Monday, November 30, 2009

Gearing Up For College- December 10th at 6:00 P.M.

The college search and selection process is an ever increasing challenge for parents and students. In an effort to assist parents, the Burlington High School Guidance Department is sponsoring a "Gearing up for College Night", presented by Mark Montgomery. The event will take place on December 10th in the BHS Auditorium beginning at 6:00 P.M. and finishing up at 7:30 P.M . The Guidance Department encourages parents of underclassmen to attend this session because many important, relevant and useful topics will be covered. Below is information that the evening will cover.

Gearing Up for College: For most parents, the college admissions process is a great source of anxiety and worry. This workshop gives parents of secondary students an overview of the college admissions process in the United States. Mark Montgomery offers great college advice in an entertaining, informative format that will take some of the stress out of college planning. He arms parents with the information they need to help their student find the perfect college fit. With a bit of organization, a dose of skepticism, and a willingness to do a bit of research, all families can ensure a happy outcome.

Topics include:
o Admissions Selectivity: Is It Really That Difficult?
o Elements of a Great College Fit
o College Priorities: What Do They Want?
o How Admissions Decisions Are Made
o Admissions “Hooks”

So join Mark Montgomery for insight into how to help your son or daughter play the college admissions game in way that will ensure success!

Who is this workshop for?

Any parent with school-age children considering how best to help their kids through the college maze. High school juniors and their parents of juniors may find it especially helpful to find ways to calm down and focus on what’s important. Families of sophomore and freshmen will learn how to best prepare for college. And even middle school parents might want to consider how best to help their students focus on learning, ignite their passions, and prepare for college—and life.

Mark A. Montgomery, Ph.D., is a former high school teacher, college professor, and associate dean. His former employers include the University of Denver, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Harvard University. He earned his BA from Dartmouth College and his PhD from Tufts University. Mark was also a Fulbright teacher in France. He now guides high school students and their families through the college admissions process. His clients include students bound for selective colleges, as well as late bloomers, under-achievers, and students with learning differences. Based in Denver, Mark works with clients all over the country and all over the world.

If you have any further questions please call Joe Attubato, BHS Support Services Coordinator, at 781-270-1856.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Scholarships 101

Lately, the guidance department has been getting questions from parents and students regarding scholarships. While at this time of year seniors are encouraged to focus their energy on applying to college, here is a general explanation and timeline of what families can expect as they apply for financial aid.

November - December:

 1). Complete the CSS/Profile on line if your college requires it. This fee-based service allows students to apply for merit aid via the College Board. It generally applies to students who are applying Early Action or Early Decision, but should be completed for any college that requires it. Check out this link for more information:

2) Check out national or statewide scholarships. Although they are far more competitive, specific national scholarships are worth applying to if they are specific to your interests, major and/or level of need. Here are some resources to look at, in addition to checking out a few currently posted on Naviance.

*Please remember to check Naviance on a regular basis for scholarship updates, downloadable applications, and deadlines.

January - February:

3) Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students, regardless of need, should complete a FAFSA because some aid which is merit-based does require this form. Like a tax form, however, it is not available for submission prior to January 1, 2010.

4) Save the date for Financial Aid Night at BHS! This information session, led by a financial aid counselor from Bentley University, will be held on Thursday, January 7 beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. Students and their parents are encouraged to attend. (Snow date:  Jan. 14)

March - April:

5) Apply for local scholarships. The Burlington High School General Scholarship and Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation applications are generally available to students by March 1st. These applications, similar to a "common application," provide students with the opportunity to apply for many scholarships by completing only two forms.  In addition, many other local scholarships will posted on Naviance as they come in (and will require additional forms).  Again, updates will be posted on Naviance on an ongoing basis.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

The College Esssay


As many seniors are preparing their college essay please be sure to use your English teacher as a resource through the process. The Guidance Department is also here for ideas and advice throughout the process. The following are some ideas when writing your essay:

• Respond to the question asked!

• Be specific!

• Pick subjects that highlight your personality.

• Be yourself!

• Write about a familiar idea or subject!

• Admissions officers look for “passion” when reading essays

• Avoid the ‘laundry list’ of accomplishments!

• Have your English teacher read your essay

Please click here for some tips from actual admissions reps on, “What should students never write in their essay”.

The BHS Guidance Department does not necessarily support all the viewpoints from the Washington Post, but we certainly feel that the Post ( along with many other sources of information) serves as a resource for students that are looking to gather information to make a decision on the college process. As always please feel free to contact your Guidance Counselor with any questions.

Early Action vs. Early Decision vs. Regular Admission

There are many different admission options. It is important for you to understand the various options and deadlines and to discuss with your parents and counselor which one is appropriate for you. Many seniors have already had these conversations; others are still in the process. Just for clarification below are the various admissions options. If you have further clarification or questions please feel free to contact your Guidance Counselor.

Early Decision:
This is a plan for the student who has a first choice college and is a reasonably STRONG CANDIDATE FOR THAT INSTITUTION. Many colleges have more than one early decision deadline; however, if admitted you are expected to attend the college and withdraw other regular admissions that you have filed. You are asked to sign a statement of intent. You should only pursue this option if you are absolutely certain about your choice. It should not be used as a means to simply complete the process early. Obviously, you cannot file simultaneously more than one early decision application. Again, deferred students will be reconsidered in the later rounds.

Early Action:
This is a plan for the STRONGEST ACADEMIC STUDENTS to apply to one or more Early Action college (s), usually by November. The decision will be made by December 15, but the student does not have to commit to the college until the common reply date of May 1, at which time he or she may choose to go elsewhere (colleges applied to on regular decision plans). This option is particularly competitive, and some colleges reject some students whom they foresee as being weak in the later, regular admissions pool. Generally, it is the most selective colleges that have this type of plan. Students who are deferred in the early round will be considered later in the context of the entire regular admission.

Two noticeable trends the Guidance Department has observed in regard to EA/ED:
Trend # 1: We are starting to notice a trend of colleges and universities going single choice early action, meaning the College does not permit students to apply under our Early Action program if they are applying to a binding Early Decision program at another college. Students are free to apply to other Early Action and Regular Decision programs (Boston College is one example).

Trend # 2: We are noticing that colleges/universities are more frequently telling us that they no longer, as a standard practice, defer students not accepted through EZ/ED to regular admissions.

We strongly encourage parents and students to ask admissions reps (and also your Guidance Counselor) what the policy is on EA/ED admission process.

Regular Decision:
This is the most common plan. Typically, students will apply to a college sometime before the deadline, which may range from January 1 to May 1. After the deadline, the college reviews all the applications and chooses those students it wants to admit, giving those students usually until May 1 to reply to the offer of admission.

Rolling Admission:
This term is used to describe the application process in which an institution reviews applications as they are received and offers decisions to students soon after they are made. If you are applying for financial aid, you will follow aid application deadlines set by the school. You may apply to other colleges and you will not be required to make a decision regarding enrolling before May 1.

Wait List:
This term is used by institutions to describe a process in which they may initially delay offering or deny you admission, but rather extends to you the possibility of admission in the future. Colleges offer admission to wait list candidates if insufficient numbers of regularly admitted candidates accept their offers of admission.

Whatever decision you choose, the guidance department asks that you adhere to the deadlines for your applications.

The Guidance Department requests that particular attention be paid to application deadline dates. Notification of electronic applications and paper applications must be submitted to the Department at least two weeks prior to any stated application deadline. Remember to use your college application check-off sheet for ALL applications. This will insure that all required credentials reach the college prior to the application deadline.

The following is a guideline for submission of college applications to the

Guidance Office:

December 1 to December 15 Deadlines-------------------November 6

January 1 to January 15 Deadlines------------------------ November 20

February 1 to February 15 Deadlines--------------------- January 8

March 1 Deadline----------------------------------------- February 5

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

College Visits for November

The Guidance Department will continue having a variety of colleges and universities come to BHS to speak with interested seniors. Below is the list of colleges and universities that will be attending BHS. Seniors are reminded that they MUST sign up for a visit in advance and also get teacher approval. For seniors that miss, please inform your guidance counselor so she may pick up any information that you need. Seniors can sign up through Naviance.

Southern New Hampshire College Mon, Nov 9th 8:00 a.m. JA

Saint Anselm College Friday, Nov. 13th 1:00 p.m. SD

John Cabot University Monday, Nov. 16th 10:00 a.m. ML

Becker College Wed, Nov. 18th 8:00 a.m. BM

Harvard University Wed, Nov. 18th 10:00 a.m. LS

Daniel Webster College Tues, Nov. 24th 11:00 a.m. GW

University of Hartford Tues, Dec. 1st 9:30 a.m. JA

Friday, October 30, 2009

Middlesex Partnership for Youth.

The pressures and challenges students face today are ever increasing. The Burlington High School Guidance staff is seeing more students requiring social/emotional guidance. We are fortunate to have a newly added staff member this year. Mary Clare Hayes, School Psychologist, will be assigned to the high school full time. This is an excellent service that will certainly add to Guidance services offered to the families of Burlington.
Mary Clare attended a conference and is very eager to share the below information with the community.

I went to a conference on bullying and cyber-bullying sponsored by the Middlesex Partnership for Youth. The keynote speaker was Rosalind Wiseman, a well-known author in this field. This little biography comes from her website: "For more than a decade, Rosalind Wiseman has been an internationally recognized expert on teen girls, relational aggression, social justice, and ethical leadership. Her books, Family Circle column, and other writings, are founded on the belief that every person has the responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity."

I'm passing along the link to her website because it is full of useful information about all kinds of topics that adolescents face. Some of her videos are responses to emails she receives from parents and teenagers.
Mary Clare Hayes
BHS School Psychologist

Friday, October 23, 2009

College Fair on Tuesday October 27, 2009

Dear Parents and Students,

On Tuesday October 27th, 2009 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 a very helpful list of questions that you can bring to the fair. We also recommend bringing a pre-determined list of schools. Make it a priority to visit the schools on your list, then time permitting check out some other schools. Below is the most up to date list of colleges attending.
College Responses as of 10/16/09

Albertus Magnus College

American International College

Anna Maria College

Assumption College

Bay Path College

Bay State College

Becker College

Benjamin Franklin Institute

Bentley College

Berklee College of Music

Binghamton University

Bloomfield College

Boston Architectural Colllege

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brandeis University

Bridgewater State College

Bryant University

Bunker Hill Community College

Castleton State College

Catherine Hinds Institute

Chester College of New England

City Year

Clark University

Colby-Sawyer College

College of Mount St. Vincent

College of Saint Joseph

College of the Holy Cross

Connecticut Culinary Institute

Curry College

Daniel Webster College

Dean College

Drew University

Eastern Nazarene College

Elms College

Emerson College

Emmanuel College

Endicott College

Everest Institute

Fairfield University

Fisher College

Fitchburg State College

Florida Institute of Technology

Framingham State College

Franklin Pierce University

George Washington University

Gordon College

Green Mountain College

Hair's How School of Beauty

Hamilton College

Harvard College

Hawaii Pacific University

Hesser College

High Point University

Hofstra University

Ithaca College

ITT Technical Institute

John Cabot University

Johnson State College

Johnson and Wales University

Keene State College

Lasell College

Lawrence Memorial/RC Nursing & Med. Radiography

LeMoyne College

Lesley University

Lincoln Technical Institute

Long Island University

Lyndon State College

Lynn University

Manhattan College

Manhattanville College

Marian Court College

Marietta 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

Newbury College

New England College

New England Hair Academy

New England School of Photography

Nichols College

Northeastern University

Northern Essex Community College

North Shore Community College

Northwestern University

Norwich University

Paul Smith's College

Pennsylvania State University

Personal Financial Management Plus

Pine Manor College

Plymouth State University

Polytechnic University

Providence College

Purdue University

Quinnipiac University

Randolph-Macon College

Regis College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rivier College

Roanoke College

Rochester Institute of Technology

Roger Williams University

Sacred Heart University

Saint Anselm College

Saint John's University

Saint Joseph's College - Maine

Saint Lawrence University

Saint Mary's College of Maryland

Saint Michael's College

Saint Thomas More

Salem State College

Salve Regina University

Seton Hall University

Siena College

Simmons College

Smith College

Southern New Hampshire University

Southern Vermont College

Springfield College

Stonehill College

Suffolk University

Stonybrook University

SUNY - Cobleskill

Susquehanna University

The Art Institute of Boston @ Lesley University

Thomas College

Tufts University

United States Air Force Recruiting Office

Massachusetts Air National Guard

United States Army Recruiting Station

United States Marine Recruiting Office

United States Navy Recruiting Office

Unity College

University at Albany

University of Bridgeport

University of Connecticut

University of Hartford

University of Maine-Orono

University of Maine-Farmington

University of Maine-Machias

University of Massachusetts-Amherst

University of Massachusetts - Boston

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

University of Massachusetts-Lowell

University of New England

University of New Hampshire

University of Rhode Island

University of Southern Maine

University of Tampa

University of Vermont

Utica College of Syracuse University

Vermont Technical College

Villanova University

Wellesley College

Wells College

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Western New England College

Westfield State College

Wheaton College

Wheelock College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Worcester State College

Reading Scholarship Foundation

Reading Cooperative Bank

Monday, October 19, 2009

Grade Point Average ( G.P.A.)

Dear Parents and Students of the Class of 2011 and 2012.

Please be advised that student GPA’s have been updated on your Naviance account. For those that aren’t familiar with the Grade Point Average (GPA) process we have included below the process of how it is computed annually. Colleges and Universities require students to submit G.P.A (along with many other pieces of information) when applying to college (usually in fall of senior year). Please remember that when grades are reported to colleges and universities only FINAL grades are submitted from each year (with the exception of senior year). The cumulative record of final grades is called the, “transcript”. Some colleges and universities also require a Rank, which is simply the ranking of G.P.A's from highest to lowest. Rank is available for the class of 2012.

For parents of the class of 2011, 2012 and 2013 The Guidance Department will be co-hosting a very valuable planning night called “ Gearing up for College” The main presenter will be Mark Montgomery of Montgomery Educational Consulting. More information will soon be following in regard to this event.

Class Rank Computation

A student’s grade point average (GPA) will be based on student performance in all courses having a level designation and graded using the traditional A, B, C, etc. grading system. Rank in class will be a ranking of student GPAs. The GPA will be developed according to a weighted formula. Class rank will be computed annually commencing at the conclusion of sophomore year. Transfer students will not have their G.P.A. included in the class rank unless the transfer student has attended BHS for two full academic years. Furthermore, only courses completed at Burlington High will be utilized in the calculations for class rank and G.P.A.

Letter Grade                      Equivalent Percent                Definition

A+                                       97-100                                      Excellent
A                                         93-96
A-                                       90-92
B+                                       87-89                                        Above Average
B                                         83-86
B-                                        80-82
C+                                      77-79                                         Average
C                                         73-76
C-                                        70-72
D+                                       67-69                                        Below Average
D                                         63-66                                        Passing
D-                                        60-62
E                                          50-59                                        Failure (Make-Up Allowed)
F 49                                     Or Below                                 Failure (No Make Up)

Weight used in levels program to determine rank in class:
Mark         AP/Honors               College Prep I                  College Prep II

A+             4.0                               4.0                                        3.7
A               4.0                                3.7                                       3.5
A-              3.7                               3.5                                        3.3
B+              3.5                               3.3                                        3.0
B                3.3                               3.0                                        2.7
B-               3.0                               2.7                                        2.3
C+              2.7                               2.3                                        2.0
C                2.3                               2.0                                       1.7
C-               2.0                               1.7                                       1.3
D+              1.7                               1.3                                       1.0
D                1.3                               1.0                                        0.7
D-               1.0                               0.7                                        0.3
E                 0.0                               0.0                                        0.0
F                 0.0                               0.0                                        0.0

Senior College Visits

Seniors and Parents,
The Guidance Department will continue having a variety of colleges and universities come to BHS to speak with interested seniors. Below is the list of colleges and universities that will be attending BHS this month. Seniors are reminded that they MUST sign up for a visit in advance and also get teacher approval. For seniors that miss, please inform your guidance counselor so she may pick up any information that you need. Seniors can sign up through Naviance.

Bentley Mon, October 19th 8:30 a.m.
Middlesex CC Mon, October 26th 11:00 a.m.
State Univ. of New York Tues, October 27th 9:00 a.m.
University of NH Tues, October 27th 11:00 a.m.
Nichols Tues, October 27 12:30 p.m.
MCLA Wed, Oct. 28 8:00 a.m.
Fisher College Wed, Oct. 28 9:00 a.m.
St. Joseph’s College-ME Wed, Oct. 28 9:30 a.m.
Wheelock college Thursday, Oct. 29 8:00 a.m.
Sacred Heart Univ. Thursday, Oct. 29 10:30
Providence College Thursday, Oct. 29 11:15 a.m.
Western NE Friday, Oct.30 8:30 a.m.
Framingham State Friday, Oct. 30 9:45 a.m.
MCPH Friday, Oct. 30 1:00 p.m.
Westfield State Mon, Nov. 2 9:30 a.m.
Connecticut Culinary Mon, Nov. 2 11:00 a.m.
Emmanuel College Thursday, Nov.5 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Senior College Planning Night

Dear Senior Parents and Students,
A few weeks ago the BHS Guidance Department hosted a College Information Night for seniors and parents. Many topics were covered pertaining to the college search, selection and application process. The college information night will be televised Saturday October 17, 2009 at 8:30 A.M. on BCAT. You also have access to the program 24/7 through a live feed . You can access the feed by clicking here, then select education specials, then select senior college planning. Please feel free to listen to the entire presentation or just a portion.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Freshman Parent Breakfast Follow-up

A big thank you to all of the parents who turned out for our first "Breakfast with Guidance." We were happy to provide you with an overview of BHS Guidance with the hope it helped to ease the freshman transition and answer your questions.

We appreciated your positive feedback and are looking forward to keeping you apprised of changes based on your continued input.

One question that came up was about the scholarship points which can be earned over four years and submitted as part of senior scholarship applications. Scholarship points are part of the Adopt-a-Class program which is part of the Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation. Students can begin to earn these points during their freshman year, and events are well publicized throughout the building on flyers and on the daily announcements.  The advisor to Adopt a Class, for all grades, is Mr. Sheldon Bishov.

Please check out this link from the Burlington Community Scholarship Program which explains Adopt-a-Class in detail.

If you have any further questions about the program, please contact Mr. Bishov at the high school.

Another question that came about was in regard to being able to comment on blog posts. We think we fixed that problem, so please feel free to submit a comment and let us know for sure!

Again, thank you for your continued engagement in the goings-on at Burlington High. We look forward to working with your children and with you for the next four years.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

New and Improved Naviance!

If you log on to your Naviance account, you will notice that everything is in a new format. Naviance has made the site much more user-friendly and clear. For example, new emails and college visit alerts are much more obvious, and college search information is much more streamlined.

We know this is a change for the seniors, but since Naviance is implementing the new format regardless, the counselors agreed that it was best to go with the new format immediately in order to give seniors plenty of time to become familiar with it. Don't worry. All student data, including college lists, test scores, GPAs, etc. was successfully transferred.

Please use this as an opportunity to log on to your account and update it. Remember your guidance counselors can answer any questions about the new format.

The web address again is

(Freshmen, you will be given Naviance accounts during an assembly later on in the year.)

Log on and tell us what you think!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Deadline Reminder for the SAT's

Parents and students are reminded that the deadline for the November 7, 2009 SAT test is Thursday October 1, 2009. October 2 - 15 is the LATE registration deadline. You can register at

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Activity Fair to be held tomorrow 9/30

The annual BHS Activity Fair will be held at the end of the day tomorrow, Wednesday, 9/30, in the high school cafeteria. Most BHS clubs and activities will have tables set up so that students of any grade, but freshmen and new students in particular, can learn about and ask questions of the officers of each club. Some clubs play music, offer candy, etc., which creates a lively, welcoming atmosphere for new members. Freshmen will be dismissed from 7th period ten minutes early, in order to fully enjoy the activities among themselves.

Joining a club can offer students a chance to connect to the school community through an area of common interest. There are clubs in every area: academic (ex. Factathalon, Poetry, Math League), cultural (French Club, Multicultural Club, African Students Association), political (Students for Environmental Action, Debate, Spectrum), service (OPEN, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Adopt-a-Class) or just plain fun (Anime, Hip Hop Dance, Idle Hands Improv). In total, there are 45 clubs and activities at BHS, so there is something for everyone.

During recent small group meetings with their counselors, all freshmen were given a list of every BHS club, along with the advisor's name and room number. Club meetings are publicized through morning announcements and on the Daily Bulletin, which is listed daily on Mr. Larkin's blog.

So get involved! Join a club and have some fun!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Attention Class of 2011 Juniors and Parents

Dear Juniors:

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 14, 2009. For the past nine years 90% or more Burlington High School seniors take the SAT exam. The PSAT is an excellent oppurtunity to prepare and gain an understanding of the SAT exam. Juniors are also eligible for a National Merit Scholarship depending on the score.

Registered juniors can take the PSAT/NMSQT exam on Wednesday October 14, 2009. Testing will begin immediately after homeroom. The class of 2011 registration form was given to all junior’s during home room. The registration form can also be found by clicking here. Room assignments will be posted prior to test day.

Although you took the PSAT exam last year, the Guidance department highly recommends juniors take the exam again this year. The PSAT will identify acquired verbal reasoning, critical reading, math problem solving, and writing skills. The PSAT also measures knowledge and skills developed through years of study in a wide range of courses. The test offers a critical reading, mathematics and writing questions section. The information gained from the test can help assist in deciding on future courses and indentify areas of strengths and weaknesses. You may also find more information at by clicking here.

When you register you will receive a 2009 PSAT/NMSQT Student Bulletin which should be very helpful in answering many of your questions. Again the registration form can be found on the BHS Guidance web-site. Please feel free to make an appointment with your Guidance Counselor if you have any questions or concerns.


BHS Guidance Department.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Grade 9 Parent Breakfast

The Burlington High School Guidance Department will be hosting a breakfast for all parents of freshman students on Wednesday, October 7, 2009 in the Lower Library from 7:45 am to 9:00 am. The Guidance Department at BHS has recognized that it often takes a full year for students and parents to understand and access the numerous programs, resources, and committed staff we have at Burlington High School. Our goal is to expedite this process for you by discussing topics important for the transition to high school. Please join The Guidance Department for this informative and open dialogue. You can RSVP at

College Planning Night for Seniors and Parents on 9/24

Parents and Seniors are reminded that College Planning Night will be held on September 24, 2009 at 6:30 in the Burlington High School Auditorium. The evening will cover a variety of topics in regard to the college selection and application process.

PSAT for the Class of 2012

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 14, 2009. For the past nine years 90% or more Burlington High School seniors take the SAT exam. The PSAT is an excellent opportunity for sophomores and juniors to prepare and gain an understanding of the SAT exam.

The PSAT will identify acquired verbal reasoning, critical reading, math problem solving, and writing skills. The PSAT also measures knowledge and skills developed through years of study in a wide range of courses. The test offers a critical reading, mathematics and writing questions section. The information gained from the test can help assist in deciding on future courses and indentify areas of strengths and weaknesses. Please click here for more PSAT information.

This year all sophomores will be required to take the PSAT exam. There will be no charge for sophomores. On Wednesday morning, October 14th your son/daughter should be in homeroom at the normal time at 7:25 and testing will begin promptly at 7:45 a.m. Your son/daughter should bring two sharpened #2 pencils and an approved calculator. Although a calculator is not needed to solve the mathematics problems, it is strongly recommended that each student bring a calculator that he/she is familiar with to the testing program.

Your son/daughter will receive a 2009 PSAT/NMSQT student bulletin during homeroom this week which gives detailed information about the exam.

If your son/daughter has been pre-approved for extending testing time by the College Board Services for Students with Disabilities, please contact your son or daughter's guidance counselor.
BHS Guidance Department.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Local college quiz

Did you know that there are over 80 colleges in the Greater Boston area? If you're interested in a small school, there are plenty to choose from.

Test your knowledge of small area colleges with this quiz from The Boston Globe:

Don't forget to attend the College Fair on 10/27 to meet with reps from these schools and others!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Back to School Night

Tonight is Back to School Night from 6:30-8:30, with an informational assembly for parents of 9th graders meeting at 6 p.m. in the auditorium. Parents are invited to come to the high school and "walk" their children's schedule. Parents will meet with each teacher to get an overview of course expectations, requirements and contact information. Pick up schedules in the main lobby as you enter.

If you have time in your schedule, please stop by the Guidance Office to meet with your child's counselor. We would love to say Hello!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Upcoming College Fairs

Three college fairs are coming to the Greater Boston area that might be of interest to BHS students. Remember, you are never too young to start learning about college options, so students of all ages are welcome to attend.


Description: the Consulate General of Canada in Boston and the Canadian Embassy in Washington, DC invites you to two college fairs in Needham, MA.

The events will be held the evening of Thursday, October 1, and the morning of Friday, October 2, 2009. Representatives from more than 20 Canadian institutions will be present to answer questions about their colleges, tuitions, application processes and more. Come out and learn why nearly 10,000 Americans are studying in Canada.

Sheraton Needham


October 27th
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Shriners Auditorium
99 Fordham Rd.
Wilmington MA

Description: Over 200 colleges and trade schools will be in attendance at this annual college fair, co-sponsored by BHS. When we counselors talk about "the" college fair, this is the one we're referring to.

Monday, Nov. 2nd
7 - 9 p.m.
Boston Center for the Arts/Cyclorama
539 Tremont St., Boston.

Description: This college fair is held specifically for students who are applying to schools in order to major in the visual or performing arts.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

SAT deadline extended

The College Board has extended the deadline for registration for the 10/10 SAT until 9/23.

Unfortunately, Burlington High is full, so please select another option when registering.