• Counseling Office News

    Seniors—Class of 2021

     

    Welcome back everyone!  We hope that the past few months have given you some time to destress and enjoy your summer.  This September, we are very excited to see you all, whether that be in person or via Zoom.  We are here to help assist you in any way possible.

    We will be continuing to utilize Google Classroom to post about different resources, tips, and activities to improve mental health and career readiness.  The classroom code to join is 7pr566n.

    Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Ms. Katherine Putcher (kputcher@broctoncsd.org) or Mrs. Laurie Skinner (lskinner@broctoncsd.org).

    We are looking forward to seeing you all soon!

    Ms. Katherine Putcher, MS/HS School Counselor

    Mrs. Laurie Skinner, Guidance Secretary

     

    Seniors -- Class of 2021

    Welcome to your senior year at Brocton Central School!  It has been a wild ride throughout the past few years, but you have made it.  With all that has happened the past few months due to COVID, I am sure many of you have a lot of questions regarding your future plans...We are here to help you in any way possible to meet your goals.  We hope this year is enjoyable and successful for you all.  This newsletter outlines some important dates to remember for this fall.  

     

    Should you have any questions or concerns, you can go to the school’s website (www.broctoncsd.org) or contact the Guidance Office.

    --- Wishing you success,

                Ms. Katherine Putcher, School Counselor

                Mrs. Laurie Skinner, Guidance Secretary

    Some things to keep in mind…

    Check into the Guidance Office frequently throughout the year to get information on current local and national scholarships, events/field trips, help with completing the FAFSA and college applications, and taking/retaking the SAT/ACT.

    The first semester of your senior year is your chance to increase your GPA and prove your potential to post-secondary choices.

    College is NOT your only only option...and that is okay!  There are a number of other areas including trade schools, the Military, going right into the workforce, and beyond.  We will support you with whichever decision you make.

    When writing essays for college applications or scholarships, try to think of things that make you unique.  What separates you from everyone else?

     

    Suggested Timeline

    September

    Start out the year strong.  Getting back into a healthy routine really helps!

    If you intend on attending college next year, you should put together a list of all of the places you are interested in applying to.  Think about the pros and cons of each when narrowing down your search (size, location, costs, dorms, clubs, etc)

    Register to take the SAT or ACT.  Many colleges have waived the requirement for applying, so be sure to check prior to signing up.  For upcoming dates and to register for the SAT, go to https://www.collegeboard.org/

     

    TBD: College Consortium 

    TBD: Financial Aid Night at Westfield

     

    October

    October 1: Beginning today, you can apply for financial aid by completing the online FAFSA application.  The website is www.fafsa.ed.gov

    October 16: Military recruiting form due.  This is a form to let us know if you would like to be on their recruiting list. The form can be found in the Beginning of Year Packet.

    October 26-30: College Application Week.  Throughout this week, the Guidance Office will be dedicated to helping seniors with college and FAFSA applications.

     

    TBD: Construction Career Day.

     

    November

    Turn in a list of activities (school, work, volunteer) that you would like to be on your final transcripts.  Forms can be found in the Guidance Office.

    If needed, ask teachers for letters of recommendation with plenty of time in advance.

    Complete at least one college application before Thanksgiving!  Be sure to look at each college’s deadline for when they are receiving applications.

     

    December

    Finish up college applications.

    Ask Ms. Putcher to send a copy of your official transcript to the colleges you have applied to.

     

    Submit your FAFSA.

     

    January- March:

    -Be checking your mail and emails for acceptance letters from the colleges that you applied to.

    -Complete the Student Aid Report portion of the FAFSA. At this point, also be sure to double check that all of the information is correct.

    -Begin applying for scholarships in the Guidance Office. Read our scholarship page on this website.

     

    April:

    -Begin making your final decision of where you would like to attend.  If you are having a difficult time deciding, try making a pro/con list of all the different options.

    -Attend open houses at the colleges you have either decided to attend or still thinking of attending.  Seeing the college again may help to sway you one way or the other.

     

    May:

    -May 1: National Decision Day.  This day is celebrated across the country to recognize seniors who have made their post-secondary decisions.  BCS will be recognizing the Class of 2021.

    -Submit the deposit to the college of your choice before the deadline.  Many schools have a deadline of May 1. 

    -Make any revisions to your FAFSA that are needed.

    -Accept/deny aid that the college is offering you.

     

    June:

    -Enjoy the end of your senior year!

    -Attend events for your class including Class Night, Awards Night, Senior Breakfast, Senior Skip Day, and Graduation.

     

    Some Other Things to Keep in Mind...

    -Check into the Counseling Office frequently throughout the year to get information on current local and national scholarships, events/field trips that will be taking place, help with completing FAFSA, and retaking the SAT/ACT.

    -The first semester of your senior year is your chance to increase your GPA and prove yourself to your potential college choices.

    -When writing college application or scholarships, try coming up with things that make you unique.  What separates you from everyone else?

    -College is NOT your only option… and that is okay!  There are a number of other areas including trade schools, going directly into the workforce, the Military, and beyond.  We will support you with whatever decision you make.

    -Enjoy your senior year!  It will fly by before your eyes.