Vanessa Montorsi, Director of Pupil Services and Counseling
Welcome to Fairfield Ludlowe High School’s Counseling Department.
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Course Selection Night
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 7:00-8:30 p.m. FLHS Auditorium (Snow Date January 26, 2017)
Soon your child will be starting the process for choosing courses for next year. We have an important informational evening for PARENTS so that you can understand the importance of this process and how you can support your children.
Students will be hearing this same message in a school assembly, but we find that it’s critical for parents to be informed and knowledgeable about the expectations and requirements of the courses the students will be requesting, as well as have an opportunity to ask questions. In addition to this evening presentation, we will be providing students and families with a number of resources, including: student assemblies in late January; conversations with teachers, counselors, and administrators; a comprehensive Program of Studies book; and a website with course syllabi, sample tasks, and exemplary student work examples.
Topics of the evening presentation include:
- The entire course selection process with timelines
- The differences between Advanced Placement, Honors, and College Preparatory courses
- Brief overview of core curriculum areas
- Information regarding Advanced Placement courses
- Review of the Change-of-Program Policy
- Impact of the new schedule
It is critical that students make informed choices. We base our decisions about the courses and the number of sections we will offer on the specific requests the students make in February. Once resources are allocated, we have very limited flexibility in changing schedules, so it is critical for students to make a strong commitment to courses they request. This is why we want to provide as many resources as possible to make informed decisions.
8th Grade Open House Night
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 7:00-8:30 p.m. FLHS Auditorium (Snow Date February 2, 2017)
8th grade students and their parents are invited to an annual Open House on Wednesday, February 3rd in the FLHS auditorium. The agenda for the evening will include an overview of the high school curriculum, schedule, student activities and athletics, as well as a tour of all of the elective areas.
Advanced Placement Exam Registration is coming!
Online registration for AP Exams begins February 6, 2017
Each AP exam is $102. FLHS desires that every student taking an AP Course be able to take their AP exam(s). Students requiring financial assistance should contact Ms Montorsi, in Room 266 or by email [email protected]
Here are the important dates and information for the registration process:
- January 25-27, 2017, Bulletin for AP Students and Parents will be handed out during AP classes.
- Monday, February 6, 2017 at 6:00 AM – Registration Begins The website to register is www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/070187
- Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 12:00 PM – Registrations and payments after this date will incur a $25 late fee per exam.
- Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 12:00 PM – Registration Ends
- Bulletin for AP Students and Parents 2016-2017
- 2017 AP info letter
More Information Coming Soon
Past Events (2016-17)
FLHS & FWHS College Admissions Panel
Thursday, January 5, 2017 7:00 P.M. Fairfield Ludlowe Auditorium (Snow date January 10, 2017)
A panel of experienced college admissions officers will discuss how various colleges go about the process of selecting their students for admission to their schools. Each will give a ten minute overview of their institution and discuss how they review applications, the criteria they believe are important, and how they make their final selections to build a class each year.
The four schools represent a very diverse group of colleges. The presenters have experiences at a number of colleges and varied backgrounds. Their comments—while specific to their individual schools—will also give parents and students an insight into admissions at similar schools and the entire application and admissions process.
After their presentations they will answer questions from parents and students.
The evening will be informative and valuable for juniors and their parents as well as underclassmen and their parents: it is never too early to start thinking about post high school plans. Please join us.
PSAT results will be released to students online on the College Board website on December 12, 2016. Click here to get to the College Board Website
This worksheet may be helpful to students Student Information for PSAT Scores
Freshman Forum on Underage Drinking Thursday, November 17, 2016 7:00-8:30 p.m. FLHS Auditorium
This important night will provide critical information for both parents and students that should lead to healthy conversations and good decisions when students are faced with a barrage of peer pressure and other negative influences. Parents and students must attend together.
Information presented at the Freshman Forum can be found here.
Private School Open House Wednesday, November 9, 2016 2:30-4:00 p.m. FLHS Library Lecture Hall
An informational open house for students currently attending private school considering FLHS as their high school option next fall.
The information program, led by FLHS administrators, counselors, and Curriculum Leaders, will give you an overview of our academic offerings and discuss the other programs and services offered at FLHS. In addition, we will have several of our student Ludlowe Leaders available for tours of the school and to answer questions.
High School 101 Wednesday, October 19, 2016 7:00 p.m. FLHS Auditorium
Event for ninth grade parents and their students. Now that your ninth grader has completed almost a full marking period at FLHS, Director of Pupil Services Vanessa Montorsi and two school counselors will review important information about high school report cards, transcripts, graduation requirements, post high school planning services, and more. There will be time for questions and discussion.
HOBY Leadership Seminar 2017
The Hugh O’Brian Youth (HOBY) Leadership 2017 Connecticut Seminar is scheduled to take place June 2017. HOBY is a dynamic hands-on program designed to recognize and develop leadership potential in outstanding sophomores. Each year, every high school in the state is invited to nominate one to three students to attend the local seminar based upon that student’s leadership potential. HOBY provides a structured and intense setting for these outstanding students from across the state (called “ambassadors” at HOBY) to interact with recognized local, state and national leaders of business, government, education, media, the arts, and the non-profit sector.
Leadership seminars give ambassadors hands-on practice at being a leader through participation in leadership and team building activities, icebreakers, simulations, and motivational experiences. Students learn and acquire leadership skills that they can take back to their schools, communities, families, and peer groups.
If you believe you have the leadership potential and leadership experience here at FLHS, complete an application HOBY Application 2016-2017 or pick one up in Ms. Montorsi’s office and submit it to Ms. Montorsi—Director of Pupil Services and Counseling in Room 266—before Friday, October 28, 2016. A Faculty committee will review all applications, transcripts, and activities, select several students to interview, and will then select one or more to attend this seminar next spring.
Last year’s FLHS representatives—Caroline Donnelly (homeroom 316), Nicholas Fech (homeroom 276), Ishani Mehta (homeroom 181) and Grace Murphy (homeroom 181) will be happy to answer any questions about the seminar: all attended and had a great experience.
PSAT Day Wednesday, October 19, 2016
All tenth and eleventh graders will take the PSAT in school. There is no cost to you and you do not need to register for the test.
On the 19th, all tenth will report to reassigned homerooms and eleventh graders will report to one of the gyms (signs will be posted) at 7:30 a.m. and will be dismissed from school at 11:45 a.m. No lunch will be served on this day.
All tenth and eleventh graders will receive the Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT in Homeroom. Please review this material and use the practice full length test to help you understand the types of questions you will be asked.
Math and English teachers will be reviewing or discussing some of this information in classes during the next week.
Test results will be returned in early December and they will be reviewed with all students. All tenth and eleventh graders should bring two #2 pencils and a calculator to the tests.
For tenth graders, the test is purely a practice and diagnostic tool—the results are not sent to colleges. This is a great tool to prepare for future tests.
For eleventh graders, the test is a practice test that does not get sent to any colleges—however, a small number of students may qualify for National Merit Scholarship recognition based upon their scores as eleventh graders. In addition, this will be a terrific preview for the SAT which will be administered to all juniors in April as the State of Connecticut student assessment of academic proficiency.
Financial Aid Night Wednesday, September 28, 2016 7:00 p.m. FWHS Auditorium
Morgan Kelly – Sacred Heart University Jennifer Dudley – Wells Fargo
- Methods used by most colleges to determine a family’s need
- Various types of aid available
- How the schools determine how to award aid to a family
- Financial options for students and parents
- The FAFSA–Free Application for Federal Student Aid – This is the primary form required by most colleges and universities to determine need and awards The FAFSA is now available October 1st.
Who Gets In And Why Thursday, September 22, 2016 7:00p.m. FLHS Auditorium
Ever wondered what really happens inside the highly selective college admissions process? Who Gets In And Why, an interactive workshop designed by the Tufts University Office of Undergraduate Admissions, aims to show you. First, attendees will learn about the different components of a college application, and how those materials are evaluated by admissions offices. Next, everyone will participate in a case study designed to resemble the admissions process, featuring six real applications from prior Tufts applicants. Who Gets In And Why is a rare opportunity to get an inside look at what happens once applications are submitted.
Senior Parent Chat Friday, September 9, 2016 8:30a.m. FLHS Auditorium
Come hear about the college process, expectations, GAP year and more. Forms to be discussed:
- First MP Request
- Parent Brag Sheet
- Permission to Release Records
- Senior College Deadline Reminder 16-17
- Senior Personal Info
- Student Activity Form
- Student Questionnaire
- Senior Parent Chat presentation
- Senior Parent Chat handout
Past Events (2015-16)
HSSFF Scholarship Application is now available online. Please visit www.http://fairfieldscholarshipfoundation.org/ to complete the application. The following letter was given to all seniors. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 25, 2016.
Sophomore Parent Night 2016
Presentation – SOPHOMORE PARENT NIGHT 2016
SAT Information – School Day Test Day
Below is an informational letter and brochure being given out to all 11th grade students, the week of February 16, who will be taking the SAT on Wednesday, March 2, 2016.
- Middle School Scheduling Timeline 16-17
- Course Verification Request
- FLHS Activities
- 9th grade electives worksheet 16-17
- Contact Information
Course Selection Night – 7:00p.m. Below are the handouts from the presentation and a copy of the PowerPoint. More information can be found on the Fairfield Public School main page – follow this link:
- Course Selection presentation 1-27-16
- 16-17 Contact info
- Course Selection Timeline
- Sample Course Selection Worksheet
Information on the new Redesigned SAT