From High School Counsellors’

Please read below for important information related to social, emotional, academic, and university topics in the high school.

Dear UNIS Parents & Community,

Students are heading off campus next week to conduct service related work throughout Vietnam. We applaud their sincere commitment to the UNIS Hanoi and Vietnamese community. Please find updates below.

UPCOMING EVENT

International Schools of Hanoi University Workshops and Fairs
Time: September 27, 2019   8:00am-12:30
All Grade 11 and Grade 12 students will attend this Global University event to learn more about post-high school options. This event will occur at the British International School. The international schools of Hanoi have all worked together to make this event possible.

“Study in Europe” Education Fairs 2019
Click below for more details about the event and registration: http://duhocchauau.vn/

Japan Fair – October 6
The  Japanese fair will have several universities providing information on study in Japan to high school students, university students, and educators. The possible topics to be discussed here are Foreign language and translation, CSO in the bioscience, Hybrid, Archipelago, Deleuze studies with respect to culture, politics, architecture, art, and environment.
https://10times.com/study-in-japan-fair-hanoi

PSAT Information – Grade 10 and 11
As always, we will be administering the PSAT to all Grade 10 students on Wednesday, October 16. Grade 11 Students are welcome to retake the PSAT again for practice for the SAT.

Grade 11 students who would like to take the PSAT, please sign-up in the HS Counselling Centre with Ms Ha.  Remember, PSAT scores are not shared with universities. The PSAT is free for all Grade 10 students and for those Grade 11 students who chose to sign up. Sign-up deadline is today, September 20.

The PSAT will take place on October 16 – the test will begin at 8:10am and end at approximately 12:00-12:15pm.  After your are dismissed from the PSAT, you will go to lunch and then attend the rest of your schedule classes (Early release day – Wednesday). Please see your counselor if you have any questions.

GRADE LEVEL UPDATE

Grade 12 update

Short List of Universities in CIALFO Due September 30. Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.

United Kingdom: Oxbridge and UK medicine/vet applications are quickly approaching- October 15 (September 20 for Singapore interviews). Please see your counselor with your personal statement.

United StatesEarly Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadline– September 30- is the deadline for students to transfer universities to their Short List on Cialfo. We ask students to be thoughtful in the process hence you do not want an incorrect choice or a last minute rushed decision. We need to know of any deadlines November 15 or before by September 30. We require two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university- the Counselling Office will need at least two working weeks to send out documentation.

Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.
  • The university/country research process has begun in our counselling classes.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

  • Counselling classes have been focused on helping students develop time management skills.
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal mkamal@unihanoi.org

 

TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s can only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS Hanoi students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT Exam for all Grade 10 students and optional for Grade 11 students
Wednesday Oct 16, 2019

SAT – Important:
College Board has taken extra security measure in test taker fraud.  If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • Feb 14, 2020
  • April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Nov 2, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • N/A
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • April 3, 2020
  • N/A

** Please note that language tests with the listening component can only be taken on the November date.

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:

  • October 12, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • September 20, 2019
  • November 8, 2019
  • February 28, 2020
  • May 8, 2020

 

UPCOMING UNIVERSITY VISITS

Please check the calendars for the most up to date list of visitors.

HS students will be on trips next week, no university visits.

From the High School Counsellors’

Please read below for important information related to social, emotional, academic, and university topics in the high school.

Dear UNIS Parents & Community,

Thank you for taking the time to read through the high school counseling weekly news. We hope you find it useful. Below, please find information related to upcoming events, specific grade level information, standardised testing information and upcoming university visits.

UPCOMING EVENT

Introduction to High School – Grade 9 Parent Session
Time: September 18, 2019  18:00 – 19:30
Location: Room B8b – 115 & 116
This will be a great opportunity for parents to meet with our support team and the other Grade 9 parents. During our Info night we will share information about High School Graduation. Also, our tech coach will share some tips with the parents regarding technology use in high school. We are looking forward to meeting with all of you.

International Schools of Hanoi University Workshops and Fairs
Time: September 27, 2019   8:00am-12:30
All Grade 11 and Grade 12 students will attend this Global University event to learn more about post-high school options. This event will occur at the British International School. The international schools of Hanoi have all worked together to make this event possible.

PSAT Information – Grade 10 and 11
As always, we will be administering the PSAT to all Grade 10 students on Wednesday, October 16. Grade 11 Students are welcome to retake the PSAT again for practice for the SAT.

Grade 11 students who would like to take the PSAT, please sign-up in the HS Counselling Centre with Ms Ha.  Remember, PSAT scores are not shared with universities. The PSAT is free for all Grade 10 students and for those Grade 11 students who chose to sign up. Sign-up deadline is September 20.

The PSAT will take place on October 16 – the test will begin at 8:10am and end at approximately 12:00-12:15pm.  After your are dismissed from the PSAT, you will go to lunch and then attend the rest of your schedule classes (Early release day – Wednesday). Please see your counselor if you have any questions.

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

Top 10 School Stress Relievers for Students
School Can Be Stressful! Here Are Some Tips for Student Stress
By Elizabeth Scott, MS
Updated June 11, 2018

GRADE LEVEL UPDATE

Grade 12 update

We have begun lunch-time student sessions related to the application process for the UCAS (UK), Common Application (US), University of California application (US), and European application systems. Students should bring their lunch and meet us in B8b – 115. More sessions related to other countries application systems to follow.

  • European/ Applications Workshop – Sept 16 – Monday
  • Common Application Workshop – Sept 17 – Tuesday

Reminder for students: Teacher Recommendation Form to Counsellor due today, Friday September 13. Please thank your child on our behalf for completing this important step.

Short List of Universities in CIALFO Due September 30. Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.

United Kingdom: Oxbridge and UK medicine/vet applications are quickly approaching- October 15 (September 20 for Singapore interviews). In another week, UK bound students will have a session and open their UCAS application as a group on September 9. Please do not start this process until that session.

United States- Early Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadline– September 30 – is the deadline for students to transfer universities to their Short List on Cialfo. We ask students to be thoughtful in the process hence you do not want an incorrect choice or a last minute rushed decision. We need to know of any October or November 1 deadlines by September 30. We require two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university- the counseling office will need at least two working weeks to send out documentation.

Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.
  • The university/country research process has begun in our counselling classes.
  • September 12, 2019 was the last day for requesting course changes.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

  • Counselling classes have been focused on helping students develop time management skills.
  • Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal mkamal@unihanoi.org

 

TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s can only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS Hanoi students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT Exam for all Grade 10 students and optional for Grade 11 students
Wednesday Oct 16, 2019

SAT – Important:
College Board has taken extra security measure in test taker fraud.  If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • Feb 14, 2020
  • April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Nov 2, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • N/A
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • April 3, 2020
  • N/A

** Please note that language tests with the listening component can only be taken on the November date.

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:

  • September 14, 2019
  • October 12, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • N/A
  • September 20, 2019
  • November 8, 2019
  • February 28, 2020
  • May 8, 2020

 

UPCOMING UNIVERSITY VISITS

Please check the calendars for the most up to date list of visitors.

Monday, September 16
11:05 – 11:55am (HS Counselling Centre B4 G04)

  • Colorado College
  • Franklin and Marshall College
  • Macalester College
  • Trinity University
  • Washington and Lee University
  • Oberlin College
  • Smith College
  • University of Rochester
  • Brandeis University
  • Case Western Reserve University

Wednesday September 16
12:45 – 13:35
New York University

From the High School Counsellors’

Please read below for important information related to social, emotional, academic, and university topics in the high school.

Dear UNIS Hanoi Parents & Community,

As students settle into a normal pace in the high school, please do let their counsellor know if you have any concerns. Together we can work together to provide a happy, healthy and successful school year for all. Below, please find information related to specific grade levels as well as information on standardised testing and a long list of universities coming to visit UNIS Hanoi next week. Parents are most welcome to come to campus and talk with university representatives.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Introduction to High School – Grade 9 Parent Session
18 September 2019,  18:00-19:30
Room B8b – 115 & 116

International Schools of Hanoi University Workshops and Fairs
27 September 2019,   8:00-12:30
All Grade 11 and Grade 12 students will attend this Global University event to learn more about post-high school options. This event will occur at the British International School (BIS). The international schools of Hanoi have worked together to make this event possible.

 

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

An Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – A mindful way to treat disorders

 

GRADE LEVEL UPDATE

Grade 12 update

We will begin lunch-time student sessions on 9-16 September related to the application process for the UCAS (UK), Common Application (US), University of California application (US), and European application systems. Students should bring their lunch and meet us in B8b-115. More sessions related to other countries application systems to follow.

  • UCAS Application Workshop – 9 Sept
  • Common Application Workshop – 10 Sept
  • University of California Workshop – 12 Sept
  • European/ Applications Workshop – 16 Sept

Reminder for students: Teacher Recommendation Form to counsellor and UNIS Hanoi Teacher Reference Surveys on CIALFO – Due 12 September.

Short List of Universities in CIALFODue 30 September. Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.

United Kingdom: Oxbridge and UK medicine/vet applications are quickly approaching – 15 October (20 September for Singapore interviews). In another week, UK bound students will have a session and open their UCAS application as a group on 9 September. Please do not start this process until that session.

United States- Early Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadline: 30 Septembe is the deadline for students to transfer universities to their Short List on CIALFO. We ask students to be thoughtful in the process hence you do not want an incorrect choice or a last minute rushed decision. We need to know of any October or 1 November deadlines by 30 September. We require two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university – the counselling office will need at least two working weeks to send out documentation.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.
  • The university/country research process has begun in our counselling classes.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  •  Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in the UK should see their counsellor.
  • Grade 10 students had a group counselling session on acknowledging negative thinking and developing strategies to accept negative thoughts and feelings in order to become more flexible, so that you can live according to their own values.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

Please keep your child’s counsellor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal mkamal@unihanoi.org

TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s can only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS Hanoi students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT Exam for all Grade 10 students and optional for Grade 11 students
Wednesday 16 Oct 2019

SAT – Important:
College Board has taken extra security measure in test taker fraud.  If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • Feb 14, 2020
  • April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Nov 2, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • N/A
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • April 3, 2020
  • N/A

** Please note that language tests with the listening component can only be taken on the November date.

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:

  • September 14, 2019
  • October 12, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • N/A
  • September 20, 2019
  • November 8, 2019
  • February 28, 2020
  • May 8, 2020

 

UPCOMING UNIVERSITY VISITS

Please check the calendars for the most up to date list of visitors.

Tuesday, 10 September,  11:00-11:55
Chapman University
Rollins College
University of California, Los Angeles

Wednesday, 11 September, 12:45-13:45
Concord University
ESCP Europe Business School
Florida Institute of Technology
Gonzaga University
Hofstra University
Manhattan College
Maryville College
Millsaps College
Niagara University
Northumbria University
Northwestern University in Qatar
Nova Southeastern University
Ryerson University
Saint Mary’s College
Sarah Lawrence College
St Olaf College
St. Norbert College
Suffolk University
Syracuse University
Texas Christian University
The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management
The Pennsylvania State University
The University of Tulsa
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Iowa
University of New England
University of New Haven
University of Southern California
Virginia Commonwealth University

From the High School Counsellors’…

Please read below for important information related to social, emotional, academic, and university topics in the high school.

Dear UNIS Parents & Community,

As the third week of school comes to a close, students are settling into the new school year. Please keep your child’s counselor aware of any academic, social or emotional concerns. Grade 12 students should be meeting with their counselor to discuss their post-UNIS Hanoi plans. Below are some important updates. As you scroll down, please take note of the specific grade level updates. Please enjoy Vietnam’s National Day and long holiday weekend!

 

UPCOMING EVENT

University Info Session
Time: September 2 from 18:00-20:00
Location: Theatre – Centre for the Arts – B10

UNIS Hanoi will host a public information session of the following U.S universities:

  • Columbia University
  • Duke University
  • Northwestern University
  • Princeton University
  • Vanderbilt University

Admission representatives from the five universities will give a brief presentation about their institution’s undergraduate programmes and provide an overview of admission and financial aid policies and procedures. The admission representatives will be available to answer specific questions at the end of the programme.

Space is limited and advance REGISTRATION is highly encouraged.

We look forward to seeing you at the event.

Post High School Applications – G12 Parent Session
September 4, 2019  18:00 – 19:30

Parent Information session regarding post-high school applications

For more information please contact:
Brenda Manfredi at bmanfredi@unishanoi.org
Franko Cifizzari at fcifizzari@unishanoi.org or
Room B8b – 115 & 116

Introduction to High School – Grade 9 Parent Session
Time: September 18, 2019  6:00 – 7:30
Location: Room B8b – 115 & 116

International Schools of Hanoi University Workshops and Fairs
Time: September 27, 2019   8:00am-12:30

All Grade 11 and Grade 12 students will attend this Global University event to learn more about post-high school options. This event will occur at the British International School. The international schools of Hanoi have all worked together to make this event possible.

 

ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

Seven Ways to Help Someone with Anxiety

Knowing how anxiety works can help you to better support loved ones without inadvertently making their anxiety worse.
By Alice Boyes | July 25, 2018

Why International Students Should Explore the Junior College Pathway

By Martin Walsh, TIE columnist l February 14, 2019

GRADE LEVEL UPDATE

Grade 12 update

  • We will begin lunch-time student sessions on September 9th-16th related to the application process for the UCAS (UK), Common Application (US), University of California application (US), and European application systems.
  • Counsellors are meeting with students daily. We are also reading and providing support on student essays and personal statements which are needed in several countries’ application process.
  • United Kingdom: Oxbridge and UK medicine/vet applications are quickly approaching- October 15 (September 20 for Singapore interviews). In another week, UK bound students will have a session and open their UCAS application as a group on September 9. Please do not start this process until that session.
  • United States- Early Action (EA)/Early Decision (ED) deadline- September 30- is the deadline for students to transfer universities to their Short List on Cialfo. We ask students to be thoughtful in the process hence you do not want an incorrect choice or a last minute rushed decision. We need to know of any October or November 1 deadlines by September 30. We require two working weeks for processing applications. This means that if you send your application materials to a university- the Counselling Office will need at least two working weeks to send out documentation.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 11 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Information related to the PSAT examination in October will be sent out next month.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.
  • The university/country research process has begun in our counseling classes.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 10 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Information related to the PSAT examination in October will be sent out next month.
  • Any student considering Oxbridge or medicine/vet degree in UK should see their counsellor.

Counsellors: Franko Cifizzari & Brenda Manfredi

Grade 9 update

Please keep your child’s counselor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

Counsellor: Anwer Kamal mkamal@unihanoi.org

 

TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s can only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS Hanoi students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT Exam for all Grade 10 students and optional for Grade 11 students
Wednesday Oct 16, 2019

SAT – Important:
College Board has taken extra security measure in test taker fraud.  If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • Feb 14, 2020
  • April 3, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Nov 2, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • Sept 6, 2019
  • N/A
  • Nov. 8, 2019
  • April 3, 2020
  • N/A

** Please note that language tests with the listening component can only be taken on the November date.

The College Board website is www.collegeboard.org

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:

  • September 14, 2019
  • October 12, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020
Registration Deadline Date

  • N/A
  • September 20, 2019
  • November 8, 2019
  • February 28, 2020
  • May 8, 2020

All information required for registration (UNIS Hanoi high school code, UNIS Hanoi Test Center Code) is available on the board outside of  the High School Guidance Office or on Cialfo. If you are having problems registering online, please come to the high school guidance office and we will assist you.

*IMPORTANT: Students will need to have credit card information on hand during the registration process.

 

UNIVERSITY VISITS to UNIS Hanoi:

A complete and constantly updated list of university visitors can be found on the UNIS calendar. Please check the calendar regularly as last-minute changes can occur.

The University of Chicago (US)
Wednesday, September 4, 12:45 – 13:35

Barnard College (US)
Wednesday, September 4, 12:45 – 13:35

Wesleyan University (US)
Wednesday, September 4, 12:45 – 13:35

Johns Hopkins University (US)
Wednesday, September 4, 12:45 – 13:35

California College of the Arts (US)
Thursday, September 5, 11:05 – 11:55

From the High School Counsellors’…

Please read below for important information related to social, emotional, academic, and university topics in the high school.

Dear UNIS Hanoi Parents & Community,

We hope everyone had a relaxing summer/winter break (depending on your hemisphere). Currently, the counsellors are working to ensure that all students have a smooth transition into their new grade level – both returning and new students to our community. We are all excited for the start of the year and please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Each week you will be finding updated information that is grade specific and high school related.

In the high school, counsellors work with students related to social, emotional, academic and university issues and topics. Brenda Manfredi (Grades 10-12), Franko Cifizzari (Grades 10-12) and Anwer Kamal (Grade 9) will be supporting your child. Please feel free to reach out to your child’s counsellor if you have any concerns.

 

UPCOMING EVENT

September 4, 2019  18:00 – 19:30

Post High School Applications – G12 Parent Session

Parent Information session regarding post-high school applications

For more information please contact:

Brenda Manfredi at bmanfredi@unishanoi.org
Franko Cifizzari at fcifizzari@unishanoi.org or
Room B8b – 115 & 116

 

ARTICLE OF THE WEEK

An Underappreciated Key to College Success: Sleep

 

GRADE LEVEL UPDATE

Grade 12 update

  • All Grade 12 students should be meeting with their counselor. Please encourage your child to make an appointment if they have not yet done so.
  • Grade 12 students should begin submitting drafts of all of their university essays and personal statements. The process of revising these is a crucial element for some of the student’s university application processes and students should be going through their UNIS Hanoi counsellor to receive feedback numerous times.

Grade 11 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Information related to the PSAT examination in October will be sent out next month

Grade 10 update

  • Students should meet with their counsellor if they have concerns regarding their classes or transition to UNIS Hanoi.
  • Information related to the PSAT examination in October will be sent out next month.

Grade 9 update

  • Please keep your child’s counselor updated if you are concerned about their emotional or academic progress.

 

TESTING

The ACT’s/SAT’s can only be taken by Grade 11 & 12 UNIS Hanoi students. Please see below for more information including testing dates for 2019-2020.

PSAT Exam for all Grade 10 students and optional for Grade 11 students
Wednesday Oct 16, 2019

SAT – Important:
College Board has taken extra security measure in test taker fraud.  If a student receives an email from the College Board to complete a survey or questionnaire, please do NOT ignore the email. It must be completed. Failure to do the survey would result in the student being removed from the test center roster and forbidden to take the exam that they have registered for.

Please note that this is a random selection process, and students do not need to panic if they do not get an email. We would like to remind students to check their junk inbox in case the College Board emails get delivered there by accident. Any questions, please see your counsellor!

International testing dates for the SAT are in October, December, March, and May. SAT Subject Tests will be available in October, November, December, May, and June. Students cannot sit the SAT and the SAT Subject Tests on the same day. If you have any questions, please see your counsellor.

SAT test dates for 2019-2020 are:

SAT Test Dates:         

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020

SAT Subject Test Dates:    

  • Oct 5, 2019
  • Nov 2, 2019
  • Dec 7, 2019
  • March 14, 2020
  • May 2, 2020
  • June 6, 2020

** Please note that language tests with the listening component can only be taken on the November date.

Hard copy SAT information booklets are still available in our office (limited supply). Please note that all information on the SAT is available on the College Board website. (www.collegeboard.org)

ACT Test dates 2019-2020 are:

ACT Test Date:

  • September 14, 2019
  • October 12, 2019
  • December 14, 2019
  • April 4, 2020
  • June 13, 2020

All information required for registration (UNIS Hanoi high school code, UNIS Hanoi Test Center Code) is available on the board outside of  the High School Guidance Office or on Cialfo. If you are having problems registering online, please come to the high school guidance office and we will assist you.

*IMPORTANT: Students will need to have credit card information on hand during the registration process.

 

UNIVERSITY VISITS

A complete and constantly updated list of university visitors can be found on the UNIS Hanoi calendar. Please check this regularly as last-minute changes can occur.

Let’s be an Upstander!

Dear Grades 6-9 Parents,

We would like to make you aware of a recent situation regarding an Instagram feed that promises to share gossip and secrets about UNIS Hanoi middle school students.  Having viewed several screen shots, we see that the intent is to ridicule fellow students. As Counsellors, we are sending a very clear message to students about the problems of being a follower (or bystander) and not an upstander.  At the beginning of guidance lessons this week and next, we will remind students of their responsibility to members of the community to step in and support each other by not engaging as followers.
Additionally, we have asked our Technology facilitator, Paul Swanson, to investigate the feed further for more information and to shut this down. 
If you have a chance to discuss with your child this weekend the idea of bystander versus upstander and the importance of being an upstander, it will go a long way to supporting the spirit of the community and UNIS Hanoi MS. 

MS/HS Counselling Corner

This week in Middle School Guidance, counsellors are focusing on the following topics related to character development and accessing success:

Grade 6 – You as a Successful Sixth Grader. – What does it look, feel and sound like to be the best student you can be?  How you can get there in terms of habits and behaviors.

Grade 7 – Understanding how personal interests relate to school and future.  What subjects, areas and activities should I try more of to be better ready for my future?

Grade 8 – Being a Better Person. Reviewing important human, community member values for a modern age, and discussing the best characteristics to use to apply these in everyday life

This week in High School Guidance, counsellors have focused on students undertanding…

Grade 9 – Introduction to Cialfo (replacing Naviance). Grade 9 students have updated their appropriate personal information to register their account and ensured their parents get a registration e-mail. This is in preparation for lessons on knowing and understanding your learning style, character strengths etc.

MS/HS Counselling Team

‘Raising Boys with Love’ Presentation

Thank you to the 30+ parents and UNIS Hanoi colleagues who attended the parent workshop ‘Raising Boys with Love’ on 25 January with the purpose of exploring positive parenting strategies for their teenage boys. It was greatly appreciated that parents shared their challenges and/or positive strategies with one another, the hope being that every parent left the workshop with an additional strategy and/or resource.

If you did not make it on the day or would like to access the presentation, you can read it here.

Naviance Database Replacement – CIALFO

Dear Grades 9-11 Parents,

As some of you may know, our High School counselling database, Naviance, is pulling out of international schools as of June 2019.  For the past 14 years at UNIS Hanoi, Naviance has been used to support UNIS High School students as they navigate their self-exploration process, career exploration, post high school research and the grade 12 application process.

As notification of this pull-out was received in March of 2018, we have been committed to securing a stellar replacement database. We are confident that our selection will serve our international population in ways that Naviance was not able to, as an American university focused database. Most, if not all, of the features that we have used in the past to support students are present in our new database, CIALFO, a Singapore based company very committed to serving the international school community.  We selected CIALFO based on UNIS Hanoi’s population of university destinations around the globe. We are excited to be the first school in Vietnam to pilot this database with our UNIS Hanoi High School students and families.  

 

In addition, we are very excited to roll CIALFO out to our Grade 9, Grade 10 and Grade 11 student in the next few weeks. It appears as though most of our student data from Naviance has been successfully imported to CIALFO.  As with any data transfer, there may be a few glitches that will need to be sorted as we roll out. The Class of 2020 will be the first class to use CIALFO in their university research and application process.  

The decision to roll-out to only Grade 9-11 students was to ensure the Class of 2019 were supported through the heavy application season during semester 1 on Naviance.  Now we are confident that many of our grade 12 students are well on their way to university decisions!  Grade 12 students will not be using CIALFO this year.  

Please be on the lookout for an email that will be delivered to your inbox, inviting parents to be part of your child’s CIALFO journey.

If you should have any questions, please reach out to your child’s high school counselor.

Yours in Partnership,

The High School Counseling Team

Raising Boys with Love – Parenting Talks with MSHS Counsellors

When it comes to parenting, do we need to treat our boys and girls differently? On what basis? What are our cultural perceptions and expectations of boys? What does research tells us?  What do our male students tell us they need? MSHS Counsellors will share practical information which can help support the holistic development from ‘boys to men’.

Parents to boys in middle and high school should attend this workshop if they …

  • Would like to share their concerns and/or strategies with other parents and the MSHS Counselling team.
  • Appreciate practical suggestions and information as to how they can support their child/children navigate through adolescence.

For questions, please contact the kjackson@unishanoi.org.

If you wish to attend, please complete the registration form.