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College Essay Workshop
This is a guided brainstorming workshop with three activities designed to drive individual content for the personal statement and college application essay. The workshop will be held twice in September to accommodate different schedules and will last about an hour and 15 minutes. The first will be on Monday, September 24 from 1:45-3:00pm and the second will be on Wednesday, September 26 from 8-9:15am. These will be held in the old “Forum”.

Senior College Application Night

Seniors, please plan to attend. This is the time when we communicate everything you need to know about the college application process, how Naviance and Monarch “talk to each other,” updates and how to use the CommonApplication, and much, much more!  Really, you need to be there!

There are 450 seniors, so coming to this presentation means we can give you the info you need. Please read your emails and take advantage of the opportunities we give you to get the information and support you need! September 12th, 6:30-8 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium.

In-State College Fair

Boulder Valley School District high school counselors are holding the in-state College Fair from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. September 24, at Centaurus High School. Free to students and parents. A chance to meet with admissions representatives from around the state.

Out of State College Fair

Boulder Valley School District high school counselors and the Colorado Council on High School and College Relations, are holding the Out of State College Fair at Monarch High School on October 3rd.  There will be a Financial Aid Presentation from 5:15-6:00 pm in the Auditorium. The College Fair will take place from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Free to students and parents. This is a chance to meet with admissions representatives from around the country.   More information can be found at http://www.collegefairsdenver.org/

PSAT Sign Up

PSAT sign up for Juniors will take place in September.  Sign up for Sophomores will be based on availability. Students must pay at time of sign up. The PSAT Test will take place on SATURDAY, October 13th. More information to follow.

Coffee Talks

Coffee talks will take place throughout the year.  These events take place in the Monarch High School Post Grad Center and are opportunities for seniors to get answers to their questions about the college application process.  Seniors should come in during lunch or during an off period.  Student can ask questions on topics such as how to order transcripts, requesting letters of recommendation, beginning the scholarship search, finding a college fit, using Naviance in the college search and application process, etc.  Dates to follow.

ICAP Lessons

Monarch Counselors will be going into 9th through 11th grade classrooms over the next two months to talk with students about ICAP and help them update their plan. Students will learn about ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) and the incredible tools available at their disposal through Naviance.  According to the CDE: The intent of  the ICAP policy is to ultimately decrease dropout rates and increase graduation rates by assisting students in developing and maintaining a personalized postsecondary plan that ensures readiness for postsecondary and workforce success. An ICAP should be designed to assist a student and his or her parent or legal guardian in exploring the postsecondary career and educational opportunities available to the student, aligning course work and curriculum, applying to postsecondary education institutions, securing financial aid and ultimately entering the workforce.

We will work with students to develop a 4 year plan, complete interest and career inventories, and explore career and college options. Students and parents can access Naviance through the counseling website.  Parents/Guardians can obtain log in information by contacting their assigned counselor or calling the counseling office at 720-561-5634.

BVSD Online Courses

BVSD Online is a District program offering online courses to students enrolled in Boulder Valley School District for a fee.  Students can choose supplemental, extension and remedial courses.

Important Dates and Deadlines for 2018-2019:

Credit Recovery Session 1:
Registration closes 09/07/18.
Running 09/10/18-10/22/18.

Credit Recovery Session 2:
Registration closes 10/26/18.
Running 10/31/18-12/14/18.

Full Semester Courses:
Registration closes 08/29/18.
Running 08/31/18-12/14/18.

Ben Holloway, NCC
Counselor (E-K)
Monarch High School
ben.holloway@bvsd.org
720-561-4204