Letters of Recommendation

For a student at Hastings High School to request a TEACHER recommendation:

Step 1: Talk to your teacher about the possibility of them writing a letter of recommendation for you. 

Step 2: Make the request online through Family Connections - 

  1. Log on to Family Connection
  2. Click on Colleges tab, then Colleges I am applying to
  3. Click add to this list and add your colleges to the list
  4. Indicate whether you are applying Directly to the Institution or Common App
    If you are using the Common App, skip steps 5-7 and make recommendation requests via Common App. Complete steps 8-11.
  5.  Click the Colleges tab again
  6. Click Letters of recommendation then click Add request
  7. Answer the questions and click Submit Request
  8. Print out resume (see back page for instructions)
  9. Complete the request form (below)
  10. Give the request form and resume to the teacher
  11. If you apply to more colleges later on, you will need to fill out a new form 

*Teachers require at least 2 weeks’ notice to write a letter of recommendation.

Step 3: Pick up and fill out the "PINK" form int he counseling office to give to your teacher


For a student at Hastings High School to request a COUNSELOR recommendation:
This form is required if you are applying to at least one college using the Common Application

  1. Log on to Family Connection
  2. Click on Colleges tab, then Colleges I am applying to
  3. Click add to this list and add your colleges to the list
  4. Indicate whether you are applying Directly to the Institution orCommon App
  5. Print out resume (see back page for instructions)
  6. Complete the request form (below)
  7. If you apply to more colleges later on, you will need to fill out a new form 

*Counselors require at least 2 weeks’ notice to write a letter of recommendation.

Counselor Letter of Recommendation Form



Creating a resume in Family Connections

For a student at Hastings High School to create a resume:

  1. Log on to Family Connection
  2. Click About Me tab
  3. Click Resume
  4. Click Add New Entry
  5. Build your resume
  6. Click Customize Your Printable Resume
  7. Click Create New Print Format
  8. Give the resume a title, choose a style, and click on each section you want to include in the resume.
  9. Click Save and Close
  10. Then you can print!