Friday, June 15, 2018

Guidance Parent Breakfast

The date for Guidance Parent Breakfast has been changed to Wednesday June 20th at 8:30.

The Guidance Department will host a breakfast called “College Topics for the Summer”. The purpose of this breakfast is so the counseling staff can give a very brief overview of important tasks associated with the college selection and application process. Although this event is geared for parents of juniors, ALL parents are welcome to attend. Please join us for this informative event. We look forward to seeing you on June 20th at 8:30 AM in the Burlington High School Guidance Conference Room. We ask that parents RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Financial Aid Night Review

Financial Aid Night for Senior parents was well attended. Many aspects of the financial aid process were covered by Matt Carpenter from College Funding Services. 

Two very important forms were mentioned. The FAFSA and the CSS profile. We encourage parents to investigate both applications ASAP. Don't forget you can take advantage of  a FAFSA on the web work-sheet. This can be helpful as you navigate through the FAFSA process. 

We encourage parents to get familiar with the MEFA web-site. MEFA provides a wealth of free, accurate and up to date information. Amy encouraged parents to try the MEFA tools page, which has a number of tools you can use such at the EFC Calculator. The EFC calculator can estimate the figure that colleges will use to determine eligibility.


Kaplan Test Prep

Once again KAPLAN will be offering an SAT or ACT Prep course at BHS this summer. The summer prep courses offered are designed for class of 2019 only. Click here for the schedule.  Members of the class of 2019 should call 1-800-KAP-TEST to enroll.

Financial Literacy Event

Dr. Seuss wrote, “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

As your children grow and decide how they are going to start out on their own path to financial independence, we’d like to help start the conversation in getting them on their way!
On Thursday, August 16th at 2 PM, we are hosting a Financial Literacy event for high school and college-age students here in our Burlington office (Parents encouraged too!).
We will be discussing the following topics;
  • How and when to get started saving
  • Deferring instant gratification
  • Investments 101
  • Good Debt vs. Bad Debt
We’ll be having a Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Sundae bar for the kids (and the kids at heart), as well as a barista for made-to-order coffee drinks (for the adults, of course)!
Please find the details below, we hope to see you there!                                                                    
Details:

Thursday, August 16th
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Merrill Lynch

Featured Speaker:
Joseph Marich, CRPC®
Vice President
Senior Advisor Consultant
Oppenheimerfunds, Inc.
Hosted by:
The Bassi Group
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith
Armand Bassi, CRPC®
Senior Vice President-Wealth Management Advisor
Kathleen Richards, CFP® CRPC®
Vice President-Wealth Management Advisor
Marc Marotta, CFP®
Financial Advisor
***Please RSVP by August 10th***
Marc Marotta, CFP®
781-229-7442

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Advice for the Class of '22

Each year during the counselor visit to Marshall Simonds, we like to share advice for the incoming freshman class from the current freshman class. As always, the freshmen who've made the transition have great advice for their younger peers.


Just be you.

Participate as much as you can, and work hard because it counts.

Don't spread yourself too thin. Try to do as much as possible but also make sure you have some time for yourself.

Make friends with the upperclassmen.

Be confident; speak up!

Pay attention and take good notes.

Don't stress out.

Stay in your own lane and focus on yourself rather than doing what is "popular."

Do all of your homework and classwork (it actually affects your grade).

Always be nice to everyone.

Come in a couple of times during the summer to walk around the building.

Stay organized.

Make sure you are taking the right classes based on your academic abilities.

Get involved and make the most of it because really does go by fast.

Always read the books assigned in English.

Don't be afraid to participate by talking.

School is your number one priority but also get involved.

Manage time between after school activities and homework.

Take responsibility for your own grades.

Always make free time to do what you like and explore.

If you need help, ask a teacher or staff member. They are all nice and helpful.

Follow the teacher's directions.

Keep close to your friends because they will help you through.

It's OK to be yourself.


Monday, June 4, 2018

Financial Aid Workshop

Many families focus on the college search, selection and admission process. We believe that figuring out how to pay for college is also an important part of this process. The BHS Guidance Department will sponsor a Financial Aid Workshop hosted College Funding Services on:

Wednesday June 13th at 6:00 in the BHS Lower Library 
This seminar will provide information on:
         (1)   Overview of the entire financial aid process
(2)   What you can do to minimize your family contribution, and maximize your eligibility for need-based financial aid
(3)   Why you should apply even if you WILL NOT qualify for need-based aid
(4)   Fin Aid deadlines i.e. FAFSA/CSS profile
(5)   How to value different assets – Home, 529’s, retirement, etc.
(6)   Which colleges give the most money
(7)   How to leverage colleges against one another
(8)   How to appeal your financial aid package
(9)   Pros and Cons of different borrowing options

Sponsored by

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Date Change for Parent Breakfast

The date for Guidance Parent Breakfast has been changed to Wednesday June 20th at 8:30.

The Guidance Department will host a breakfast called “College Topics for the Summer”. The purpose of this breakfast is so the counseling staff can give a very brief overview of important tasks associated with the college selection and application process. Although this event is geared for parents of juniors, ALL parents are welcome to attend. Please join us for this informative event. We look forward to seeing you on June 20th at 8:30 AM in the Burlington High School Guidance Conference Room. We ask that parents RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

College Admissions Testing Reminder!


The deadlines for the June SAT and the June ACT are fast approaching.  The deadline for the June 2nd SAT is May 3rd, and the deadline for the June 9th ACT is May 4th. Late registration after the deadlines is also an option, but there will be additional fees assessed, and we encourage juniors to register as early as possible. The June SAT is offered at BHS, while the ACT is offered at several nearby high schools.

Juniors should also be aware that both companies now offer test options over the summer, with a new ACT test date on July 14th and an SAT test date on August 25th. Though there are not as many test centers open over the summer compared to June, each test is being offered at select area high schools, and the summer option can afford students additional prep time or a bit of a break between a busy school year and testing. 

Students can register for the SAT HERE or for the ACT HERE. As always, counselors are available to help students with the registration process. Juniors who believe they qualify for a fee waiver should see their counselor ASAP.

Kaplan will offer test prep classes at BHS this summer for a reduced rate, and the specific dates and times will be publicized on the blog sometime in late May. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Guidance Breakfast Canceled

The Guidance Breakfast Scheduled for April 26th has been canceled. Our next breakfast will be held on Wednesday, June 13th. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Shine In Math Academy

“ Shine In Math Academy is an award winning Test Prep and Tutoring company located at 281 Cambridge St, #101, Burlington. Since it’s inception in 2011, the Academy has been serving Burlington Community, helping students achieve exceptional results in SATs, school tests and various other standardized tests through their  Test Prep; K-12 Math, ELA  and Science classes; and Summer enrichment programs. 

As part of their Giving Back to the Communities program, starting January of 2018 Shine In Math pledges a $50 donation for each Burlington School student that is newly enrolled in to tutoring programs and $100 donation for each student enrolled into SAT Prep programs. All donations will be made to Burlington Community Scholarship Program to be awarded to the highly performing students in high school who will pursue higher education in Mathematics, Science and Technology.