Thursday, April 28, 2016

Money College Planner

I haven't used this myself, but if your a parent of a sophomore or junior it may be worth the $24.95 1-year subscription fee just to have access to the information from a reputable source.

Employment Positions Available for High School Students

Seabrook is a non-profit continuing care retirement community in Tinton Falls. Positions available include wait staff and utility worker. Perks include a college scholarship opportunity. Visit for more information.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Monmouth County College Fair Event 4/21/16

Monmouth County College Fair

At 6pm, ROB FRANEK, will be coming to the Monmouth County College Fair as part of his national speaking tour for his most recent book,Colleges that Create Futures. The Monmouth County Guidance Directors will be sponsoring two events, Thursday April 21, on the campus of Brookdale Community College, for all students and families in Monmouth County.(use parking lots 1,6 or 7).
All interested Students and Parents,
His seminar will be held in the BREC Room, adjacent to the Collins Arena.

Mr Franek is Senior Vice President and Publisher at The Princeton Review,and lead author of The Princeton Review's annual books, The Best 379 Colleges, 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In,  Mr Franek has also been featured on the Today Show
From 6:458:30, our spring College Fair will be held at the Brookdale Community College Collins Arena.  Admission decision-makers from almost 200 colleges will be attending
With so many colleges in attendance and a seminar by Rob Franek, this is a program that cannot be missed.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Apps to Enhance Mental Health Counseling

I was at a meeting today and learned about these apps. They are not a substitute for mental heath counseling, but may be a useful tool in conjunction with therapy.

My Life, My Voice
This mood journal offers a simple solution for tracking your thoughts, feelings and moods in this interactive tool you can keep right on your phone.

Choose from a variety of animated emoticons to help identify your mood. Add details to your entry by writing, recording your voice, or attaching a photo about what's going on. Whatever mood, feeling or experience you're going through, this is a great way to help you track your changing moods and behavioral triggers by journaling within the app. You can review a report of your tracked moods over a period of time, and you can also get life tips on ways to help turn your mood around when you're feeling down or stressed out.

My 3
With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.

Remember: there is hope and a life to look forward to, even in your darkest moments. MY3 can help you get through your most difficult times.

Who are your 3? Is it your sister? Your therapist? Maybe even a neighbor down the street? Download MY3 to make sure that your 3 are there to help you when you need them most.

Virtual Hope Box
The Virtual Hope Box mobile application received the 2014 Department of Defense Innovation Award for its unique application of technology in supporting behavioral health in service members and military families.

The Virtual Hope Box (VHB) is a smartphone application designed for use by patients and their behavioral health providers as an accessory to treatment. The VHB contains simple tools to help patients with coping, relaxation, distraction, and positive thinking.

Patients and providers can work together to personalize the VHB content on the patient's own smartphone according to the patient's specific needs. The patient can then use the VHB away from clinic, continuing to add or change content as needed.

The VHB provides help with emotional regulation and coping with stress via personalized supportive audio, video, pictures, games, mindfulness exercises, positive messages and activity planning, inspirational quotes, coping statements, and other tools.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Catalyst Webinars

Thank you, Mrs. Bruneau for sharing this information regarding these webinars.
I'm Catalyst's Founder & CEO, and I'm writing to invite you to a series of special webinars I'll be leading for parents of students in the classes of 2017 and '18.

Below is the schedule. Please feel free to participate in any or all of these sessions and to invite any other parents or students you feel would benefit. All of our webinars aref ree, and each session should last approximately 30 minutes.

The New SAT vs. the ACT 
Wednesday, April 6th, 4pm-4:30pm PDT

Selected topics include the content of the new SAT and ACT, the overlap and key distinctions between the new SAT and ACT, the factors that influence whether students are more likely to score higher on the SAT or ACT, the ideal timeline for preparing for the SAT and/or ACT, and the pros and cons of taking both exams.

The Role of Standardized Testing in College Admissions
Wednesday, April 20th, 4pm-4:30pm PDTclick here to register

Selected topics include how college admissions officers factor applicants' SAT and ACT scores into the overall admissions process; whether admissions officers favor applicants who take the SAT, ACT, or both; the scores needed to be a strong candidate for popular U.S. colleges; and the relative importance of SAT/ACT scores at different types of institutions (highly-selective public universities like the University of Michigan and UCLA, Ivy League colleges like Princeton and Columbia, large state universities like Indiana University, elite private schools like Georgetown and the University of Southern California, and small liberal arts colleges like Gettysburg and Franklin & Marshall).  

Key Strategies for Maximizing Your SAT & ACT Scores
Wednesday, May 4th, 4pm-4:30pm PDTclick here to register

Selected topics include techniques for time management, strategies for avoiding the biggest mistakes students make during the SAT/ACT prep process, methods for evaluating the expertise of a prospective SAT/ACT tutor, and strategies for the SAT's and ACT's verbal and math test sections.

Special Webinar: Interpreting Your SAT Score
Wednesday, May 11th, 4pm-4:30pm PDTclick here to register

This special webinar coincides with the release of scores from the first official SAT exam on March 5th. The webinar is intended for students who took the March 5thSAT and for families who wish to learn about the NEW SAT's scoring process.

Secrets of the College Board: What the Organization that Administers the SAT Doesn't Want You to Know About Its Flagship Test
Wednesday, May 18th, 4pm-4:30pm PDTclick here to register

Selected topics include the series of cheating scandals that have plagued the College Board/SAT during the last year (and how these security breaches affect American test-takers), how students can take advantage of the SAT's predictability, what the College Board's heated rivalry with ACT, Inc. means for test-takers, and the SAT's cozy relationship with the architects of Common Core.

Whether to Take the SAT's & ACT's Optional Essay Tests
Wednesday, June 1st, 4pm-4:30pm PDTclick here to register

Selected topics include whether students should take the optional essay portions of the SAT and ACT, the content and format of the SAT Essay test, the content and format of the ACT Essay test, and tips & strategies for earning perfect scores on both essay portions of these exams.

Summer Activities to Boost Your SAT/ACT Score
Wednesday, June 8th, 4pm-4:30pm PDTclick here to register

Selected topics include ways students can boost their SAT/ACT scores without having to immerse themselves in prep books, summer reading recommendations that can help students improve their performance on the SAT's and ACT's verbal sections, and summer prep courses designed to help students ace the SAT/ACT/PSAT.

If you have any questions about the SAT, ACT, or college admissions process, please don't hesitate to email or call us at 800.235.0056. We're more than happy to help you create a personalized game plan to maximize your student's score and college choice options.

Best regards,

Jared Friedland
Founder & CEO
Catalyst Prep, LLC
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

STEM College and Career Fair at Columbia University

Mark your calendar:

October 29, 2106
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Students register at

For more information visit