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May Newsletter: Juniors

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Passing the torch

When the student leadership team for next year was announced it signified a passing of the torch from the Class of 2017 to the Class of 2018. In the coming weeks and months ahead, you may notice a change in your relationships with faculty and administrators. You are partners in making the Breck community what it will be next year. To prepare for this, it is important that you finish this year strong.

The close of the year is busy, so please get in to schedule an appointment with your college counselor!  At this time, we will cover a range of topics that will help prepare you for the college process. We will discuss teacher recommendations, college list and expected outcomes, testing plans, possible college trips, financial aid considerations, and more. Parents are invited – and encouraged – to attend these meetings!

End of the Academic Year Events:

  • Register here for the August Breakaway Test Prep program hosted at Breck if you are interested. Cost is $645. If cost is a concern, contact your college counselor.
  • Attend the June 9th Essay Writing Workshop. The program will run from 9-12. Indicate your interest in attending by clicking here.
  • The June 12-13th Interview Workshop, led by Cindy Hilger, is always a popular program. Space is limited; sign up here.

Things to do this spring & summer:

  • Discuss teacher recommendations with your college counselor. Many students will ask TWO teachers from 11th grade. You should ask at least one. A completed and signed “green sheet” serves as confirmation. You may pick one up at the College Counseling Office.
  • Develop a test prep plan.
  • Finish Naviance surveys.
  • If you are willing, share your memoir with your college counselor.
  • Develop a working and balanced college list to be finalized in the fall.
    • Add these colleges to your Naviance account; “My Colleges > Colleges I’m Thinking About”
  • Research and visit colleges.
  • Discuss college financing as a family.
    • Try out colleges’ financial aid calculators. Each college is required to have a calculator on its website; the calculator can provide some insight into what you may expect to pay for the college. Please note that each college will use its own methodology for calculating aid, so do not assume a one-calculation-fits-all approach.
    • Visit the College Navigator website ( or other sources to learn the percent of freshman class receiving aid, net costs, and more. This information can be invaluable at any stage of the process. 
  • As school begins next year, we will continue to use the monthly College Counseling Newsletter to announce updates and keep you informed about the college application process.
  • Mark your calendars now.
    • August 7, 9, and 11: Common App and essay workshops
    • Monday, August 28, 6:30 PM: Grade 12 Student and Parent College Meeting
    • Sunday, October 8, MISP Fair hosted at Breck

Enjoy this summer! It is a time to relax, catch up on sleep and pleasure reading, and spend time with friends and family. Many of you are also exceedingly busy as well!


Parents, we ask that you complete the Parent Questionnaires in Naviance. You can respond to each prompt or take the prompt and craft a letter or document that offers insights to your child. If you need help accessing your Naviance account, please call (763) 381-8258.

Here are links to a recap of two recent coffee talks and special messages.

                  Common Application Nuts and Bolts

                  Senior Year, What’s It Like?

Breck's College Counseling Office

Jonathan Nicholson
Director of College Counseling

Susan Graham
Associate Director of College Counseling

Andrea O’Connell
Associate Director of College Counseling

Nancy Dohr
College Counseling Office Assistant