WMHS ACCESS NEWSLETTER                          June 2018
Watkins Mill High School CollegeTracks Team

Ms. Lindsey Barclay

Mr. Dominic Chappell
Program Assistant

Mrs. Estefani Rondon
Program Coordinator 

Make the most of your summer and get a Jumpstart to College!

Juniors, SIGN UP for summer workshops and ACT Prep to maximize your college and financial aid opportunities! There are many steps you must complete before senior year!!

Tuesdays 1:00pm - 3:00PM 
Thursdays 10:00am-12:00pm
Dates: June 18th-August 14th 

Where:  Watkins Mill High School

Attendance: 1 workshop per week

REGISTER HERE:  ACT Prep - Click Here

ACT Prep will be held once a week - starting June 19th - September 6.

Students will be placed in small groups with other students that have the same ACT score range.

Students can choose one session from the following:
Tuesdays: 11am - 12:30pm or 3:15pm - 4:45pm

Thursdays: 12:30pm - 2pm

ACT Prep is free but does require a $20 refundable deposit.  Spaces are limited, register today!
REGISTER HERE:  ACT Prep - Click Here

Contact Mrs. E via emai erondon@collegetracksusa.org if you have any questions or concerns. 
ACT and SAT Study Tips!

SAT: Saturday, June 2nd       ACT: Saturday, June 9th

  • Get a full 8 hours of sleep the night before your test
  • Eat a healthy breakfast (eggs, fruit, oats/grains, etc.)
  • Bring #2 pencils, a permitted calculator, and snacks 
  • Bring your printed Admissions Ticket and ID
  • Have a solid transportation plan to and from the test

Have you already signed up for CollegeTracks, but have junior friends that are not signed up with us?

Bring your junior friends to sign up with CollegeTracks before the summer so you can attend workshops together!

  • Register for Summer ACT Prep!
  • Sign up for Summer Workshops
  • Schedule your CollegeTracks interview
  • Keep up with your schoolwork, every grade counts!
  • Create an FSAID for the FAFSA!
  • Complete your BRAG sheet and resume!
  • Sign up for and attend Summer Jump Start to College Workshops!
  • Follow CollegeTracks on social media- see below for accounts
Congratulations, Seniors!
CLASS OF 2018: 
We are going to miss you, but the Success Coaches are looking forward to working with you as you begin your college journey!


1. What college are you attending and why?
I chose Lincoln University because coming into the college process I never had a dream school, I was just lost. I did tours of the places I applied to. As I went around to visit colleges, none of the schools were really calling out my name until I went to Lincoln. The campus is smaller than average but still has a big feel, everyone is so welcoming there, the soccer coach also reached out to me so I'm playing Division II Soccer. I just felt as if I was home.
2. What part of college are you looking forward to the most?
I was born and raised in Montgomery Village, and have never lived in any other place my whole life. I am excited about living in a totally new place.
3. What's in your travel bag? What are you bringing with you to college?
This was kind of hard because I'm a bit of a hoarder. I put a lot of emotional value in things. I will bring ALL of my hoodies and sweaters, pictures of friends and family to hang up, a laptop, and my soccer stuff! 
4. Megan's advice for Juniors: 
My advice to class of 2019 is start your process early, I promise you you'll thank yourself later on. Senior year is tough, you're juggling school work and the college process. You'll feel sometimes it's the end of the world but I promise you'll get through it. Also take advantage of the resources you have, we are 1 of 3 schools who have college tracks. Use this resource don't be  afraid to reach out, you'll only be hurting yourself. Good luck c/o 2019!

  • PRIORITY: If you haven't yet done so, tell CollegeTracks staff which school you are attending in the fall, or come in for help making your decision!
  • Check your email and follow up on tasks assigned to you by your college!
  • Check your email and respond to communication for the CollegeTacks Success team!
  • MC Students: Submit your financial aid documents, complete the  new student orientation &academic orientation (EMAP), and schedule an appointment to meet with an MC counselor.  
  • Check your MDCAPS account for any awards over the summer.
  • Complete Dream Act Documents (if applicable).
  • Encourage your 11th grade friends to join CollegeTracks!
We are going to miss you!
A Special Message to Seniors from Ms. Barclay:

Dear Seniors,
I am excited to share that I will be moving into a new position at CollegeTracks.  Though I will still work at CollegeTracks, I will no longer be working at Watkins Mill every day.  I will miss it. As you take your next steps and I take mine, know that I am proud of you for all you've accomplished.
The two and a half years I have spent at The Mill have been truly incredible.  When you joined the CollegeTracks family, you began a journey full of surprises, some challenges, and lots of success.  You remained focused on getting into college, often while juggling high school, extracurricular, and personal responsibilities.  You trusted me, laughed with me (sometimes at me), and made every moment special.  You have inspired me and for that, I am endlessly grateful.
As you prepare for your next chapter, remember:
  • Keep going, especially when it gets hard
  • Ask for help, because we all work better together
  • Celebrate your victories, big and small
I am so excited to hear about your future success.  And when I do, my tambourine is ready...
-Ms. Barclay



 Let Mr. Chappell or Mrs. E know if you're applying for any of these scholarships! 

NAME:  Ethiopian Heritage Scholarship
DUE DATE: June 29, 2018
AMOUNT:  $1,000
ELIGIBILITY:  Must be a resident of the Greater Metropolitan Area, must be admitted to a 2 or 4 year accredited college/university. Must submit 400 words or less essay (see link below for details). 
MORE INFO: Click here

NAME: Digital Privacy Scholarship 
DUE DATE:  June 30, 2018
AMOUNT:  $1,000 
ELIGIBILITY: Must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident. Must submit a 140 character message about digital privacy. Grades 9-12. 

Click here for scholarships that do not require U.S. citizenship!

University of Maryland- College Park!  

University of Maryland-College Park is a 4 year public institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,443 its setting is suburban, and is primarily a commuter campus .

The University of Maryland is Ranked #20 among public universities and #25 for most innovative schools by US. News & World Report, as well as #14 among public universities by Forbes. 

A current member of the Big Ten Conference, Maryland is one of only three NCAA Division 1 institutions to have won a national championship in football, men's basketball and women's basketball.

See CollegeTracks to learn more about UMD!


  • Watkins Mill High school administrators and staff, we appreciate all you do to support and encourage students!
  • Great job to juniors who are attending ACT prep and CollegeTracks workshops!
  • Congratulations to all of the Seniors for graduating from high school!
  • Thank you to the CollegeTracks volunteers and tutors for your continued dedication to student success. 
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