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Editor's Note

There will be no HSCW published this week due to weather-related schedule changes and website updates. We'll publish again on 03/29/2018

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OPINION: When it comes to measuring community college success, graduation rates fall short
Hechinger Report - Mar 6, 2018
Students, parents, policymakers and the public need good information to understand how well community colleges are doing to help students succeed. ....
What If America Didn't Have Public Schools?
The Atlantic - Mar 4, 2018
On a crisp fall morning, parents lined the school’s circular driveway in Audis, BMWs and Land Rovers, among other luxury SUVs, to drop their high-schoolers off at Detroit Country Day School. ....
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College Admissions Process/Strategies

Be savvy – don’t be fooled by a college’s sticker price
Tribune News Service - Mar 6, 2018
No one will question that the price of a college education seems out of control. Sticker prices have risen faster than inflation, and according to US News and World Report, over the last 20 years, “the average tuition and fees at private National Universities have jumped 157 percent...
Getting Rejected From Elite Universities
The College Solution Blog - Mar 5, 2018
his is the time of year when elite universities, which have kept applicants in suspense for months, notify teenagers of their admission decisions. Most of these applicants are going to be terribly disappointed, but I want to EMPHASIZE that the majority of teenagers get into their first choice school. ...
10 Things College Rankings Won't Tell You
Her Campus - Mar 3, 2018
When looking online for information about colleges, one of the most referenced websites is the U.S. News & World Report. While it is a great website for getting information about applying and general statistics,. ...
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Letters of Recommendation

College Advice: Getting Great Recommendations
Forbes - Feb 28, 2018
High School juniors: If you want a recommendation from a teacher that will not help your case for admission, here’s some good advice: Do nothing to impress your teachers. Letters from teachers actually help admissions committees gauge your seriousness of purpose in class ....
Archives - Letters of Recommendation
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HSCW Counselors' Corners
Post - Mar 8, 2018
A Better Way to do Scheduling? Take it Away From Counselors
Here in the Midwest, the beginning of the high school basketball playoffs are upon us, and the last of the potential snow days flirt with our hopes that we could earn one more unexpected, but badly needed, day off. .. More

Alexander to introduce bill increasing funding for school counselors, security
WBIR - Mar 6, 2018
"The federal government can and should help create an environment so that communities, school boards and states can create safer schools," Alexanders said in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday. ....
Helping an Applicant Stretch His Ethnic Identity
Inside Higher Ed - Mar 5, 2018
College counselor finds herself doubting an applicant whose wealthy parents see his Latin American grandmother (whom he hasn't met) as a route to being admitted to a top college ....
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Helicopter parents don’t stay at home when the kids go to college — they keep hovering
Washington Post - Mar 2, 2018
A few years ago, I attended an internship recruitment presentation by Goldman Sachs at the University of Pennsylvania. It was early in the fall semester, but the Wall Street investment bank was already focused on hiring interns for the following summer.....
Rich parents are serving as ’college concierges’ for their kids — and it’s fueling inequality
MarketWatch - Mar 6, 2018
In the popular imagination, college offers an opportunity for young people to strike out on their own, away from the watchful eye of parents with the safety net of an educational institution.....
Majority of parents saving for kid’s college have socked away less than $10,000
USA Today - Mar 6, 2018
The majority of parents who are currently saving for their child's education have saved less than $10,000, according to a recent survey. That would barely cover the tuition and fees for one year at a 4-year public college for in-state students....
What parents should know about the National School Walkout
USA Today - Mar 6, 2018
As students across the nation prepare to walk out of schools March 14, some parents are questioning how best to support their children. The National School Walkout, a protest taking place in hundreds of locations, has become a topic of controversy as some schools vow not to suppor...
Yes, college coaches do evaluate parents
USA Today HSS - Mar 6, 2018
If the term “helicopter parent” tells us anything, it’s that parents are involved in the college decision-making process now more than ever—and coaches are taking notice.....
Archives - Parents
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Learn How to Master SAT Reading, Writing Graphics
US News - Mar 5, 2018
Informational graphics like charts, graphs and tables appear on several sections of the redesigned SAT, such as the reading and writing portions. This can intimidate some students taking the college entrance exam,....
College Admissions: Preparing to Test Your Abilities
VOA News - Mar 5, 2018
For many would-be college students, testing is the most difficult part of the undergraduate application process. Applicants sit for hours taking tests. They answer questions about a number of subjects, ....
Archives - SATs & ACTs
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How to Check Your FAFSA Status Quickly and Easily
Student Loan Hero (blog) - Mar 7, 2018
So you’ve started or completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and now you’re wondering what the heck happened to it. Well, checking your FAFSA status is easier than you think. Here’s how you can get started....
Completing the FAFSA: Everything You Should Know
US News - Mar 1, 2018
Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, known as the FAFSA, is one of the most important steps students and their families can take to pay for college.....
College Corner: Successful Appeal Tips
Cape News - Mar 2, 2018
As we discussed last week, parents and students are beginning to receive the college financial aid award letters. If the letter is not what you had expected, then this article should be of value to you as you might want to appeal the letter......
Jane Young: Ways to maximize financial aid for college
Colorado Springs Gazette - Mar 1, 2018
With the high cost of attending college, maximizing financial aid is essential toward building a strong financial future. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is the largest provider of needs-based financial aid for more than 13 million students through grants,...
Archives - FinAid/Scholarships
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Career and Technical Education

Construction industry struggles to attract young workforce
KRBK - Mar 6, 2018
(Springfield, Mo.--03/06/18) In desperate need of workers the Springfield Contractors Association is hoping to convince the next generation to pick a career in construction. ....
All-girls auto shop class builds skills, confidence at Charlotte’s Myers Park High
Charlotte Observer - Mar 6, 2018
When the morning bell rings at Myers Park High, 16 girls are in the auto shop at the back of campus, ready to pop some hoods and get under the chassis.....
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McCormick Says Improvements Needed In School Safety Policy
Indiana Public Media - Mar 5, 2018
The state’s top education official plans to push for more policy and funding to improve school safety. State officials and lawmakers say Indiana has strong school safety programs in place, but Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick says there are still gaps.... ..
Minnesota’s graduation rate hits new high
International Fall Journal - Mar 7, 2018
Local school districts are in line with Minnesota’s overall high school graduation rate that continues to trend upward, with the class of 2017 posting the highest statewide rate on record at 82.7 percent... ..
GOP Bill Scraps Part of Education Reform; Democrats Resist
Iowa Public Radio - Mar 7, 2018
Democrats in the Iowa House today tried to stop a bill they say will lower standards for Iowa teachers. Under the GOP-backed bill, graduates of Iowa teacher preparation programs would no longer be required to pass a standardized subject matter test to get a teaching license. ... ..
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Teen Depression

New guidelines help doctors tackle teen depression
Medical News Today - Mar 1, 2018
The American Academy of Pediatrics are set to release their first updated guidelines regarding teenage mental health in 10 years. They hope to catch mental health issues earlier and, therefore, intervene more successfully..
Our teens are in crisis; here’s what we can do
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - Mar 3, 2018
Adolescence is often a rocky journey as boys and girls make the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. The transition, emotionally, socially and physically, can be painful... ..
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