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April Newsletter: Sophomores

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Standardized Testing Plan & Prep

This summer is a time for all students in the Class of 2019 to do some form of standardized test preparation. Most students will sit for a standardized test in the fall and many will take the test of their choice – ACT or SAT – twice by the end of their junior year. Whether your first formalized testing experience will be in August or April, it is vital to use the summer time to prep for the test. 

We have once again partnered with Breakaway College Test Prep to offer an August ACT prep class. Please register your student by May 5. Click here for more details. If cost is an impediment to register, please contact your college counselor. 

Meetings with counselors & course scheduling

By now, all sophomores should have met with their college counselor to discuss a range of topics. The chief objective of the meeting was to discuss junior scheduling and lay out possibilities for senior year in advance of scheduling conferences with advisors. If things have changed or there are follow up conversations that should be had, please contact Nancy Dohr, 763-381-8258, to schedule a meeting with your college counselor. Some sophomores will schedule another brief meeting with their college counselor to outline summer plans. 

Finish the year strong

“It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.” Now that spring break is in the rearview mirror, there is a sprint to exams in mid-May. Typically the sophomore year can present increased challenges and grades do tend to drop a bit from freshman year. However, there is still time to improve or maintain positive momentum. 

Information for All Upper School

Here’s wishing you and your family had a healthy and restful spring break. A look at the school calendar shows mostly five-day weeks, which should afford some regularity and structure. However, in practice, this can be a rather busy time with many moving parts. The spring sports season, music department performances, end-of-year programs, Advanced Placement testing, May Program, and more create a swirl of activity. 

The many moving pieces reflect Breck’s distinctiveness. It is a wonderful place where students will develop the habits and perspectives to be successful in college and life beyond. It is a place that prepares our students for college success and happiness by providing an environment that fosters relationships amongst peers, encourages students to engage with faculty, and challenges and supports our students academically and co-curricularly. 

And though the college process is creeping earlier, it is important that Breck’s college counseling efforts remain thoughtful and purposeful.  You will hear the counselors encourage students to continue to challenge themselves AND maintain good balance in their lives. This looks different for each student. We may encourage more challenging courses or outside activities. We often challenge students to reach a bit more outside their comfort zone. Sometimes we may counsel to let up a bit on the intensity, especially if quality is waning. Likewise, we will encourage a student to delve more into an outside commitment in order to build relationships, experiences and memories beyond these walls. These are the habits and experiences that not only comprise the Breck experience but also provide the firm foundation for success in life beyond Breck. 

Breck's College Counseling Office

Jonathan Nicholson
Director of College Counseling
763-381-8248

Susan Graham
Associate Director of College Counseling
763-381-8246

Andrea O’Connell
Associate Director of College Counseling
763-381-8138

Nancy Dohr
College Counseling Office Assistant
763-381-8258