Student Services News September 27, 2019

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September 27, 201

Maryland College Application Campaign

September 30 - October 31, 2019. The Maryland College Application Campaign (MCAC) is open to all high school students. The goal of the college campaign is to increase the number of first generation students, low-income students, unaccompanied youth, foster care youth, students with disabilities, students in the juvenile education system, and others underrepresented in higher education.


If you are interested in a Career Academy, please consider attending an evening Information Session or a Shadow Day. The Shadow Day requires a permission slip. It is attached. Please return these to Mrs. Brandt in Student Services.

October 13, 2019, and December 10, 2019 - Information Nights from 7:00 pm  to 9:00 pm at the ARL for any 9th or 10th graders

Shadow Days for 10th graders: 

November 20, 2019, AM and January 8, 2020, AM (Snow Date January 15, 2020, AM)

Cybersecurity Essentials                  
Graphic Design
Systems and Project Engineering             
Agricultural Science  
PLTW- Aerospace Engineering

November 21, 2019, AM and January 9, 2020, AM (Snow Date January 16, 2020, AM)

Computer Networking- Cyber                   
Academy of Finance                         
Homeland Security                 
Early College Program in Cybersecurity (current 9th graders ONLY)        

November 21, 2019, PM and January 9, 2020, PM (Snow date January 15, 2020, PM)    

Health Professions



FAQ for College Apps!

Below are some frequently asked questions we have been receiving from students. We thought it would be helpful to send to all seniors.

1. What if I don’t know all of the colleges I’m applying to by October 2nd?

October 2nd is the deadline to submit transcript request forms and letters of recommendations (for teachers) for the November 1 deadline. This means that if you want your letter and transcript sent by a November 1 deadline, you MUST submit the blue transcript request form and the yellow teacher form by October 2nd. If you do not have a final list of colleges, don’t panic! Submit the blue form with the schools you are sure that you are applying to. Then you can submit an additional form at any point or delete one of the colleges. The important piece is getting the initial form in by October 2nd!

2. My common app account won’t match with Naviance. What do I do?

The problem lies with Common App. Students need to go to their common app account, then to their My colleges tab. Pick one college (it doesn’t matter which one) and complete ALL of the questions within that tab as well as the FERPA form. Once you complete these questions and the FERPA form, go back to Naviance, and then to Colleges I’m Applying to and Match your common app.

3. What is my counselor’s title and phone number?

School Counselor and our phone number is 410-313-5535 and our fax number is 410-313-8538.

4. When will I find out class rank?

Class rank will be calculated on October 1. Once it is calculated and made official, the rank becomes live in Naviance under your About Me tab. We will send an email to students indicating the rank is live AND sharing the class size. The class size will not be accurate in Naviance so use the class size 280!

5. Do I have to match coalition to Naviance?

No, but you do have to let us know that you are using coalition application to apply to schools.

6. What steps do I need to follow to request a teacher recommendation?

Students must ask the teacher, request them on Naviance (under College’s I’m Applying to, Letters of Recommendation), and then give the teacher the yellow teacher recommendation form.

7. I have ARL and can’t find my teacher on the drop down menu! What do I do?

ARL teachers have access to all students in the county so just submit the yellow form to them. You do not need to request ARL teachers on Naviance!

8. Where do I get a blue transcript request form and the yellow teacher recommendation forms?
All forms can be found in Student Services directly next to the registrar’s office.

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Attention Seniors

College Reps are calling daily to set up times to meet with students in Student Services who are interested in meeting with them to find out more about their schools.  Check Naviance often to see which schools have scheduled a time.  Sign up to meet with them if interested.  

It is your responsibility to note your scheduled visit dates and time in your agenda book.  Then, come to Student Services for your scheduled visit.  Reminder passes are not sent.

Below is a list of the schools that have signed up to come to Student Services soon.

Furman University  Oct. 1   8:30

Towson University  Oct. 1   9:00

Auburn University  Oct. 1   12:45

Howard Community College-Honors Program  Oct. 2   9:00

High Point University  Oct. 2   10:00

Duke University  Oct. 2   12:00

Savannah College of Art and Design  Oct. 2   12:30

Capitol Technology University  Oct. 3   10:30

Hood College  Oct. 4   9:15

UMBC  Oct. 3   12:00

Marist College  Oct. 4   9:45

University of Mary Washington  Oct. 4   10:30

University of Southern California  Oct. 7   1:00

Miami University of Ohio  Oct. 8   8:40

York College  Oct. 8   9:30

Montclair State University  Oct. 8   10:30

University of South Carolina  Oct. 8   11:15

University of Pittsburg at Bradford  Oct. 8   1:00

Hofstra University  Oct. 10   8:30

Columbia University  Oct. 10   9:30

Vanderbilt University  Oct. 10   1:00

Howard Community College-complete Applications  Oct. 11   9:00

Elon University  Oct. 14   9:30

Goucher College  Oct. 14   10:00

Drexel University  Oct. 14   1:00

Johns Hopkins University  Oct. 14   1:30

Rochester  Institute of Technology  Oct. 15   8:45

Meredith College  Oct. 17    9:30

University of South Florida  Oct. 17   1:00

University of Delaware  Oct. 21   8:00

St. Mary's College of MD  Oct. 21   11:00

Wilson College  Oct. 21   12:30

Morgan State University  Oct. 22   10:00

Marywood University  Oct. 22   1:15

San Diego State University  Oct. 23   9:00

Christopher Newport University  Oct. 23   9:30

Villanova University  Oct. 23   1:00

Perdue University  Oct. 24   8:00

Mt. St. Mary's University  Oct. 24   9:00

Messiah College  Oct. 25   8:00

Dickinson College  Oct. 28   11:45

Springfield College  Oct. 29   9:30

Dickinson College  Oct. 29   11:45

Rider University  Oct. 30   8:00

University of Tennessee  Nov. 5   1:00

Millersville University of PA  Nov. 11   11:00




Student Services in partnership with the English Department will be hosting two College Essay Workshops to help you prepare the essay component of your college applications.  The workshops will be held after school in the media center: 

October 2, 2019:         2:10-3:30 pm

October 23, 2019:       2:10-3:30 pm

If you are interested in getting assistance with your college essay drafts, please sign up in Naviance under the "Colleges" tab and then under "view all upcoming college visits."  The workshops are included in the list of college visits. 

        Please bring a draft essay to the workshop with you.  There will be English teachers as well as college admissions representatives available to work one-on-one with you.  

        Feel free to stop by Student Services or talk to Mrs. Ohanian in the English hallway if you have any questions!



The next SAT test date is November 2, 2019.  Glenelg High School is a test site for this date.  The regular registration deadline is October 3, 2019.  Sign up by this date to avoid a late fee.   Register on-line at    


HCC’s financial aid office is very excited about the upcoming FAFSA workshop that will be held at Glenelg High School from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.   The financial aid officers hope that coming onsite to Glenelg High School will be helpful for students and families to encourage early completion of the FAFSA and maximize the opportunity for students to apply early enough for financial aid to be considered not only for federal aid but, for state and institutional aid as well.

Please note, this workshop is not just for those planning to attend Howard Community College. It is for all students preparing to enroll for any college during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Call Mrs. Miles in Student Services for an appointment. 410-313-5535

A maximum of 40 appointments may be scheduled.

Spanish speaking interpreters will be available, if needed.

Parents/Students are encouraged to bring the following information with them: 

a.       The student and the parents Federal Student Aid ID, if they already have one.

b.       A copy of the student and/or the parents 2018 Tax Returns, if they have filed.

c.        A copy of the student and/or the parents 2018 W2s and,

d.       All 2018 untaxed income info. Untaxed information includes but is not limited to child support, housing, food, and other living allowances, veterans non-educational benefits, etc. 

Computers will be up and running for families to log on and receive assistance from Financial Aid Advisors with the completion the FAFSA. While we recommend that both the student and a parent attend, we understand that parents and sometimes students are unavailable during the day. If only one can attend, we will walk through the process with the attendee to ensure they can take the information back and complete the application process later, when they get home.  



Volunteer Opportunity for students. Interested students should contact me directly to register for BOTH SHIFTS, SHIFT ONE, or SHIFT TWO.

Event Coordinator, phone, email:  Cathy Smith, 410-302-4662,


Event Name: Downtown Columbia Maker Faire

Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019

Event Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Split Shifts Available: Yes

            BOTH SHIFTS: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SHIFT ONE: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

            SHIFT TWO: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Number of Volunteers Needed: 30-40

Location: Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

Location Address: 10431 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD 21044

Parking Information: Lot 1 - 10477 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044

Responsibilities: Various event support needed; providing directions to activities, helping children with activities, other as required.

Food available for volunteers: Yes

What to wear: This is an outdoor event. Dress for the weather. Volunteers t-shirts will be provided. Event is RAIN OR SHINE!

NHS/SSL Hours Available: Yes, a confirmation letter will be distributed after the event.

Registration deadline: Monday, October 7th or until all slots are filled.


What is the Downtown Columbia Maker Faire? Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. Part science fair, part county fair, and part something entirely new, Maker Faire is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. All of these “makers” come to Maker Faire to show what they have made and to share what they have learned.