Guidance Monthly Update

October 2017

SENIORS

APPLICATIONS- Seniors should begin to apply for their choice of college, tech school, apprenticeship, or employment. This year goes fast. Talk to your student about what they want to do after graduation and come up with a plan on how to achieve it. As always, we’d love to help you and your student to the best of our ability, just give us a call or shoot us an email about any questions of concerns. **********Counselor’s Hint: Planning your future can be overwhelming. Help your student come up with the goal and break it down into steps. Once you get through that first step, the others don’t seem as steep.


FAFSA- Students and parents are allowed to submit their FAFSA starting OCTOBER 1st!!!!!! You will need to have your tax information from 2016 ready. (This is a change from previous years when it didn’t open up until January 1st and you had to hurry up and finish your taxes from the year that just ended.) Go to www.fafsa.gov to start your student’s FAFSA. ***********Please note that parents and students will need to have separate FAFSA ID’s that are registered under different email addresses.


SCHOLARSHIPS- Scholarships are a great way to assist in paying for college or other post secondary programs. You should never have to pay for a scholarship search! We recommend www.fastweb.com. It is a free scholarship search engine. Our career program NAVIANCE/FAMILY CONNECTIONS also has a scholarship search engine. The Naviance link can be found on the high school website under STUDENTS. Counselor’s hint: Be sure to have your transcript release form filled out and signed if a transcript is needed. We cannot send a transcript without a signature; an email/phone call from the parent does not count. We need the signature!

JUNIORS & SENIORS

ACT/SAT- November 3rd is the REGISTRATION deadline to apply for the December 9th ACT test. To register go to www.actstudent.org. The SAT’s registration deadline for the November 4th test is October 5th. (SAT is not offered at Harrison, you must report to another testing center) To register go to www.sat.org/register. *******Counselor’s Hint: If you are not sure which test you need/should take, contact your counselor. We can help you understand the difference between the tests and which might be best for your student.


Guidance Parent Night- The Guidance office will be hosting a parent session during the Fall Conference Night. On October 26th at 6:30pm we will be hosting our first session for Junior/Senior Parents. During this evening we will walk you through the college process and help answer any questions you may have regarding post-secondary planning. (Parents of younger students can attend but the information is geared towards Juniors and Seniors….never too early to start planning though!!!)

JUNIORS & SOPHOMORES

PSAT- The PSAT is being given October 11th to 10th and 11th grade students who signed up to take it. Sign ups are September 12th- September 29th and are first come, first serve. The cost is $16. If your student is scheduled to take the test, PLEASE make sure they get a good night’s sleep and eat a filling breakfast that day. The Pre-Admin will be done on the 5th so the students can focus on the just the test on the 11th.

ALL GRADES

ACT PRACTICE- Your students have access to a wonderful ACT practice site. Through the Naviance/Family Connections service the district provides, there is an ACT prep tool that will work with your student’s individual needs and works on their weaknesses. To access this awesome resource, go to the school’s website, click on “Students”, click on “Naviance”, log into Naviance/Family Connections, page down, and click on “Naviance Test Prep” which is located along the left-hand side of the site. Your student can then enter the test date they are planning on and take the three hour practice test so the program can discover what your student needs to work on. This is the same type of test prep that outside companies use but charge $400-$2000! Be sure to set aside time every week so the prep is consistent.



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