2013 SAT, ACT and PSAT Dates

Listed below are remaining 2013 SAT, ACT and PSAT administration dates, as of 9/30/13.  You must go to the website to see the registration dates and do so promptly.  PSAT registration is handled by the school, so check with your school counseling/guidance office for details.
The SAT exams are Reasoning and Subject.  The Reasoning sections are critical reading, math and writing. Subject tests are required by some colleges and are sometimes randomly offered on different dates.  Be sure to check for availability on the registration site.
Tip:  Register promptly; late registration is an additional fee and the “walk-in” option is not guaranteed and is costly.
October 5, 29013
November 2, 2013
December 7, 2013
January 25, 2014
March 8, 2014
May 3, 2014
June 7, 2014
October 26, 2013
December 14, 2013
February 8, 2014
April 12, 2014
June 14, 2014
PSAT Test Dates  (check with your school for your assigned date)
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013

Virginia Commonwealth University: National Portfolio Day – October 12th

Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond) will be sponsoring a National Portfolio Day on Saturday, October 12th.  If you are interested in music and/or theatre, this could be an excellent opportunity to tour the campus and get faculty feedback on your portfolio.  The agenda includes the following:
Upcoming Open House:
Saturday, October 12 (also a National Portfolio Day)
You’ve heard about VCUarts, but have you seen it? If not, this is the perfect time.
· visit campus and tour arts facilities
· have your portfolio reviewed
· meet faculty and students from each department
· visit the dorms
· eat in their award-winning dining hall
· attend sessions on financial aid, study abroad, transferring, the Honors College, and  more!
The Oct 12 Open House will include a National Portfolio Day & audition prep workshops for Music & Theatre!  During National Portfolio Day, you can get feedback on your portfolio by VCU faculty, as well as representatives from the nation’s other leading art schools.
VCU opened in 1838 and is located in an urban setting.  Degrees offered are bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate.  The admission process is considered to be selective and there are approximately 19,600 full-time undergrad students.
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Gettysburg College (PA) Open House Events

Listed below are Open House events scheduled October 2013 through  March 2014 at Gettysburg College.  The college is a liberal arts and science institution with approximately 2600 students located in historic Gettysburg, PA.  If you like to ski, slopes are near the campus.  GC is also known for its Sunderman Conservatory of Music (I’ve had students attend).

Visit the link https://www.gettysburg.edu/visiting_gettysburg/special_events.dot  to get more information on the following:

Senior Preview Days

Fall Open House (October 19th)

Junior Open House

Conservatory Open House (November 1st -2nd)

Conservatory Auditions (November 1st – 2nd)


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High School Students, Welcome Back to School!!

High School Students, Welcome Back  to School!!

Hope you had an enjoyable summer. I am sure you are excited about the new school year.  Consider getting involved in an activity. There might be at least one of interest to you at school or in the community. Working with your class on their homecoming project might be fun.
Here are some tips to get your first quarter and semester off to a successful start:

1. Remember to start reviewing the first week of school for your semester exams. I encourage freshmen to spend 1-2, sophomores 2-3, juniors 3-4, and  seniors 4-5 nights weekly, starting the beginning of a semester, reviewing notes. The eighteen weeks of repetition will store the information in your long-term memory. If you are a senior, your first semester grades will be important for your mid-year report to colleges.

2. Use your planner and write down homework, important projects, etc., every day.

3. Plan to study a minimum of thirty minutes per academic subject daily. Start with your most difficult subject first because this will connect you to the school day.

4. Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help and ask questions. Immediately get help, when you need it. Ask your counselor and teachers about school tutoring resources, which are usually free.

5. Make a “to do” list of everything you must do each day in order to stay on task and organized with your responsibilities.

6. Use your time wisely. This is important as you progress through high school.

7. Determine your best study time and try to stick to it, as much as possible. As you know, consistent behavior, that is positive, is important in high school.

8. Keep your notebook and papers organized. If you need assistance, ask for help.

9. When doing math homework, start with problems you can solve. This will help build your confidence.

10. Use flash cards when studying. They are good for organizing information and testing yourself.

11. If you are comfortable studying with a friend, try it. Limit group study to four people so that you are participating in the activity.

12. SENIORS:  Stay clear of senioritis!! It can easily persuade a college to rescind a decision.