Counselor Connection

Monthly Newsletter from FHS Counseling Department

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September's Newsletter

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year, Wildcats! We are very excited to start off a brand new school year with you. Make sure to check out our monthly newsletter for important information for all grade levels. The newsletters cover a variety of useful information such as dual enrollment info, important events, senior information to help with applications and scholarships, and so much more!


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Important Upcoming Events

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

Junior Class Meeting

Thursday, Sep. 2nd, 9am

Auditorium

Junior Class Meeting to go over class ring information. Herff Jones will be on campus during lunches on the 9th and 10th for ring orders.

Labor Day-No School

Monday, Sep. 6th, 8:30am-3pm

FHS Campus

No School for Employees or Students. School is closed.

Club Rush

Wednesday, Sep. 8th, 11:15am-1:15pm

Courtyard

Club Rush in Courtyard during lunches. This is a great opportunity to see the various clubs on campus and join in the campus activities! Remember, you need a 2.0 GPA in order to join.

Powderpuff Permission Slips Available

Monday, Sep. 13th, 8:30am

Activities Office

See Victoria Miller in Activities if you would like to participate in Powderpuff this year.

Early Release Day

Wednesday, Sep. 22nd, 8:30am-1pm

FHS Campus

Early Release Day. Students are Dismissed 2 hours early.

Vote for Homecoming Court

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 8:30am-3pm

FHS Campus

School will vote for Homecoming Court

Picture Makeup Day

Monday, Sep. 27th, 8:30am-3pm

Auditorium

If you missed school pictures, today is your chance to get them done for the yearbook!

Last Day for Powderpuff Sign Ups

Wednesday, Sep. 29th, 3pm

Activities Office

Last Day to Sign up to Play in the Powderpuff Game. See Victoria Miller in the Activities Office.

Changes to Counseling Team

We have two additions to the counseling team this year. Mrs. Tracy Moody is still a Wildcat but she has moved over to be a Student Services Manager. Mrs. Wendy Morningstar has joined our team to become 9th grade counselor. Mrs. Carey Wulff has also joined our team this year to be a counselor for students in our CCAP program. We are excited to have them on our team and they are excited to work with your students. Please see their welcome messages below.



From the Desk of Mrs. Morningstar


Hello Wildcats!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself! My name is Mrs. Wendy Morningstar and I am a new school counselor here at Forest High School. I am so excited and honored to be joining the Wildcat family, working with our amazing Class of 2025!! I have an undeniable passion for school counseling and have always known this was my dream job.


As a school counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, career, and social/emotional development of all students. It is important to me that I work closely as a team with parents/guardians, teachers, administration, and staff to ensure all students are receiving all the support they need to guide them through these high school years. This is a great time for students to discover their interests and plan for the future!!


Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with you and getting to know students throughout the years!!


From the Desk of Mrs. Wulff

Hello everyone! My name is Carey Wulff and I will serve as your new CCAP school counselor with a focus on our 9th and 10thgraders in the program this year. I can’t explain how excited I am to work with everyone and be a part of the CCAP Program. As excited as I am to be a CCAP counselor, I am just as happy to call Forest High School my home. I had an abnormal high school experience myself so I am excited to learn and grow with my students as we all navigate high school together.


I am a Liberty University alumni where I received my Master’s of Education in School Counseling. Prior to grad school, I spent seven years as a cosmetologist where I had some really awesome experiences, such as working for the Walt Disney Company. As I started working with people from all over the world, I quickly realized that I wanted a larger role in working with our youth. I believe that you can’t have too many people cheering you on when you’re a young adult trying to navigate all of life’s curveballs, so I wanted to serve that purpose in as many teens’ lives as I could. I was a middle school counselor for three years and I also completed an internship with an elementary school here in Marion County. I enjoyed my time with our younger population but I am really looking forward to working with our high schoolers!


I am here to help and will do whatever I can to serve as an advocate whenever I can. I am so excited to meet everyone and cannot wait to work with you all in the years to come! Please reach out to me, I am here to help and happy to do so. Go Wildcats!

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Class Meetings

If you missed the class meetings in August, click on the buttons below for your grade level PowerPoint.

Updates from Discipline Office

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students,

As we start a new school year, our goal is to have students in class and on time. Parents, we need your help to do this. One way you can keep an eye on attendance and tardies is to check the parent portal. The Guidance Office can help you set up your parent portal (or reset your password if necessary). Tardies can result in school referrals.


Forest is a PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) school and we celebrate our Wildcat Way. Our Wildcat Way uses these three guidelines:

  1. Be respectful.
  2. Be on time.
  3. Be prepared.


Dress Code- See complete policy @ https://www.marionschools.net/Page/12950

Crop tops are popular. Please do not allow students to wear shirts that show their mid-drift (Even with a sweater or jacket on top.).

No head coverings (This includes hoodies, bandanas, and hats).

Pants must be worn at the waist.


Parking

Permit applications available online on the FHS homepage under Important Information. https://www.marionschools.net/fhs Payment must be made through students online accounts. Please read guidelines carefully and remember, parking is a privilege. Students who violate parking and attendance rules, may lose their parking privileges. Remind your student that their car is not a locker, and they will not be allowed to go to their car once they enter campus.


Parents, we appreciate your help talking with your students about these concerns. Remember we are the CATS! This means Character + Attitude + Team work = Success!


Thank you!

Your Discipline Team

SAT and ACT Information

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Interested in Dual Enrollment?

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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 victoria.miller@marion.k12.fl.us. Forest High School has a page dedicated to important senior information. Make sure to click on the button below to visit this helpful page!

Transcript Request Procedure

All transcript requests are handled by Dawn Mazzurco, the Guidance Secretary. Students can stop in and see Mrs. Mazzurco in the Guidance office or email her at lauren.mazzurco@marion.k12.fl.us. Electronic copies are free and paper copies (whether mailed to a destination or picked up) are $5. Please provide at least 24 hours notice in order for the request to be fulfilled.

Letters of Recommendation Process

The college application and scholarship process often requires letters of recommendation from the counselor or teachers. Please make sure to request these letters well in advance of your application deadlines as they take time to write. If you need a counselor letter, please provide at least a 72 hour notice prior to needing the letter, but the earlier, the better! Please see Mrs. Mazzurco in Guidance to request a letter from a counselor. There is a request form for you to fill out in order for your letter to be written.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid Opens Soon!!!!

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 www.fafsa.gov 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!

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 floridastudentfinancialaidsg.org. 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!

Available Scholarships

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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: www.fastweb.com

Scholarships 360: scholarships360.org

Big Future Collegeboard Search: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search

How To Contact your Counselor

9th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Wendy Morningstar Wendy.morningstar@marion.k12.fl.us

10th Grade Counselor: Mr. Ecliff Telford Ecliff.telford@marion.k12.fl.us

11th Grade Counselor: Dr. Keyana Lyde Keyana.lyde@marion.k12.fl.us
12th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Shirley Thomas Shirley.thomas@marion.k12.fl.us

CCAP: Mrs. Carey Wulff carey.wulff@marion.k12.fl.us
ESE: Ms. Katherine West Katherine.west@marion.k12.fl.us


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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