College Planning in response to Covid-19
SAT Preparation and Planning
JUNE 6 SAT CANCELLED - New Administration Dates Announced (from The College Board):
"Right now, public health officials have made it clear it's not safe to gather students in one place. Many U.S. states have closed schools for the rest of the academic year, and globally there are widespread school closures across 192 countries. As such, we won't be able to administer the SAT® and SAT Subject Tests™ as planned on June 6, 2020.
"We're working hard to make the SAT available in school and out of school as soon as the public health situation allows. Students will have opportunities to take the SAT to make up for this spring’s lost administrations.
"If it’s safe from a public health standpoint, we'll provide weekend SAT administrations every month through the end of the calendar year, beginning in August. This includes a new administration in September and the previously scheduled tests on August 29, October 3, November 7, and December 5.
"Students will be able to register for these administrations beginning in May. We’ll communicate directly with students when the exact date is available. Eligible students will be able to take the exam with a fee waiver. Students who were registered for June and those in the high school class of 2021 who don't have SAT scores will have early access to registration for the August, September, and October administrations."Updated Spring SAT Schedule:March 28 Make-ups: CanceledMay 2: CanceledJune 6: Canceled* College Board may add an additional test date toward the end of the school yearAnticipated Fall SAT Schedule:August 29: Registration Deadline TBDSeptember: Date and Registration deadline TBDOctober 3: Registration Deadline TBDNovember 7: Registration Deadline TBDDecember 5: Registration Deadline TBDKhan Academy provides free SAT Prep through College Board! This is a great resource for practice to prepare for the SAT. You can visit Khan Academy's SAT website HERE.ACT Preparation and PlanningSpring/Summer ACT Schedule:April 4: CanceledJune 13: Register by May 8thJuly 18: Register by June 19* ACT will assess the safety of testing as dates approachAnticipated Fall ACT Schedule:September 12: Registration Deadline TBDOctober 24: Registration Deadline TBDDecember 12: Registration Deadline TBDKaplan offers free ACT practice through act.org! You can review for upcoming ACT tests by visiting kaptest.com.
Virtual Campus ToursGiven the ever changing landscape of college planning, several schools have updated their admissions websites to include virtual tours of their campuses. Additionally, YouVisit is a resource that provides access to over 600 virtual college campus tours.Here are a few highlights from local colleges and universities:
Updated Scholarship Information in response to Covid-19
Dear Seniors and Parents/Guardians,I hope this message finds you well.I know that the current circumstances that we all face are particularly stressful and anxiety provoking for seniors. This is the time of year that you are beginning to make decisions about your future plans and many students are concerned about financing college.As the scholarship chair, understandably, I have been getting many questions about scholarships.Here are a few things to keep in mind about scholarships:For the scholarships that were listed in the scholarship packet, and to be decided upon by the SHHS scholarship committee, the committee will meet remotely, and will make scholarship decision as we typically do.For the scholarships posted in the previous month or so that directed students to return their applications to me (ex: South Hadley Historical Society, Cardinal Cushing, Matthew Baran), please do not worry about the deadlines at the moment, I will work with the administration to devise a plan for the applications to be submitted. Use this time to complete your applications and monitor your email so that I can make sure that you get updated submission information. I am in the process of reaching out to my scholarship contacts to find out how they would like to move forward.For the scholarships to which you apply directly to the organization (ex: Community Foundation of Western MA), please check each organizations' websites-- many have extended their deadlines. (Ex: Community Foundation is now due 4/17.)Transcripts: I can supply any student who needs one an electronic copy of their transcript. Students, please email me directly in a separate email to request a transcript if you need one.Recommendations: For the time being, please email your teacher or counselor directly to request their letter of recommendation if you need it.In general, I would never advise that a student plan on receiving enough "outside" scholarship money (scholarships not awarded by the college) that it would make or break a decision to attend a given college or university. It is rare that a student would be able to significantly fund college through outside scholarships. In other words, you should pick a college that you feel comfortable financing without outside scholarships and any scholarship money you receive is a nice bonus--easing your burden.Financial Aid:Colleges understand that you and your family may be facing unexpected changes in your income and circumstances. Many colleges are encouraging accepted students to reach out if your financial circumstances have recently changed. Loss of a job and/or income, for example, would be a reason a college may reevaluate your financial aid package. Do not hesitate to contact the financial aid offices for assistance and/or to appeal your financial aid package. You must visit the financial aid pages of each college to find out about the process or to look for contact information. Keep in mind that they are likely working remotely. Always be polite and professional in your communication.MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) has information about understanding your financial aid package and a webinar for families:MEFA Family Webinar: After the College Acceptance - 4/1/20 7-8 PMOther resources:Fastweb: https://www.fastweb.
com/Going Merry: https://www.goingmerry. com/College Board: https://bigfuture. collegeboard.org/scholarship- searchDo not forget that you can always Google search for scholarships.Think general/think specific--what makes you special that might qualify you for a scholarship, what are your interests, what is your planned major, what is your background? Ex: Music Scholarships, Nursing Scholarships, STEM Scholarships, Women in Business, Soccer Scholarships.Please, never pay for a scholarship service or scholarship application! If you have to pay, it is usually a scam.Best of luck and be well!Ms. Esempio,Scholarship Coordinator
Our MissionThe South Hadley High School Counseling Department is founded on the belief that each student is a unique individual who is capable of growing into a responsible, independent, and contributing member of society. The mission of the SHHS Counseling department is to facilitate the development and empowerment of all students in academic, career, and social-emotional areas through a comprehensive and developmental curriculum.Our School Counselors work proactively with all students in an effort to maximize student potential and academic achievement. They are professional educators who advocate for equity, access and success through collaborative efforts with students, staff, parents/guardians and community stakeholders.