December Counseling Newsletter 2018
West High School Counseling Department
---------------------------------12th Grade Information--------------------------------
Keep working hard on those college applications if you have a December or January deadline!
If you NEED a School Counselor recommendation for college for a January deadline:
Please see your Counselor ASAP to request a letter of recommendation.
Counselors are not available over winter break to write letters, so be sure to plan accordingly.
A few additional details to remember:
- Submit your ACT or SAT scores directly to the colleges through the ACT or the College Board (for SAT) websites.
- If your school/s request Mid Year senior year grades to be sent, you will need to request your transcript via parchment.com. Select "Hold For Grades" so that your 1st semester grades will be included on your transcript.
- Be conscientious in pursuing housing accommodations as soon as the colleges will allow so you have a better chance of getting your first choice in housing.
NATIONAL COLLEGIATE ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NCAA)
Potential Division I and II athletes must meet NCAA academic eligibility requirements in high school prior to entering a college. Students must apply junior or senior year.
Go to the NCAA website at www.ncaaclearinghouse.net to register and learn about the eligibility requirements.
SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID
There are many different sources of financial aid, including federal grants or loans, loans from private lending organizations, state scholarships and grants, and other scholarships. Seniors (and their parents) seeking financial aid and/or scholarships should make sure to regularly review the “Scholarship Scoops” (updated throughout the year and emailed to every senior) and the Scholarships & Financial Aid booklet.
WEST HIGH SCHOLARSHIPS
Each year, many local organizations and individuals generously provide scholarships for West High School Seniors. In recent years, West High has had approximately 50 scholarships to award. Each scholarship donor determines the criteria for their individual scholarship.
The criteria vary for each scholarship, but may include one or more of the following:
- academic achievement
- school/community service
- athletic achievement
- financial need
- special interests/talents
- intended area of study
To be eligible for a West Scholarship, students must have:
- attended high school in the Madison Metropolitan School District for a minimum of three (3) full semesters
- the 8th, or final, semester must be at West
- Students must complete and submit a West High Scholarship application
This application will be accessible through the West High school webpage, between Monday, January 7, 2019 and Monday, February 11, 2019 (closes promptly at 4:00 p.m.).
An e-mail with the application link and the instructions on how to complete the application will be sent to all seniors through their MMSD e-mail account when the application window goes live. Students must complete this application by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, February 11th in order to be considered for any of the West Scholarships.
The Scholarship Committee will begin meeting in March and will use the information provided on the applications to select the recipients for the various scholarships. If you have trouble accessing the application or need any assistance completing it, please contact your counselor. West Scholarships will be announced at the Senior Honors Convocation on May 30, 2019 @ 7:00 p.m.
----------------------------11th Grade Information----------------------------
Junior Conference Time Is Near!
Counselors will begin meeting with Juniors starting December 17th. Instructions on how to sign up for a conference will be provided to all juniors on Friday, December 7th.
All juniors will schedule an individual junior conference with their counselor to discuss the following topics:
- reviewing your transcript for graduation progress
- class selection for senior year
- develop a post-high school plan, including a list of possible schools and potential majors or areas of emphasis.
Parents will be emailed a Junior Conference Summary Form following the conference which will highlight important topics discussed as well as a step-by-step timeline for students to follow.
The Junior Conference is an important opportunity for your student to work with their counselor in preparing for senior year, and to create a road map for achieving the student's post-high school goals.
ALL JUNIORS WILL TAKE THE ACT ON FEBRUARY 20TH, 2019
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--------------------------------10th Grade Information---------------------------
COUNSELORS IN THE CLASSROOM
- 4 Year Schools
- 2 Year Schools
- Gap Year
EARLY COLLEGE STEM ACADEMY
An exciting opportunity for 10th grade students!
MMSD has partnered with Madison College to expand access for students to college courses in science, technology, engineering and math. The Early College STEM Academy is aimed at increasing access to STEM opportunities with a focus on underrepresented groups in the STEM field (female students and students of color) as well as first generation college going and low SES. Students can earn college credit as high school students at no cost to them or their families.
Students would attend 11th and 12th grade at Madison College and be instructed by both Madison College instructors and MMSD teachers, and would have access to state-of-the-art STEM labs and equipment for hands-on learning.
Student profile fits groups historically underrepresented in STEM fields
- Student of color
- First Generation
- Low Socioeconomic background
- Special Circumstances
Priority will be given to students that come from low SES background.
For more information, please plan to attend an information session on December 3rd from 6-7 pm at West in the LMC. Please contact your child's school counselor with questions.
YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
2018 Student & Parent/Guardian Information Meeting
All meetings will begin at 5:30pm and will end by 6:30pm.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - West High School LMC, Room 2047
Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - East High School LMC Gold, Rm 1042
BUSINESS EMERGING LEADERS (BEL) PROGRAM
The Business Emerging Leaders (BEL) Program is designed for promising students who come from diverse backgrounds and have strong academic records and demonstrated leadership skills. Program participation gives students a distinct competitive advantage when adjusting to college life, learning in classes, and applying for internship opportunities, ultimately preparing them for successful careers in business.
The BEL Program meets every summer for three years, beginning the summer after tenth grade. Learn more information on the program and how to apply HERE
Application window closes Feb 1, 2019
-----------------------Information for All Students-------------------------
This program is for teens who are curious about the research process, different careers in health and research, or teen health and media use. Open to all grades 9-12. Application will open on January 14th, 2019.
DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A JOB BOARD?
School Counselor (Highland A-N & Pathways Students)
Academic & Career Planning (ACP) Co-Coordinator
How long have you been at West?
This is my 2nd year at West.
What did you do prior to coming to West?
I was the School Counselor at Black Hawk Middle School for seven years prior to coming to West. I also did a long term substitute position for a counselor at LaFollette for a semester. Before I became a School Counselor, I taught Spanish and English as a Second Language for many years at both the middle and high school level.
Best thing about West
The amazingly talented and diverse students! I still remember how welcoming the students here made me feel when I was brand new. They continue to impress me with their ambitions, achievements and leadership on a daily basis.
Any movie with a baseball theme: A League of Their Own, Sandlot, Field of Dreams.
"Enjoy this moment, for this moment is your life."
I'm so glad to be working at West with a great team of counselors! In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter (Sophia) and son (Myles). Cooking new recipes and running are some of my favorite hobbies.
I also am the Communications Coordinator for the Wisconsin School Counseling Association (WSCA) and help behind-the-scenes to plan an amazing professional development conference for school counselors across the state!