Counseling Weekly 10.04.16

Counseling Weekly 10.04.16


K-12 Counseling Weekly News and Announcements

High School Counseling News and Announcements


Strategies to Cut the Cost of College, with Information on Changes to the FAFSA, Which Affect All Families

Sophomore, Junior, and Senior Parents & Guardians,

You are invited to a special session with Jay Murray, of Solutions for Tuition, on October 11th to learn about the changes in the FAFSA and the CSS Profile, which are now using Prior Prior Year (PPY) income and tax data. This change affects families in the SOPHOMORE year (and earlier). JUNIOR families, you still have the opportunity to make changes to the methods you and your child save for college and report income. Jay will also be speaking on strategies to cut the cost of college--even during your student's high school years.

The table below indicates which year's tax info. will be required when families file financial aid documents as their student applies to college.? And please take note of the much earlier filing date beginning October 1st of the student's senior year.

Jay will be presenting in the HS Counseling Center on Tuesday, October 11th:

CSS Profile: 6:15-7:00 pm (this is primarily for senior families, though all are welcome)

FAFSA: 7:00 pm (for all families)

Link to FAFSA info.

Participating list of schools which require the additional filing of the CSS Profile

Thank you for your considering attending this important event!


NEW Talking about College Day

What a day! Thank you to all parents/guardians who volunteered and/or donated to make College Day such a success! Students were so nicely dressed and prepared to learn from college reps, and they definitely noticed! 122 college reps presented to Peak to Peak students and families in over 135 separate panels and workshops, and they have given us such positive feedback. Here is a sample of the comments from some of the colleges:

  • In terms of available students and engagement, this event was second to none.

  • I thought the students in my classroom were very engaged and asked great questions, especially for it being first thing in the morning! I loved the format of this program and hope to come again next year.

  • It was an amazing experience, and the students were very engaged!

  • Your staff is so friendly and professional, and you always bend over backwards to help us college reps get into your school and in front of your students. I never have to worry about Peak to Peak when I am planning my school visits, which is SO nice! I greatly appreciate all of your hard work and dedication to the college search process.

  • I love the format of College Day and the students are very respectful, kind and engaged! I love that the seniors get to pick what schools they would like to hear from, so you know they are actually interested in your school! I wish more schools would do a similar format. Also, thank you very much for the GREAT hospitality!

  • Peak to Peak was an impressive school, and the students who stayed to talk with me after my presentation were both very interested and interesting.

So, well done Pumas! Now we encourage all students and families to talk about what they learned on College Day. What colleges caught your attention? What did you not like and why? What’s your next step to learn more? How can you become a competitive applicant?

Use the following links to navigate to:

College Visits and Presentations

Upcoming College Fairs

  • Sunday, October 30th - 1-3pm - Infinity Park Events Center - NACAC Performing & Visual Arts College Fair online here

  • Thursday, November 17th - 7-8:30pm - Regis Jesuit High School - International College Fair - details forthcoming

?College Visits at Peak to Peak

Students can register via Naviance, or come to the Counseling Center to sign up.

Case Western Reserve University


Wed October 5, 2016

8:00 AM

College of the Holy Cross


Wed October 5, 2016

9:35 AM

Dartmouth College


Wed October 5, 2016

10:30 AM

Brown University


Wed October 5, 2016

4:45 PM

Boston University


Thu October 6, 2016

8:00 AM

Denison University


Thu October 6, 2016

11:15 AM

New York University Shanghai


Tue October 11, 2016

2:10 PM

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SENIORS - Class of 2017

Looking for financial aid? FAFSA is now available (and free to complete!)

All seniors should be working with their parents/guardians to complete the FAFSA prior to November 1st. Please contact the College Counseling Center if you have questions or need assistance.

Seniors Only Friday Work Session

Counseling staff would like to remind all seniors that they are welcome to come to the Counseling Center each Friday this semester to work on college and scholarship applications, and to get drop in assistance throughout the day. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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JUNIORS - Class of 2018

Method Test Prep (MTP) is an online course that helps students build their math, reading, writing, and SAT/ACT test prep skills.

Juniors should have signed up for their MTP account lastweek to use in their SAT test prep classes.

By visiting the following link, students can create their own account:

Use the Referral Code: tkn.15686343 when setting up the account.

The program can also be used to prep for the upcoming PSAT test all juniors will take on October 19th. Since the PSAT closely aligns with the SAT, students should focus on the SAT prep the program provides.

Thank you, students, for taking the time to set up your Method Test Prep account!

Upcoming Testing

PSAT/NMSQT for all 11th grade students at Peak to Peak: October 19th. This is a mandatory test, and is great preparation for the spring SAT test that juniors will take for college admissions.

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SOPHOMORES - Class of 2019


Upcoming College Field Trips for Sophomores

Wednesday, 10/19/2016

University of Denver or

University of Colorado at Denver or

Colorado Christian University

  • Field Trip Permission Forms should be turned into the Counseling Center as soon as possible!

  • Students should dress as if they were going on an interview, no jeans please and wear comfortable shoes for the walking tour of the campus.

  • Lunch will be provided, students only need to bring a water bottle and pen/pencil.

  • Students will be leaving P2P at 8:40 am and will return at 2:00 pm and be dismissed. They will not be allowed back in the building as there will be testing going on.

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FRESHMEN - Class of 2020

Thanks to all who attended the Freshmen Parent/Guardian and Homecoming Event last week!

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