Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Reminder the Kennesaw Mountain STEM Career Night was rescheduled

Just a reminder that the STEM career night has been rescheduled from November 12, 2013 to January 27, 2014, 6:30 PM in the KMHS theatre. The keynote speaker will be Gilda Lyon, GADOE STEM Coordinator, and the committee is hard at work lining up engaging speakers for the breakout sessions.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Magnet Deadline Dec 6th

Please remember all magnet applications must be submitted by Friday, December 6th.  Late applications will not be accepted.  

Please contact Dr. Deane if you have questions about the application process.

Wheeler Magnet Program Fall Open House Nov. 7th

Wheeler Center for Advances Studies in Math, Science, and Technology is hosting their fall Open House on Thursday, November 7th at 7 PM.  The meeting will be held in the Wheeler High School gym.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

More college admissions officers going to Google or Facebook to check out applicants

I thought this might be helpful information for kids applying to colleges. A survey by Kaplan Test Prep found a rise in college admissions officers who check out an applicant's social media pages.
As only a casual observer, I've noticed teens becoming more circumspect in what they share online. In the early days of Facebook, I often saw high schoolers posting party photos of themselves drinking. That seems to have diminished. And teens are more concerned about privacy settings.
From Kaplan Test Prep:
The percentages of college admissions officers who say they have Googled an applicant (29%) or visited an applicant’s Facebook or other social networking page to learn more about them (31%) have risen to their highest levels yet, according to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2013 survey of college admissions officers.
When Kaplan first began tracking this issue in 2008, barely 10% of admissions officers reported checking an applicant’s Facebook page. Last year, 27% had used Google and 26% had visited Facebook — up from 20% and 24%, respectively, in 2011.
“As social media has skyrocketed from being the domain of a younger generation to societal ubiquity, the perceived taboo of admissions officers checking applicants online has diminished,” said Seppy Basili, Vice President, Kaplan Test Prep. “Granted, most admissions officers are not tapping into Google or Facebook, and certainly not as a matter of course. But there’s definitely greater acknowledgment and acceptance of this practice now than there was five years ago.”
Despite the growth in online checking, however, there’s been a dip — to 30% this year from 35% in Kaplan’s 2012 survey — in the number of admissions officers reporting that they’re finding something that negatively impacted an applicant’s admissions chances.
And notably, in a separate survey of college-bound students, more than three-quarters said they would not be concerned if an admissions officer Googled them. In response to the question, “If a college admissions officers were to do an online search of you right now, how concerned would you be with what they found negatively impacting your chances of getting in?” 50% said they would be “Not at all concerned” while 27% said “Not too concerned.” Only 14% of students said they would be “Very concerned” while the remainder said they would be “Somewhat concerned.”
“Many students are becoming more cautious about what they post, and also savvier about strengthening privacy settings and circumventing search,” said Christine Brown, Executive Director of College Admissions programs, Kaplan Test Prep. Kaplan’s student survey also showed that 22% had changed their searchable names on social media, 26% had untagged themselves from photos, and 12% had deleted their social media profiles altogether.
“Our advice to college applicants is to run themselves through online search engines on a regular basis to be aware of what information is available about them online, and know that what’s online is open to discovery and can impact them,” said Basili. “Sometimes that impact is beneficial, if online searches turn up postings of sports scores, awards, public performances or news of something interesting they’ve undertaken. But digital footprints aren’t always clean, so students should maintain a healthy dose of caution, and definitely think before posting.”