EASTERN @ 14

News of Note for the Class of 2014 for February

WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?

You have been admitted to college and you have completed the FAFSA form. The next step in the process can feel like falling off of a cliff because everything can happen so quickly. There is HOUSING, ORIENTATION, REGISTRATION, SUMMER PROGRAMMING, all while you are in the midst of wrapping up your senior year, final exams, prom, AP testing, and more! It can become overwhelming.


On top of this each college/university has their own way that they will communicate with you regarding all of this information. If you haven't made your college choice yet, you should be getting information from a variety of colleges. Some colleges are more persistent than others and can get annoying. If you have applied to a college or university and it has been WEEKS since you have heard from them make some time this week to reach out to the OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS - and talk to someone. Maybe they are missing a 7th semester transcript or test scores (or maybe it is something else).

Remember, you will still request your transcript by completing a blue transcript request form (provide a stamp if you would like us to mail it for you). Request your ACT scores by going to www.actstudent.org.

UPS - GO WITH BROWN TO PROVIDE YOU GREEN

Looking for a way to pay for your college education? Do you want to stay in the Louisville area? Have you considered working for UPS?


Metropolitan College provides tuition benefit, book reimbursement, bonuses, and more to UPS employees working at the UPS overnight air operation (3rd Shift, Next Day Air) in Louisville, KY who attend the University of Louisville or Jefferson Community and Technical College.


UPS will be at Eastern on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 during advisory. Please sign up on Mrs. Weber's door in order to attend this important meeting. In the meantime, check out their website for additional information.

BEING SUCCESSFUL IN COLLEGE: MANAGING YOUR TIME

In order to be considered a full time student (for the purposes of receiving finanacial aid) you will need to take a MINMUM of 12 credit hours. This equals a total of 4 classes (with each class meeting three times a week for 1 hour each day). If you stop to consider how studying and work will play into this equation. This is just an example of what it could look like:

You are in class for 12 credit hours of class per week. It is said that you will have (on average) 2 hours of homwork/studying for every 1 hour you are in class (which equals 24 hours). Add the two together - and you have 36 hours of involvemnt in school . This is almost a 40 HOUR WORK WEEK and we haven't added a job to this mix yet.

It will be extremely important for you to continue (or begin) to manage your time approprately in order for you to be successful at the college level.

http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

This is the "official" FAFSA website: http://www.fasfa.ed.gov/ Remember to use the ed.gov site. Other sites may ask that you pay to submit your FREE APPLICATION FOR STUDENT FINANCIAL AID. Remember the first F stands for FREE.


If you estimated your tax information - don't forget to go back in and update your FAFSA form. Colleges/universities are currently putting packages together for their students.


As we get further along in the financial aid process, some of you will be "selected for verification" - please don't be upset by this request, simply provide all of the information that your school asks you to provide. Stay in communication with your Financial Aid Office at the college/university that you plan to attend. They will be able to walk you through this process.

FAFSA NEWS...

According to information that we have received from KHEAA – state grant funds were scheduled to be exhausted as of early February. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to complete the FAFSA – please understand that federal funds may be the only funds available to you. We are still encouraging students to complete the FAFSA before March 1st!

Many colleges & universities are preparing their financial aid packages right now and should be arriving in your hands in the next few weeks. If you estimated your tax information and you need to update your FAFSA form, the first date that you submitted the FAFSA form is what colleges/universities look at! So be sure to update your information so that you can get the most accurate information from the college/university.

At this time seniors should be narrowing their college choices and submitting housing information. Remember it is the polite thing to do to let the colleges who have accepted you know that you will not coming – as they could possibly extend the invitation to another person on their waiting list.

FINANCING YOUR COLLEGE EDUCATION

With more than 20 million American students enrolled in some sort of post-secondary education - more and more college graduates are experiencing crippling levels of debt that they will carry with them well into their professional careers.


$13,600 - Estimated annual cost for undergraduate tuition, room & board at public post-secondary institutions during the 2010-2011 academic year.

$36,300 - ESTIMATED ANNUAL COST FOR UNDERGRADUATE TUITION ROOM & BOARD AT PRIVATE NOT-FOR-PROFIT POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS DURING THE 2010-2011 ACADEMIC YEAR.

$26,600 - The average amount of student loan debt for 2011 graduates as of October 2012.

BCTC Blue +

Similar to the ULTRA program - BCTC Blue + allows students who are enrolled in this program to be eligible to take up to 12 credit hours (or four courses) of pre-major and major coursework at UK while pursuing an AA or AS degree at BCTC. BCTC Blue+ students pay the BCTC tuition rate for the allotted 12 credit hours of UK courses



A representative from UK will be here to talk about the BCTC Blue + on Wednesday, March 12th during advisory. Students who interested in attending this presentation will need to sign up on Mrs. Weber's door before 6th period on March 11th.

UK's Freshman Summer Program

Have you been admitted to the University of Kentucky?
Currently the UK is accepting applications for their FRESHMAN SUMMER PROGRAM sponsored by the Center for Academic Resources & Enrichment Services (CARES). The FRESHMAN SUMMER PROGRAM is a six week residential academic enrichment program designed to orient first year students to academic and student life at UK.
Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 6 credit hours - register for fall classes (early) and meet other incoming first year students, returning students, UK faculty and staff. Cultural, recreational and social activities are planned for weekends!
The program will cover the cost of housing, meals, tuition and some activity fees. Students/parents are responsible for a $400 program fee and an additional activity fee to be paid on the first day of FSP. SEE MRS. WEBER for an application to the FSP program!
DATES: June 11th to July 18th (This date is subject to change - due to the inclement weather we have experienced this winter). Check out the website at http://www.uky.edu/diversity/cares to print the PDF applications listed under the Freshman Summer Program tab.
APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 3rd! * APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MARCH 3rd!

HOW DO I ORDER MY TRANSCRIPT?

PLEASE do not make any more requests for transcripts on Parchment. For the remainder of the year we will take care of all requests for transcripts through physically printing them, stamping them “official” and placing them either in your hands or in the US Mail (but you will have to provide a stamp). To request transcripts you will fill out the familiar blue form available in Student Services near Mrs. William's desk.


If you need FIRST SEMESTER GRADES (also called a 7th semester transcript) - they are available NOW!


** If you are applying for a scholarship that requires you to UPLOAD a pdf form of your high school transcript, please send a message to Mrs. Weber and she send it to you electronically.

KEES MONEY? HOW MUCH HAVE YOU ALREADY EARNED?

Did you know that you are earning money for college? It is really no surprise. But you will be surprised if you don't access your KEES account to see how much money you have earned.

Accessing your KEES account is easy! Just go to www.kheaa.com and click on the Sign In button in the top right hand corner of the page to access or register for a free, personalized account. Use this customized tool to:


· View and verify your KEES award amounts

· Request your personalized breakdown of college costs and estimated financial aid based on your specific college choices and your family’s unique financial circumstances

· Apply for state scholarships

Do yourself a favor and check this out NOW so we can identify and solve problems before it is too late!

EASTERN HS CLASS OF 1955 SCHOLARSHIP

Are you looking for the EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1955 SCHOLARSHIP? That application is located on-line through the COMMUNITY FOUNDATION of LOUISVILLE website. You will need to create an account and then log in to search and apply for scholarships for which you are eligible. Only scholarships received through this on-line portal will be considered. ALL SCHOLARSHIPS MUST BE COMPLETED & SUBMITTED ON-LINE - DEADLINE IS MARCH 31st at 11:59 p.m.

DRESS CODE FOR DANCES

Our staff is happy to volunteer personal time to provide activities such as the dances students enjoy so much. However, in recent years the length of some of the female students’ skirts have continued to climb, making it very difficult to monitor our ticket lines of students coming into the dance as we deal with dress code. In light of this, we are clarifying the dress code for the events and need your help in making sure in advance that clothing is appropriate:

 Dresses must be no more than 1 inch above the top of the kneecap (measurement will be taken at the end line of the main fabric of the dress, not at the end of any sheer material enhancing the dress)

 Slits must be no more than 1 inch above the top of the kneecap

 Dresses must be complete with no cut outs or sheer material that expose the stomach or sides

 Dresses must not have plunging necklines or backs that are cut out below the natural waist

Attire for those not wearing dresses, must include:

 Collared or Tuxedo Shirt

 Tie

 Dress Pants

 Dress Shoes

 Suit or Tuxedo Jacket

Students will not be allowed to wear jeans, tennis shoes, or baseball caps.

Students must be dressed appropriately to be admitted and must remain in dress code for the duration of the event. Ticket prices will not be refunded if a student is not dressed appropriately and has to be turned away or removed from the event.

We realize that many of the local retailers provide a large selection of evening and party dresses, but our events are not "club events" or "private party" events. They are for high school age students. We appreciate in advance your assistance in ensuring students are dressed appropriately for these events.

For examples: http://easternhs.org/parents/dressrequirements.pdf


WHERE IS THE FILE CABINET?

You simply must check out the file cabinet in Student Services! It is just outside of Mrs. Weber's office. Be sure that you check it regularly!


· TOP DRAWER contains all of the information that we receive from area colleges and universities. View books, school specific scholarships brochures, and other college materials are ready for you to sort through and take for your very own.


· SECOND DRAWER contains scholarships that we receive in our office. All Mrs. Weber asks is that you not take the last piece of information in the file folder. PLEASE NOTE -- Scholarship season begins in November/December and continues through March/April.

YOUR REMAINING SENIOR TIMELINE...

We have about 16 weeks of school remaining! -- We look forward to melting snow, moderate temperatures and one day finding out when we will graduate! Until then, here are a few other things that may be occupying your time as we inch closer and closer to the goal of graduation!


February – March This is the time to focus on housing, deposits, and ORIENTATIONS. Plus this is also the time that more and more of the local/community scholarships are coming due. Check the SCHOLARSHIP drawer AND EDMODO often!


April – May Enjoy the last few weeks of high school! Celebrate and cherish the ordinary! The CLASS of 2014 is an extraordinary group. Make the time to remember what has made Eastern so special to you.


June GRADUATION! YOU MADE IT! Enough said!

July-August Pack your bags – get ready to go to college and begin the cycle all over again as a freshman! You thought high school was great – College is even better!

THE BIG "E" PROJECT

Let's celebrate getting into college! It is a big dEal! Bring in a copy of your recommendation letter to Mrs. Williams or Mrs. Weber. We will give you a "BIG E." Fill out your name on the top arm of the E and on the bottom arm of the E you will write the name of the college/university in which you have been accepted/admitted! You will leave the BIG E with us and we will post it in the MULTIPURPOSE ROOM on the big windows!

You have worked hard! It is time to celebrate! This is the fun part!

CERT (ACT Prep)

Are you experiencing problems when logging into CERT?
If so - it could be your password.
TRY THIS!
FirstnameLastname
Be sure to Capitalize the first letter of your first and last name! Take out the period between your first and last name. Don't add any spaces either.

COMPASS TESTING HAS BEGUN!

COMPASS Testing is an untimed, computerized test that evaluates a student's skills and places them in an appropriate class at the college level.


Students who haven't met the benchmark in English, Math and Reading will be required to take the COMPASS exam. We have the last week in February set aside to finish as much of the COMPASS testing as possible. It is our plan to pull students from elective classes. If you have not met the benchmark in all three categories, please do yourself a favor and complete some ACT prep in the area where you need to concentrate.


Students can only take the COMPASS twice. We encourage you to take advantage of the time you have to PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Remember to check out GALE and CERT as these are FREE resources on the ACT Compass web page: http://www.act.org/compass/sample/


The next time that we will test will be February 24th - 28th. Students will receive a reminder a few days before the testing telling them when and where they should report for testing.

Check the weekly e-mail for the latest on all things Eastern!

ACT REGISTRATION! ONLY TWO TEST SESSION REMAIN!

The next ACT will be offered on SATURDAY, April 12th. Remember, you must register before Friday, March 7th at midnight. If you are interested in registering - do so early! Go to www.actstudent.org. Remember, if you are a student on fee waiver, see Mrs. Weber to get a fee waiver paper for the ACT!

IF THIS IS TOO LATE FOR YOU - AN YOU KNOW THAT YOU WANT TO GO TO A PARTICULAR COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY - BE SURE TO CALL THE ADMISSIONS OFFICE TO SEE IF THE SCHOOL OFFERS A RESIDUAL ACT. IT WILL COST A LITTLE MORE - BUT YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO USE THE SCORE AT THAT COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY. IT WILL NOT BE TRANSFERABLE TO ANY OTHER COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY. If you are certain about where you want to go, this may be an option that you would wish to explore.

ILP - What is it good for?

Absolutely EVERYTHING!

Are you torn between two schools? Are you looking for money to finance your college education? Are you still considering careers? Get back into your ILP and put it to work for you! You can compare college costs, search for scholarship money - even build your resume! AND - YOU WILL STILL HAVE ACCESS TO YOUR ILP INTO THE SUMMER! I know - this is too exciting and you will need to sit down and rest after this shocking news.

Keep in Touch!

Heidi Weber, Senior Counselor

EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL

12400 Old Shelbyville Road

Louisville, KY 40243

PHONE: 502.485.8596 (direct) 502.485.8243 (school)

FAX: 502.485.6082

heidi.weber@jefferson.kyschools.us

EASTERN @ 14 FEBRUARY, 2014