Wednesday, October 14
This year we are offering the PSAT (practice SAT) for our sophomores and juniors. Cost is included in the CAPS fee (see bottom of page). There is no need to register through the College Board: Sturgis facilitates the PSAT testing process.
It is important that students are on time that day. As Sturgis anticipates that all sophomores and juniors will be participating, no 10th or 11th grade classes are scheduled that morning. In addition to receiving a Guide to the PSAT, the week prior to the PSAT the Guidance Teams at both East and West will be hosting lunch time sessions for students on what to expect. Students should have two #2 pencils and a calculator with them the day of the PSAT. As this is a practice test, these scores are not shared with colleges. Score reports will be mailed home mid-December/January.
Free ACT Practice Test: A New Option for Juniors
Friday, December 11
Over the years we have learned that some of our students have come to regard the ACT college admissions test as a welcome alternative/addition to the SAT. In order for students to experience the similarities and differences between the two tests, we are offering our juniors an ACT practice test. Like the SAT, the ACT is accepted at all colleges and universities.
The test will be administered by Kaplan Test Prep. While December 11th is a half day for Sturgis, juniors opting to take the ACT practice test, should bring two #2 pencils, a calculator and a lunch with them that day. Testing will begin promptly at 12:00 noon. As the test will run until 4:30 PM, please make arrangements for transportation. Scores will not be shared with colleges, nor will they be shared with ACT, Inc. Kaplan Test Prep prepares the score report for students.
To register your child, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line please note your child’s campus (East or West), ACT and your child’s name (last name first): e.g. East, ACT, Smith, John.
Thinking about the future? The fall is an ideal time for sophomores, juniors, seniors and their parents to learn more about the many college options that exist. Here are a few of the opportunities that are available this fall.
NEACAC Fall College Fair
Sunday, September 13, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, UMass Dartmouth – Tripp Athletic Center For detailed information visit: http://www.neacac.org/cf_fall.cfm.
NACAC Performing and Visual Arts Fair
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, Boston University – Fuller Building For detailed information visit: http://www.nacacnet.org/college-fairs/PVA-College-Fairs/Pages/default.aspx
Service Academy Information Night
Wednesday, October 7, 6:00 – 7:30 PM, New Bedford High School, 230 Hathaway Blvd.
All Cape College Fair
Wednesday, October 21, 3:30 -5:30 PM, Barnstable High School, Hyannis
College Visit Field Trip – Juniors
8:15 AM – 3:45 PM
To Be Announced
Bridgewater State & Stonehill College
If these schools are not necessarily on your child’s list, we still encourage him/her to join us. Students will learn valuable skills that can be applied to their college search, such as:
- How to think critically about campus and academic life.
- How to ask questions when visiting schools that are on their list.
- How to explore factors that might differentiate colleges.
This is a professional day, a half-day for students. No classes will be planned for juniors on the day of the trip. Due to an anticipated late return, please plan alternative afternoon transportation.
College Financing Seminar
Monday, November 9
Cape Cod Synagogue, 145 Winter Street, Hyannis
Parents of Sturgis East and Sturgis West seniors are encouraged to attend a presentation on College Financing. The seminar is offered through MEFA (The Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority), the Commonwealth’s resource on planning, saving and paying for college. Kendra Lemire, an experienced MEFA representative, will provide an overview of the financial aid process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and determining financing options for your family.
CAPS: College Application Processing Services
This one-time fee of $65.00, collected at the start of sophomore year will cover many college application related costs through your child’s senior year. This includes PSAT registrations for both 10th and 11th grades, a college field trip and the costs involved with mailing college application transcripts. This payment can be made by check (made out to Sturgis Charter School and submitted to your child’s guidance counselor), or online at the appropriate campus home page: Sturgis East or Sturgis West. To pay online, scroll down the right margin to CAPS, click on the link and use the “Buy Now” button.
Payments are due by Friday, 9/25/2015.