Thursday, December 19, 2013

NJIT Courses for High School Students

The Academy College Courses at NJIT are designed for high achieving 11th and 12th grade high school students eager to get a jump-start on their college careers by earning college credits while still in high school.

New Jersey Young Playwrights Program

The New Jersey Young Playwrights Program has expanded possibilities for student playwrights to have their work read and performed. Along with the NJ Young Playwrights Contest which selects up to 15 plays by students grades 4-12 to be performed at the NJ Young Playwrights Festival and provides a Governor’s Award to winning High School Playwrights, the Program has also partnered with NJ 350 to award cash prizes for plays about New Jersey’s Revolutionary War Past (grades 4-12), for plays about disabilities (Living with Disabilities category, grades 4-6), the Roxbury Young Playwrights Project (a month long development project, grades 7-12), and the NJRep Young Playwrights Project (HS Students living in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy), which provides a nine-week development process with professional actors and directors.

Friday, December 6, 2013

In Like Me

In Like Me is a free subscription to informative information regarding college admissions and financial aid. Again I thank Mr. Dazio for introducing me to this resource!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Finanacial Aid Nights in the Area

Between now and the end of January, different high schools across Monmouth County will be hosting FAFSA/Financial Aid workshops to help senior parents better understand the FAFSA and to ask questions.  As we learn of more dates, we will post them to this site.   Please confirm all dates and times with the high school before attending in case of any changes to their schedule.

Red Bank Regional - Monday, November 11th at 6:30 in the Auditorium

Manalapan will host the FRHSD's FAFSA information session on November 13th at 6:30pm in the Auditorium

Raritan High School - Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30pm

Wall High School - Tuesday, November 19th at 6:30 in the Auditorium

Keyport High School - Thursday, November 21st at 6pm in room 108.

Middletown South High School - Wednesday, December 4th at 6:00 in the Theater

Manasquan High School - Thursday, December 5th at 7pm in the Auditorium

Matawan - Aberdeen Reg. HS - Wednesday, December 11th at 7pm in the Auditorium

Shore Regional HS - Monday, January 6th at 7pm in the Auditorium

Holmdel High School - Tuesday, January 7th at 7pm in the Auditorium

Ocean Township High School - Wednesday, January 8th at 7pm in the Auditorium

Neptune High School - Thursday, January 9th at 7pm in the Library

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional HS - Thursday, January 23 at 7pm in the Auditorium

Merit Aid article

Here is a good article that talks about the ethical issues surrounding merit-aid. BU, Brown, Northeastern and Stonehill are all mentioned in the article.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Walk-in Tutoring Available for all CHS Students

The NHS is pleased to announce that walk-in tutoring is now available on Mondays and Thursdays for the entire lunch period for help with any subject, any grade.

Room 142 will be staffed with several members of NHS who can help - no appointment necessary.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship (and More)

This link brings you to the Most Valuable Student Scholarship. All applications are processed through your local Elks lodge.

This, and many other, scholarships can be found here.

Friday, October 18, 2013

More College Ranking Lists

The Daily Beast's guide to colleges with many options to sort by.

Click here.

New Scholarship for Computer Science or IT Majors at Marist College

Marist College is hosting an information session on October 26, 2013 regarding 17 full tuition (including room and board) scholarships being offered to academically talented students who wish to major in Computer Science or Information Technology and Systems. To learn more and to attend the upcoming information session call 1-800-436-5483.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a valuable guide that profiles hundreds of occupations with details about work environment, projected employment projects, and pay scales. This is an excellent tool to use when you are thinking about majors, student debt, and return on investment for post-secondary costs. It also provides a soul-searching opportunity as you look at job descriptions and envision future employment.

Giving credit where credit is due: Thank you, Mr. Dazio, for sending me the link to this site.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Count Basie Arts Impact Scholarship

Follow (or bookmark) this link for scholarship postings. The Count Basie Arts Impact Scholarship is listed under Scholarships for all New Jersey Residents.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Freshman and Sophomore Student Athletes

There have been some changes to the NCAA rules for Division I athletes. Students who follow the traditional course offering structure at CHS will meet (exceed) the requirements, however, it's worth posting.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Jersey Shout Down Drugs! 2014 High School Music Competition

The Partnership for a Drug-Free New Jersey is launching its annual New Jersey Shout Down Drugs contest.

This music competition challenges high school students to create original music and lyrics with a powerful substance abuse prevention message. County finalists will be chosen to perform their songs live at the Statewide Prevention Concert on May 21st 2014 at the NJ Performing Arts Center in Newark. First, second, and third place winners will receive music contracts worth $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 respectively.

To obtain entry forms click here or call (973) 467-2100 ext. 19. Contestant must upload their music files and mail their entry forms by Wednesday, January 15th 2014.

How a Government Shutdown Could Affect Higher Education

Interesting article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Free College Admissions Stategies Workshop

New Jersey Natural Gas is sponsoring two free college planning workshops:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Brookdale Community College
Warner Student Life Center
765 Newman Springs Road
Lincroft, NJ

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Ocean County College
College Center
College Drive
Toms River, NJ

RSVP at 1-732-938-1035 or emal no later than October 23rd, 2013.

Friday, September 27, 2013

College Fair at Brookdale Community College

Sophomores and Juniors:

Here is a local college fair that provides you the opportunity to talk directly with representatives from colleges and universities. This is the time for testing and exploration. A college fair is a wonderful place to start gathering information and learning what you are (and maybe even what you are NOT) looking for in a college.

Click here for information and a list of attending colleges.

Friday, September 20, 2013

College Open House Dates

Here are some useful links to College and University Open Houses:

New Jersey
DE, MD, NY and VA

Interested in Engineering?

NJIT Newark College of Engineering will host Engineering Career Day on Friday, December 6, 2013. This program is geared toward juniors and reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Information and registration information can be found by clicking here.

Northeastern University College of Engineering Women in Engineering Day is scheduled for Friday, October 25th. RSVP before October 18th by emailing

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Seeking Volunteers for Middletown Day

Challenged Youth Sports is passing along a request for some volunteers to assist with Middletown Day.
The Director of the Middletown Parks and Recreation Department, Janet Dellett, has been very good to our CYS program, and she is in need of volunteers to make their Middletown Day a success.  If you or a teen in your household can help out, it would be greatly appreciated.
Middletown Day is returning this year to the great lawn at Croydon Hall. On Saturday, September 28 from 12:00pm-6:00pm there will be a free day of festivities and fun to the residents of Middletown! This special and important day cannot be done without the help of volunteers.
They are looking for volunteers in grades 8-12, AND adult for the following shifts:
Set Up, 8:00am - 11:30am
Early Shift, 11:00am - 2:30pm
Late Shift, 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Clean Up, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Charity Flag Football Game, 5:00pm - 9:00pm (Township Officials and Employees vs. NFL Pros!) *All volunteers are required to purchase a $10 ticket to the game
A few examples of the volunteer tasks are: running the carnival games, manning the pony rides, helping with laser tag (new this year!), car show, and other sporting events.
There will be a meeting held on Tuesday, September 24, at 7:00pm in the East Wing of the Croydon Hall Senior Center. This meeting is important for all volunteers to attend as they will go over check in, shifts, and other important information.
If you are interested in volunteering, please click HERE for
the Volunteer Application and send completed form to:
Middletown Day
1 Kings Highway
Middletown, NJ 07748 

Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Are you a high school student who's making a difference through volunteerism? Apply for a 2014 Prudential Spirit of Community Award and you could win $1000 and a trip to Washington, D.C., next May.

To apply:

Fill out the online application.
Get certification from your school principal (or the head of other qualifying organizations) by November 5th.
Your certifier has until November 12th, 2013 to review applications online and select Honoree(s) to nominate for state-level judging.

For additional information, click here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Yale Global Scholars Summer Program

The Yale Global Scholars Summer Program is now accepting applications from rising Juniors and Seniors. Click here for program details and application instructions.

Monday, September 16, 2013

International Science Essay Competition

The Dartmouth Undergraduate Journal of Science is sponsoring an essay competition. Click here for additional information.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

University of Virginia, Boston University, American University, and Dartmouth are Coming to New Jersey

University of Virginia:
Wednesday, September 25th @ 6:30 p.m.
Wardlaw-Hartridge School
1295 Inman Ave.
Edison, NJ 08820

Boston University:
Tuesday, September 24th @ 6:30 p.m.
The Hun School of Princeton
Saks Auditorium
176 Edgerstoune Road
Princeton, NJ

Wednesday, September 11th @ 7:00 p.m.
Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School
74 Ridge Road
Rumson, NJ

American University:
October 6, 2013 @ 1:30 p.m.
Princeton Marriott at Forrestal
100 College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08540

Common Questions About the Common Application

Our seniors are off and running! We are fielding some common questions and we were hoping posting the information here would be helpful.

What is your extension?
Mrs. Caruso 732-681-1010 x3005
Mrs. Gidos 732-681-1010 x3004

Where do I list recognition for National Honor Society?
Click here.

How do we report GPA? Is it weighted or unweighted? How do I report rank?
GPA is reported on an unweighted 100 scale. We do not rank.

How do I know how many credits my courses are worth?
The information is on your transcript and/or the school profile
Click here.

Just a few other tidbits that may be helpful:

If you're applying to Rutgers it is completely self-reported and you will need to stop by the Guidance office for an unofficial copy of your transcript.

Don't forget to send your test scores directly from the College Board or ACT.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Updated List of College Representatives Coming to CHS

College Date
Northeastern University Wed September 11, 2013
Stonehill College Mon September 16, 2013
Caldwell College Mon September 16, 2013
Stony Brook University Tue September 17, 2013
Fashion Institute of Technology Thu September 26, 2013
The George Washington University Fri September 27, 2013
Ramapo College of New Jersey Fri September 27, 2013
Sacred Heart University Wed October 2, 2013
Georgian Court University Thu October 3, 2013
University of South Carolina Mon October 7, 2013
Clark University Mon October 7, 2013
Stevens Institute of Technology Tue October 8, 2013
American University Wed October 9, 2013
New York University Thu October 17, 2013
McDaniel College Thu October 24, 2013
Brookdale Community College Mon October 28, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Common App Update

Click here for a list of the 400 schools whose questions and writing supplements are available.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Articles on Paying for College

With the rising awareness of college costs and student debt, families are rethinking the way they pay for college. Here are two insightful articles:

College Students Take Control of Their Financial Futures
5 Ways to Solve College Sticker Shock

The Coolest Schools and the Safest Schools

I always start these posts with a disclaimer of how anti-college ranking I am, but I still seem compelled to communicate the information...

Coolest colleges
Safest colleges

Monday, August 19, 2013

College Reps Coming to CHS

Please check Naviance frequently for an updated list of college representatives that will be at CHS. Under the College tab, click on 'view all upcoming college visits."

As of 8/18/2013:

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

It's Not Too Early to Start Thinking About Scholarships

Scholarships (free money) are very attractive when you think about all of the money invested in a college education. The bulk of scholarship dollars awarded usually comes from the college or university attended in the form of merit aid. However, there is more money out there, but it takes time to look for it and find awards that you may be qualified for. Scholarships come in all shapes and sizes. National scholarships usually provide the biggest monetary award, but they also have the biggest applicant pool. State and local scholarships mean less competition, and every dollar helps.

Our own Susan Sohayda (Academy of Allied Health and Sciences) maintains a wiki to make state and local scholarships manageable for parents. Clear here to peruse the Scholarship Spot wiki. Although many of the scholarships are not open to applications yet, last years information will give you a good idea of what you need to prepare and when the application will be open this year so you can mark your calendar.

AES Engineering Services does have a live scholarship with a $500.00 award. An essay must be email to the address specified on this web page.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Return on Investment: You're College Choice Matters

Although there are many reasons to pursue a college education, one of the post popular reasons is to make a living after you graduate. Anyone who has followed my blog in the past knows that I'm not a big fan of "lists," but with the rising costs of college tuition, I wanted to repost this information available from Click here to learn more.

The College-Bound Chronicles

These podcasts are extremely beneficial to anyone wanting the basics of college admissions. You'll notice they go by month (on the right side of the page this link takes you to) and I'm starting with September 2012 regarding SAT and ACT testing. Each month a topic of interest is discussed.

To play the podcast, click on the image that looks like this: 

If you are a parent of a rising senior, these podcasts are definitely worth your time (they can also be downloaded free from iTunes.)

Course Offering Guide

Here is the 2013-2014 Course Offering Booklet:

Click here.

Drexel Now Offers an Early Action Option

Early Action is intended for students with a strong interest in Drexel who want a faster admission decision. This option is non-binding. To apply, students should submit a complete application, including all application materials, and indicate their intention to be considered for Early Action.

Early Action Deadline #1: November 1
Decisions Released: Mid-December
Early Action Deadline #2: December 1
Decisions Released: Mid-January
Regular Decision Deadline: January 15
Decisions Released by April 1

Drexel accepts the common application or click here for their school application.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

The Common Application Will Be Live August 1st

Class of 2014:

It's time! The Common Application will be live next week. You have already started your essays, but if you want to revisit the essay topics, click here.

You may want to spend some time getting comfortable with the look and functions of the Common Application. Here are three short tutorials on managing your application, submitting your application, and paying the application fee:


Enjoy your summer...but while you have the time take some steps to prepare for a stress-free fall.

See you in September!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Thinking of a Major in Dance, Theatre, or Music? contains close to 300 points of information on each of more than 2,000 undergraduate programs at more than 1,000 college and universities in America and Canada. If you are thinking of a major in dance, theatre or music you may want to visit this new college search tool.

Click here.