We are the Easter people and Hallelujah is our song! -St. John Paul II
Those words of St. John Paul II are as true now as they were when he spoke them. Saint John Paul II also encourages us to “Let yourselves be taken over by the light of Christ and spread that light wherever you are.” Each day we try to live these words and encourage our students to do the same!
Throughout April and May, guidance meetings are focused on encouraging students to finish this year strong and planning for next year. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors have met individually with guidance staff to make 2019-20 course selections. The course selection sheets have been brought home for parents to review and approve. Signed course selection sheets, along with any Course Override requests, are due back to Guidance by April 10. Applications for Advanced Placement courses are due on April 10 as well. Throughout May course schedules will be built and any conflicts will be resolved.
AP exams will be held May 6-17. These are national exam dates, set by the College Board.
April 1 marks the start of the 4th quarter of the 2018-19 school year. Where does the time go?!?! Throughout the 4th quarter of the school year, all students are encouraged to check online regularly to keep track of their academic progress. Be sure to follow-up with teachers on any missing homework or assignments. Start now to organize tests, quizzes, homework to use when you study for your finals.
Juniors are working on their college searches. Students who plan to visit colleges over April vacation should be sure to register for information sessions and tours at the colleges they will be visiting. Registering for and attending these events is considered a “demonstration of interest” on the part of the student and can make a difference when applying to colleges. A Resume Writing Session was presented by Mrs. Hufnagle. These resumes will be used by Mrs. Hufnagle and teachers to write letters of recommendation to go along with students’ college applications. All juniors should submit a copy of their resumes to Mrs. Hufnagle before the end of May. By the end of the school year, juniors should ask two teachers to write letters of recommendation for their college applications. This request should be done in person. Once the teacher agrees to write the letter, the student should give the teacher a copy of their resume to the teachers. The Guidance Office has resources for students to use to prepare for college visits and interviews.
On May 15, we will host a College Admissions Panel for juniors and their parents. Admissions Officers from 4 colleges will be with us to provide an “inside look” into the college admissions process. This event will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 PM.
Seniors will meet with Guidance to discuss their college choices and plans. April is a good time to visit first, second and third choice schools prior to making final decisions. We continue to encourage seniors to search and apply for outside scholarships to help finance their college expenses. Our favorite online search sites are fastweb.com and collegeboard.com. Your own town’s public high school and library are good sources of information for outside scholarships. There are also some listings and applications available in our Guidance Office. Scholarship money is out there. Go get yours!
4/5/19 – is the deadline to apply for the May 4 SAT. Go to www.collegeboard.org to register.
4/3/19 – AP Night – Guidance Evening – Advanced Placement Course Information:
This session is recommended for parents and students who plan to take an AP course in the 2019-2020 school year. We will review the AP Program at JPII, including the available courses, the process by which students are recommended for AP classes, the scheduling procedure, student responsibilities, as well as test ordering and payment requirements. We will have teachers available to discuss the AP Capstone Program, AP Seminar, AP Research, and AP Computer Science Principles. 7:00 P.M. JPII Library
4/10/19 – Course selections sheets, AP applications, override requests reviewed and signed by parent, due back to Guidance.
4/14 – 4/20 – April vacation
5/6/ – 5/10 – AP Exam Week 1
5/13 – 5/17 – AP Week 2
5/4/19 – SAT
5/15/19 – Guidance Meeting for juniors and parents – College Admissions Panel – 7:00 – 9:00 PM
5/3/19 – is the deadline to register for the June 1, 2019 SAT. Go to www.collegeboard.org to register.
5/27/19 – Memorial Day – No school
Please feel free to direct your guidance questions to:
Mark Tanguay, Director of Guidance
Maureen Hufnagle, Guidance Counselor