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Junior Newsletter

For detailed information on services, updates, and important student & parent resources, visit  - Guidance
It’s time to begin to organize your thoughts and ideas with reference to college planning and career goals. 
This one-time newsletter for Juniors will help you get started.
A monthly newsletter will be distributed in your senior Social Studies class next year.
College & Career Fair/College Night for Juniors
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
The College and Career Fair will be held at the BOCES Yorktown Campus during the school day. Close to 300 Colleges will participate. Parents/guardians may attend the evening session at Fox Lane High School in Bedford from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Several workshops will be offered. A list of participating colleges will be available in Guidance and additional information will be forthcoming.
Junior Parent Conferences
Meetings will resume after April 1 for parents or guardians of Juniors who have not already had a Junior Parent Conference in January. Please call the Guidance Office to set up an appointment for an individual meeting with your child and his or her counselor to discuss post high school planning. Visit the LHS or WPHS Guidance webpage to review the January/February Counseling Newsletter for clarification on what the Junior Parent Conference is all about. Note: Conference appointments will conclude on May 31st.
Become familiar with the NAVIANCE program. Search, compare, and review the admission history of the colleges that interest you. You can access the Naviance program as well as other helpful sites on the district
“Guidance” web page at:

Financial Aid Night Tuesday, April 30, 2019
There will be a district-wide financial aid night at 7:00 p.m. at Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School. This program will be tailored for 11th grade students and parents where important information regarding loans, grants, scholarships, work study, application processes, and new federal and state updates will be reviewed.
A RESUME can make it easier for you to complete college and scholarship applications. List your academic achievements, community service, school activities, special awards, honors, and work experience. See
Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in the Guidance College and Career Center for a sample resume layout.
Through the Guidance Department’s College/Career Center you will find helpful information regarding your future plans. The following resources are available to you:
  • COLLEGE GUIDEBOOKS are a good source of insider information when researching colleges. The Fisk, Princeton, Barron’s, Rugg’s, and many other excellent guides are available in guidance for student use.
  • INTERNET sites offer a wealth of information about college and careers. A number of excellent sites can be accessed through the LCSD Guidance web page. A list of internet sites is also available in the guidance office. Computers are available for student use in the guidance office.
  • CAREERS - Web-based career and personality inventories are available through the guidance web page and also through your Naviance account. The Occupational Outlook Handbook offers career information on a wide variety of occupations. Visit the website or look at careers related to your strengths, skills, and talents at .
  • MONTHLY NEWSLETTERS - This newsletter is a preview of the notices that will be distributed in Social Studies classes during your senior year. The notices provide information about applying to college, scholarships, open houses, financial aid, etc. Please take the time to read them. The newsletters are also posted on the LHS/WPHS Guidance web page.
 The Guidance Office has a number of books on SAT preparation, college admissions, application essays and athletic recruiting. Please feel free to borrow materials or review them during a free period. You can find many online resources on the district’s Guidance website at
Planning for College
FAFSA4caster is a free online tool that can provide you with an early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. Information on preparing for and funding education beyond high school is also available on the website. Also, visit the U.S. Dept. of Education Net Price Calculator Center at  to get more specific financial aid and overall cost estimates for your prospective colleges.
If you plan to play in a Division I or Division II sport in college, you must register with the NCAA, the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The registration fee is $90. You can register now at the website When you register for the SAT and/or ACT, be sure to add the Eligibility Center as a score recipient by using the code “9999”. Also, make sure that you ask your counselor to send an official transcript to the Eligibility Center after you complete your junior year. More information and resources for college-bound student-athletes and parents can be found on the website. 
Selective Service
All 18-year-old males must register with the Selective Service. You can pick up a mail-back registration form at any post office or you can register online at .
Summer Programs
Many colleges offer summer programs for high school students. The courses offered are usually geared toward academically talented students. A summer information file is kept in the Guidance Office. Please see Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) for assistance.
College Board Exams
Plan on taking the SAT Reasoning Test,
SAT Subject Tests or ACT in the Spring 
The SAT Reasoning Test is a three-hour test (plus 50 minutes for the optional essay.) There are three components: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, Math, and the optional Essay. The test assesses how well you think, solve problems, and communicate—skills you will need in college. 
The SAT Subject Tests are 1 hour, mostly multiple choice tests that measure your knowledge in a particular subject area: Literature, History, Math, Science, and Foreign Languages. Subject tests are generally only necessary for the most competitive colleges.
Most colleges require test scores for admission. Contact colleges directly to find out if the optional SAT essay or if SAT Subject tests are required or recommended for admission or placement.
The ACT Assessment Test consists of four multiple choice tests: English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science and takes approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete.  An optional 40-minute writing test is also available and recommended. Check directly with the colleges you are considering to find out their requirements.
  • All students must make a concerted effort to prepare for the SAT or ACT either through a formal course or independent practice. Practice tests can be found online. Naviance in conjunction with Kaplan offers livestreaming courses and video on demand. Practice test booklets are also available in Guidance.
  • Most colleges will accept the SAT OR the ACT Test when they consider your application.
  • Talk to teachers about taking the SAT Subject tests.
  • Students with diagnosed disabilities seeking testing accommodations must complete a separate application for accommodation approval as early as possible. It can take up to seven weeks for approval. Applications are approved in order of receipt. Students should work with their counselor to submit accommodation requests.
  • Keep in mind that test scores are not available until 3 to 5 weeks after your test date.
  • You are required to submit a photo when registering for the SAT or ACT. You must have an admission ticket and acceptable photo ID to gain entry to the test center.
  • Most students take the SAT test twice—once in the spring of junior year and once in the fall of senior year. Your highest scores will be used for admission.
  • Please Note: Walter Panas High School is the NEW TEST CENTER for the Lakeland Central School District (LHS is no longer a test center). 
TEST DATES (Spring 2019)
                                                                Regular                             Late Registration
Test            Test Date                  Registration Date        Date
SAT & SAT Subject Tests      
                    Mar. 9, 2019              Feb. 8, 2019                  Feb. 27, 2019
                     (SAT Only)
                    May 4, 2019               Apr. 5, 2019                  Apr. 24, 2019    
                    June 1, 2019              May 3, 2019                  May 22, 2019       
ACT Test      
                      Apr. 13, 2019            Mar. 8, 2019                 Mar. 25, 2019
                    June 8, 2019              May 3, 2019                 May 20, 2019
Scholarships, Contests, Etc.
There are some scholarships available to high school juniors. Listen to the P.A. announcements, check the bulletin board outside guidance and visit the L.H.S. Guidance web page.
The Ayn Rand Essay Contest based on the book, The Fountainhead, is open to students in grades 11 and 12.  Prizes of up to $10,000 will be awarded. Visit  for complete information. The entry deadline is April 25, 2019.
Gilda’s Club Westchester annual “ Cancer: Tales Untold” Teen Essay Contest is open to students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 who are residents of Westchester, Rockland or Southern Fairfield who have been impacted by cancer in any way. Three cash prizes will be awarded. For more information and essay details visit the website . The submission deadline is March 22, 2019.
The Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Program will award at least 62 scholarships ranging from $1000-$2000 to Junior athletes based on their essays explaining how they meet the standard defined in Elevating Your Game: Becoming a Triple-Impact Competitor by Jim Thompson(Personal Mastery, Leadership, and Honoring the Game). A minimum 2.5 GPA is required. Applications must be submitted online at by May 31, 2019.
Open Houses
A visit to a college campus is one of the most important ways to gather information about a college, and it is the only way to develop a good sense of the social climate. For this reason, it is important to visit when classes are in session. Call the college admission office or visit the college website to find out if an open house or information session is being held and to make reservations if necessary. If an open house is not offered or is inconvenient, admission counselors can arrange tours, classroom visits, meetings with department heads or possibly an overnight visit.
Salve Regina University: April 28.  
SUNY Alfred State: April 27.
SUNY Cortland: April 6.
SUNY Delhi: March 30.
Western New England Univ.: March 10. 
Drexel University: March 2, 3; August 17, 18.
College Scholarships
Most colleges offer a number of scholarships with varying eligibility requirements. Many recipients of merit scholarships are selected on the basis of high school grade point average and SAT scores. Scholarship renewals are usually based on satisfactory academic progress. Be sure to contact the financial aid office of a college to find out what financial assistance is available and how recipients are selected. If you are thinking of applying to the following colleges and would like to be considered for an award nomination, please see Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS).
The Clarkson University Leadership and Achievement Awards recognize juniors who demonstrate outstanding leadership qualities, have been a positive contributor to school and community, and have a proven academic record. The Leadership Award totals $60,000 over four years and the Achievement Award, $48,000. Candidates must be in the top 15% of the class with an academic interest in Engineering, Business, Science or Liberal Arts. If interested in being nominated, see Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by April 5, 2019. Note: Only one nomination per award. Students selected will qualify for these tuition-based scholarships should they apply, interview, be accepted and choose to enroll at Clarkson University.
The Elmira College Key Award is an award of merit presented to outstanding high school juniors. Nominees should have a minimum academic grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale), demonstrate outstanding school and community leadership, and have an interest in an academic program offered by Elmira College. Each recipient will receive a scholarship of $80,000, $20,000 per year over four years, upon enrolling at Elmira. If you would like to be considered for nomination, see Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by March 25, 2019.
The Rensselaer Medal is awarded to juniors who excel in advanced math and science courses, rank in the top 10% of the class and exhibit significant involvement in extracurricular activities. Medalists who are accepted and enroll at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will receive a minimum $25,000 a year for four years. The most recent medal winners have had a high school average of “A” and an average SAT math score of 728, an average SAT critical reading score of 692, and an average combined SAT score for critical reading and math of 1420.Only One Nomination per school. Please see Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by April 5, 2019, if interested in being considered for nomination.  
The Rochester Inst. of Technology invites high schools to participate in the RIT Computing Medal Award and the Creativity and Innovation Award. One male and one female nomination will be accepted for each program. Nominees must be in the top 10% of their class, demonstrate leadership in school and/or community and demonstrate an interest and ability in computing OR demonstrate outstanding achievement in innovation, creativity, or entrepreneurship. The scholarships are valued at $28,000 ($7000 per year) and can be used to support any of the baccalaureate degrees available at RIT. See Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by April 5, 2019, if interested in being considered for these RIT scholarships.
The University of Rochester is accepting nominations for the Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award, the Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award, the George Eastman Young Leaders Award and the Xerox Award for Innovation and Information Technology. One junior may be nominated for each award. Upon application for admission, winners are automatically considered for merit scholarships worth at least $10,000 a year. Scholarship selection is competitive and based upon the overall strength of the student’s application for admission. If you would like to be considered for an award, please see Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by April 5, 2019. For specific award information you can visit and search High School Awards Program.
The Student Sage Award of The Sage Colleges will honor two outstanding LHS Juniors who are academic and social leaders. Candidates should have maintained a B+ or better average, rank in the top 25% of the class, and be actively involved in the community. Two Nominations Only. Qualifying nominees will receive a scholarship of at least $10,000 per year to attend one of the Sage Colleges. See Mrs. O’Neill (LHS) or
Ms. Zadra (WPHS) in Guidance by March 29, 2019 if interested in being nominated.
The QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program is designed for juniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite financial challenges, and who show the potential to attend top colleges. Awards include free prep test, all expense-paid campus visits, scholarships to summer programs, college essay coaching, distinction as a competitive candidate for admission to the QuestBridge college partners, etc. Applicants should have a strong academic record, (primarily A’s), and an annual income of less than $65,000 (typical family of four.) The majority of applicants are in the top 5-10% of their class with tests scores above 1280. The selection criteria includes academic achievement, financial need, and teacher recommendation. Applications are available online at with a deadline of March 20, 2019.
The annual Lower Hudson Valley Engineering Expo will be held on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at White Plains High School. Learn about career opportunities, college curriculum offerings, admission requirements and financial aid. For information visit
NACAC National College Fair: April 7, 2019 at the Jacob Javits Center, NYC. Info & registration at .
Mercy College Leading for Change Summer Institute is from July 7-13, 2019 at Dobbs Ferry campus, for current 11th graders with a cumulative weighted GPA of 90 or above. Students should also demonstrate an interest in social justice, advocacy, education and leadership skills. Tuition and board are FREE; there is required $300 fee to cover the cost of food. Applications accepted on a rolling basis, but students are encouraged to apply early. To apply, visit:
Manhattan College & ACE Mentorship Program is offering a FREE summer engineering awareness program which will include lectures and laboratory experiences related to concepts in science and the various engineering disciplines such as civil, mechanical, chemical, electrical, environmental, and computer engineering. The deadline is April 12, 2019. For an application and more information, please stop by the Guidance Office College & Career Center.
The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants (NYSSCPA) is currently accepting applications for the Careers in the Accounting Profession (COAP) program. COAP is a four-to-five day program that is designed to introduce high school juniors from underrepresented groups to the accounting profession. It is FREE of charge to the student. The program runs from June 24 – 27, 2019 at Westchester Community College. Applications available at, click NextGen. Receipt Deadline: May 21, 2019
WALTER PANAS HIGH SCHOOL, 300 Croton Avenue, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
PH: (914) 739-2823 (press 3, Guidance), FAX: (914) 739-3545
ADMINISTRATION: Joseph Spero, Principal, Donna Bolner, Asst. Principal, Marlene Gracia, Asst. Principal
COUNSELING OFFICE: Frank Accetta, District Director of Guidance and Counseling
SCHOOL COUNSELORS: Chelsea Aversano, Dale Chappelle, Laurainne Mosca, Sonia Recuppio, Brandon Thomas
SUPPORT STAFF: Mary Ellen Brown, Kathy Giordano, Andrea Keefe, Kathy Zadra, College and Career Ctr.