College Planning Night for Sophomore Parents- Thank you to all parents who attended this session looking to get an early start to the college search, financial aid and consideration of various post high school options for their child. The powerpoint below provides an overview of the topics covered, including the "Factors in the Admissions Process" slides that several parents asked about. Michael Schor, a Certified Financial Planner with Ameriprise (and Marist alum) also presented info about investing for college.
Separation Preparation (for parents)- This was a new event this year, aimed specifically at assisting our parents of seniors with the transition that they will be going through as their child embarks upon graduation and life after school. Cora Bennett, Director of Student Orientation at the University of Oregon, was our guest speaker. Below is a link to a copy of the Powerpoint that Ms Bennett shared. For a copy of the audio recording, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Junior Parent College Night- On March 1, we heard from Nate Mannetter, Assistant Director of Admissions at Gonzaga University, and Roger Thompson, Vice President for Student Services and Enrollment Management at the University of Oregon (and a Marist parent). Drawing from their extensive experience in college admissions, they had a wealth of information to share about the search and application process, and tips for parents on how to best support their son or daughter in the process. A copy of the powerpoint from that evening is copied below. The second powerpoint relates to a question that came up during the session, regarding the various factors that colleges may take in to consideration in making an admissions decision. The powerpoint shows results from a nationwide survey of colleges, and the importance they place on various factors like grades, rigor of schedule, extracurriculars, letters of rec, and more.
Financial Aid Powerpoints- Below is a copy of the powerpoint used at our Financial Aid night in October, as well as a different version in Spanish.
Handouts from NCAA/ NAIA Info session, October 10, 2017
These handouts were discussed at the Brown Bag Lunch focusing on NCAA and NAIA Athletic Eligibility for interested students, with guest speaker Corey Anderson, Athletic Director at Northwest Christian University.
Field Trip to Mid-Willamette College Fair, October 6 at University of Oregon (Mac Court).
We will leave Marist at 9:30am, and return at 11:15. Students will miss 3rd and 4th periods (F Schedule). There is no cost. Juniors and seniors are invited, but priority will be given to seniors if spots fill up. Attached here you will find permission slips and a list of colleges that will be attending the fair. Permission slips must be turned in by Thursday, October 5. Bus space is limited- get your form turned in to reserve your spot!
College Planning Night for Seniors- Monday, September 25, 2017
College Planning Night for Juniors- Monday, March 6, 2017- This event included an overview of the college research & application process, a timeline covering the rest of junior and senior year, Naviance, testing requirements, and info about college visits, fairs, and other events. Marist Counselor Court Wirth and special guest Nate Mannetter, Assistant Director of Admissions at Gonzaga University, spoke, and their powerpoint is available below. Mr Mannetter spent some time debunking common myths about the college application process, and gave us all a great (and candid) insider's perspective. A packet was given to each family in attendance, and for those who didn't attend, was distributed later in the week to the student. Please review this information together, and hold on to it, as it is intended to help throughout junior and senior year.
College Planning Night for Seniors- September 14, 2016
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College Financial Aid Night- December 1st, 2015
Thank you to all parents and students who turned out for this event, and thank you to Michelle Holdway from the U of Oregon financial aid office, for giving up a weeknight to share this important information with us. A copy of Ms Holdway's powerpoint is to the right:
Below are copies of two financial aid award letters that students from the class of 2015 shared with me. One is from Gonzaga, and one is from Oregon State. Obviously, the specifics of these student's grades, test scores, and family income may be completely different than your situation, but it can still be helpful to see examples of the various types of funding that are out there to help bring down the total cost of attendance.
Articles regarding Student Ranking systems and Best Practices.
A letter mailed to Marist families at the start of the 2015-16 school year explained that Marist will be moving away from an exact-rank system, to a Quintile Distribution, as a way to indicate a student's weighted grade point average in comparison to the rest of the students in their class. Below is a website link, and an article to download, that provide some very helpful information, both for why the great majority of private high schools no longer use an exact-rank system, as well as how colleges use this and other data in evaluating their applicants.