Friday, July 6, 2018

Okay, Seniors...Here We Go!

Beginning this week, your students can apply to The University of Alabama for 2019. The application is available online at
Students will need to submit the application for admission, application fee or fee waiver, a copy of their official test scores and their official high school transcript. For 2019 applicants, as soon as their application is complete and we have received all required documents, we will review their application and make a decision.
We realize many of you are working reduced hours over the summer months and transcripts for rising seniors may not be available until their senior schedule is finalized. After the student has applied, they will receive an email listing any remaining documents needed to complete their application. Students will not be penalized if the transcript isn’t received until your school resumes normal operating hours.
The University of Alabama has also made several changes to our scholarship awards for the 2019 academic year. To view these changes, please visit An additional change for 2019 is students must be admitted to The University of Alabama by December 15, 2018 to access our scholarship application and apply for scholarships.
We hope the early application review and scholarship changes will be beneficial to your students. If you or your students have any questions about the admission process to UA, please visit or contact your recruiter.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

University of Chicago Drops SAT/ACT Requirement

University of Chicago Drops SAT/ACT Requirement

The University of Chicago announced Thursday morning that it was dropping the requirement that all undergraduate applicants submit SAT or ACT scores.
Hundreds of colleges -- including elite liberal arts colleges -- have stopped requiring the SAT or ACT. But Chicago's move is the first by one of the very top research universities in the country. And the move is striking coming from an institution, known for its academic rigor, that has had no difficulty attracting top applicants.
For the class that enrolled in September 2017, the university received 27,694 applicants and admitted 2,419. The middle 50 percent of the range of SAT scores of admitted applicants was 1460 to 1550.
The test-optional policy applies to all. The university also announced an expansion of financial aid (for which the university was already on the generous side) and other new policies designed to attract more low-income and first-generation students.
Read more about this developing story here.

Mental Health Resources

Don't forget the importance of mental health for your students this summer!

School Counselors: 
The end of the school year is here and sometimes that means missing emotional support for some of your students during the summer months.  Please feel free to distribute the attached flyer to students and parents who may need support this summer.  

Our practice takes most major insurances, has both male and female counselors and is LGBTQIAA friendly.  We encourage our families to sign releases so that we can communicate with schools when students return in September.  We also see high school seniors temporarily during the summer months before they make the huge transitional jump to college in the fall.  

We look forward to working with your students and families, have a wonderful summer!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

NJ Center for the Healing Arts Programs

I’m reaching out to share with you that the NJ Center for the Healing Arts, in Red Bank, is offering new therapy groups and healing arts classes/events for children, adolescents, and adults. Our groups offer a variety of integrative therapeutic modalities, including play, expressive arts, mindfulness, movement, sand tray, and various community based experiences. Below is a short synopsis of each of our new groups and events and attached to this email are flyers with additional information.

Express Yourself  is a group for children ages 8-12 to connect, create, and communicate. The goal is to implement coping strategies and a supportive environment for children experiencing anxiety/impulse control.  A different theme will be explored each week through various creative modalities.  This therapeutic group will meet for six weeks, starting on June 9th from 12-1:30PM.

Exploring identity is a group for all teens (boys/girls/LGBTQ) ages 13-17 who may struggle with issues relating to self-identity, academic stress, emotional resiliency, social expectations, and feeling misunderstood. This group will meet for six weekly sessions on Wednesday’s from 6:30-8PM starting on June 20th. 

Awakening Intuition is an empowerment group for young women aged 18-24 that are interested in cultivating an environment of compassion, resilience, humility, and radical acceptance. This group will focus on becoming aware of one’s own thoughts, emotions, and body to gain a better sense of control. Six sessions starting on Wednesday June 20th, from 5-6:30pm.

Artful Qi Gong is a new integrative class for children ages 7-12 and will include Qi Gong instruction and creative arts activities. Classes will be offered on Mondays starting in July at 10 am and 6pm for one hour. We are offering two free trial experiences for those who are interested, on June 30th at 11am-12pm, and 4pm-5pm.  

ArtWorks: An Open Studio for Creative Expression is an open studio that will be offered on the second floor of our counseling center. Specific days and times to be determined.

If you have any questions about any of our groups, you can contact us at 732-747-2944 or email group facilitator Kristy Mathews at You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram @NJCenterfortheHealingArts.

Warm regards, 

Kristy Mathews, MS, LAC, NCC
NJ Center for the Healing Arts
Mental Health Clinician
Phone: (732)747-2944

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Matching Gifts for Donations to the MCSPCA This Weekend

We Need You!
You can DOUBLE your gift to the Monmouth County SPCA!
A generous donor has pledged to match all gifts this weekend, up to $5000, which will go towards our Duchess Fund - a special account that helps animals who need immediate, specialized care. Donate today!
Pookie & Riley Need Your Help..
Pookie and Riley recently came to the shelter in extremely poor shape. Both dogs were matted, Pookie to the point of strangulation to one of her legs, causing an infection in the bone. Sadly, her other leg was dangling due to a previous, untreated injury and will need to be amputated. Riley, the larger of the two, came with a grapefruit sized necrotic mass on her neck, which was too graphic to post. Both girls have severe periodontal disease, infected ears and anemia and will require aggressive treatment to help their health and condition improve.
Riley with her mass wrapped up to prevent further infection.
Our medical staff has been working since the minute they arrived to get these girls comfortable and ready for the long road to recovery they have ahead of them, but we need your help!

Our Duchess Fund is set up for situations just like this, for animals entering our shelter who need immediate and intensive care. We believe that all animals deserve freedom from pain, injury or disease and we're asking our followers to help us achieve that <3

You can help right now
Please consider making a donation today - a generous donor has pledged to MATCH all donations starting today through Tuesday so we can help even more animals like Pookie and Riley!
"Those who teach the most about humanity, aren't always humans"
Monmouth County SPCA