Student Support Services

JANUARY 2022

SEE BELOW FOR UPDATES FROM SSS!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Registration Information for the for 2022/2023 School Year!

This information is for students in grades 9-11


January 10th: Fridley Online Academy Interest Form Students will complete a form during advisory indicating their interest in Fridley Online Academy

January 13th: Interest Inventory Form Students will complete a career interest inventory form during advisory; the results from this form help students decide on a career path and will help guide students with the registration process.

January 18th: Students will receive general information about registration at Fridley High School during advisory; the information shared in advisory will be the same for all grade levels.

January 20th: Students will receive grade-level specific information about registration; academic deans will present to students during a live Google Meet that will be played during advisory. Registration forms will be distributed during advisory today.

January 21st-January 26th: Academic deans will be available in the cafeteria during lunch to help students with registration questions and the registration process.

January 27th: Students will return completed registration forms to their advisor.

February 3rd: Registration Conferences from 4:00-7:30

February 7th: Final day to return completed registration forms; students will return completed forms to their advisor.


Information is subject to change; for the most up-to-date information, please check the FHS website.

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Course Changes for 2nd semester

When students request courses during the registration process in February, they agree to pursue the chosen courses to completion. Since schedule changes have a serious impact on class sizes, teacher assignments and overall master schedule, they need to be kept to a minimum. Please use the following list below as a guide to schedule corrections:


- The student does not have the prerequisite(s)

- The student failed the class

- There is an obvious error (two classes at the same time)

- To add a class that is needed to graduate

- The schedule is unbalanced


Schedule changes will not be made for:


- Request a specific teacher

- Request a specific trimester

- Change lunch periods

- Have a class with a friend

- Leave to attend non-school sanctioned occupational activity


You might also notice a slight change in your students' schedule since the beginning of the year. We do, at times, move student schedules to balance class size within a semester and between semesters. We appreciate your understanding on this matter.


Thank you for your support.

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Extended Day – Credit Recovery

If you are a sophomore who is 16 years old or a junior or senior and need credit recovery, please schedule an appointment to see your dean. Credit recovery is offered at the high school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Credit recovery is required for any student who fails a required course for graduation.

COLLEGE VISITS!

Students in grades 9-12 are allowed to go on two college visits per year during the school day. These visits will be an excused absence if students fill out the College Visit Form located outside of the SSS office. The steps to follow are listed on the form, like the one below. We encourage students and families to take advantage of in-person and virtual college visits this fall. If you have questions, schedule an appointment or email your dean.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) APPLICATION

The FAFSA is the application through the federal government that must be completed in order for college students to be eligible for free aid (grants) and federal student loans. Some scholarships also require that the FAFSA is completed. The FAFSA opened on OCTOBER 1 and will remain open until next summer. This application is for students entering college for the 2022-2023 school year. In general, the earlier FAFSA is completed, the better. Most college financial aid offices recommend that the FAFSA is completed between October and February. Students complete the FAFSA every year they attend college. If you have not completed the FAFSA before, it may seem difficult. The process is fairly simple and necessary for students to complete. Students need information from at least one parent/guardian, plus their personal financial information in order to complete the FAFSA.


More information found here: https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa


For more great resources, visit http://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?pageID=888.

WALLIN SCHOLARSHIP

Wallin Education Partners is a proven college completion program that includes financial aid and comprehensive support to ensure graduation.


Financial Aid (Scholarship): Up to $16,000 over four years


Support: Comprehensive support including an advisor throughout college


Access: A network of current and former scholars; Internship opportunities; Career-to-college program


To be eligible:


  1. Graduating Senior (class of 2022) from a partner high school
  2. Minimum 3.0 GPA (unweighted)
  3. Demonstrated financial need
  4. Must attend an accredited, 4-year public or private (not-for-profit) institution in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or any Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the nation.


Application open now through February 4, 2022 www.wallinpartners.org.

ACT RETAKES (12TH GRADERS)

12th graders who are interested in retaking the ACT test, should sign up by creating an account on the ACT website. www.act.org . The ACT test does have a fee ranging from $50-$67. Fee waivers are available in the SSS office for students who qualify for free/reduced lunch.


Upcoming ACT tests/registration deadlines:


Test: February 12th Deadline: January 7th

Test: April 2nd Deadline: February 25th

Transcript? Click or scan the QR code to visit Parchment!

How to send a High School Transcript

All college applications will require the student’s high school transcript to be sent after the application is submitted and again after graduation. All transcripts are sent through our electronic service called Parchment. Students need to create an account. They will keep this account even after they graduate to request their transcript. For more information and help with parchment you can also visit the HS website: https://fhs.fridleyschools.org/academics/academic-support-services

1. Go to the Fridley Parchment website: https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/118798/account

2. Create an account. Registration codes were sent to each student (Fridley gmail). If they do not use the code, students need to make sure they are linked to Fridley High School and choose the correct graduation year.

3. Students may request a transcript. They search for the college, then click “Order”.

The order is not automatically sent. Our office secretary reviews the order, uploads the most current transcript, then sends the transcript.

GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODES! Remember to check often!

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12th Graders - Letters of Recommendation

Students may need letters of recommendation for some college applications or for scholarships. Typically, recommenders may be teachers (current or former), employers, coaches, or other adults who can highlight the leadership and/or academic qualities of the student. If the application requires a school counselor, please use the academic dean to complete that portion.


Things for students to remember:


· Talk to the recommender early! 2 weeks is generally a good minimum amount of time for a recommender to complete a well-written letter.

· Give recommenders the exact details—What/who is the letter for? When is it due? How is the letter submitted?

· It’s a good idea for students to waive their right to see the recommendation letter. This means the recommender will submit the letter directly to the college/scholarship by mail or upload it online.

· Always ask the recommender permission to use them as a recommender on an application. Ask in person, if possible. Email is generally acceptable as well.

· Use recommenders who will be able to highlight positives.

· It’s ok for a recommender to say no. They may not have the time to devote to a letter right now.

· Give the recommender a resume or details about what the student has accomplished and would like highlighted in the letter.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES WEBSITE!

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