Guidance Newsletter April 2021

Shawnee High School

A Note From Guidance

Spring is a busy time with testing, banquets, graduation, and wrapping up the school year. It's important for students to stay on top of their work and finish the fourth quarter strong. Remember, final grades are based upon percentages earned by students each nine weeks and on exams. Students and parents can keep track of grades by utilizing ProgressBook. We are so proud of our staff and students for adjusting to all the changes this school year. Now, we are in the homestretch and looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2021!


Important Dates

April 8, 9:45 - 10:15 AM: 9th grade class ring meeting with Herff Jones in auditorium

April 14, 11:15 AM - 12:46 PM: Senior Cap & Gown Distribution in auditorium lobby

April 14, 2:45 - 6:00 PM: Class Ring Orders taken in auditorium lobby

April 16, 10:40 - 11:10 AM: Senior Class Meeting in auditorium

April 29, 10:40 - 11:10 AM: Apollo 10th grade meeting in auditorium

Spring Testing Dates

The following list includes important upcoming test dates. Parents, please be mindful of the testing schedule and try to avoid scheduling appointments on these dates.

April 13th: ELA pt. 1

April 15th: ELA pt. 2

April 20th: Alg. & Geo.

April 22nd: Bio., Hist., Gov.

May 5th: AP Eng. Lit.

May 6th: AP US History & AP Art History

May 12th: Eng. Lang.

May. 21st: AP Spanish

May 24th: AP Calc. AB and AP Physics 1

May 25th: AP Chem.

Test Taking Tips

  • Get 8-10 hours of sleep the night before a test.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast in the morning the day of the test.
  • Drink plenty of water; it helps calm your nerves & helps you focus.
  • Don't rush the morning of a test, arrive on time to school.
  • Read all directions and answer choices before picking an answer.
  • Eliminate answer choices you know are incorrect.
  • Pace yourself. Move on from challenging questions and go back to them later.
  • If you are starting to lose focus, do a quick brain break.
  • Don't leave any questions blank.
  • Review your answers after completing all of the questions.
  • Have a positive attitude.

Good luck to all our students on the upcoming tests. Go Indians!

26th Annual H.S. Art Exhibition

Join us on May 6th to view a variety of incredible artwork created by our talented Shawnee students. Doors will be open from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM and the exhibit will be in the GIC at the high school. We look forward to seeing you there!


Dance the night away with your friends at prom!

When: May 8th, 8:30pm-11:00pm

Where: Apollo Career Center

Important Details:

  • Due to restricted capacity, seniors will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets
  • Seniors can purchase their tickets during lunch the week of April 12-16
  • Juniors can purchase their tickets the week of April 19-23
  • Apollo students can purchase tickets after school with Ms. Griffo
  • Tickets are $20
  • No tickets will be purchased at the door
  • No outside guests - Shawnee students only


This spring, our students will be performing the musical, Seussical. The story follows Horton the elephant as he seeks to protect Whoville, a tiny town found on a dust speck. But since Horton is the only one that can hear the cries of the people of Whoville, the other citizens of the jungle think he is out of his mind. We also follow Jojo, a child of Whoville, who has such a grand imagination that it sometimes gets him in trouble. Both of these characters just want to find their place in the universe. Come follow The Cat in the Hat as she guides us through this heart-warming tale.

The dates for the show are:

  • May 21st at 7:00
  • May 22nd at 2:00
  • May 22nd at 7:00
  • May 23rd at 2:00

Tickets are $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for students. Tickets will be available starting May 3rd. Capacity will be limited to 25% to comply with Ohio Covid-19 regulations.

Future Testing Dates

Click here to see registration deadlines and testing dates for the SAT & ACT.

Math Tutoring

Every Wednesday, Mrs. Keller is offering free math tutoring to ALL students after school until 3:15 pm in room 210.

NHS Tutoring Tables

Need help on homework? Need help studying for a test? Need help getting caught up? Our NHS students are here to help you! Tutoring tables are every Tuesday and Thursday after school until 3:30 pm in the GIC at no cost.

College-Credit Plus (CCP)

CCP is an opportunity for students can earn high school and college credit at the same time. Students enroll in college courses and adhere to the policies and requirements of the college. Click here for the informational video about CCP and the application process. Other information is also posted on the guidance website. The Letter of Intent must be signed and turned in by May 1st.

Summer Employment & Opportunities

Do you want to stay busy this summer? Click here to view summer employment options and other summer opportunities.

Shawnee High School Alumni

A new scholarship is being created to benefit our seniors, starting with the Class of 2022: The Lima Shawnee Alumni-Legacy Scholarship Fund. If you are interested in donating to the fund, please click here and follow them on Facebook at Lima Shawnee Scholarship Fund for updates and more information. We appreciate all efforts to pay it forward to our seniors. Thank you for leaving your legacy on our community!

The Princess Capers

Cupcake Wars in our Baking & Pastry Arts class with Mrs. Gronas

National Honor Society

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National Medalist - Aria Davis

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Senior John Briggs: Zones, State, & National Swim Qualifier

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Boys Basketball Team made it to the state semi-finals

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Caps & Gowns

It's not too late! If you haven't done so already, order your caps & gowns for graduation by clicking here. Stop down to Mrs. Ballinger in the West Office if you have any questions.

Spring Awards

Seniors, mark your calendars! The Spring Awards Ceremony will be on Monday, May 24th at 7:00 pm. More information will be available soon. We look forward to honoring the Class of 2021 and all of their accomplishments.

Apply for Scholarships

Seniors can view the scholarship list on the guidance website to access local, state, and national scholarship opportunities. The scholarships highlighted in yellow have upcoming deadlines. There will be more local ones available soon! Stop by the guidance office or email your school counselor if you have any questions. Click here to check out the scholarship list.

Senior Survey

Seniors can expect to complete a Senior Survey in May during their English class. This is important for all seniors to submit so we know where to send their final transcript to. We will post it in the Class of 2021 Google Classroom. Apollo students will receive further instructions.

Mental Health & Resources

Life is full of changes

Click above to read tips for processing change.

Community Resources

Click here to view a catalog of resources in Allen County, Auglaize County, & Hardin County.

Click here to view a list of community resources in Lima.

National Alcohol Awareness Month Article

Click above to read alcohol facts and tips on how to talk to your children about alcohol use.

Crisis Hotline Numbers

Ohio CareLine: 1-800-720-9616

Crisis Text Line: Text "4hope" to 741741

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Hopeline: 1-800-567-HOPE

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE

Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-448-4663

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386


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