PHS Jr/Sr Counseling Newsletter

November and December, 2019

From Mrs. Losey

So many seniors have applied to college and have already received acceptance letters! Juniors are off to a fantastic start of their second half of high school and have completed the PSAT. Everyone is well on their way to successfully finishing the first semester. This edition includes important updates, accomplishments of students, and information on upcoming events, deadlines and activities. Don't forget to check out the bottom for the listing of seniors who have been accepted to college and those who have already been offered scholarships as well! Congratulations!

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Click the above links to get connected for reminders throughout the school year for college visits, deadlines, scholarships, and other important things to keep track of! Let Mrs. Losey help you stay on track and organized.

Tutors are still available!

Do you need help in a class? Don't give up! Take advantage of the free tutors at PHS! National Honor Society members are available to tutor students. Please contact your counselor if interested in a one-on-one tutor. Your tutor will be matched with you based on the subject(s) in need. BLUE DAY tutoring with a NHS student is also available to students.


PSAT Test Results from the October exam are expected to be released to students on December 10th. Counselors will meet with students in early January to review the score reports.

Juniors: register now for the SAT or the ACT in the spring. Seats fill up so be sure to save the date(s) you need! Paper copies of practice exams are in the counseling office for free. Stop by to pick up a sample test any time.

  • ACT: Students may pick up a paper copy of the ACT study guide at any time from the counseling department. To register for upcoming test dates, or to study please visit the website: There are also online study guides and resources available on the website.

Student Athlete/Registration

Do you want to play sports in college? Students who are planning to play Division I or Division II athletics should register with the NCAA their junior year of high school.

Students should also consider registering with the NAIA if planning to play in that division. Scholarships are available to some players. Some popular schools in the area who are NAIA are: IU Southeast, Grace College, Goshen College, Taylor University, Brescia University, Berea College, and Georgetown College. For more information:

College Applications

Applications/Early Action Dates:

It's not too late to apply to college!

Many schools had the November 1st date as their Early Action deadline. However, there are other Early Action deadlines and of course colleges have the regular admissions/rolling admissions. If there are other colleges you're interested in, many are still accepting applications.

Ordering Official Test Scores

Some colleges require official test scores to be sent directly from the College Board for the SAT and through for the ACT test scores for a fee. Example: IU Bloomington

  • Other colleges will accept the test scores off of the transcript (which will save you $$$). Example: University of Louisville
  • And, other colleges are test optional and may not require the scores at all. Examples: Hanover, Ball State, St. Mary's (Notre Dame)

Ordering High School Transcripts

Congratulations! You have submitted your college application but don't forget to send your transcript! The application is not complete until the transcript has been sent. Log in to Parchment and "Order" your transcript to be sent to your chosen institutions.

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

The 2020-21 FAFSA form is here! Some states and schools have limited funds, so submit your application today. Also, check out the new myStudentAid app for iOS and Android.

Every senior should complete the FAFSA and each following year of undergrad/graduate school. Many PHS seniors have already completed the FAFSA. For students and families with questions here are some resources, and of course, please contact Mrs. Losey with questions.


The Director of Financial Aid, Pam Meek, presented at the Financial Aid Night in September and came for the November workshop in the library. She is still available as a resource and can be reached at

  • Use 2018 tax records.
  • It's recommended to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to submit tax records.
  • The FAFSA is the required application for all state financial aid programs and grants. In Indiana, students must complete the FAFSA by April 15th to be eligible for state aid.
  • What is Financial Aid? Gift Aid=grants, scholarships, Self-Help Aid=loans, employment. Recommended to start searching and applying for scholarships junior year. FAFSA is the application for grants (money that does not have to be paid back).
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC): will be the same from school to school, calculated by a federal formula using information provided on FAFSA, amount the government determines a family can reasonably be expected to contribute, is NOT the amount your family will have to pay for college and is NOT the amount of federal aid a family will receive, and IS based on both student and parent contribution and household demographics of size, income, and number of students attending college.
  • Families should log back in to their account to check the status. Processing can take 5-7 days and edits will be allowable after application is processed.
  • Students should list all schools they are applying to on the FAFSA so the school(s) will receive the application in order to potentially make financial aid offers to the student.

Video on the different types of student aid:

Where to complete the FAFSA:

Q: Okay, so I've applied to college and sent everything in. What should I do next?

A: Apply for Scholarships!

The #1 regret I hear from past graduates is that they didn't apply for more scholarships.

Below are a few scholarship opportunities. Be sure to check out the Guidance Tab on the school website for more scholarships and search engines.

  • Local Community Foundation Scholarships: For Clark and Floyd residents, the scholarship application window will open December 2nd for the "common application" for all available scholarships other than the Lilly. Senior students were given a paper packet of the available scholarships with directions for applying. An online version and to apply as a resident of Floyd or Clark County: Deadline for All Other Scholarships application: January 27, 2020 NOON (12:00 P.M.)

Upcoming Events and Activities

Healthy Relationships Classroom Lesson

Monday, Dec. 2nd 2019 at 8:30pm to Tuesday, Dec. 3rd 2019 at 3pm

707 Providence Way

Clarksville, IN

The Center for Women and Families is here at PHS today and tomorrow (Dec 2-3) with junior students in Ms. Vander Woude's classes. They were previously here at PHS with Mr. Loner's classes earlier in the semester. The educators from the Center are teaching a healthy relationships lesson with the students to educate and empower the students in their development of relationships with peers.

Community Town Hall: Underage Drinking

Thursday, Dec. 12th 2019 at 5:30pm

211 East Court Avenue

Jeffersonville, IN


Senator Ron Grooms

Alicia Rousseau, RN, Clark Memorial Hospital

Erin Hairston, Community Member

MeriBeth Adams-Wolf, Director, Our Place

Conrad Moorer, Jeffersonville Police Department

Finals Week at PHS

Monday, Dec. 16th 2019 at 8am

707 Providence Way

Clarksville, IN

Some study tips:

  • Chunk study sessions and study material over a period of several days
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Stay organized and be prepared for each day to minimize stress

Christmas Dance, Sponsored by SADD Club

Thursday, Dec. 19th 2019 at 8pm

707 Providence Way

Clarksville, IN

Annual Christmas Dance at PHS from 8:00-11:00 pm! Sponsored by SADD Club/PHS Counselors. Come celebrate the completion of the first semester!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Christmas Break

Friday, Dec. 20th 2019 at 12am

This is an online event.

Students have Christmas Break 12/20-1/1. First day of classes resumes on January 2nd. We wish everyone a happy and restful break.

Acceptances and Awards

Congratulations on your Acceptance!

Colleges and universities are just beginning to process the thousands of applications they have received. If you haven't received notification yet of your application status, you will soon. The following are students who have been accepted to a college AND have shared their acceptance status with the Counseling Department. An updated list will be published in the following newsletter.

Congratulations to the following students:

Aldridge, Chase - Western Kentucky University

Allender, Kennedy - Eastern Michigan University, Indiana State University, University of Indianapolis, Western Kentucky University

Andriot, Jillian - Ball State University

Arnson, Jack - University of Louisville

Banet, Nolan - Bellarmine University, Hanover College

Benningfield, Vincent - Indiana State University

Brooks, Nadia - Ball State University

Cecil, Laramie - Indiana University Bloomington

Culwell, Claire - Eastern Kentucky University, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University

Dodd, Emily - University of Louisville

Edwards, Bishop - Ball State University, Indiana State University, Western Kentucky University

Elias, Regan - Ball State University, Butler University, Eastern Michigan University, University of Louisville

Galligan, Gavin - University of Louisville

Hazen, Connor - Eastern Kentucky University, Western Kentucky University

Hensley, Taylor - Ivy Tech Community College

Jones, Henry - Indiana University Bloomington

Koopman, Stephanie - Bellarmine University, Butler University, Hanover College, Indiana State University, Western Kentucky University

Kristiansen, Elyse - Bellarmine University, Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana University, Southeast, Morehead State University, University of Evansville, University of Kentucky

Lancaster, Alex - Indiana University Bloomington

Libs, Zoe - Indiana University Bloomington

Morra, Michael - Ball State University, Indiana University Bloomington

O'Bannon, Elle - Arizona State University, Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington

Oakley, Faith - Bellarmine University, University of Louisville

Payne, Dylan - Ball State University, University of Louisville, University of Southern Indiana

Popson, Maria - University of Louisville

Russell, Liberty - Ball State University, Brescia University, Indiana State University, Indiana University Southeast, University of Southern Indiana, Western Kentucky University

Sidebottom, Caden - Bellarmine University, Indiana University Bloomington

Sprigler, Chloe - Bellarmine University, Butler University, IUPUI, Indiana University Southeast, University of Louisville

Stoner, Helena - Eastern Kentucky University

Stumler, Avery - Bellarmine University, Western Kentucky University

Sullivan, Jacob - Butler University

Wilson, Stephen - Indiana University Bloomington, IUPUI, University of Louisville

Wisdom, Kyle - University of Louisville

Wright, Shelby - Ball State University

If you have received an acceptance letter but do not see your name on the list, forward the acceptance email or bring in a copy of your acceptance and the list will be updated next month. The Counseling Department keeps a record of all acceptances and scholarships awarded even if a student attends another school.

Direct Scholarships from Colleges/Universities

The following students have shared their scholarship offers with the Counseling Department. This list will be updated in the next Counseling Newsletter. Congratulations to the following students:

Andriot, Jillian - Ball State University

Banet, Nolan - Bellarmine University, Hanover College

Elias, Regan - Ball State University, Butler University, Eastern Michigan University

Hazen, Connor - Eastern Kentucky University

Koopman, Stephanie - Bellarmine University, Butler University, Hanover College

Kristiansen, Elyse - Bellarmine University, Indiana University, Southeast, University of Evansville

O'Bannon, Elle - Butler University

Oakley, Faith - Bellarmine University

Russell, Liberty - Brescia University

Sidebottom, Caden - Bellarmine University, Indiana University Bloomington

Sprigler, Chloe - Bellarmine University, Butler University, IUPUI, Indiana University Southeast

Stoner, Helena - Eastern Kentucky University

Stumler, Avery - Bellarmine University

Sullivan, Jacob - Butler University

Wilson, Stephen - Indiana University Bloomington, University of Louisville

Wright, Shelby - Ball State University

If you have received scholarship offers from a college or university and don't see your name here, please share your offer with the Counseling Department. All scholarship offers are recorded even if another university is ultimately chosen.

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