CAC Scheduled Events 2020-2021 

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Meeting Schedule: Summer | Fall | Winter&Spring  

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2020 Virtual Summer Meetings

6/22 - WJ Resources and Naviance, 7:00 p.m.  Meeting Materials and Recorded Presentation

6/29 - College Admissions, Search and Virtual Touring during COVID-19, 7:00 p.m. Meeting Materials and Recorded Presentation

6/30 - Non 4-Year College Options, 7:00 p.m. Recorded Presentation

7/6   - College Application Essays, 7:00 p.m.  Meeting Materials

7/13 - ACT/SAT, 7:00 p.m.  Meeting Materials and Recorded Presentation

7/14 - Supporting Students with Learning Differences through the College Process…The Learning Difference Difference, 7:00 p.m.  Meeting Materials and Recorded Presentation

7/20 - Navigating the Different College Applications, 7:00 p.m.  Recorded Presentation

7/27 - Paying for College, 7:00 p.m.  Meeting Materials and Recorded Presentation

CAC Sponsored Mock ACT & SAT Testing   

Mock ACT - Oct. 10, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mock SAT - Nov. 14, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mock SAT - Feb. 20, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Mock ACT - March 20, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

Mock Test Registration - COMING SOON! - Updated 7/15/20

Register here for a mock exam using Pay4schoolstuff.com for the first time 

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2020 Virtual Fall Meetings   

9/8   - Senior Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m. 

9/14  -  Freshman Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m. 

9/21 -  Junior Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

9/22 -  Private School Transition, 7:00 p.m. 

9/29 - Sophomore Parent Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

10/6 - How to Write a Great College Essay, 7:00 p.m. 

10/7 - Parent Coffee: College Admissions Testing - 8:15 a.m.

10/20 -  College Financial Aid Meeting, 7:00 p.m. 

10/28-  Understanding AP Classes - 7:00 p.m.  

11/23 -  Mock SAT and ACT Testing Results Interpretation - 7:00 p.m.

12/9 - Dual Enrollment: Earning College Credit in High School - 7:00 p.m. 

12/22 - Alumni College Lunch for Seniors 

 

2021 Winter/Spring Meetings (tentative)

1/11 - PSAT Results Interpretation, 7:00 p.m. 

2/2 -   Safe Teen Driving   7:00 p.m.

2/9 -   Parent Coffee: College Admissions Testing, 8:15 a.m.

2/17 - Little Known Secrets for Paying for College, 7:00 p.m.

3/3 - Naviance Parent Coffee, 8:15 a.m. 

TBD -  Colleges that Change Lives, 7:00 p.m. 

3/8 -  Naviance Parent Meeting ,  7:00 p.m. 

3/16 - Optimizing the College Visit-7:00 p.m. 

3/22 -  College Admissions Panel,  7:00 p.m.

3/23  Mock SAT and ACT Testing Results Interpretation,  7:00 p.m. 

3/25 -  Senior Parent Meeting, Graduation, 7:00 p.m.

4/13 - Paying For College By Finding The Right Fit, 8:15 a.m.

4/21 - How to Write a Great College Essay - 7 p.m.

4/23 - Ten Things Professors Wish Every Freshman Knew

 

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MEETING DESCRIPTIONS

ACT / SAT during COVID - Summer Series

Learn what Test-Optional and Test-Flexible means, understanding superscoring and review a chart of standardized test dates.

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Alumni College Luncheon - Fall

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.

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College Admissions Panel Night for Juniors - Winter/Spring

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.

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College Admissions Search and Virtual Touring during COVID-19 - Summer Series

Lean how COVID has affected the college application process and how to stand out on a an application when few extracurricular activities are available. Get advice on making the most of your virtual college visit and how to keep up with Colleges from search to decision day.

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College Application Essays - Summer Series

Review essay examples and learn about topics to avoid during COVID.  Hear about the importance of the supplemental essays and how to address the COVID question on the Common App and where to get Feedback on your Essays.

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 College Financial Aid - Fall

The college financial aid meeting is designed to help parents understand the Financial Aid Process (FAFSA), the Cost of Attendance (COA), understand the Expected Family Contribution (EFC), and help determine financial need and the types and sources of financial aid.

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Colleges that Change Lives - Winter/Spring

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: www.ctcl.org.

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Dual Enrollment:  Earning College Credit in High School -Fall

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.

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Fall Parent Grade Level Meetings   - Fall

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. 

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How to Write a Great College Essay - Fall and Winter/Spring

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.

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Little Know Secrets for Paying for College - Winter/Spring

The cost of a college education is higher than ever. How will you afford this expense? What if your children attend elite or out-of-state schools? What if they don’t graduate in four years? The costs can be monumental. This workshop will teach you how to send your children to the college of their dreams without bankrupting your retirement nest egg. You’ll discover strategies that may enable you to qualify for financial aid, sources for scholarships, and strategies for maximizing your wealth and minimizing your tax exposure, giving you greater cash flow for funding a college education.

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Navigating the Different College Applications - Summer Series

Demonstration of opening a Common App and a Coalition App Account.  Learn the difference between Early Action vs. Early Decision and declaring undecided or with a Major.

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Non 4-Year College Options - Summer Series

Learn about gap year and other community and technical colleges options.

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Optimizing the College Visit - Winter/Spring

Learn how to get the most out of your college campus visit and how best to understand the culture of a school and explore academic options.

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Naviance Parent Meeting & Coffee - Winter/Spring

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.

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Parent Coffee:  College Admissions Testing Q&A - Fall and Winter/Spring

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.
 
 

 

Paying for College - Summer Series

Learn about student loans, scholarships, how to qualify for more financial aid during COVID (FAFSA) and little-known secrets of paying for college.

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Paying for College by Finding the Right Fit  - Winter/Spring

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.

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Private School Transition - Fall

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. 

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PSAT and Mock Testing Results Interpretation - Winter/Spring

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.

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Safe Teen Driving - Winter/Spring

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. 

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Senior Class Graduation - Winter/Spring

A meeting for the senior class and their parents. Important information on graduation requirements, prom activities, and the graduation ceremony is presented.

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Supporting Students with Learning Differences through the College Process…The Learning Difference Difference - Summer Series

Specializing in college bound students who have learning differences such as ADHD, executive dysfunction, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, and other specific learning disabilities.

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Ten Things Professors Wish Every Freshman Knew - Winter/Spring

Collegebound students are invited to a lunchtime presentation to learn what professors would like every college freshman to know.

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Understanding AP Classes  - Fall

 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

 

WJ Resources and Naviance - Summer Series

Learn how to prepare for a virtual counselor meeting during COVID-19, how to obtain teacher and counselor recommendation letters and how to submit a transcript request. 

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Mock Exams - Fall and Winter/Spring

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. 

 

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