WBHS Counselor Connection & News
News & Info for the WBHS Community Sept. 20, 2019
In this issue:
Seniors - On Site Admissions Day - Sign up now!
FAFSA Opens October 1st
FAFSA Workshops - Class of 2020
Dreams Org. HBCU College Tour
Career Search Tools
College Rep Visits - Juniors and Seniors
Black Male Teachers College
Infinite Scholars College - Scholarships Fair
Net Price Calculators
Indiana University Preview Day
Case Western Diversity Overnight
CMU and You Day
Mrs. Essig's Top Picks - Articles of Interest
Looking for a job? Employment Bulletin Board
Coca-Cola Scholarship Program
Hispanic Heritage Foundation Scholarship
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
American Academy of CPR & First Aid Scholarship Award
Check Twitter Daily for Additional Scholarships @WBHSCounseling #WBHSScholarships2020
On Site Admissions Day for Seniors - Sign Up Now!
The signup is open for our annual On Site Admissions Day! It will be held on Wednesday, October 16th in the iCenter. Students MUST pre-register and follow the instructions in the form. Please read carefully as there are GPA/ACT or SAT minimums. Space is limited and spots will fill up quickly.
Click here to sign up: https://forms.gle/T5mfrayEXk7p61WT7
Colleges attending this year:
Bowling Green State University
Central Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University
Ferris State University
Grand Valley State University
Lawrence Tech University
Michigan Technological University
Northern Michigan University
Oakland Community College
Saginaw Valley State University
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Michigan-Dearborn
University of Michigan-Flint
University of Toledo
Need help selecting a college? Use this tool in your College Board account!
Seniors... the FAFSA opens on October 1st... What can you do to prepare?
FAFSA Workshops - Space is Limited - Class of 2020 student with parent/guardian
West Bloomfield High School is hosting a FAFSA Workshop for current seniors attending college in the fall of 2020. Parents and students should attend together to complete and submit the FAFSA. Prepare to attend the workshop by gathering relevant information on the FAFSA Checklist as well as creating FSA IDs. One parent in the household and the student must each create a FSA ID at least one week prior to completing the FAFSA.
3. Click on the Sign Up link below. Space is limited.
Location: Media Center/iCenter
Click on the link here to sign up:
College Representative Visits to WBHS - Juniors and Seniors!
Every fall WBHS will host over 50 colleges and universities during the day to meet with current juniors and seniors. Below is a link to the visits currently set up. Please know that this list is updated daily! Out of respect for the representative's time, if you sign up, please make sure you attend. Click on the link to learn more! All meetings take place in the College and Career Center unless otherwise noted.
PSAT - REGISTER NOW!
The Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) will be offered in October by the Educational Testing Service. This 2 hour version of the SAT (4 hours with registration info) measures verbal, mathematical abilities and writing skills important in college work. WBHS students have had the opportunity in the spring to take the PSAT 10 and PSAT 9, which is an additional practice format. That opportunity will continue for sophomores and freshmen this coming spring. However, for juniors who wish to seek recognition and financial awards through the National Merit Program, this test is required.
This PSAT functions as practice for the SAT, as a competition for scholarships, as a signal to colleges to send out recruitment information and has clear-cut feedback about skills needed for college success. Students will need to supply two sharpened #2 pencils (mechanical pencils are NOT recommended!) and a calculator. The following calculators are not permitted: cell phone calculator, pocket organizers, calculators with a QWERTY keypad, mini notebooks, calculators with paper tape, calculators that make noise or talk, calculators that require an external power source such as an electrical outlet.
The cost of the PSAT exam is $25.00. The registration form below - ALONG WITH FULL PAYMENT OF $25 – must be turned in from WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11 – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2 IN THE COUNSELING OFFICE. You may bring a check or money order (payable to West Bloomfield Schools) OR you may bring CASH in the exact amount. All payments should be made prior to Test Day, 10/12.
WHEN YOU DROP OFF THE DEPOSIT AND REGISTRATION FORM in the Counseling Office, you should pick up a copy of the PSAT Student Bulletin and Fact Sheet. These booklets will be available by Sept. 23 (so you may need to return to get it!!!)
The test will be given at WBHS on Saturday, October 19,2019 at 8:00 am and will last approximately 4 hours. This test is only given once a year, there is no possibility of make up.
If you qualify for any special accommodations, please contact your counselor as soon as possible for registration information!!!
Click on the form below to see the registration form.
IMPORTANT NEWS: AP REGISTRATION NOW OCCURS IN THE FALL ONLY!
If you plan to take any AP Exams this year, you must register between the dates listed below. THIS IS NEW AND IT IS MUCH EARLIER than in the past! Please pay attention to these details. Click on the flyer to learn more.
Here are the important dates for the registration process:
Friday, Sept. 20, 2019– Thursday, Oct 31, 2019 at 2:30 pm $115.00 per exam
Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 – Monday, Nov. 11 2019 at 2:30 pm $120.00 per exam (late fee)
Any exam that is cancelled AFTER Nov. 15 automatically forfeits at least $45.00 in fees to AP.
The later a test is cancelled, even less of the fee is returned. (This does not apply to 2nd sem. courses such as Micro Economics which has separate deadlines)
Registrations that have not been paid for by Nov. 11 will be cancelled and exams will not be ordered. Please contact Mrs. Brody if you would like to register for an exam not listed.
Check out these opportunities!
Net Price Calculators
Indiana University Preview Day in our area
Case Western Diversity Overnight
CMU & You Day
Mrs. Essig's Top Picks
SCHOLARSHIPS - Where to look
Please note that Ms. Essig posts all scholarship information on our Twitter account. You do not have to have a Twitter account to read the posts. We post opportunities in the newsletter twice and then remove them. Please follow the Twitter page for the most up-to-date opportunities!
Look for #WBHSScholarships2020.
How do I find scholarships?
1. Apply for Financial Aid after October 1st. www.FAFSA.gov
2. Check with each college in which you are applying for merit based scholarships and deadlines.
3. Check for memorial and alumni scholarship opportunities at each college in which you may qualify.
4. Check with student’s/parent’s employer, banks/credit union, religious & civic affiliations, etc. for scholarships.
5. Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/WBHSCounseling Click on the hashtag #WBHSScholarships2020.
6. Read the Counselor Connection
7. Conduct a search by using a national search engine, such as www.fastweb.com, www.scholarships.com, www.myscholly.com, etc. Be sure to create an email address just for these searches as students will receive a lot of email. There is no need to pay money for these services! Watch for scams!
8. Check Careeronestop: https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/training/find-scholarships.aspx
9. Beginning Class of 2020,College Board Opportunity Scholarships. https://opportunity.collegeboard.org/
10. For more information: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/finding-scholarships#how-find
11. Remember it takes work to receive most scholarships! You won't know if you don't try!
Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarships
Hispanic Heritage Foundation Scholarships
Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
Centralis Scholarship Competition
WBHS Counseling Department
A-CU Kelly Casinelli
CV-HA Joanne Wegrzynowicz
HB-LO Karen Brody
LP-PO Felicia Neumann
PR-TE Lisa Thompkins
TF-Z John Hepper
College & Career Counselor Noelle Essig
Mr. Pat Watson, Principal
Ashleigh Larkin, Assistant Principal
Eric Pace, Assistant Principal
Eric Pierce, Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Jamie Glinz, Assistant Principal