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Newsletter: November 2011

Newsletter, November 2011


Congratulations to our Seniors who submitted their Early Action and Early Decision applications this month! We are proud of you and all your hard work!

Get ready Juniors! Your college application adventure is just about to begin! Here is a timeline of what is to come:

(December) – Meet for the first time with your school’s college counselor (or use JBG’s college consulting services) and begin mapping out your plan for the next two years. Also, you will want to begin preparing for the upcoming SAT.
(January) – Take a practice SAT & ACT to see which test better suits your learning style.
(February/March) – Get an SAT tutor if you have not already and start preparing for the SAT. Meet again with your college counselor and begin creating the first few drafts of your college list.
(Spring Break) – Visit as many schools as you can, starting with those on your college list and then visiting as many others as possible. If a college is nearby that you have not considered applying to, it is not a bad idea to visit it as well. You never know what you’re going to find if you do not look! Don’t forget to bring a notepad to write down what you like and dislike about each school.
(April/May/June) – As summer draws near, take the SAT again, after lots of preparation. Meet with your college counselor to finalize your college list. Ask two of your teachers if they would write letters of recommendations for you in the fall.
(Summer) – Get all your college applications done! DO NOT WAIT UNTIL SENIOR YEAR BEGINS. Summer is the best time to write every essay and every single supplement required. If you save this for the fall, you could easily become overworked and stressed while juggling schoolwork, senior commitments, college essays, and all of the application details. Get a large group of people to read and peer-edit your essay, but make sure that group is diverse. 
(September/October) – Go back to school and laugh at all your friends who are stressed out over college applications because all you have left to do is hit the send button. (Just kidding, don't really laugh at them. But be happy that you are NOT in their shoes.) Take the SAT and any SAT Subject tests. You may also want to take the ACT, depending on what schools you’re applying to. Give your teachers who are writing your recommendations envelopes for the schools you're applying to (unless they will be electronically submitted), do the same for your school’s college counselor.
(November) – Apply to every school you have decided on for Early Action or Early Decision. Give yourself a high-five!


Student of the Month
Hannah Piersiak

Hannah Piersiak grew up in Needham, Massachusetts with her three brothers. She is currently a junior at Dana Hall in Wellesley, Massachusetts. As an honor
roll student, she balances a busy schedule as a two season athlete on the varsity field hockey and ice hockey teams. This year, her field hockey team won the Eastern Independent League Title and Tournament. She has enjoyed spending her school vacation time volunteering in Njabini, Kenya at the Flying Kites Leadership Academy. Twice she has traveled to assist at this orphanage; she plans to return in December and again next summer. Hannah loves to travel and has a passion for ocean and marine life. She recently received exciting news of her acceptance to the Island School in Cape Eleuthera in the Bahamas! She plans to attend this spring. We are very proud of Hannah's continuous hard work, dedication, and effort. As shown in her many accomplishments - it pays off!

Tutor of the Month
Courtney Kelleher

Courtney grew up in Needham, Massachusetts and earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Boston College. She recently received her Master’s Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in the Human Development & Psychology Program and hopes to become a high school English teacher in the near future. In her free time she enjoys writing, reading, dancing, traveling, watching football, and spending time with family and friends. Her tutoring interests include anything related to English (especially college admissions essays), Biology, and Spanish.

Thank You from Jamie!

Dear Families,
On Nov 5th (after the Nov 1st early action deadline for colleges as promised) I delivered my third child, Sebastian Matteo Rodriguez. At 39 weeks, he was delivered via cesarean section - weighing in at 8lbs 4 ounces and 19 inches long. He is the perfect blend of my husband (Geno) and I, AND the twins, Lucas & Gabriella, have welcomed him with open arms. We are very blessed to have an incredible family of 5. I wanted to say thank you for your continued support AND patience during my pregnancy. I truly appreciate and value being part of the supportive and nurturing JBG community.

Many thanks,
Dr. Jamie Rodriguez, President

Tip of the Month

Get fresh air throughout the day and try your best to stay active. Eating nutritional foods, like those enriched with Vitamin D, can also help keep you healthy and happy - even when it’s dark and cold outside.


With November comes Thanksgiving, a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate all the things we are so blessed to have. This particular holiday is also a time to think of others who do not have as much as you; over vacation it is an excellent idea to do community service. Although most schools require a minimum number of community service hours, try not to think of it as a requirement. Local food pantries and soup kitchens always welcome extra helping hands.  

Quote of the Month

“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” - Malcolm S. Forbes