Bulletin Board

MHS Guidance Office

Guidance Office Phone:  (856) 778-6610, ext. 12170, 12172

Guidance Office Fax:  (856) 222-1754

CEEB Code:  310825



Guidance Announcements

Attention Seniors - Mid-Year Reports:
To request that your Mid-Year Report be sent to colleges, you must complete and submit a Mid-Year Report Request Form to the Guidance Office.  Be sure to verify that your report card grades are accurate, as these are the grades that appear on the Mid-Year Report.  Some colleges require that you send a Mid-Year Report.  If not required at a particular college, but you have done well, you may send it anyway to add to your application materials.
2018-2019 Program of Studies:
The 2018-2019 Program of Studies is now available.  Guidance Counselors will be meeting with students to do Course Selection Meetings from February through April.  Be sure to review the Program of Studies.  For elective choices, be sure to have at least a first choice and a second choice for each elective.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award:
Every year, the Rotary Club of Moorestown sends up to 10 high school students to Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) to learn leadership skills.  RYLA is a four day intensive leadership training program sponsored by Rotary Club International, designed to teach team-building, problem-solving, cooperation and communication skills, to foster ethical, visionary leaders for the future.  High school students who have demonstrated superior leadership and training skills in their communities are invited to apply for sponsorship to RYLA.  The Rotary Club of Moorestown will cover the majority of the costs.  For more information or to apply to attend, please go to www.RYLA7500.org.  The conference this year is 6/30/18 to 7/3/18 at Monmouth University. Please contact Melanie Levan at mmlevan@comcast.net with any question.  Applications are due by March 30, 2018.

Parent Program - Combating Stress with Resiliency and Mindfulness:
Dr. Bidi McSorley, from the University of Pennsylvania’s  Mindfulness Program, will present a parent workshop for Moorestown parents:   Combating Stress with Resiliency and Mindfulness- How to Raise Sane Kids  in Today’s Stressful World.  The program will take place on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  This two hour workshop will explore pragmatic ways to combat the constant stress facing our children and teenagers.  We will look at the factors that increase resiliency in children and learn very practical ways to promote them.  We will also combine this with techniques to cultivate mindfulness in our family lives and to create an oasis of resiliency and calm within our families and in school.  This workshop will be experiential including small group and large group discussion.  This is a parents only event.

College Planning Panel,  Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m., MHS Auditorium:
A revised edition to our college planning series, the College Planning Panel provides a range of admissions representatives from large, public universities to small, private colleges.  Topics covered will include:  standardized testing, college visits, the college application, student essays and more.  The panel will provide insight into the current state of the college application process and practices of applicant selection.

MHS College Fair, Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., MHS MAC Gymnasium:

An annual event at MHS, admissions representatives from colleges and universities gather to speak with students about their respective institutions.  Over 100 schools attended last year including The College of New Jersey, Duke, Ohio State, Univ. of North Carolina, Penn State, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and many more!  Parents and students from all grade levels are encouraged to attend.

Mock College Interviews, Wednesday, May 23, 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., MHS Counseling Offices:

In its tenth year, this event provides college-bound juniors an opportunity for a brief practice interview with a college admissions representative or alumni interviewer.  The interview will include feedback for the student to consider.  The interviews are by appointment only.  Further details will be provided closer to the event date.

Attention Seniors and Juniors:  12th Period College Representative Visits:

Our College Representative Visit program is up and running.  Visits take place during 12th period, usually in the Guidance Office unless otherwise noted.  The Visit List can be found in the student's Naviance account under the "Colleges" tab.  The visits for the day and the entire list can be found on the right side of the "Colleges" page.  Be sure to visit the page often, as colleges continue to add to the Visit List throughout the fall.  Check with Ms. Waldin or Ms. Berger in the Guidance Office for exact locations.

Attention Seniors - Forms for Counselor Recommendation Letter:
For their Guidance Counselor college recommendation letter, rising senior students need to submit three forms to their Guidance Counselor:  the Parent Comments & Observations Sheet, the Student Activities Sheet, and the Recommendation Waiver Form.

The Parent Comments & Observations Sheet is to be completed by a parent or guardian.  There is not a lot of room on the form, so parents usually either type on a blank sheet of paper and attach it to the form, or they download the form and write as much as they want under each question.

The Student Activities Sheet is completed by the student, including activities and achievements since they began 9th grade, both in and out of school.  *If there is anything to add after the Student Activities Sheet is turned in, the student should email the updated information to their Guidance Counselor.

The Recommendation Waiver Form is to be signed by the student and a parent or guardian.  Be sure to print the student's name where it says "Name of Student".

Attention Seniors -- Financial Aid Information from HESAA:  
For many years the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) has prepared a Student Loan Guide to be distributed to New Jersey high school students.  In January 2013 legislation was passed by the New Jersey Legislature and signed into law by Governor Christie requiring HESAA to prepare a similar brochure and directing high schools to annually disseminate it to each student in the 11th and 12th grades. 

E-booklet of the Student Loan Guide

HESAA is the only state authority with the sole mission of providing students and families with the information and resources necessary to attain an education beyond high school.  Students and parents are encouraged to learn more about HESAA's programs and services.

The NJSCA "College Open House" list for NJ, DE, DC, MD, NY, PA & VA is now updated: 
 
New Jersey College Open Houses 
Pennsylvania College Open Houses
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York and Virginia College Open Houses

Be sure to call the college in advance to verify the date and time as some of these dates may change. Some schools request that you register before coming to an open house. Many schools besides those listed offer open houses. Call your prospective colleges and universities for their schedule. 
 
It is an excellent idea to include both open houses and college tours in your college exploration. The open house allows you to see many of the activities available on campus while the traditional college tour lets you experience the college in a more typical environment.

Moorestown High School Receives Honor From College Board: 
Moorestown High School has been placed on the College Board’s 4th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Advanced Placement® Access and Student Performance.  Moorestown Township Public Schools is one of 477 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 4th Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP® course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.  Reaching these goals indicates that the district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are likely to benefit from rigorous AP course work.  Since 2011, Moorestown Township Public Schools has increased the number of students participating in AP by 68, while improving the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher by 72.  

Historically Black College Common Application:  
Historically Black College Common Applications are available in the Guidance Office.  With this application you can apply to 34 of the colleges represented by EDU, Inc. for a one time fee of $35.00.  Any interested students can pick up an application in the Guidance Office or visit the Historically Black College Common Application online.


Kaplan Test Prep Information

Free AP Review Weekend, February 24-25:
Students need a minimum score of 3 to pass their AP tests—let us help them achieve that with our Free AP Review Weekend.  We’re covering Biology, Calculus AB, US History, and World History in one-hour, live, interactive sessions for each subject.  Students can choose one, two, or all sessions, but they must reserve their place in each one.  Reserve Now.  Link: https://www.kaptest.com/freeapweekend.

WIN an AP Free Book Friday:
I'm excited to announce that our AP Free Book Friday campaign is officially underway.  Each week until March 30th, we'll be giving away an AP book to one lucky winner.  The winner can choose from Bio, Calc, US Hist, or World Hist.  Students can register at: kaplanquizzes.com/ap-exam/free-book-friday/.

SAT or ACT?:
Which path should you take?  Try a FREE SAT vs ACT combo practice test!  Visit: https://www.kaptest.com/college-prep/free-resources/free-events.