•  HOW TO HANDLE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

    Be sure to complete your Profile/Resume in Naviance. This helps your counselor/teacher to know more about you.

    ? You can access the Peronal Profile template from the GBHS Counseling website (http://www.rjuhsd.us/domain/654 ) or in your Naviance account under the “About Me” tab, go to “Surveys to Take”, then “Surveys not yet Started” (http://connection.naviance.com/gbhs).  Click on Personal Profile.

    Be sure you have signed FERPA Agreement Permission to Release Edcuation Record Information for Letter of Recommendation.  Return signed agreement to your counselor.

    LOR Resume/Profile should include (Best to complete the Personal Profile in Naviance)

    1. Name
    2. Address
    3. Student ID#
    4. Grade
    5. Education
    6. Work Experience
    7. Awards
    8. Activities/Hobbies
    9. Volunteer Service
    10. Athletics
    11. Anything special you want your counselor/teacher to know about you
    12. Colleges/Universities/Schools you plan to apply to

    THE DO'S AND DON'TS

    DO….
    • Remember that all counselor/teacher recommendations are confidential and will be sent directly to the requesting campus. They are not returned to the student, nor seen by the student (department policy)
    • Give your recommenders plenty of lead time, i.e. thirty days (10 school days minimum)
    • Provide a copy of your personal profile information form
        1. You can access the personal profile template HERE or in your Naviance account under the “About Me” tab, My Stuff, Resume      (http://connection.naviance.com/gbhs).
    • Clearly communicate due dates for each college
    • If an electronic version of your college application is not available, you MUST provide stamped addressed envelopes      (TWO STAMPS per envelope) with GBHS as the return address:
       #1 Grizzly Way
       Granite Bay, CA 95746
    • Waive your confidentiality rights as a failure to do so may construe to colleges that your recommender may not have felt the freedom to comment honestly
    • Seek out teachers who know you on a personal level

    DON’T….
    • Forget to double check all your paperwork for completion before submitting to your counselor
    • Request a letter of recommendation right before Winter Break that is due during the break or immediately upon return
    • Drop your paperwork off without talking to your counselor
       - Many times there are details that need to be clarified (See your counselor during lunch, in between classes, after school, or set up an appointment)