Friday Message - September 4, 2015

Building Successful Futures: Every Student, Every Day

Please Help Me Welcome.....Mrs. Cheri Hopsen

Mrs. Hopsen is our long term substitute teacher. She is subbing for Mrs. Matthias who will be taking over at semester. Mrs. Hopsen is an Emporia State Hornet and loves any song from the 70’s and 80’s. When asked to describe her favorite day, she said she would love to tour Italy with her family. Her advice to student’s is practice being a responsible adult now in your classes. Someday you will actually have to be one and school will go much smoother if you start now. Be respectful and cooperative. Her favorite quote is from Mark Twain, “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” Thank you Mrs. Hopsen for working with our students this semester.


If you are planning to attend college, this is the time to start thinking about college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT. The PSAT is the practice test for the SAT, but is a good practice test for college entrance exams in general. The PSAT is also the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test for juniors. Good scholarships are given to those juniors who score in the top 2 percent of scores. Other scholarships often ask for the PSAT score, as well as colleges recruiting for sports.

The PSAT will be given at AHS on Wednesday, October 14th, 1st through 4th hours. The cost is $15.00 unless you qualify for a waiver. This test is highly recommended for the college bound students. Please enroll with Mrs. Jarombek by Wednesday, September 23rd. Last day to order extra tests is September 25th. Fees must be paid by September 25th. Checks need to be made out to AHS. If you or your parents have questions, please contact Ms. Jarombek.

October ACT Sign-Up

The deadline for the October ACT is September 18. Student who qualify for Free/Reduced Lunch may qualify for a waiver. Contact Patty Gaul at the board office (367-4384) to get your letter indicating you qualify.

Dual Credit Classes

Sign up for dual credit classes with Highland will be Thursday, September 17 at 9:30am. These courses count for dual credit:

    • Spanish 2 and 3 - $645
    • Am. Studies History - $369
    • Human Anatomy - $522
    • Advanced Algebra - $369
    • English 4 College Prep - $369

Shawnee Mission College Clinic

Wednesday, Oct. 14th, 6:30-8:30pm

7500 Mission Road

Prairie Village, KS

We are planning on take a bus of students to this awesome event! There will be over 200 colleges and universities including: Ivy League schools, 4-year public and private colleges, 2-year colleges and technical schools. The clinic runs from 6:30-8:30pm. Juniors and Seniors will have first priority. You are welcome to take your child to this even on your own as well!

Seniors and Priority Deadlines

Now is the time to start applying for colleges that you are interested in attending. Please note that Kansas schools have a priority deadline of November1 (October 15 for Washburn). Out of state colleges may have earlier deadlines. This is the date you must apply by to qualify for university scholarships.


If you are needing an official transcript for a college application or scholarship please email Mrs. Shugart at

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