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UMD Visit, Test Prep, Timeline for College Planning, and more

In this post:

  • University of Maryland College Park - Clark School of Engineering
  • Interest in Test Prep Courses - your response needed
  • Timeline for College Planning Throughout High School
  • Parents’ Morning Meeting - Recap
  • Leadership Program Opportunity Still Available for Secondes
  • Terminales: Upcoming Deadlines
  • Terminales: Student Responsibilities for Applications

University of Maryland College Park - Clark School of Engineering
Students are invited to come talk to some current UMD students (including a Rochambeau graduate!) and learn about the advantages of the Clark School:

  • Wednesday, November 30 at 12:30pm, classroom 106 in lycée
Interest in Test Prep Courses - response requested

As you may know, in recent years Rochambeau has worked with PrepMatters to offer test preparation courses at the school for the SAT/ACT and other American-style standardized tests. This academic year we were able to offer an SAT prep course (currently being taught this fall, taken by secondes and premières) and an “introduction to standardized testing” course (will be held in March and offered to troisièmes and secondes).

The benefit to our community is that students can take the course right here at the school at a discounted rate. The challenge is that we must have a large enough group of students for PrepMatters to hold the course. We sometimes have a few students planning for a particular SAT Subject Test, for example, but not enough to have an organized prep course through PrepMatters.

As we look toward planning for the next school year, I ask for your input in this planning process. Please email Ms. Parliman during the winter or spring (deadline: May 1) if you are interested in your student taking any type of prep course next school year (general SAT prep, broad overview of standardized testing, math or science prep), with information on which tests your student will prepare for/require preparation. This will determine whether we have enough interest to offer certain classes.

Timeline for College Planning Throughout High School
Premières and their families should be thinking about which standardized tests may be needed for admission (particularly for US universities: SAT/ACT, SAT Subject Tests, etc.), and making a plan for taking these tests. Many students take their first SAT/ACT in January of première, and the winter and early spring are ideal times to research colleges and start compiling a first-draft list of schools. This timeline offers steps your family can take each year to prepare for college.

Parents’ Morning Meeting - Recap
Thank you for the parents who joined me on November 16 to learn about the Common Application (US application system) and UCAS (UK application system). Notes are available for those who could not attend. The next meeting, offering an overview of standardized tests (SAT, ACT, etc.) will be Wednesday, December 14 at 8:30am in the large conference room, administration building (room 212). Please let me know of any topics you would like to see covered at future meetings.

Leadership Program Opportunity Still Available for Secondes 

There is still time for me to nominate one Rochambeau student to attend 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, November 28, 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 Wednesday, November 30 to ensure the student’s registration is confirmed by the program deadline.

Terminales: Upcoming Deadlines for University of California and UK Applications
November 30: Deadline to submit your UC (University of California) application
December 15: Deadline to submit your part of the UCAS application. Teacher recommendation letters should be submitted to Naviance by December 1.

Terminales: Student Responsibilities for Applications
By now we should have received your University List for any and all choices (US, UK, and Canada), so we can send required documents to each institution.
Remember that it is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Submit application and application fee to each university, along with any required essays, list of activities, etc. Refer to the attached Application Systems Instructions.
  • Request to have official scores (SAT/ACT, TOEFL/IELTS, etc.) sent from the testing agency to each university, if required. Self-reporting your scores on an application is not sufficient; you’ll need to have the official scores sent.
  • Complete Naviance/Common App “matching” process and select your application method in Naviance (when applicable).
  • Check your application status with each university to ensure they have received all your required documents.
  • Follow up with your teachers, if necessary, regarding recommendation letters.

Have a great Thanksgiving break!

Posted by on Tuesday November, 22, 2016
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