Newsletter and Resources



Our College Counseling Handbook is very helpful in outlining the college application process for juniors and seniors.  CLICK HERE to download the 2012-2013 College Counseling Handbook.  For quick facts, download our College Counseling Basics handout.


Additional resources may be found in the College Counseling Newsletter, emailed to parents every month with information about college application deadlines, scholarships, college admissions testing, summer programs, and other important information.  This year's newsletters are available below:


May/June 2013

April 2013

March 2013


February 2013


December 2012/January 2013

November 2012


October 2012


September 2012


The most recent newsletter is available below:


College Counseling Newsletter
May/June, 2013


Dear Parents and Students,

In case you haven’t heard yet, I wanted you to know that I am moving and will therefore not be returning to SBS next year.  My husband was recently offered a job in Chattanooga, TN, and it starts this month!  We are excited about the new opportunity, but I am very sad to leave my wonderful students and the family I have here at SBS.  I will miss you all very much!

As for college prep, please do not worry.  The senior leaders are currently interviewing several experienced college counselors and will be making their selection very soon.  Someone will be here to answer questions and guide you through the college prep process before you know it!  If you have any questions before the new counselor arrives, please contact Mrs. Cheryl Hunnewell at cheryl.hunnewell@stonebridgeschool.com.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Atwood


Rising Seniors Night

Thank you so much to the families that attended Rising Seniors Night last week.  Hopefully you learned a little bit about thesis, college prep, and senior trip without becoming too overwhelmed!  In case you missed it, please stop by Mrs. Atwood’s office for your 2013-2014 College Handbook, or download a copy from our website.


Important Reminders

·         Seniors, if you have not completed the FAFSA make sure you do so right away.  Most colleges want this to be done by March 1, 2013.

·         ALL juniors should have taken the SAT this spring.  Fall test dates have not been announced yet, but you will likely want to take the test once more in October.  Check the CollegeBoard website periodically for updates on when and how to register.

·         US Service Academies involve a different application process.  If you a junior planning to apply to a US Service Academy, please see Mrs. Atwood right away, and check the individual academy websites for more information.


Colleges with Rolling Admissions

Colleges that offer “Rolling Admissions” accept applications at any time.  Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and policies do vary.  Please check the official website of each college you are considering.

Clearwater Christian, Coastal Carolina, Belmont, Liberty, Longwood, Covenant, Biola, Mary Baldwin, Oral Roberts, VCU, Virginia Wesleyan, Shenandoah, Clemson, Mississippi College, Samford, U. of Alabama, UNC Wilmington, most community colleges

SAT Prep Options

StoneBridge SAT Prep Course: Half-credit class, available to 10th and 11th grade students during Spring Semester.

CollegeBoard: Online course; cost is $69.95.

Kaplan: Online course; cost is $399.

PrepME: Online course; cost is $299-$499.

Kaplan: Two-month course in Newport News or Norfolk, VA; cost is $599.

Chris Trudeau: Six-week course in Suffolk or Norfolk, VA; cost is $425.  Two $100-off coupons available in Mrs. Atwood’s office.

ACT Prep: Online course; cost is $19.95.

24hundred: Search engine for local courses.


Scholarship Search Engines

Although specific opportunities are listed in this newsletter, students are also encouraged to research scholarships on their own.

Academic Invest

Adventures in Education

CollegeBoard

fastweb!

FinAid

Sallie Mae

Scholarships.com

Student Awards

Studentscholarships.org

 

Scholarship and Contest Opportunities

Congratulations, Class of 2013!  Together, you have been offered over $400,000 in scholarships so far this year.  Keep up the good work!

Sedary & Associates Scholarship
Essay-based scholarship open to seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Award is $500.  Apply online by June 15, 2013.

Lift Parts Express Scholarship
Essay-based scholarship open to seniors who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Award is $1000.  Apply online by June 30, 2013.

Samsung American Legion Scholarship
Open to juniors who are delegates to either Boys or Girls State and who are descendants of American veterans.  Awards range from $1,000-$20,000.  Applications available online; submitted at Boys or Girls State.

Christian Worldview Essay Contest
Hosted by The Trinity Foundation, this contest is open to students between 17 and 23 years of age.  Applicants read two assigned books and write a response essay. Award is $1,000-$3,000. See Mrs. Atwood for application. Deadline is September 2, 2013.


Volunteer Opportunities

YMCA Youth Camps
Our local YMCA’s are looking for responsible high school students to become regularly scheduled volunteers (1-5 days per week, either 8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12-4 p.m.)  Volunteers would assist camp counselors with summer activities for school-aged kids.  If you are interested in becoming a YMCA volunteer, please see Mrs. Atwood or contact Katie Parker, YMCA Youth Director, kparker@ymcashr.org.

CHKD Junior Summer Program
Children’s hospital volunteer opportunity and career fair.  Open to students ages 14 and up.  Register online.

Physical Therapy Internship
Open to 11th and 12th grade; Mr. Hartline has invited you to volunteer and learn about physical therapy/sports medicine.  See Mrs. Atwood for an application.

 

Summer Opportunities

YMCA Youth Camps
Our local YMCA’s are looking for responsible high school students to become regularly scheduled volunteers (1-5 days per week, either 8 a.m.-12 p.m. or 12-4 p.m.)  Volunteers would assist camp counselors with summer activities for school-aged kids.  If you are interested in becoming a YMCA volunteer, please see Mrs. Atwood or contact Katie Parker, YMCA Youth Director, kparker@ymcashr.org.

eXcel Leadership Camp
LEAD Hampton Roads is offering a three day leadership training opportunity to rising juniors and seniors.  Students will meet with community leaders at the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and other local sites from July 17-19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $200 and includes travel and food.  Contact Cherrelle Artis at cartis@hrccva.com or (757) 664-2516 for more information.  Download application online.

iD Tech Camps and Teen Academies
Weeklong, day, overnight and online learning opportunities for students ages 7-18 in computer programing, design, photography, and more!  Nearest location is the College of William and Mary. See website for details.

CHKD Junior Summer Program
Children’s hospital volunteer opportunity and career fair.  Open to students ages 14 and up.  Register online.

Patrick Henry College Summer Leadership Camps
Open to students ages 14-18.  One- or two-week summer camps on a range of topics.  Dates and costs vary.

Pensacola Summer Camps
Week-long camps during the summer of 2013. Cost is $235-$400.       

Regent Summer Camps
Camps for students of various age groups during the summer of 2013. Dates and costs vary.

Science/Engineering Research Internship
No-cost, summer residential internship in TN, open to 12th grade only. See Mrs. Atwood for details.