DECEMBER

As we enter the final weeks of the first semester, don’t forget to take advantage of the academic support available to CBHS students. A list of resources can be found at Academic Assistance. Contact your academic counselor for additional information.

Also, a note to seniors… winter break is quickly approaching. All documentation requiring submission for January 1-5 college deadlines needs to be digitally sent by the student’s college counselor on or before December 21. If you have a deadline of January 1-5, we ask students to see their college counselors asap.

Don’t throw away those college letters! We ask that each senior submit a copy of each scholarship letter he receives to Mrs. Sherry Orians, our Records Secretary, no later than Wednesday, April 17. We need a copy of each scholarship award that your son receives even if he does not plan to attend that particular institution. Scholarship recipients will be listed in the graduation program. A student will not receive recognition for any scholarship (academic, athletic, art, music, theatre, leadership, community service, etc.) unless we have written confirmation of the award. Greater clarification of scholarships listed in the graduation program will be mailed to senior parents in January.

As always, please check the Parents and Counseling webpages for helpful information and frequently asked questions HERE.

Your CBHS Counselors

NOVEMBER

Just a few reminders from the CBHS Counseling Center as we continue through the 2nd quarter:

IF YOUR SON IS STRUGGLING ACADEMICALLY:

Teachers… The First Resource

Always contact your son’s teacher first. If you need additional assistance you may contact the Head of the Department https://www.cbhs.org/page/academics/faculty (listed first under the department heading) or your son’s school counselor. For Faculty Office Hours click here.

Academic Peer Mentoring Program

The Academic Peer Mentoring Program is designed for any student who needs extra support outside of the classroom.  The program will:

  • Evaluate the student’s current study habits
  • Encourage development of effective study habits tailored to the individual student
  • Provide academic assistance with homework and preparing for tests

Contact your school counselor for referral to the Academic Peer Mentoring Program.  Students will be matched with an academic peer mentor based on meeting times, academic needs, interests, and involvements.

Math Lab

Please remind your sons that the peer-led Math Lab meets every Thursday from 3 – 4 pm in Room 104 for any student needing help in Math. Students should also contact their teachers if they are having difficulty in any subject and seek peer tutoring through their academic counselor.

One Search

One Search is the premier one-stop resource for source information for papers, essays, class projects, and research topics. It can be accessed at https://www.cbhs.org/page/academics/library. (Login is required if accessing ONE SEARCH off campus). For additional help, e-mail Mrs. Pat Gallagher, CBHS Director of Library Services at pgallagher@cbhs.org.

Fostering Your Teen’s Success:

Access “Fostering Your Teen’s Success” here.  Presented at the Oct. 24 Parent’s Association meeting, Mr. Boeving’s presentation provided a wide array of suggestions for helping students stay focused, be organized, and reach their academic goals… great tools for all students!

FROM THE COLLEGE COUNSELORS:

College Visits:

CBHS school holidays provide a great opportunity for your family to visit college campuses.  Visiting a campus is the most effective way to discover if the college is the best fit for your son.  It’s never too early to visit campuses!  We encourage all grade levels to visit campuses each year.  Below is a link to a campus visit checklist so you can get the most out of your visit day.

https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/find-colleges/campus-visit-guide/campus-visit-checklist

Upcoming ACT Dates and Registration Deadlines:

Test Date                     Registration Deadline             Late Registration Deadline

December 8                November 2                            November 19

February 9                  January 11                            January 18

April 13                        March 8                                   March 25

June 8                          May 3                                      May 20

July 13                         June 14                                    June 24

Free Online ACT Prep:

PREP STEP provides specific course subject help, standardized test prep (including ACT, SAT, & AP practice tests and diagnostics), college prep (essay writing), and career help (resume writing, interviewing, etc.….) After logging in to their student account, students may access PREP STEP under “Resources” > “Library Resources”. For additional help, e-mail Mrs. Pat Gallagher, CBHS Director of Library Services at pgallagher@cbhs.org.

Senior Parents:

Remember to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) …find more information here. The FAFSA is also the application for the TN Hope Lottery Scholarship.

Also, please continue checking you Naviance account for college information.

UPCOMING COUNSELING EVENTS:

Athletic Recruiting Seminar

11/1/20186:30 PM

Main Building – Auditorium – AUD

Donut Stress for College (for parents)

11/8/20185:00 PM

Counseling Center Conference Room

As always, please check the Parents and Counseling webpages for helpful information and frequently asked questions at https://www.cbhs.org/page/parents and https://www.cbhs.org/page/academics/counseling-center.

Thank you for all you do and for entrusting your sons to us!
Your CBHS Counselors

OCTOBER 2018

As we near the end of the first quarter we have two special parent events to reenergize you and provide some helpful tools for navigating your way through your son’s high school years. Dr. Leonard Sax will be speaking on Thursday, October 4 at 7 pm in Sienna Hall at St. Agnes-St. Dominic. The event is free, but seating is limited so please register early. For more information or to register go to https://www.cbhs.org/page/news-detail?pk=1020054&fromId=241325. We also highly recommend that you pick up one of his many books which address the particular challenges of today’s parents. Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men and The Collapse of Parenting: How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups are two of our favorites.

We will also be hosting a Parent Workshop on Wednesday, October 24, at 7 pm in Heffernan Hall following parent-teacher conferences. The workshop will feature Mr. Ben Boeving. Mr. Boeving is a 1992 CBHS graduate and a certified ADHD Coach and Parent Trainer who has educated and empowered hundreds of families, teachers and professionals. He’ll discuss strategies for success at home and in the classroom… information valuable to any parent.

Please remind your sons that the peer-led Math Lab meets every Thursday from 3 – 4 pm in Room 104 for any student needing help in Math. Students should also contact their teachers if they are having difficulty in any subject and seek peer tutoring through their academic counselor. As always, other important information and dates can be found at https://www.cbhs.org/page/parents.

A quick note to senior parents: Be sure to check your son’s Naviance account for important information and updates and see the College Counseling events listed below.

Finally, we are thrilled to invite you to our Counseling Center Meet & Greet, which will be held during Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday, October 24, prior to Mr. Boeving’s Parent Workshop. We are adjacent to the courtyard on the east side. Please drop by between your teacher conferences to see the CBHS Counseling Center’s new home.

Thank you for all you do!

Your CBHS Counselors

COLLEGE COUNSELING EVENTS:

 Financial Aid Night: (For Students &Parents) October 2, 6:30 PM, Christian Brothers High School, Auditorium

CBHS will be joining with St. Agnes for our annual Financial Aid Night. This event will be hosted at Christian Brothers High School. A representative from Christian Brothers University will be presenting on financial aid and be available to answer questions.

 Jane Ross ACT Test Prep: (For Students) October 16, 18, 23 & 25, 2018 from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM at CBHS. CBHS will host ACT preparation classes on campus through Jane Ross Tutoring. The fee for these four prep sessions is $160. Jane Ross also hosts numerous standardized test preparation workshops at their Cordova office. Visit https://janerosstutoring.com/ to register or call 901-795-7377 for additional information.

 Junior Parent College Night: 6 PM, October 16, Auditorium. This program will be a great resource to help you and your son through the college search process. During this session we will focus on utilizing Naviance and ACT test prep resources. Naviance is a comprehensive portal for college planning, providing a central location for everything associated with college research, scholarship opportunities, and ACT test prep resources.

 College Lunch Visits: (For Students) This school year college representatives will primarily be visiting during lunch and will have a table set up in the lobby of Heffernan Hall. All students are encouraged to stop by and learn more about different higher education institutions and talk with admission representatives. All colleges visiting CBHS will be posted in Naviance.

 Athletic Recruiting Seminar: 6:30 pm Thursday, November 1, Auditorium. Mr. Pletcher will speak with parents of student athletes who would like to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.  This informative seminar addresses the ins and outs of college recruiting and what it takes to play at the next level.

 

SEPTEMBER 2018

Greetings from CBHS Counseling… your sons are back in full swing and so are we! We’re visiting classrooms to discuss everything from college prep to positive mental health and working with your sons to address academic, professional, and emotional concerns. We enjoyed welcoming our freshman and transfer parents at their August orientation and look forward to seeing our sophomore parents on September 13. College counselors are meeting with junior and senior parents to help them navigate the college admissions process, and they’ve already provided 6 hours of college prep and Naviance training to our senior students!

Registration is now open for our October 4 fall speaker, Dr. Leonard Sax. The event is free, but seating is limited so please register early. The event will be held at St. Dominic. For more information or to register go to https://www.cbhs.org/page/news-detail?pk=1020054&fromId=241325.

You can find other important dates below and at https://www.cbhs.org/page/parents. Remind your sons that Club Day is Wednesday, September 5 at 8 am in Heffernan.

A quick note to senior parents: Be sure to check your son’s Naviance account for important information. Also, transcripts will be sent out by September 1 (this date is selected to ensure that transcripts are properly processed by colleges who, until that time, may still be accepting transcripts for their incoming freshman classes and to ensure that our transcripts accurately reflect all senior schedule changes.)

Thank you for entrusting your sons to us… let us know how we can help!

Your CBHS Counselors

COLLEGE COUNSELING EVENTS:

Senior College Night: (For Parents and Students) September 11, 6 PM, Auditorium

This program will be a great resource to help you and your son through the college search and decision process. We will have a main session that will cover applying to colleges, testing, requesting transcripts, and applying for scholarships. In addition, we will have breakout sessions to cover specific topics including the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (https://fafsa.ed.gov), TSAC lottery scholarships, competitive admission process, and the NCAA.

 Jane Ross ACT Test Prep: (For Students) October 16, 18, 23 & 25, 2018 from 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM at CBHS

CBHS will host ACT preparation classes on campus through Jane Ross Tutoring. The fee for these four prep sessions is $160. Jane Ross also hosts numerous standardized test preparation workshops at their Cordova office. Visit https://janerosstutoring.com/ to register or call 901-795-7377 for additional information.

College Lunch Visits: (For Students)

This school year college representatives will primarily be visiting during lunch and will have a table set up in the lobby of Heffernan Hall. All students are encouraged to stop by and learn more about different higher education institutions and talk with admission representatives. All colleges visiting CBHS will be posted in Naviance.

 CBHS Mini-College Fair: (For Parents and Students)

September 13, 11 AM – 1PM, Heffernan Hall Lobby

September 17, 11 AM – 1 PM, Heffernan Hall Lobby

We are planning to have approximately 14 colleges set up in the lobby of Heffernan Hall during all lunches. Currently we have 8 schools confirmed (University of Chicago, University of Colorado – Boulder, Oglethorpe University, Nova Southeastern University, DePaul University, Miami University – Oxford, Furman, Tulane, and Vanderbilt) and we will continue to add additional colleges as we near the date of the event.

 Memphis Area College Night, Inc: (For Parents and Students) September 17, 6 PM – 8 PM, Agricenter

This annual college fair is a great way to connect with over 100 different higher education institutions.

 Financial Aid Night: (For Students &Parents) October 2, 6:30 PM, Christian Brothers High School, Auditorium

CBHS will be joining with St. Agnes for our annual Financial Aid Night. This event will be hosted at Christian Brothers High School. A representative from Christian Brothers University will be presenting on financial aid and be available to answer questions.

 More College Events in the Memphis Area

 Notre Dame
Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7 PM
Christian Brothers High School – Auditorium

You and your family are invited to an ND on the Road information session presented by a member of our Admissions staff. The session will include information on academic, community, and spiritual life at the University of Notre Dame, as well as insights into the admissions and financial aid processes.  This is a great opportunity to get your questions answered.

RSVP: https://enrollment.nd.edu/register/Memphis_090418

University of Tennessee – Knoxville: Top-Notch Tennessee Event
Thursday, September 6th, 2018
UT Health Science Center
Student Alumni Center, 800 Madison Avenue

Top-notch Tennessee is an event for high school seniors, designed to introduce you to the Honors and Scholars Programs at the University of Tennessee. The program will provide information about UT’s four university wide honors programs: 1794 Scholars, Chancellor’s Honors, Haslam Scholars, and Honors Leadership. Students should have an ACT super score of 28 and a weighted GPA of 3.8. Join us to learn from honors staff about the unique features of each program, the application/selection process, and which honors program is right for you. Enjoy dinner with our young alumni and learn how Honors and Scholars shaped their UT experience.

RSVP: https://honors.utk.edu/events/topnotchtn/

The Metropolitan University Tour
Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 05:00 PM until 07:00 PM
Hilton Memphis, 939 Ridge Lake Blvd, Memphis, TN 38120

Come learn about SMU, The George Washington University, Tulane University, Northeastern University, University of Miami and New York University as we team up to introduce prospective students to the academic, interdisciplinary and social experiences possible at each of our five unique institutions. Join admission representatives from each school while we share the unique aspects of our schools and cities as well as tips for the application process.
RSVP: https://apply.tulane.edu/portal/tulanecomestoyou?id=fc834800-c96c-41b1-a629-7957c2755c8a

Washington University – St. Louis
Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 04:00 PM until 05:00 PM
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art – Hohenberg Auditorium

Join an Admission Officer to learn about academic opportunities, campus life, community engagement, and how WashU paves the way for our graduates’ futures. We’ll also be ready to answer your questions about the application process and financial assistance at WashU.
RSVP: https://pathway.wustl.edu/portal/washu_near_you?id=4e02cf77-1c35-47bf-9460-d2d3b30bd830

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AUGUST 2018

Welcome to the 2018-19 School Year!

We look forward to working with you and your son this year. Please note important counseling dates on the Counseling Webpage at https://www.cbhs.org/page/academics/counseling-center. Please make plans to attend your respective fall parent orientation meeting(s): Freshman and Transfer Parent orientation on August 16, Sophomore Parent orientation on September 13, Junior Parent orientation on October 16, and Senior Parent college night on September 11.

Also, please note our fall speaker scheduled for October 4 (before we recess for fall break), is Dr. Leonard Sax, author of Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men. We encourage all parents to read Dr. Sax’s book… CBHS will provide opportunities for parent discussion during the school year as part of our collaborative effort to promote student development.

If your son will be taking the ACT and has documentation for testing accommodations, please provide that information to Mr. Mike Skirius at least one month before the test date.

Also, for senior parents please note that transcripts will be sent out beginning September 4th. The Senior College Night on September 11 at 6 pm in the Auditorium will cover Hope Lottery -TSAC Scholarships, Selective College Admissions, Honors Colleges and Fellowships, and general questions regarding the college admissions process. The following colleges will be in attendance:  University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Christian Brothers University, and University of Memphis. In addition, Memphis Area College Night is September 17 from 6-8 PM at the Agricenter.  Also, please encourage your son to visit with colleges and universities during lunch in Heffernan Hall. Last year, we had more than 80 schools visit CBHS!

The Counseling Center and Parent webpages have been revised to provide you with more helpful information for the upcoming school year at https://www.cbhs.org/page/academics/counseling-center and https://www.cbhs.org/page/parents.

We look forward to partnering with you to make this a rewarding year for your son.

The CBHS Counseling Department

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JULY 2018

Greetings from the CBHS Counseling Office(s)! Hopefully, you and your family have settled into a summer rhythm that provides some extra family time and a chance to experience new things together. Your CBHS counselors are hard at work preparing for the upcoming school year, even though as Dr. Blancett mentioned in the last parent newsletter, we are scattered among various offices until construction on the new Counseling Center is complete. We look forward to welcoming you to our new home in the fall and will host a Parent Open House once we settle in, so you can see the new center and meet the counseling staff.

If you’ve checked the CBHS website lately, you noticed that it is also under construction. The new version will provide a more user-friendly experience for our CBHS families. Look for more information to come on that, as well as on the new CBHS online library subscriptions available to your son this fall. These amazing free resources — from ACT and AP prep to course help to resume writing – have been compiled to save you time and money. We’ll provide you with information on how to access these, so you can encourage your son to take advantage of all that is offered.

As we look forward, we are always mindful of what we can do to foster student growth; however, while we are excited about the continual improvement of our on-campus resources, we realize that our best resource and most valued partner in shaping the lives of young men is YOU. If you’ve not had a chance to read Dr. Leonard Sax’s book, Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men, I highly recommend it. It is a thought-provoking book that provides research-driven information for helping young men navigate their paths to success. We’ll provide opportunities for parent discussion during the school year as part of our collaborative effort to promote student development.

You’ll receive additional information on upcoming parent events soon, but for now please mark your calendars for your respective fall parent orientation meeting(s): Freshman and Transfer Parent orientation on August 16, Sophomore Parent orientation on September 13, Junior Parent orientation on October 16, and Senior Parent college night on September 11.

Finally, many thanks to Dr. Jeff Blancett and best wishes as he transitions into his new role as Academic Dean. He has tirelessly and exceptionally led the CBHS counseling department, and he leaves very big shoes to fill. Many thanks also to you, our wonderful CBHS parents, for the amazing job you do and for entrusting your sons to us.

Dr. Janet Hill
Director of Counseling

JUNE 2018

Congratulations are in order — we have made it through another successful school year at CBHS. Our seniors have walked across the stage and received their diplomas and now they are off to the next chapter in their lives. As they move on, we are ready to welcome the class of 2022 as they join us in August.

Next year’s schedules have been posted and can be viewed by logging on to your son’s CBHS website account and clicking on Academics and then clicking on Schedule Next Year. In preparation for next year, make sure your son completes his summer reading for English. Also, if your son is enrolled in Honors Geometry or Honors Algebra II/Trig, he will have some work to complete as well. To view the summer work lists, go to the CBHS website and click on Summer Course Work.

Summers always bring about some changes to our campus. The most obvious will be the renovation of Stephen Hall and counseling center. That’s right, the counseling center is not only getting a face lift, but we are being moved to the old classrooms of 603, 604 and 605. The entrance to the new center will be off the courtyard, and the handicap entrance will be off the 600 corridor. We are hoping to be in the new offices by September 15. In the meantime, the counselors have temporary offices throughout the building. Mr. Skirius is in room 324 (Campus Ministry office), Mr. Pletcher is in room 362 in the Marr Business Building, Mrs. Mistretta is in the southwest loft of the Library, Mr. Callicot and Mrs. Orians are in the northwest loft of the library, and Br. Phil is sharing Br. Joel’s office also in the southeast loft of the library.

Also sharing the southwest loft with Mrs. Mistretta will be Dr. Janet Hill. Many of you may already know her from her work in the Alumni Relations office. Dr. Hill has switched roles and will be the Director of Counseling beginning July 1. Before her career at CBHS, she was in private practice as a clinical psychologist in the Memphis area, specializing in work with children, adolescents, and families. She brings a wealth of clinical experience and knowledge to the counseling center at CBHS.

As for me, I have been named the Dean of Academics and will take over those duties officially on July 1. I will oversee scheduling, standardized testing, drug testing policies and campus safety concerns. Although my title has changed, and I am in a different office, if I can assist you in any way, don’t hesitate to ask.

Enjoy your summer and we will see you in August.

Dr. Jeff Blancett

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APRIL 2018

I hope you all enjoyed the impromptu snow break we had a couple of weeks ago.  Although, we enjoyed the extra time off we were ready to get back to work.

Your son should have come home with his PSAT score report from the October testing date earlier this month.  It is quite possible you have yet to see it, so be sure and ask him about it.  If he doesn’t remember where he put, the first place to look is in the bottom of his back pack. If he still can’t find it, don’t worry.  Your son’s counselor has a copy of it in his file and we will be happy to make a copy for you. If your son has not yet logged in to the College Board website to set up his personal account, please encourage him to do so.  Using his personal Access Code printed on the front page of the score report, your son has access to customizing his own  tutorial program to prepare for the SAT or next years PSAT.  Again, this is a free service through College Board and Khan Academy.

Your son also has access to ACT Prep materials through Naviance.  Once he has logged in to his Naviance account, there is a Test Prep link on the left hand side.  He simply clicks the link and begins practicing for the ACT.  This prep program is also free to the students.

Speaking of the ACT, the next ACT that our students can register to take is April 14, 2018.  Registration for this test is open until March 9th.

Even though we missed three days of school because of the snow, the counselors are moving full speed ahead getting our students courses selected for next year.  We hope to have all this year’s junior’s course requests in the system by Friday, February 2nd. We will begin calling in sophomores Monday and as soon as they have all been seen, we will bring in the current freshmen to review their courses for the next year.

As a parent, you can see what courses your son was recommended to take by his current teachers and what electives he chose to take next year.  Login to your student’s web page, click on Academics and then select Course Requests.  You will see all the courses that your son has requested for next year.  The requests are not set in stone.  Your son has time to make some adjustments.  Please review your son’s requests with him so there are no surprises this fall when we begin classes. Dropping a study hall in August to add an elective at best is difficult and in some case impossible to do without overloading a class.  The determination of how many sections of a class to offer is made in the spring, adding sections in August is virtually impossible.

If you have any questions regarding recommendations of your son’s core classes (math, English, Science, or foreign language), please contact your son’s teacher.  He or she is in a much better position to predict his level of success moving forward than your son’s counselor.  After teaching your son for six months or so,  the teachers have a pretty good idea how engaged he is with the material, his work ethic and curiosity towards the subject.

We hope to post next year’s students schedules the week of May 14th.

If you can be of any help to you or your family, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

The CBHS Counseling Staff

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The CBHS Counselors would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and welcome you back to campus after a well deserved Holiday Break.  The first order of business will be to return the PSAT Score Report to your sons along with their PSAT test booklet.  I anticipate that the scores should be in your son’s hands by January 12.  When your son gets his his score report, I encourage you to have him login to the College Board website and sign-up for the free on-line Khan Academy SAT Practice sessions.  The practice sessions are tailored to your son’s needs based on his PSAT results.  Did I mention it is FREE?

As the new semester gets underway, we are already planning for the 2018-2019 Academic year.   During January, teachers will begin making recommendations for your son’s courses for next year. The recommendations are based on your son’s first semester performance.   That having been said, they are not set in stone.  Student’s whose performance improves significantly during the spring semester may be moved up a level in some classes. Likewise, students whose level of commitment decrease may be moved into regular level classes.

Once teacher recommendations have been made, each student will be called into the counseling office to review the recommendations and make any selection of electives that your son may have to complete his schedule requests.   It is our hope that every student will have completed the course selection process by the end of February.

The next ACT testing date is February 10.  The deadline for regular registration is January 12, so your son still has time to register without having to pay a late registration fee.

As always, if we can be of any assistance to your family, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

The CBHS Counseling Staff

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It seems hard to believe, but we are just a couple of weeks away from the end of the first semester, nine school days to exact.  First and second period semester exams will be on on December 14th.  Third and fourth period exams will be on December 15.  Fifth and sixth period exams will be on December 18th and seventh and eighth period exams will be on December 19th.  Research consistently shows that cramming 3 hours for an exam the night before is less effective than starting a week before and studying 30 -40 minuets every night.   Now is the time to start having your sons begin studying for semester exams.

Most of you are aware that the semester averages are calculated using the following formula:  1st quarter 40% + 2nd quarter 40% + semesters exam 20% / 5 = semester average.   In layman terms, double the 1st quarter grade, double the 2nd quarter grade add in the semester exam and divide by 5.   It is not too late for your son to improve his grades.  The semester exam can improve the semester average by 20%.  On the other hand, not preparing for the exams can lower the semester average as much as 20%.  So, please encourage your son to prepare and take the exams seriously.

You may recall that our students took the PSAT in October.  Your son’s will be able to view their scores on-line the second week in December.  If your son provided their email to College Board, they will be receiving an email reminder as well as instructions on how to view their scores.  We will be getting hard copies of their score when we return from the Christmas Break and we will return them along with the actual test booklet they used for the test.  Once they receive their scores, please encourage your son to login to the College Board website and register to set up free tutorials through Khan Academy.

There is still time to register for the “Donut Stress” sessions with the college counselors.  The next session will be December 1st in Stephen Hall from 8:30 to 9:30.  These sessions are open to any parent of any CBHS student in any grade.  This is an excellent chance to have all your college admission questions answered by one of our college counselors.  To register email Mrs. Mistretta at Pmistretta@cbhs.org.

We have passed the deadline for the December ACT registration.  The next ACT Testing date will  February 10th.  The deadline for that test be A week ago all our freshmen, sophomores and juniors took the PSAT.   Students will be able to view their scores beginning December 13.   We should receive hard copies of your son’s score report soon after we return from the Christmas Break.  Those score reports will be returned to the students along with their actual test booklet to their homerooms.  I will put a reminder in the January newsletter to ask your son to see the score report.

One last reminder for parents of seniors, if your son signed up for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program, you and your son MUST attend one of the mandatory meetings at Southwest Community College at the Macon Campus on either December 12th at 5:30 or December 13th at 5:30.  The meeting will be held in the Nabors Gymnasium. When you arrive, make sure you and your son both sign-in.  If they have no record of your attendance, your son will not longer be eligible for the scholarship.

The CBHS counseling staff wish you all a safe and happy holiday season.  If we can be of any assistance as we close out this semester, please don’t hesitate to ask.

The CBHS Counselors

 

I know it is difficult to believe, but many students forget to show mom and dad or misplace it. The first place to look would be in the bottom of the backpack.  If you still can’t find it, contact your son’s counselor.  We have duplicate copies of all reports and will be happy to get you a copy.

Once your son has received his PSAT Score report, please encourage him to log in to the College Board web site and take advantage of the free tutorial with Khan Academy.  Your son’s report will have a unique number for him and he can create a study account to help him prepare for next year’s PSAT or SAT.

The college counselors have hosted two Donut Stress breakfast meetings  with our parents this semester.  This is an opportunity to come ask our college counselors any thing you would like to know about the college admission process.  This is open to all parents of any grade level.  The next Donut Stress will be Friday, December 1.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Mrs. Mistretta at Pmistretta@cbhs.org or Mr. Callicot at Jcallicot@cbhs.org.

We are in the home stretch of the first semester. There are only 27 school days left in this semester. And it is never to early to start preparing for semester exams.  An extra 15 or 20 minutes a day of studying can go along way in helping your son feel confident as the exams loom closer.

One final note:  The next ACT will be held at CBHS on December 9.  It is not too late to register.  Regular registration ends November 3, but late registration is open until November 17.

The CBHS Counseling staff wish you and your families and safe and happy Thanksgiving Holiday.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your son, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

The CBHS Counselors