Friday, July 9, 2010

BHS Schedules are in the mail

Schedules for BHS students have been mailed home on July 9th, 2010. Please remember that all students must carry six academic courses each semester plus physical education. 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” at the bottom, it is imperative that you call to schedule an appointment. There are several options available:

• Beginning Wednesday July 14th and continuing through July 29th, then again August 16th to August 20th, Mr. Joseph Attubato, Support Services Coordinator, and several Guidance Counselors will be available (by appointment only) Mondays through Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Please call Mrs. Patty Lewis at 781-270-1780 beginning on July 13th to schedule an appointment.

• Guidance Counselors will be available during the week of August 23rd through August 26th from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon. During this week, students will be helped on a first come first serve basis.

You are encouraged to correct any problems in your course schedule as early as possible. Doing so will insure a smooth opening of school for you. Also, please be advised that specific teacher requests cannot be honored.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

KAPLAN and BHS continue working together

Once again KAPLAN will be offering SAT test prep courses to BHS students. Information was recently mailed home to members of the class of 2011, this mailing included registration information and a fall schedule. Registration must be completed as soon as possible. Burlington students only pay $249, which is a reduced price.

There is a money-back guarantee for students who have already completed a Kaplan course if they attended all classes, utilized the full program (including homework) and their SAT scores did not improve from their previous scores (PSAT or SAT – whichever is the latest set of scores). Please For further information and registration please call 1-800-KAP-TEST. Additionally KAPLAN is offering a free on-line prep Prep service.

The Common Application

The Burlington High School Guidance Department highly recommends that seniors create a student account on the Common Application Website.
What is the Common Application?

The Common Application allows a student to complete ONE application which can be sent to multiple colleges.

How many colleges and/or universities subscribe to the Common Application?

Currently nearly 400 colleges and/or universities are Common App members

Why use it?

Once completed online or in print, copies of the Application for Undergraduate Admission can be sent to any number of participating colleges. The same is true of the School Report, Midyear Report, Final Report and Teacher Evaluation forms. This allows you to spend less time on the busywork of applying for admission, and more time on what's really important: college research, visits, essay writing, and senior year coursework.

Please note, that when using the Common Application, you must complete Teacher Evaluation forms and ask your teacher(s) to fill them out. Other forms apply to other types of applications, such as Early Decision, the Arts supplement, etc. Please review these forms carefully.

Senior year is fast approaching

The college selection process can make the senior year very stressful for both parents and students.

This pressure can be reduced with advanced planning and research. Much can be accomplished during the summer months. Prospective colleges and universities can be visited and toured. Testing plans can be formulated. Additional test preparation can also be conducted during the summer months.

One additional method to reduce stress is to fully utilize our comprehensive guidance website, TCCi Family Connection. Students and parents will find extensive collegiate information designed to help in making decisions about courses, colleges and careers. All members of the Class of 2011 have been granted access to the Naviance.

If you notice the link on the right under " College Planning Resources" you have access to a  variety of resources and information. Please be sure to take full advantage of these resources over the summer.

Post high school planning is an important and often complicated task for students and parents. The Guidance Counselors look forward to serving as a resource for students and parents as well as assisting in the decision-making process this upcoming fall. Please call or e-mail your son’s or daughter’s counselor for help and support.