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Guidance News for Students and Families During School Closure


9th to 12th Guidance News for Students and Families During School Closure

March 24th, 2020

Greetings to all The Gilbert School Community!  
We haven’t stopped thinking of you all since our closure, and want you to know we are available to you during this time.  We will be moving ahead with planning and scheduling for next year, and have every intention of working closely with you to create a schedule that meets your needs and supports your future goals.  You can contact your school counselor via your gilbertschool email, and we will respond within 24 hours. Please note that we can/will also schedule video conferences as needed or requested through the Google meet app available to all of us.


Attention 9th - 11th Grade Students:
The deadline for choosing your courses for next year is Wednesday, March 25. Access your teachers’ recommendations and your selection options for each subject area through PowerSchool’s Class Registration tab.  Check your email for instructions previously sent to you by Mrs. McDougall. If you don’t register by the deadline, classes will be selected for you.  Questions? Email your counselor.

**Also - There is still time to finish up work for Q3 by Friday! Finish strong! 

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Attention AP Students:
This year AP students will take 45-minute online free-response exams from home. There will be two different test dates for each exam, and you can choose whether to take your exam/s sooner or later.  More information about the full exam schedule, question types and additional details will be available on April 3rd.  We will keep you posted!   

URGENT:  check out these links for AP students: (LIVE AP Review!)

Attention Seniors: 

The Gilbert Trust Scholarship deadline has been extended to April 24th. 
We will be accepting applications through regular snail mail (US Postal service, hooray!). 
If you don’t have access to a printer: create a Google doc with answers to the questions, download and attach your SAR from the FAFSA, and send your application to: We already have your transcripts!

College Cost Comparison:
If you’re college-bound in September and trying to weigh your offers, we have shared a College Comparison sheet you can use.  Check your email for the shared Google Sheet ‘Make a Copy’ (from File dropdown) and use it to make a comparison of the cost of attending your top three. Don’t forget to make a copy first!

An Update from NCCC (Northwestern Connecticut Community College):
NCCC will be offering virtual Open House/PACT Information and FAFSA Workshops/Student Panels. We will share that information to prospective students who might have an interest as well as their parents as soon as NCCC releases it.

Attention Juniors: The state has cancelled all standardized testing which includes SATs and NGSS science.  We realize that many of you would use this free test to send scores to colleges.  Here is the latest from College Board regarding free testing:
“The CSDE is aware that many students use the no cost CT SAT for college placement.  The CSDE is working closely with the College Board to offer interested grade 11 students the opportunity to take the SAT on a weekend administration at no cost.  More details will be shared with schools as soon as they are available.”  —  College Board. 


At this point, no changes have been made to the PACT "Pledge to Advance Connecticut." This program may become even more important as changes could be made to college openings for the fall semester. As a reminder, the parameters of this program are as follows: starting Fall 2020, the State of Connecticut will pay the tuition and fees for students who are Connecticut residents, have graduated from a Connecticut high school, will START their college career (after HS graduation) at a Connecticut community college, apply for FAFSA (regardless of income), attend as full-time students, register for classes by July 15th.

Lastly, dear students, in the spirit of keeping a productive and healthy daily schedule, here’s a helpful resource from our friends at KHAN Academy:
Suggested Daily Schedule for Grades 9-12
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.: Wake up, make your bed, eat breakfast and get ready for an awesome day! And yes, change out of PJs :)

9 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.: Khan Academy math practice. Depending on level, one of the following courses are likely appropriate: Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Geometry, Precalculus/Trigonometry, AP Calculus AB or BC, AP Statistics.

9:40 a.m. - 10 a.m.: Go for a walk/run. Youtube JustDance/workouts if the weather is bad. Maybe 15 minutes of Yoga with Adriene?

10 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.: Official SAT Practice (math, reading and writing)

10:40 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Break/walk

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Science practice on Khan Academy (high school or A.P. level): Biology (high school, A.P.) Chemistry (high school, A.P.), Physics (high school, A.P.), Economics (micro, macro), AP CS Principles.

12 p.m. - 1 p.m.: Lunch - Listen to an educational podcast! Try This American Life If you like storytelling, or RadioLab or Science Friday if you like science!

1 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Social studies or second science, American history (high school, AP), Government and politics (high school, AP), World History, Art history, any of the sciences listed.

2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Walk/break. Maybe a guided meditation?

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.: Journaling/Writing. Things to write about/prompts: What do you think will be the short term implications of the pandemic and the school closures? How will society be different post pandemic? Why? How is this virus different from the flu? Why does that matter?
What is the social impact on you of school closures? What is positive and what is negative? Is the governmental response that you are seeing adequate? What would you do differently if you were the mayor, governor or president?

3:30 p.m. -11 p.m.: Relax, go outside, work on passions, time with family.

11 p.m. : Lights out, time to sleep!
Your Gilbert School High School Counselors,

Mrs. Fiducia,
Mrs. Pescitelli,
Mrs. McDougall, Director of Student Services,