Mt. Mansfield Union High School Student Services
Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Monday, October 28th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm at MMU - Taking on Tough Topics: How to Foster Constructive Conversations with Your Teen. Join Danielle Jatlow from Centerpoint to explore ways to step into difficult conversations with your adolescent.. Learn ways to continue to plant the seeds of connection and understanding as your child increasingly strives for independence. This workshop will provide an opportunity for parents to consider a variety of strategies to engage their teenagers from a developmentally-matched stance that support whole family health and wellness. There will be time for Q&A.
VSAC Financial Aid Forms Workshop - October 29th, 6:30-8:00pm in the MMU Computer Lab. Come and learn about filling out the FAFSA and have your questions answered by a representative from VSAC.
Two-Year College Night - Thursday, Dec. 5th, 6:30-8:00pm, MMU auditorium. We will be hosting a panel of admissions counselors from 2-year colleges and other professionals in the trades. Students and parents are invited. There will be time for Q&A.
GAP Year Fair - January 16th, 6:00-8:30pm, Burlington High School - Hosted by USA Gap Year Fairs, the fair opens with an informational talk and then offers students a chance to meet with volunteer, travel, and internship representatives from international and domestic organizations. For more information visit usagapyearfairs.org.
News from MMU Counselors
The first quarter has flown by! We are thankful for fall and a smooth transition back to school. The ninth grade class has brought new energy and enthusiasm to the building and our seniors are well prepared and organized about planning for next year. We would like to tell you about some upcoming programs and to invite and encourage you to be in touch with any questions and/or concerns that you have at any point.
9th grade: Counselors have been and will continue meeting with all ninth graders individually this fall. Our goal is to have a meeting with each of them before Thanksgiving. The purpose of these meetings is to get to know a bit about each other and to talk about how the transition to MMU has gone for each of them. Don’t forget to ask your student to show you their “Who Am I?” video!
10th grade: We focus a lot this year on career exploration and we will hit the ground running with our Career Fair that all sophomores will attend here at school on November 12th. Local professionals will run workshops on what they do, and each student will get to choose 2 workshops to attend (1 of which will be tied to the PLP work that they have been doing over the past year). These workshops will give students the opportunity to gather information and ask questions about careers of interest.
11th grade: As you know, all of our juniors took the PSAT on October 16th and they did a great job! Students should be receiving access to their online score reports from College Board in mid-December and during that time we will host score interpretation sessions with students. It might be helpful to know that with students’ PSAT scores comes free and personalized SAT test prep through Khan Academy. We will be giving students information about how to access this when they get their scores back.
12th grade: Counselors and seniors completed 8, 90-minute Senior Sessions this fall. As you know, over the 4 weeks that we worked together, we covered everything from completing the Common Application, to college admission essays, to scholarships and financial aid, to resume writing. It was a very productive time and early data indicates that: 1. students found the time well spent and 2. students are on track with completing college applications earlier. Links to Senior Session workshops can be found below. Finally, don’t forget that the VSAC Scholarships for Vermonters book is out and available in Student Services!
As always thanks so much for your partnership with us. We look forward to seeing you at parent/teacher conferences on 11/13 and 11/14. Best, Rebecca, Chris, Kristen and Toni
Senior Sessions (click on workshop title for slide presentation)
9/17 - What to expect after high school
9/18 - Overview of application process, orientation to Naviance
9/24 - Create and work on Common Application or build resume
9/25 - Work in Naviance, letters of rec., requesting transcripts
10/1 - College essay and supplemental essay writing
10/2 - Q & A with Local Reps: 4 year college, GAP year, VTC/CCV
10/8 - Conferences with English teachers about essays
10/9 - Financial Aid & Nuts and bolts, tie up loose ends
**A note about Driver’s Ed: Each year we get many questions about how to register for driver’s education at MMU. The first thing students need to do in order to get on our driver’s ed list is to bring their permit to Student Services to be copied. This makes one eligible for the class. Each semester, we schedule the oldest students whose permits are on file. We are currently scheduling students for Spring 2020 Driver’s Ed.
College Admission Representatives please schedule visits to Mt. Mansfield Union High School at RepVisits