Counselor Connection

Monthly Newsletter from FHS Counseling Department

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May 2020

The Forest Counseling Department is publishing a monthly newsletter in order to communicate important information to students and parents. These newsletters will cover important information such as upcoming events, college and career information, available scholarships, and helpful updates.

Message from the Counselors

We are saddened to hear that we will be finishing off the year from a distance but we hope you stay safe and healthy. We all miss working with you in person but please know that we are here for you through this journey.

Please be sure to follow our new Instagram and Twitter pages! The handle for both is Guidancewildcat.

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Virtual Career/Adulting Skills Fair

Check out this resource from Winfield High School. They have posted a virtual career/adulting skills fair. Not sure what you want to do in life or not sure how to do things like change a tire? Check out for resources!

Cap and Gown Distribution

Seniors! You will have a drive thru opportunity to pick up your cap and gown from the school on May 15th from 9am to 12pm (designated time based on Last names) in the student parking lot. Please see flyer below for time slots and info on what you will need that day!
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Please fill out the Senior Survey by clicking on the button below. This allows you to request your final transcripts. Please forward any questions to Mrs. Mazzurco at
Click on the button below to sign up for free 3 day conference and college fair- May 4th-6th. Numerous speakers from colleges and universities will cover variety of college topics.
At this time, the next scheduled ACT is June 13th. This could change so please make sure to check out the Frequently Asked Questions Page from ACT below.
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At this time, they have cancelled the June SAT and the next available SAT will be August 29th. They did add a September date to next year's calendar.

Students can get early access to register for August, September, and October if they’re:

  • Already registered for June
  • In the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores

Seniors-Read Below for College Updates

As a service to students and families, NACAC is providing an online tool as a central resource for information about changes in college admission events, deposit dates, and more as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. Please make sure to click on the button below in order to see if changes have been made for your potential colleges.

Dual Enrollment Information

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Contact for DE at this Time

During this time, please email Dawn Mazzurco at for dual enrollment questions.

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Summer and Fall Registration Dates

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Students who would like to dual enroll, but do not have test scores

Please continue to check in with CF Testing Center to see if they will re-open for PERT testing appointments. You can contact them by Email: or by Phone: 352-291-4419. Deadlines have been pushed back. All dual enrollment paperwork must be turned in before counselors begin their summer break. Unfortunately, students without scores by then will not be able to dual enroll this summer or fall term.

Available Scholarships!

Please peruse the rest of the newsletter for possible scholarships!

Chad Pembroke Scholarship

Below is the information for this scholarship that is dedicated to Forest High School students. Must have 3.0 GPA and be involved in at least one extracurricular activity. Please email your scholarship application or questions to Mrs. Mazzurco at It is Due by May 8th.

Ocala Civic Theatre Scholarship

Ocala Civic Theatre Scholarship Deadline Extension

Given the current COVID-19 situation, the Ocala Civic Theatre Board of Directors has decided to extend the scholarship application process. Please take note of the new dates:

Application materials available online: April 29, 2020

Application submission deadline: Friday, May 15, 2020 by 5:30 pm

Tentative audition date: Saturday, June 6, 2020 (tentative)

Ocala Civic Theatre is proud to support the future of the performing arts through its scholarship program. Since the program was established by the OCT Board of Directors, $154,550 has been awarded to Marion County students. Encouraging young talent to pursue their dreams in the performing arts is a part of Ocala Civic Theatre’s mission.

In addition to producing shows that allow students to perform and hone their technical skills, the Theatre offers scholarships to Marion County residents who are planning to major in the performing arts at college. The applicant must be a high school senior or college student pursuing a major in one of the following fields and attending college full-time: Theatre Arts (including Theatre, Playwriting, Directing, or Design and Technical Production), Music (Vocal), Music (Instrumental), and Dance.

This is a competitive process that asks applicants to fill out an application, write an essay, offer current letters of recommendation, attend an interview and present their talent in an audition. The award amount varies each year, but it is a minimum of $500.00 per student. If the scholarship is awarded, it will be paid directly to the college the applicant is attending by or around June 30, 2020.

As Ocala Civic Theatre is currently closed, please either mail your application and materials to:

Scholarship Committee

Ocala Civic Theatre

4337 E Silver Springs Blvd

Ocala, FL 34470

or email your application and materials to:

The completed application, essay and letters of recommendation must be received by Ocala Civic Theatre by 5:30pm on Friday, May 15, 2020. No applications, or parts of the application, will be accepted late. Incomplete applications will not be considered.


Any graduating student athlete from a public high school in Marion County, who has been accepted in a public college or university in Florida for the summer and/or fall of 2020, is eligible to apply for the $2,500 scholarship. Application is posted below and it is due by May 29th.

Florida Peanut Producers Association Scholarship

Applicant's family must be an active in the peanut growing industry in Florida. Application is due by July 1st and is attached below.

How To Contact your Counselor

9th Grade Counselor: Dr. Keyana Lyde
10th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Shirley Thomas
11th Grade Counselor: Mrs. Tracy Moody
12th Grade Counselor: Mr. Ecliff Telford
ESE: Ms. Katherine West

If you would like to schedule a conference with your counselor or with teachers, please call the office at 352-671-4715 and speak to Heather Tedder.
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