Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Schedules were mailed out on July 5th. Please remember that all students must carry six academic courses each semester plus physical education and/or health. The one exception to this is if a junior or senior is enrolled in two or more AP courses. As a reminder the schedules mailed on July 5th will only include the course names. A follow-up schedule will be mailed out in early August which includes teacher name and classroom number.
If there is an error or omission in the schedule you need to make arrangements to correct the problem. If your schedule reads “Incomplete Schedule" you must call to schedule an appointment. There are several options available:
* Beginning Monday July 10th and continuing through July 20th, then again August 7th to August 24th, 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 to schedule an appointment.
* Guidance Counselors will be available during the week of August 21st through August 24th from 8 A.M. to 12 Noon. During this week, students will be helped on a first come first served basis.
If you did not get placed into your first choice elective please feel free to call the Guidance Office and ask 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.
Monday, June 19, 2017
Each spring, we ask grade nine students to reflect on the past school year and share advice about the transition to high school with the current eighth grade. Here is advice from the class of 2020 to the class of 2021.
Starting in a new place:
- It's a little scary at first, but once you know your way around and all the teachers, it's easy.
- Don't stress over the changing of buildings. It's easy to navigate (BHS) and teachers are supercool.
- High school is more fun than what it seems. All of the classes are interesting.
- Be prepared for new experiences and looking forward to what you want to do later in life.
- Just be yourself.
- Be open to making new friends.
- Don’t stress out too much. It’s a big change, but you get used to it fast.
- Don't worry about being lost in the beginning of the year. The teachers will help you.
- Ask for directions!
- Know cut-throughs between the library and art rooms when going to classes. And don’t be afraid to talk to or ask older students for help! (we're not as scary as we seem)
- Walk around the school before the year starts. If you get lost, just ask someone. They’re very helpful.
- YOU WILL FIND YOUR WAY AROUND THE SCHOOL.
- I say be prepared for the tests. Studying effectively is important, more in high school.
- Don’t slack, even on easy assignments.
- Keep focus in class and take notes.
- Stay organized.
- Do not wait until the last hour to study or do your work.
- Don’t miss any homework and respect your teachers.
- Don’t stress too much about a few tests; there’s always time to do better.
- Don’t play games on your iPad and don’t give teachers a hard time.
- Don’t stress out a lot because it will just go downhill from there.
- School comes before sports.
- Pick a subject that you enjoy for high levels. For subjects you enjoy less, pick lower levels.
- Really take homework seriously. It’s helpful for quizzes and tests.
- Ask for help as soon as you need it. Don’t wait until the end of the year.
- Even if you don’t finish an assignment, turn it in for partial credit.
- Take advantage of extra credit.
- Do whatever clubs you want- even if you only show up once and find out you don’t like it still try it.
- Don’t only focus on school; save time for hobbies, friends, extracurriculars, and family.
- Try new things; it pays off.
- Don’t feel bad if you’re not as good at sports compared to the older students.
- Doing a sport and trying new things is helpful. You don’t always need prior experience- give it a shot.
- Relax and have fun!
- If you plan to do extracurriculars, make sure you have rides.
- Don’t try to force yourself into a group. You’ll just naturally form a group of friends without noticing it.
Monday, June 5, 2017
Many families focus on the college search, selection and admission process. We believe that figuring out how to pay for college is also an important part of this process. The BHS Guidance Department will sponsor a Financial Aid Workshop hosted College Funding Services on:
Thursday June 8th at 6:30 in the BHS Auditorium.
This seminar will provide information on:
(1) Overview of the entire financial aid process
(2) What you can do to minimize your family contribution, and maximize your eligibility for need-based financial aid
(3) Why you should apply even if you WILL NOT qualify for need-based aid
(4) Fin Aid deadlines i.e. FAFSA/CSS profile
(5) How to value different assets – Home, 529’s, retirement, etc.
(6) Which colleges give the most money
(7) How to leverage colleges against one another
(8) How to appeal your financial aid package
(9) Pros and Cons of different borrowing options
Friday, June 2, 2017
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 7th at in the Burlington High School Guidance College and Career Center. We ask that parents RSVP by calling 781-270-1780.
Monday, April 24, 2017
All Students, Parents and Neighboring High Schools are invited to the Free Arlington High School Spring College Fair! This event will be held in the TOZ (Red) Gym on
This event will be held in the TOZ (Red) Gym on This year, over 100 colleges from across the country will take part in the AHS College Fair. Many of the college representatives who attend the fair are the same as those who make the admissions decisions for our geographic area. This is a great opportunity to meet the representatives and/or alumni face-to-face, to ask questions about a particular college major, and to inquire about general admissions requirements.
The College Fair is free and open to all students and their parents. Junior year students are strongly encouraged to attend. All neighboring high schools are welcome to invite their students to attend the fair as well. Please note the attached ‘Guide to Making the Most of your College Fair Experience’, which is meant to be used as an aid when speaking with the various college representatives. A comprehensive list of colleges that will be represented at the fair is also attached, although colleges are continuing to register.
The Arlington High School College Fair
Henry Toczlyowski Gymnasium
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?
The College Fair program is a FREE opportunity for you and your family to meet with the representatives and alumni from colleges and universities throughout the country without actually leaving your home state. There will not be enough time to visit with every college and university at the fair, so we have listed some suggestions on how to use your time most effectively.
BEFORE THE FAIR…
Before the fair, it’s a good idea to do a little preparation.
- Answer the following questions to help you determine what kind of school would best suit you:
- Do you want to attend a two or four year institution? Co-ed or single-gender?
- What size school do you want to attend?
- Which programs of study are you considering?
- How far from home are you willing to travel?
- Do you wish to participate in any specific extracurricular activities or athletics?
- Do you want to attend a school located in an urban, suburban, or rural environment?
- Do you require any special services (i.e., tutoring, note taker, readers, interpreters)?
Discuss your college plans with your guidance counselor, family, teachers, and friends.
Research your colleges of interest on Naviance via the Internet in the guidance office, media center, computer lab or your home.
Check dates and registration deadlines for college entrance examinations.
Create labels or profile cards with your name, address, email, and phone number, name of high school, year of graduation and your area of interest . This will help avoid time spent on filling out Information Cards on College Fair night.
Bring a pen or pencil and a notebook to jot down notes about the conversations with individual college representatives, and pick up the cards of college representatives for future reference. It is helpful to have a specific name when requesting information or and interview!
AT THE FAIR…
- Pick up a bag and fair directory.
- Visit with colleges and universities that meet your criteria.
- Talk with a representative at the Information Table if you have any questions or need help with your college search.
QUESTIONS TO ASK COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES...
· How can I arrange a campus visit? Are there any special college visitation days?
· What are the application deadlines for admission and financial aid?
· How do you assign faculty advisors to students, especially those who are undecided about their major?
· What percent of students are commuters?
· When must I choose a major?
· What types of extracurricular activities exist on campus?
· How accessible are the professors outside of class?
· How are roommates selected?
· How safe is your school?
· What additional academic services do you offer to students (tutoring, career counseling, study skills workshops)?
· What types of internship/co-op experiences are available?
QUESTIONS TO ASK COLLEGE REPRESENTATIVES REGARDING DISABILITIES AND ACCOMMODATIONS
· Are there specialized programs available?
· Are there special admissions procedures?
· Which standardized tests are required?
· What types of documentation are needed to request accommodations?
· Should testing and/or an IEP be sent with my application when applying or after a decision has been made?
· What types of accommodations (note-takers, tape recorders in class, etc.) are allowed?
· Are there extra fees for learning disability related services? If so, what is the approximate cost?
Still have questions? Please feel free to speak with your guidance counselor about any college-related questions.
COLLEGES ATTENDING THE COLLEGE FAIR
(Please keep in mind that colleges are still registering and an updated list will be sent at a later date.)
TOZ GYM –
Anna Maria College
Bay Path University
Case Western Reserve
Colby Sawyer College
College of New Jersey
Elms College (College of Our Lady of The Elms)
Florida Atlantic University
Framingham State University
Franklin & Marshall College
Franklin Pierce University
Green Mountain College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Johnson & Wales
Johnson State College
Keene State College
Long Island University
Lyndon State College
Mass Bay Community College
Massachusetts Air National Guard
Massachusetts Army National Guard
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
Middlesex Community College
Mount Holyoke College
Mount Ida College
New England Institute of Technology
New England School of Photography
New York Film Academy
Paul Smith College
Pennsylvania State University
Pine Manor College
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rhode Island College
Roger Williams University
Sacred Heart University
Saint Anselm College
St. John's University
Saint Michael's College
Salem State University
Salve Regina University
School of Fashion Design
St. Joseph's College
Stony Brook University
Trinity College Dublin
United States Military Academy
University at Albany (SUNY)
University of Alabama
University of Connecticut
University of Hartford
University of Maine Farmington
University of Mass Amherst
University of Mass Boston
University of Mass Dartmouth
University of Mass Lowell
University of New England
University of New Haven
University of Rhode Island
University of Southern Maine
University of Tampa
University of Vermont
Vermont State College
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Western New England University
Westfield State University
Worcester State University