Guidance


Guidance Personnel Information

Miss Colleen Curtin
School Counselor (Grades 9-12, A-L)
ccurtin@syrdiocese.org

Mr. Andrew Harden
School Counselor (Grades 9-12, M-Z)
aharden@syrdiocese.org

Mrs. Sheila Martin
School Counselor (Grades 7 & 8)
smartin@syrdiocese.org

Mrs. Cindy Edwards
Lourdes Student Assistance Counselor
cedwards@syrdiocese.org

Miss Darlene Swift
Guidance Secretary
dswift@syrdiocese.org

2016-17 Important Dates

PSAT for Juniors
Wednesday, October 19

1st Quarter Ends
Friday, November 18

Midterm & Regents Exams
Monday, January 24 – Thursday, January 26
January Regents Schedule
January 2017 Midterm Schedule

PSAT 10 Registration Due
Friday, January 20
Registration Form

2nd Quarter Ends
Monday, January 23

PSAT 10 for Sophomores
Wednesday, March 1

Advanced Placement Registration Due
Wednesday, March 8
AP Exam Order Form

Grades 7&8 NYS ELA Test
Tuesday, March 28 – Thursday, March 30
2016-17 Elementary- and Intermediate-level Testing Schedule

Career Expo for Sophomores
Wednesday, April 12

Advanced Placement Exams
Monday, May 1 – Friday, May 12
AP Exam Schedule
AP Exam Order Form

Grades 7&8 NYS Mathematics Test
Tuesday, May 2 – Thursday, May 4
2016-17 Elementary- and Intermediate-level Testing Schedule

Grade 8 NYS Science Written Test
Monday, June 5

Regents/Final Exams
Monday, June 12 – Thursday, June 22
June Regents Schedule

2016-17 SAT & ACT Registration Information

For more information and to register for the SAT, click here.

SAT Date Normal Deadline Late Registration
December 3, 2016 November 3, 2016 November 22, 2016
January 21, 2017 December 21, 2016 January 10, 2017
March 11, 2017 February 10, 2017 February 21, 2017
May 6, 2017 April 7, 2017 April 18, 2017
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017 May 24, 2017

For more information and to register for the ACT, click here.

ACT Date Normal Deadline Late Registration
December 10, 2016 November 4, 2016 November 18, 2016
April 8, 2017 March 3, 2017 March 17, 2017
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 19, 2017

In 7th Grade . . .

  • Manage your time wisely
    • Download a daily schedule sheet here
    • Use study halls to get extra help from teachers and get homework done
  • Use your planner daily to keep track of assignments
  • Study a little bit each day
    • Break down each subject into smaller, manageable pieces
  • Arrive on time and be in attendance regularly
  • Keep your backpack and locker organized
  • Get involved in a club or sport
  • Participate in class
  • Ask for help
    • Teachers are available before and after school
    • Ask your counselor to arrange a peer tutor for any subject
  • Resource for Parents

In 8th Grade . . .

  • Start to learn about high school class opportunities
  • Explore college information on bigfuture.collegeboard.com
  • Explore careers on mynextmove.org
  • Manage your time wisely
    • Download a daily schedule sheet here
    • Use study halls to get extra help from teachers and get homework done
  • Keep track of assignments in your planner
  • Study a little bit each day
    • Break down each subject into smaller, manageable pieces
  • Arrive on time and be in attendance regularly
  • Keep your backpack and locker organized
  • Resource for Parents

Important Items for Freshman year

  • Practice good study habits
  • Have good school attendance and good school behavior
  • Start exploring colleges and majors on collegeboard.org
  • Utilize your lunch period for homework time, tutoring time, research, computer time, etc.
  • Get involved in extra-curricular activities
  • Discuss educational and career plans with your parents, counselor and teachers
  • Begin to map out a 4-year plan of courses to guide you through high school
  • Talk to your counselor if you need additional help in a subject to arrange a peer tutor
  • Resource for Parents

PSAT Information

Sophomore students have the opportunity to take the PSAT 10 in February. Additional information on the PSAT exam is available at collegeboard.org.

College Exploration

Sophomore year is a great time to start learning more about the college search process. Attend College Day at the arena and try to visit a college campus this year.

Learn more about colleges and majors at bigfuture.collegeboard.org

College Athletics

If you’re aiming to play college athletics, register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

Resource for Parents

Click here for a checklist for sophomore year.

Junior Meetings

The high school counselors meet with Juniors and their parents/guardians during February and March of the student’s junior year.

PSAT Information

The PSAT is given to all Juniors in October.

PSAT Results

Juniors receive their PSAT score report in January. The counselors meet with students during their study hall periods to review their score report.

SAT Information

Students are responsible for signing up for standardized tests on their own. Most juniors take this exam in the spring of their junior year. For more information, visit: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org

ACT Information

Students are responsible for signing up for standardized tests on their own. Most juniors take this exam in the spring of their junior year. For more information, visit: www.actstudent.org

Resource for Parents

Click here for an action plan for juniors.

Common Application

The Common Application membership association was established in 1975 by 15 private colleges that wished to provide a common, standardized first-year application form for use at any member institution. With the administrative support of the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), the organization grew steadily throughout its first 30 years.

Now in our fourth decade, the Common Application currently provides both online and print versions of its First-year and Transfer Applications. Our membership of more than 400 institutions now represents the full range of higher education institutions in the US: public and private, large and small, highly selective and modestly selective, and East Coast, West Coast, and every region in between. We have also welcomed our first two international members.

https://www.commonapp.org

College Board

College Admission Visits

College admission counselors visit the guidance office from September through December.

SUNY Application

About SUNY

The magnitude of our potential is breathtaking. The Power of SUNY is not confined to one or two dots on the state’s landscape, or to a cluster of institutions. We are literally all over the map, with 64 unique learning environments for every type of student, every stage of life, and every kind of passion. SUNY is truly a universe of knowledge, encompassing every field of human inquiry – disciplines that range from music to mechanics, and perspectives from the molecular to the macroeconomic.

Like the global marketplace, SUNY is “always on” – constantly seeking, generating, analyzing, and sending knowledge back into the world through informed citizens, revitalized communities, and experts who transform entire sectors. Whether it’s a forestry program upstate, a nanotech center in the capital region, a fashion institute in Manhattan, or a marine studies center on the shores of Long Island, SUNY’s reach and impact is without peer. SUNY faculty and alumni are Nobel Laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and Pulitzer Prize winners.

SUNY was born out of a commitment to opportunity and access, and designed to meet diverse needs across a vast geographic landscape. We reflect both the land grant mission reborn and a distinctly New York impatience with the status quo. Throughout our history, we’ve shown a willingness to throw open doors, embrace new thinking and commit to brighter ideals.

On the pages of our strategic plan, we present our Big Ideas not as hopes, but as firm intentions. Why do we believe that SUNY, unique within American higher education, can best achieve these goals? Because of the extraordinary Power of SUNY.

https://www.suny.edu/

College Application Information

Student Responsibilities:

  • Develop a list of prospective colleges and/or universities
  • Determine due dates of applications (Early Action, Early Decision, Regular Admission, Rolling Admission)
  • Meet with your School Counselor for your “Senior Meeting” in late September or early October
  • Complete “Senior Profile” and give to your Counselor
  • Begin completing paper OR online application and ALL supporting documents
  • Ask teachers, counselors, employers, etc. for recommendation letters at least 1 to 2 months prior to the application due date
  • Submit SAT and/or ACT scores to each college electronically through www.collegeboard.com
  • Begin completing the “College Application Checklist” which is available in the Guidance Office (One checklist is required for EACH college that you apply to)
  • Once the application is completed/submitted, please provide the completed college application checklist along with a large envelope (addressed) for each school and 3 stamps per application to your counselor (If the application is submitted online, please print a copy and give to your counselor)
  • Students who took college level courses while enrolled at SCC are responsible for requesting an official transcript from the college/university and have it sent to each college/university that you are applying to
  • Attend College Day at the Arena in October
  • Attend Financial Aid Night at SCC
  • Keep your counselor informed
  • See your counselor with any questions

Resource for Parents

Click here for a senior year checklist.

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