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Mid-Year Grades, University Activities, and More

In this post:

  • Terminales: Mid-Year Grades
  • Terminales: UC Application Verification
  • Test Prep Course - Registration Open
  • University of Warwick - Visit to Rochambeau and Meetings with Representative
  • Canadian University Mini Fair - January 24
  • Morning Meeting for Parents - January 25
  • Premières: Meetings with Ms. Parliman
  • USA Gap Year Fair - February 8
  • Princeton Prize in Race Relations - Application due January 31
  • New Process for Requesting Accommodations for College Board Tests (SAT, AP, etc.)
  • Summer Programs


Terminales: Mid-Year Grades
Most US universities require a “mid-year report” as part of the application. Counseling sends this report along with an updated transcript that includes your first-trimester grades. The report is very basic and simply asks whether there have been any notable changes since the initial transcript (change in course load, for example). Universities want to make sure you are still doing well in your courses, and that you are maintaining the same level of academic achievement that you showed in your application. Remember, it’s important to keep your grades up through the end of the school year! Also be sure to check your application status with each university to ensure they have received all your required documents. Some institutions will send emails to students about incomplete files and needed items, but not all institutions do this. Check each university’s “applicant portal,” or call the admissions office.

Terminales: UC Application Verification
Some students who applied to University of California campuses were randomly selected to verify information in their application. Those selected were notified by UC by the end of December. The deadline to respond is January 31st. Failure to respond to the request by the deadline will result in cancellation of the application, so be sure to respond to any requests from universities.

Test Prep Course - Registration Open
Introduction to Standardized Test Mathematics, Vocabulary, and Grammar
Who: Students in troisième and seconde
What: Four-week course introducing students to American-style standardized tests, taught by an instructor from PrepMatters
Where: In the lycée on the Forest Road campus
Dates: Mondays, March 6 to March 27
Time: 5:45pm to 7:15pm
Cost: $150
Registration deadline: February 17, 2017
Content:

  • Teaches test-taking skills appropriate to the PSAT, SAT, and ACT
  • Emphasizes English and math vocabulary, formulae and problem types, P/SAT vocabulary, and standardized test grammar
  • Test-taking strategies include math methods, strategies for multiple choice and short passages, and time management

Submit the registration form. We must have 15 registered students in order for PrepMatters to hold the course.
 
University of Warwick - Visit to Rochambeau and Meetings with Representative
Ms. Gemma Barber, School Liaison Officer at the University of Warwick, will visit Rochambeau. Students are invited to come meet with her to learn about the institution.
Date: Thursday, January 26th
Time: 12:45pm
Location: Administration Building, La Grande Salle de Reunion (room 212, upstairs)

Ms. Barber is also offering individual counseling appointments with students off-campus.
Date: Friday, January 27th
Time: Evening appointments available between 5pm and 8pm
Location: Lobby of the Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC
Contact Ms. Barber to arrange an appointment.

Canadian University Mini Fair - January 24
Concordia, Bishop’s, Queen’s, and Guelph
Tuesday, January 24th
6:00 to 7:30pm
Library/CDI
Several excellent Canadian universities will visit Rochambeau. Students and parents are invited to learn more about these institutions. Meet the admissions representatives, collect informational materials, and ask questions.
Register

Morning Meeting for Parents - January 25
The next meeting for parents wishing to learn more about non-French university admissions is Wednesday, January 25 at 8:30am in the large conference room, administration building (room 212). Topic: community service and extracurricular activities. Richard Tripp, Dean of Students, will join me in leading this discussion.

Mark your calendar for future meetings:
March 10 (FRIDAY): Tailoring your college search to you
April 12: What is the actual cost of college?
May 17: Teacher recommendation letters (topic previously discussed in March 2016)

Premières: Meetings with Ms. Parliman
This spring, I would like to have an individual, personalized meeting with families of all students currently in première. Because every student has different needs and varying levels of knowledge about the college process, it is important for us to meet in person (if we haven’t already) to answer any questions or concerns and for me to get to know students better. I’m happy to meet with students and parents either together or separately. Please email me to arrange a time to meet in my office.

USA Gap Year Fair - February 8
Learn about skills-based gap year, semester, and summer programs.
Date: Wednesday, February 8th
Time: 6:00 to 8:30pm
Location: Richard Montgomery High School, 250 Richard Montgomery Drive, Rockville, MD
Register

Princeton Prize in Race Relations - Application due January 31
Students in grades troisième through terminale may apply for the Princeton Prize in Race Relations. The program recognizes and rewards students who have had a significant positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities through their volunteer efforts. Recipients have stood up to intolerance, worked towards greater inclusivity, and encouraged understanding and harmony in their communities.

The application process is two-part: one part to be completed by the student, and one by a sponsor (a teacher, advisor, community or religious leader, or other responsible adult, who is not related to you, and who oversaw your project or who has directly witnessed your project's outcome). Both parts are due by January 31. More information.

New Process for Requesting Accommodations for College Board Tests (SAT, AP, etc.)
Does your student have a learning difference, receive extra time during school tests, or have another special circumstance? I serve as the school's "SSD" (Services for Students with Disabilities) coordinator and work with families whose students need accommodations for College Board exams (PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, AP). Accommodations could include extra time, testing in a separate room from other students, extra breaks, etc.

The College Board has recently streamlined the request process. In most cases, if your student already has a “personalized education/support plan” in place at Rochambeau, you will not have to provide extra documentation when requesting accommodations. Families notify me of the need to make a request, I work with them to gather any necessary documentation, and I submit a request to the College Board.

If your student may need to take any College Board tests, please contact me to start the request process as soon as possible.

Summer Programs
As you start to think about college, you might consider completing a summer college program. Some programs give the opportunity to earn college credit (which can be transferred and applied to your university of choice). Living on a college campus for a few weeks is a great way to get a feel for what college will be like.

See this list of some program options, although it is by no means exhaustive. Also see this list by FastWeb, a resource for researching colleges and scholarships.

If you don’t have the time or means to complete a summer college program, don’t worry-- such programs are just an option. Many students travel, babysit, do community service, or work at a part-time job instead. All of these activities are viewed as valuable and meaningful by university admissions officers. The most important thing is to stay busy and productive over your summers.

Posted by Emily Parliman on Tuesday January, 17
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