AHS Counseling Update

October 2020

Occupations of Critical Shortage

Every year we receive a list of Occupations of Critical Shortage. You can find this list and information for receiving training and credentials for the occupations here.


PARENTS OF SENIORS - We received the following information from Crowder College regarding virtual FAFSA nights this fall:

FAFSA Nights will be conducted virtually this year via Zoom or by phone. A member of the Educational Opportunity Center staff will meet virtually with the student & parent and be the one that processes the student’s FAFSA, to ensure accuracy and make it as painless as possible for both the student & parents!!

* The student will need to contact Chrissy at 417-455-5475 or 866-822-1362 to schedule their appointment.

* Unlike how we’ve done before, these will be scheduled on a first-come/first-served basis.

* There are limited spots available, and will be scheduled on designated nights between October 6 – November 11, 2020.

* We will offer either PHONE or ZOOM appointments.

* At least ONE parent & the student will need to be available for the appointment.

* The 2021-2022 FAFSA will utilize 2019 Tax Returns and 2019 W-2 information.

* BOTH student and one parent will need an FSA ID created. We request that these be created prior to their appointment. It is VERY important to note that the student SHOULD NOT use their school email address, as those will go away after graduation. Also, the parent will need to create one for themselves if they don’t have one already. They will use their own information to make theirs.

***PLEASE NOTE*** Due to federal regulations, we are unable to provide assistance to any student that participates in a Talent Search Program. If the Talent Search student wishes to complete their FAFSA, please advise them to contact their TS Advisor for assistance.

Scholarship News

For a list of current available regional/state scholarships, please visit the Counseling Office Website. Be sure and check in the counseling office for local scholarship information.


It's time for the PSAT!!!!

AHS is scheduled to give the PSAT on October 14, 2020. The fee to take this test is $17.00.

If you would like to take the PSAT/NMSQT you need to sign up with Mrs. Traci in the counselor’s office and bring the payment with you when you sign up. Sign up deadline is October 1.

The Preliminary SAT, also known as the PSAT/NMSQT® (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is a practice version of the SAT exam. You can only take the PSAT once per year, and many students take the test in both 10th and 11th grade. If you earn a high score on the PSAT your junior year, you could qualify to receive a National Merit Scholarship—$180 million dollars in merit scholarships are awarded to students each year. The PSAT is 2 hours and 45 minutes long and tests your skills in reading, writing, and math.

JUNIORS: The PSAT is only given ONE TIME at AHS during the school year. This will be your ONLY opportunity to try to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship!


These tips are designed to help you if you are out of school for anything related to COVID.

  1. Log in to Canvas! The work and information that you are missing face-to-face will be available in Canvas. Make sure you continue to work on your school work from home so you aren't behind when you return.
  2. Need something from school? Call the office and we will get it for you.
  3. No WI-FI? Many businesses offer free wi-fi which reach out to their parking lot. You could sit in your car and still access wi-fi.
  4. No printer? If you're assigned a worksheet but do not have access to a printer, you can write out your answers on a paper and take a picture to upload into Canvas or use the Notes on your iPhone to scan and email.
  5. Stay in contact with teachers while you are out. Let them know if you need help understanding concepts.

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You should have received an email with an invitation to the AHS Counseling Canvas page. If you did not receive this email (or if you deleted it without reading) please let us know. There are resources for each grade level as well as resources for academic, social/emotional, and college/career preparation in Canvas.

AHS Counseling Department

Mrs. Manuel - 11th/12th Counselor


Mrs. Millington - 9th/10th Counselor