October Newsletter

New Hope Academy

I hope this newsletter finds you all healthy and in good spirits. October is the month that we focus on applying to college. Below is a wealth of information regarding applying to college as well as resources for scholarships.

Virtual Learners

After careful consideration and input from teachers, administrators, and district families, the Lubbock-Cooper ISD Board of Trustees has voted to suspend virtual instruction effective on Tuesday, October 13 for secondary students. This means that secondary students currently receiving virtual instruction are expected to report for school on campus on Tuesday, October 13. When students return to the campus, they should bring their district-owned technology to school. I will be in contact with you later this week to discuss your student’s individual schedule.

Attendance

As a reminder, we run two sessions: morning session from 8-12 and the afternoon session from 12-4. Prompt attendance at New Hope Academy is paramount to your student’s success. As stated in the NHA Handbook, students are allotted up to five unexcused absences. After five unexcused absences, administration will review progress and see if New Hope Academy is best suited for your student’s education. Lubbock-Cooper ISD attendance policies are available online at www.lcisd.net.

Student Goals and Schedules

All NHA students have individually sat with a staff member to create the following: academic goals, personal goals, transcript review, and a class schedule. Please talk to your students about their schedules and goals. If you are not receiving Edgenuity reports and would like to begin, please contact the front office, and we will get you signed up.

National School Lunch Program

Each year you must re-apply for The National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Please take the time today to apply online. This program has more benefits than just providing nutritious, low-cost or free meals to students. Qualifying students are eligible for financial assistance for SAT fees and college application fee waivers.

The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritious, low-cost or free meals to students in Texas public schools. If you believe your child may qualify for free or reduced price school meals, please complete a school meal application to determine eligibility. You can apply online at: https://www.mealappnow.com/manlcp/splash.php


On Monday, September 14, reimbursable school meals became available to all Lubbock-Cooper ISD students at no cost. A reimbursable school meal includes at least one serving of fruits or vegetables and at least two servings of meat, grain, and/or dairy. (A standard school meal is considered reimbursable.) This opportunity will expire on Thursday, December 31.

Counselor Corner

Applying to Colleges

October is College Application Month! Students planning to graduate this year are encouraged and provided with resources to apply for different post-secondary education options. A suggestion for setting yourself up for success is to follow the two-hour rule. Dedicate two hours each week to post-secondary planning. This time could be working on college/trade school applications, scholarship search, completing the FAFSA, etc.

FAFSA

FAFSA is a Free Application for Federal Student Aid that I encourage all students to fill out whether you think you will receive federal aid or not. Many scholarships now require you to fill it out, and you might end up getting some aid! The FAFSA 2020-2021 application opened on October 1.


To complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you will need:


  • Your Social Security Number

  • Your Alien Registration Number (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

  • Your federal income tax returns from 2017, W-2s, and other records of money earned. (Note: You may be able to transfer your federal tax return information into your FAFSA using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool.)

  • Bank statements and records of investments (if applicable)

  • Records of untaxed income (if applicable)

  • An FSA ID to sign electronically

This information applies to both the student and the parent. I will be helping students set up their FSA ID's during school, but you will also need one. If you already have a student in college, your FSA ID will be the same. If you do not, you will have to go to fsaid.ed.gov and set one up. It should only take a few minutes. This is how you will electronically sign the FAFSA application.


College Board Scholarships

With the College Board Opportunity Scholarships, students who fill out the FAFSA will earn a chance at a $1,000 scholarship. The College Board will award 200 Complete the FAFSA scholarships every month from October through December 2020 and 100 scholarships every month from January through February 2021.

In addition to the FAFSA completion scholarships, the College Board will provide students with real-time text support when filling out the FAFSA, with “Wyatt,” their free, virtual FAFSA chatbot that students can access at https://getFAFSAhelp.org when they sign up for the Opportunity Scholarships program.

Searching for Scholarships

Here are some of the best websites to use when searching for scholarships. Many of them will require you to set up an account where you will put in criteria about yourself. This will help determine which scholarships fit you best.

http://www.easyscholarships.us/

https://myscholly.com/#scholly (2.99 a month)

https://www.edvisors.com/scholarships/

http://scholarshiphunter.com/home.html

https://www.scholarships.com/

https://www.petersons.com/

https://www.fastweb.com/


The links provided are all considered external scholarships. Please remember to look for scholarships within the chosen school. Many schools have a single scholarship application that will apply to all scholarships, but there are some that require you to apply for each scholarship individually.

Texas OnCourse

Texas OnCourse is a great source for all things college and career! It is the state's definitive source for college and career planning resources for educators, students, and families. There are a TON of useful resources! Go to TexasOnCourse.org to learn more!


Important Dates

October 12th ~ Student Holiday

October 30th ~ Halloween Party

November 3rd ~ Election Day

November 9th ~ Student Holiday

November 23rd - 27th ~ Thanksgiving Holiday

December 17th ~ NHA Fall Graduation