Class of 2016

September Newsletter...On the Road to Success

Senior Year...YAY!

We have finally made it to senior year! Schedules are set, GPA's are ready to go, and you should be completing your final round of testing! So, what's next? As many of you know, college applications have gone live! That means that you can start applying to most schools today. Things to keep in mind:

  • Early Action: Allows students to apply to schools early (meaning before the regular decision deadline) without any obligation to attend the school if accepted. Make sure that you are a good candidate for early action before applying.


  • Early Decision: You can only apply to one college during the early decision process. If the student is accepted then they are legally obligated to attend the school. (Think it through before you apply using this route.) Make sure that you are a strong candidate before applying.


  • Regular Admission: Typical route for most students. You can apply to as many schools as you would like. It's important that all of your materials are in before the deadline!

Transcripts...In State Colleges

In state colleges:


If you have applied to schools within the state of North Carolina, then you will send your transcript electronically via CFNC.


1. Log in or create an account


2. After you log in click on Apply to College


3. Click on Transcript Manager


4. Click on this is me to ensure that his student ID # is in his account (or it will not let him send transcripts).


5. Input Student ID #


6. Go back and select Apply-To College-Transcript Manager

7. Click on Go to Transcript Manager


8. Select the schools that you would like to send your transcript

Transcripts...Out of State Colleges

If you need to send your transcript to an out of state college, please complete the transcript request form and submit it to Ms. Durant. If you are not 18, then you will need to get your parent's signature. Once you receive your official transcript, you will place it in the mail to the college's admissions office.

Scholarships...Where's the Money?

Places to look:


Scholarship search engines

1. www.fastweb.com

2. https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search

3. http://www.scholarshipplus.com/Guilford/

4. http://www.scholarshipmonkey.com/

5. http://www.questbridge.org/


*Also, check out the financial aid page of the colleges that you are planning to apply to, most colleges list information about their scholarships there.


*Check your email, as scholarships come into my office I will forward them to you!

2015-2016 North Carolina College Admissions Deadlines and Open House Information

https://app.box.com/s/f30j2x6ahvmistahhlynadvr4kglf74q


If you have a chance to visit a college during their Open House, go for it! It's an amazing experience to have and you get to learn so much about the college! Some colleges are still updating their information with Open House Dates so, as more dates become available I will send out an email to you.

Senior Stuff

Senior Stuff (pictures, yearbooks, ads): See the attached senior notice document! Also, if you missed the senior pictures this summer and still want to take pictures with Lifetouch here’s the contact information: 336 765 7288 or russelln@lifetouch.com

Ms. Puckett asked me to share the information listed below with you:

WELCOME BACK SENIORS!!!

Are you interested in earning your red cord through the American Red Cross this year?

Please visit their website and sign up.

www.redcrossblood.org/leader

We will only have 1 American Red Cross blood drive this year so you must obtain 2 donations on your own after you register.

We WILL NOT collect names at the school this year. You must register so your donations will be counted each time you donate. If you have any questions or need to locate local blood drives please see Mrs. Puckett in room C-209. She is available before and after school to help you!

You must sign up early. You cannot wait until the last minute!

Career & College Promise

Career & College Promise: Students can take advantage of this great opportunity to take college classes at GTCC during the spring semester. Students must schedule an appointment to meet with Ms. Whitlow. BEFORE meeting with Ms. Whitlow, students need to request an official transcript from Ms. Durant and give me time to complete the Eligibility form.

2 Pathways to attend:

  1. a. College Transfer Pathway: Students in this pathway register with the intent of transferring classes to a 4 year institution. Requirements: Have a weighted 3.0 GPA, Demonstrate college readiness on an assessment or placement test. A student must demonstrate college readiness in English, reading and mathematics to be eligible for enrollment in a College Transfer Pathway OR

b. A high school junior or senior who does not demonstrate college readiness on an approved assessment or placement test may be provisionally enrolled in a College Transfer Pathway. To qualify for Provisional Status, a student must meet the following criteria:

•Have a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.5;

•Have completed two years of high school English with a grade of ‘C’ or higher;

•Have completed high school Algebra II (or a higher level math class) with a grade of ‘C’ of higher;

•Obtain the written approval of the high school principal or his/her designee; and,

•Obtain the written approval of the community college president or his/her designee.

  1. Career Technical Pathway: The Career and College Promise Career Technical Education Pathway leads to a certificate or diploma aligned with a high school Career Cluster. Requirements:

    1. Requirements: Have a weighted 3.0 GPA

Parents and students this is really a great option. Especially if students are not satisfied with the classes that they are signed up for 2nd semester. Students please keep in mind that many of you still need to complete your English and American History II requirements.

If you have more questions about Career and College Promise please contact Ms. Linda Whitlow at lswhitlow@gtcc.edu or (336) 334-4822, ext. 50562

If you are ready to apply, complete the following documents: GTCC Application, Verification of Eligibility (complete the top section with your contact information and turn into Ms. Richards for completion). Complete these steps and then contact Ms. Whitlow.

Fee Waivers

Fee Waivers have arrived!

Stop by the Counseling Center and pickup the form. Complete it and return it to Ms. Durant in the counseling office with the appropriate documentation.


If you are eligible for a fee waiver, then you will also have your application fees waived for up to 4 colleges (list can be found here).

Calendar

September 14: Interim Reports

September 14-18: Homecoming Spirit Week!

September 18: Homecoming

September 18: Registration Deadline for the October ACT

September 16: Senior Meeting-Graduation Supplies

September 16: Early Release Day

September 29: College Fair, 6-8PM, @ Wesleyan www.myblueprintstory.com (not affiliated with GCS)

October 2: Early Release Day

October 5: Interim Reports

October 7: GCS College Fair @ the GSO Coliseum

October 9: Last day to sign up for the November 7 SAT

October 14: Early Release Day

October 14: Senior Class Meeting-Graduation Supplies/Orders

October 23: Senior Portraits Make Ups (Must Sign Up)

October 24: ACT! (Don't forget your calculator)

October 26: Teacher Workday

November 2-6: CFNC Free College Application Week!

November 4: Report Cards

November 6: Last Day to sign up for the December 12 ACT

November 7: Southwest Parent Summit (9-12) *Mark your calendars!

November 7: SAT! (Don't forget our calculator)

Scholarship Listing!

NC State University Park Scholarship (if you are applying to NC State and you are interested in this scholarship, provide me with a copy of your resume, a one-page essay with examples of how you meet the selection criteria, and the names of 2 teachers who would provide you with a reference if necessary by the end of the day on September 21).


Wendy's High School Heisman October 2 Deadline


Davidson College's John M. Belk Scholarship (if you are applying to Davidson College and you are interested in this scholarship, provide me with a copy of your resume, a one-page essay with examples of how you meet the selection criteria, and the names of 2 teachers who would provide you with a reference if necessary by the end of the day on October 23).


The Jefferson Scholarship (if you are applying to the University of Virginia and you are interested in this scholarship, provide me with a copy of your resume, a one-page essay with examples of how you meet the selection criteria, and the names of 2 teachers who would provide you with a reference if necessary by the end of the day on November 16).


The Morehead-Cain Scholarship Must apply to UNC-CH during the Early Decision Application period which means that you cannot apply to any other colleges as an Early Decision candidate. If you are applying to the University of North Carolina @ Chapel Hill via Early Decision and you are interested in this scholarship, provide me with a copy of your resume, a one-page essay with examples of how you meet the selection criteria, and the names of 2 teachers who would provide you with a reference if necessary by the end of the day on October 1. You can also apply for this scholarship without being nominated the deadline to apply without a nomination is October 15.

Davidson College Bryan Scholarships available to top senior scholar athletes. If you are applying to the Davidson College and you are interested in this scholarship, provide me with a copy of your resume, a one-page essay with examples of how you meet the selection criteria, and the names of 2 teachers who would provide you with a reference if necessary by the end of the day on September 16. Student must submit Common Application and Davidson Supplements before October 15 and contact the Davidson coach of his/her sport via letter or email and provide athletic profile information.

Clemson University Lyceum Scholars Program Deadline: December 8

Contact Information

If you have questions or need assistance, feel free to stop by my office during lunch or after school :)