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Welcome to…. Your Junior Year!

Welcome to…. Your Junior Year!. Once a Falcon Always a Falcon!!. Credits Required for Graduation: Are you on track?. Regents Exams Required for Graduation. Advanced Regents Diploma with HONOR. An overall average of 90% or higher on the following exams ELA Global History US History

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Welcome to…. Your Junior Year!

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  1. Welcome to…. Your Junior Year! Once a Falcon Always a Falcon!!

  2. Credits Required for Graduation:Are you on track?

  3. Regents Exams Required for Graduation

  4. Advanced Regents Diploma with HONOR • An overall average of 90% or higher on the following exams • ELA • Global History • US History • Algebra • Geometry • Alg II/Trig • Top 2 Science Exams • LOTE (if you took LOTE exam)

  5. College credit in High school! • Niagara Wheatfield offers many classes that you can take to earn college credit

  6. Stay Informed! Connect with your class on Remind Text the message: @nw2020c To the #: 81010 Or use the link: rmd.at/nw2020c for push notifications

  7. College Entrance Exams IMPORTANT JUNIOR YEAR TESTS A Quick Review: PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP

  8. October • December • November • April Timeline • March • May • June • 1st – SAT @ NW • 8th – ACT • 3rd – SAT @ NW • 20th – National College Fair • 9th – SAT @ NW • 1ST – SAT @ NW • 8th- ACT • February • MAY 4th – SAT @ NW • Finalize course selections for senior year • 13th– ACT @ NW • 7th – NW College Night • 9th- ACT • 6th– SAT • 2nd– WNY College Consortium at NW • 2nd – ASVAB • 10th – PSAT • 27th – ACT

  9. Standardized College Admission Exams • SAT – This SAT is a 3 hour plus a 50 minute Optional essay, primarily multiple-choice test that measures Reading, Writing, Math. • Subject Tests – Subject Tests are one-hour, primarily multiple-choice tests that measure your knowledge of particular subjects and your ability to apply that knowledge. Check the requirements of the colleges you are considering. More selective colleges may require or recommend one or more Subject Tests for admission or placement. • ACT – A group of tests administered by ACT and required or recommended by many colleges. The tests measure educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning with an Optional essay. Most colleges require SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission. • NIAGARA WHEATFIELD CEEB CODE: 335-028 SAT Test Center Code: 33-834 ACT Test Center Code – 193630

  10. PSAT Exam • Wednesday, October 10th • 7:45 am – 11:50 pm • Cost: $16 cash or checks made payable to NWCSD • REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 1ST • Sign up in the Counseling Center!

  11. PSAT Exam Content • Reading: 60 Minutes • 47 Multiple Choice Questions • Mathematics- 70 Minutes • 1- 25 minute section with NO Calculator • 1- 45 minute section WITH calculator • 40 multiple choice questions • 8- student produced responses • Writing: 35 Minutes • 44 passage-based revising and editing questions with multiple choice responses • NO POINTS DEDUCTED FOR WRONG ANSWERS!!

  12. Calculator Use for PSAT/SAT • Scientific Calculator • Most Graphing Calculators • Four Function Calculator(not recommended)

  13. Getting Your PSAT Results • You will need to give an e-mail address on the day of the test in order to receive scores electronically • You will receive your scores electronically • You will need to create a Collegeboard account to access your scores • BE SURE to keep your username and password, you may need to access collegeboard in the future. • Score Range is 320-1520

  14. GENERAL TESTING INFORMATION • Why should I take the ACT or SAT Exams? Most two and four year colleges require students to take at least one college entrance exam as a requirement to be considered for admission. • When do I take the exams? The “rule of thumb” is to take the ACT and/or SAT exam once in the spring of your junior year and once in the fall of your senior year. Most colleges will take your highest combined score so it is to your benefit to take them at least one time. • What is the benefit of taking both the ACT and SAT exams? Colleges will take either your highest ACT or SAT score. Most kids tend to do better on one than the other. • Where do I take the exams? Niagara Wheatfield offers the SAT exam 4 times during the school year and the ACT exam 2 times during the school year. If you are not available on those test dates, you may take them at a local area school that offers them on different dates.

  15. GENERAL TESTING INFORMATION, cont. • How do I register for the exams? You may register online . You can register for the SAT at www.sat.organd the ACT at www.act.org It is YOUR responsibility to make sure you register for the exam before the registration deadline. Paper registration packets are also available, please see your counselor or go to the Career Center. • You MUST bring Photo ID AND your registration form to the exam or you will not be admitted!!!!!! • Is the writing section on the ACT and SAT exam optional? The writing exam IS optional for the ACT and SAT exam. • What are the SAT Subject Tests? These are specific subject area tests that some of the more competitive colleges may require you to take. You must check with the colleges you are applying to see if they are required. • How do I receive the test accommodations stated on my IEP or 504 Plan? You must fill out an additional application and have your accommodations approved in advance of taking the exams. See your counselor to pick up the accommodation form.

  16. ASVAB Testing • All Juniors will be offered the ASVAB on Tuesday, October 2ND (Periods 1-4) • The ASVAB is an aptitude and interest inventory used to help identify possible college majors and career paths

  17. Top Factors in College Admissions Decisions (National Association of College Admissions Counseling, 2008) Factors • Percentage

  18. Values- Identify College Characteristics • Distance from home • Size: small, medium, large • Location: suburban, urban, small town, rural • Majors and educational programs • Scholarship Opportunities • Academic reputation

  19. What should I be Doing Now? • Visit Career Center • College reps at NW, Trades Fair, Career Days, Career Speakers, Military Fair • Career searches • Parents, students, and alumni • Volunteer – Get Involved! • Take PSAT, SAT,ACT Exams • Counseling and Career Center websites • Professionals in the field of interest- Do Internships or shadowing!!

  20. Upcoming Events College Fair- NCCC Thursday, September 20TH 2018, – 6:30 – 8:00 PM US Service Academy Information Night –Clarence High School Thursday, September 20th, 2018 – 6:30 PM Brown, U of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Rice Information Night- Buffalo Niagara Marriot Monday, September 24th, 2018 - 7:00 PM Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University Information Night- Buffalo Niagara Marriott Sunday, September 30th, 2018- 7:00 PM WNY Colleges at NW - ALC October 2ND 2018– 11:00 – 11:40 am Tufts University, Vanderbilt University, Vassar College Information Night – Buffalo Niagara Marriott Monday, October 15th – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Trades Fair at NW – ALC November 1, 2018 – 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Military Fair at NW – ALC November 6TH – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm Alumni Visitation Day at NW December 21st, 2018 – 11:00 – 11:50 AM

  21. College VisitsCareer Center for September Alfred University September 20th 8:00 AM Keuka College September 20th 8:45 AM Paul Smith’s College September 20th 9:30 AM Cleveland Inst of Art September 20th 11:45 AM Saint Michael’s September 20th 12:30 PM SUNY Canton September 20th 1:30 pm SUNY Potsdam September 25th 12:30 PM Le Moyne College October 1st 10:15 AM WNY Colleges at NW October 2nd 11:00 AM Hobart & Wm Smith Colleges October 4th 11:00 AM Univ. of Rochester October 9th 8:00 AM Canisius College October 9th 8:45 AM

  22. College VisitsCareer Center for October NCCC October 11th 8:00 AM St. John Fisher October 11th 12:30 PM Miami University October 12th9:30 AM Gannon University October 12th 10:15 AM SUNY Geneseo October 15th 10:15 AM Mercyhurst October 23rd 10:15 AM D’Youville October 25th 11:00 AM Hilbert College November 8th 8:45 AM St. Bonaventure University November 8th 12:30 PM University of Pittsburgh – Bradford November 9th 9:30 AM

  23. WNY Colleges Visit to NW Tuesday, October 2, 2018 11:00 – 11:40 am ALC Colleges Attending: Alfred State Hilbert College Alfred U Houghton College Bryant and Stratton Jamestown Community College Buffalo State Medaille College Canisius NCCC Daemen Niagara University D’Youville St. Bonaventure Erie Community College Trocaire College SUNY Fredonia University at Buffalo Genesee Community College Villa Maria College

  24. There are things you should know… Useful Websites ACT Registration - www.actstudent.org Interest Inventory, College, Career Search – www.bridges.com SAT Registration/College searches - www.sat.org Financial Aid and Scholarships - www.finaid.org, or www.fafsa.gov NW Counseling and Career Center - www.nwcsd.k12.ny.us College Searches - www.petersons.com SUNY Schools - www.suny.edu Common Application www.commonapp.org

  25. College Information Night February 7th 2019 The Niagara Wheatfield High School Counseling and Career Centers will host a College Information Night for parents of Juniors and Sophomores. Admissions Counselors from 5 local colleges and universities will be on hand for a panel discussion on the college admission's process. These counselors will also be available later in the evening for individual questions. There will also be a session on Standardized Tests (SATs/ACTs) and Financial Aid. • Parents and students are encouraged to attend!

  26. 10th Annual Buffalo National College Fair • When: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 & Thursday, March 21, 2019 • Where: Buffalo Convention Center • Cost: FREE! • Students and parents will have the opportunity to meet face to face with over 200 college admission representatives from local schools and schools throughout the country who will be able to answer questions and provide informational handouts • Multiple information sessions will be taking place throughout the evening for information on financial aid, essay writing, NCAA requirements, and many more aspects of the college preparation process • This is a great opportunity to get even more questions answered and learn about all of your options!

  27. NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse • Division 1 & 2 must meet eligibility • NCAA: www.eligibilitycenter.org • Fee • Request your transcript • When do I register? • You can register anytime after you compete 6 semesters of high school. Most students will register at the beginning of their senior year • How do I qualify to participate in sports at a D I or II school? • Complete minimum of 16 core courses • Must complete 10 core courses by end of Junior Year • Take your SAT or ACT • Eligibility is determined by sliding scale • You MUST have your SAT or ACT scores sent to NCAA directly from collegeboard or ACT. Scores on a high school transcript will NOT be accepted • NCAA code is 9999

  28. Other Post High School Options!

  29. Options for the Military • ROTC • Reserve Officers Training Corps • Program offered at many colleges and universities • Visit http://www.goarmy.com/rotc.html for information • Military Academies • Prepare for a career in the armed forces • Army, Navy Air Force, Marines • US Service Academy Information Night –Thursday, September 20th, Clarence High School • Entering the Military after graduation • Discuss options with your family • Contact a recruiter for more information • Attend NW Military Fair – Tuesday, November 6th, ALC

  30. Trade Schools • Trade Schools differ from other schools by typically only taking classes directly related to your field • BOCES programs • Cosmetology, Plumbing, Auto, Heating and Cooling, Conservation, Food Service, Welding, etc. • Can attend BOCES after graduation, but must pay tuition • Attend NW Trades Fair – Thursday, Nov 1st , ALC • See Ms. Szegda for more information!

  31. Employment after Graduation • Read the Want Ads regularly • Attend Job Fairs • Civil Service Positions • Employment through the federal, state, or city government • Must take Civil Service Exams • Contact the Employment Training Office through Niagara County • Get assistance with resumes and finding employment


  33. Have a GREAT year! Make the most of it… You’re almost there!

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