Tuesday, October 18, 2011

College Fair on Tuesday October 25th, 2011 - 6:30 P.M - 8:30 P.M.

On Tuesday October 25th, 2011 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 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 FAQs. 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. Please click here for a full list of colleges and universities attending the college fair.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Breakfast for Senior Parents on 10/19 at 8:30 A.M.

On Wednesday October 19th at 8 30 A.M. in the BHS Lower Library the Guidance Department will host a breakfast for senior parents. The purpose of the breakfast is so the counseling staff can give a very brief overview of the college application and selection process, but our hope is to spend most of the time answering any questions or concerns from parents about the college process. Please join us for this informative event. We look forward to seeing you on October 19th at 8:30 AM in the BHS Lower Library. Please RSVP at 781-270-1780.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

PSAT Exam on 10/12/2011

Sophomores and juniors taking the PSAT are reminded to bring three sharpened number 2 pencils and a calculator. Burlington High School has a very limited amount of calculators on hand. Although the math sections can be completed without the aid of a calculator, having one can be very helpful. Testing assignments for juniors have been posted and sophomore assignments will be announced in homeroom. Students will report to their assigned testing room after homeroom.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Senior College Planning Night

Senior College Planning Night was well attended with roughly 100 parents. Many aspects of the college planning and application process were covered. For parents that missed the event, BCAT will be streaming the event within the next week. For those that would like to view the powerpoint, please click here. College informational packets were distributed as well. If you would like to pick up a packet please feel free to stop by the Guidance Office.

In terms of financial aid, two very important forms were mentioned. The FAFSA and the CSS profile. We encourage parents to investigate both applications ASAP. Please remember that the BHS Guidance Department will host a Financial Aid Night on Thursday January 6, 2012 and BHS will be a location this year for FAFSA Day on January 29th.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Senior College Planning Night on 10/5 at 6:30P.M.

Senior Parents and Seniors are reminded that College Planning Night will be held on Wednesday October 5, 2011 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. The entire guidance staff will be at this event and we look forward to seeing you.

If you cannot make the event, it will be televised on BCAT. The showtimes will be posted soon.

PSAT Exam on 10/12/2011

The PSAT Exam and National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test will be administered to sophomores and juniors on Wednesday October 12, 2011 at Burlington High School. Although the Class of 2013 took the PSAT Exam last year, the BHS Guidance Department highly recommends students take the exam junior year as well. Sophomores do not need to pay for the exam. However, Juniors do have to pay a $25.00 fee.

In addition, juniors who achieve high PSAT/NMSQT scores may qualify for National Merit competition and corporate scholarships. The PSAT exam offers your son/daughter an additional opportunity to take a practice test prior to taking the American College Test (ACT) or the SAT Test in the spring. Please visit www.collegeboard.com for more detailed PSAT information.

In order to register for the PSAT/NMQT your son/daughter must complete the form that was mailed home three weeks ago and submit the form with a $25.00 fee to the Guidance Secretary. Each student will receive a 2011 Student Bulletin when they register. It is important that your son/daughter register early in the registration period to adequately prepare for the test by reading the Student Bulletin thoroughly, paying particular attention to test directions, test taking tips and doing the sample practice test.

Sophomores do NOT have to pay for the exam. However, juniors must pay a fee of $25.00. Please remember that the regular registration period ends Wednesday, October 5th at the close of school. If you miss the registration period, you may check with the Guidance Secretary to see if there are available test booklets and space to accommodate a late registration. If spots are available there will be an additional charge of $5.00 ($30.00 total) after October 5th .