College and Career Awareness Month at Kinsella

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE     November 2014


College and Career Awareness Month at Kinsella

See many of the College & Career Readiness Awareness Month activities at Kinsella.

PSAT College-Entry Testing

For the second year in a row, R.J. Kinsella Magnet High School of Performing Arts administered the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  This test offers valuable college readiness feedback that will be used to improve scores on the reading, mathematics, and writing subtests of the SAT, the standardized test widely used for college admissions.    This year the administration of the PSAT/NMSQT was considered a success with 98% of eligible students completing the test on Wed., Oct. 15th.  

11th-Grade College Exploration Trip to Boston

This October R.J. Kinsella Magnet High School of Performing Arts offered 11th-grade students and their parents an opportunity to attend a college exploration trip to Boston.  Thirty-four students and parents took the time out of their busy schedules to explore college life in Boston and learn from college admissions representatives.  As part of the experience, students and parents toured both Boston Conservatory and Emerson College.  Students also attended the National Association for College Admission Counseling Performing and Visual Arts College Fair at Boston University where they made connections with college admissions representatives and learned about the college application process.  

Performing Arts High School Students Present to 8th Grade Students at Mary Hooker Environmental Sciences Magnet School

Sixteen R.J. Kinsella Magnet High School students, two students from each performing arts major, attended the 3rd Annual ESM College Fair.  During the first part of the program, high school students had the opportunity to learn from 7th-grade ESM students and college representatives from UConn, Central Connecticut State University, and Manchester Community College.  The later part of the program was dedicated to sharing high school information with 8th-grade ESM students.  R.J. Kinsella High School students dynamically presented performing arts opportunities, including dance, drama, vocal performance, jazz production, musical theatre, costume design, production design, and film.  It was a wonderful learning experience for all involved.

R.J. Kinsella Faculty, Staff, and Students Participate in College Awareness Activities

Every Friday in October, Kinsella High School teachers wore college gear to promote college awareness.  At the beginning of the month, teachers and staff decorated their classroom doors with artifacts from their alma mater.  Students also spent time visiting colleges online.  According to Andrea Stewart, Biology Instructor at R.J. Kinsella High School, “On college Friday, I projected a virtual tour of my alma mater (University of Rochester) to view with my classes. Students were able to choose the course they followed through campus and I added personal context and anecdotes to each place they viewed, including one that showed one of my best friends featured in the video (which they loved hearing!). I prefaced the virtual tour with some information about my college experience and followed the tour up by answering student questions about my experience. Students asked why I chose this school, how we paid for it, about my campus jobs, how many students attended, how good the food was, and many other questions. I also urged students to try to take virtual tours of other schools they are interested in to see if they might want to visit the campus in person.”

Submitted by,
Jolie Edwards, Ph.D.
College Career Specialist
Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts

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