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Plainville High School Expands College Awareness For Students

This year, Plainville High School will increase college awareness for students through two schoolwide initiatives, according to Principal Steven LePage.

The third annual College Fair will be held on October 25th. The event, coordinated by the School Counseling Department, will feature over 100 colleges and representatives from each who will be on hand to meet students in the school's Wood Gymnasium. Students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades at the high school will visit the college fair throughout the course of the morning, and will have an opportunity to speak to college representatives from the institutions that will be present. "Having the College Fair in our building is a great way to introduce the underclassmen to a wide variety of schools and gives seniors a chance to talk with colleges on their lists. Everyone is looking forward to it," said Plainville High School Counselor Denise Jacobson.

Plainville High School students also participated in a "college awareness" event on October 2nd. As part of the school's monthly mentoring sessions, all students took part in a 30 minute activity facilitated by faculty members in their homerooms. The mentoring activity on October 2nd was entitled "Increasing College Awareness at PHS." As part of the activity, homeroom teachers first picked a college name from a hat which had the names of all the colleges that are attending the high school's college fair on October 25th. Next, faculty members and students in each homeroom began to research the college they picked and decorate their respective classroom doors with the information found about that college, including size, location, admissions criteria, majors, and more. The goal of the activity is for students to learn to research in a fun way, give them a special connection to a college for the college fair, increase college awareness and encourage team building and collaboration. Through the mentoring activity, students were able to learn more about the colleges that will be present at the college fair. This focus will continue throughout the month, as they walk down the hallways and observe the various themed doors, which will ultimately provide for a smooth transition to the event on the college fair day. In addition, students' motivation to perform to the best of their ability will be heightened as they review facts and information regarding college acceptance. Being aware of these requirements as early as freshman year of high school can increase motivation, which in turn will increase academic performance, and school and community involvement.

"Our School Counseling Department has done a terrific job of building excitement around the college options for our students' future. Our faculty and staff reinforce this through their dedication to prepare students for success after high school. Development of an early awareness about college expectations and opportunities provides a target for students to strive for during high school. It is important for students to have a sense of purpose for the hard work and effort they must apply in school and activities at PHS. Setting goals is a great way to build intrinsic motivation and to develop a sense of purpose of education," noted Principal LePage.

-Posted on October 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM

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