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Naviance Family Connection Workshop Well-Received

This is the Age of Technology and Huntington High School is making good use of the advantages this era offers. Last week's Naviance Family Connection workshop was well-received by parents and students and pointed to how this online resource can be of benefit for those conducting college and career planning.

The Naviance Family Connection program is linked with Naviance Succeed, a service Huntington's college office uses to track college applications and data. "Our goal is to have every junior logging into the program and utilizing it for their post-high school research and planning," said Bernadette Walsh, the high school's college counselor.

The Family Connection program of Naviance is a comprehensive website that provides students and parents with access to college searches, career exploration, scholarship and financial aid resources, as well as tools to prepare for the SAT, create a résumé and research summer enrichment experiences.

"Students now have the opportunity to explore colleges and predict their admissibility to a particular school based upon the admission history of Huntington High School graduates," Mrs. Walsh said. "In essence, our students can compare their scores (GPA, SAT, ACT) to those of Huntington graduates and make realistic decisions regarding the college application process. Over the past five years I have been tracking the admission history (acceptances, denials, waitlists, early decision, early action, etc.) of our Huntington graduates as well as their standardized test scores."

For those who might be concerned about possible comprises to confidentiality, they can rest at ease. "This data is void of personal information in order to protect our graduates' identity," Mrs. Walsh said. "The website is user friendly and accessible via a unique alpha-numeric registration code which can be picked up in the high school college office. Parents also have access to the Family Connection to conduct similar research and their individual access codes are being distributed along with the student codes. Parent accounts differ from student accounts."

Once a student or parent obtains an access code they can log onto Family Connection via www.connections.naviance.com/huntingtonhs or via the "Helpful Links" tab on the guidance department's page of the Huntington School District website at www.hufsd.edu.

Students and parents need an active email address to log onto the Family Connection. "We invite students to explore the Family Connection and its unique features," Mrs. Walsh said. "I have uploaded the juniors GPAs as well as standardized test scores, so each student has a personalized Family Connection account."

Mrs. Walsh said the Family Connection's "scattergrams" are probably the most sought after feature of the website. "These graphs provide admission history of our graduates and overlay the GPA and SAT/ACT scores for current students," she said.

Mrs. Walsh has also created a document library with various worksheets and guides including the Guidance Department's Post Secondary Planning Guide and the Appraising Myself as I Plan for the Future packet.

The college search allows students to narrow a list of 4,290 colleges and universities based upon a variety of factors the student will identify, including academic major, cost and location, etc.

"College searches can be saved and edited for future use and ultimately, students can create a list of schools, compare them and track application deadlines," Mrs. Walsh said. "The unveiling of the Family Connection has been many years in the making and I am extremely proud to present the students and families of Huntington High School with this empowering tool."

Post-secondary planning meetings for juniors can be scheduled with Mrs. Walsh as soon as a student completes the Appraising Myself as I Plan for the Future packet. Copies of the packet are available on the Huntington School District's website.

For more information contact Mrs. Walsh at bwalsh@hufsd.edu or 673-2131.

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