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PSAT, Events, Program Opportunities, and More

Contents
-PSAT Registration Reminder
-College Counseling Parent Meetings
-University Visits
-College Fairs
-Information Sessions
-Academic Summer Program Opportunities for Secondes and Premières
-Leadership Program Opportunity for Secondes
-University List
-Teacher Recommendation Letters - Timeline
-Naviance and Applications
-McGill Information

Deadline is TOMORROW for for PSAT Registration for Premières

The PSAT will be offered Wednesday, October 19th at 8:30am at the school. If you intend to take the test, please complete the registration form and bring it, with payment, to the receptionist at the Administration Building, Forest Road campus, by 5:30pm on Tuesday, October 11.

College Counseling Parent Meetings
Dates for the fall: October 12, November 16, December 14
Topic for this week, October 12: TOEFL and other English language tests: Who needs to take these? When and how should you take them?

Meetings are at 8:30am in the large conference room in the administration building. La Grande Salle de Reunion is room 212, upstairs in the Administration Building. At the top of the stairs, turn right and go to the end of the hall. The conference room will be on your right.

University Visits
Meeting these university representatives is a great way for students to learn more about schools and get their questions answered. Students should ask their teacher for permission to attend (if they have class during the session time). Students are welcome to bring their lunch. Unless otherwise noted, sessions are at 12:30pm in La Grande Salle de Reunion, room 212, upstairs in the Administration Building.

Upcoming visits:
Emerson College (Massachusetts, US) - Monday, October 10 (TODAY)
University of Bath (England) - Tuesday, October 11 Time: 12:45pm
Bocconi University (Milan, Italy) - Wednesday, October 12
Rollins College (Florida, US) - Thursday, October 13
Queens University of Charlotte (North Carolina, US) - Friday, October 14
Sarah Lawrence College (New York, US) - Tuesday, October 18
McGill University (Canada) - Thursday, October 20
Cooper Union (New York City, US) - Friday, October 21 (art, architecture, and engineering)
American University of Paris (France) - Date: Friday, October 21 at 1:00pm (TIME CHANGE), Room 106, lycée
St. Mary’s College of Maryland (US) - Monday, November 14

National College Fair
Greater Washington, DC National College Fair, sponsored by NACAC
Meet admissions representatives from hundreds of colleges and universities. Free admission.
Sunday, October 23
1:00-3:30pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall A, 801 Mt Vernon Pl NW, DC
Register here
Be sure to register in advance! The printed barcode you receive will enable colleges to easily collect your contact information to follow up with you, and will save you time (so you don’t have to write out your name, address, etc. at each school’s table).

Local College Fair
Albert Einstein High School's 17th Annual College Fair
TODAY, Monday, October 10
6:00-8:00pm
Location: Albert Einstein High School, 11135 Newport Mill Rd. Kensington, MD
Meet with more than 100 representatives from colleges, universities, and trade schools
Free and open to all area families

Harvard, Princeton, UVA, Wellesley, and Yale Information Sessions
Learn about academic programs, campus life, selective college admissions, and financial aid.
Two options:

Tuesday, November 1
7:00pm
Location: College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd E, Adelphi, MD
Register here

Wednesday, November 2
7:00pm
Location: Washington Marriott Wardman Park, 2660 Woodley Rd NW, Washington, DC
Register here

Georgetown University Info Session
Tuesday, October 18
6:30-8:30pm
Location: Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD
Register here

“Best of U” - UK Universities Info Session - University of Bristol, Durham U, Newcastle U, U of Southampton, U of Warwick, and U of York
Meet admissions representatives and learn what makes these schools unique.
Wednesday, October 12
7:30 to 10:00pm
Location: Washington International School, 3100 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC
Register here

Academic Summer Program Opportunities for Secondes and Premières

George Mason University is accepting nominations for the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) and the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC). You’ll take an active role in the conferences and be introduced to college life, residing on the George Mason University campus. These six days will help you practice and apply leadership and decision-making skills that will prepare you for college. If you are interested, please submit the nomination form.

WYSE will be held June 25-30. 
WJMC will be held July 9-14 and July 16-21.

Leadership Program Opportunity for Secondes
Students are invited to nominate themselves for the HOBY Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. The selected student will be invited to attend a seminar May 25 to 28 at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland, along with 230 other sophomores (secondes) from across the state of Maryland. The goal of the program is to develop and refine leadership skills among the youth of our state and our communities. Students will learn about personal leadership, group leadership, and leadership for society. Please see the HOBY website for more information.

To be considered to be our school’s representative, by the end of the day on Monday, October 31, students should email me and respond to the following:
“In 100 words or fewer, please describe the most rewarding and challenging aspect of being a leader at Rochambeau and in your community.”

The selected student will have demonstrated or potential leadership, outstanding communication skills, strong decision-making skills, sensitivity to the needs of others, courage to speak out, and participation and/or interest in community service.

Most expenses for the seminar are paid by local organizations. If selected, your family will be responsible for paying the $195 registration fee by check to HOBY International; this payment will be due to Ms. Parliman by Friday, November 18 to ensure the student’s registration is confirmed by the program deadline.

University List
Turning in this form to Mme. Bessaha, our registrar, is what signals us to start preparing your counselor recommendation and transcript. You can always add more colleges later, so if you have decided on any schools please submit a list with those to Mme. Bessaha as soon as possible.

Teacher Recommendation Letters - Timeline
By now, you should have requested letters of recommendation from two teachers if you are applying to US or UK universities. Please speak to your teachers in person to get their approval, and let them know your timeline:

If the university application deadline is October 1-30, the teacher letter is due ASAP.
If the university application deadline is November 1-30, the teacher letter is due October 24.
If the university application deadline is December 1-30, the teacher letter is due November 22.
If the university application deadline is January 1 or later, the teacher letter is due December 1.

Steps Students Need to Take in Naviance for Applications
After you give your University List to Mme. Bessaha, she’ll add the schools into your list of “Colleges I’m Apply To” in Naviance Family Connection.

Linking Common App to Naviance
1.  After you have set up your Common App account, in your Common App enter at least one college or university in “My Colleges.”
2.  Go to the “FERPA Waiver” section on the left.
3.  Read the information, and choose whether or not to waive (give up) your right to see your recommendations.
5.  Go to “Colleges,” then “Colleges I’m Applying To.”6.  Fill in the email address you used in your Common App. Follow the instructions to link your Common App and Naviance accounts.

Now, in the “Colleges I’m Applying To” section, next to each school’s name, select the method by which you are applying.  
  • If the university only offers one application system, it will show that. For example, Albany College, shown below, only accepts Common Application.
  • Some universities offer multiple application systems, and you’ll need to choose one. I highly recommend using the Common App if it is available. This application is accepted by over almost 700 universities and is the easiest system to use.
    • Example: American University, below, accepts both the Common App and the Coalition application. If you were applying to American via the Coalition application, you would select “direct to the institution.”
    • I recommend that you choose Common App whenever possible, to limit the number of times you have to fill out your information during the application process.
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McGill Information
If you are interested in McGill, please note this information from their admissions office: Though McGill’s final application deadline is January 15th, admissions officers will start reviewing applications and making offers of admission as early as mid-November. Students who apply and submit their supporting documents early are likely to get a decision faster than those who wait until the application deadline. Priority will be given to complete applications demonstrating the best academic achievement.
  • Applicants will be considered for admission on their bulletins (in French with results on 20) for Première and Terminale. While a diploma in “premier groupe” with “mention assez bien” is the minimum expected, many programs are more competitive and will require higher grades.
  • Applicants should monitor their online Minerva account regularly. McGill admissions officers do not send emails or make reminders phone calls about missing items. Instead, changes to an applicant’s status and requests for additional documents are made directly on their Minerva checklist.
    • **Please note that you must upload your own bulletins to the Minerva system in order for McGill to consider your application as complete!
  • For admitted students who decide to attend McGill, it is important to confirm no later than the due date specified in the offer letter (in most cases this will be May 1st).
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