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Class of 2020 College Counseling Newsletter

We look forward to helping you reach your post-secondary goals. Basic information for the summer of 2019 is included below. Please contact Mrs. Nixon if you have any questions.

  • There are still spots available for a Just for Juniors meeting with Mrs. Nixon. Please sign up for a time slot if you are interested.
  • Please complete your College Autobiography by June 5. This helps teachers write letters of recommendation for your college applications. After you complete it, you should ask them in person whether they are willing to write a recommendation for you. Then, send them the copies of your College Autobiography responses.
  • If you are taking an ACP dual credit class through IU next year, please read Ms. Marx’s email from 5/21 and complete the form.
  • You can begin your Common Application now. After you create an account, you can enter demographic information and make your life easier in the fall. Keep track of questions that arise as you work on the application and register to attend the Common Application Workshop at BCHS on Thursday, August 1 to have your questions answered. Remember, if a school does not accept the Common Application, you will need to apply through the college’s website and request your transcript through Parchment. You must request a transcript to be sent to each college or university through Common Application or Parchment. 
  • Summer is a great time to prepare for and take/retake the SAT and ACT. Remember that free online test prep tools are available through Khan Academy for SAT and ACT Academy. It is important that you send your scores directly from the testing service through your CollegeBoard and ACT accounts. Take advantage of the free score sends when you register. You must send your test scores to each college or university directly from the testing service. If you qualify for free or reduced lunch, you also qualify for test fee waivers. See Mrs. Nixon to access your code.
  • If you are pursuing college athletics, please register with the NCAA Eligibility Center (NCAA Division I and II), NAIA Eligibility Center (NAIA), and/or NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association). NCAA Division III athletes do not need to register.
  • Thank you to our sponsors at Marian University and Huntington Learning Center for supporting Bishop Chatard students.

Direct Employers Institute STEM YES!: Free Summer Program

Direct Employers Institute’s STEM YES! is a FREE, comprehensive summer program for Central Indiana students in grades 9th -12th who are interested in exploring STEM careers in a work-based environment. Two 2-week sessions are available.

During each session, students develop competencies in teamwork, business planning, presentation skills, social etiquette, soft skills and career, and college preparation, while exploring and learning about the various fields that STEM has to offer. Job shadowing (at sites such as Eli Lilly, Salesforce, Duke Realty, Dow AgroSciencews, IUPUI Forensic Science and more), research, projects, information technology, and more opportunities are included!

Session 1: Science/Healthcare – June 17 – 28, 2019, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Session 2: Engineering/Technology – July 8 -19, 2019, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Breakfast and lunch are included. A student pickup location will be announced.

Information and registration at directemployersfoundation.org .

Class of 2019 Graduation Checklist

Seniors, Please check off these 9 things to make the last month and a half of your high school experience better for everyone. Keep up the good work!

1. Complete your Senior Exit Form. We need this for our school statistics, so it is important that you complete it whether you are going to college, the military, or employment. We also use this form for the slideshow at Honors Night, the Graduation Program, with the NCAA/NAIA eligibility center, and for sending your final transcripts, so it is important that you have the information to us as soon as you make your final decision.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeiuQ0E5zOozRAHOw6m-Wjx9TwkAb9KrZOJhEaxAVhLRwv0YA/viewform?usp=sf_link

2. Decide what you are doing next year. You need to submit a deposit to the college of your choice by May 1 to hold your spot. You should also contact the schools you are not attending to ask them to withdraw your application.

3. Bishop Chatard will automatically send final transcripts to your schools of choice by June 1. We will also send final transcripts to NCAA and NAIA eligibility centers if you have indicated your plans to participate in college athletics.

 4. Bring all admit letters or scholarship letters to Mrs. Alerding in the School Counseling Office (room 213) ASAP. You can also email screenshots of your portal or photos of the letters to her at aalerding@bishopchatard.org. We cannot put a school in the graduation program unless we have record that you have been admitted there.

5. If you have taken AP classes, your new AP scores won’t be available until July. If you designate a specific school on your AP exam booklet, they will automatically receive all of your AP scores, including past scores. Otherwise, you can request them through CollegeBoard when the score is available. Check https://apscore.collegeboard.org/scores for more info.

6. If you have taken dual credit classes, we aren’t able to send dual credit transcripts to colleges because they are issued directly through the credit-granting institution. You will need to request that the college sends your transcript. For Indiana University Advance College Project (ACP) courses (Public Speaking, W131, Finite), you can request your transcript at https://transcript.indiana.edu/nocas/fax_welcome.cfm.  If you have any trouble with that, their phone number is (812) 855-4500. ​For Vincennes University courses (Accounting),  you can request your transcript at https://www.vinu.edu/transcript-requests. For questions, please contact them by phone at 812.888.4220 or email at records@vinu.edu.

7. Cap and gown pick-up is May 15 in the cafeteria after your period 6 exam. Please remember that you can’t pick up your cap and gown unless you are up to date on paying off your lunch account. Graduation practice is May 16 at 1:00. Final exam schedule:

  • May 10, 1:10, Period 7
  • May 13, 8:55, Period 1
  • May 13, 10:00, Period 2
  • May 14, 1:10, Period 3
  • May 14, 2:15, Period 4
  • May 15, 7:50, Period 5
  • May 15, 8:55, Period 6

8. If you are selected for verification or have follow-up questions regarding your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the two best resources are INvestED (free local service, 1-888-476-2006customersupport@investedindiana.org) and the government (1-800-433-3243, https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa).

9. Please pass your classes. And make good choices. Thank you!

FAFSA Deadline 4/15

The federal deadline to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is Monday, April 15, 2019.

Some families elect not to file the FAFSA, but it is the best way to receive maximum consideration for institutional grants, need-based aid, and additional financial aid opportunities. 

Need help? INvestED professionals will help your family complete the FAFSA free of charge. Contact INvestED at 1-888-476-2006 or email customersupport@investedindiana.org.

Spring 2019 SAT/ACT Test Prep Information

There are several local opportunities you can utilize as you to prepare for future SAT and ACT tests.

  • ACT ACADEMY offers a free, personalized way for you to use the results of online practice questions and diagnostic tests to prep for the ACT. We have seen students increase their scores significantly by practicing 3 to 4 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes a day for three months. Reminder: It’s free!
  • The BCHS SAT PREP CLASS is underway.
  • BENDER AND ROCAP EDUCATIONAL SERVICES. (http://www.bender-rocap.com, 317.205.9215, maggie@bender-rocap.com) Experienced tutors who have received A+ feedback from students who now feel more confident. Many students raised their scores, gained admission to the college of their choice or earned scholarships. For individual tutoring: $60 per hour; $45 for 45 minutes. For two students together: $38 per student, per hour. For three or four students together: $27 per student, per hour.
  • CENTER FOR LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. (cldinc.org, 317-923-8111) During this six-week preparatory course, students benefit from intensive instruction on each of the three challenging SAT subject areas: evidence-based reading, writing and math. Students take practice tests which ultimately help improve test-taking abilities by using the tools provided before the annual SAT testing dates. Each student receives an official SAT review book. Eligible Participants: Students in grades 10-12. Mandatory Orientation: February 26, 2019, Sessions Held: Mondays, March 11 – April 15; Program Fee: $50
  • CLASS 101. Classes are $499. Over the past 20 years, Class 101 has helped more than 3,000 students improve their average SAT scores over 180 points. Tools Provided: Textbook, Worksheets, Online Resources, Trend Sheets, Two Full Practice Tests in Class and Trend Analysis, Two Additional Tests for Homework, Discover Areas of Weakness and Correct Weak Trends, Test-taking Tips, Strategies, and Timing. (https://www.class101.com/centralindiana/act-sat-classes/)
  • CLUB Z! IN-HOME TUTORING. Test Prep Online Option: Great option for students with very busy schedules or who don’t quite need the intensity of one-on-one, private tutoring. http://tutors.clubztutoring.com/indy/indy-online-sat-act-classes/. One-on-one, In-Home Option: SAT: http://tutors.clubztutoring.com/indy/indy-sat-test-prep-tutors/, ACT: http://tutors.clubztutoring.com/indy/indy-act-test-prep-tutors/. SAT/ACT program information and SAT/ACT Flyer on the BCHS School Counseling site provide additional information.
  • COLLEGE NANNIES+SITTERS+TUTORS. College Nannies + Sitters + Tutors offers in-office tutoring in the Nora area with a customized model that emphasizes matching an appropriate tutor with the student’s learning style. A flexible approach anchored with tailored, detailed Progress Plans helps to ensure success for each student. https://www.collegenanniesandtutors.com/tutor/collegetestprep/  Any questions can be directed to Dave Snider, 317-559-2510.
  • HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER offers personalized attention with proven results. They offer individually tailored programs for every student’s goals, abilities, and schedule. The Huntington Advantage means: individualized tutoring, proven results, flexible scheduling, convenient locations , and specially trained teachers. (317-562-0550https://huntingtonhelps.com/center/indianapolis)
  • KHAN ACADEMY offers a free, personalized way for you to use the results of your PSAT to prep for the SAT. We have seen students increase their scores significantly by practicing 3 to 4 times a week for 30 to 45 minutes a day for three months. Reminder: It’s free!
  • MOXEY TEST PREP. Introductions are available to the Moxey Test Prep methods for all sections of the SAT and ACT. Email moxeytestprep@gmail.com to have a spot held and receive a confirmation that gives the details about payment, location, and required materials. Seating is very limited. More information on all upcoming SAT and ACT workshop classes is at moxeytestprep.com.
  • SARAH PETERSON is a private tutor with 27 years of test prep experience. She offers weekday afternoon & evening appointments (no weekend) at her home office in Ivy Hills. Individual and small group sessions, individualized to students’ needs. Text or talk: 317-578-1986. Email:  Sarah.m.peterson@sbcglobal.net

Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant

The Next Level Jobs Workforce Ready Grant provides free job training for Hoosiers in high-demand sectors from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University. Sectors include: Advanced Manufacturing, Building & Construction, Health & Life Science, IT & Business Services and Transportation & Logistics.

The Indiana General Assembly created Next Level Jobs for working-age Hoosiers in 2017, and expanded the program in 2018 to include all high school graduates. This is a great opportunity for all students, especially those who may not qualify for other forms of financial aid.

Next Level Jobs provides free job training for Hoosiers who:

1) Are an Indiana resident AND a U.S. citizen (or eligible non-citizen)

2) Have a high school diploma (or equivalent) but less than a college degree

3) Enroll in a qualifying certificate program in a high-demand job sector

For more information, please CLICK HERE.

Class of 2019 College Counseling Newsletter, Issue 2

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

NAVIANCE: Naviance Student 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 student login is https://student.naviance.com/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: We recommend that you plan college visits for the afternoon following Living Rosary (October 3) and for PSAT Day (October 10). Fall Break is October 25-29. Colleges typically want you to sign up online for a specific visit or special program. Visits are excused absences if you have to miss school. You will need to be called in the morning of your absence and bring a school excuse form to Mrs. Kaminski when you return. 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.

COLLEGE MEETINGS: College reps are scheduled to visit BCHS this year. A full schedule is available at https://counseling.bishopchatard.org/college-reps/. Sign-up information will be available soon.

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: 

AUGUST TO-DO LIST:

  • Sign up with Parchment.com. This is for transcripts. You do not need to complete the student activities, grades, etc. Request your transcript to be sent to all schools that are not on Common Application.
  • 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. You can do this through your College Board and ACT accounts.
  • 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.