Junior College Corner

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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