Counseling Center Newsletter

News From the Counseling Center, Fall 2018

Dear Parents and Students,
There is a lot to do and a lot to know to plan successfully for life after high school. Opportunities abound!  We encourage students and parents to take advantage.  Counselors are available to talk or meet at your convenience. We look forward to working with you,
Peter Dwyer, Laraine Gell & Briana Stevens

– Change is Good –

We welcome Briana Stevens to the High School
Counseling Department! Briana comes to us from
Hudson Falls High School. She has jumped right in and has already proven to be an asset to our department.  Her caseload consists of students with last names beginning P-Z.  Feel free to reach out!

Senior & Parents:

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid—FAFSA—can be completed beginning October 1.

Families will use their 2017 federal income tax information. More information available at Financial Aid Night.

Seniors:

With some exceptions, students should use the  Common Application to apply to 4-year colleges.  It is important to “link” the Common Application to NAVIANCE, a tool we use to process college
applications.  Please find a tutorial on how to link Naviance with the Common App on your Naviance home page.

Senior to-do List

  • Fall: take SAT / SAT II/ ACT
  • Fall 2018: complete & submit   Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Visit college campuses!
  • Meet with your Counselor to discuss post-secondary plans
  • Request recommendations
  • Finalize college essay
  • Finalize list of colleges; complete and submit college applications
  • Apply to SUNY schools by 12/1
  • Research/apply for scholarships
  • If you intend on playing sports in college, register with NCAA

Junior to-do List:

  • Take PSAT on October 13th
  • Focus on earning good grades
  • Do community service  & extracurricular activities
  • Begin researching colleges
  • Visit college campuses!
  • Spring ‘19: take SAT/SAT II/ACT
  • Summer ‘19: begin college essay and Common Application

SAT Dates & Deadlines

Register at www.collegeboard.org HS Code: 334670 Fee Waivers available for those who qualify, please see your counselor.

  • SAT Nov. 3 – Deadline Oct. 5
  • SAT Dec. 1 – Deadline Nov. 2
  • SAT March 9 – Deadline Feb. 8
  • SAT May 4 – Deadline April 5
  • SAT June 1 – Deadline May 3

ACT Dates & Deadlines

  • ACT Dec. 8 – Deadline Nov. 2
  • ACT April 13 – Deadline March 8
  • ACT June 8 – Deadline May 3

Mark Your Calendar

  • COLLEGE CARAVAN
    Mini College Fair @ the High School
    Sept 21 @ 1:15
  • FINANCIAL AID NIGHT @ the High School
    October 11 @ 6:30 pm
  • PSAT
    October 13  @ 7:45am
  • SAGE COLLEGES
    Instant Admission @ the High School
    Wednesday Nov 14
  • HVCC
    Instant Admissions @ the High School
    Wednesday Nov 7
  • SCHENECTADY CCC
    Instant Admission @ the High School
    Friday Nov 16
  • COLUMBIA GREENE CC
    Instant Admissions
    Wednesday Nov 28
  • COLLEGE INFO NIGHT @ the High School
    March 21 @ 6:30 pm
  • SUNY ALBANY
    Field Trip for Juniors!
    April 2019, date TBA
  • COLLEGE FAIR @ HVCC
    Field trip for Juniors!
    May 2019

*Please come into the  Counseling Center to sign up for these events.

College Visits

Students may obtain a pass from the Counseling Center to meet with admissions representatives -right here at RCS! -from the following colleges and universities:

  • 9/20      8:00      Messiah College9:00      SUNY Canton1:00      Monmouth University
  • 9/21      1:15      College Caravan College Fair
  • 9/24      8:00      St. Lawrence University10:30    SUNY Oswego11:00    University of Tampa
  • 9/25      8:30      SUNY ESF12:45 Alfred State1:30 SUNY Geneseo
  • 9/26 9:00 Houghton College12:30 Southern VT College
  • 10/03 8:30 SUNY Potsdam10:30 Bentley College
  • 10/04    8:30      Sacred Heart11:00    LeMoyne College
  • 10/5      9:00      St. Mary’s College
  • 10/10    10:30    SUNY Oneonta
  • 10/12    9:00      Clarkson University12:30    Endicott College
  • 10/16    1:00      Nazareth College
  • 10/17    11:00    St. John Fisher College1:00 Keuka College
  • 10/18 11:30 SUNY Plattsburgh
  • 10/29 8:30 Mass College of Liberal Arts
  • 10/30 8:30 SUNY New Paltz
  • 11/05 10:00 Hartwick College
  • 11/06 12:30 Western New England University

    Sending Test Scores

Please take note that some colleges require that SAT & ACT scores be sent electronically, via College Board or ACT websites.  This involves a fee.  Make sure you know all admissions requirements for each school you apply to.

Please know that SAT and ACT scores are listed on student transcripts.  A student may remove scores from a particular testing date by signing a request in the Counseling Center.

Websites to Get You Started