CAC Scheduled Events 2019-2020
Scheduled Meetings: Fall | Winter/Spring
Click on meeting titles for descriptions or click here for a full list of descriptions. Additional information may also be posted on the WJ PTSA Electronic Bulletin Board. Click here for information on how to subscribe to this important PTSA resource.
Mock ACT - Oct. 12, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Cafeteria
Mock SAT - Nov. 9, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Cafeteria
Mock SAT - Feb. 22, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Cafeteria
Mock ACT - March 21, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Cafeteria
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9/24 - Private School Transition, 7:00 p.m.
10/8 - Parent Coffee: College Admissions Testing - 8:15 a.m.
10/16 - Optimizing the College Visit-7:00 p.m. - Meeting Materials
11/25 - Mock SAT and ACT Testing Results Interpretation - 7:00 p.m.
12/11 - Dual Enrollment: Earning College Credit in High School - 7:00 p.m. - Meeting Materials
12/20 - Alumni College Lunch for Seniors - during lunch.
This annual event sponsored by WJ Counseling Services invites recent WJ graduates to chat about their college experiences with current seniors. Alumni interested in speaking to WJ seniors should contact Counseling Services.
1/22 - Safe Teen Driving 7:00 p.m. - Cafeteria
2/11 - Parent Coffee: College Admissions Testing, 8:15 a.m. - Commons
2/18 - Paying for College, 7:00 p.m. - Cafeteria
3/3 - Colleges that Change Lives, 7:00 p.m. - BCC High School
3/30 - College Admissions Panel, 7:00 p.m. - Cafeteria
4/1 - Senior Parent Meeting, Graduation, 7:00 p.m. - Auditorium
4/22 - How to Write a Great College Essay - 7 p.m. - Cafeteria
TBA - Ten Things Professors Wish Every Freshman Knew, for students during lunch
Follow-up information about CAC events is distributed via the PTSA Bulletin Board (aka listserv). Click the above link for information on how to subscribe your email address to this important school resource.
Each year the WJ CAC sponsors full length mock testing of both the ACT & SAT exams to provide practice for interested students. Both tests are offered with accommodations for those students who request it. Mock exams take place in the WJ cafeteria and media center and mirror the actual exam experience. The scores from mock exams are not seen by anyone other than the student. Cost is $15 per student for each test – all proceeds benefit the WJ PTSA. Please contact your student's counselor if financial assistance is needed. Each student must register in advance. THERE WILL BE NO WALK-INS. Check-in is at 8:30am and no students will be admitted after 8:55am. A results meeting will take place following the tests to provide information and explanation about the scores.
Q: Is the mock SAT the same thing as the PSAT?
A: No, the PSAT is administered during school through the counseling office. The mock ACT/SAT is a service provided by the WJ PTSA CAC for students to practice taking the SAT before taking the actual ACT/SAT.
Q: Where should students sign in for the mock exams?
A: The mock exams will be held in the WJ Cafeteria. Students should enter the school through the cafeteria doors located at the far right in the front of the building. Parent volunteers will check students in and direct them from there.
Q: What time should students arrive for the mock exams?
A: The exams begin at 9am. Students should check in between 8:30-8:45am. No students will be admitted after 8:55 am.
Q: What should a student bring to the exam?
A: Students should bring pencils, a calculator, a snack and a water bottle.
Q: Can students do anything to prepare for the mock?
A: The College Board and the nonprofit Khan Academy® have teamed up to provide free, personalized SAT study resources for all students.
To link your College Board and Khan Academy accounts:
*Go to satpractice.org, create an account on Khan Academy or sign into your existing account.
*When prompted, agree to link your Khan Academy and College Board Accounts.
*Log into your College Board account and hit "Send" to get a personalized practice plan.
One meeting per grade (9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th) is held during the first few weeks of school. The purpose of each meeting is to provide parents with grade level information related to academics, extracurricular activities, and social issues. Those present at the meeting include the WJHS Principal, Grade Level Administrator, Counseling Services Director, and others who can help parents and students know what to expect during the school year.
An opportunity for parents of students who learn differently to share concerns and ask for ideas on how to address these issues. It is an informal gathering/support group that is moderated by a parent and/or school administrator.
A full morning of large group and break-out presentations on topics relevant to students preparing for college. Topics may include staying organized, how to make your application stand out, admissions testing, essay writing, resources and tools for college planning, financial aid and how to handle special types of applications for athletes and the arts.
A comfortable evening meeting hosted in Spanish for parents of all grade levels. Information from the grade level meeting is presented in Spanish by a parent volunteer.
This is an informal meeting which provides information on the SAT and ACT exams. Topics include comparison of the SAT and ACT (test focus, structure, and timing), exam grading, exam calendars, score reporting to colleges, information on the SAT Subject Tests and more.
An important meeting on the basics of the college financial aid process, timeline, and the FAFSA form.
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A meeting focused on discussing the demands of AP Courses, when a student might take an AP course, AP tests, college credit and other questions parents and students may have about AP Courses offered at Walter Johnson
This meeting will discuss Dual Enrollment (taking college courses while still attending high school). The topics will include, but are not limited to the following: Jump Start to College & traditional Dual Enrollment, benefits of Dual Enrollment (including cost), differences between Montgomery College (MC) and AP classes, transfer of MC credit to other institutions, dual credit option (receiving HS credit for college courses), eligibility requirements, and steps of enrollment.
Families of 8th grade students who are considering transitioning from private school to WJHS are invited in to learn about WJ, hear testimonials from students who have made the transition, and ask questions. The meeting is attended by the WJHS Principal and Counseling Services Director.
These meetings help students and parents understand the results of the PSAT, mock SAT and mock ACT exams. General information about standardized testing and options for test preparation are also provided.
How to Write a Great College Essay
Many great kids write average (even bad) college essays - essays about "life lessons learned from football" or "how my trip to Europe broadened my cultural horizons." Better tales are there for the writing. This workshop will show you what admissions officers really look for in great college essays, and offer suggestions for finding and sharing your best stories.
A meeting for the senior class and their parents. Important information on graduation requirements, prom activities, and the graduation ceremony is presented.
A presentation through I Drive Smart's Community Education Initiative called the "Smart Six Program," which educates parents and teens on the known six causative factors of teen deaths in vehicle collisions and how to prevent them.
An informative presentation which includes topics such as: preparing students for independence and success; psychoeducational testing – what and when; SAT vs ACT and test accommodations; support services and programs at colleges; how to make the most of high school; the college application process; and much more.
A valuable meeting for sophomores, juniors and their parents on the use of the Naviance/Family Connection software package to navigate the college and career process. Learn about the wealth of information on colleges and universities available to all WJ students as they move through the college selection process. In addition, Naviance/Family Connection is used to inform WJ students about upcoming visits by college reps and to send teacher references and transcript electronically to colleges. Each student has a login and password to the system so that the research done uses personal data and selection criteria.
An informative night presented by a panel of college admission representatives from a variety of colleges and universities. Each College Rep presents important information on: how to determine to which colleges one should apply; the college application, selection, and acceptance process; what colleges value in an applicant; why a college tour is important, and so much more. One of the most important meetings you can attend if your student is considering attending college.
Students who find colleges that fit aren't just more likely to get in - they're more likely to get financial aid and scholarships. This seminar will explore how to find the schools that are the best for you while being mindful of economics. Speaker discusses the various ways to lower your cost of attendance - including merit aid, co-op schools and identifying great colleges that don't hurl you into debt for the next 20 years, all while staying true to the idea that the best college is one where our student is both happy and successful.
This meeting is co-sponsored by WJ PTSA and several other area high school PTAs. Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping families and students understand how to use the college search process to find the best college fit.
Too often the media stories scare students and parents as they approach the college search process. This should be a joyful time, not a high stakes game which neglects the individual fit. Find out why this happens and how the process can be approached with a focus on the student--not the rankings and ratings--in order to determine a great college choice.
Admission is free and there is no need to RSVP. Feel free to invite friends from other schools.
You may also want to view the Colleges That Change Lives website: