August 20, 2020
 
Dear CCHS Parents,
 
Welcome to the 2020 - 2021 school year! As you begin planning for this school year, the Counselors at Charlotte Catholic would like to take this opportunity to update you on the programs we will be offering to you and to your students during this school year. The counselors meet with students individually at least twice a year and then on an as needed/requested basis. We are here to address academic, social, and emotional concerns as well as preparing them for college and we encourage students to reach out to us throughout the school year.       
 
We hope that you will take the time to read over this letter and make plans to schedule some time to attend our information programs and also take the opportunity to speak with your student about the grade level programs we will provide for them during the school year. 
 
REMINDER: Senior College Process
August 20, 2020 via Zoom
If you were unable to make this morning's meeting, join at 6:00 PM
For senior parents and students.
This program will highlight the college application process for parents/students. This program is mandatory for all senior students.

New to MACS Orientation (10/11/12 grades)
August 25, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM at CCHS in the Library
For rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students who are new to Charlotte Catholic High School.
 
Freshman Orientation
August 26, 2020 in Main School Building at CCHS
  • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM (A-K last name) or
  • 12:30 PM– 3:00PM (L-Z last name)
For all Freshmen
Each counselor will meet with the incoming freshmen in their alphabet group during the Freshmen Orientation program.
 
Remote Student Welcome for new 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.
August 26th 3:30 PM- 4:00 PM via Zoom
Zoom invite will be emailed prior to orientation.
This program is for students who are new to MACS and have selected to participate in remote learning.

Remote Student Orientation
August 26th 4:00 PM via Zoom
Mandatory for all students who have selected the remote learning option at CCHS. Zoom invite will be emailed prior to orientation.
 
Application Boot Camp for Seniors
August 30 2:00 PM- 6:00 PM or September 13 12:00 PM- 4:00 PM or October 4, 2020, 2:00 PM- 6:00PM (Library).
Optional Program offering for Senior Students.
Pre-registration is required – look for a google doc sign-up later this month in an email to seniors. Counselors will be available to assist students as they work on their college applications. Funding is provided through a grant from the CCHS Foundation.
 
Freshmen Parent Program
September 10, 2020 @ 8:00 AM via Zoom
For all Freshmen parents.
Counselors will talk about freshmen programming and answer questions from parents at this informal meeting.
 
Financial Aid Night for Junior and Senior Parents
September 23, 2020 @ 6:30 PM via Zoom
For all Junior and Senior Parents
The Counseling Department hosts a college financial aid expert to speak about applying for financial aid and scholarships.
 
Freshmen Meet and Greet
Ongoing throughout the first quarter.
For all Freshmen.
Counselors will meet individually with each of their freshmen during the first quarter. As always, students are encouraged to come see us, email us questions or request appointments anytime they have a question or concern.        
 
PSAT
October 14, 2020 at CCHS
For all Freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
All 9th, 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT that morning at CCHS.
 
Suicide Prevention Program
Date TBD
For all Freshmen
Counselors will host a Suicide Awareness and Prevention program to all freshmen in their first or second semester health classes. Parents will receive an email with the specific dates and details closer to the program dates.
 
Juniors Nuts & Bolts of College Admissions
October 26 & 27, 2020 at CCHS during school day
For all Juniors  
Counselors will present an overview to juniors of what they need to know about researching, choosing and applying to college.
 
Junior Parent Program
October 27, 2020 @ 6:30 PM via Zoom.
For Junior parents
The Nuts & Bolts of College Admission for parents – a thorough overview of what students and parents need to know about researching, choosing and applying to college.
 
SAT Prep Class at CCHS
Various dates 8:30 AM – 12:40 PM at CCHS
Four Saturdays leading up to the October or the March test dates.  Pre-registration is required. Registration and payment information available on the CCHS Online School Store – space is limited.                                                                                   
  • September 5, 12, 19, 26, 2020 for October 3rd SAT.
  • February 13, 20, 27 and March 6, 2021 for March 13th SAT.
 
SAT at CCHS: CCHS students are encouraged to take the SAT at CCHS by registering on College Board (www.collegeboard.org) for the following test dates:                   

  • August 29, 2020
  • September 26, 2020                         
  • October 3, 2020
  • November 7, 2020   
  • March 13, 2021
  • May 8, 2021

ACT: The ACT is offered at area public schools. Students can register for the ACT test on the ACT website: www.ACTStudent.org. Due to the interruption in Spring 2020 testing, CCHS is offering the September 12, 2020 and February 6, 2021 ACT at CCHS.
 
AP Exams: Students in AP classes will take their AP exams the weeks of 5/3/2021 – 5/14/2021. The AP Exam fee for each test will be required to be paid in August.
 
Second semester programming may become virtual depending on COVID. We will send updated information as the school year progresses.
 
Freshmen Classroom Program
January 8, 2020 at CCHS during the school day.
For all Freshmen
Counselors will teach freshmen how to access and use Naviance, our college and career planning web-based program.
 
Sophomore Parent Program
January 22, 2021 @ 8:00 AM in the CCHS Library
For Sophomore parents
Counselors will talk about sophomore programming and answer questions from parents during this informal session.
 
Sophomore Classroom Program
January 22, 2021 at CCHS during the school day
For all Sophomores
Counselors will present grade level guidance and college counseling programs to sophomore classes.
 
Parent PSAT Interpretation
February 3, 2021 @ 6:30 PM at CCHS in the Library.
For Parents of 9th, 10th and 11th Grade Students
Counselors will help parents interpret the PSAT results.
 
Academy Day
April, 2021 (date and time TBD). 
Open to all
Representatives from all the US military academies will present information on their academy admission process.

Please visit the Charlotte Catholic High School Counseling page on the CCHS Website, www.CharlotteCatholic.org; it can be found under the Departments Link on the homepage. Please read each of the different sections on our page for more information about course selection, the High School & College Planning Handbook, Naviance, Scoir, Standardized testing, etc. There are links for College Board (SAT) and the ACT (ACT test); Khan Academy test prep, college application website links, etc.
 
We encourage each of your students to come see us anytime they have questions or concerns – the more we see them, the better we get to know them which helps everyone down the road as they begin their college process. We welcome parents to contact us, too; if you wish to see us, we ask that you make an appointment by emailing us or calling us with some dates and times that work with you so we can schedule a meeting. 
 
Phew! We know this is a lot of information to process. We hope you made note of these programs on your calendars and agendas so you can attend and also discuss the student programs with your students.  
 
Please, remember to read the Daily Announcements as well as all communications from CCHS – programs, updates and important information comes your way each and every day. It is important for both students and parents to read the Daily Announcements to avoid missing special events, programs and deadlines. Especially deadlines!!
 
Thank you for taking the time to read this lengthy informational letter and we wish each of you and your students a productive and successful school year.
 
Sincerely,
 
Meagen Burelli (A - Con) – MMBurelli@charlottecatholic.com
Kara Rauch (Coo - Ga) (9th grade Coo-G) – KERauch@charlottecatholic.com
Sarah Petruchik (Ge - Le) (9th grade H-K) – SEPetruchik@charlottecatholic.com
Jen Murlless (Li - O) (9th grade L-O) – JMMurlless@charlottecatholic.com
Sandy Needham (P - Sh) – SMNeedham@charlottecatholic.com
Lisa Bryant (Si - Z) – LMBryant@charlottecatholic.com