School counselor news

We are in the last week of regular classes for this semester and intensives are starting next Monday. It is exciting to have two weeks of fun before the start of winter break and I hope the excitement will carry over to fun activities over the break.

MAP testing – some students will be doing the MAP assessment Friday December 6th during registration.The staff at Steller chose registration day for the testing to minimize impact on instruction. Students have received a note and testing time is 10:30. The testing is mandated and students who don’t participate Friday will be pulled out for testing during intensives. The test typically takes 45 – 90 minutes. I will also let students take the test prior to Friday needed. If you have a child in grades 7, 8 or 9, please ask them if they received a note about testing Friday.

PSAT scores are arriving soon and I will post a note in the hallway and let advisors know when they arrive. Students can also log in to their College Board account and some may receive and email or a text that their scores are available. I recommend that students look at areas of weakness and strength and prepare accordingly for the SAT.

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Smith College Virtual Information Sessions

Greetings from Smith,
The Office of Admission invites school counselors and prospective students to join us for virtual information sessions, through Zoom, to learn all about the extraordinary opportunities and resources at Smith. Please click the link of your preferred date (listed below) to register.
If you are not familiar with Zoom, it’s easy – all you’ll need is a computer, tablet, mobile device, or telephone to connect to the session. Once you register for a session, the confirmation email will provide explicit instructions as to how to connect to the virtual school visit.

November 26  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)

December 10  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)
December 17  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)

January 7  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)
January 21  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)

February 4  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)
February 18  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)

March 3  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)
March 17  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)
March 31  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)

April 14  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)
April 28  (3:30 – 4:30 PM EDT)

Smith College has provided women of high ability and promise an education of uncompromising quality since 1871. A world-class faculty of scholars are fully engaged in students’ intellectual development, and an open curriculum encourages students to explore many fields of knowledge. Mentors for scholarship, leadership and service help students observe different models of achievement so students can set their own course with conviction and confidence.
Visit our website to learn more about Smith
Please feel free to email Nikki Chambers with any questions/concerns!

Nikki Chambers
Associate Director
Office of Admission
Smith College

Registration Is Open for the November 2 SAT

Seniors,
Are you planning to attend one of the University of Alaska Universities?
Do you still need to take the SAT? Please sign up for the November 2nd test to have your scores ready for the admissions process. The next opportunity to take the SAT is in March. 
 
UA prospective students should apply early January for admissions by February 15, which is the deadline for admissions to be eligible for institutional grants and scholarships. 
 
The SAT is also used as a placement test for English.
 
 
 

PSAT Test Day Info – Wednesday October 16

PSAT 
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16

We would like to have all students seated by 8:30 so we can start the test on time. Please report to the MPR at 8:15.

Bring on test day:
Number 2 pencil w/eraser
Approved calculator: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/taking-the-tests/test-day-checklist/approved-calculators
Social Security number (optional)
Email address (optional but recommended)
Water bottles/snack stay underneath the table
No hats and no big jackets

NO PHONES, SMART WATCHES OR OTHER DIGITAL DEVICES ALLOWED IN THE TESTING ROOM

  • Leave your phone somewhere outside the testing room
  • You are not allowed to use any digital devices during bathroom breaks or other breaks

Assigned seats

Total testing time including administration is approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes
Two 5-minute breaks to stretch

College Fair ~ Monday, October 14th

Steller is going to the College Fair Monday October 14. The field trip is open for juniors and seniors and we have seats for 54 students on the bus. Students can sign up in the front office with Tami. Permission slips are required.
The bus will leave Steller at 9 am and return from the Alaska Airlines Center at 11 am.
This is a great opportunity to learn about a variety of colleges and what they have to offer. Students are encouraged to make a list of questions before they leave. Here is a link to one of many online resources on how to prepare for the college fair:
Click here for for i College Fair Flyer

https://www.princetonreview.com/college-advice/college-fairs

Northwest Liberal Arts College Info Nite – Oct 15, 7-8:30

Tuesday October 15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Service High School Theater
(entrance behind school next to gym)

All A.S.D. students and families are welcome to attend this event to hear about the excellent
options for high-quality liberal arts education close to home. Learn about admission
requirements, financial aid, how to become the best applicant, and answer any questions you
may have. We will have a panel presentation, followed by questions and answers, then time for families to meet with each school individually.

NW Liberal Arts College Night flyer