Junior Updates

Junior year is a very important year. This is a year that should be challenging academically, and one in which you continue to explore new opportunities, and develop your communication and self-advocacy skills. College bound students will want to be thinking and planning ahead so they are in a good place when they begin their senior year. Students pursuing military options can begin to explore ideas with recruiters. Students who are pursuing options such as a GAP year or work, can also begin to think about how their senior year may help them with their plans after graduation. In all cases it is important to do your best academically as a junior. School counselors are available to help students with planning and organizing through FIT block presentations and individual meetings.

Upcoming Events:

Gap Year Fair: January 16, 2020, Burlington High School 6-8:30 pm

Consider Canada College Fair: April 6, 2020, South Burlington High School, 6:30-8:30 pm. Panel presentation followed by an opportunity to meet with individual Canadian college representatives.

FIT Block Future Planning Wednesdays: Are you a senior working on your college applications or a junior beginning to think about what will be next for you after high school graduation? The school counselors will be available Wednesdays in Room 1108 off the library during FIT block to assist juniors and seniors with all aspects of future planning. the Middlebury College Access Mentoring Program (Midcam) will be sending representatives to Mt. be on these days to assist students in various aspects of the college admission process. Sign up to attend a Future Planning FIT Block through your Advisor!

Things for Juniors to be thinking about:

Career Exploration - Research some careers that you are interested in. Follow this link for more info on career awareness . There are some great resources! You can find information about training needed for certain jobs as well as salaries you can earn, the outlook for employment when you are out of college, whether the number of jobs is shrinking or growing. This can be a great way to narrow down your major choice.

Military Options - Recruiters from all branches of the U.S. Military have the opportunity to meet with students at Mt. Abraham. Representatives may set up table displays and meet with students individually based on appointment. We are happy to provide meeting space with the understanding that parents are aware that these meetings are taking place at school. If you need assistance in locating a recruiter, see your school counselor.

College Search – Start thinking about what you want in a college. Think about things like where it’s located, how many people attend, does it have a program that you want to study, do they have on campus housing and what kind, can freshmen have cars, do they have activities/athletics that you may want to do? There are lots of Internet sites that can help you narrow down your searches and help you learn about different schools. This link will lead you to lots of information on college selection. See your counselor for help. We have access to more information than you could possibly read so let us help you!

Continue to do your best in school – Everybody likes good grades! The best predictor of your ability to succeed in college, on the job, or in a military career is you high school record and your habits of work. Do your best!!! Also, spend time reading. Not only can it be fun, but it is also good SAT/ACT and ASVAB preparation. Look up all of the words that you don’t know. Chances are, if it’s an obscure word, you could see it on the next placement test that you take!

SAT/SAT Subject Test/ACT Information: Testing schedules are available at the SAT and ACT websites. Please visit these websites to see testing dates and deadlines by which you must sign up. If you have any concerns about testing dates, which test to take, or even if you should take any tests at all, see your counselor.

Fee Waivers: Junior and senior students who qualify for free or reduced school meals are eligible for fee waivers to take the SAT, ACT, and AP Exams. During senior year, students may also be eligible for college application fee waivers. Almost all colleges in the United States accept these waivers. For the 2019-2020 school year students must have completed the Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals, and have been determined eligible. Applications are available in the school counseling office, the main office, and the cafeteria.

COLLEGE REPS We will once again have representatives from various colleges visiting Mt. Abe. It is a very good idea to meet with them if you are interested in that particular school. Simply ask for a pass to attend. Please check your school email as we are sharing the schedule through student gmail. Follow this link to see the current schedule of visits