Virtual Learning: November 23 – December 4
The Guidance Office will continue to be open during our regular school hours, 7:15 am – 3:15 pm, on virtual learning days. Although students are not permitted on campus during this time, our counselors invite you to message them via Schoology or contact them through email.
Mrs. Lori Leaman, counselor for grades 10 and 12 email@example.com
Mr. Ken Kabakjian, counselor for grades 9 and 11 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mennonite College Day
Mennonite College Day (MCD)) was held virtually on Monday, October 5. Our Mennonite Colleges (Bethel College, Bluffton University, Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College, and Hesston College) were represented in a video watched by students during their chapel time. Click here to watch the video. Students were invited to register for a time to speak individually with college representatives. A virtual evening session was also available for parents and students to learn more about the colleges. If you did not have the opportunity to connect with representatives on MCD, feel free to check them out online or contact them for information about visits.
College E-mail addresses Websites
Bluffton University email@example.com http://www.bluffton.edu/ 1-800-488-3257
Eastern Mennonite Univ. firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.emu.edu/ 1-800-432-4000
Goshen College email@example.com http://www.goshen.edu/ 1-800-348-7422
Hesston College firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.hesston.edu/ 1-800-995-2757
Bethel College email@example.com http://www.bethelks.edu/ 1-800-522-1887
Quarter One ended on Friday, October 23, and report cards were issued to students on Thursday, November 5 during advisor time. A student's report card may be held for a variety of reasons, such as overdue books, failure to return a sport uniform, etc. The teacher who holds the report card will issue it when the student has handled their responsibilities to them. If you have questions or concerns, don't hesitate to call the Guidance Office.
The SAT should be taken by college-bound students in the spring of their junior year or fall of their senior year. The easiest way to register for the SAT is online at www.Collegeboard.com. Students should set up an account with College Board. This will give them access to many tools that are available to support SAT preparation and the college search. There are also helps for parents. This is a recommended site for college-bound students and their parents.
SAT testing dates and registration deadlines are as follows:
Test Date Registration Deadline
March 13, 2021 February 12, 2021
May 8, 2021 April 8, 2021
June 5, 2021 May 6, 2021
Seniors applying to college, remember to add all colleges you are applying to on your SCOIR account. The Guidance office uses SCOIR to send all supporting documentation to these colleges, including your transcript. You should be requesting letters of recommendation through SCOIR as well. Please give your teachers at least 1-2 weeks' notice to write letters on your behalf. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Leaman.
National Honor Society News
The annual induction ceremony was held virtually this year. Click here to watch the video. New inductees were honored with a certificate of membership on the porch of Detweiler House. With a special thanks to Kolson Hunsberger, NHS Vice President, and the other officers, for putting together this video.
College and Career Information
While all four years in high school are important, the most pivotal year for academic and career decisions is a student's junior year. During their junior year, students take a more comprehensive look at their future beyond high school. All juniors:
- take the PSAT/NMSQT in October and are encouraged to review their test results with their counselor and parents when they receive them.
- are welcome to set up a time to meet with Mr. Kabakjian about their future career goals, college selection, current academic standing, and selection of their senior year courses.
- should consider taking an SAT preparation course.
- should sign up to take the SAT at least one time during their junior year.
- should develop a list of potential colleges, technical schools, or job opportunities to research.
- who are student athletes, should become familiar with the NCAA Guidelines for Student Athletes, checking to make sure you are meeting the core course requirements and test standards.
- are encouraged to visit the colleges and technical schools that fit their career goals and aspirations.
- should begin to gather financial aid information from any sources available: Dock, the local community, and most importantly, from the educational institutions themselves.
Dock has introduced a new college planning system called SCOIR. SCOIR helps students discover colleges that match their personal as well as academic interests. It is a useful tool for navigating through the college selection process. Juniors, look for more information coming to you about creating a SCOIR account. Through SCOIR, you will have access to a free career and aptitude assessment. This assessment uses engaging exercises ("brain games") to identify your natural abilities. As a result, you are matched with careers for which your natural talents will help you excel.
Junior students who become actively involved in the college and career activities listed above will find their senior year to be productive, rewarding, and less stressful