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

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