Sunday, January 31, 2016

Junior College Planning Night

Junior parents and students are reminded that "Junior College Planning Night” will be held Thursday, February 4, 2016 ( snow date is 2/25 at 6:30). The evening will commence at 6:30 PM in the Burlington High School Auditorium. Members of the Guidance Department will cover a variety of topics in regard to academic and college planning. This presentation is geared specifically for junior students and parents. If you cannot make the event it will be televised on BCAT. The times will be posted at a later date.

For parents of Freshmen and Sophomores, the BHS Guidance Department  will host Freshman/Sophomore Academic Planning Night on March 2nd at 6:30. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

PSAT Results Breakfast

The Guidance Department at Burlington High School and KAPLAN Test Prep will host an “Understanding PSAT Results Breakfast” on Wednesday January 27th, beginning at 8:30 A.M. The event will be held in the Guidance College and Career Center (room 106). The purpose of this breakfast is to give parents of students who took the PSAT on October 14th the opportunity to ask questions and get clarification on how to interpret, understand and use the PSAT results.   Attending this breakfast is also open to any other interested parent. Please join us for this informative event on January 27th. If you plan to attend please call 781-270-1780 to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

FAFSA DAY 2016

Seniors in high school attending college in the fall 2016, and their parents, are invited to a very informative and useful financial aid event being held at Burlington High School. The Burlington High School Guidance Department highly recommends attending this event. The specific details for listed below:

Event: FAFSA DAY 2016- http://www.fafsaday.org/
Date: Sunday January 31, 2016 1 :00 P.M.
Location: Burlington High School
Description: This is a non-profit volunteer driven effort across the state. Parents and students will receive:

• Free assistance completing the FASA

• Access to experienced financial aid administrators, and FAFSA experts, available to answer FAFSA questions.

• Guidance on the financial aid process and next steps after filing the FASA.

Parents MUST register at http://www.fafsaday.org/. Although computer labs are available, it is highly recommend that parents bring a laptop that day. Also if any parents are interested in volunteering as a Support Volunteer (registration tables, setup, cleanup, etc) please feel free to register at http://www.fafsaday.org/volunteer.php

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Bay Path University 2nd Semester Course

As many know we share a campus with Bay Path University. Bay Path is offering a 2nd Semester course called “Introduction to Criminal Justice” available to juniors and seniors. Students can take one less course during the school day and receive college credit. We have been offering a Bay Path course for the past several years and the benefit here is students leave BHS with 3 college credits. Classes will be offered on specified Saturdays throughout the winter and spring. The schedule can be viewed on the application. Click here for an application. The application also lists the specific class dates and times. The application deadline is January 29, 2016.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

PSAT Results and Kaplan Test Prep

The process to deliver PSAT results has changed with the inception of the new 2015 PSAT exam given at Burlington High School on October 14th, 2015. Students will no longer receive a hard copy of their score report which used to be mailed home. The score report will be available by accessing your college board account. If you don't have a college board account please click here to create an account so you can access PSAT scores. Scores will be available to students on Thursday, January 7th. 

For students that missed the PSAT, or would like to take another practice test, can enroll in a free practice SAT/ACT Combo test that will be offered at BHS on January 16th. Please click here for registration information.

Kaplan test prep also offers prep classes at a reduced rate for Burlington High School Juniors. BHS will be a site for an ACT prep course and also several SAT prep courses. BHS students only pay $265 for a course. Students can also look at free on-demand testing options by clicking here. 

On Monday January 11th during period 8 sophomores and juniors will report to the auditorium and the Guidance Department will explain how to interpret PSAT results.

Parents that have PSAT questions can attend the PSAT results breakfast sponsored by the BHS Guidance Department on January 27th at 8:30. This breakfast will be hosted by Kaplan test prep. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Upcoming Financial Aid Events for Seniors

                                          


Burlington High School will be hosting two upcoming financial aid events. We highly recommend Burlington High School senior parents attend ( Class of 2016 ). Please be sure to check out the side bar on the Guidance Blog for links to more specific information in regard to financial aid and scholarship information. Below are descriptions of each event:

Event: M.E.F.A. (Massachusetts Educational Financial Authority) Financial Aid Seminar
Date: Thursday January 7, 2016
Location: Burlington High School
Description: This seminar covers the financial aid process in detail. A Financial Aid Advisor will be the presenter beginning at 6:30 P.M. in the BHS auditorium.


Event: FAFSA DAY 2016- http://www.fafsaday.org/
Date: Sunday January 31, 2016 1:00 P.M.
Location: Burlington High School
Description: This is a non-profit volunteer driven effort across the state. Parents and students will receive:

• Free assistance completing the FASA

• Access to experienced financial aid administrators, and FAFSA experts, available to answer FAFSA questions.

• Guidance on the financial aid process and next steps after filing the FASA.

Parents MUST register at http://www.fafsaday.org/. Although computer labs are available, it is highly recommend that parents bring a laptop that day. Also if any parents are interested in volunteering as a Support Volunteer (registration tables, setup, cleanup, etc)  please feel free to register at http://www.fafsaday.org/volunteer.php



        

Friday, November 13, 2015

Guidance Breakfast on Stress and Anxiety

The Guidance Department at Burlington High School will be hosting a Parent Breakfast on Wednesday 11/18, from 8:30-9:30 AM in the BHS Guidance College and Career Center. The purpose of this breakfast is to give parents of Burlington High School students the opportunity to have an open dialogue around stress and anxiety with the school psychologist, Ms. Elizabeth MacKay and the school social worker, Ms. Christine Conceison. Stress and Anxiety impacts all students in a variety of ways. The breakfast is aimed at providing insight into stress and anxiety in adolescents and effective coping strategies.  We look forward to seeing you! Please RSVP at by calling 781-270-1780.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

"New" SAT Breakfast




The SAT continues to be the most popular standardized test taken by BHS students. Although the ACT has recently gained in popularity, most BHS students prepare for, and take the SAT's.

The SAT format will change in March of 2016. The BHS Guidance Department and KAPLAN Test Prep recently hosted a Guidance Breakfast covering all the changes to the upcoming SAT's. Please follow the below link to view the highlights of this breakfast. As always please contact the Guidance Office with any questions.

LINK TO Highlights from the "New" SAT Breakfast

Friday, October 23, 2015

New SAT Breakfast on 10/29 at 8:30AM

The Guidance Department at Burlington High School and KAPLAN Test Prep will co-host a breakfast to explain the New SAT, which will be offered beginning in March, 2016. This breakfast will be held on Thursday October 29th at 8:30 a.m. in the Guidance College and Career Center at Burlington High School. Although this new SAT impacts the Class of 2017, attending this breakfast is open to any other interested parent. Please join us for this informative event on October 29th. If you plan to attend please call 781-270-1780 to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Thursday, October 22, 2015

College Fair

On Tuesday October 27th from 6:30 -8:30 p.m., a college fair will be held at the Shriner's Auditorium in Wilmington, MA. The Burlington High School Guidance Department co-sponsors the event with many other Middlesex League High Schools. Usually over two-hundred colleges will attend. A college fair can be a very overwhelming experience for parents and students. The National Association for College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) has developed some very helpful tips that when attending a college fair. We also recommend bringing a pre-determined list of colleges. Make it a priority to visit the schools on your list, then time permitting check out some others. Please remember you are not obligated to stay the whole time, many students spend about an hour at the event.  


If you will be attending the Reading Cooperative College Fair on Tuesday, October 27 at Shriner's Auditorium, there will be a text-messaging registration system available for you to use. Instead of filling out paper contact cards by hand for every school you’re interested in, you can save time by providing your information via text message to colleges of your choice.
Here’s what you need to do:

1.     Text  #BurlingtonHS to 424-888-7537. You will get prompted to fill out your basic contact information via text.
2.     At the fair, you will receive a list of colleges and their texting codes. When you find a school you like, text the code to the number, and your information will get sent electronically to that school.


Below is the most up to date list of colleges attending:

Colleges attending as of October 20, 2015
Albertus Magnus College
American International College
Anna Maria College
Assumption College
Bay Path College
Bay State College
Benjamin Franklin Institute
Berklee College of Music
Boston Architectural College
Boston University
Brandeis University
Bridgewater State University
Bryant University
Burlington College
Castleton State College
Champlain College
Clarkson University
Colby-Sawyer College
College of Mount St. Vincent
College of New Jersey
College of the Holy Cross
College of Saint Rose
Columbia College-Chicago
Curry College
Daniel Webster College
Dean College
Dickinson College
Eastern Nazarene College
Elms College
Emmanuel College
Endicott College
Fairfield University
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Fisher College
Fitchburg State University
Framingham State University
Franklin Pierce University
Hamilton College
Hampshire College
Hartwick College
Harvard College
High Point University
Hofstra University
Husson University
Iona College
Ithaca College
ITT Technical Institute
Johnson and Wales University
Johnson State College
Keene State College
Lasell College
Lawrence Memorial/RC Nursing & Med. Radiography
LeMoyne College
Lesley University
Lincoln Technical Institute
Lyndon State College
Lynn University
Manhattan College
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Merrimack College
Middlesex Community College
Mitchell College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
National Aviation Academy
Nazareth College
New England College
New England Hair Academy
New England School of Photography
Newbury College
Nichols College
North Shore Community College
Northern Essex Community College
Norwich University
Pennsylvania State University
Personal Financial Management Plus
Pine Manor College
Plymouth State University
Providence College
Purdue University
Quinnipiac University
Reading Cooperative Bank
Reading Scholarship Foundation
Rivier College
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Joseph's College - Maine
Saint Leo University
Saint Michael's College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
Savannah College of Art & Design
Siena College
Simmons College
Southern New Hampshire University
Southern Vermont College
Springfield College
Stonehill College
Stonybrook University
Suffolk University
SUNY-Genesco
Susquehanna University
Temple University
Thomas College
Trinity College-CT.
United States Air Force 
United States Army Recruiting Station
United States Army National Guard
United States Marine Recruiting Office
United States Navy Recruiting Office
Unity College
Universal Technical Institute
University at Albany 
University at Buffalo
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Hartford
University of Limerick
University of Maine-Farmington
University of Maine-Orono
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth
University of Massachusetts-Lowell
University of New England
University of New Haven
University of Rhode Island
University of Saint Joseph's
University of Scranton
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
Utica College 
Villanova University
Wagner College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State College
Wheaton College 
Wheelock College
Worcester State University