Counselor Connection

Monthly Newsletter from FHS Counseling Department

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May's Newsletter

Last month of school! We encourage you to finish strong and bring up that GPA. We are proud of our Wildcats!

The Forest Counseling Department is publishing a monthly newsletter in order to communicate important information to students and parents. These newsletters will cover important information such as upcoming events, college and career information, available scholarships, and helpful updates.

Please be sure to follow our new Instagram and Twitter pages! The handle for both is Guidancewildcat.

Check out Guidance's Twitter!

Check out Guidance's Instagram!

Please remember, Forest High School has a twitter as well and our TV Production crew as a YouTube channel with a lot of helpful information. *You DO NOT need a Twitter, Instagram, or YouTube account in order to check these accounts out for information*

Check our FHS Twitter!

Check out WCAT YouTube!

Important Upcoming Events

Please know that events are always subject to change based on current events and outside factors.

Senior Awards Night

Monday, May 15th, 6pm

FHS Auditorium

Senior Awards Night is at FHS Auditorium on May 15th.

Senior Exams

Monday, May 15th, 8:30am to Wednesday, May 17th, 3pm

FHS Campus

Seniors Last Day of School

Thursday, May 18th, 8:30am

5000 Southeast Maricamp Road

Ocala, FL

Senior Luncheon

Friday, May 19th, 11am

5220 Southeast Maricamp Road

Ocala, FL

We will hand out cap & gowns, honor hoods ($20.00 cash or check), cords and have a great lunch.


Monday, May 22nd, 7pm

2801 Southeast Maricamp Road

Ocala, FL

Optional event for seniors and families.

Mandatory Graduation Practice for Seniors

Friday, May 26th, 9-11am

1750 Northwest 80th Avenue

Ocala, FL

You must attend practice in order to walk in graduation.

Last Day of School for All Students

Friday, May 26th, 8:30am

FHS Campus


Saturday, May 27th, 8am

1750 Northwest 80th Avenue

Ocala, FL

Seniors must be there at 6:00am. Graduation starts at 8:00am. There are no tickets needed for graduation so it is on a first come first seating basis.

Message from Mr. Rembert

May is here! We are officially in the last month of school. Now is the time to narrow our focus and make sure that our students are doing their best. Testing season can be stressful. Please, support your student by ensuring they are aware of their testing schedule, getting enough rest, and intaking the proper nutrition. We want to see all of our students succeed and assessment is just one piece of that puzzle. Please assist us with reminding our students to make the appropriate choices to close out the year.

As our extracurricular activities are winding down for the year, I want to thank all involved. Our clubs, art programs, JROTC, athletics, and other organizations have done a great job this year. Thank you to the families who support and encourage our students in their involvement at FHS. We could not do it without you and all the hard work from our sponsors and students.

Graduation and award ceremonies are upon us. Congratulations in advance to all receiving those accolades and recognitions.

There are Summer School options for students. Please reach out if you have questions about eligibility for the Summer programs.

Thank you all for a wonderful school year, and I look forward to a strong finish.

Go Wildcats!

Summer School

If you need to attend summer school to earn back credits, please contact your school counselor to get signed up. Summer school runs from June 1st to July 13th. Breakfast and lunch will be included free of charge.

Testing Information

Please see below for important testing dates for all students for this Quarter. If you have questions, please email Testing Coordinator, Tracy Moody, at

Remind Students about our Technology and Testing Rules

No cellphones, smart watches, airpods or earbuds within reach during testing.

These items will result in student tests being invalidated.

Spring Testing Calendar

9th Grade Students

May 2 FAST PM3 (English/ Language Arts Testing)

May 9 B.E.S.T. Algebra (If currently enrolled)

May 10 B.E.S.T. Geometry (If currently enrolled)

May 15 Biology EOC (if currently enrolled)

May 24, 25, 26 Final Exams

May 30 & 31 Make up Final Exams- Media Center 8-12:00

10th Grade Students

May 2 FAST PM3 (English/ Language Arts Testing)

May 9 B.E.S.T. Algebra (If currently enrolled)

May 10 B.E.S.T. Geometry (If currently enrolled)

May 15 Biology EOC (if currently enrolled)

May 24, 25, 26 Final Exams

May 30 & 31 Make up Final Exams- Media Center 8-12:00

11th Grade Students

May 10 B.E.S.T. Geometry (If currently enrolled)

May 15 Biology EOC (if currently enrolled)

May 17 US History EOC

May 24, 25, 26 Final Exams

May 30 & 31 Make up Final Exams- Media Center 8-12:00

12th Grade Students

May 15, 16, 17 Senior Final Exams

May 18 & 19 Senior Make-up Exams (Testing Room C-148)

May 24, 25, 26 Final Exams

May 30 & 31 Make up Final Exams- Media Center 8-12:00

AP Testing

May 1 AP Gov, AP Chem, AP Spanish Lit

May 2 AP Environmental Science, AP Psych*

May 3 AP Lit, AP Comparative Politics, AP Computer Science
May 4 AP Human Geography, AP Seminar, AP Stats

May 5 AP European History, APUSH, AP Micro Economics

May 8 AP AB Calculus, AP Computer Science Principles

May 9 AP Lang

May 10 AP Spanish Language, AP Bio

May 11 AP World History

May 17 AP Macro Economics

Final Exam Schedule for Underclassmen

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SAT and ACT Information

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High School Graduation Requirements

Please make sure you are familiar with the high school graduation requirements. Click on the button to learn more. It is important to stay on track each year!

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Important Dual Enrollment Application and Registration Info

Please see Heather Tedder in Guidance if you have questions regarding Dual Enrollment.

*If you are applying for fall, please get with Ms. Tedder before June 15th before summer break. Otherwise, you will have to wait until mid July when she returns to turn in your paperwork.

DE Criteria

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DE Dates

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De Application Process

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Important Senior Information

Victoria Miller in Student Activities is in charge of all things Senior including graduation and end of the year activities. Her email address is Forest High School has a page dedicated to important senior information. Make sure to click on the button below to visit this helpful page!

Senior Exit Survey

All seniors need to complete a senior exit survey and turn it into Mrs. Chapman in the Guidance office before Graduation Day. This is how your final transcripts will be sent out after you graduate. If you do not complete this form, transcripts will not be sent.

Were you accepted into a college or enlisted in the military?

Congratulations! Please stop into Guidance and let Ms. Chapman know!


If you need transcripts sent, please see Megan Chapman in Guidance or email her at

FAFSA Opens up October 1st!! Sooner it is completed, the better!

FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and this application allows you to apply for financial aid for college. It is very important that you complete it so you do not miss out on scholarships, grants, or work study opportunities. This application is to be filled out by parent and student. Please make sure you go to the correct website and not .com. You should never be paying anyone to fill out this free application. FAFSA opens on October 1st. The earlier it is filled out, the more financial assistance opportunities will be available to you. Check with each college that you are applying to on when their FAFSA deadline is so you can make sure you get the financial assistance you need. You may go ahead and sign up for your FSA ID (which is like your FAFSA username) now as that will help cut down on process time later. You may do this by clicking on the button below!
Click Here and Make Your FSA ID!

This is for seniors planning on filling out the FAFSA. Both parent and student should make a FSA ID ahead of time. FAFSA opens up October 1st!

State Scholarship Information for Seniors

Seniors need to submit the Florida Financial Aid Application (FFAA) by August 31st of their senior year in order to qualify for any state financial aid. The application opens up on October 1st and can be found at A button to take you directly to the website is located below. The most well known scholarship attached to this application is the Bright Futures Scholarship. Your student will not earn the Bright Futures Scholarship if this application is not completed.
Learn about the Bright Future Scholarship Requirements!

Click here to learn more about the requirements for Bright Futures!

Scholarship Resources

Click on the Buttons Below for 2 Resources to Help You Earn Scholarships!

Public Education Foundation of Marion County Scholarships

Seniors! Check out our County's scholarships by clicking on the button below! All of the scholarships are due April 10th!

Available Scholarships

Marion County Scholarship Directory

Scholarship Search Engines

One way to find national scholarships is through scholarship search engines. Just be careful about the difference between scholarship sweepstakes (random drawing) and scholarships that you earn. Never give out any credit card information or any information that you are not comfortable giving out.

Fastweb Scholarship Search Engine:

Scholarships 360:

Big Future Collegeboard Search:

How To Contact your Counselor

9th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Anna Davis

10th Grade Counselor: Call Guidance Office

11th Grade Counselor: Mr. Ecliff Telford

12th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Shirley Thomas

CCAP: Mrs. Carey Wulff
ESE: Ms. Katherine West

If you would like to schedule a conference with your counselor or with teachers, please call the office at 352-671-4715 and speak to Heather Tedder.
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Forest High School (FHS) offers programs in the following areas of study:

Agriculture Arts, A/V Technology & Communication, Education & Training, Engineering & Technology Education, Health Sciences, Hospitality & Tourism Information, Technology Law, Public Safety & Security Marketing, Sales and Service, Computer Sciences

All students may request these courses and will be assigned based on availability/class size requirements.

Forest High School does not discriminate on the basis of race (including antisemitism), ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability (including HIV, AIDS, or sickle cell trait), pregnancy, religion, marital status, age (except as authorized by law), military status, ancestry, or genetic information, which are classes protected by State and/or Federal law (collectively, "protected classes") in its educational programs, services or activities, or in its hiring or employment practices as required by Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, Age Discrimination Act of 1967, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, 1992 Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Florida Educational Equity Act of 1984. A lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation. The District may assess each student’s ability to benefit from specific programs through placement tests and counseling, and, if necessary, will provide services or referrals to better prepare students for successful participation.

Complaints or inquiries regarding compliance with these regulations may be submitted to the designated personnel at 1614 E. Fort King Street Ocala, FL 34471:

ADA, Title IX, and Equity Compliance:

Dawana Gary, Director, Equity and Ethics

Phone: (352) 671-7711, email address:

Section 504 Compliance:

Anne Howie, Coordinator, ESE Curriculum

Phone: (352) 671-6832, email address:

Student Complaints:

Danielle Livengood, Director, Secondary Curriculum, Instruction & Digital Learning

Phone: (352) 236-0505, email address: