Valley Stream CHSD Hosts 10th-Grade College Information Night

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Approximately 60 people turned out at South High School in the Valley Stream Central High School District for the districtwide 10th-Grade College and Career Information Night on Jan. 23. The event provided sophomores and their parents with an overview of how students can research careers and learn what counts most in the college admissions process.

Jill Vogel, the district’s director of guidance and chief information officer, led the event, and South High School guidance counselors Patricia Antonelli, Phil Corsentino and Melissa Keegan presented to students.
Presenters touched on a number of topics, including the importance of students’ course grades, college essays, extracurricular activities, recommendation letters, and SAT and ACT scores. Students and parents were provided with an overview of a college planning calendar, which focused on how students can build a strong academic record in their sophomore year. It also offered details on when to register for SAT and ACT exams, and the importance of participating in community service.

Attendees also learned about Naviance, a Web-based program that allows students and parents to search for colleges, careers and scholarship opportunities. Students were encouraged to take the Career Key Inventory located on the Naviance site, which allowed them to find out their personality type and the jobs that fall under that category.

South High School Assistant Principal Kara Jacobson thanked the students and parents who attended the event and emphasized the district’s commitment to providing students with guidance and support as they approach college. “It’s important for the kids to feel knowledgeable about making plans for their future,” she said.