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Students and Parents,

At Delsea High School, we believe that students, parents, teachers and school counselors are partners in student achievement. Our counseling program is structured to fulfill the personal, academic, and career development needs of all students within our district. Students and parents are urged to avail themselves of the services offered by the guidance department. Conferences are made by appointment.
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Summer Guidance Tasks for the incoming seniors!
YOU ARE ALL SENIORS NOW!  That means next year there will be a lot going on. The more you do over the summer, the better your school year will be. Trust me, I have worked with seniors for years. Your senior year will be a blur to you with all your classes, tests, clubs, sports, and you should have some fun in the last year of high school. And when you add the college application process....it's getting crazy. So if you can take some time in the summer to get ahead, it will really help you.
This is assuming you have started the process of searching for potential majors, searching for colleges (and their cost) and going to visit possible colleges. If you haven't done that, please start here:
Search possible careers and majors: https://njcis.intocareers.org/ (click NJ Resident, put in town and zip code for free access)
How do you visit a college? Search for their admissions office online, and check when they offer tours or open houses! Here is an example from Rowan: 
How do you find out what a college will cost you and your family? Search for the NET PRICE CALCULATOR on each website. Here is an example from Rutgers: https://rutgers.studentaidcalculator.com/welcome.aspx
EVERY COLLEGE WILL HAVE ONE - you have to find it on their website.
Here are my suggestions if you are past the above steps, and have an idea of major and a list of schools:
1. RESUME. Did you take the time to put together all of your activities in a resume? You are going to need it next year. Take the time to organize what you did in High School - you will be writing it a lot next year! 
2. APPLICATIONS - Do your schools take the Common App? 
Look at a list of schools that do: https://www.commonapp.org/search-colleges If your school uses the Common App, go in and create an account. Start working on your essays and applications.
Do you have non-Common App schools? Check their websites for their own applications. Many schools make their applications for Fall 2019 (you are applying for Fall 2019 admission!) available at some point in the summer.
NOTE: RANK/TRANSCRIPTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2018. Email your counselor when we get back to school for updated rank, and we can send out transcripts to college at that time. Do everything you need in your application besides sending transcript (the application, the essay, recommendation form if required, send SAT/ACT scores) and ask your counselor to send your transcript in September.
3. ESSAYS - this is something you should have at least a rough draft ready for September 2018. Check the common app and individual colleges for their application essay (or essays - those elite schools will want a few). One of the most common is some form of this one (the basic background essay), which you can usually use for a number of schools and even scholarships.  Helpful hint, senior English teachers often use this essay as a test grade in the first marking period!
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Remember, this is maybe the only chance for a college to see who you are. They don't want a biography, they do not want you to repeat what they can see in your application, they want to see who you are. Take some time, make it personal, grab their attention.
4. TESTING Review the upcoming tests and requirements from your colleges, and make a plan for fall. See the Testing announcement for more details. You must be done testing by December 2018 (if not sooner).
5. RECOMMENDATIONS. Please start thinking about who will write you a letter of recommendation. How many letters should you get? It depends on your plan. I have never had anyone need more than 3. You want to show different sides of you, but too many similar letters will result in admissions officers losing interest. For those applying to 4 year schools, two academic references will typically be good. For those applying to 2-year schools or plan on applying for scholarships, one is usually fine.
Try to seek out a teacher you made a personal connection with over the past few years (and you kept in contact with if it was in 9th grade!). Try to seek a teacher who is in your related major. Use an additional coach/advisor/community leader if you excel in an area and want to show that. Will you need a counselor recommendation? If so, don't forget to give them a copy and ask them to write you a letter of recommendation. 
Start filling out the recommendation form attached this summer. Spend some time to add personal information on it. This will allow your teachers to write a good letter of recommendation. You will share this with your potential references. Remember - it is not required for a teacher or any staff member to write these letters, and it often takes them several weeks (3-4) to put them together. Give them plenty of information (USE THE ATTACHED FORM OR RESUME) and plenty of time.
6. ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! That is important too! It's your last summer of high school. Take some time to have fun.
Reminder, as counselors, we are off in the summer too like your teachers.  We do come in a few days in the summer, and check email.  Email is the best way to reach your counselors this summer.
Mr. Keck (Last names A - Ge): [email protected]
Mrs. Duca (Last names Gi - N): [email protected]
Mr. D’Ottavio (Last names O-Z) [email protected]
This post is geared at students who will be applying directly for Fall 2019 to 4-year schools. For those applying to 2 year schools (RCGC, Cumberland, etc), tech schools or looking for military or employment, you will want to focus on steps 1, 3, 4, 5 and of course 6.
Summer Guidance Tasks for the incoming seniors!
YOU ARE ALL SENIORS NOW!  That means next year there will be a lot going on. The more you do over the summer, the better your school year will be. Trust me, I have worked with seniors for years. Your senior year will be a blur to you with all your classes, tests, clubs, sports, and you should have some fun in the last year of high school. And when you add the college application process....it's getting crazy. So if you can take some time in the summer to get ahead, it will really help you.
This is assuming you have started the process of searching for potential majors, searching for colleges (and their cost) and going to visit possible colleges. If you haven't done that, please start here:
Search possible careers and majors: https://njcis.intocareers.org/ (click NJ Resident, put in town and zip code for free access)
How do you visit a college? Search for their admissions office online, and check when they offer tours or open houses! Here is an example from Rowan: 
How do you find out what a college will cost you and your family? Search for the NET PRICE CALCULATOR on each website. Here is an example from Rutgers: https://rutgers.studentaidcalculator.com/welcome.aspx
EVERY COLLEGE WILL HAVE ONE - you have to find it on their website.
Here are my suggestions if you are past the above steps, and have an idea of major and a list of schools:
1. RESUME. Did you take the time to put together all of your activities in a resume? You are going to need it next year. Take the time to organize what you did in High School - you will be writing it a lot next year! 
2. APPLICATIONS - Do your schools take the Common App? 
Look at a list of schools that do: https://www.commonapp.org/search-colleges If your school uses the Common App, go in and create an account. Start working on your essays and applications.
Do you have non-Common App schools? Check their websites for their own applications. Many schools make their applications for Fall 2019 (you are applying for Fall 2019 admission!) available at some point in the summer.
NOTE: RANK/TRANSCRIPTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2018. Email your counselor when we get back to school for updated rank, and we can send out transcripts to college at that time. Do everything you need in your application besides sending transcript (the application, the essay, recommendation form if required, send SAT/ACT scores) and ask your counselor to send your transcript in September.
3. ESSAYS - this is something you should have at least a rough draft ready for September 2018. Check the common app and individual colleges for their application essay (or essays - those elite schools will want a few). One of the most common is some form of this one (the basic background essay), which you can usually use for a number of schools and even scholarships.  Helpful hint, senior English teachers often use this essay as a test grade in the first marking period!
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Remember, this is maybe the only chance for a college to see who you are. They don't want a biography, they do not want you to repeat what they can see in your application, they want to see who you are. Take some time, make it personal, grab their attention.
4. TESTING Review the upcoming tests and requirements from your colleges, and make a plan for fall. See the Testing announcement for more details. You must be done testing by December 2018 (if not sooner).
5. RECOMMENDATIONS. Please start thinking about who will write you a letter of recommendation. How many letters should you get? It depends on your plan. I have never had anyone need more than 3. You want to show different sides of you, but too many similar letters will result in admissions officers losing interest. For those applying to 4 year schools, two academic references will typically be good. For those applying to 2-year schools or plan on applying for scholarships, one is usually fine.
Try to seek out a teacher you made a personal connection with over the past few years (and you kept in contact with if it was in 9th grade!). Try to seek a teacher who is in your related major. Use an additional coach/advisor/community leader if you excel in an area and want to show that. Will you need a counselor recommendation? If so, don't forget to give them a copy and ask them to write you a letter of recommendation. 
Start filling out the recommendation form attached this summer. Spend some time to add personal information on it. This will allow your teachers to write a good letter of recommendation. You will share this with your potential references. Remember - it is not required for a teacher or any staff member to write these letters, and it often takes them several weeks (3-4) to put them together. Give them plenty of information (USE THE ATTACHED FORM OR RESUME) and plenty of time.
6. ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! That is important too! It's your last summer of high school. Take some time to have fun.
Reminder, as counselors, we are off in the summer too like your teachers.  We do come in a few days in the summer, and check email.  Email is the best way to reach your counselors this summer.
Mr. Keck (Last names A - Ge): [email protected]
Mrs. Duca (Last names Gi - N): [email protected]
Mr. D’Ottavio (Last names O-Z) [email protected]
This post is geared at students who will be applying directly for Fall 2019 to 4-year schools. For those applying to 2 year schools (RCGC, Cumberland, etc), tech schools or looking for military or employment, you will want to focus on steps 1, 3, 4, 5 and of course 6.
Summer Guidance Tasks for the incoming seniors!
YOU ARE ALL SENIORS NOW!  That means next year there will be a lot going on. The more you do over the summer, the better your school year will be. Trust me, I have worked with seniors for years. Your senior year will be a blur to you with all your classes, tests, clubs, sports, and you should have some fun in the last year of high school. And when you add the college application process....it's getting crazy. So if you can take some time in the summer to get ahead, it will really help you.
This is assuming you have started the process of searching for potential majors, searching for colleges (and their cost) and going to visit possible colleges. If you haven't done that, please start here:
Search possible careers and majors: https://njcis.intocareers.org/ (click NJ Resident, put in town and zip code for free access)
How do you visit a college? Search for their admissions office online, and check when they offer tours or open houses! Here is an example from Rowan: 
How do you find out what a college will cost you and your family? Search for the NET PRICE CALCULATOR on each website. Here is an example from Rutgers: https://rutgers.studentaidcalculator.com/welcome.aspx
EVERY COLLEGE WILL HAVE ONE - you have to find it on their website.
Here are my suggestions if you are past the above steps, and have an idea of major and a list of schools:
1. RESUME. Did you take the time to put together all of your activities in a resume? You are going to need it next year. Take the time to organize what you did in High School - you will be writing it a lot next year! 
2. APPLICATIONS - Do your schools take the Common App? 
Look at a list of schools that do: https://www.commonapp.org/search-colleges If your school uses the Common App, go in and create an account. Start working on your essays and applications.
Do you have non-Common App schools? Check their websites for their own applications. Many schools make their applications for Fall 2019 (you are applying for Fall 2019 admission!) available at some point in the summer.
NOTE: RANK/TRANSCRIPTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2018. Email your counselor when we get back to school for updated rank, and we can send out transcripts to college at that time. Do everything you need in your application besides sending transcript (the application, the essay, recommendation form if required, send SAT/ACT scores) and ask your counselor to send your transcript in September.
3. ESSAYS - this is something you should have at least a rough draft ready for September 2018. Check the common app and individual colleges for their application essay (or essays - those elite schools will want a few). One of the most common is some form of this one (the basic background essay), which you can usually use for a number of schools and even scholarships.  Helpful hint, senior English teachers often use this essay as a test grade in the first marking period!
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
Remember, this is maybe the only chance for a college to see who you are. They don't want a biography, they do not want you to repeat what they can see in your application, they want to see who you are. Take some time, make it personal, grab their attention.
4. TESTING Review the upcoming tests and requirements from your colleges, and make a plan for fall. See the Testing announcement for more details. You must be done testing by December 2018 (if not sooner).
5. RECOMMENDATIONS. Please start thinking about who will write you a letter of recommendation. How many letters should you get? It depends on your plan. I have never had anyone need more than 3. You want to show different sides of you, but too many similar letters will result in admissions officers losing interest. For those applying to 4 year schools, two academic references will typically be good. For those applying to 2-year schools or plan on applying for scholarships, one is usually fine.
Try to seek out a teacher you made a personal connection with over the past few years (and you kept in contact with if it was in 9th grade!). Try to seek a teacher who is in your related major. Use an additional coach/advisor/community leader if you excel in an area and want to show that. Will you need a counselor recommendation? If so, don't forget to give them a copy and ask them to write you a letter of recommendation. 
Start filling out the recommendation form attached this summer. Spend some time to add personal information on it. This will allow your teachers to write a good letter of recommendation. You will share this with your potential references. Remember - it is not required for a teacher or any staff member to write these letters, and it often takes them several weeks (3-4) to put them together. Give them plenty of information (USE THE ATTACHED FORM OR RESUME) and plenty of time.
6. ENJOY YOUR SUMMER! That is important too! It's your last summer of high school. Take some time to have fun.
Reminder, as counselors, we are off in the summer too like your teachers.  We do come in a few days in the summer, and check email.  Email is the best way to reach your counselors this summer.
Mr. Keck (Last names A - Ge): [email protected]
Mrs. Duca (Last names Gi - N): [email protected]
Mr. D’Ottavio (Last names O-Z) [email protected]
This post is geared at students who will be applying directly for Fall 2019 to 4-year schools. For those applying to 2 year schools (RCGC, Cumberland, etc), tech schools or looking for military or employment, you will want to focus on steps 1, 3, 4, 5 and of course 6.