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Sophomore News from Guidance

College and Career Planning: With our economy in its present state, college and career planning becomes even more important! This sophomore year is an excellent time to begin talking with your young adults about the importance of having some talents, skills and opportunities as they leave high school. The best way to create opportunity is to work hard and plan ahead now. Choosing the right classes and working hard to achieve will pay dividends in the future.

We are fortunate at Nordonia to be a part of Cuyahoga Valley Career Center. On, Thursday, November 20, 2008, Mr. Taylor from CVCC will speak to all sophomores. There are programs at CVCC for students of many interests and ability levels; it is important that you explore and discuss these programs with your sons and daughters.

Please understand that all programs at CVCC are competitive; upon completion of CVCC programs students go directly to the workforce or to apprentice programs or pursue college degrees. Leaving high school with certification in any of the programs offered at CVCC is a real advantage. Watch for continuing information about the CVCC programs and application process.

There is a FREE College and Career Planning Seminar at CVCC on Wednesday, November 12, 2008, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. Expert panelists will speak on topics for parents of 9th and 10th grade students, which include developing a self-reliant student; creating a solid academic portfolio; and earning college credit while still in high school. For parents of 11th and 12th grade stu- dents, there are additional topics. You can find information at www.cvccworks.com or by calling 440-746-8115.

I have completed visits to the sophomore English classes. I gave each student a packet of information covering important dates in the sophomore year, career choices and educational options, information on the Ohio Graduation Tests and other use- ful information. Please ask that your sons and daughters share this information with you. I gave them many useful websites also; you might find some of these useful for yourselves. We discussed PLAN test information and registration in these classes, as well; registered sophomores will take this test on Thursday, November 6, 2008.

Student loans come at a very high cost to our young adults. It is very important for you to begin to explore all choices for after high school and talk with your children about choices they can make now in order to have more opportunities in the future. We have a wealth of information at our fingertips; do your best to take the time to use this information and continue to talk with those busy teenagers of yours! The sophomore year is an important point in making these future plans. The Class of 2011 is well on its way to ending the first quarter of the year; do your best to help your children make the most of the rest of their sopho- more year. Be assured that I will do the same! Call me at 330-908-6022 if there are specific questions or concerns that you have. Maryellen Feeman Counselor, Class of 2011

Junior News from Guidance

I can‟t believe that the first grading period is coming to an end already! Please make sure that you are putting the time and ef- fort into your grades to be successful this year. You want to show colleges what you are capable of academically. At the same time, you want to make sure you are able to pass your classes this year, which will be more difficult if you don‟t do well the first grading period. Take advantage of the tutoring help in the tutor labs during your study hall or make appointments with teachers for before/after school.

On Thursday, October 23, 2008, all junior parents and students are invited to an evening program, “Through the Maze.” I will meet with you to discuss the college search process, college applications, college admissions tests (ACT/SAT), financial aid, and other important information regarding the transition to college after high school. This is an excellent opportunity for families, especially those that have not been through the college search process before. Please be sure to return the R.S.V.P. that you re- ceived in the mail, to the guidance office, so we can prepare materials for your son/daughter. Juniors will have two opportunities to take any O.G.T. section that they failed last year. The first opportunity will be during the week of October 27, 2008. Students will only take the sections that they failed last spring. Be sure to take advantage of the assis- tance that is available in the A.P.R. tutor labs. Students were also given passwords to access Study Island, an online O.G.T. prep program. You can visit the Ohio Department of Education website (www.ode.state.oh.us), click on “Testing & Assess- ment” (left side tab), click on “O.G.T.” (left side tab), and click on “Resources for O.G.T.” (in red) to get further practice. An- other valuable website is: ogt.success-ode-state-oh-us.info/studentsOGT.htm (do not type “www” first). Here, you will find practice tests, sample questions and other student resources.

Any student interested in playing a sport in a Division I or Division II college needs to register with the NCAA Clearinghouse during their junior year of high school. Please visit their website (www.ncaaclearinghouse.net) for more information. Be sure you have taken the appropriate classes to qualify for eligibility before you register for your senior year classes.

As always, please contact me with any questions or concerns at 330-908-6003. Visit the high school guidance website often to see what‟s new for juniors. Simply click on the word “Guidance” on the right hand side of the high school‟s website. Staci Ross Counselor, Class of 2010

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