NFHS COUNSELING NEWSLETTER

October 2020

Hello Raiders!

Your NFHS Counseling team is always striving to keep you in the loop! This newsletter provides a monthly update on student resources, upcoming opportunities, college admissions, and so much more. Remember that your counselors are here to support you, always!

Virtual College Visits are happening now!

College visits are still happening during Raider Time this year, just virtually! Students can sign up to participate in these through their FlexTime Manager. Here are a few upcoming college visits in the month of October:



  • OCT 1: Mississippi State University & Louisiana State University
  • OCT 7: The University of Alabama & University of Kentucky
  • OCT 9: University of West Georgia & Valdosta State University
  • OCT 13: University of North Georgia & University of South Carolina
  • OCT 15: Ohio University & University of Arizona
  • OCT 21: Young Harris & Georgia College and Statue University
  • OCT 23: The University of Alabama & Samford University
  • OCT 27: Mercer University & Radford University
  • OCT 29: Furman University & Agnes Scott

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...

Senior Seminar

The counseling office shared the Class of 2021 Senior Seminar presentation in Raider Time Home Base on Tuesday, September 8th. This presentation covered topics including graduation requirements, college admissions, scholarship information, and so much more. This presentation has been posted on our new Raider Counseling Network page through ItsLearning and is avaliable using the button below for families to view and for students to come back to. We highly encourage you to view this presentation in its entirety and to refer back to it as needed!

Senior Packets

Last month, we also handed out Senior Packets during Raider Time Home Base. These hold some really helpful senior information, including an individualized graduation credit check to assist you in tracking your own graduation status. If you have not received this packet, they will be available for pick up in the front office during school hours until Oct. 15th!

Class of 2024 High School 101

Last month, our RaiderU counselors delivered a High School 101 presentation during Raider Time Home Base. This presentation covered essential topics that include academic support, graduation requirements, and other helpful high school tips! This presentation has been posted on the new Raider Counseling Network page through ItsLearning and is shared through the button below for students and families to refer back to.

FORSYTH VIRTUAL SCHOOL

FVA's Guide to Academic Success

Online education is a very new concept for many families, so using this guide provided by FVA can help keep you on track to academic success. Remember, it is never too early to reach out for help - your teachers and counselors are here to support and help you!

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Financial Aid Night: October 1st at 6 PM

The FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened for completion on October 1st. NFHS offered a live Financial Aid Information session with Marcus Hilliard from the Georgia Student Finance Commission on Thursday, Oct. 1st at 6 PM.


In case you missed it, we have a variety of resources we would like to share with you:


For Georgia Student Finance Commission's upcoming webinars, click HERE. Their FAFSA completion webinar will be held on Oct. 13th at 5 pm.


Marcus is available for free 30 minute financial aid consultations. For registration and to view his availability, click HERE.


For more information regarding the FAFSA and completion, you can also visit Sallie Mae's FAFSA Guide as an additional resource.


If you have more individual questions, you can reach out to Marcus directly at marcush@gsfc.org

Scholarship Spotlight: Zell Miller

For students seeking to qualify for Georgia's Zell Miller scholarship, it is crucial to be aware of the eligibility requirements. One of the requirements for qualifying is to have met a specific score minimum on the SAT and/or ACT. Given changes to SAT/ACT requirements for college admissions, it is important to know that at this time the Zell Miller scholarship still requires a qualifying test score. Here is the current statement on this subject shared by GAFutures:


"SAT and ACT cancellations: GSFC’s Board of Commissioners voted earlier this year to extend the deadline for the Class of 2020 (high school and home study) to submit qualifying test scores for the Zell Miller Scholarship until December 30, 2020, because of test cancellations resulting from COVID-19.


Given the ongoing cancellations of SAT and ACT testing, the Georgia Student Finance Commission is considering options for administrative and statutory changes to further support students during this time. Class of 2020 and 2021: Please continue to check back here for additional updates in the coming days."


More information regarding this scholarship and eligibility can be found on the GAFutures website. Updates regarding changes due to COVID-19 can be found on their COVID-19: Updates page.

Scholarship Opportunities

The NFHS Counseling department is constantly updating our Scholarships/Financial Aid page as new opportunities are passed along to us. Seniors, remember to be checking the Class of 2021 Scholarship List - some deadlines are already approaching and we don't want you to miss out!

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS

SAT/ACT Testing

If you are looking to register for the SAT and/or ACT, you can use the buttons below to visit their respective websites. There you can review test dates, create an account, and get registered!

PSAT

NFHS's PSAT date is coming up on Wednesday, October 14th. The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is a great tool for students considering college. The PSAT/NMSQT measures critical reading skills, math problem-solving skills and writing skills. All 10th Grade students will take the PSAT at no cost. To best prepare for this test, you can utilize the link below to access the PSAT Student Guide which includes an official practice test!

Test Prep - Sycamore Learning

This fall, Sycamore Learning is offering students online ACT, PSAT/SAT, and Study Skills Webinars most every weekend through November as well as an option for a 5-day boot camp during the week. These Webinars will be just like their regular classes only held online via GotoMeeting and conducted with a live presenter so students can still ask questions. All students that attend will receive their Study Guide which will be mailed to them prior to the seminar.


Please visit their website or view the flier below for more information!

Transcript Requests

North Forsyth High School has partnered with Parchment to order and send your transcripts this year. Parchment allows for a paperless transaction that can be ordered 24/7, paid electronically, and tracked online. Transcripts will be $6. This link will open a new browser: North Forsyth High School - Parchment


If a Senior is applying to college using The Common Application, please click here for directions on how to send your transcript to Common App through Parchment.

Counselor Recommendations - Senior Resume Form

We encourage all seniors who need a recommendation to complete a Senior Resume which will provide counselors with important information that can be used when writing letters of recommendation. Please check with your college of choice to see if the they require letters of recommendation. If your college requires a letter of recommendation, please ask the desired teachers and/or counselor at least two weeks in advance of the application deadlines. Teachers and Counselors receive a high volume of requests in the fall so being proactive is important for a quality and timely recommendation letter. It is also helpful to follow-up with the counselor through e-mail to make sure they are aware of details regarding the letter of recommendation!

VIRTUAL COLLEGE FAIRS & TOURS

Probe Virtual College Fairs

Georgia Line Virtual Tour

Join Columbus State University, Georgia Southwestern State University, and the University of West Georgia - online - for the inaugural Georgia Line Virtual Tour. Click the button below for registration!

STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES

Student Opportunity Spotlight: “OPTIMIST STAR” STUDENT AWARD PROGRAM

This Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club is seeking to recognize outstanding high school students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievement, leadership ability, and good citizenship and have participated in Optimist activities. Please view the form linked below to see if you are eligible and interested in being nominated for this award. If so, you will want to make an appointment with your counselor to discuss your nomination and complete the form. Please reach out to your counselor directly if you have any questions!

Georgia Tech Women in Engineering - Engineering Career Conference

The Georgia Tech Women in Engineering Program is excited to announce the 21st annual Engineering Career Conference (ECC) for current female junior and senior high school students.


ECC is designed to give high school girls knowledge and information about the eleven engineering disciplines offered at Georgia Tech to help them decide if they'd like to study engineering in college, and, if so, which type of engineering is best for them.

This year's ECC will be held on virtually Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

Over the course of a day, prospective female students have the opportunity to hear directly from Georgia Tech's world-renowned faculty and current Tech students about the various engineering majors offered at GT. In addition, attendees have the chance to meet with a GT Admissions Counselor to find out about the admissions process and the academic requirements necessary to be successful in engineering undergraduate programs.

There is no cost for this year’s Engineering Career Conference. Please click the button below for registration!

BMore Virtual Bootcamp: October 13-20, 2020

Students and parents, join BMore Learning for a weeklong, Virtual Bootcamp featuring life and workforce skills. For more information, download the flyer and visit the website by clicking the button below!

WELLNESS RESOURCES

Resiliency & Wellness Toolkit

The Resiliency & Wellness Toolkit is a resource for students, parents, and educators. The goal is to provide information and resources to assist specifically in the return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to check out all the resources available by clicking the button below!

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