News From the Nest

January 21, 2021

In this issue:

  • First Semester Ends
  • PSAT Information
  • Asynchronous Learning Days
  • Scholarships - Class of 2021
  • Senior Information
  • Class of 2023 Individual Student Meetings
  • Khan Academy
  • Potomac State ACCESS Program
  • Shepherd University TRiO Upward Bound Program
  • Device Repairs/Tech Issues
  • Softball Information

End of First Semester

First Semester officially ends January 26, 2021.

Be sure your coursework is up to date. If you have questions, contact your teachers.

Parents, be sure to check Schoology to see how your student is progressing.

PSAT Information

PSAT for 10th and 11th Grade Students- January 26, 2021

All 10th and 11th graders will have the opportunity to take the PSAT/NMSQT exam on Tuesday, January 26th. This test will provide the students, teachers, and parents data as well as resources to prepare for the college entrance SAT assessment. Breakfast, lunch, and transportation will be provided to all Spring Mills High School 10th and 11th grade students on January 26th. We will operate under a normal school day (8:00-1:15).

Pre-Registration was required and ended on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Masks will be required, and social distancing will be in place.

The test will take place on January 26th regardless of the color of the WVDHHR COVID-19 map. This will be an asynchronous remote learning day for students who are not registered to take the exam

ABOUT THE PSAT: The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test) is a practice version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students choose to take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship - $180 million in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math. Unlike the SAT, the highest score possible on the PSAT is 1520.

Please email Dr. Carrie Marcum ( with any questions.

Practice here:

Asynchronous Learning Days

Monday, January 25, 2021 and Tuesday, January 26, 2021 will be asynchronous learning days for high school students at SMHS.

Students are expected to log in both days and complete assignments from their teachers. Students will not be in person attendance at SMHS on Monday, January 25, 2021. Only those 10th and 11th grade students who pre-registered to take the PSAT will report to SMHS on Tuesday, January 26, 2021; all other students will continue with asynchronous learning that day.

Scholarships - Class of 2021

Hello Class of 2021!! I hope you all had an enjoyable holiday break. Spring semester is almost here...which means SCHOLARSHIP season is here :) Who wants FREE money for college??

I'm adding the link to my Scholarship Spreadsheet. I will update is as I receive new applications. Make sure to refresh the link weekly to ensure you are viewing the most recent information:

*Make sure to use Parchment to request your transcripts.

*Try to get scholarship applications done BEFORE the deadline (that way we can help if you need something)

If you need anything feel free to message me on Schoology or send me an email

~Mrs. Copenhaver

Senior Information

Important Information for SENIORS!

Cap and Gowns are available to order through Jostens. You are able to order your Cap and Gown through them as well as any Class of 2021 gear, graduation announcements, and class jewelry. Orders can take up to three weeks to get sent to your house so make sure to order ASAP. There are flexible payment plans through Jostens that you can find on their website. If you have any questions you may contact Jostens at 1-800-567-8367 or go to their Help Center.

Seniors who are planning on attending college there is a great opportunity for you to be a part of which is "Cool Cash for College". The WV Higher Education Policy Commission (WVHEPC) has created a contest for seniors who have applied for the WV Promise Scholarship AND the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). By applying to both the WV Promise Scholarship AND the FAFSA you can be entered into a drawing to win some awesome prizes/cash. You could be one of 40 lucky seniors who get YOUR CHOICE of a Grand Prize (Apple AirPods, a Mini Fridge, or a Wireless Printer), or you could be one of 100 Second Prize winners who will receive $20 Cash. If you need any help applying to either the WV Promise Scholarship, FAFSA, or questions about the contest you may contact the state's financial aid hotline at 1-877-987-7664. The WVHEPC also encourages students and parents to sign up for WV's text messaging program at Txt 4 Success.

Scholarships for seniors can be found on the Schoology group called the "Class of 2021" as well as other important information under resources. If you need access to this group on Schoology the access code is JC6T-TMJC-5T2M7. Scholarships can also be found on our school's website under the Counseling tab and it is linked here for you: Scholarships. The Senior Guide also holds a ton of information which can be viewed virtually or you are able to come to the school to pick up a hard copy as well. There will be a box of Senior Guides right on the table when you walk inside the door to the school.

Class of 2023: Individual Scheduling Meetings

If this were a typical school year, I would begin calling you down to my office for your individual scheduling meetings. Unfortunately, that will not be the case this year. Please use the link to select a time for your individual scheduling meeting on Teams. I will send you a meeting link on Schoology prior to your meeting. We will discuss your transcripts, current grades, the course selections you made for 11th grade, as well as updating your PEP (personalized education plan). I look forward to "seeing" all of you soon!

Schedule your meeting time here:

Khan Academy

Need extra practice in courses? Taking the SAT?

Khan Academy has a wide variety of subjects available for students.

At this time, Khan Academy is the best way to practice and study for the upcoming SAT test:

Potomac State ACCESS Pogram

WVU Potomac State College offers college courses in high schools within our region. The ACCESS Program is a great way for students to get a head start on their college career.

To enroll in the High School ACCESS Early College Program, you must meet the following requirements:

High School Juniors and Seniors:

  • Be a high school or home-schooled junior or senior during the semester when the desired course is offered.
  • Hold a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Some courses require students to complete a mathematics or English placement test.

**There are still spaces available in Speech/Communications, History 209/Modern European History.

All classes are online and are only $75 for 3 WVU credits.

For more information visit:

Shepherd University TRiO Upward Bound Program

Not sure where to start with preparing for college? Would you like to gain valuable resources to prepare yourself for your future?

The Shepherd University TRiO Upward Bound Program’s mission is to provide services that help 1st generation and/or income eligible high school students gain the academic skills, personal support, and cultural exposure that will lead to high school graduation, postsecondary enrollment and completion, and a love for lifelong learning. The Upward Bound Program was established in 2017 and funded collaboratively between the U.S. Department of Education, Shepherd University, and Berkeley County Public Schools.

Contact your counselor for an application. *You do not have to plan on attending Shepherd University to participate.

View the brochure here:

Device Repairs/Tech Issues

Click Students

If you are experiencing issues with your Chromebook, or it needs repair, email to schedule a Zoom meeting to troubleshoot the issue, or to schedule a drop off of the broken device and a pick up of a loaner Chromebook.

Brick Students

If you are in the building and experiencing issues with your Chromebook, or it needs repair, scan the QR code located in your teacher's room or in the hallway, or type the tinyURL below into your browser, and complete the form fully. You will be called down to see Mrs. Stegall as soon as possible. Please note that you may not stop in between classes, nor may you be sent down by a teacher.



Did you know 200,000 people die each year from the cold Children are unable to regulate their body temperatures and can quickly develop hypothermia without protection from the cold?

  • Help us provide 400 coats, hats, scarfs and gloves to West Virginia children in need;
  • Both new and gently used winter items can be donated;
  • Multiple collection locations are available around the state;

Cash donations can be made online at

For more information visit:


For anyone interested in playing softball for SMHS please email Coach Beihl at to receive the conditioning schedule and 2021 season details.