Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Senior Parents Night 2014

I would like to thank everyone that attended - and for those that were not able to attend, here is the Powerpoint presentation from the evening:

Senior Parents Night 2014 Powerpoint

We truly enjoyed getting this information to you and welcome any further questions you may have.

Our contact information:

¡Mike Brown, Director of Counseling Services
¡John Dempsey, School Counselor
¡Kelsey Wilson, School Counselor

Friday, August 15, 2014

College Application Saturdays!


Attention Seniors – The first college application Saturday will take place this Saturday, August 16th, from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the JPII Library.  Get a jump-start on your college applications in a laid back, yet informative environment.  The College Counseling department will be there to answer questions, assist students in the college search/application process and provide free food.  Don’t miss this great opportunity to get ahead on applications, engage with your College Counselor and enjoy free food!

If you cannot make this Saturday - the next opportunity is SEPTEMBER 6th from 10am- 2pm.

Thursday, July 31, 2014



This fall the School Counseling Office is excited to introduce Ms. Kelsey Wilson to our community. Ms. Wilson originally hails from California and is a graduate of Brown University. She completed her M.Ed. in Human Development Counseling at Vanderbilt University in School Counseling and spent the last two years working as an admissions counselor at Sewanee: the University of the South. Ms. Wilson has already been in contact and has begun working with several of her students. She can be reached at or by phone at 590-6032.


Seniors need to make appointments with their primary counselor to go over college application plans as soon as possible. If you don’t know who your primary counselor is see the Family Connection under ABOUT ME>PROFILE. Seniors should also be working on Senior surveys on the Family Connection!

Just can’t seem to get started on that college application? Have some time to eat pizza on a Saturday? Why not do both? The School Counseling Office has reserved the library and laptop computers from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm on Saturday, August 16th to help seniors with the application process. 99% of all college applications are online – we will help you find the forms, answer the questions, figure out the process, and also go over finding other forms – from scholarship sites to getting teacher recommendations. A second date will be held in September. If you plan to come, please e-mail


JPII subscribes to Recorded Book’s ePrep test prepatation program. All students have access to practice tests and online video tutorials for the SAT and ACT. All seniors can log in with their email address and the password: knights2015 for the first time. You are recommended to change your password after logging in.

The website can be found here: Recorded Books ePrep

There will also be classes offered at JPII through Mary Lee Bunch and Associates. The dates, times and Registration forms can be found at


TEST       Test Date         Registration Deadline

ACT         Sep 13             Aug 8

ACT         Oct 25             Sep 19

ACT         Dec 13            Nov 7

SAT          Oct 11            Sep 12

SAT          Nov 8             Oct 9

SAT          Dec 6             Nov 6

To register for the ACT go to: Registration for the SAT is at:

Please join the counselors for a meeting to go over dates and details for this year in the life of your senior and the college application process.


40 of America’s most remarkable colleges and universities, profiled in former New York Times education editor Loren Pope’s influential book Colleges That Change Lives, will be conducting an informational session and college fair at Renaissance Nashville in the Broadway Ballroom at 611 Commerce Street, Nashville, TN 37203 on Monday, August 11th at 7:00 pm. JPII students are strongly encouraged to attend this valuable discussion and program to learn more about the CTCL schools as well as conducting a well-informed college search. Admission is free and pre-registration is not required.

The Colleges That Change Lives program begins with an enlightening 30-minute panel presentation on completing a college search today. It promises to not bore you with a session about how to apply for college, what to expect during a campus visit, and so forth. Rather, CTCL deans and directors will share with you the latest research on specific campus characteristics and learning components that lead to the most successful college experience. They will challenge you to view popular college rankings as just one measure of quality among many, and encourage you to make the college search process a well-informed journey that leads to the best possible outcome: finding the best college fit—one that could be life changing. Immediately after the panel presentation, the college fair begins, lasting approximately 1.5 hours. Students and families will be able to collect information from and speak directly with admission representatives from the colleges and universities that inspired noted education reporter and former New York Times education editor the late Loren Pope to write the book Colleges That Change Lives. For more information on schools attending visit

FairTest released the latest update of their popular directory of test-optional, bachelor-degree granting colleges and universities. There are now 800 accredited institutions that do not require all or many applicants to submit ACT/SAT scores before admissions decisions are made. Click the following link to see the entire list:


Seniors may register for this competition online at Qualifications for the program are leadership and participation in at least one sport. See Mr. Dempsey in the School Counseling office for more information.


Students interested in these scholarship programs need to see Mr. Brown in the School Counseling office before August 28th. These scholarships are for academically superior students interested in competing for these universities’ highest scholarships. Deadlines are soon.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

College Fair 2013

We are excited to be hosting the 11th College Fair tomorrow.  I am including a list of the colleges and organizations that have confirmed they are attending, and we always have a few additional colleges pop up on to the list on the day.

Parents- You are welcome to attend, we just ask that you allow students to have first priority in talking with the representatives. 

Students - A gentle reminder to wear your Uniform.  You can change into Spirit wear after you are done with the fair.

Some Tips:

- Students may wish to print up a few sheets of self-stick address labels. Include your name, address, phone number, email address, high school, year of graduation, intended major(s), and any extracurricular activities you're interested in. At the fair, slap the address labels on the college information cards to save you time in filling out the same information over and over at each college's table.  

The questions you ask should be unique to your interests and not easily found in standard college materials. The college fair is a good time to talk person-to-person with the representative of that school. Your job is to think of good questions.

So cross out the questions like, "How many people are in the freshman class?" Instead, ask what the two or three most popular majors are (that can give you a good idea of the main interests of the majority of the students). If you have a particular major in mind, don't ask "How good is major X?" No college representative will tell you that a program is bad. Instead, ask how many students take that major; what research faculty members are involved in (and the opportunities for undergraduates to participate in it); or what courses you would take your first year in a particular major. Students who are undecided should ask about what services and support are available to help them explore various majors.

Planning ahead ensures that you get to visit the colleges that most interest you. But also make sure to leave time for browsing. So, be adventurous! Don't just focus on 'name' schools.  You may find that a school you've never heard of offers the exact major, extracurricular program, etc., that you're seeking.

By the time the fair is over, you'll have a bag filled with information about colleges--and a possible case of information overload. Don't succumb to the temptation of just piling all those brochures in some obscure corner of your bedroom. If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a day or two away from the college search. Then get out all of those brochures, along with the notes you took while at the fair, and read through them. You may find that some colleges aren't as interesting as you first thought. Others only look better the more you research them. For those colleges, follow up by filling out the information cards in the brochures or by starting to schedule college visits.

Alabama A&M
Alabama State University
Allegheny College
American Baptist College
Aquinas College
Auburn University
Austin Peay State University
Baldwin Wallace University
Baptist College of Health Sciences
Baylor University
Bellarmine University
Belmont University
Berry College
Bethel College
Birmingham Southern College
Bradley University
Brenau University
Brescia University
Butler University
Campbellsville University
Carson-Newman College
Centre College
Charleston Southern U.
Christendom College
Christian Brothers Univ.
Clark Atlanta Univeristy
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
College of Mount St. Joseph
College of Wooster
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia University NYC
Converse College
Cornell University
Cumberland University
Davidson College
DePauw University
East Tennessee State University
Eckerd College
Emory &Henry
Emory U.-Emory C.& Oxford C
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Southern College
Florida State
Fordham University
Furman University
Georgia State
Hanover College
Hendrix College
High Point University
Hillsdale College
Hiwassee College
Hofstra University
Hollins University
Holly Cross College
Illinois Southern Carbondale
Indiana University
Jacksonville State Univ.
Jacksonville University
Kalamazoo College
Kentucky Wesleyan College
King University
Lincoln Memorial University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University New Orleans
Marist College
Marquette University
Maryville College
Memphis College of Art
Meredith College
Miami University
Middle Tennessee State Universty
Milsaps College
Mississippi College
Mississippi State
Missouri U of Sci and Tech
Murray State University
Navy ROTC Scholarship
Notre Dame
O'more College of Design
Oglethorpe University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Ole Miss
Penn State
Radford University
Rhodes College
Rice University
Roanoke College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Tech
Saint Louis University
Saint Olaf College
Samford Universiy
Savannah College of Art and Design
Sewanee: The University of the South
Southern Methodist University
Spalding University
Spring Hill College
Sweet Briar College
Tennessee National Guard
Tennessee State University
Tennessee Tech University
Tennessee Wesleyan College
The Art Institutes
The Catholic University of America
The Coast Guard Academy
The College of the Holy Cross
The Kentucky School of Art (Spald
TN Student Assistance Corp.
Transylvania University
Trevecca Nazarene University
Tulane University
Tusculum College
Union University
United States Naval Academy
Univeristy of Montevallo
University of Alabama
University of Alabama Early Coll
University of Alabama Hunts.
University of Arkansas
University of Dallas
University of Dayton
University of Evansville
University of Georgia
University of Kentucky
University of Memphis
University of Missourri
University of North Carolina- Asheville
University of Redlands
University of Tampa
University of Tennessee
University of Tennessee - Chattanooga
University of Tennessee - Martin
University of Texas
US Air Force Academy
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Volunteer State CC
Wake Forest
Webster University
Welch College
Wesleyan College
West Point Military Academy
Western KY U.
Winthrop University
Wittenberg University
Wofford College
Xavier University

Friday, September 13, 2013

Congressional Service Academy Days

I just got this information from our Air Force Academy representative, Mr. David Garcia, and wanted to pass it on to interested students and parents:

Greetings! Several congressmen are hosting Academy Days in Tennessee. It's a great time to meet cadets and midshipmen and learn the process of admission. Parents, friends, and counselors are welcome. Here are the details:

Congressman Blackburn, Saturday, September 14th at 10am at Franklin High School

Congressman Black, Saturday, September 28th at 9am at Wilson County Central High School

Congressman Fleischmann, Saturday September 28th at 10am at Roane State Comm College

Congressman Cooper, Saturday, October 19th at 9am at the downtown Nashville Public Library-- 

Please go to the website of your representative for more information.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Linking the Common Application to the Family Connection

The new Common Application has finally updated to where it can link with your family connection account.  This is extremely important for you to make the link as soon as possible in order for teachers and counselors to be able to complete you letters of recommendation and school forms.

We STRONGLY recommend using the common application for all college applications you can.  Even if you are only applying to one school (like the University of Tennessee)  it helps the counselor and your teachers to have a consistent format and to not have to repeat the same work over and over again.

In order to link your Common Application account with your Family Connection Account 

1. Log in to your Common Application account 

2. Go to the "My Colleges" tab.

3. In the Left Column, Click "Assign Recommenders"

4. Click the link under FERPA Release Authorization

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5. Read the following, agree and click "Continue"

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6. You must Authorize us to send educational records, and Then we recommend you Waive your rights to see the recommendations.  Colleges see the choice you make - so it is always advisable to Waive your rights to give you recommendation the most strength.
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Not waiving your rights does not grant you permission to see your recommendations.  It only allows you to see them after you have been accepted to a school, go there, and request to see them (even then, very few schools actually keep your application as part of your student file.) 

7. Log in to your Family Connection Account and go to "Colleges I am Applying to"

8. Type in the e-mail you used for the Common Application in the Box indicated and Click "Match"

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9. You are done!