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2018-19 College Fairs

Mark your calendars for the 2018-19 college fairs:

  • Tuesday, September 18, 6:30 – 8:00 pm:   Hamilton County College Fair at Fishers High School
  • Wednesday, September 19, 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Indy Westside College Fair at Ben Davis High School
  • Thursday, September 20, 9:00 am -12:00 pm, 6:00-8:00 pm: NACAC Indianapolis College Fair at Indiana Convention Center
  • Friday, September 21, 8:00 – 9:00 am: Jesuit Excellence Tour during third period
  • Tuesday, October 23, 7:00-9:00 pm: NACAC Indianapolis National Visual & Performing Arts Fair at Butler University
  • Monday, March 11, 6:30 – 8:00 pm: Greater Indianapolis Southside Fair at University of Indianapolis
  • (tentative) Tuesday, March 12, time TBD: Northeast Indianapolis College Fair at Lawrence Central
  • Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 – 8:00 pm: Greater Indianapolis Northside College Fair at Grand Park

Class of 2019 College Counseling Newsletter, Issue 1

NAVIANCE: Naviance Family Connection allows you to research college and career opportunities, take personality inventories, create a personal success plan, conduct a college search, track your application progress, and create a resumé. The Naviance Family Connection student login is https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=bishopchatard. You will want to use your 6 digit student number (do not add @bishopchatard) and your regular password.

COMMON APPLICATION: You can complete the majority of your Common Application now and save it! You will then be able to pull it up when applications go live on August 1 and have a head start on completing the process. Set up your account today.

SENIOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Don’t forget to complete your Senior Autobiography ASAP. You have to access it from your BCHS gmail in order for it to work. This helps with letters of recommendation for colleges, scholarships, and special opportunities. Be sure to click “Send me a copy of my responses” so that you can forward the information to your recommenders. The more fully you answer these questions, the more detailed your letter can be.

COLLEGE VISITS: Summer is a great time to make college visits. Colleges typically want you to sign up online for a specific visit or special program. Feel free to contact coaches, academic departments, professors, etc. after you have scheduled your visit to set up additional meetings to make the most of your time on campus. You can also plan visits for the afternoon following Living Rosary (October 3) and for PSAT Day (October 10). Fall Break is October 25-29.

SUMMER MEETINGS: The summer after junior year is an ideal time to check things off your college application checklist! Mrs. Nixon is available to meet with you to begin your resume, help you narrow down your list of schools, and create a plan for how you should prepare for applications. You can come alone, with your parents/guardians, or with a friend.  Use this form to schedule a meeting with Mrs. Nixon this summer.

LILLY NOMINATION FORM: Please complete this form and submit prior to 8:00 am on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 to participate in an application process to be one of Bishop Chatard’s nominees for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.
We are able to nominate two students who reside in Hamilton County and two students who reside in Marion County. Applications and College Cost Summary Forms are due by Wednesday, August 15, at 8:00 am. Nominated students must: 1. Demonstrate financial need, 2. Plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study beginning in the fall of 2018 at a public or private college or university in Indiana, 3a. HAMILTON COUNTY: Be a Hamilton County resident, have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, demonstrate a commitment to community volunteerism, and demonstrate leadership and/or initiative in their school, community, and/or extracurricular activities, 3b. MARION COUNTY: Be a Marion County resident, have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate motivation and/or a high level of responsibility through school, community, family, and/or extracurricular activities. 4. Submit the Indiana College Cost Summary Form to Mrs. Nixon or Mrs. Alerding in the Counseling Office. (The online calculator allows families to see the true cost of attending Indiana colleges once financial aid is taken into account. The ICC Summary Form has been designed to be quick and easy and will take most users approximately 15 minutes. You can find the Indiana College Cost Estimator at www.indianacollegecosts.org

COMMON APPLICATION WORKSHOP: If you are overwhelmed by college applications, it will help to begin your Common Application demographic information this summer. You can complete the personal information portion of the application prior to August 1 and save it to your account. When applications go live on August 1, we will host a Common Application Workshop so that you can have questions answered in real time. Sign up for your time slot.

PEER RECOMMENDATION FORM: Great news! Do you love your classmates in the class of 2019? You can now provide information for the letters of recommendation we send to colleges. Complete this form so we can share w colleges. Challenge: Take time to complete a form for someone you admire with whom you are not close friends.

NCAA ELIGIBILITY CENTER: If you are interested in participating in NCAA Athletics, the NCAA Eligibility Center has a wealth of information for you: 

SUMMER TO-DO LIST:

  • Sign up with Parchment.com. This is for transcripts. You do not need to complete the student activities, grades, etc.
  • Stay organized to make the college application and decision process less stressful.
  • Make sure you have all application websites and forms required for college admission and financial aid. Update your calendar with all deadlines for your applications and financial aid.
  • Complete the Lilly Nominee Application Form by August 15 if you plan to apply to be one of BCHS’ nominees.
  • SEND YOUR ACT/SAT SCORES DIRECTLY TO COLLEGES.
  • Register for the ACT or SAT or SAT Subject Tests if needed.
  • Register for the CSSProfile financial aid form if needed.
  • If your college applications require recommendation letters, ask teachers to write one on your behalf. Please allow teachers at least 3 weeks to complete your recommendation. Provide recommendation forms and any special instructions. Write a thank you letter to the teacher afterward.

 

PSAT Results: Fall 2017

SCORE REPORTS FOR PSAT: FALL 2017 RESULTS ARE AVAILABLE NOW

You can now view your PSAT scores online with your CollegeBoard login. Counselors will deliver the paper score reports to homerooms after Christmas break. If you use your PSAT scores correctly, you can improve your SAT scores, increase your academic potential, and focus your college search.

VIEWING YOUR SCORES ONLINEPSAT example 1

When you log into your CollegeBoard account, you will first see your most recent scores. For information on how to “Get the Most from Your Score Report,” view the PSAT video: https://youtu.be/nzCSIilL3WQ.

PAPER REPORT PART 1: YOUR SCORES

You will be able to view your total score as well as the Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.13 AMsubscores and benchmarks. The percentiles and benchmarks are useful to see where you have room to improve, but do not panic if you do not yet meet the benchmarks. The purpose of a practice test is to help you know where you can improve, and your BCHS counselors are here to help you prepare now to meet the benchmarks on future tests.

 

PAPER REPORT PART 2: SUBSCORE INFORMATION

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.26 AMThe subscores demonstrate smaller areas of proficiency or areas of improvement. You will be able to break down the larger areas to see where you can focus your preparation before you take the SAT. This allows the study and preparation process to be less intimidating. For example, one week you can focus on questions that deal with Words in Context and then move on to Expression of Ideas rather than feeling overwhelmed and not starting at all.

 

PAPER REPORT PART 3: NATIONAL MERIT

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.38 AMFor Juniors Only: This section shows you your National Merit Scholarship eligibility. If there is an asterisk next to your NMSC selection index number, you do not qualify for the scholarship program. As discussed in junior Theology classes, a high index score is still beneficial to you in other ways. Please see Mrs. Nixon for more clarification.

Screen Shot 2016-12-09 at 9.16.49 AMPAPER REPORT PART 4: NEXT STEPS

This section of the report really breaks down your strengths and areas of growth. You can build confidence by seeing what you already do well (on the left) and continue to learn more about where you have room to improve (on the right). Using the suggestions in the right-hand column truly does give you the chance to focus your energy on improving your skills.

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PAPER REPORT PART 5: QUESTION ANALYSIS

This section of the report allows you to view every question you missed, the correct answer, and your incorrect guess. You can break down where you went wrong on your incorrect guess, the reasoning for the correct answer, and what you can expect going forward when you take the SAT. This is such a valuable tool for you as you set up your Khan Academy account and complete practice questions for your future College Board tests.

https://www.khanacademy.org/sat

SOURCE

Thank you to the CollegeBoard for making their Suite of Assessments so user-friendly and cohesive this year! https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/scores/student-score-reports

College Spotlight 6

College: Butler University

Author: Ellen R. from Savoy, IL

Admissions site: https://www.butler.edu/admission

Some obvious thoughts on why Butler is unique may be the fact we’re a small school of 4400 with D1 athletics. Others may think about how our Jordan College of the Arts has a dance program that ranks in the top 5 ballet programs nationally, even though we’re in the heart of the midwest. Or that our placement rate is at an all time high of 97% of students in jobs related to their degree, graduate schools, or taking a gap year to travel or perform acts of services for communities abroad or nearby six months after graduation. These however are not why I chose Butler as my undergraduate institution, though they did help influence my decision. When I first toured Butler in the summer of 2016, there were three things that stood out to me.

The first, utmost important factor in choosing Butler was their commitment to excellent academic instruction. As a psychology major, I have already taken a class from an author of an established textbook used at renowned research institutions around the world! Additionally, the core curriculum and liberal arts basis for undergraduates was a strong influence in my decision because students who have already declared their major still get the opportunity to meet members of the community interested in different fields of study.

Community was the second reason I chose Butler. Because my high school was small, I knew I enjoyed knowing my peers and having more than one class with the same instructor. This intimacy is amplified by our established presence in college basketball and commitment to the arts. The community goes beyond students and faculty and extends throughout the greater Indianapolis area. During our diversity lecture series last spring, we had political satirist and commentarian W. Kamau Bell speak, and it was amazing to see how full Clowes Hall became.

The third reason I chose Butler was the commitment to diversity. Diversity at Butler was one of our founding principles. We have diversity in instruction, and experience across our 6 colleges. We have viewpoint diversity, a commitment to protect freedom of speech among students! We promote and celebrate religious, ethnic, and racial diversity across campus. We support varying abilities of students with physical or intellectual differences. We are inclusive.

If any of these attributes speak to you, seek out more information about Butler! You are now part of our community. Best of luck, and as always, Go Dawgs!

 

“When I was observing a class, a student I didn’t know at the time welcomed me and introduced himself via writing on a paper towel. This small action influenced by decision come to Butler .” -Julia B.