Mass State Colleges & Universities Virtual College Fair
On October 7-8, Massachusetts state universities will be jointly hosting a Virtual College Fair and College Panel. During this two-night event, there will be an opportunity to meet with, hear from, and ask questions of all nine Massachusetts state universities.
Day One will be an open style college fair, where visitors can move at their own pace, in and out of virtual rooms to meet with admission reps from each campus. Day Two will be a 45-minute college panel, followed by a brief Q&A segment. Following the Q&A, admission reps from each campus will be available for campus specific Q&A.
SAT Update for the Class of 2021
To parents of the Class of 2021,
As the college application season progresses and counselors begin individual meetings with seniors to discuss this highly individualized process, I want to make clear that TMHS will not be hosting an SAT administration before our regularly scheduled March test date. We know that many seniors have not been able to sit for an SAT this year and are experiencing anxiety about how this will impact their college applications. Please be assured that students who submit applications without SAT or ACT scores to schools that have elected to go test-optional this year will *not* be disadvantaged in any way and will still be considered for merit scholarships.
Colleges have assured us that they will be evaluating all submitted information within a “holistic and contextual review process that considers individual circumstances.” The rigor of a student’s curriculum, their academic achievement, and their demonstrated intellectual curiosity are collectively more important than the results of one or two standardized tests. The SAT is only one component of a highly complex evaluation process, and colleges recognize this.
Here is a link to all the colleges and universities that are not requiring standardized testing this year: https://fairtest.org/
TMHS counselors are excited and ready to assist your seniors with their college applications and to engage with them in this process of self-discovery and thoughtful discernment. Please encourage your children to make an appointment to meet with their school counselor as soon as possible to discuss all the details pertaining to their applications.
Ms. Kennan Daniel
Head of the School Counseling Department
Click on the link below to read a letter from College Admissions Deans in Response to Covid-19.
Looking for a Job ??
The Greater Lowell Workforce Board is continuing its partnership with TMHS this year to make it easier for students to find and get a job. A representative will be available to meet with interested TMHS students every Monday from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and from 1:30-4:00 p.m. All appointments take place over Zoom, and you can schedule an appointment using the following link:
Ms. Sierra, a youth employment specialist, will be happy to answer any questions you have about getting a job and will help you every step of the way!
Applicants must be 16 years or older.
To parents and students in the Class of 2022 and 2023:
TMHS has moved its October PSAT test date to Tuesday, January 26.
Important Note: The PSAT is a PRACTICE test for the SAT’s and is NOT a part of the college application process.
Students who would like to practice for the SAT online at home can log in to their College Board account at collegeboard.org and take a practice test online. (Sophomore students will need to create a College Board account if they don’t already have one. Any junior who took the PSAT last year already has an account.) Students practicing online through College Board will automatically get the assistance of Khan Academy who will create a personalized study plan based on the results of your practice test.
Students who would like to practice at home with a paper test should stop by the Guidance Office and pick up a practice booklet.
Juniors who opt to take the PSAT in person at TMHS in January will be eligible for programs administered by National Merit Scholarship Corporation just as if they had taken it in October.
Sophomore and junior students who are interested in taking the PSAT in person in January must sign up to do so by Monday, October 12, by clicking here. Registration must be done using the student’s school email account.
If you have any questions about the PSAT or are not sure if your child should participate, please reach out to your child’s school counselor before Oct. 12.
Attention Senior families:
Beginning Monday, September 28, through Thursday, November 5, MEFA (Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority) will host a live College Financing webinar daily every Monday through Thursday, with daytime and evening hours. All webinars will be recorded and available online for families who are unable to attend a live event. The webinars will provide a comprehensive overview of the full financial aid application process.
Click here for the MEFA website for additional information re: paying for college!
NEW COURSE CHANGE INFORMATION for the 2020-21 School Year!!!
Dear Parents and Students,
We have made some important changes to the course change procedures and policies that we would like you to be aware of as you begin selecting courses for next year.
As Principal Vogel outlined in her most recent newsletter, the course selection procedure begins in February at TMHS with teachers recommending courses for next year. The rest of the process will look like this:
- Before the end of February break, students should carefully review these teacher recommendations with their parents/guardians and enter their requests online. Students should review the Program of Studies for information on elective courses, as teachers typically do not make recommendations for these classes.
- Throughout February and March, students meet with counselors to help finalize selection of appropriate courses for the next school year.
- Between April 1 and May 1, department heads review completed Course Recommendation Override Forms and make decisions on whether to allow students to take a course they were not recommended for.
- Between May 1 and the last day of school, counselors ensure that student schedules are balanced and include all the necessary courses for graduation.
- After the last day of school, the only course changes that will be made will be those necessitated by schedule conflicts, level changes, failure of a course, or data entry errors.
Students must make informed decisions about courses requiring summer assignments for Advanced Placement courses because these courses will not be dropped at the beginning of the school year due to incompletion of the work.
Please pay close attention to the new deadlines for completing course override forms, as well as making changes to requests, as we will be strictly adhering to the structure we are putting in place. The new forms for course changes will be available in Guidance and are also on the Guidance Web site. All forms must be signed and turned in to Guidance before the deadline of April 1. We hope these changes will result in fewer disruptions to the classroom and to the learning that takes place during the first term of school.
Ms. Kennan Daniel
Aspen Family Portal now open to Families of TMHS Students
The Aspen Family Portal is now available to parents of TMHS students!! If you wish to have your own Aspen Account, please use this link to place a request.
We will be providing only one account per household, so we ask that parents/guardians share the account information. If parents reside in different households, accommodations will be made to provide accounts for both parents.
If you have already requested an account, you should have received an email from Aspen with your log-in information. If you have not seen that email, please check your spam folder. It will come in from firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Contact Mrs. Whitehouse
Oct 1 TMHS Open House (virtual – find link on TMHS main page)
Oct 7 1/2 day students
Oct 12 Schools Closed for Columbus Day
Oct 26 Progress Reports available through Aspen
Nov 3 No school students
Nov 11 Schools Closed for Veteran’s Day
Nov 17 Term 1 ends
Nov 18 Term 2 begins
Nov 25 1/2 day students and staff
Nov 26 & 27 Schools Closed for Thanksgiving
Dec 2 Report Cards available in Aspen
Dec 23 1/2 day students and staff
Dec 23 Progress Reports available through Aspen
Dec 24 – Jan 1 Schools Closed for Holiday break
Jan 18 Schools closed for MLK, Jr Day
Jan 29 Term 2 ends
Feb 1 Term 3 starts
Feb 12 1/2 day students and staff
Feb 12 Report Cards available in Aspen
Feb 15-19 Schools closed for Winter Break
Upcoming College Visits
Attention Seniors!! Representatives from the following colleges will be hosting virtual meetings to meet with you to discuss their schools and answer any questions you might have about the admission process, available majors, financial aid, etc. Oftentimes, these representatives are the same folks who will be reviewing your application, so please try to ‘stop in’ and meet with any reps from colleges you are interested in and make that all-important good first impression!
You must pre-register through Naviance to get the link. These meetings last about 20 minutes.
Just click on the name of the school to be directed to their website!
Sep 28. 12:00. Iona College
Sep 28 1:35. Husson University
Sep 29. 12:00. Mass College of Liberal Arts (MCLA)
Sep 29 1:35. Mass College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Sep 30. 11:30. Springfield College
Sep 30. 12:00. University of Southern Maine
Oct 1. 12:00. Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Oct 1. 1:35. U Mass Amherst
Oct 2. 12:00. Western New England U
Oct 5. 12:00. Worcester State U
Oct 5. 1:35. Framingham State U
Oct 6 12:00. Johnson & Wales, Providence RI
Oct 6. 1:35. St Michael’s College, VT
Oct 8. 12:00. Marist College
Oct 8. 1:35. U Mass Dartmouth
Oct 9 12:00. Suffolk U
Oct 9. 1:35. Clark U
Oct 13 12:00. University of New Haven
Oct 13. 1:35. Syracuse U
Oct 14 11:30 St John’s U, Queens NY
Oct 14. 12:00. Bridgewater State U
Oct 15 12:00. U Conn
Oct 15. 1:35. Emerson College
Oct 16 12:00 Anna Maria College
Oct 16 1:35. Fisher College
Oct 19 12:00. Wheaton College, Norton MA
Oct 19 1:35. Colby College, ME
Oct 20 12:00. St Anselm College
Oct 20 1:35. Merrimack College
Oct 21. 11:30. U Mass Lowell
Oct 21 12:00. Northeastern U
Oct 22. 12:00. Plymouth State U
Oct 22. 1:35 Westfield State U
Oct 23. 12:00. Bryant U
Oct 23 1:35. Lasell U
Oct 26. 12:00. Salem State U
Oct 26 1:35 Quinnipiac U
Oct 27 12:00 Mass Maritime Academy
Oct 27. 1:35. Colby Sawyer
Oct 28 11:30 Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
Oct 28. 1:35. Lesley U
Oct 29 12:00 Keene State U
Oct 29. 1:35. Sacred Heart U
Oct 30 12:00 Endicott College
Oct 30. 1:35 University of Rhode Island
Nov 2. 12:00. Curry College
Nov 2. 1:35. Wentworth Institute of Technology
Nov 4. 12:00. Regis College
Nov 4 1:35 Franklin Pierce U
Nov 5 1:35 Becker College
Nov 6 12:00 U of Maine Farmington
Nov 6 1:35. Stony Brook U
Nov 9 12:00 Assumption U
Nov 13. 12:00. St Joseph’s College of Maine
Dec 3. 1:35. Thomas College, ME
US Navy TBD