Monthly Archives: March 2020

“Focus”

McCANN 16. It wasn’t until this week that I realized I had been staring at his jersey for the last seventy rides or so. Every time one of the instructors yelled something about increasing my cadence, resistance, or output, I would hear, “Don’t forget to hold your head up!” I would pick up my head, bend my elbows, and make sure I had the correct form and stare at McCANN 16 as his jersey hung on the opposite wall of my Peloton. I have always loved sports but never thought I would have a collection of jerseys. Then again, I never thought our society would be social distancing.  

What a whirlwind this year has been. Do you remember back in January when the conversations encompassed the idea of perfection? It was supposed to be the year of “good fortune.” Instead, it’s been chaotic, scary, and at times plain crazy. I would never have thought that I would be counseling students about in-home AP administrations, SAT or ACT cancellations, touring schools virtually and watching colleges and school systems close throughout our nation. This week, favorite restaurants, boutiques, salons, and more stores are closing doors to help with #socialdistancing. I am receiving hundreds of emails daily regarding tips on virtual learning, new online academic tutoring programs, ongoing school closings, and updates on standardized testing.

Social distancing has become the new us. It is our “focus.” Therefore, we connect via Zoom and stay home. Instead of living a fast-paced life filled with work and children’s activities, we get outside and walk around the neighborhood. We sit at the dinner table together nightly, listen to teachers educate our children through Google Hangout or Zoom daily, play board games, watch movies and bake in the kitchen. Businesses are temporarily closed, and people are working from home. As an Independent Educational Consultant, I now counsel families on new educational worries. Such as virtual learning, standardized testing cancellations, new admissions requirements, in-home AP evaluations, virtual campus visits, and the list goes on. Clients have a new set of worries because now they can’t afford their student’s college education or their child’s private school tuition. We have either watched our money dwindle in the stock market or spend more than ever at the local grocery store or on Amazon. Some of us have lost clients or loved ones. Others have lost their jobs or are being furloughed. Students are missing field trips, prom, graduation, 8th-grade blessings, spring break and so much more. We are all missing our old lifestyle.

 As I pedal my heart out to music and listen to my instructor guide me through my class, I raise my head and focus on McCANN 16. I realize that this year is actually about “focus.” I understand that the world has seemingly shut down. However, that doesn’t mean I have to. I still have a choice. I can ride along and soak up the fears and insecurities of myself, or I can raise my head and get on the path that I was riding before COVID19. I choose to ride. I encourage each of you to think about what your focus was before COVID19 and return to it. You can still fight for what you want, even if it’s from your living room. If you had a dream before the virus hit our nation, continue to reach for it. 

In the last two weeks, I was unsure of how to answer my clients’ fears. Now, I know exactly how to counsel them. It’s simple. Do not get lazy. Do not shut down. Do not give up. Continue on with your journey, seek your goals and stay true to your path. Our nation will start high-fiving one another and hugging each other’s necks again. It might not be tomorrow, next week or even next month. This time of zooming and social distancing just may have been what we needed to reconnect, draw inward, and “focus.” Stay true to your beliefs, hold your head high, and find your McCANN 16

Kennesaw State – Changes in Admissions for

Students applying for summer 2020 or fall 2020 semesters will be able to apply without submitting SAT or ACT test scores. Remember that KSU recalculates all GPAs. For more information, visit admissions.kennesaw.edu

Prospective first-year students must meet all other admission requirements, including satisfactory completion of the Required High School Curriculum and all other requested documentation.

The best news is that KSU has reevaluated all applicants that were previously denied, which is great for a lot of students! If you are still interested in KSU, please go to admissions.kennesaw.edu and submit your supporting high school transcript. 

DUAL ENROLLMENT: This deadline has been extended to April 3, 2020 and KSU’s document deadline is now May 6, 2020

KSU is hosting weekly Facebook Live sessions (one in the near future focused on high school counselors) both with professional staff and with our student tour guides. KSU is hosting Instagram Live sessions.

The Owls also have live virtual tours at visit.kennesaw.edu!

To see KSU’s changes in admissions deadlines, visit Admissions deadlines page.

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ADMINISTRATION CHANGES IN TESTING!

As we wait for more details this week regarding standardized testing, please encourage your students to focus on their classroom assignments and on learning what their teachers continue to teach. As for now, Williams Educational Consultants wants to be sure that you are aware of a few updates: 

The IB program will be taking the following actions for the 2020 May Examination session:

  • The May 2020 examinations as scheduled between 30 April and 22 May for Diploma Programme and Career-related Programme candidates will no longer be held.
  • Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate which reflects their standard of work. This is based on student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programmes.

Full details and FAQs will be sent to schools by 27 March 2020 (CET). You can read initial FAQs on our COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update page.

The College Board has changed the administration for AP Exams this spring. 

  • We’re providing free resources to support remote learning, and we’re working on a plan for students to take AP Exams from home.
  • For the 2019–20 exam administration only, students can take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. Educator-led development committees are currently selecting the exam questions that will be administered.
  • We’re investing in the development of a new at-home testing option.
  • Some students may want to take the exam sooner rather than later, while the content is still fresh. Other students may want more time to practice. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates.

Full details and FAQs can be found here.

The College Board has changed the administration for SAT in March and May. 

In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.

Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds. College Board has not canceled the June 6, 2020 Administration.  

In the coming days, College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers. Please visit their site here for more information.

The ACT has changed the administration for April 4th to June 13 across the Nation. 

  • All students registered for April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT informing students of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13th or later.  
  • For more information, visit here