Junior Bulletin May 31, 2017

download Gear up for College Prep Day — June 16th 8 am – 12:30 pm Bring Your Laptop!!

On College Prep Day Ms. Hirschfield and the College Office team will introduce you to the foundations of a successful college application process.  Juniors will be divided into four groups and participate in the following presentations:

Topic 1: Student and Alumni Panel:  Students and Alumni will share their experiences and offer advice on how to navigate the college application process, including tips on how to manage your time, reduce stress, and enhance your profile.

Topic 2: Scholarships: Students will be introduced to the concept of a financial package, discover the importance of scholarships to their college financial package, explore the differences among various sources of scholarship aid, and learn how to coordinate college and scholarship essays and applications.  All students will register to Scholly and begin their scholarship search!

Topic 3:   The Common & Coalition Applications:  Mr. Cigus Vanni will give advice on how to complete these two widely used application platforms.  Students will set up their own accounts, figure out how to include specific schools, and see what individual schools require. Get a head start by viewing a ‘fake’ Common App, using Mr. Vanni’s log in: Username:  cigus@cigus.net; Password:  F1b0nacc1! (the fourth character is a zero, not the letter”O”). Students will also learn how to submit other important information such as GPA, letters of recommendation, college reports, extra-curricular activities, etc. using online resources.

Topic 4: Mock Admissions: Students will get a peek at what goes into admissions decisions and learn what influences an admissions office as it evaluations hundreds or thousands of applications in order to create a class.  Continue reading

Grades 9-11 Official Transcript Request

Students are sometimes asked to provide an official transcript to an academic institution, summer program, or community agency. All SLA students in grades 9-11 can request official transcripts by completing a Transcript Request form HERE. (When students are asked for unofficial grades, a report card or grade printout from SchoolNet will be sufficient.) Bring all completed requests to the College Office, room 312.


  • Allow TWO WEEKS to process the request.
  • If sending request via email, complete the Transcript Request form, scan, and email (preferably in .PDF) back to Mrs. Hirschfield at khirschfield@scienceleaderhsip.org.
  • Seniors who need official transcripts must add it to the Transcript Request Log in the College Office.

Diversity College Fly-In Programs


Would you like to visit colleges but it’s too far away and expensive? Fly-in programs offer students the opportunity to stay overnight on campus to get a feel of their college environment and see if it’s the right college for you.

Check out this list for colleges who offer fly-in programs with financial assistance for eligible students.

Remember to keep track of the upcoming application deadlines for the programs you are interested in.

Questions to Ask Colleges


Here are a few scripted questions that Juniors and Seniors can ask when talking to College Admission Representatives:

Around Academics:

-Do you have any professional programs? (eg: does your liberal arts school offer a teaching credential, is your nursing program accredited)

-How many students on campus do research with their professors? How easy will it be for me to find academic mentorship at your school? Continue reading