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Office of College & Careers Newsletter - May-June 2022 - Issue 5


Welcome to the fifth issue of the College & Career Newsletter! 


Table of Contents
  • Topic of the Month: The Importance of Summer Activities
  • Individual College Meetings
  • What We're Doing in Advisory
  • Upcoming College Related Activites
  • Internships
  • College Research Resources
  • Thank you
 

TOPIC OF THE MONTH: 

The importance of Summer Activities

Colleges care about how students spend their time outside of the classroom during the school year and over the summer months. They want students on their campuses who will be involved and contribute to life on campus. Additionally, studies show that students who are involved perform better in both high school and college courses.

Admissions officers want to see students developing their interests and passions. This is about quality and not necessarily quantity. It is apparent to an admissions committee when a student has joined a laundry list of activities to buffer their application and when a student has contributed to an organization that is meaningful to them.

The summer prior to senior year is the last substantial period of time to get engaged in an activity. Students should use this time to take part in something meaningful. This may feel more difficult due to the pandemic, therefore, we have provided a list of opportunities.

The expectation is that all Lab students will apply for at least three summer programs/activities to ensure a productive and meaningful summer. In addition to applying for programs, students should use their network of family and friends to pursue career-related volunteer or internship opportunities. For example, if you are interested in studying law, ask your friends and family if they know a lawyer who might be willing to let you volunteer over the summer. Lab students are exceptionally talented at thinking outside-the-box and should be using their creative skills to find new and exciting opportunities. Some options include:

  1. Participating in programs. There are programs for almost everything you can think of, ranging from traveling to other countries, to researching in labs, to working on your creative writing.
  2. Volunteering in your community. Colleges love to see a commitment to community service!
  3. Taking a class at a college or university. Many have dorm options if farther from home, or have online options! While these can be expensive, many offer scholarships.
  4. Finding an internship and/or job-shadowing opportunity. Start by asking family members and family friends if they have any connections.
  5. Working at a job. 

HOW TO GET STARTED

  1. Reflect on your academic and career interests. Consider different ways you can develop your skills and expertise in those areas, and find activities that match your goals. 
    1. Do you want to be a doctor? Make sure you have experience working with a hospital or healthcare facility.
    2. Interested in being an engineer? Consider taking a physics class at a university or find a program that will give you increased exposure to this field. 
    3. Love working with kids? Look for opportunities as a counselor or counselor-in-training at day or sleep-away camps, which will also give you leadership skills.
    4. Discuss your interests with family members, teachers, advisors, and peers. You never know where you will hear about a great opportunity!
  2. Research opportunities. Review the upcoming events, search for programs online, and look for opportunities at colleges/universities locally or farther away, if you’re willing to travel.
  3. If cost is a concern, inquire if a program offers scholarships. Many programs will subsidize the cost, in part or entirely, for students who meet certain requirements.
  4. Submit applications (early!). Some may require transcripts (submit request to Ms. Clinch and Mr. Singh at least two days in advance) or letters of recommendations from teachers/advisors (submit request at least 2 weeks in advance). Submit your applications early, as some programs accept students on a rolling basis, and may fill up before the deadline.

Help your child brainstorm and make summer plans. Summer is a great time to learn new skills and explore current or new interests, and colleges look for students who participate in meaningful summer activities. These activities also help students connect with others who have similar interests, get hands-on experience, and potentially see what it’s like to live away from home.

Individual Student College Meetings

Ms. Capellan is wrapping up her meetings with all 10th graders. In these meetings  they have examined the student's current academic transcript, advised students on their personalized 4 year plan, specifically addressing course selection for 11th and 12th grade, learned more about specific college majors, summer plans and answered any questions or specific concerns the students may have had.

What We’re Doing In Advisory 

Recap (March, April & May):

Career Interest Profiler & Career Cluster Finder: Students were asked to complete their career interest profiler and career cluster finder assessments and favorite careers/career pathways that stand out to them based on their Holland Code career recommendations and personal interest, qualities and subjects.

Jobs Vs Careers: Students learned the difference between a job and careers. Students were asked to complete a “Job Vs Careers worksheet” to be able to identify and compare the difference between a job and career.

Summer Enrichment Plan & Tracker: Students learned more about some of their summer options, for example: college, summer enrichment programs, internships, jobs, community service.


Upcoming College - Related Events & Opportunities
Revolution Prep - Upcoming Free Webinars (anyone registered will receive the recording) - register here Becoming an Independent Learner: University Readiness, May 31st 7pm

Insider’s Guide to College Admissions Tests, June 2nd 8pm

How Executive Functioning Skills Improve Grades and Lower Stress, June 7th 9pm 

How to Succeed in a Test Optional World, June 21st 9pm

Supporting Your Child Through Covid 19 Learning Loss, June 22nd 7pm

Student Mental Challenges and the Academic Impact, July 14th 7pm

Why Your Child Should Apply to Liberal Arts & Sciences Colleges, July 27th 8pm

Opportunity for Students from Underserved Communities

Gen One, an organization focused on helping talented, first generation students to successfully navigate to and through college, is accepting high school students for their program! 


National Hispanic Institute Summer Leadership Program

The National Hispanic Institute (NHI) provides its youth with a continuum of leadership opportunities that begin at the ninth grade and continue through undergraduate college studies. This eight-year process begins with the Great Debate, continues with the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session, the Collegiate World Series, and, finally, the Collegiate Leadership Network. These programs are built on research and pilot projects which are field-tested before becoming part of the organization’s pedagogy. NHI provides in-person summer residential programs on college campuses and digital/virtual programs. Please review our leadership programs below. For more information click here. 

Scripps Howard Journalists Program at Elon University Summer Program

The Scripps Howard Emerging Journalists Program at Elon University offers the ideal opportunity for high school students to explore what it means to be a journalist, to report, and to produce news that informs communities. And it’s free. The first session was offered on Sept. 23, but it’s not too late to apply and participate in our five remaining monthly virtual interactive learning sessions that will help build foundational journalism skills. Register here.

Summer Immersion Program at Wake Forest University 

Current 9th – 12th grade students have the opportunity to explore a variety of career pathways and majors in 19 institutes. Those students selected for the program will enjoy access to world-class faculty, resources, industry professionals, and a one-of-a-kind view from inside a career field. On-campus and online options are available for Summer 2022! If you would like to be considered for this opportunity contact Ms. Capellan. For more information click here.

Step 1 – Discover the institute that’s right for you!

Step 2Apply! You’ll need to craft two essays and request a recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, or administrator for the 2022 application.

Step 3 – Experience your future. Join institutions for a life-changing week on-campus. 

Summer of Youth

The Costa Rica Youth Exchange offers 2 - four-week sessions in a village immersion experience. At their sites, students will have a bilingual Director, Itinerary support, airport transfers, full supervision, Spanish tutoring, family lodging and meals, outdoor local adventure, environmental community events, and youth civic leadership. Plus, high school sports, music, art, and dance. Register here.


University of Miami Precollege Summer Scholars Program

The University of Miami Summer Scholars Program is offering students an opportunity to explore their academic passion and consider their future career opportunities. High achieving high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors can gain an authentic college experience and earn six college credits in a variety of academic areas in the Summer Scholars Program. (Need and merit-based scholarships available.)

           Summer Scholars Program (Credit)

For high school sophomores and juniors 

Three weeks: July 3 – 22, 2022

UM Academies (Non-credit)

For high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors 

Two weeks: July 3 – 15, 2022


Remote program options (Credit and non-credit)

Select programs available. For more information click here. 


Pre-College Programs at NC State University

North Carolina State University offers Pre-College Programs in a variety of academic disciplines – each aimed at helping students prepare for college while experiencing life at NC State.

Pre-College Programs give students the opportunity to:

  • Develop academic skills
  • Conduct research
  • Investigate careers
  • Build a portfolio
  • Experience college life
  • Prepare for college enrollment

Disciplines include cultural education, design, engineering, leadership, math, science, technology, writing, and more. Programs are available both during the summer and throughout the school year. For more information click here.

Still not sure what summer program you want to do? Check out…

Use this link to find lists of summer internships, study abroad programs, a Summer Planning Guide, fine arts programs, volunteer opportunities, and pre-college programs to earn college credit! 

Internships & Programs

Preparing for 2022-23 School Internships

Lab encourages summer enrichment through the various avenues that we have been preparing for in advisory including: internships,  jobs, volunteering, summer camps, summer courses, etc.


When we return in the fall, internships will be posted and students will begin applying and interviewing for an experience they’re interested in. What can students do now to prepare?  

  • Update their resume (or create one if they have done so already!)
  • Complete their student profile on Naviance
  • Ensure they have a professional outfit for formal interviews
  • Invest time this summer to enrich a future career or college goal (to talk about in their interview!)
  • Visit one of our many community partners for an event they’re hosting or to see their space. 

College Research Resources

Big Future— Search for good-fit colleges with the College Board’s search engine

CFNC - Helps you plan, apply and pay for college! IN ENGLISH & SPANISH. 

Youvisit - Virtual tours that convey culture and tell institutions unique stories without physically visitings

Fairtest – Test optional colleges-- colleges that don’t require standardized test scores

Federal Student Aid— Learn about types of aid and if you qualify

Financial Aid Resources-- Fact sheets, online tools, and more! IN ENGLISH & SPANISH.

Thank you Parents!

As the school year comes to an end I want to take a moment to say thanks. Thank you for supporting all of my efforts in providing you and your students with college and career information. Thank you for allowing me to guide and support your child this year. I also want to say thank you to all my students for trusting me and allowing me to grow in my role. This year we have grown together and I want to encourage you to always strive to be the BEST that you can be! It has been a wonderful and rewarding year. Have a great summer! - Ms. Capellan 

 

 
 

Office of College & Careers Newsletter - February 2022 - Issue 4

Welcome to the fourth issue of the College & Career Newsletter! 


Table of Contents

TOPIC OF THE MONTH:

Jan/Feb: What Students Should Be Doing Now!

Individual Student College Meetings

Advanced Placement (AP) Spring Interest Sessions 

What We’re Doing in Advisory - College & Career  

Upcoming College - Related Events & Opportunities

Internships  

College Research Resources  


TOPIC OF THE MONTH: 

What Students Should be Doing Now!

  1. Begin exploring and applying to summer programs. Remember that financial aid is often available for qualifying families. Keep track of application deadlines! If required, ask for recommendation letters for summer programs at least two weeks in advance. More information about summer programs will be found below in the opportunities section!
  2. Research colleges via in-person and online tours, websites, brochures and college fairs. 
  3. Keep your grades up! 
  4. Complete your “Federal Nutrition Program” application through TITAN. If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, you will be eligible for fee waivers, college resources and opportunities. For more information click here.

Individual Student College Meetings

As family college meetings start to wrap -up, Ms. Capellan will start meeting one on one with all 10th graders during Q3.  Ninth graders will meet with Ms. Capellan by request or as needed. The goal of this meeting is to examine the student's current academic transcript, advise students on their personalized 4 year plan, specifically addressing course selection for 11th and 12th grade, discuss any questions and specific concerns the students may have, and more. These meetings are MANDATORY for all 10th graders. Students will receive more details about these meetings within the next few weeks.


Advanced Placement (AP) Spring Interest Sessions 

Saturday, February 5th @ 9AM (ZOOM)


Interested in Advanced Placement Courses? What are they? Why Should You Take Them? Join us for this evening of info! Beginning spring 2022, students interested in enrolling in an AP course for the 22-23 school year will be required to attend one interest session prior to registering for the upcoming academic year.  


Contact Mr. Stitt with any questions or concerns at [email protected]

What We’re Doing In Advisory 

(January):

Time Management

Goal Setting

SMART Goal Activity


(December):

College Entrance Exams Introduction

Naviance Resume Builder 

College Awareness Week. Students used the week to learn more about 5 colleges. Then they were asked to create College Pennants based on the institution they like most currently based on their preferences of location, size and popular majors.


Upcoming College - Related Events & Opportunities

College Bound Essentials - Feb. 1, 8 & 15

College Bound Essentials will be hosted by Elizabeth Hartley, President of Scholarship Gold Consulting. This 3 part series provides students and parents with more information on how to improve college admissions and lower college costs. Ms. Hartley will be covering important points to help prepare you for your college application journey. Attendance is recommended for all 10th graders and optional for 8th & 9th graders. Parents are encouraged to attend.

 

Links to previous sessions

 

Session 1

Topic: College Bound Essentials Workshop Part 1

Date: Feb. 1, 2022

Meeting Recording:  HERE
Access Passcode: charlot[email protected]

 

Session 2

Topic: College Bound Essentials Workshop- Clt Lab Part 2
Date: Feb 8, 2022 05:54 PM
 
Meeting Recording: HERE
Access Passcode: [email protected]
 
Session 3:  February 15, 2022

LAWA’s FREE High School Series workshops (HHS) - Various dates available

LAWA's HHS provides sessions for students and caregivers on how to plan and prepare for post-secondary education. Register here 


SciFest All Access, A Free Virtual STEM EXPO - On demand through Nov.

The mission of the USA Science & Engineering Festival is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation's youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math by presenting and producing the most compelling, exciting, and educational STEM festival in the world. Register here

 

Opportunity for Students from Underserved Communities

Gen One, an organization focused on helping talented, first generation students to successfully navigate to and through college, is accepting high school students for their program! 


National Hispanic Institute Summer Leadership Program

The National Hispanic Institute (NHI) provides its youth with a continuum of leadership opportunities that begin at the ninth grade and continue through undergraduate college studies. This eight-year process begins with the Great Debate, continues with the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session, the Collegiate World Series, and, finally, the Collegiate Leadership Network. These programs are built on research and pilot projects which are field-tested before becoming part of the organization’s pedagogy. NHI provides in-person summer residential programs on college campuses and digital/virtual programs. Please review our leadership programs below. For more information click here. 

Scripps Howard Journalists Program at Elon University Summer Program

The Scripps Howard Emerging Journalists Program at Elon University offers the ideal opportunity for high school students to explore what it means to be a journalist, to report, and to produce news that informs communities. And it’s free. The first session was offered on Sept. 23, but it’s not too late to apply and participate in our five remaining monthly virtual interactive learning sessions that will help build foundational journalism skills. Register here.

Summer Immersion Program at Wake Forest University 

Current 9th – 12th grade students have the opportunity to explore a variety of career pathways and majors in 19 institutes. Those students selected for the program will enjoy access to world-class faculty, resources, industry professionals, and a one-of-a-kind view from inside a career field. On-campus and online options are available for Summer 2022! If you would like to be considered for this opportunity contact Ms. Capellan. For more information click here.

Step 1 – Discover the institute that’s right for you!

Step 2Apply! You’ll need to craft two essays and request a recommendation from a teacher, school counselor, or administrator for the 2022 application.

Step 3 – Experience your future. Join institutions for a life-changing week on-campus. 

Summer of Youth

The Costa Rica Youth Exchange offers 2 - four-week sessions in a village immersion experience. At their sites, students will have a bilingual Director, Itinerary support, airport transfers, full supervision, Spanish tutoring, family lodging and meals, outdoor local adventure, environmental community events, and youth civic leadership. Plus, high school sports, music, art, and dance. Register here.


University of Miami Precollege Summer Scholars Program

The University of Miami Summer Scholars Program is offering students an opportunity to explore their academic passion and consider their future career opportunities. High achieving high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors can gain an authentic college experience and earn six college credits in a variety of academic areas in the Summer Scholars Program. (Need and merit-based scholarships available.)

 

Summer Scholars Program (Credit)

For high school sophomores and juniors 

Three weeks: July 3 – 22, 2022

UM Academies (Non-credit)

For high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors 

Two weeks: July 3 – 15, 2022


Remote program options (Credit and non-credit)

Select programs available. For more information click here. 


Pre-College Programs at NC State University

North Carolina State University offers Pre-College Programs in a variety of academic disciplines – each aimed at helping students prepare for college while experiencing life at NC State.

Pre-College Programs give students the opportunity to:

  • Develop academic skills
  • Conduct research
  • Investigate careers
  • Build a portfolio
  • Experience college life
  • Prepare for college enrollment

Disciplines include cultural education, design, engineering, leadership, math, science, technology, writing, and more. Programs are available both during the summer and throughout the school year. For more information click here.

Internships & Programs

VS Student Ambassadors

Lab Upper School is partnering with VS America to host educational leaders and policymakers from around the country on campus to see how Lab thoughtfully designs our learning spaces to reflect the impact they have on students and teachers. True to The Lab Way, six high school students have taken on the role of student ambassadors to lead these leaders on school tours, answer questions, and provide insight into the impact space has on student engagement and learning. Shout out to our VS Student Ambassadors: Ara Jenkins, Aliyah Walker, Ahmir Lee, Morgan Patterson, Branson Flynn, and John Harmon.


Internships and Workplace Seminars 

Starting in the Fall semester Lab launched our 2021-22 internship program for all high schoolers. We are proud to partner with more than 30 local, national, and international organizations to provide career exploration and workplace experiences. Students who were awarded an internship are also participating in a weekly seminar course that provides direct instruction and practice on many workplace readiness metrics (resume writing, email etiquette, nonverbal communication, etc.). We look forward to the second round of internships beginning in semester two!

College Research Resources

Big Future— Search for good-fit colleges with the College Board’s search engine

CFNC - Helps you plan, apply and pay for college! IN ENGLISH & SPANISH. 

Youvisit - Virtual tours that convey culture and tell institutions unique stories without physically visitings

Fairtest – Test optional colleges-- colleges that don’t require standardized test scores

Federal Student Aid— Learn about types of aid and if you qualify

Financial Aid Resources-- Fact sheets, online tools, and more! IN ENGLISH & SPANISH.

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Office of College & Careers Newsletter - November/December  2021 - Issue 3

Welcome to the third issue of the College & Career Newsletter! 


Table of Contents

TOPIC OF THE MONTH:

November-December: College Entrance Exams

Family College Meetings  

Upcoming College - Related Events & Opportunities

Internships  

College Research Resources  


TOPIC OF THE MONTH: 

College Entrance Exams

Students in 9th and 10th grades will be given full length practice ACT & SAT tests during the school year. Each exam takes approximately 3.5 hours (with a few breaks) and will test your students' knowledge in a variety of subjects, particularly reading comprehension and math. There is no need to study or stress about these tests as each test should give students a better idea of how the official tests are formatted as well as their strengths and weaknesses in each subject area. The practice exam provides a baseline of data to inform which exam may be a better fit for the student. Once the results are received, students are encouraged to select a plan based on the exam that best fits and their schedule. 


Some colleges will require students to submit exam scores for admissions. However, many colleges are test optional and will not require scores. To learn more about test optional colleges, see fairtest.org/university/optional but be aware that some of these schools will require supplementary information instead. To keep Lab students' college options open, we recommend that all students select a test and take it twice, typically starting in March of junior year. As students have not yet entered their junior year, there is NO rush to take the official ACT and/or SAT before that time.


For more information about SAT and ACT: see collegeboard.com and/or act.org.


Upcoming Practice ACT Date: 12/15 

All 10th graders will be taking their PreACT on Wednesday, December 15th. Students will arrive on campus and we will have a bus to take them to UNCC Center City, where they will take their PreACT exams. Here is a PreACT practice test that students can use!

Family College Meetings

All parents of 10th grade students should meet with Ms. Capellan during Q2 (now through January 21st). If you have not done so already, please complete the parent/guardian questionnaire and schedule a time here to meet with Ms. Capellan to further discuss what the college process will look like here at Lab. Parents of 9th grade students can meet with Ms. Capellan by request. Note: Parent/Guardian questionnaires must be completed before scheduling a meeting. Please advise if you schedule a meeting without completing the questionnaire, your meeting may be rescheduled.


Our goal at the college & career office is to meet with 100% of our parents and students, so please help me meet this goal and get you started in your college & career journey.

Upcoming College - Related Events & Opportunities

LAWA’s FREE High School Series workshops (HHS) - Various dates available

LAWA's HHS provides sessions for students and caregivers on how to plan and prepare for post-secondary education. Register here 


SciFest All Access, A Free Virtual STEM EXPO - On demand through Nov.

The mission of the USA Science & Engineering Festival is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation's youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math by presenting and producing the most compelling, exciting, and educational STEM festival in the world. Register here

 

Opportunity for Students from Underserved Communities

Gen One, an organization focused on helping talented, first generation students to successfully navigate to and through college, is accepting high school students for their program!

Office of College & Careers Newsletter - October 2021 - Issue 2

Welcome to the second issue of the College & Career Newsletter! We hope that you are putting forth your strongest effort in your coursework -- as all 4 years of high school COUNT! We are here to support you, cheer you on, and more than anything else: we are proud of you! Keep up the great work. 

 

I would like to thank you all for your patience, as I continue to build our College & Career Program to provide you with all the necessary support. As a reminder, this newsletter and other Lab communications will continue to keep you informed of upcoming events, opportunities, and resources you can be using to learn about this process. 



Table of Contents

TOPIC OF THE MONTH:

October: What Students Should Be Doing For The College Process

Family College Meetings  

Upcoming College - Related Events & Opportunities  

Queens University of Charlotte: DISCOVER QUEENS - Nov. 13  

Advanced Placement (AP) Corner  

Internships Start This Month!  

College Research Resources  




TOPIC OF THE MONTH: 

What Students Should Be Doing For The College Process

 

  1. Continue to explore: learn your likes/dislikes, strengths and weaknesses and try new things. Learning more about yourself will help you decide which career path may be the best fit for you. 

 

  1. Continue to research colleges: attend college virtual events, read books, visit college websites and campuses, go to college fairs and information sessions. 

 

  1. Start your research to learn more about the FAFSA, federal student aid, federal loans and more on the federal government websites such as Federal Student Aid. Just taking a few minutes to educate and familiarize yourself with the process/website can make a huge difference as you begin to navigate the college financial aid process.   

Important: If you decide to create accounts, make sure to save log-in information in a safe and secure location for future reference.

 

  1. Stay involved! Take on leadership roles, apply for internships, and get involved in clubs and community organizations. 

 

  1. Continue to build relationships. Remember that your teachers will be recommending you for things such as internships, scholarships and colleges. 

 

  1. Parents/guardians and students: make sure you have access to your Naviance student accounts.

 

We have successfully launched Naviance to all our 9th & 10th graders. Congratulations on completing step 1 to your college & career journey! Moving forward, we will be using Naviance for many college & career related tasks during advisory, workshops & application season. Please start to use Naviance to familiarize yourself with it. There are some amazing features that can help you explore who you are? What do you want to be? How will you get there? and Will you be successful? Here you can find a Naviance student tour and overview video as reference on how to navigate and explore Naviance. 

 

For parents/guardians who would like technical support setting up their Naviance student accounts, we will be hosting a Naviance student technical support drop-in event November 9th and 10th from 4:00-4:45 PM. This is not a mandatory event; students should drop in as needed. No prior registration is required; drop by the front office and we will be able to assist you.

 

Family College Meetings

All parents of 10th grade students should meet with Ms. Capellan during Q2 (now through January 21st). If you have not done so already, please complete the parent/guardian questionnaire and schedule a time here to meet with Ms. Capellan to further discuss what the college process will look like here at Lab. Parents of 9th grade students can meet with Ms. Capellan by request. Note: Parent/Guardian questionnaires must be completed before scheduling a meeting. Please advise if you schedule a meeting without completing the questionnaire, your meeting may be rescheduled.

 

Upcoming College - Related Events & Opportunities

LAWA’s FREE High School Series workshops (HHS) - Various dates available

LAWA's HHS provides sessions for students and caregivers on how to plan and prepare for post-secondary education. Register here 

 

SciFest All Access, A Free Virtual STEM EXPO - On demand through Nov.

The mission of the USA Science & Engineering Festival is to stimulate and sustain the interest of our nation's youth in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math by presenting and producing the most compelling, exciting, and educational STEM festival in the world. Register here

 

NACAC Virtual College Fair:

Signature College Fair - Oct. 24 & Nov. 14

Students interested in attending college fairs are encouraged to attend NACAC’s virtual signature college fair and watch presentations from more than 600 colleges and universities, ask questions and demonstrate interest during Register here.

 

Arts & STEM Fair - Nov. 2

Students interested in college majors and careers in engineering, medicine, computer science, nursing, technology and many other STEM fields are encouraged to attend NACAC’s Arts & STEM virtual fair. Take advantage of free STEMinars on topics such as writing a winning college essay and standing out in the admission process. 

 

Queens University of Charlotte: DISCOVER QUEENS - Nov. 13

Discover Queens is an open house style event for interested undergraduate students and their families that goes beyond our typical campus tour. Offered in-person and virtually! Whether you decide to attend one of our half-day events hosted on our campus or from the comfort of your couch, during these events you will get a glimpse into what makes Queens special and what your life would look like as a Royal. Register here.

Six Liberal Arts Colleges Virtual Admissions Events: Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams - Nov. 8

Events with themes on academics and research, campus life, campus resources, building community, and more. Register here.

 

Opportunity for Students from Underserved Communities

Gen One, an organization focused on helping talented, first generation students to successfully navigate to and through college, is accepting high school students for their program! 






Advanced Placement (AP) Corner

Meet Mr. Stitt - Advanced Placement (AP) Coordinator!

Mr. Randy B. Stitt, MSM is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations and African American Studies from East Carolina University (ECU), as well as a Master of Science in Management degree from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Belk College of Business. Mr. Stitt is a NC licensed educator in the areas of Secondary Social Studies, Marketing Education, and Business Information Technology. 

Prior to joining the team at Lab, he served the communities of Ardrey Kell High School and Rocky River High School, both located in Charlotte, NC. His unique experiences include secondary and higher education, corporate, and non-profit spaces, all considering a multicultural and intergenerational approach. 

In his role as AP Coordinator, Mr. Stitt organizes and facilitates activities with administrators, Advanced Placement teachers, and students in order to establish and increase student involvement and success in Advanced Placement courses. He also serves as the College Board liaison and leads the AP course registration and test administration processes.

Current AP Parent Orientation - November 8 - 7pm via zoom

Mr. Stitt will host a virtual orientation for all AP parents/guardians to provide an overview of 2022 testing and student success information for parents of current AP students. There will be spring meetings regarding AP interest and registration forthcoming. Email [email protected] to register. 

 

Internships Start This Month!

Our high school students have started internships with our many partner organizations this week! Please encourage your HS student to check Gradify, Lab's customized online work experience and college prep portal, for available internships. Our first round of students was interviewed by a panel including partners from Wells Fargo, Honeywell, and Wray Ward. Our students floored them with their poised demeanor and preparedness in their interviews. For more information on Gradify, you can locate the welcome video here. Additional internships will be posted on a regular, ongoing basis. 

 

Questions? 

Please reach out to Shane Capps ([email protected]).

College Research Resources

Big Future— Search for good-fit colleges with the College Board’s search engine

Youvisit - Virtual tours that convey culture and tell institutions unique stories without physically visitings

Fairtest – Test optional colleges-- colleges that don’t require standardized test scores

Federal Student Aid— Learn about types of aid and if you qualify

Financial Aid Resources-- Fact sheets, online tools, and more! IN ENGLISH & SPANISH. 

 

 

Welcome to the first issue of the College and Career Office newsletter! Monthly, students will receive this electronic newsletter that will be an important source of information regarding upcoming opportunities, deadlines, and tasks that are critical to ensuring a smooth college admissions process. Parents also receive our monthly newsletter and other email communications to stay informed of monthly tasks and resources. We know this process is new for many of you and we are here to help along the way!

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

About Me (Karina Capellan)

My Approach

Our Process

TOPIC OF THE MONTH

Upcoming College-Related Events

Family College Meetings

Free Standardized Test Prep Opportunities

Upcoming For Lab 


About Me

 

About Me

karina capellan As we are starting the 2021-22 school year, I’d like to officially introduce myself as the College and Career Counselor at Charlotte Lab School - the person who will be guiding you through the exciting, and sometimes daunting, college admissions process! My name is Ms. Capellan and I am originally from the NYC area and recently relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina. Before transitioning into my role here at Charlotte Lab School, I had the honor to complete my internship hours at NYC iSchool (also founded by Dr. Moss).As a first generation college student, I learned the benefits of having an education; this has led to my undeniable passion for school counseling. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology at SUNY Plattsburgh and my Master's degree in school counseling with a certification in college advising at Teachers College, Columbia University.
ricky singh Ricky Singh was an Assistant Principal at a growing private school in Charlotte, North Carolina and has served as an Educational Consultant for a variety of schools, non-profit organizations and families.
 
In this role, he helped boost student enrollment, oversaw Special Education, professional development, curriculum planning, instructional technology, and advisory, as well as helped to form a variety of high-interest clubs for students in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Prior to this role, he was in a leadership role within Special Education, Curriculum Development and Technology throughout Mooresville, NC and New York City focusing on teaching 21st Century Skills to students of today. As a Master Teacher and Coach for the New York City Department of Education, he helped coach teachers who served in at-risk schools with a focus on advisory, curriculum planning, youth development and reading/math interventions. In addition to working in education, Ricky also formed New York City’s 1st Hip-Hop Afterschool Program, Get On Something Innovative and Positive (G.O.S.I.P.), that focused on using the positive elements of Hip-Hop and giving students from gang-concentrated areas of New York City a positive platform to express themselves.

Ricky graduated from Brooklyn College with a major in Political Science, and received his first Masters degree in Special Education from the same institution. While serving in a leadership role at his school in Brooklyn, New York, Ricky completed his second Masters degree in Educational Leadership at Brooklyn College. He has had extensive professional development and training in a variety of disciplines in both Special Education and Educational Leadership.

Ricky currently resides in West Charlotte with his wife Liz and their children Rafael, Elijah, Joziah and Erymiah.

 


My Approach - Karina Capellan

During my time at NYC iSchool I was able to connect with many students with similar passions and experiences as our students here at Lab. My experience at the iSchool helped me develop a program for Lab that is centered around best meeting students' needs and aligning with Lab’s mission. We will help students develop the skills they need to best assess their own strengths and interests, allowing them to discover those schools offering the “best” overall fit. I like to think of the student as the pilot of their own plane, while I am the co-pilot assisting them along the way. The College and Career Office believes that any student who wants to go to college can and has a variety of options available. I am eager to work with families, students, and my colleagues to ensure your student is receiving all the support they need to guide them through these high school years and into college and/or future careers.



Our Process

The College and Career Office is excited to begin our work with Lab students this month. We will begin meeting with individual students and their families during the months of October and November. By the end of the week, you will receive a parent/guardian questionnaire. This questionnaire gives you the opportunity to offer me insight about your student for me to consider when I help them find appropriate college matches. Please complete as soon as received so we can move forward with the meeting scheduling process. 


Student input in the post-secondary planning process is also critical. Students have already received a comprehensive high school transition survey which will help them identify their interests, preferences, strengths, and needs in order to continue with a successful high school experience and provide post-graduation support based on their individual needs.

 

Communication

In an effort to conserve paper, all communication from the College and Career Office  will be sent via email. Please make sure that you check your email frequently and encourage your student to do the same. If you would like paper communication, please call me ((704) 980-7094‬) or email me at [email protected] to indicate this preference.

 

 

 

TOPIC OF THE MONTH: 

What Freshmen Should Be Doing NOW For The College Process

Here at Lab we don’t believe that it is ever too early to begin thinking about your college options. The following checklist for September and October is adapted from the College Checklists for Juniors from The New York Times’ “The Choice” college blog:

Step Up Your Academic Performance - grades are often the most important academic work that colleges consider when reviewing applications. Now is the time to create a 4 year academic plan and focus on coursework, redouble efforts and do your absolute best in your classes. Discuss strategies for improvement with your advisor and teachers. It is never too early to step up for success. When evaluating college options, you will be grateful that you did the hard work now.

Get Involved and Be a Leader- If you have not done so already, begin to do activities that are important to you, and try new ones out. Spending time doing things you love will feed your soul — and build your résumé. Consider positioning yourself for leadership roles. If unsure what these look like, please contact me at [email protected]

Research, Research, Research- Research is the key to finding the colleges that are the best match for you. Some of Lab’s favorite college research tools include: The Princeton’s Review’s Best 387 Colleges: 2021 Edition, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope, The Gatekeepers by Jacques Steinberg, www.unigo.com and www.collegeboard.com. Consider majors, facilities, size, selectivity, location, cost, activities, advising, housing and other aspects of interest. While college websites, online resources, guidebooks and brochures are great resources, the best way to learn about colleges is to visit the campuses for open houses, official tours and admissions presentations. We know that in today’s world, in-person is quite out of reach, but many colleges are still offering on-site activities. We will provide a list of virtual fairs and open houses for students to check out as well.

Maintain Positive Relationships- While you are the one in charge of applying to college, you will need help from other important people in your life, including teachers, administrators, advisers and coaches. Now is the time to evaluate and perhaps improve the quality of your relationships. Your college letters of recommendation will be written by Ms. Capellan and two teachers of your choice (whom you will choose when you start your application process). Do you work productively with your teachers? Are you an attentive and courteous classmate? Are you a good school citizen? It is never too late to improve your relationships.

What Sophomores Should Be Doing NOW For The College Process

Take the Practice SAT/PreACT- Although the PSAT/PreACT is usually given in the 11th grade, it is also often offered in the 10th grade. This is an excellent opportunity for students to sit for two full-length tests with a proctor in order to compare their scores on two tests and determine which is the better test for them. Taking these tests will provide valuable feedback on your college readiness and a free, personalized plan to help you start getting ready for the SAT or ACT and work on any of your academic weaknesses while there's still plenty of time to make improvements. There is NO NEED to prepare for these tests, as the scores will only be used to help students determine their stronger test. 

  • Students can register to take the PSAT through collegeboard.com on the following dates: Primary Date: Wednesday, 10/13/21, Saturday Date: 10/16/2021 or Alternate Date: Tuesday, 10/26/21
  • Families should contact Jia Lin ([email protected]) for more information on the PreACT. 
  • If you have an IEP or a 504 and require additional information about requesting accommodations on standardized tests, please contact Kia Broussard [email protected]

Learn About Financial Aid- Many students use financial aid to cover college costs. Along with your family, do some research about how to obtain financial aid. In Advisory, we’ll be discussing and learning about what financial aid is, where it comes from and how you can apply for it. Explore StudentAid.gov/parent for information on saving for college, borrowing for college, applying for financial aid, getting tax benefits to help make college affordable, and more. Work with a family member to estimate your potential financial aid using the FAFSA4caster at fafsa.gov, and continue to save for college.

Attend College and Career Fairs- College fairs are great opportunities to collect admissions information on potential schools, allow you to network with college admissions representatives, and help you to narrow down your options for your college search! Career fairs offer students the opportunities to learn about alternative career paths they might not have thought about previously, explore entry level options, and talk with employers about what makes an ideal employee for those positions. Both types of fairs will help students to discover potential pathways.

Upcoming College-Related Events

HBCU Night: HBCU Free Virtual Fair

Students are invited to the free HBCU virtual college fair, with 60+ HBCUs attending, on September 20, 2021,. Students can register here.

 

Coast to Coast: Dartmouth, Northwestern, Princeton, Berkeley & Vanderbilt

A panel of admissions officers will discuss their institutions, provide advice about the college search and application processes, and answer students’ questions. Find out more information about this event, being held during several time slots from September 19-21 with various times available, and register here

 

NACAC Virtual College Fair: Northeastern US College Fair

Students interested in attending college in a specific region are encouraged to attend the free NACAC Virtual College Tours.  On September 28, 2021, the focus will be on Northeastern Colleges & Universities. Families will be able to attend presentations by colleges, ask questions and demonstrate your interest without leaving home. Students can register here.

 

Family College Meetings

Overview

As the new College & Career Counselor, Ms. Capellan would like to provide you with the opportunity to meet with her and further discuss what the college process will look like here at Lab. All parents of 10th grade students should meet with Ms. Capellan between Q1 & Q2 (now through January 21st). Parents of 9th grade students can meet with Ms. Capellan by request. 

 

Before the meeting

Parent are asked to complete the Parent/Guardian Questionnaire before the meeting: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16I_8mxusWXzZY1VV2DgwCzwuPuStdYFquLVRi1KmzZ4/edit

 

During the meeting

Based on the information provided on the Parent/Guardian questionnaire, Ms. Capellan will be able to provide you with insight about your student that will allow us to better support them and find the appropriate college matches. Ms. Capellan will also review what the student should be doing now (Checklist) and define everyone's responsibilities during this process. 

 

Free Standardized Test Prep Opportunities

Applerouth is offering FREE online strategy sessions and official, full-length PSAT practice tests from September 25 - October 10. Click here.

 

Khan Academy has partnered with The College Board to provide official SAT practice FREE online, including interactive practice and 8 full-length practice tests. Click here.

 

The College Board provides students the opportunity to practice with official SAT questions and take a FREE official SAT Practice test. To use the College Board's preparation resources, click here.

 

FREE SAT and ACT Events with Kaplan

Kaplan offers FREE practice tests, admissions seminars, sample classes, and other events to help you raise your SAT and ACT scores and navigate the admissions process. Click here.

 

FREE SAT and ACT Events with Princeton Review

Princeton review offers FREE practice tests, strategy sessions, sample classes, and webinars to help you raise your SAT and ACT scores. Click here.

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Upcoming For Lab

Internships

High school internships are on target to launch during the first weeks of October! Students will be invited to apply for internships they are interested in, allowing them to work with one of our many community partners. Internships provide amazing opportunities for students to explore possibilities, discover their passions, and develop expertise in a particular field or area. These experiences will set you apart from other college applicants and Lab encourages all students to sign up for at least two of these opportunities prior to senior year. Opportunities will be available on an ongoing basis. 

  • If you don’t see an internship that sparks your interest, students are invited to propose their own. Speak to Mr. Singh ([email protected]) if you are interested in designing your own.
  • If you/your family have connections with companies or organizations who may be interested in partnering with Lab, please share them with Shane Capps ([email protected]).