Smyrna High School's Counseling Newsletter
1st Quarter, August 2016
SHS Counseling Staff
Mrs. Walker: students A-D, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. McKinley: students E-K, email@example.com
Mr. Lay: students Ro-Z, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Hockenberry: counseling secretary, email@example.com
Mrs. Benton: counseling secretary, firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Note from Principal Powell
Welcome parents and students!
We are off to a great start to the school year. We have added some additional classes this year and also expanded our dual enrollment program. The state has also added some additional state dual credit classes that allow these classes to count toward college credit. Be sure to monitor your child's progress on INow parent portal and email your child's teachers with questions or concerns. Our fall sports and activities are in progress. Please come out and support these programs and encourage your child to get involved. Thank you for your support of Smyrna High. GO BULLDOGS!!!
Financial Aid Night: Thursday September 1, 2016
Where: 6:00 pm SHS Cafeteria
Who: Senior students and Parents of Seniors
$$$ Come to learn about: $$$
● Resources available to help you pay for college
●Tennessee grants and scholarships
● FAFSA completion information
Special guest speaker: Eric Farmer from TSAC
(Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation)
Counselors will begin class visits with seniors the last week of August. We will continue these meetings with juniors, sophomores and freshmen throughout the month of September and through the start of October. We will meet with students in their English classes and discuss important information for each grade level. Topics covered include graduation requirements, credits, importance of working hard, GPA and many other specific grade level items of importance. Please take the opportunity to talk with your student about these visits.
PSAT: Registration September 12-September 21st.
To register for the test, students will need to take the registration fee of $15.00 to the Bulldog Bank during 4th or 5th period from September 12-21st. Upon registering, students will receive the PSAT student guide. There will be no late registration available as September 21st is a hard deadline.
The actual test will be given during the school day on October 19th.
More information will be given to students as time draws near.
Free ACT retake: Deadline to register September 16th.
Test Date: October 22nd
Students should report to the school counseling office to receive their free re-take voucher.
Click here for more information: http://media.wix.com/ugd/4ba853_02aa7cf9bcdf4518b8df9b8d7e92724c.pdf
Tennessee Promise: Deadline to apply November 1st
Tennessee Promise offers up to five semesters of tuition-free community or technical college to Tennessee high school graduates. The program provides eligible students a last –dollar scholarship which covers full tuition and mandatory fees not covered by Pell grant, TELS, and TSAA. Students will also be assigned a partnering organization and mentor who will provide guidance and assistance as the students enter higher education. Student must participate with their partnering organization to access TN Promise Dollars.
Deadline to apply: November 1st, 2016
Website with more information: http://tnpromise.gov
Tennessee Governor's School
Tennessee provides 12 summer programs for gifted and talented high school students. Students currently in the 10th and 11th grades who would like to participate in a challenging and high-intensity program in one of the twelve areas will be able to apply. Once available, applications will be posted on the opportunities tab of the counseling website. Applications are usually available in late September. Completed applications are typically due to the counseling office starting in mid-October. Please see: https://www.tn.gov/education/topic/tdoe-governors-schools for more information regarding Governor's school. (Last summer's information is still listed on the state website; please re-visit the site in late September for updated information).
Parents of SENIORS: Important Changes to FAFSA Filing
The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is required to be completed in order for your student to be eligible for Federal Aid for college, including the TN HOPE and TN Promise scholarships.You’ll be able to submit your FAFSA earlier than in previous years. You can file your 2017–18 FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2016, rather than beginning on Jan. 1, 2017. The earlier submission date will be a permanent change, enabling you to complete and submit a FAFSA as early as October 1 every year.
School Counseling Appointments
We have also created an appointment request link for parents. We have an open door policy when it comes to meeting with parents; however, having a scheduled appointment allows us to be fully prepared for the meeting and also allows us to make sure we are not involved in other meetings or counseling groups when the parent arrives. Please review the appointment links: http://smyrnahscounseling.wixsite.com/shs2015/make-an-appointment
Make sure that you are checking INOW Home Portal and keeping up with your student’s grades. If you have any questions about the grades, you can email your student’s teachers. If you have not received your login information, please visit the counseling webpage and click the 'INow" tab located on the far right of the heading bar. There, you will see a button to request log-on information.
Want to know about scholarships? Follow these easy steps below:
1. Visit http://www.shs.rcs.k12.tn.us/
2. Click on “counseling” at the top of the page
3. Click on grey tab in middle of page labeled “College Corner”
4. Scroll under the first picture to the grey button labeled “ scholarships”.
You will be able to travel to the website for that particular scholarship just by clicking on the link OR the application will be uploaded for you to print.
The Opportunities button on the college corner of the SHS counseling webpage is the one-stop for all things non-scholarship related. We divide page between college visits/fairs, community service opportunities, career/work opportunities, and "other". Other may include things like Governor's school, learning conferences, and general opportunities that our students can participate in. These opportunities are updated weekly.
Parent/teacher conferences are offered every Wednesday at 3:45. Parents can request to meet your child's teachers. Conferences must be scheduled by the Tuesday morning prior to your planned Wednesday meeting.
Conferences are scheduled through Ms. Benton.
615-904-3865 ext. 23705