1 OCTOBER 12TH GRADE INSTRUCTIONS IT S A PLAN 12TH GRADE The senior year is critical for students to meet deadlines and complete forms as part of the college application and financial aid process. Therefore, Oregon GEAR UP created a series of comprehensive checklists for educators, students and families that address key action items for each month. In addition, there are printable handouts, links to resources, and communication tools like weekly text messages and Facebook posts. IMPLEMENTATION 1. Get a team. Get the support of administration, teachers, parents and students to help carry out the program. Determine when you will share information to students and families (e.g. during Advisory, evening workshops, etc.) 2. Make a communications plan. Determine how you will share information to students and families; having more than one avenue to remind students of key deadlines is important. Use our checklists, posters, Facebook posts, text messages, and school announcements. 3. Download each month s checklists and communication tools as one PDF file and any additional resources; print the resources that you want to use. OCTOBER RESOURCES CHECKLISTS Educators page 2 Students page 3 Families page 4 Familias (Spanish) page 5 COMMUNICATION Text Messages page 6 Announcements page 7 Posters page 8 Facebook facebook.com/oregongoestocollege HANDOUTS Activities Chart Writing Letters of Recommendation Writing Essays College & Scholarship Organizer Download handouts separately: oregongoestocollege.org/itsaplan/ educators/downloads
2 FOR EDUCATORS 12TH GRADE CHECKLIST Document accomplishments. Encourage students to make a list of their school and work experience and create a sample résumé. Narrow the field. Help students narrow their college choices. Hold field trips to visit colleges or college fairs. Assign students to write a personal essay, using college or scholarship application essay prompts. HINT: Ask the English teacher to assign in class. Tell your story. Clean up your online act. Explain the importance of having an appropriate online presence. Help students create professional s and set privacy settings. Develop clear, written policies for requesting letters of recommendation. Provide guidance for students and teachers on requesting and writing letters of recommendation. Request letters of recommendation. Take or re-take the SAT or ACT. Have SAT/ACT Questions of the Day on the announcements. Hold test prep workshops. NOTES:
3 FOR STUDENTS 12TH GRADE CHECKLIST Document accomplishments. Make a list of all of the activities and awards you have received. Narrow the field. Narrow your list of colleges 3 to 5 is a good number. Always have a backup plan! Make a sample résumé. Practice writing college and scholarship essays; write a personal statement about who you are and your unique qualities. Tell your story. Clean up your online act. Create a professional . Set privacy settings on social media accounts. Visit colleges and attend college fairs, if possible, or find student reviews online. Request letters of recommendation. Think carefully about whom to ask for letters of recommendation. Give them plenty of time to write them, as well as your résumé or activities chart, and any instructions from the application. Take or re-take the SAT or ACT. Review practice tests; ask teachers for help. Get a good night s sleep before the test and eat breakfast that morning! KEY TERMS: RÉSUMÉ: A list of your accomplishments and achievements in paid work, volunteer service, or other extracurricular activities. NOTES: PERSONAL STATEMENT: Often another name for your college essay, it is your opportunity to share your story with the admissions staff at colleges. COLLEGE FAIR: An opportunity for you to meet representatives from several colleges at one time. NEXT MONTH: Finalize your list of college choices and apply!
4 FOR FAMILIES 12TH GRADE CHECKLIST School is in full swing so it s important that your student stay on track of impending college application deadlines. Encourage your student to dedicate a little bit of time each week to accomplishing these tasks so that they don t get overwhelmed when it comes time to apply. It s also not too late to start a college savings account! Visit a bank or credit union for information about tax -deferred savings accounts or Individual Development Accounts that match savings for college. Document accomplishments. Narrow the field. Have a conversation with your student to make sure they're on track for college applications, including writing down their work and school experiences. Tell your story. Encourage your student to have their sample college or scholarship essay edited by a trusted adult. Attend a college visit or college fair with your student. Request letters of recommendation. Brainstorm with your student several adults and educators who know them well and could write a good letter of recommendation. Clean up your online act. Talk to your student about keeping social media profiles private and appropriate. Take or re-take the SAT or ACT. Make sure your student gets a good night s sleep and healthy breakfast on the day of the test. CONVERSATION STARTERS What is something you ve done in high school that you are particularly proud of? Which adult has had the biggest impact on your life? What is something you ve learned from them?
5 FOR FAMILIAS LISTA PARA GRADO 12 OCTUBRE: PREPÁRATE La escuela esta en pleno rendimiento por lo que es importante que su estudiante este al pendiente de las aplicaciones del colegio y las fechas limites. Anime a su estudiante que le dedique un poco de tiempo cada semana a estos deberes para que no se sienta tan agobiado cuando sea tiempo de aplicar. Aun hay tiempo para abrir una cuenta de ahorro para el colegio. Viste un banco para información sobre impuestos deferidos- ahorros deferidos o una cuenta de desarrollo individual que sea para el colegio. Logros documentales. Tenga una conversación con su estudiante para asegurarse que estén al tanto con las aplicaciones del colegio incluyendo que escriban Refina tus opciones. Asista a una visita or una feria de colegio con su estudiante. Comparte tu historia. Solicita cartas de recomendación. Anime a su estudiante que comparta su ensayo para el colegio o becas para que sean editadas por un adulto de confianza. Compórtate. Hable con su estudiante sobre la importancia de mantener su perfil en las redes sociales privadas y con material apropiado. Comparte ideas con su estudiante sobre varios adultos y educadores que lo conocen bien y que puedan escribirle una buena carta de recomendación. Toma o retoma el SAT o ACT. Asegúrese de que su hijo descanse y duerma bien la noche antes del examen y que desayune algo saludable el día del examen. TEMAS DE CONVERSACIÓN Qué has logrado en la preparatoria de lo que mas te arguéllese? Cuál adulto ha tenido el impacto mas grande? Qué es lo que has aprendió de ellos?
6 12TH GRADE OCTOBER TEXT MESSAGES USE OUR ACCOUNT: Encourage students and families to sign up to receive weekly text messages. seniors: to families: (for English) (for Spanish) to SEND YOUR OWN: Use free text messaging services like cel.ly or remind.com to connect with seniors and their families. Schedule messages ahead of time and customize these 160-character or less messages with info from your school. You can also tweet these if Twitter is popular at your school. week student text message family text message (English) family text message (Spanish) You ve been planning all along make a list of your high school activities and awards. Then write a sample résumé. It s time to help your kids brag about their plan! Their resume should include activities and awards, in and out of school. Es tiempo de ayudar a sus hijos presumir sus planes. El resumen debe incluir actividades y premios dentro y fuera de la escuela. It s time to tell your story! Plan to write a draft of your personal statement for college admission and scholarship applications. College and scholarship applications often require students to share their story. Your child needs to draft a personal statement this week. Las aplicaciones de la universidad y de becas requieren que los estudiante compartan su historia. Su hijo debe de escribir su ensayo esta semana. Beware of cyberspace! Lock down your privacy settings on social media accounts and create a professional just for applications. The internet never forgets. Your child needs to control privacy settings on social media and create a professional account for applications. El ciberespacio nunca olvida. Su hijo debe de ajustar las configuraciones de privacidad en sus cuentas de redes sociales y crea un correo electrónico profesional para sus aplicaciones. Narrow your list of colleges to a manageable number. More than 1, less than 10! Always have a backup plan. College applications are due soon. Your child needs to narrow the list to a reasonable number. Help them develop a backup plan. Las fechas limites para las aplicaciones de la universidad se aproximan. Su hijo debe de reducir su lista de colegios a un numero manejable. Ayúdelos a tener un plan de contingencia. Request letters of recommendation from teachers who know you well and can speak to your strengths and challenges. Many applications require letters of recommendation. Plan to assist your child in selecting 1 or 2 teachers to write a letter of recommendation. Muchas aplicaciones requieren cartas de recomendación. Ayude a su hijo a seleccionar 1-2 maestros para escribir una carta de recomendación.
7 12TH GRADE OCTOBER ANNOUNCEMENTS Help seniors stay on track with weekly school announcements outlining the key steps to preparing for life after high school. week school announcement Colleges and scholarship providers want to know all the things you ve done in high school. Start keeping track of activities and awards or catch up now! Make it your priority to plan this week by writing your resume. College admission and scholarship applications often require a personal statement in which you share a bit about you and what you plan for your future. Now s the time to write a draft of your personal statement and application essay(s). It s time to clean up your online act! You don t want a silly thing like a address to come between you and college! Get a professional account for all of your applications, and make sure all your privacy settings on social media accounts are as strict as possible. You ll be submitting college applications next month, so now s the time to decide where you ll apply. Keep the list small include at least one school where you think you ll be admitted, one you think you can afford with scholarships and financial aid, and at least one that s a reach. Have a dream and a backup plan! Teachers have been helping you since you started school. They re not done yet! In fact, they re a big part of your plan. Ask those who know you best to write recommendation letters for your applications.
8 SENIOR TO DO Document accomplishments. Make a list of all of the activities and awards you have received, and make a sample résumé.
9 SENIOR TO DO Tell your story. Write a personal statement about who you are and your unique qualities; practice writing college or scholarship essays.
10 SENIOR TO DO Clean up your online act. Create a professional and set privacy settings on social media accounts.
11 SENIOR TO DO Narrow the field. Narrow your list of colleges 3 to 5 is a good number. Always have a backup plan! Visit colleges and attend college fairs, if possible, or find student reviews online.
12 SENIOR TO DO Request letters of recommendation. Think carefully about whom to ask for letters of recommendation. Give them plenty of time to write them, as well as your résumé or activities chart, and any instructions from the application.
13 SENIOR TO DO Take or re-take the SAT or ACT. Review practice tests and ask teachers for help. Get a good night s sleep before the test and eat breakfast that morning!
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