Quarterly Newsletter

The quarterly newsletter is designed to keep Hoban parents and students informed about the activities and goals of the student services office. We hope this newsletter will be an accessible and useful source for all your counseling and guidance needs. It’s one of our ways to help you stay connected.

THE WIRE September 2020

Important Events

  • Saturday, Oct. 3: SAT, various sites; regular registration by Sept. 4, late registration by Sept. 22
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5: Virtual College Financial Aid Meeting 7 p.m. Registration LINK
  • Wednesday, Oct.14 PSAT/NMSQT; administered to Juniors at Hoban from 7:55 a.m.-12 p.m. The IOWA tests will be administered to select students who will be notified. (early dismissal day) 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 14 No Classes for Grades 9, 10 and 12 - College visitation day for Seniors
  • Saturday, Oct. 10,17,24 and 25: ACT; various sites, regular registration by Oct. 5, no late fees.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29: Virtual Parent-Teacher conferences; 3:15-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 7: SAT; various sites; regular registration by Oct. 9, late registration by Oct. 27
  • Saturday, Dec. 12: ACT; various sites; regular registration by Nov. 6, late registration by Nov. 7-20

School counselors

A-G: Kate Ribovich x242
ribovichk@hoban.org

H-N: Molly Doenges x246
doengesm@hoban.org

O-Z: Katie Surface x221
surfacek@hoban.org

Heidi Maltempi x274
School Counselor/ Special Projects
maltempih@hoban.org
 

College counselors

A-K: Jennifer Mattes x236
mattesj@hoban.org

L-Z: Elaine Reichart x284
(Mon., Wed., Thurs.)
reicharte@hoban.org


CLASS OF 2021

  • The time is now! Seniors will apply to colleges during this semester, the first semester of their senior year.
  • The college counselors met with all seniors in a college application session the week before school started. Here are the five necessary college application steps we discussed: 1) For the colleges they are applying to we examined whether they will need to complete the Common Application or the school’s application through their website 2) How to decide the number of teacher recommendation letters they need and how to request them 3) Using Naviance to determine the application deadlines for each of their schools 4) How to complete the Common Application 5) After a student has completed an application they will then need to request transcripts through the Naviance system. This step must be completed in order for their counselor to be aware that they have submitted an application. 
  • Our Virtual Senior Parent College Meeting Night was Monday, Sept. 14. We had college admissions representatives from Ohio State and the University of Dayton to answer your questions about the college application process. If you would like a video copy of the recorded meeting, please email your child’s college counselor. 
  • Our Virtual Financial Aid Night will be held on Monday, Oct. 5. Inez Laurano, Director of Financial Aid at John Carroll University, will present an overview of (1) how colleges determine merit-based and need-based financial aid offers, and (2) how the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is used to determine family need. To apply for federal student aid, the largest source of financial aid to pay for college or career school tuition and fees; each family should complete the FAFSA. Many states and colleges also use FAFSA data to calculate a student's eligibility for state and institutional aid, and some private financial aid providers use the FAFSA information to determine whether a student qualifies for private aid. Plan to virtually attend this helpful meeting. REGISTRATION LINK
  • Seniors are encouraged to visit colleges/universities on the following days when school is not in session: Oct. 14, 19 and Oct. 30.
  • For a list of universities and colleges visiting the Hoban campus this school year, click HERE.
  • For a list of scholarships available for students entering college in the fall of 2021, click HERE.
  • For a list of college fairs, campus visit days, virtual visits and evening and weekend college informational meetings, click HERE.
     


CLASS OF 2022     

  • The two-purpose PSAT/NMSQT that juniors take on Wednesday, Oct. 14 (7:55 a.m.-12 p.m.), is an important step in preparation for college admission. The PSAT (Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test) provides students with an SAT practice test under the same testing conditions as the "real" SAT. The score report the student and parents receive after the test outlines the areas of academic strength and weakness of each test taker. Students may use this information to guide preparation for the official ACT that juniors will soon be taking here at Hoban in February, 2021.
  • The NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) program uses the October PSAT test results to identify gifted students. High-scoring students are offered scholarships in both the National Merit Scholarship Program and the National Achievement Scholarship Program (for African-American students).
  • Save the date! Nov. 16, 2020, 6-7 p.m. will be a college information webinar for parents of Juniors. Registration information will be sent out closer to the date. 
  • Students who may be interested in applying to a military academy (West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or Coast Guard Academy) we have a resource for you. Rosanne Burns is the parent of a Hoban alumnus and recent Naval Academy graduate. Rosanne is a member of the Northeast Ohio parent group for military academy parents. She would be happy to talk with you and provide information about the application process to the academies or any other general questions. Her email is rctburns@gmail.com
     


CLASS OF 2023

  • Hoban School Counselors will lead two sets of classroom discussions with sophomores during the first quarter. The first is “Stress Management” “Studying Smarter, Not Harder” and the second is “Mental Health”. “Choices Connected with Alcohol and Drugs." School Counselors visit sophomore religion classes throughout the school year to address key issues and allow students to discuss and process them.
  • Students who may be interested in applying to a military academy (West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy or Coast Guard Academy) we have a resource for you. Rosanne Burns is the parent of a Hoban alumnus and recent Naval Academy graduate. Rosanne is a member of the Northeast Ohio parent group for military academy parents. She would be happy to talk with you and provide information about the application process to the academies or any other general questions. Her email is rctburns@gmail.com
     


CLASS 2024

  • School counselors will be meeting individually with all freshmen in “get to know you” sessions throughout the first quarter.
  • School counselors from the Student Services office will be visiting freshman religion classes this quarter to discuss the topics of “Developing a Growth Mindset” and “Being your best”.