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Mock Tests, Morning Meeting Recap, and More

In this post
-University Visits
-Mandatory Mock Tests November 10 & 11
-Parents’ Morning Meeting - Recap
-University Information Sessions
-Secondes: Leadership Program Opportunity
-Terminales: University List Due by October 31
-Terminales: Teacher Recommendation Letters
-Terminales: UMD Deadline Approaching
-Terminales: Naviance To-Do
-Terminales: Jefferson Scholars (UVA) Deadline Approaching

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:

  • *NEW* Oxbridge Academic Summer Programs (UK) - Monday, October 31
  • Concordia University (Canada) - Tuesday, November 1 in the small conference room, administration building (room 210)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania, USA) - Thursday, November 3 at 2:15pm
  • St. John’s College (Maryland, USA) - Friday, November 4
  • Sciences Po & Columbia University Dual BA Program - Wednesday, November 9
  • St. Mary’s College of Maryland - Monday, November 14
  • The New School (New York City, USA) - Friday, November 18

Mandatory Mock Tests November 10 & 11
All students in troisième, seconde, and première will take a mock standardized test in school in November. Troisièmes will take a practice PSAT on November 10, and secondes and premières will take a practice SAT on November 11. These mock tests are mandatory and are part of the normal school day for all students; tests will begin at 8:30am and replace regular classes that morning. Students will receive instructions about room assignments closer to the test date.

This will be a practice test only; results will not be sent to universities. This is a way for students to get acquainted with these American-style tests, to see which areas are strong for them and which areas may need improvement (even if at this point your child does not plan to apply to US institutions for university). Our school also uses these scores as a "baseline" to predict how each student may perform on the real tests later, to counsel families on appropriate college choices, and to understand how we can better prepare students. No advance preparation is needed or expected.

The PSAT is a practice SAT. Many students take PSAT 10 (specifically for secondes) in the late winter/early spring of seconde, and PSAT in the fall of première. The SAT (along with the ACT) is used in the university admission process for most US and some international institutions. It has two main sections, Critical Reading and Math. Historically, SAT is more commonly taken than ACT by our students; although both tests are accepted and treated equally by universities. Families are encouraged to look into both tests, and students can try some practice tests for both. Free practice SAT and ACT exams are offered by local test-prep agency PrepMatters on the weekends.

Parents’ Morning Meeting - Recap
Thank you to the 11 parents who joined me for a discussion about the TOEFL, IELTS, and other standardized tests. Notes are provided for those who could not attend. The next meeting will be Wednesday, November 16 at 8:30am, with a focus on the Common Application (US application system) and UCAS (UK application system).

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

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


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

Reminder: 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. 

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
Mme. Bessaha and I have not received a University List yet from nearly half of the terminale class. We must receive your list of university choices (any in the US, UK, and Canada) by Monday, October 31. This list is needed to prepare and send your transcripts/bulletins and other documents to each university.

Teacher Recommendation Letters
By now, you should have requested letters of recommendation from two teachers if you are applying to US or UK universities. It is your responsibility to make these requests and provide your deadlines:
If university application deadline is November 1-30, the teacher letter is due Monday, October 24.
If university application deadline is December 1-30, the teacher letter is due November 22.
If university application deadline is January 1 or later, the teacher letter is due December 1.

Upcoming Deadline for University of Maryland
University of Maryland College Park has a November 1 priority deadline that is fast approaching. Be sure to work on any other applications that have a November 1 deadline. See the Application Systems Instructions.

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. If you are applying to US schools, please review the following. We cannot send your documents until you’ve completed these tasks!

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.
4.  Then, go to Naviance Family Connection.
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.


Reminder: Deadline Approaching for University of Virginia Scholarship
The Jefferson Scholars Program covers the entire cost of four years of study at UVA, plus supplemental enrichment activities (leadership institute, foreign travel studies, career counseling, etc.). 

If you think you could be a good fit for this program, by Monday, October 31 you’ll need to: email me, attach a copy of your resume/CV, and provide a short answer to each of the following questions:
-How have you made an exceptional contribution to your community?
-How do you exhibit personal integrity, leadership, and academic excellence?
-What are your most significant academic accomplishments?

I will inform you of the next steps.

Posted by on Friday October, 21, 2016
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