Tuesday, August 30, 2016

#NACACreads Book Club: October 25th @8:30 a.m.!

Please plan to join the Post Oak School community at the high school on October 25th from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the high school kitchen! This #NACACreads Book Club discussion will cover the book, THERE IS LIFE AFTER COLLEGE, by Jeffrey J. Selingo! Coffee and breakfast items will help to spark great conversation! 

From the bestselling author of College Unbound comes a hopeful, inspiring blueprint to help alleviate parents’ anxiety and prepare their college-educated child to successfully land a good job after graduation. There Is Life After College offers students, parents, and even recent graduates the practical advice and insight they need to jumpstart their careers. Education expert Jeffrey Selingo answers key questions—Why is the transition to post-college life so difficult for many recent graduates? How can graduates market themselves to employers that are reluctant to provide on-the-job training? What can institutions and individuals do to end the current educational and economic stalemate?—and offers a practical step-by-step plan every young professional can follow. 

From the end of high school through college graduation, he lays out exactly what students need to do to acquire the skills companies want. Full of tips, advice, and insight, this wise, practical guide will help every student, no matter their major or degree, find real employment—and give their parents some peace of mind. Saddled with thousands of dollars of debt, today’s college students are graduating into an uncertain job market that is leaving them financially dependent on their parents for years to come—a reality that has left moms and dads wondering: What did I pay all that money for?

Please R.S.V.P. to AmandaSmith@PostOakSchool.org

Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016-2017 College Fairs and Visits for POHS students

As of July 31st, 2016 the following College Fairs and visits are available to all POHS students! We encourage you to get to know these colleges and universities and develop relationships with the admissions representatives! Explore and enjoy!

2016-2017 College Fairs and Visits for POHS students
(100+ expected throughout the year)

  1. 8/13/16 @ 10:00 a.m. Colleges that Change Lives College Fair, Westin Galleria
  2. 9/7/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Southern Methodist University, Joe Lopez
  3. 9/8/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Bennington College: Jonathan Werkmeister
  4. 9/8/16 @ 12:00 p.m. The Evergreen State College: Clarisse Leong
  5. 9/8/16 @ 1:30 p.m. Ursinus College: Sarah Kolosky
  6. 9/13/16 @ 9:15 a.m. Lawrence University: Gaelyn Rose
  7. 9/13/16 @ 11:30 a.m. University of Calgary: Cassie Dixon
  8. 9/13/16 @ 12:00 p.m. Colgate University: Monica Genge
  9. 9/14/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Emerson College: Erik A. Osborne
  10. 9/14/16 @ 1:00 p.m. Guilford College: Fernando Gomes
  11. 9/15/16 @ 10:30 a.m. University of Puget Sound: Rachel Hanusa
  12. 9/15/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Champlain College: Jovan Ellis
  13. 9/15/16 @ 12:00 p.m. Wheaton College: Keri Kerns
  14. 9/17/16 @10:00 a.m. CIS College Fair @ Awty
  15. 9/18/16 @ 1:30 p.m. Explore Rice Day @ Rice University
  16. 9/20/16 @ 11:30 a.m. University of Chicago: Samuel Pennisi
  17. 9/22/16 @ 11:30 a.m. The Cooper Union: Abby Davis
  18. 9/22/16 @ 12:00 p.m. St. Andrew's University: Lynsey Smith
  19. 9/23/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Eckerd College: Bryan CasaƱas-Scarsella
  20. 9/23/16 @ 12:00 p.m. Drexel University: Christie Ruggieri
  21. 9/25/15 @ 1pm-4pm NACAC College Fair: Houston STEM College and Career Fair
  22. 9/27/16 @ 11:30 a.m. University of Central Florida: Jerry Morrison II
  23. 9/28/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Washington & Lee University: Amber Cooper
  24. 9/29/16 @ 8:15 a.m. Southwestern University: Robert Awkward
  25. 9/29/16 @11:30 a.m. Trinity University: Gail Roberson
  26. 9/29/16 @ 12:00 p.m. Northern Arizona University: Tavia Burlakoff
  27. 9/30 /16 @ 11:15 a.m. Washington University in St. Louis: A. Williams
  28. 10/2/16 @ 2:00 p.m. Wash University in St. Louis @Hilton Houston Galleria
  29. 10/4/16 @ 8:00 a.m. College of Wooster: Marcus Carano
  30. 10/4/16 @ 8:30 a.m. Berry College: Zoe McSwain
  31. 10/4/16 @ 10:00 a.m. Drexel University: Christie Ruggieri
  32. 10/4/16 @ 9:00 a.m. Millsaps College: Allison Pena
  33. 10/4/16 @ 10:30 a.m. Loyola University New Orleans: Chelsey Richter
  34. 10/4/16 @ 11:00 a.m. Portland State University: Marshawna Williams
  35. 10/4/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Loyola University Chicago: Angie Alamah
  36. 10/4/16 @ 12:00 p.m. Bradley University: Toni Chandler
  37. 10/5/16 @ 11:30 a.m. George Mason University: Richard Mullin
  38. 10/5/16 @ 7:00 p.m. University of Pennsylvania @Hattie Mae White Educational Sup. Cent.
  39. 10/6/16 @ 9:00 a.m. Auburn University: Meredith Bragwell
  40. 10/6/16 @ 9:30 a.m. Florida Institute of Technology: Steve Koenigsberg
  41. 10/6/16 @ 10:00 a.m. University of the South, Sewanee: Nancy York
  42. 10/6/16 @ 10:30 a.m. Ohio Wesleyan University: Sarah Burns
  43. 10/6/16 @ 11:00 a.m. Suffolk University: Lauren Riley
  44. 10/6/16 @11:30 a.m. Lynn University: Arturo Hodgson
  45. 10/6/16 @ 12:00 p.m. Birmingham-Southern College: Sara H. Newhouse
  46. 10/6/16 @ 1:00 p.m. The University of Alabama in Huntsville: Sumer Swaim
  47. 10/11/16 @ 8:00 a.m. High Point University: Taylor Elliot
  48. 10/11/16 @ 11:00 a.m. University of Colorado, Boulder: Brittany Dye
  49. 10/12/16 @ 11:30 a.m. University of Kansas: Taylor Teague
  50. 10/13/16 @ 8:00 a.m. Baylor University: Hunter Haston
  51. 10/18/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Hampshire College: Vivianna L. Alvarez
  52. 10/20/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Minerva Schools: "Design Your Ideal College" workshop, M.  Lai
  53. 10/25/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Hillsdale College: Leah Reed
  54. 11/1/16 @ 11: 30 a.m. Santa Fe University of Art & Design: S.  Barronette
  55. 11/1/16 @ 7:00 p.m. NACAC Performing and Visual Arts Fair, Rice University
  56. 11/3/16 @ 11: 30 a.m. Penn State University: Greg Kelley
  57. 11/8/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Lamar University: Tony Sarda
  58. 11/10/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Colby–Sawyer College: Kim Parrett
  59. 11/17/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Sam Houston State University, Molly N.
  60. 11/15/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Landmark College: Zach Washington
  61. 12/8/16 @ 11:30 a.m. Houston Area Recruiters Network College Fair @ POHS

Monday, April 25, 2016

Book suggestions!

In addition to the books mentioned in the article, I highly recommend, Excellent Sheep, by William Deresiewicz, Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be, by Frank Bruni, as well as How to Raise an Adult, by Julie Lythcott-Haims. 

"Novels about college are practically a rite of passage for college students. Reading about others who are in the thick of the college experience can be enlightening and entertaining. But what about their parents? What books should parents of college kids be reading to get some literary insight into the college experience? These books offer a variety of points of view, from professors to students, insiders to outsiders - and they are all entertaining, provocative and great reads. From the early 1920's to present day, these books cover college with a wide range of locations, eras, and protagonists."

More book reviews can be found here!

Spoiler alert & hook for "Succumbing to the College Admissions Arms Race" chapter in How To Raise An Adult:

-Many college admissions officers want to admit students who have demonstrated a genuine interest in their school. With kids being busy, shy, or just not interested, this is an area rife for parental involvement-or impersonation.  p.66 *Message: students should be the only one interacting with the college admissions officers!

-Once a kid is in college, the next front in the battle is grad school and/or the job market. If our kids are accustomed to receiving our help, they will want-and need-it more than ever when the time for the job hunt comes. p.69

-Many of us read these (job statistics) headlines and think, 'How can we send our kids out into THAT'? So we go for the short-term win by hand-holding them, unaware of the long-term cost, that is, 'Are they ever going to be able to do anything for themselves'? p.70

-The lesson here is that even though we parents may one day be eager to exit the arms race-realizing, if belatedly, that our adult children ought to be able to handle things- we will have a hard time exiting the field. Our kids-accustomed to our involvement on all fronts- won't have the wherewithal to handle things if we go. p.71

Happy reading!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Test Prep: Naviance program available to all students @ POHS!

Have you started working in your Naviance Test Prep Program? If not, sign in to your Naviance account and get started today!
Naviance Test Prep helps students connect learning and life. Once students have identified their goals, they will see how standardized tests (including PSATs, SATs & ACTs) can help them reach their college application milestones. Naviance Test Prep provides proven, game-based courses that help students to perform their best on test day. Naviance Test Prep is also seamlessly integrated with Naviance to help students be college and career ready, all from one place.
Naviance Test Prep delivers:
  • Engaging courses
  • Premier content
  • Intelligent reporting
Naviance Test Prep will support students preparing for the new SAT, and will replace PrepMe as our test prep solution. 
Naviance Test Prep features the latest high-quality content from McGraw Hill Education, Allen Prep, Cengage Learning, and MasteryPrep, aligned to Common Core and ACT standards and continually refreshed by subject matter experts. 
Naviance Test Prep courses are:
  • Personalized, adjusting student activities each day and predicting scores on test day;
  • Game-based and tablet-compatible, encouraging students to earn points and badges as they take the course in bite-sized units, resulting in higher course completion rates and improved scores; and
  • Educator-friendly, helping counselors identify students needing additional support.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

POHS College Connection Timeline

Freshmen Year
  • Set-up Naviance Account with College Counselor
  • Submit application to CollegeBoard SSD if extended time will be needed on standardized testing (allow 8-10 weeks for decision)
  • Begin resume: including everything from the summer before 9th grade year
  • Complete initial College Search (very broad)
  • Take PSAT
  • Introduce PrepMe Program
  • Attend NACAC College Fair
  • Invite any interested families to come for individual College Connection meetings via e-mail, blog, and PSAT results letter
  • Introduce Summer Enrichment Opportunities
  • Opportunity to attend 80+ college visits from college admission representatives at POHS
  • Develop involvement in Extracurricular activities (what makes you different?)
  • Attend semester one and semester two college connection meetings with POHS College Counselor

Sophomore Year
  • Attend Colleges That Change Lives College Fair
  • Attend IB College Fair
  • Attend NACAC College Fair
  • Continue work on resume
  • Continue work via PrepMe program
  • Create Coalition Account (upload work to my locker, if interested)
  • Submit application to CollegeBoard SSD if extended time will be needed on standardized testing
  • Complete Myers Briggs “Do What You Are” personality test
  • Update College list
  • Take PSAT
  • Opportunity to attend 80+ college visits from admission representatives
  • Plan Junior year standardized testing timeline
  • Plan college visits for summer travel
  • Continue involvement in Extracurricular activities (what makes you different?) Depth vs. breadth.
  • Attend semester one and semester two college connection meetings with POHS College Counselor.

Junior Year
  • Attend the CTCL College Fair in Houston
  • Submit application to CollegeBoard SSD if extended time will be needed on standardized testing
  • Study hard and engage in the community/Internship/Volunteer work
  • Ensure that you have a CollegeBoard, ACTStudent and Naviance account up to date
  • Ensure that you are receiving the SAT question of the day
  • Continue to update your resume in Naviance
  • Continue research and edits in  “Colleges I’m Applying to” list via Naviance.
  • Work on Coalition Account (upload work to my locker, if interested)
  • Continue involvement in Extracurricular activities
  • Attend the Junior/Senior meeting (order class ring if applicable)
  • Register for SAT/ACT test prep if needed.

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT
  • Register for the November/December SAT/ACT (with writing)
  • Make plans to tour college campuses!
  • Attend POHS College visits (remember, demonstrated interest is important)!

  • Learn more about scholarships (National Scholarship information via Naviance)
  • Research which corporations have scholarships that you interact with on a daily basis though your home: i.e. Comcast, AT&T, Entergy, Mom/Dad’s work, etc.
  • Apply for Summer Enrichment Programs (talk to counselor, research via Naviance)
  • Begin thinking about who you are going to ask to write you a letter of recommendation (you will need two).

  • Receive PSAT/NMSQT scores back (usually the first week of December)
  • Reach out to individual college admission representatives from the colleges on your “Colleges I’m Applying to” list.
  • Go over fall SAT/ACT scores and determine which colleges on your list should be identified as Reach, Target and Safety schools.
  • If you have travel plans during the break, decide which colleges you can visit during your travels!

  • Determine the best way to apply to each college/university on your list. What is right for you? Early Decision? Early Action? Early Action Single Choice? Regular Decision?
  • Register to take the SAT/ACT for the spring semester.
  • Tour colleges/plan an overnight where applicable.
  • Update your resume with everything that you completed during the first semester (clubs, leadership, service, J-Term, etc.)
  • Review your transcript

  • Register for final standardized testing dates (complete all testing by June)
  • Ask for letters of recommendation from two teachers and one outside source (LOR are confidential and should be uploaded to Naviance by teachers and e-mailed to POHS College Counselor from outside source)
  • Narrow down college list to 6-9 colleges (2-3 reach, 2-3 target, 2-3 safety)

  • Tour colleges over spring break if possible!
  • Work on summer plans (internships, enrichment opportunities, campus experiences)

  • Complete resume, including J/A term experiences, Servicepalooza, intended college major, clubs, etc.
  • Learn more about financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Set-up appointments are your top choice colleges
  • Submit stats/video footage/letter of interest to coaches if you intend on playing a sport (DI/DII)
  • Get advice from current seniors

  • Discuss which way you would like to apply to each college: Early Decision, Early Action, Early Action Single Choice, Regular Decision
  • Begin working on essays when they are released at the end of May/beginning of June
  • Thank recommenders via a thank you card (handwritten)!

  • Visit colleges
  • Edit essays
  • Begin Coalition application
  • Send admissions representatives a personal e-mail demonstrating your interest in the college: be specific about each institution.
  • Move colleges from “Colleges I’m Thinking About” to “Colleges I’m Applying to” list in Naviance

Senior Year
  • Review your transcript
  • Sync Common Application and Naviance account
  • Go over applications and essays with POHS College Counselor
  • Begin submitting applications (Internal POHS deadline of Thanksgiving)
  • Order announcements/regalia
  • Update Naviance as you apply to each college; update as you are accepted as well.
  • Attend prospective student day(s) and overnights at colleges
  • Update college admission offices of senior year highlights (leadership, service, sports, clubs) in Dec/Jan
  • Work hard in classes to ensure that mid-year transcript is reflective of what a great student you are! All colleges receive a mid-year transcript by the end of January.
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Take final ACT in September and/or SAT in October  if needed.
  • Tour colleges
  • Complete FAFSA/CSS Profile (January 1st)
  • Negotiate Financial Aid packages
  • Make a deposit early, as to ensure top choice for housing/dorm
  • Make final decision by May 1st