Junior College Corner

March 2, 2021

Dear Juniors and Parents,
 
We hope you are all healthy and well. Please read below for timely reminders and announcements:
Student Transcripts
For your information and convenience, unofficial transcripts are available for students and parents to view on the Rediker portal. Students may be able to use their transcripts to apply for summer programs and other opportunities. Please see Mrs. Kuznicki if you need an official transcript sent to any program(s). Contact your college counselor if you have any questions or concerns about your transcript.
Elective Meetings
Electives meetings are underway for students. College guidance advisors will be meeting with each junior one-on-one to discuss electives course requests for next year. Please look for the email you received on February 21st from College Guidance with your appointment time.
Questionnaires
Please complete the Junior Intro Questionnaire as soon as possible. Fill it out carefully, thoughtfully, and in its entirety so that your counselor will get to learn about you and perhaps more importantly, by exploring these questions, you will learn more about yourself. Once your questionnaire is complete, you may request meetings with your college counselor.
 
Parents: The Parent Questionnaire is a great way to share your insights into your student with us. We also encourage you to share any hopes, expectations, parameters, or concerns ahead of your parent or family meeting. We hope you will complete the questionnaire and join us for a meeting in the near future.
Meeting Protocol - Pink Card Policy
While we look forward to meeting students during the school day, it is imperative that students exercise good judgment when scheduling college guidance meeting times especially by communicating with their teachers about missing class and (of course) make up any missed work.
 
We use appointment cards to help manage attendance records in the school. If you are having a meeting during class time, students must bring and turn in a signed (by the teacher) appointment card in order for the absence from class to be cleared. You may stop by College Guidance before your meeting to get a pink appointment card from Mrs. Kuznicki. (Note: Students do not need to follow this procedure for their pre-assigned Electives Meeting).
Naviance
Students will be receiving access to Naviance, a web-based resource that we use with students and families for college research, Flatbush-specific admission information, and a wealth of other tools. Look out for an email from College Guidance with instructions to activate your account. Click here for more information on this helpful tool.
"Visiting" Campuses
We encourage you to take advantage of virtual visit opportunities at colleges and universities. They are an ideal resource to learn about what schools offer and start to build your prospective college list. You may find information, sign up for email lists, and register for virtual tours or events on college admission websites. We have compiled a list of commonly applied colleges with their virtual opportunities here.
Upcoming Opportunities and Events
  • LIM College is holding a virtual info session on Sunday, March 7th from 1:00-2:15pm. Click here to register. 
 
  • The College Board is hosting a series of “BigFuture Days” for high school students to connect with admissions reps and learn more about the college process. Please click here for more info and to register. The first and likely most applicable program is the first session on March 7. 
 
  • Muhlenberg College is also offering a series of free virtual workshops. Click here to view the offerings and register. These workshops are helpful whether you’d consider Muhlenberg or not. But it never hurts to look! 
 
  • Macaulay Honors College (CUNY) is hosting a series of events that you can register for here
 
  • CUNY (City University of New York) is hosting an Undergraduate Virtual College Fair on March 18. It is another nice chance to meet with admission representatives and explore the range of opportunities within CUNY. You should register and attend if you are free!
 
  • Yeshiva University is holding a series of virtual events for prospective students. Click here for info and to register. 
Standardized Testing
As you know, the pandemic caused many colleges and universities to implement test-optional admission policies for the Class of 2021. Many colleges are beginning to update and announce their plans for the Class of 2022; the most up-to-date info can be found on their admission office websites. For your convenience, we are keeping track of many colleges on a sheet here. We will continue to update the sheet as we learn more information.
Registering for SATs and ACTs
SAT: The first time you register for the SAT, you can do so online, but you must select a Saturday test date in the month you want to take the exam. After you complete your online registration, you will need to contact Customer Service to follow the procedure to switch to a Sunday date and location. The steps are outlined here. Note: you will need to fill out and submit a clergy letter, which you can pick up in the College Guidance Office.
 
Upcoming SAT Dates
May 9- Registration Deadline: April 8
June 6- Registration Deadline: May 6
Future administrations will take place in August, October, November, December
 
ACT: You can register for Sunday test dates on the ACT website. At the point where the registration asks you to select a test center, be sure to follow the link to non-Saturday test dates and you will pick from a list of Sunday options.
Upcoming ACT Dates
April 18 (not offered at YOF)- Registration Deadline: March 12
June 13- Registration Deadline: May 7
Future administrations will take place in September, October, December
Warmly,
 
The College Guidance Department

 

February 4, 2021

Dear Juniors and Parents,
 
Welcome back! We hope you had a restful winter break and are just as excited for the second semester of this year as we are! You can expect to receive a College Corner every 2-4 weeks for the remainder of the school year and throughout senior year as well. Thank you for reading these important messages and taking any action required.
Junior Questionnaires
Before your first introductory meeting with your counselor, please be sure to complete the Junior Intro Questionnaire. Please fill it out carefully, thoughtfully, and in its entirety so that your counselor will get to learn about you and perhaps more importantly, by exploring these questions you will learn more about yourself. Once your questionnaire is complete, you may request a meeting with your counselor. We strongly recommend completing this step as soon as possible.
 
Parents: The Parent Questionnaire is a great way to share your insights into your student with us. We also encourage you to share any hopes, expectations, parameters, or concerns with us. We hope you will complete the questionnaire and join us for a meeting later in the year.
Elective Appointments
Over the next few weeks, College Guidance will be meeting with each junior one-on-one to discuss electives for next year. Please be on the lookout for an email from collegeguidance@flatbush.org with your pre-arranged appointment time. Do not miss your appointment! Contact your college counselor if you need to schedule a different time.
SAT/ACT Policies for the Class of 2022
As you know, the pandemic caused many colleges and universities to implement test-optional admission policies for the Class of 2021. We are still awaiting official updates from most colleges regarding what their testing policies will be for the Class of 2022. Many colleges are beginning to make announcements; the most up-to-date info can be found on their admission office websites. For your convenience, we are keeping track of many colleges on a sheet here. We will update the sheet as we learn more information.
 
Additional Testing Update: As you’ve likely heard by now, the College Board will discontinue the SAT Essay option on the SAT after June 2021. If you’re really itching to take the SAT with the essay, you must do so in March, May or June. They have also discontinued the Subject Test program effective immediately. This means that these tests are no longer available. If you have already registered for any Subject Tests, your registration should be cancelled and your fees refunded. Also speak with your counselor if you plan to change your SAT registration to add or eliminate the optional essay. You may do so without penalty until test registration deadlines.
SAT/ACT Test Schedule
Upcoming SAT Dates
March 14- Registration Deadline: February 12
May 9- Registration Deadline: April 8
June 6- Registration Deadline: May 6
Future Dates- August, October, November, December
 
Upcoming ACT Dates
April 18 (not offered at YOF)- Registration Deadline: March 12
June 13- Registration Deadline: May 7
Future Dates- September, October, December
Test Prep
If you wish to move forward with making a plan for testing and test prep, we are providing you with information to do so. Your counselor will also discuss this with you when you meet.
 
Princeton Review Course
 
Although we are unable to host an in-person SAT or ACT Prep course through Princeton Review this year, a discount is still available for any of their courses or offerings. Click here for more information and registration at a special rate. Use the promotion code: YESHFLAT25% for Flatbush pricing (25% off).
SAT and Khan Academy
Did you know that the College Board offers free SAT test prep through Khan Academy? If you haven’t already, we strongly recommend linking it to your College Board account. This is a very helpful first step on your test preparation journey.
Interested in the ACT?
 
ACT offers free online preparation/practice tests here.
Additional Options
 
A number of organizations offer practice ACT and SAT diagnostic tests. While we do not endorse any particular test prep company or method, families often ask if we know any other organizations that offer services. In addition to Princeton Review and the free resources from College Board and ACT, see below for links to a few options for organizations that offer practice test opportunities under test conditions. They also offer small group and individual test prep and academic subject support. You are welcome and encouraged to explore these and any other options that you choose.
 
Compass Education Group - We recommend the Compass Guide as a fantastic resource for testing information.
"Visiting" and Researching Colleges
We encourage you to take advantage of virtual visit opportunities at colleges and universities. They are a great way to learn about what schools offer. You may find information, sign up for email lists, and register for virtual tours or events on college admission websites. We have compiled a list of commonly applied colleges with their virtual opportunities here.
Save the Date
Our annual College Fair and Information Night is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Representatives from a number of colleges will be present to speak with Flatbush students and families and answer your questions. This is a fantastic opportunity to explore colleges you might not have otherwise considered and meet with the people who might be reading your applications! We hope you will mark your calendars and plan to join us.
 
Warmly,
 
The College Guidance Department

January 7, 2021

Dear Class of 2022 and Parents,
 
We hope your finals are off to a great start and that you've had a productive few weeks since Junior College Kickoff! We are looking forward to beginning our work together! Please read below for timely reminders.
As we move forward, we encourage you to:
Junior Questionnaire
Students: Please complete this questionnaire before you schedule your first meeting with your college guidance counselor. We encourage you to complete it as soon as possible. Please fill it out carefully, thoughtfully, and in its entirety. You may request a meeting with your counselor once your questionnaire is complete.
 
Parents: The Parent Questionnaire is a great way to share your insights into your student with us. We also encourage you to share any hopes, expectations, parameters, or concerns with us. We hope you will complete the questionnaire and join us for a meeting later in the year. 
Electives
Look out for information about electives and electives meetings that will take place next semester. In the coming weeks you will receive your electives booklet to review your choices ahead of meeting with your counselor to discuss senior year classes.
ACT/SAT Preparation
Note: We are still awaiting official news from colleges regarding what their testing policies will be for next year. However, if you wish to move forward with making a plan for testing and test prep, we are providing you with information to do so. Your counselor will also discuss this with you when you meet.
 
Although we are unable to host an in-person SAT or ACT Prep course through Princeton Review this year, a discount is still available for any of their courses or offerings. Click here for more information and registration at a special rate. Use the promotion code: YESHFLAT25% for Flatbush pricing (25% off).
SAT and Khan Academy
Did you know that the College Board offers free SAT test prep through Khan Academy? If you haven’t already, we strongly recommend linking it to your College Board account. This is a very helpful first step on your test preparation journey.
Interested in the ACT?
The ACT Academy, ACTs official (and free) online learning tool could be a great place to start. We also have practice tests available for students in the College Guidance Office.
 
A number of organizations offer practice ACT and SAT diagnostic tests. While we do not endorse any particular test prep company or method, families often ask if we know any other organizations that offer services. In addition to Princeton Review and the free resources from College Board and ACT, see below for links to a few options for organizations that offer practice test opportunities under test conditions. These organizations also offer small group and individual test prep and academic subject support. You are welcome and encouraged to explore these and any other options that you choose.
 
Compass Education Group - We do recommend the Compass Guide as a fantastic resource for testing information.
We look forward to staying in touch and meeting with you soon! But first, finals! Focus on having your best, strongest finish to this semester and continuing the momentum after the break. We wish you good luck on your exams and a safe and restful break.
 
As always, please be in touch with any questions or concerns!
 
Warmly,
 
The College Guidance Department

December 15, 2020 

Dear Class of 2022 and Parents, 
 
Welcome to your first College Corner! It was great to see many of you online for Junior College Kickoff last week. We hope you found the evening worthwhile and informative. We are excited to officially begin this important journey with you and we hope that you are too! 
 
Please read below for:
  • Notes from the program and an evaluation
  • Your junior questionnaire (for students)
  • A parent questionnaire (for parents)
  • Test prep information
 
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if we can assist in any way or if you have questions about this information. We look forward to our first meetings with students in early 2021 and meeting parents later this winter and early spring. 
Junior College Kickoff Recap
Missed our Kickoff Night on December 8th? We are sorry that you were unable to attend and apologize for any technical difficulties some of you had trying to access the meeting. We will make the full recording available upon request this week and on our Naviance platform in the future. More about Naviance to come. Please contact collegeguidance@flatbush.org if you’d like to receive a link to the session recording.
Our goal for the evening was to kick off the process by reintroducing ourselves and, with the help of two guest speakers, shed light on important components of the college application and considerations for your search. We want this process to be enlightening and fun and we are confident it will be if students engage in school and with us. Our team will support each student through making college lists, writing essays, completing applications, connecting to resources, and more. We will also keep you informed on any news and developments relevant to the process, such as standardized testing updates. 
 
As we officially begin, we encourage you to:
 
**Not sure who your college counselor is? You (students) received an email from him or her on December 8. Contact Mrs. Kuznicki at collegeguidance@flatbush.org if you need assistance connecting with your counselor. 
 
**Individual student meetings will begin in January. In the meantime, we hope you will reach out to introduce yourself, stop by the office and say hello, or attend a virtual meet-up such as Conversations with College Guidance or College in the (online) Cafe. Our next Conversations with College Guidance will take place on Tuesday, December 22 at 7 pm. Zoom: mslong
Junior College Kickoff Evaluation
Please give us your feedback on Junior College Kickoff by completing the evaluation here.
Junior Intro Questionnaire
Students: Please complete this questionnaire before you schedule your first meeting with your college guidance counselor. Please fill it out carefully, thoughtfully, and in its entirety. First meetings for juniors will begin in January as schedules permit. 
Parents: The Parent Questionnaire is a great way to share your insights into your student with us. We also encourage you to share any hopes, expectations, parameters, or concerns with us. We hope you will complete the questionnaire and join us for a meeting later in the year. 
Standardized Testing Prep - An Offer from Princeton Review
Although we are unable to host an in-person SAT or ACT Prep course through Princeton Review this year, a discount is still available for any of their courses or offerings. Click here for more information and registration at a special rate. Use the promotion code: YESHFLAT25% for Flatbush pricing (25% off).
Additional Test Prep and Practice Test Resources
SAT and Khan Academy
Did you know that the College Board offers free SAT test prep through Khan Academy? If you haven’t already, we strongly recommend linking it to your College Board account. This is a very helpful first step on your test preparation journey. 
 
Interested in the ACT? 
The ACT Academy, ACTs official (and free) online learning tool could be a great place to start. We also have practice tests available for students in the College Guidance Office. 
 
A number of organizations offer practice ACT and SAT diagnostic tests. While we do not endorse any particular test prep company or method, families often ask if we know any other organizations that offer services. In addition to Princeton Review and the free resources from College Board and ACT, see below for links to a few options for organizations that offer practice test opportunities under test conditions. These organizations also offer small group and individual test prep and academic subject support. You are welcome and encouraged to explore these and any other options that you choose. 
 
Compass Education Group - We do recommend the Compass Guide as a fantastic resource for testing information. 
We look forward to being in touch and meeting with you soon! Chag Sameach and good luck with the rest of your semester! 
 
Warmly,
 
The College Guidance Department 
Ms. Long, Rabbi Rosenblum, Ms. Natov, 
Mrs. Dressler, Rabbi Schwartz, and Mrs. Kuznicki

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