Sophomores - Are you interested in attending a state leadership seminar? It's through the Hugh O'Brien Youth Leadership program. It will be 5/29-5/31/15 at James Madison University. There is an application process, so if you are interested, please see Ms. Bateman as soon as possible.

Virginia Space Coast Scholars is a NASA-based STEM program for 10th grade students who are interested in NASA's space and Earth and airborne science-related missions.

For more information and/or to apply, please go to http://www.vasts.spacegrant.org

Last year, sophomores took the PSAT on October 16th, 2013 and we finally have the results back from CollegeBoard. I will be making visits to all English 10 classrooms before Christmas break to hand out results and explain the next steps. Below are a few links designed by CollegeBoard to help students and parents understand My College QuickStart - a very useful tool in the college preperation process.

My College QuickStart is an easy-to-use, online personalized college and career planning tool available free of charge to all students who take the PSAT/NMSQT. The information and answers your child provided when they took the test are incorporated into this useful tool, and it presents their data back to them in six main parts:

Access is available using the access code printed on the student's paper score report, and the tool can be utilized throughout high school. Using My College QuickStart together with your child is a great way to introduce and guide your child through important aspects of the college-going process. Visit www.collegeboard.org/quickstart.

Use the links below to load files with additional information on PSAT Score Results.

Staying on Track as a Sophomore

For this year, you’ll want to stay on track with your high school classes, activities, and grades, and begin to narrow down the plan for your future.

Fall

  1.  Take a practice PSAT.  Taking the PSAT as a sophomore will help prepare you for the real thing next year and allow you to release your name to colleges so you can start receiving brochures from them.

  2.  Consider getting ready for the ACT.  Ask your school counselor about taking the ACT and look online to find practice tests.  Your school counselor can help you!

  3.  Stay on track with your courses.  Work with your school counselor to make sure you’re enrolled in the courses you need to prepare you for college or career.  Move on to the next level of classes in the core subjects (English, math, science, history, and a foreign language).  Consider advanced level courses and AP opportunities.

  4.  Continue exploring potential careers.  Explore your career options in more detail – research possible careers to learn about the tasks, education, and training necessary for each occupation.

Winter

  1.  Take on new roles.  Stay involved with your extracurricular activities and work toward leadership positions in the activities you like best.  Become involved in community service and other volunteer activities.

  2.  Read, read, read.  Developing your reading skills will help prepare you for tests and make you a well-rounded individual.  Read as many books as you can and read the newspaper to learn about current affairs.

  3.  Practice your writing.  You’ll need good writing skills no matter what path you pursue, so work on those skills now to get ready.  Find a teacher or another adult who can advise and encourage you to write well.

  4.  Get advice from your counselor.  Meet with your school counselor to make sure you’re staying on track.  You can also discuss your PSAT scores and ask about AP courses.  Use your access code from the PSAT to review your test performance and develop a plan for studying for the SAT.

Spring/Summer

  1.  Keep your grades up. There’s probably a lot competing for your attention, but it is important to remain focused on doing well in your classes.  Remember that your grades affect your GPA and class rank – two factors that colleges consider in the admissions process.

  2.  Start your college search.  Attend college fairs and read the material you get from all types of schools – you may see something you like.

  3.  Contact colleges that interest you.  Write to schools and ask for more information about their academic requirements and any programs or activities that you’re interested in.  It is especially important to start this process now if you think you want to attend a service academy!

  4.  Consider taking SAT Subject Tests.  It’s often best to take these types of tests while the material is still fresh in your mind.  In May or June, you may want to take SAT Subject Tests in some of the courses you took this year.

  5.  Get a summer job.  Finding steady summer work will look good to prospective colleges and employers.  Putting the money you earn away for college will also help you get a head start on a personal savings plan.

Timeline adapted from www.petersons.com