Guidance Department

Winter 2016/17 Guidance Office News n’ Notes

Well folks, we sure had a wonderful bit of warm weather taking us into December, before the Arctic blasts began to blow.The school, staff and students are immersed in what is sure to be a productive and enjoyable winter season for all. As students and staff prepare for our semester one exams and semester 2 courses,  the FI learning community is in full winter mode. Our seniors are immersed in the search for whatever academic/work/training environment they are preparing for after graduation. Remember, weigh all college decisions and financial aid packages thoroughly, as families legally have until May 1st,2017 to make a final decision that is right for them. For those using either the Common Application, or Common Access, semester one transcripts will be uploaded by me as soon as they are produced in early February, and reviewed for accuracy. Our Juniors and Sophomores received PSAT scores on 12/16/16, and will now use their personal "access codes" to begin free tutoring with the famed Khan Academy. They should also avail themselves of the free College/Career search engines that come with the scores on the College Board site. All Juniors should sign up online(www.act.org) for the ACT(different than the SAT), offered on island April 8th,2017.The deadline is March 3rd,2017. The cost is $42.50, and $58.50 for the optional essay. We are also hosting the June 3rd SAT here as well. The deadline online(www.sat.org/register) signup is May 9th. The cost is $45 for the test and $57 including the essay(optional). We are not hosting Subjects tests this year, as we are a small national test center, but students can take them at the mainland sites. The cost for those is $26 to register, and $20 per test. See Mr. Amaral for details.

As always, I will be seeing all students in classes/individually, and working especially with Gr. 7/8 students in classes as they initiate their post secondary planning portfolio on Guidance Direct. Ms. Bean has passcodes for all students and their families to use. It is an enjoyable software system. As you can see with our new website, there are many critical links for parents/students as well. Please call or email me with any and all questions. I look forward each year to working with both you and your children! Kind regards, Gil Amaral-FI-Director of Guidance.


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