Monday, September 16, 2019

BHS Guidance Department has a new blog and web-site

Dear Students and Parents,

The BHS Guidance Department has a new blog and web-site. Please see links below:

BHS Guidance Blog

BHS Guidance Web-Site

PSAT Exam and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test on Wednesday, October 16

Burlington High School will be a national testing center for the administration of the PSAT Exam and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test on Wednesday, October 16, 2019. For the several years 90% or more Burlington High School seniors take the SAT exam. The PSAT is an excellent opportunity to prepare and gain an understanding of the SAT exam. Juniors are also eligible for a National Merit Scholarship depending on the score.

All sophomores will take the PSAT free of charge, however juniors MUST register and pay a fee of $30.00. The Guidance department highly recommends juniors take the exam again this year. Registration materials are being mailed on 9/16/19, and students will also receive information in homeroom. You can also find registration materials by clicking here. We ask that Juniors register ASAP so they may pick up a PSAT study guide which provides valuable testing information.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

New Guidance Web-Site

Dear Students and Parents,

The BHS Guidance Department has a new blog and web-site. Please see links below:

BHS Guidance Blog

BHS Guidance Web-Site

Free Practice SAT and PSAT's


Attention 10th, 11th and 12th grade students:

Kaplan Test Prep and Burlington High School will be hosting TWO separate, private practice tests in the Burlington High School Cafeteria. Please see details below:

PSAT PRACTICE TEST (Juniors or younger ONLY)
Class of 2021 or younger
Free Full Practice PSAT Exam
Saturday 9/14/19 from 9AM to1PM
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:  Thursday. Sept.12, 2018
To register go to: 

SAT PRACTICE TEST (Seniors ONLY)
Class of 2020 
Free Full Practice SAT Exam
Saturday 9/21/19 from 9AM to 1PM
To register go to: 
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wed. Sept.19, 2019 
https://www.kaptest.com/class/SKKA190015


We would recommend that seniors that missed the SAT last spring, or seniors that want to brush up on skills, take the free practice SAT test. 

Juniors and sophomores will take the collegeboard sponsored PSAT on 10/16 The test on 10/16 is a full scale PSAT,  and If students score high enough they can potentially qualify for national merit. So for students in grades 10 and 11, the practice PSAT gives them a chance to prepare for the upcoming PSAT at BHS on 10/16. The PSAT on 10/16 is NOT free for juniors, but is free for sophomores. 

Either practice test gives students a chance to practice under test conditions which hopefully reduces test day stress.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Guidance Department will offer its first College Application "Bootcamp" for rising seniors

Reminder

On Tuesday, August 20th, the Guidance Department will offer its first College Application "Bootcamp" for rising seniors. This event, held from 8am until noon in the Upper Library, will consist of a series of drop-in review sessions as follows:

     Getting Organized: tracking deadlines/specific college requirements - Ms. Minty
     Finishing (or starting!) Your Common Application - Ms. Diozzi
     Perfecting Your Activity List & Recommendation Requests - Ms. Leary
     Standardized Testing: test prep, sending scores & fall test registration - Ms. Smith
     Using Naviance/General questions - Mr. Attubato

Concurrently, Ms. Netishen will run drop-in workshops on College Essay Writing as follows:
    
      8-9am - Review college essay exemplars
      9-9:30am - Review Common App questions
     10-10:30am - Brainstorming
     10:30-noon - Check in/brief conferences

Students are encouraged to drop in for assistance in ANY area of the application process.





Monday, July 8, 2019

2019-2020 Burlington High School Schedules

Schedules will be mailed out on July 9th. If there is an error or omission in the schedule you need to make arrangements to correct the problem. If your schedule reads “Please Schedule an Appointment with Guidance” then it is incomplete and imperative that you call to schedule an appointment. The options to correct your schedule are below:


* Beginning Monday July 15th and continuing through July 25th, then again August 12th to August 22nd (Monday to Thursday only), Mr. Joseph Attubato, Support Services Coordinator, and several Guidance Counselors will be available (by appointment only) from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Please call Mrs. Patty Lewis at 781-270-1780 to schedule an appointment. 

* Guidance Counselors will be available during the week of August 19th  through August 22nd  from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon. During this week, students will be helped on a first come first serve basis

If you did not get placed into your first choice elective please feel free to call the Guidance Office to have your name added to the wait-list. You are encouraged to correct any problems in your course schedule as early as possible.  Doing so will ensure a smooth opening of school for you. Also, please be advised that specific teacher requests cannot be honored.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

College Application Bootcamp

SAVE THE DATE!!

On Tuesday, August 20th, the Guidance Department will offer its first College Application "Bootcamp" for rising seniors. This event, held from 8am until noon in the Upper Library, will consist of a series of drop-in review sessions as follows:

     Getting Organized: tracking deadlines/specific college requirements - Ms. Minty
     Finishing (or starting!) Your Common Application - Ms. Diozzi
     Perfecting Your Activity List & Recommendation Requests - Ms. Leary
     Standardized Testing: test prep, sending scores & fall test registration - Ms. Smith
     Using Naviance/General questions - Mr. Attubato

Concurrently, Ms. Netishen will run drop-in workshops on College Essay Writing as follows:
    
      8-9am - Review college essay exemplars
      9-9:30am - Review Common App questions
     10-10:30am - Brainstorming
     10:30-noon - Check in/brief conferences

Students are encouraged to drop in for assistance in ANY area of the application process.







Thursday, June 6, 2019

Financial Aid Night

The BHS Guidance Department strongly recommends that junior parents attend a presentation on Thursday, June 13th beginning at 6:00 PM in the BHS Auditorium. MEFA will host, and give an overview of the financial aid process. Although this is geared for junior parents, any parent is welcome to attend. 


College Topics for the Summer

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 13th at 9:30 AM in the Burlington High School Guidance Conference room. We ask that parents RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Upcoming College Fairs

Two key college fairs will be held within the next few days. Students at all grade levels are encouraged to attend with their families.

  • The Colleges That Change Lives College Fair will be held tomorrow, Saturday May 18th from 10-11:30 at the Sheraton Boston, 39 Dalton Street, Boston.  Based on the 1996 book by Loren Pope, "CTCL was founded on a philosophy of building the knowledge, character and values of young people by introducing them to a personalized and transformative collegiate experience. Although the member colleges approach this challenge with varying perspectives, institutional missions, and pedagogical strategies, a student-centered mission is common to all campuses."  The program opens promptly at 10am with a 30-minute information session. If you're interested in attending, please register at ctclfair.org
  • The New England Association of College Admissions Counselors (NEACAC) is hosting a college fair on the Merrimack College Campus on Tuesday, May 21st from 6:30-8:30pm. The fair will be held in Lawler Rink in the Athletics Complex, 315 Turnpike St. North Andover. More than 150 college and university representatives will be on site. Additionally, there will be access to financial aid and scholarship resources.