowing, 'Hey, this school wants me!' You can now focus on the things that matter most to you, and really try to imagine yourself living there. This is the fun part!
  2. You'll be surrounded by other accepted students. If you choose to revisit campuses for their official Accepted Student Day events (which you absolutely should!), you'll be among people who could potentially end up being your peers, your friends and, who knows, maybe even your future roommates. It also helps to test your fit among the kinds of students that may enroll there, in case you're still deliberating between a few choices.
  3. It's the best way to make your final decision. Speaking of choices, there's no better way to chop your list down to the final one than by revisiting each. It's as simple as that. By going back to only the schools you were accepted to, you'll be able to make side-by-side comparisons of how you felt, what you saw, what you loved and what you disliked from each revisit—all leading you to decide on the best fit for you.

 

Your NCHS School Counselors are here to help also.

 

 



MARCH 2019

 

From mid-March on colleges start to send their regular decision outcomes.  

Students can be accepted (definitely our preference!); wait-listed or denied. While a Wait-List may be disappointing, please encourage your son/daughter to speak with her/his counselor to determine the next step. If this college is your
student’s first-choice and he/she will commit to attending, should they be accepted, we will be glad to place a supportive call to the admissions office. In addition, students should complete any wait-list replies immediately and send it to the college together with any new supporting documentation. Any student who ends up on a Wait List will need strong grades to be considered further.

Questions regarding Financial Aid packages should be addressed to each college immediately.



ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

There are local scholarships.

 

The SAPIENZA Scholarship through the New Canaan Community Foundation



Please note that students must request a transcript from the Registrar (Mrs. Granite) for the Sapienza Scholarship by 4/22.



The New Canaan High School Scholarship: http://www.nchs-sf.org



Both scholarships require the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov ) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Scholarship

The Exchange Club of New Canaan Foundation provides financial aid for New Canaan High school graduates and parents or children who are clients of the Exchange Club Parenting Skills Center of Stamford, Connecticut. The Foundation provides grants annually to students who are enrolled in college and university programs, community college, technical and vocational schools.

The maximum award is $2,500.00. Students must apply for each year that they seek aid. Student applications are available through the following link: The Exchange Club Application. Prior to receiving XCNC grants, each applicant must first seek aid from the school, college or university that they will be attending. Financial aid information considered by the Foundation’s Board of Directors will be identical to the information that colleges and schools use in making their awards because it will be derived from the common application requires by the College Scholarship Service. If you are applying for the New Canaan High School Scholarship, your information from the CSS Profile will be used also for this scholarship.


If students have questions regarding any of these scholarships please see Mrs. Granite in school counseling dept.

For all seniors, it is vitally important that you continue to keep up your grades. An acceptance is conditional until receipt of the student’s final transcript. We have examples of letters that have been sent to students whose grades have dropped. Colleges may ask for a detailed explanation, require a summer school class or retract the acceptance.


 

Senior Internship Program


Seniors have been emailed their placement and contract which must be printed, signed by intern and parent and return to Mrs. Bianco by March 18th. Seniors participating in SIP will have mandatory internship training on March 27th in the Wagner Room.  There will be 2 sessions between 8am-11am. Students will be emailed the session they will be assigned to by March 4th. All Seniors must also attend Career Night on March 19th.



 

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Seniors/Parents~Hurry before they are all gone….....Click this link to order your Class of 2019 Lawn Signs!




FEBRUARY 2019

 

For all seniors it is important that they continue to keep up their grades.

 

For those students who have applied for admission under the regular decision option or those deferred from an Early Decision/Action program, first semester senior grades will form a part of the admission file. These will be electronically sent to the colleges once grades are verified.  If there are any remaining grade changes, please ask your student to see their counselor to let us know immediately.

 

For those who have already received acceptance to a college please note that these offers are conditional until receipt of the final high school transcript. We have examples of letters that have been sent to students whose grades dropped. Colleges may ask for a detailed explanation, require a summer school class or retract the acceptance.

 

Seniors should update the Registrar, Mrs. Granite, with their college decisions (and also inform counselors). If a student has decided not to follow through with an application to a college please inform the Registrar.

 

Questions regarding financial aid packages should be addressed directly to the college immediately.

 

Colleges run out of funds before they run out of students who need funding. If you have not yet filed the FAFSA please so without delay.

 

www.fafsa.ed.gov

 

ATTENTION SENIORS: $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

 

There are local scholarships.

 

  • The SAPIENZA Scholarship through the New Canaan Community Foundation

 

http://www.newcanaancf.org/scholarships_award_funds.html

 

Please note that students must request a transcript from the Registrar (Mrs. Granite) for the Sapienza Scholarship by 4/22.





Both scholarships require the filing of a FAFSA form (www.fafsa.edu.gov ) as part of the application process. The NCHS Scholarship also requires that a CSS PROFILE form be completed. Please go to www.collegeboard.com




  • ROBERTA B. WILLIS SCHOLARSHIP

 

The State of Connecticut provides a governor’s scholarship for eligible students, known as the Roberta B. Willis Scholarship, last year awards ranged from $2275 up to $5250 for students attending colleges, part-time or full-time in Connecticut.*

 

In order to qualify for consideration you must have financial need as determined by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) no later than February 12th, 2019.  Additional qualifiers are listed below.

 

You should apply for funding if you have financial need and meet ONE of the following criteria:

 

  •  Your combined SAT score is 1200 or better.

 

  •  Your composite ACT score is 25 or better

 

  •  Your cumulative GPA  is either an academic or comprehensive weighted GPA of 94 or higher.

 

THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS FEBRUARY 12TH!!!

 

Interested students should click on the link below to fill out the application information.

 

Roberta B. Willis Application Form

 

*Awards will be given based on continued state funding of this program.

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING ANY OF THESE SCHOLARSHIPS PLEASE CALL OUR REGISTRAR, MRS. GRANITE AT 203 594 4647

 


We are learning of a scholarship search engine that is new. The web site is
Going Merry.

Please note that some of these websites will flood the student with emails so we suggest  opening a separate email account just for this scholarship information.



SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

 

We continue to hear reports of scholarship services writing to parents and students. Almost all of these agencies are for-profit and do not deliver any more than families can get on their own. You should never have to pay a fee to an agency to learn about qualifying for assistance. If you receive material in the mail, feel free to check this out with your counselor.

 

 

JANUARY 2019

We hope that all of our seniors have completed or almost finished all of their applications. Please ask your child to check to ensure that their admissions files are complete. Many colleges are offering a way to check via the Internet. Please give the college time to process the information before encouraging your student to check.  Ask your child to see the Registrar, Mrs. Granite, if he/she is contacted by a college to request the transcript package be re-submitted and then, RELAX.

Any students who have yet to start making post high school plans should visit their counselor as soon as possible.

ENCOURAGE YOUR SON/DAUGHTER TO KEEP UP HIS/HER GRADES!!!!!!

NCHS will send out the semester grades (on the transcript) to every college to which students have applied as soon as they are available after the end of the first semester. We do not need the mid-year forms that many colleges provide as notification is handled automatically by our office.  If your child has withdrawn applications or decided not to apply to all the schools for which they originally ordered transcripts, please have them see Mrs. Granite in the School Counseling Office for help.

If you are planning to apply for financial aid for college, you should file the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) as soon as possible. This form can be submitted on-line and you should make it a priority to work on this now.  Most colleges do not have unlimited funds and award aid to those who complete their forms in a timely manner.

To start the process, log onto www.fafsa.ed.gov.  
DO NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU HAVE FILED YOUR 2018 INCOME TAX.  
Use estimated figures, based on the information that you have available.


SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (SIP):

 

All seniors participating in the Senior Internship Program will need a interview with the SIP Committee members.  The sign up was emailed to Seniors December 12 via Sign Up Genius. Interviews will be take place January 4 to January 26.






DECEMBER 2018 

 

In a few weeks, we expect that some of our seniors will receive the results of their Early Decision/Actions from colleges. To those students who received a positive response we send our congratulations. All Early Decisions involve a binding commitment to attend, so please ensure that your son/daughter withdraws all other applications, in writing (or email) immediately. For those students who were deferred or not accepted, please remember that this is the college’s loss and not theirs! Please encourage your child to see her/his School Counselor to discuss their plans and applications to other colleges.


School Counselors do not receive the results of most admissions decisions. Please encourage your child to share this news with us.

The School Counseling department is sending home letters to confirm to which colleges we have sent transcripts. We are in the “blind admissions” process of reviewing each student’s list of colleges to ensure that, given our current knowledge, each has included schools to which your child is likely to gain admission. Your child may receive a note from us indicating that our counseling team does not feel that he/she has a well-balanced list. In this letter, we do suggest a few “likely” schools for your child to consider. If your child has questions, please have him/her see their counselor immediately.

We know that students and parents have concerns about the information arriving to the colleges in a timely fashion. If you plan to contact a college regarding this, ALWAYS have the applicant make the contact.

 

From the University of Virginia Admissions Office-Words of wisdom to students about materials arriving on time for the admission file

 

“There's a lot that has to happen between the time when you submit your Common App and when admission officers get to read it. Applications are downloaded and added to our system, documents that arrive electronically are matched up with applications, and anything submitted by mail has to be scanned into the system and manually linked to the correct applicant's file.

 

It will take several weeks to process all the documents that are arriving in our office right now. Please do not worry about your status page at this time. Once we are caught up on filing, we'll start contacting students by email about missing items.”

 

So What Does Defer Mean? A Few Thoughts From the Dean of Admissions at Georgia Tech

It means you have some work to do-It is a “maybe.” Colleges will be looking at how you’ve done in a challenging senior schedule, or if your upward grade trend will continue, or if you can juggle more responsibility outside the classroom with your course load.  Are you going to get admitted in the next round? No promises. But if getting deferred is what helps keep you focused and motivated, you should look at their decision as a good thing. Finish well.

It means you may need to submit another application or two-The bottom line is you need applications in at a few schools with higher admit rates and lower academic profiles than the one that deferred you.

It means holistic review is a real thing-If your scores and grades are above their profile and they defer you, they only proved what they said in their publications and presentations—admission is about more than numbers. Admission decisions feel personal. How could they not? Nobody loves spending a few more months in limbo. But this is not about you. This is about schools who are hedging their bets and wanting to evaluate you in context of their overall pool.

 

Seniors who are not planning to go directly to college should also ensure that their arrangements are in place. They should come and see their counselors for assistance or to reassure us that they have plans for next year. We are interested in your child’s life after NCHS.

Reminder- Senior Program with the Alumni Class of 2018 is on December 20, 2018  in the Multipurpose Room. Seniors are invited to come and listen to the current college freshmen’s words of wisdom. This program is for students only.


SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM (SIP):

 

Please note these deadlines for SIP

 

  • 11/19/18   SIP application opens

 

  • 12/14/18   SIP application closes

 

  • 12/15/18  Students start to view available internship choices, choices can be adjusted through January
  • 12/19/18   SIP Permission slips due
  • 1/4/19       SIP deadline for self designed internship proposal

 

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2018


SENDING FIRST QUARTER GRADES TO COLLEGES

  • Seniors should review their quarter grades on the portal, when they are available, and see their teachers with questions.
  • If seniors want to submit their first quarter grades to any/all of their prospective colleges they must see Mrs. Granite. They must complete and sign a request form.
  • Please encourage your son/daughter to see their counselor if they have questions.

By now all seniors should have made their post high school planning appointments with their school counselor. These meetings are for counselors and students. Parents should feel free to contact the counselor with any questions or concerns.

For parents of seniors who are college bound here are some hints:

  • Please encourage your student to come in and see the registrar to request transcripts for colleges that have a Jan 1st deadline as soon as possible. This is a popular deadline and we need time to expedite this process.
  • Gently remind your child to send the applications and supporting information ahead of the deadline. Please ensure that your son/daughter keeps copies of all documentation, in the event that it is lost in transit.
  • Ask her/him to follow up to inquire if the application has reached the admissions office two to three weeks after she/he has sent out the application. Many colleges have websites that list the components of the file and whether they have been received. Please note that it takes the college time to process the materials. If you check too soon the college may still be downloading applications/paperwork in the correct folder.
  • DO NOT PANIC if things are missing. See your counselor or the registrar to re-submit the transcript and call College Board/ACT to resend the scores.
  • If your daughter/son is still compiling a final list of colleges, please encourage her/him to visit with her/his counselor for advice and help. Remember, NO QUESTION IS REDUNDANT!
  • Once the application has left her/his desk and is en route to the colleges, give her/him a pat on the back and a treat!
  • Counselors will be holding “blind admissions” sessions during November, viewing each senior’s college selections to ensure that students have enough “likely” colleges on their final lists. Letters will then be mailed home to each student to confirm the colleges to which NCHS has sent his/her transcript. If we feel a student needs more “likely” schools, we will give further suggestions. Students are highly encouraged to follow up with their counselor.

We know that for seniors and their parents this can be an anxious time. Please contact us whenever you have questions or concerns.

Seniors who do not have a plan to go directly to college, or are delaying college enrollment, should also ensure their arrangements are in place. Please ask these students to come in and see their counselor for assistance and to reassure us that they do have plans for next year. We are interested in life after NCHS for ALL of our students.

 

FINANCIAL AID

 

Come to College Goal Sunday at Norwalk Community College Sunday, November 11, 2018 from 1-4 pm Please register at https://cgs.norwalk.edu/ as soon as possible! We are looking forward to seeing you! Sunday event participants will receive free, hands-on assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) walking away with the satisfaction of knowing they have accomplished one of the biggest steps in getting ready to go to college.  

 

Applications for free student aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1. And while deadlines vary (depending on state and college), it’s in your best interest to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible.

Kelly Peeler, founder and CEO of NextGenVest, a startup that helps students apply for financial aid and student loans over text message, shared five common mistakes students and parents make when it comes to submitting the FAFSA.

Don’t make these mistakes!

  1. Completing the FAFSA too late. Families have a higher probability of negotiating their financial aid packages if they submit FAFSAs earlier. Families should submit their FAFSA as soon as possible. Don’t delay it!
  2. Assuming that you make too much money to fill out the FAFSA: As of 2016, $2.7 billion in free federal aid went unclaimed because qualifying families did not submit the FAFSA. Many families assume they make too much money and don’t apply.
  3. Failing to submit the FAFSA just because you lost your password to your FSA ID. Many families end up giving up on the FAFSA because they lose their passwords. It can take up to three days to reset a new password, but make sure you do.
  4. Not checking “interested in work study” on your application. Students should check this box because it allows them on-campus work opportunities with tax benefits as a subsidy for college costs. Many don’t know what the term means so they ignore it, but it’s great supplementary income if you can manage it.
  5. Assuming you’re an “independent.” Even if you pay your own bills, file your own taxes and even live by yourself, you may still fall into the category of a dependent student and must provide your parents’ financial information.

 

 

OCTOBER 2018

 

STANDARDIZED TESTING-

Here is another reminder to register for SAT, Subject Tests and/or the ACT.   The web addresses are www.collegeboard.com and www.actstudent.org


Test dates are as follows:


SAT Dates   
                                                                 
ACT Dates                                                

November 3*                                            October 27
December 1                                              December 8                      
                                              

 *Denotes NCHS is a Test Center


COMMON APPLICATION

Students and parents are reminded that on the right of each screen are some hints to aid in completion. Please encourage your children to see their counselor if they are experiencing difficulties


SCORE CHOICE AND “SUPERSCORING”

We advise seniors to ignore score choice when deciding about sending scores. Most colleges will “superscore” the highest critical reading, math and writing scores from multiple testings and use these re-combined scores in rendering an admissions decision. Since many colleges ask students to send all their scores from multiple testings, students should feel confident that colleges are using the best possible configuration of scores; they will not hold a low score against you if there is a better test result elsewhere in your record.

 

There are just a few colleges that still require Subject Tests so research test requirements carefully on each college website. If students have questions about this please see your counselor.


SENIOR APPOINTMENTS


If your daughter/son has not yet made a Senior Appointment with her/his counselor, please encourage her/him to do so,
without delay. Please remind her/him that he/she must bring their completed Senior Profile (Pink Sheet) to this meeting.

Please make sure that students request their transcripts in a timely fashion. We need a month’s lead-time to ensure that this package arrives before the college’s own deadline. Students must bring the college’s deadline date.

Senior parents who have not returned the college questionnaire to their child's counselor are asked to do so immediately.  These forms are a valuable benefit to the counselors, plus it lets you brag and tell us stories about your child.

Thank you to all parents who have already provided us with the college questionnaire.



FINANCIAL AID


For those of you who are exploring financial aid options please use the official address to get started on the Free Application for federal student Aid:

www.fafsa.ed.gov

THIS SITE HAS A LINK TO HELP YOU GET STARTED (the earliest date that you can file this form is now October 1)


This will help you to explore financial aid options, help you to see who qualifies and how to apply.

www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov


In addition, many colleges request that you complete the CSS Profile, found on the College Board website. This document can also be completed now.

 

Each college website also has a net-price calculator that will help to estimate the financial aid that you can expect to get from them based on initial information.




SCAM ALERT

The fafsa.com web site is a scam and asks you for $$ to help you get aid. You should never have to pay money to get financial aid (except for the College Board Profile financial aid form).

Finally please be aware of college deadlines for financial aid. They are often different from those for application submission.

 

NAVIANCE NEWS

Parents should note that there are a number of on-line systems that students can use to search and track their college applications. Some of these are Xap, Connecticut Mentor, CollegeforTN.org.  Please note that many of these sites ask for counselor input. Counselors cannot support multiple systems and the school has made the decision to work with the Naviance system. Your son or daughter should be directed to use Naviance. They may also find other systems helpful but need to understand that counselors’ work will only be done in the Naviance system.

 

 

 

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

PARENTS please note this date:  

Senior Parent Program-September 11th at 8:00 am in the Wagner Room

Please join the School Counselors to hear a review of the exciting year ahead and how you can help your students as they make their post high school plans.

 

STANDARDIZED TESTING-

 

Please remember to encourage your son/daughter to register for SAT, Subject Tests and/or the ACT, if needed.  If any student is planning to test during the fall, it is preferable to register early in order to select the nearest test center. The web addresses are www.collegeboard.com and www.actstudent.org

Test dates for seniors applying to college are as follows:

 

SAT Dates                                                             ACT Dates

                                                                               

September 8, 2018

October 6, 2018                                                   October 27, 2018

November 3, 2018                                               December 8, 2018

December 1, 2018                                              

 

Senior Program for STUDENTS

Counselors will be going into Senior English courses during the second week of school to provide information concerning the college application process. We encourage students to come prepared with their college questions! Please note that students received a letter during the summer with specific assignments to complete prior to the second week of school. It is very important that all senior students set up a Common Application account and Password. Unprepared students will have great difficulty following the instructional information of the Senior Program if they have not completed the preparation.  Please encourage your son/daughter to carefully read the letter and to see his/her counselor if they have questions regarding the assignments.

 

Senior Appointments

Please encourage your seniors to make a Senior Appointment with their counselor. These cannot be scheduled until completion of the Senior Class Program.  The meetings are for students and counselors to discuss post high school plans. Counselors also gather further information that can be used when writing a supportive college recommendation. Students planning to apply to college should ensure that a completed Senior Profile (sent to students in August and also available on the NCHS website) is with the School Counselor prior to this meeting. We encourage students to share the information that they receive at this meeting with parents.

 

Colleges Visiting NCHS

Seniors are encouraged to come and hear first hand the latest news from colleges in which they may be interested. They must ask for permission to miss class from the faculty. Students who are unable to meet with the reps should stop by the CCC BEFORE the visit time and fill out a form indicating their interest in the visiting school.  If juniors have a free during the scheduled visit period, they are also welcome to attend. Attendance is taken at these sessions and passed along to the Attendance Office. The visit schedule is available and may be viewed through Naviance and on the NCHS website (School Counseling page). In addition, the schedule will be posted in the School Counseling department.  All visits are in the College and Career Center unless otherwise noted. Students should check where each visit will be located before the day of the event. Students should RSVP to the visit on Naviance.

 

 

 

JUNE 2018

 

All seniors must complete the Senior Exit Survey in Naviance.

This form constitutes a student obligation. No caps and gowns will be issued to those seniors who have not completed this survey. If your son/daughter has not yet completed this short survey, please have him/her log onto www.connection.naviance.com/newcanaan

Follow the instructions and click on Senior Exit Survey and complete.  If students have forgotten their passwords or have questions, please have them see their School Counselor or Mrs. Granite, the Registrar.

 

Senior Interns: Parents of Senior Interns are invited to a reception celebrating their students’ participation in SIP on June 20th from 5-6pm in the NCHS Auditorium. Refreshments will be served. This is a mandatory event for interns.

 

SENIORS: Graduation rehearsal begins at 10:30 am in the cafeteria, with a breakfast for seniors only that begins at 9:30am.

Fri June 22nd                     Early Dismissal/Exam Review All periods meet 7:30-11.25

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS AND PARENTS OF THE CLASS OF ’18, WE WILL MISS YOU.

 

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