Avondale Academy

April/May Counseling Newsletter

Avondale Education Foundation Grants

I am very pleased to announce that I have been awarded two grants this year from the Avondale Education Foundation (AEF). My Counselor Connectedness grant focuses on using technology to increase college and career readiness. With this grant I was able to purchase an iPad that allows easier access for students to browse colleges, scholarships, study tips, anxiety reducing techniques, ACT/SAT prep, and more. My Reach Higher grant focuses on my goal to visit at least four college campuses by the time they graduate high school. This is the first year I will be able to take each grade level on a campus visit and plan to continue it each year. Both of these opportunities would not have been possible without the support of the AEF. THANK YOU!!

Now enrolling for 2015-16

Avondale Academy is now enrolling for the Fall of 2015-16.


For more information please click HERE.

Parent Survey

Avondale Academy is asking that all parents complete a survey about your intentions for next school year. We will be mailing home registration packets this summer to make registration easier for you in the Fall.


Please complete this survey below for a chance to win one of two, $25 Visa gift cards. The drawing will be held at 5:30pm on May 14th, at Parent Teacher Conferences. P/T Conferences will be from 4:00 - 6:00 on 5/14.


Parent Survey

2015 Summer School

Some students have been mailed letters with summer school suggestions and additional letters will be mailed in the upcoming weeks. If you are interested in registering for summer school please complete the registration form and turn it into Mrs. Trager. Also, don't forget to make your payment via Payschools or money order.

Visit the home page for summer school information.

ACT scores are in!

You should have received your ACT scores by now for those of you that took the test this past March. If you are unhappy with your scores you should consider retaking the test this summer. The next test date is June 13, you must register by May 8. Retaking the test in June will allow you to use your new scores when you apply to college in the Fall.


ACT offers a limited number of fee waivers each year. If you are unable to pay $38 (no writing) to take the test, please visit my office to see if you qualify for a fee waiver.


You can visit www.actstudent.org to set up your online profile.

Metro Detroit NACAC College Fair

On Tuesday, March 31, Avondale Academy juniors and seniors attended the Metro Detroit NACAC College Fair at Novi Suburban Collection Showplace. 23 students had the opportunity to talk to over 100 college representatives from across the United States. Some colleges and universities had multiple booths to showcase different majors. They talked to students about admission requirements, housing, campus life, and what sets them apart from the other colleges and universities. There were also workshop sessions for students to attend. Our students attended workshops on ACT, Changes to the SAT, Financial Aid, and Essay Writing. It was a great opportunity for students to expand their options for postsecondary planning.
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Upcoming Sophomore College Visit

On May 4, sophomores will visit Wayne State University for a campus tour and lunch. Please make sure you turn your permission slip in by Friday, April 24.


This field trip is sponsored by the Avondale Education Foundation. The Avondale Education Foundation has provided a grant to assist in our Reach Higher Initiative to help all students become college ready.

Comparing Financial Aid Award Letters

If you've completed your FAFSA and been accepted to college you should have received your Financial Aid Award Letter, or will receive it soon. If you've been accepted to more than one institution you may be comparing your award letters to help decide where to attend. If you're unsure of where to begin, here are a couple of resources to help you get started:


Decoding Financial Aid Offers: 10 Things You Need To Know


Compare Financial Aid Tool

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The goal of College Decision Day is to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary educational plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education. Avondale Academy will hold a celebration to honor each senior who has a plan after high school. Whether your plans are a certificate program, trade school, 2 year or 4 year university, please make sure you communicate with your counselor on your intentions. Seniors, if you have not completed the Postsecondary Survey yet, please do so now.

COLLEGE DECISION DAY - Full Length Video
Did you miss the March 1 deadline? You may still be eligible to receive financial aid. Click on the FAFSA button above to complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid now!

IT'S NOT TOO LATE!


There are many types of financial aid such as grants, scholarships, work study, and student loans. You will never know exactly how much aid you will qualify until you complete the FAFSA. Please remember that the FAFSA is FREE!!! Never pay to complete your FAFSA and make sure you visit the correct site: www.fafsa.gov.

It's not too early (or too late) to apply for scholarships!

Whether you are in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, it is not too early (or too late) to apply for scholarships. A scholarship is "free" money for college that you do not have to pay back. There are many resources available to help you search for scholarships. One great place to start is the Avondale Academy Counseling Website. There are tons of websites you can use to search for scholarships. Some great places to start are:


www.chegg.com

www.knowhow2gomichigan.com

www.scholarships.com


I also have scholarship books in my office that you are more than welcome to borrow,

Postsecondary Planning Resources for Students

FRESHMAN/SOPHOMORES/JUNIORS/SENIORS


These sites have resources and checklists available for each grade level. Get started now!


The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

Big Future by College Board

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WMU Spotlight

WMU Spotlight is designed exclusively for high school juniors and their families to visit Western Michigan University and experience campus. Current WMU students will take you on a guided tour of campus and give you a feel for what life at WMU is really like. In addition to seeing main campus, you will stop along the way at both the Student Recreation Center and a residence hall. In addition, exclusively for Spotlight guests, the $40 admission application fee will be waived.

2015 Spotlight Date:

Saturday, April 18

Event schedule

If you can't make it to a Spotlight program, we invite you to register for one of our daily tours of campus. We look forward to seeing you on campus soon!


#WMUSpotlight

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Khan Academy is a free resource that is available for students and parents that offers academic support in various school subjects as well as test preparation. Beyond study help, Khan Academy also offers assistance with College Admissions. Make sure you visit their website to see everything they have to offer.

Low Cost Internet from Comcast

Khan Academy brings its free, world-class educational resources directly to Internet Essentials families, online and at home. You may qualify if your child is eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program. Please visit http://www.internetessentials.com/ for more information on affordable internet and a low-cost computers!

Upcoming Dates

April 13 - 24: Junior/Senior Prom tickets on sale - $40 each

Beginning April 14: M-Step testing for Juniors - Every Tuesday and Thursday for 4 weeks

April 21-23: 2015-16 Scheduling, English classes

May 1: Cap and Gown payment due to Mrs. Trager

May 4: Sophomore class trip to Wayne State University

May 8: Junior/Senior Prom - "Midnight in Paris" on the Detroit Princess Riverboat

May 13: College Decision Day

May 21: Seniors Last Day

May 26: Senior Breakfast/Graduation Rehearsal

May 27: Graduation!

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