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  • Here it is!  The video you've all been waiting for!

    Financial Aid Presentation 2020!

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  • Senior Meetings Letter from Mrs. Smiley-Ingalls

    September 15, 2020

    Hello Seniors and Families of the Class of 2021!
    Now that school is underway your  Counseling staff looks forward to turning our attention to the all important individual meetings with Seniors. These meetings are designed to review and document all requirements for graduation, and review important processes and planning to help students meet their post-high school goals; whether college, employment or military.
    We will be conducting these meetings through Google Meet, and students may select a time of their choosing by clicking the link below to their counselor's calendar. Meetings will not be scheduled during synchronous instruction.
    Jessica Wood   A - Cha - Mrs. Wood's Senior Meetings
    Sandra Gardella-Cherry   Gar - La - Mrs. Gardella-Cherry's Senior Meetings
    Ryan Braun   Le - Park - Mr. Braun's Senior Meetings
    Barbara Smiley-Ingalls    Parker - She - Mrs. Smiley-Ingalls' Senior Meetings
    Carol Mayer    Che - Gaq - Mrs. Mayer's Senior Meetings
    Sonya Smith     Shi - Z - Mrs. Smith Senior Meetings
    We are also beginning Virtual College Visits next week.  The visiting colleges are listed in Naviance and on the Counseling Calendar at the bottom of the Counseling Home page.  Registrations are done by clicking on the registration link in Naviance.  A link to the meeting will appear 15 minutes prior to the event, and students should receive a reminder from Naviance 24 hours ahead of time. 
    * Seniors:  Please be mindful of not double-booking yourselves.  If you have scheduled tutoring time on a Monday for example, work the other  meetings in around that obligation. 
    Transcript Option - We want our families to be aware of the option to suppress SAT scores on student transcripts, if desired. Please note that we always indicate that test scores are not provided by the school since they must be sent from the CollegeBoard or ACT to be official.  However, with more colleges going to score optional admissions, it is possible that families would rather these be removed.  We do not believe this to be highly consequential for students. If you are applying under score optional reporting to a college, the fact that an SAT score is printed on your transcript should not make a difference to Admissions. However, we share the process here for families that are inclined to make  this change, which is permanent for the students' career at North Stafford. The process:

    Parents, guardians, or others having legal control or charge of a
    student must submit a written request to the school.  This request
    must be signed and dated by the parent/guardian and a school
    administrator. The parent/guardian will be provided a copy of this
    co-signed and dated request. Exclusion of the SAT and/or ACT scores shall begin no later than 30 calendar days after date of the co-signed request.

    This process must be repeated should the school of attendance change
    after the initial request.



    Barbara Smiley-Ingalls, M. Ed

    Counseling Director 


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  • Virtual College Exploration for all Virginia Students

    September 14-November 5 

    The eight-week program consists of hundreds of opportunities for students to learn about the college search process and about many different colleges through panel presentations and weekly Virtual College Fairs. 

    Students will gain a wealth of college knowledge, get exposure to a variety of colleges, and have the opportunity to ask questions of admission counselors, all in a safe, flexible, online environment.

    All high school students, transfer students, parents, and counselors throughout Virginia are all welcome to attend. Participation is free. To get more information, or to register for sessions, click on the link below.


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  • 2020-2021 Virtual College Visits in Naviance

    We have started scheduling virtual college visits in Naviance! All college visits scheduled during first semester will be offered in a virtual format only. To get more information about the college virtual visits that have been scheduled for NSHS, login to Naviance > Colleges Tab > Colleges Home > scroll down to College Visits > Click on visits you’re interested in to get more information. The link/code to access each visit will be made available 15 minutes prior the start time.

    You can also see the scheduled visits on Google calendar below. If you have any questions about college virtual visits, please email Mrs. Rinck at

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  • 2020-2021 Adjustments to the College/University Application & Tracking Process

    Seniors: Please see all of the updated information on the University/College Application Process for Graduating Seniors page. We have provided updated fillable PDF forms in the College/University Downloadable Files section of that page, so that all forms can be saved and emailed directly to Mrs. Rinck, once completed.

    Please remember to add all colleges you are applying to in Naviance, and complete the Common App if necessary.

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  • Naviance

    Students may now access Naviance through their Google waffle. If you have problems accessing Naviance, please contact Mrs. Rinck in the counseling center.

    Please remember to add all colleges you are applying to in Naviance, and complete the Common App if necessary. If you have not matched your Common App account to your Naviance account, please do so. We have provided as short instructional video for how to match your accounts at the bottom of this page.

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  • NCAA Athlete Eligibility Information

    NSHS is excited to provide our potential NCAA athletes with information on eligibility. Please use the link below for more information on NCAA eligibility. 

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