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Mount Update

September 11, 2020


Student Health

Notes from MSJA's School Nurse

Seniors: One dose of meningococcal conjugate must be given by the first day of 12th grade. If one dose was given at 16 years of age or older, that shall count as the 12th grade dose. Due to COVID there is a temporary regulatory suspension of requirements for children’s immunizations for a 2-month period from the beginning of the school year. Please email or have your daughter bring in documentation that she received this vaccine.

Juniors: Reminder to bring in or email the 11th grade required physical exam to the nurse's office.

All Students - Action Items

  • Please send in or email the health history update, any updated immunization records, and a signed medication consent form. NO MEDICATION INCLUDING OVER THE COUNTER MEDICATION CAN NOT BE GIVEN WITHOUT THIS FORM SIGNED BY A LICENSED PRESCRIBER. All health forms needed for student health can be found under the parent portal.
  • Students with allergies and or with prescribed medication, please stop by to see me and drop off medications, inhalers, and Epi Pens.
  • Please get the flu vaccine this year.
  • You are all doing a great job with social distancing, wearing your masks and hand hygiene. Keep being mindful of our health and safety plans so that we can continue to stay in school.

Any questions, please feel free to contact me at fmcgovern@msjacad.org.

Thank you!
Mrs. McGovern


ATHLETICS

Governor Wolf has allowed spectators at outside games. Spectators must maintain social distancing but this should not be an issue on our property. Please do not gather in groups when watching games, races or matches. Unfortunately, inside sports (volleyball) will not allow any spectators but PIAA is working on this with the Governor and hopefully by Oct. 12 we will have new guidelines. We will record volleyball home matches and upload them to Youtube. Details to follow.


GUIDANCE

ALL STUDENTS
The Guidance Office is available to assist all students with academic, personal, and college/career needs. Please see below for contact information and counselor assignments. General outreach and questions may be sent to counseling@msjacad.org.

Amy Balcer, Director (abalcer@msjacad.org): White House Advisories (shared)
Lisa Boyle (lboyle@msjacad.org): Gold House Advisories
Jonathan Fabrey (jfabrey@msjacad.org): White House Advisories (shared)
Mary Fran Traywick (mtraywick@msjacad.org): Purple House Advisories
Ryan Lattanze, Student Academic Coach (rlattanze@msjacad.org)
Karina Carnall, Community Counselor (scarnall@msjacad.org)

Writing Tutor: Mrs. Joanne Jenkins is an excellent resource to edit class papers and college essays. She has helped numerous students each year and is easy to connect with via Google drive. Contact Guidance for more information.

Montgomery County Intermediate Unit (MCIU): The MCIU provides a certified reading specialist and school counselor on various days to support students outside of the classroom. Please contact your counselor for more information.

SENIORS

  • Common Application: Students should be working on Common App completion, which is used for application to the majority of colleges Mount students apply to. This year in particular, we recommend waiting to apply until after the initial individual college meeting is held, since there have been changes in the college process due to COVID, with new considerations that affect the admissions process.
  • Self-Report Schools: A variety of colleges require students to self-report all academic and transcript information. Some examples include Temple Univ., Penn State, Univ. of Pittsburgh, University of Delaware, Univ. of South Carolina, the entire Univ. of California system, etc. The Mount does not send the initial transcript to these schools, and each college has their own requirement for how students must submit this information. It is very important for students to review this information on each college’s website, when arequirement for admission, to ensure the self-reporting process is complete prior to any application deadlines.
  • SAT/ACT & Test Optional: Typically, only the October and November SATs, and September and October ACTs, are accepted for most early decision, early action and priority college deadlines. Please check individual college admissions websites for the last test dates accepted for each application deadline. Due to the option provided by most colleges this year to only send test scores if desired (“test optional”), it is extremely important that students discuss best options and strategy with their counselor, as fall test scores become available.
  • College Essays: The College Essay Guy has numerous helpful and expert resources to assist with the essay portion of your application. Also, see above for essay editing with Mrs. Jenkins, writing tutor. Contact your counselor with any questions or for assistance.
College Events
College Visits at Mount – Starting Monday, September 14th
College representative visits are listed on Naviance! This is an opportunity for juniors and seniors to connect directly with admissions counselors during the school day. All visits this year are virtual and start on Monday, September 14 th , running through early November. Students must sign up for individual visits on Naviance and complete the attached permission slip prior to the meeting, with teacher approval when scheduled during classtime.
  • The College Process at the Mount (students - required)
    The Mount Auditorium, Friday, September 18th, 10am

    This meeting will cover the college process at the Mount and important information about the application process. Attendance is required for all seniors.
  • School-Based Senior SAT @ The Mount
    Wednesday, September 23rd

    This exam date is only for seniors who pre-registered through the Guidance Office. Additional details will be shared directly with registered students.
  • Senior Parent College Webinar
    Hosted via Zoom, Thursday, September 24th, 7:00pm

    Guidance staff will review the college process at the Mount and other important information about the application process from the parent perspective. Attendance is highly encouraged.
  • Junior/Senior Parent Financial Aid Presentation
    Hosted via Zoom, Monday, September 30th at 7:00pm

    An annual collaborative event among The Mount and La Salle College High School, to be held virtually. Helpful and thorough information on the financial aid process will be presented from a Villanova University Financial Aid representative.