Another Resource for Your College Search

This season’s hottest look – the mortarboard

Students – feel free to check out this website for help with your college search.  It allows you to search for schools based on the degree level you are pursuing, the state in which you’d like to attend college, and the specific academic track you are looking for.  Information is power – use it!

Reminder About Letters of Recommendation

Get excited, Class of 2015 – it’s officially college applications season!  The CHS School Counseling Department would like to remind students to please make sure that requests for letters of recommendation and/or transcripts are turned in to your counselor at least two weeks before the day they are due.

For deadlines that will occur over the winter holiday (University of Virginia, William and Mary, and others), requests must be turned in by December 5th.

For deadlines that will occur after the winter holiday but before January 20th (JMU, Virginia Tech, and others), requests must be turned in before students and staff leave for break.

Remember – it is your responsibility to be aware of deadlines that apply to you.  As always, sign up to see your counselor if you have any questions – applying to college is a big deal and we are here to help!

School Counseling Newsletter

Read all about it – SAT/ACT info, college and scholarship information, and more – in the brand new November edition of the always-popular CHS School Counseling Newsletter.  Click the “Newsletters” tab above to get your copy.

Go Ahead and Put That Day Off to Good Use

Instead of just lying around and doing nothing on Tuesday, November 4th (election day), why don’t you take a visit to Germanna Community College instead?  The College is holding an Application and Admissions Information Session from 10:00-11:00 am in Room 200 of their Locust Grove Campus (2130 Germanna Highway, Locust Grove Va., 22508).

To reserve a seat, you can call (540) 834-1961 or email with your name, the number of people who will be coming, and a contact email address or phone number.

Be “Wise” About Your Options Getting To U.Va

Getting a U.Va degree is hard, but starting this Spring it may be a bit more accessible to you.  Beginning with the high school class of 2015, any student who applies to the U.Va College of Arts and Sciences and is placed on the waiting list may elect to enroll at U.Va’s College at Wise for two years with guaranteed admission to U.Va-Charlottesville for the final two years.

Fine Print:

• Student must be a Virginia resident.

• Student must apply to U.Va. Charlottesville’s College of Arts and Sciences and receive a waiting list decision.

• No application is required to enroll at Wise, once the student is placed on the waiting list for U.Va. Charlottesville.

• Attend Wise and complete 60 hours of transferable credit before automatically transferring to U.Va. Charlottesville to complete the BA/BS degree.

• No application is required to transfer to U.Va. Charlottesville after the two year Wise commitment.

• Student must achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better on a 4.0 scale at Wise.

• Student must satisfy all competency and area requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences at U.Va. Charlottesville while enrolled at Wise.

• Student must enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences at U.Va. Charlottesville.

The University reserves the right to deny admission to any student who has been suspended, expelled, or convicted of a crime.

Award Opportunity for Young Women in Computer Science

The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors young women at the high-school level for their computing-related achievements and interests.  Awardees are selected for their computing and IT aptitude, leadership ability, academic history, and plans for post-secondary education.
You can submit an application through November 2, 2014. You can find additional information and the application online at

Check out the video made by 2012 VA/DC winner, 2013 National winner, and current Virginia Tech Computer Science student Allison Collier to see what NCWIT means to her:

Governor’s Schools Information Night

Typical Governor’s School student (beard not required)

Attention students: are you interested in applying to either of the Governor’s School programs available to CHS students?  If so, plan on coming to the Governor’s Schools Information Night on Wednesday, November 12th at the Caroline Middle School Auditorium.

For more information, contact Lindsey Rose, Secondary Gifted Specialist, at or click here for the flier.



Write About Energy, Win an iPad…What a Deal!

Think about it…what would the world be without electricity or natural gas? Consider all that you use on a daily basis such as: lights, your computer, the television. Without the technology and energy workers behind the scenes making sure you have safe and reliable electricity, none of these would be functional. Then, there are schools, hospitals, businesses, stoplights…the list goes on. How do technology and energy workers (for example, lineworkers, engineers, service technicians) make life, as we know it, possible?

Show us what you know!

Enter the 2014 Careers in Energy Week Student Contest sponsored by the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium (VEWC).

The contest is open to all High School and Middle School students in the state of Virginia.

1st place winners in each category will receive an iPad Mini.
Winning entries will be published on the VEWC website.

Click here for more information!

edX Online Courses

We’ve all been there…sitting around, thinking, “Boy, it would be great if I had some sort of free resource that would allow me to partake in rigorous coursework and provide me an opportunity for learning just for the sake of enriching my own experience as a human being…”

Well, guess what?

Now, you have that opportunity right in front of you.  edX (founded by Harvard University) has launched a high school initiative which allows you to take a huge selection of AP courses online, for free.

Juniors and Seniors: want to shore up that resume?  Few things are more impressive than saying “I took a college-level course, as a high school student, just because I felt like it.”

Feel free to visit for more information and to view their extensive course catalog.