Manchester High School

Chesterfield County Public Schools

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How to Start a High School Freshman Year the Right Way

You’ve just finished middle school and are at the top of the student ladder, but you’ve realized that come the end of summer, you have to go back to the bottom rung. For a number of reasons ranging from academic to social, high school is intimidating. Now is a good time to think about putting some strategies in place for starting your freshman year the right way.

Instructions:

1. Plan to attend freshman orientation.   Manchester High School’s  Freshman SMART Day is  September 3, 2015 (8:30-2:00).  There is a $15 cost to cover your T-shirt, lunch, and refreshments.  If you have not already registered, please contact the front office at 739-6275.

2. Talk with upperclassmen. If you know any upperclassmen or meet some at orientation, get them talking about their experiences in the high school. They can fill you in on extracurricular activities, the fastest routes to your classes and study tips that work for them, and you’ll get to know someone you can rely on for information.

3. Prepare yourself for more work. It’s time to accept that starting high school means a larger workload. Don’t panic: you’re building on skills you already have, but you’ll be expected to work more independently and you’ll have more assignments to tackle.

4. Reassess your study habits. Once you’ve gotten your class requirements, you can take some time at home to figure out when and how much you’ll need to study. You may already have great study habits and won’t have to adjust all that much or you may have to cut out some down time to make room for your increased workload.

5. Spread your wings. Starting high school marks a new time in your life and there will be many more extracurricular opportunities and sports to choose from. Round out your freshman education by joining a new sport or club to nurture your interests and to make new friends.

6. Seek help when necessary. If you’ve done everything you can to start your freshman year the right way and still find that you’re having trouble with your grades or adjusting socially, see your School Counselors. They are trained as experts in all things high school and should be able to get you on track or get you additional help for a great freshman year and beyond.

Chesterfield County Tutor List (see attachment below)

It’s never too early to start looking ahead…here are a few resources for you!

Big Future presented by the College Board

The College Board (SAT, AP, PSAT) has produced an interactive website to assist students in their college search process. Check it out.

Sophomores are no longer the newbies!  Get ready for a great year!  What you can do to better prepare for your future…

1. Take an AP Course(s)
This not only helps you to prepare for the heavy workloads you will get in college, but it also shows college admissions boards that you are a diligent student. If you are not up to the challenge or your school does not offer AP courses appropriate for you, then take as many high level/honors courses as you can, without jeopardizing your GPA.

2. Take the PSAT
Your SAT scores are going to make or break your college application, so it’s important to start preparing for this test the right way. Taking the PSAT is a great way to understand your test taking skills. If you do well, you could be eligible for a scholarship from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. If you don’t do well then it means that you have more time to prepare for the real SATs.  

3. Dedicate Time Outside Of Class
College admissions boards care about what you do with your time outside of class just as much as your course loads. Try out for sports teams if you are athletic, sign up the Art Club if you are interested in the creative fields, or do something out of your comfort zone like trying out for the lead of a school musical! If you have already found what extracurricular activities you enjoy being part of, that’s great! As your next challenge, try taking on some leadership roles.

4. Meet With Your School Counselor
They are there for a reason—use their resources! They can help you research colleges of interest and schedule your classes accordingly. School counselors are also the ones who have direct contact with college admissions officers, so build strong relationships with them if you want to get an extra nudge when applying.

5. Use Your Summer Wisely
Whether you are volunteering at a local animal shelter or taking on your first internship or job position, don’t waste your summer bumming around. This is the time for you to set your path straight to get into the college of your dreams. Use this time to craft your art skills if you want to go to art school or practice taking the SATs if you didn’t do so well on your PSATs. Whatever it is, don’t waste it!

Helpful Resources
 
Chesterfield County Tutor List (see attachment below)
 
Big Future presented by the College Board

The College Board (SAT, AP, PSAT) has produced an interactive website to assist students in their college search process. Check it out.

Chesterfield Technical Centers
Students will learn more about the Tech Centers during their sophomore year.  Each center will offer an open house in February 2015.  Applications will be available in February and have strict deadlines.  Students are able to attend the Tech Center during their junior or senior year.  Each program counts as 3 electives in their schedule.
PSAT
The PSAT is a standardized test that provides students firsthand practice for the SAT. The PSAT is given to all sophomores and interested juniors in October each school year. All sophomores and juniors will be automatically signed up to take the PSAT this year.  The date for this year is October 14, 2015

The PSAT measures critical reading skills; math problem-solving; and writing skills. Each student who takes the PSAT receives an itemized score report which provides important feedback regarding a student’s strengths and weaknesses relative to preparation for college. You can practice for the PSAT!

Students taking the PSAT gain access to My College Quickstart, a college and career planning website offered by the College Board. In addition, certain scores on the PSAT qualify a student to take a dual-enrollment course the following school year.

For juniors, taking the PSAT gives students a chance to enter scholarship programs through the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Juniors will take the PSAT this year
 
The PSAT is a standardized test that provides students firsthand practice for the SAT. The PSAT is given to all sophomores and interested juniors in October each school year. All sophomores and juniors will be automatically signed up to take the PSAT this year.  The date for this year is October 1, 2017

The PSAT measures critical reading skills; math problem-solving; and writing skills. Each student who takes the PSAT receives an itemized score report which provides important feedback regarding a student’s strengths and weaknesses relative to preparation for college. You can practice for the PSAT!

Students taking the PSAT gain access to My College Quickstart, a college and career planning website offered by the College Board. In addition, certain scores on the PSAT qualify a student to take a dual-enrollment course the following school year.

For juniors, taking the PSAT gives students a chance to enter scholarship programs through the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

Now is the time to take the SAT or ACT

The ACT and the SAT are the two most widely used college entrance tests today. Typically, students will take either test during the junior and/or senior year of high school. Many colleges and universities use either test score as a factor in their admission decisions. It is recommended that students consider taking both tests since they may do better on one test versus the other. Each test is different though they serve the same purpose. Below you will find generalized information about each test. To learn more, please visit their respective websites.
For more information on SAT and ACT tests, please visit the following links:
College Planning Timeline for Junior Year
If you believe college is in your future, begin the process now.  Here are helpful links for you!
Virginia Opportunities Workbook
This booklet is a wonderful college planning resource with information specific to Virginia. This step-by-step guide was created by the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC).

Big Future presented by the College Board
The College Board (SAT, AP, PSAT) has produced an interactive website to assist students in their college search process. Check it out.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The office of Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, provides grants, loans, and work study funds for college or career school. Interested seniors can fill out the FAFSA form beginning on October 1. Prior to that date, seniors can visit FAFSA4caster to get an estimate of student aid.

Chesterfield Technical Centers
Students are able to attend the Tech Center during their junior or senior year.  Each program counts as 3 electives in their schedule.  Each center will offer an open house in January.  Applications will be available in February and have strict deadlines.
NCAA

Student-athletes must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center to be eligible to play NCAA Division I or Division II sports in college.  NCAA asks that student athletes send their transcripts after their junior year grades have been posted. For the most up-to-date information, students should always reference the NCAA Eligibility Center website.

Sign up for School Counseling Google Classroom to see important post from the School Counseling Office.
 
Senior Post High School….see file below
 
College Planning Senior Timeline
College Application Information
  • Complete your college application and mail it with your application fee by the due date (if applicable).
  • College Secondary report forms (if you have any) should be submitted to the School Counseling Office.
  • Request your transcript via Parchment services (after November 2nd)
  • Please provide an activity sheet or resumé if you wish to have it included with your transcript
  • Teacher recommendations must be mailed separately by each teacher unless the college specifically states otherwise. Please provide your teacher(s) with a stamped, pre-addressed envelope. It will be the responsibility of the student to follow up with teacher recommendations. If your application requires a counselor recommendation, make sure you notify your counselor personally, at least two weeks prior to your deadline.
  • If SAT Subject Tests and/or AP Test scores are required as part of the application process it is the student’s responsibility to send them directly from College Board.
 
 
Virginia Opportunities Workbook
This booklet is a wonderful college planning resource with information specific to Virginia. This step-by-step guide was created by the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC).

Big Future presented by the College Board
The College Board (SAT, AP, PSAT) has produced an interactive website to assist students in their college search process. Check it out.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid
The office of Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, provides grants, loans, and work study funds for college or career school. Interested seniors can fill out the FAFSA form beginning on October 1. Prior to that date, seniors can visit FAFSA4caster to get an estimate of student aid.

GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP)
Lisa Herbert is Manchester’s GRASP Advisor. She is at Manchester one day a week and is eager to meet with students and their parents as they navigate the process of paying for college.  Mrs. Herbert will introduce herself to seniors in October.  In order to make an appointment, please email Lisa at the following email address: [email protected] grasp4virginia.com or contact the School Counseling Office at 739-6274.

TRANSCRIPTS
Graduated prior to 2009:
Your files have been put on microfiche and are not on file at Manchester. You must call (804) 639-8900, ext. 1651 to request your transcript. Include your name, social security number, high school (Manchester), and the year you graduated. Provide the address where you want the transcript sent.

Graduated after 2009:

–      Parchment…all seniors must request their transcripts via Parchment.  Students will be given a registration code to sign up for their personal account.  This is a free service.

o   Paper Copy Transcript:  A transcript request form can be picked up in Counselling or printed from Manchester’s website.

§  The first transcript you request is free of charge, provided that you request it at least 10 school days before the due date.  *(If your first transcript is not requested at least 10 days before the due date, then the cost is $2.00 for processing.)

§  Each transcript after the first requires a $3.00 fee. Please allow 10 school days for processing to assure delivery by due date. *(An additional fee of $2.00 is required if the request falls less than 10 school days of the due date.)

–          Transcript requests will NOT be accepted after 2:00 p.m.

Camp Comfort Zone: Groups are available for children, teens, and young adults ages 5-25 who are grieving the death of a parent, sibling or guardian. Adult groups are available to those who have lost a child or spouse. All groups are provided free of charge  Groups are facilitated by trained grief counselors that will help participants share their personal stories, identify feelings and emotions, discover coping strategies and move forward by honoring loved ones and keeping memories present in our lives. (see flyer below)

 
Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services Prevention Services :  (see flyers below for classes)
 
C2 Your Health Support Groups:  (see flyer below for details)
 
Career Exploration Fair (see details below)
 
Chesterfield County Tutor List (see attachment below)
 
FAFSA HELP!! (SEE DETAILS BELOW)

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