WMHS ACCESS NEWSLETTER                                 May 2020
Watkins Mill High School CollegeTracks Team

Ms. Rula Zaru
Program Director

Ms. Bridgette Roa
Program Coordinator

Ms. Rahel Mehreteab
Program Assistant


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Deadlines, News, and Announcements are only one click away!


Please follow  this link to stay up-to-date on MCPS announcements regarding the coronavirus crisis.

Also, follow this link to visit our website for MCPS Resources being offered during the school closure!

Montgomery College Tasks

  1. Apply to MC
  2. Once you receive your acceptance letter (or email) with your M# and username Claim your MC account by clicking here and then click "Access MyMC"
  3. Complete the New Student Orientation
  4. Complete the Advising Questionnaire
  5. Ask your CollegeTracks staff member if you have other tasks to complete (these can be different for each student)
*Applying to MC is a great idea now more than ever. It will give you another option in case the COVID-19 crisis drastically impacts your other plans. Reach out to CollegeTracks to get guidance about applying!

We will help you complete these steps! 
Text or email us if you need support.


Is today  your
Decision Day?! 

Decision Day is the deadline to let colleges know you are going to attend. On that day, you'll be expected to pay your enrollment deposit to secure your spot at the college of your choice.

Decision Day and COVID-19
Every year, National Decision Day is today, May 1st. However, due to COVID-19, some colleges have changed their Decision Day deadlines to June 1, 2020 or later! 

Here is the list of Maryland colleges who have changed their deadline SO FAR:
  • Goucher College
  • Hood College
  • Loyola University
  • McDaniel College
  • Mount St. Mary's University
  • Salisbury University
Be sure to contact a college to confirm their Decision Day deadline. For a complete list of colleges who have pushed their Decision Day deadlines so far, click here.

BEFORE making a decision:

1. Email CollegeTracks your Financial Aid Award Letters from each college you were accepted to.  Colleges will mail your letters OR you will have to access 
them through your portal for each college

2. Schedule your Cost of Attendance Meeting with Ms. Rula to estimate the  costs of each school and compare the results. 

3. If you are eligible for Maryland Grants contact your colleges and request more time to confirm your enrollment as awards will not be available until after June 1.

Coronavirus Updates for Students Taking the SAT | College Board
  • The June 6, 2020 SAT test has been cancelled.
  • College Board plans to administer weekend SAT tests every month from August 2020 - December 2020.
  • Students who were registered for the June test and high school juniors who do not have SAT scores will have early access to registration for the August, September, and October administrations.
  • Students will be able to register for these upcoming tests this month. College Board will have extra test sites to accommodate for the cancelled tests.
  • Almost all of our state and district partners have expressed interest in administering an in-school SAT in September and October. More information to come once confirmed!
  • In the event that schools don't reopen this fall, College Board will provide a digital SAT for home use.
  • Click here for more updates about the SAT.
SAT & ACT Test Prep
Don't Stop Now

It is essential for students to continue studying for the SAT and the ACT, regardless of how COVID-19 has impacted test dates! Use this extra time to study using strategies that  work best for you to improve your scores!

Need some tips for studying? Try these resources:
  • PrepMatters offers virtual ACT/SAT Prep every Tuesday at 5:10 pm. Click here to sign up.
  • Khan Academy is a great (FREE) online resource for SAT Prep.
  • Click here for ACT Prep Resources including online prep.
For more  ACT  information click here.
For more SAT information click  here .

CollegeTracks is dedicated to making sure you continue receiving all the materials and information you need to apply to college this Fall. 

Check your MCPS email to join our Class of 2021 Google Classroom to easily access workshops. 

Google Classroom Code for Juniors is: JNSVNHR

Complete the assignments (and mark each assignment as complete) to make sure you stay on track. Feel free to contact us with any questions!


Multiple colleges have virtual tours so students can still see the campus and get a feel for the school. 

Here is a list of Maryland colleges and their virtual tours. 
Click on a school to view the tour:

Click  here to look for virtual tours not listed above.

Also, follow  this link  to visit our website for Virtual College Fairs being offered this Spring!

Complete the 2020 Census

Complete the Census is essential because it affects the amount of funding your community receives and how your community plans for the future.   Click here for more information and to complete the 2020 Census.


 Let us know if you're applying for any of these scholarships! 

NAME: Countdown to College Scholarship
DUE DATE: 5/4/2020
AMOUNT: $1,000
ELIGIBILITY: Grades 9-12; U.S. Citizen or permanent resident; Must register for the Countdown to College eNewsletter and must be be current subscribers to the newsletter at the time of the drawing. 
MORE INFO:  Click here

NAME: SIGGRAPH-SpaceTime 2020
DUE DATE: 5/15/2020
AMOUNT: Varies
ELIGIBILITY: Be a high school student. No citizenship eligibility required. Submit a project or photo that exhibits computer-based media creative work.
MORE INFO: Click here

NAME: B. Davis Scholarship
DUE DATE: 5/22/20
AMOUNT: $1000
ELIGIBILITY: Grades 11-12. No citizenship eligibility required. Write an essay of 1000 words or less on the topic of leadership.
MORE INFO: Click here


 Frostburg State University

Location: Frostburg, MD
Application Deadlines:
November 15 (Early Action) | February 1 (Regular Decision)


1. Frostburg is a small, public university with about 5,000 undergraduate students.

2. Even though there are application deadlines, these are suggested as Frostburg accepts students on a rolling basis.

3. Frostburg has unique majors and programs, such as Addictions Counseling, Adventure Sports Management, Computer Print Graphics, and Wild Life & Fisheries.

4. Frostburg is only 2 hours from Pittsburgh and 2.5 hours from Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. 


 Monday -  Friday

Text, Call, Email, Social Media, Video Calls, 
AND Google Classroom