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Newsletter: October 2011






Newsletter, October 2011

spotlight: Fall Activities



Club Registration: In the college prep world, undoubtedly the most frequently given advice is to have extra curricular activities, especially those that you are very involved in or have a high position in. This does not include the top level of a video game. If you are a freshman or a sophomore, sign up for clubs that you’re interested in. Joining a variety of clubs toward the beginning of the school year (when the work load is typically lighter) is a good way for students to figure out which clubs truly interest them. As the year progresses, and the work load becomes heavier, students can narrow down their club involvement to the ones they enjoy most. If you’re a junior or senior, you should be thinking about taking on a leadership position in one of your clubs. Another great idea is to get involved with your religious community.  

Local Private School Open Houses: Are you considering sending your child to a private school? Check out these open houses!
St. Sebastian’s (all boys school) – October 18th from 5:30-7:30
Belmont Hill School (all boys school) – October 22nd from 9:30-1:00
Newton Country Day School (all girls school) – November 7th from 1:00-3:00
Rivers School – October 29th from 9:00-12:00
Concord Academy – October 29th from 1:00-5:00
Winsor School (all girls school) – November 11th from 8:30-12:00

Fall Sports Excitement in New England: SPORTS FANS, this is for YOU. With the lockout over and the Patriots back on the field, New Englanders have a lot to cheer about this fall. Patriots games are wonderful events for the entire family. The warmer than usual temperatures this month make visiting Gillette Stadium even better! With recent temperatures in the 70s and 80s, it seems bizarre that hockey season has already arrived. With only 3 months off, the Bruins are back on the ice ready to defend their title: 2011 Stanley Cup Champions--for the first time in 39 years! There’s no better time to be a Boston hockey fan! So grab the kids and head over to TD Garden. Tip: visit Stubhub.com for Bruins tickets (they are usually much cheaper than box office prices). Let's Go Bruins!

Student of the Month
Brian Valente

Brian is a senior at Needham High School. Over the summer, he worked with Stacy and Jamie on his college essays and applications. Brian worked diligently and completed all of his applications before the school year began, thus, making all of us at JBG very proud of his accomplishments! Stacy really enjoyed working with Brian--especially since they share a mutual passion for the Boston Bruins! Brian's hobbies include playing ice hockey, street hockey, and tennis, as well as jet-skiing, hanging out with friends, and going to Bruins and Patriots games. Brian surely has a bright future ahead of him!

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Tutor of the Month
Caila Nikitas

Caila grew up in Lancaster, Massachusetts. She graduated from Wellesley College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences and a minor in Religion. While at Wellesley she was actively involved in College Government acting as a liaison between student organizations and the college administration. In addition to politics, she was also able to express her passion for music by playing the trombone in Wellesley’s women only jazz ensemble. Caila developed her interest in the sciences beginning her first year of college through an internship at an Alzheimer’s disease research lab. In 2008 she was given the opportunity to present her Alzheimer’s research at the annual Society for Neuroscience’s convention in Washington D.C. In college, Caila began tutoring college level biology and chemistry. She is excited to continue tutoring at JBG Educational Group. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis, reading, spending time with family and friends, cooking, and playing with her Goldendoodle, Bella.

Quote of the Month

“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.” - Lloyd Alexander 

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Tip of the Month

For seniors applying to college, Early Action applications are usually due between October 15th and December 1st. Decisions will come out in early winter, which is much better than having to wait until March or April to know where you have been accepted. Generally, Early Action has a higher acceptance rate than Regular Decision. While it differs from college to college, most institutions recommend Early Action to their perspective students. "Early Action could be the best thing that has ever happened to you if you get your applications out on time." - former JBG student, Julia Heiland, freshman at University of Miami