Thursday, January 25, 2018

Information About Mid-Year Reports

We automatically submit the midyear reports in early February. No application checklist is necessary. We need semester one grades finalized before midyear reports can go out and as you know, exams were rescheduled due to snow days.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Montclair Hispanic Student College Institute

After the resounding success of our first Hispanic Student College Institute last year, we are thrilled to offer the program again this summer for your students!

The 2018 Hispanic Student College Institute will be held from July 31 - August 2, 2018 at Montclair State University, the largest four-year Hispanic-Serving Institution in New Jersey. Rising high school juniors and seniors (Class of 2020 and Class of 2019) are encouraged to apply.

There will be no cost for your students to participate and attend.

The Institute will be a transformational experience for students who identify as Hispanic. They will be challenged to think big about their future and the impact they will have on their community after college.

Through the Hispanic Student College Institute, they will:
  • Engage in career exploration and goal-setting initiatives
  • Attend college-planning workshops
  • Participate in a majors fair and mock college interviews
  • Live on campus in Machuga Heights
Institute participants will receive certificates of completion to include on their résumés.

Academically committed students who identify as Hispanic are encouraged to apply online . Applications are now available, and space is limited.

For more information, please contact me at (973) 655-3533 or


Jordanna Maziarz
Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions
Steering Committee Chair, Hispanic Student College Institute
Montclair State University 

Understanding Award Letters

Article About College Award Letters

Rumson Presbyterian Peacemaking Award

Scholarship Application and Information


I could not be more proud to be a part of Communications High School as we are recognized at #3 in the top 50 schools in New Jersey. The Top 50 School in NJ

Monday, January 22, 2018

Doodle For Google

For my talented artists at CHS:

Common College Admission Questions

Are High School Students Doing Too Much?

Rutgers School of Engineering Spring Tours

We are pleased to inform you that registration is now open for School of Engineering tours for the spring semester. There will only be three tour dates for prospective students. Current applicants should not sign up for these tours.

On Fridays, February 9February 16, and April 20, our Knight for a Day tours begin at 10 a.m. at the Visitor Center with an admissions information session, followed by a five-campus bus tour. During the bus tour, families will be able to view one of the first-year residence halls on the Busch campus. They will also break for lunch (on their own) before heading to the school-specific portion of the day at 1 p.m. A detailed itinerary will be provided once registered.

Department options include one of the following:

  • Biomedical & Chemical/Biochemical
  • Civil/Environmental & Materials Science
  • Electrical/Computer & Industrial Systems
  • Mechanical/Aerospace & Applied Science/Packaging
Families can register for these tours while space is available. To learn more about the engineering tours, please visit

We hope you will share this information with your students and their parents.

If you have any questions, please email

Jesenia Cadena, Ed.M.
Assistant Dean, Engagement & Recruitment

Friday, January 19, 2018

DI and DII Academic Fact Sheets

The DI and DII Academic Requirements fact sheets have been updated to include the SAT/ACT sliding scale. 

Division I

George Mason University Engineering, Computer Science, and IT Visitation Days

The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University offers phenomenal opportunities for students who are interested in engineering, computer science, or information technology. The Volgenau School of Engineering is hosting two Volgenau Visit Days this spring, and I invite your students to attend! These special engineering open house events are reserved for high school juniors, and feature a complimentary luncheon, admissions and academic information session, a tour of campus, and an opportunity to meet with faculty members from our academic programs.
Volgenau Visit Day
Please have your students RSVP individually for one of the two sessions:
Monday, March 5, 2018
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday, March 19, 2018

9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
 The greater D.C. area is home to more than 20,000 information technology companies, and Mason proudly has the second largest concentration of research and development activity in the nation. Mason often stands in the national spotlight for its innovative and entrepreneurial programs, and the Volgenau School of Engineering is no exception. In fact, Affordable Colleges Online recently ranked the Volgenau School of Engineering as the #6 "High ROI College for Engineering Majors," highlighting the value of a Mason education.

My colleagues and I look forward to talking with your students about our programs. Until then, I wish you and your students all the best!


Sharon A. Caraballo, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs
George Mason University

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Spring 2018 College Open Houses

The New Jersey School Counselor Association Spring College Open House pages have been finalized.


New Jersey College Open Houses link:

Pennsylvania College Open Houses link:

Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York and Virginia College Open Houses link:

Monday, January 15, 2018

American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship Applications

Nursing Scholarship
Claire Oliphant Scholarship
Dorothy Kellerman Scholarship

Using PSAT Results for SAT Practice on Khan Academy

Dear Colleague:
Last month, your students received scores from the 2017 PSAT/NMSQT® along with access to free, personalized SAT® practice resources on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy®.
To help your students access these resources, we invite you to participate in SAT Practice Kickoff Week, January 22–26, 2018. This challenge encourages students to take the next step on their journey to college by linking their College Board and Khan Academy online accounts and unlocking their free, personalized SAT study plan. Research shows that studying on Official SAT Practice for 20 hours is associated with an average score gain of 115 points from the PSAT/NMSQT to the SAT—nearly double the average score gain compared to students who don't use Khan Academy.
Institutions with the highest percentage of 2017 PSAT/NMSQT test takers who link accounts will be recognized for their efforts.
Find more information on the challenge—including tools to mobilize staff and students—and visit for additional resources.
The College Board

Friday, January 12, 2018

Give Kids a Smile Day

Resources and Opportunities for Undocumented Students

NJIT Open House and Honors College

At our Winter Open House on Sunday, February 11, your students can tour our growing campus and speak one-on-one with faculty, administrators, and admissions counselors. Current students will also be at the event to give your students the inside scoop on NJIT.
In addition, please remind your students that the deadline to apply to our Albert Dorman Honors College is February 1. Our honors program is among the strongest in the country, providing students with rigorous courses, personal attention, and a generous scholarship.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Scholarship Tab

Please notice the scholarship tab on the blog. It may be difficult to refer back to a scholarship when it's on the feed.

Sattiraju Law Firm Scholarship

My name is Jace Kamachi and I work with Sattiraju Law Firm, PC located in Princeton, New Jersey. 

I'm pleased to announce the Sattiraju Employment Law Scholarship.  This scholarship is now available to any student who will be attending an accredited college or university by Fall 2018 and have plans of attending law school in the future.

DeadlineMay 31, 2018
Award Amount: $1,000
Application: The application can be found toward the bottom of the page at:

TCNJ Scholarship for Future Physics Teachers

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NJ Sharing Network Foundation Scholarships

Scholarship awardees must be awareness advocates or have been personally affected by or is a family member of someone personally affected by organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Please visit for additional information and application.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Project Write Now

Project Write Now transforms individuals, organizations, and communities through writing. Visit for a list of Winter Sessions available for children, teens, and adults.

Project Write Now
25 Bridge Ave.
Suite 130
Red Bank, NJ 07701

InspirASIAN Scholarships

InspirASIAN makes a difference in our community by supporting graduating high school seniors with their college education through our scholarship awards. InspirASIAN awards national scholarships to students residing in any state with a local InspirASIAN chapter. All students who apply will be considered for the national scholarships awards. Students who are not awarded national scholarships will be considered for state scholarships as supported by local InspirASIAN chapters. Deadline - January 31, 2018.

Best Mattress Reviews Scholarship values education highly and wants to give back to the community at large. They are also passionate about promoting sleep awareness and created this scholarship to both help further that cause and to help students pay for the increasing costs of higher education. This scholarship is intended to be used for tuition during the 2018-19 school year. You have to create a video...perfect for CHS students! Amount Awarded – $1,000. Deadline – May 19th, 2018.

Hannah Duffy Memorial Community Service Scholarship

The Hannah Duffy Foundation is proud to offer two $5,000 scholarships to Monmouth County students. In developing the scholarship program in Hannah's memory, the foundation's hope is to find students who embody the spirit and essence of Hannah...most importantly kindness, a commitment to service, dedication and a loving spirit.

Jefferson Full-Tuition Opportunity

Do you have a senior student who is interested in an architecture or design career*?

I invite you to encourage them to register for Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) Portfolio Review Day on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

They will have the opportunity to share their work, have it reviewed, and receive feedback from our faculty. In addition, they will have a chance to win a full-tuition scholarship to Jefferson!

If you have a graduating student, who will be starting college in Fall 2018 who may be interested, please encourage them to find out more information and register at

If you have any questions, please call us at 215-951-2800 or 1-800-951-7287. I look forward to working with you.


Erin Finn
Enrollment Management
Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

*Portfolio Review Day will be held on the East Falls Campus and is for students entering college in Fall 2018. Students should be interested in one of the following majors: Animation and Digital Design, Architecture, Architectural Studies, Fashion Design, Graphic Design Communication, Industrial Design, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Textile Design, and Web Design and Development.

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Jersey Business Idea Competition

Fairleigh Dickinson announced their 15th Annual NJ Business Idea Competition. Students in grades 9-12 are given the challenge to create a business idea and have it submitted to a panel of judges. There are cash prizes, scholarship opportunities, and a recognition ceremony for students with the most innovative ideas and business proposals.

New Jersey Business Idea Competition

Addiction Support from The Partnership for Drug Free Kids and The MC Office of MH and Addiction Services

As you all know, substance use is on the rise in our communities. Overdoses have skyrocketed and the age of first use in NJ has gone down. You have seen the commercials and billboards, read it in the news, and you hear it on the radio. Chances are you personally know someone who battles addiction.

I have attached two helpful documents from Partnership for Drug Free-Kids. These documents can help guide families on what to look for and what to ask when searching for treatment options for their youth.

Desiree Whyte, MA
Assistant Director of Addictions
Monmouth County Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services
3000 Kozloski Rd.
Freehold, NJ 07728

What to Look for in an Addiction Treatment Program

Questions to As Treatment Centers and Staff

Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope

View the trailer at

What: Community Film Screening and Discussion
When: Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7—9 p.m.
Where: Matawan Aberdeen Middle School 469 Matawan Avenue, Cliffwood, NJ 07721
Free Registration:

BU Financial Aid Reminder

We would like to remind you that Boston University's deadline for financial aid applications is February 1, 2018. We encourage all students and their families to explore opportunities for financial assistance.  
Boston University requires applicants to file certain forms:
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  • CSS Profile?
  • Please note that if the applicant's parents do not share the same household, the parent the applicant does not live with must also complete a CSS Profile. If getting that parent to complete a Profile will be impossible, applicants must submit a CSS Profile Waiver Request for the Noncustodial Parent.
We offer several Tips for Completing the Profile and FAFSA on our website. Please encourage your students to read the acknowledgement emails they receive from the Profile and FAFSA processors after filing these forms. These emails may include additional stepsthat must be taken to complete their financial aid applications. 
Students who apply for financial aid by February 1 can expect to receive a financial aid decision with their admission decision in late March. 

If you or your students have questions about Boston University's financial aid process, please contact BU Financial Assistance at or 617-353-2965. I truly appreciate your help in making this important information available to your students.
We are hosting a virtual information session on Tuesday, January 9 at 5:00 p.m.Eastern Standard Time to answer questions about the financial aid application process. Please encourage your students and their families to attend.

Seton Hall Scholarship Deadline

The January 15 deadline to apply for one Seton Hall’s special scholarships is almost here. Click here to learn more about our scholarships.
In addition, we’ll automatically consider your students for a University Scholarship, ranging between $4,000 and $20,000 annually, when they apply for admission.

Yale Young Global Scholars Program

Yale Young Global Scholars Program - New Haven and Beijing

We are still accepting applications for the Yale Young Global Scholars Program in New Haven and Beijing. The deadline to apply is February 6, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Students must submit their online application and all supporting documentation by this date. Apply now!

PSFA Driver Education Theory Class for CHS Students

A Driver Education Theory Class will again be made available at Communications High School. This program, being coordinated by the PSFA, is available to any student age 15 and older. The purpose of the course is to prepare for the NJ MVC written test. Bob Estler, of Just Rite Driving School will instruct students on basic principles of driving and the rules of the road. The cost is $150.

Register Now - Classes start on Wednesday, Jan 10, 2018

Class will run for 10 weeks through Wednesday, March 21 weather permitting (there’s no class on Wednesday January 24). The class will be from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Students will be responsible for their own transportation home. In addition, a parent chaperone is needed at each class. Please be prepared to chaperone one class during your student’s session. The schedule for chaperoning will be pre-arranged.

This is a theory class only, but enrolled students will also take the written MVC test on the last day of the course. Each student will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the class for possible insurance discount purposes. Please note that insurance discounts vary by individual insurance carriers. Please call your specific insurance company to determine your eligibility.

‘Behind the Wheel’ training is a separate course. Just Rite Driving School offers six-hour behind the wheel instructions at a discount for CHS students enrolled in the A Driver Education Theory Class. For ‘Behind the Wheel’ registration, please contact Luanne, of Just Rite Driving School at 732-534-4688.
If you would like to enroll or need additional information, please email If you would like to enroll in the class, please send an email with the following info:

Student Name: _______________________________
Student Age: ________________________________
Parent Name: ________________________________
Parent Address: ______________________________
Parent Phone Number: _________________________
Chaperone Phone Number (if Different): _________________________________ 
Preferences of Chaperone Dates (either preferred or unavailable): _______________________