Bulldog Bulletin

Smyrna High School's Counseling Newsletter

1st Quarter, Fall 2018

SHS Counseling Staff

Mrs. Maass: students A-D, maassj@rcschools.net

Mrs. Knox: students E-Lh, knoxh@rcschools.net

Mrs. Dickerson: students Li-Ri, dickersonk@rcschools.net

Mr. Raffo: students Rj-Z, raffog@rcschools.net

Mrs. Hockenberry: counseling secretary, hockenberryk@rcschools.net

Mrs. Benton: counseling secretary, bentont@rcschools.net

Stay informed and Follow Us:

Twitter: @shscounselors88

Counseling website: https://shs.rcschools.net/

Click "Counseling" on the main menu and browse the side tabs for updated information.

Tennessee Promise - Deadline Nov. 1st!

The deadline for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship is November 1st.

Please visit http://www.tnpromise.gov to apply.

Please see your counselor if you have any questions. Don't miss this very important deadline.

FAFSA 2019-2020 Application Open

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is now open. Make sure you select academic year 2019-2020. To begin visit: http://www.fafsa.gov

Student and parent/guardian will need to create a FSA ID. Each will create unique ID's and cannot share email addresses for these purposes.

Completing the FAFSA by February 1, 2019 is a REQUIREMENT for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship.

Additional Deadlines Approaching!


Many priority deadlines for college applications and institution based scholarships fall on November 1, December 1 and February 1. Please review the requirements for your desired colleges now, so you are ready for those deadlines as they approach.

Your counselors are here to support you through this process; please make sure you are checking the counseling page regularly, following us on Twitter, and making appointments with us as needed.

Upcoming Events

College Visits at Smyrna High School

The following colleges and universities will have representation on campus during lunch on the following dates:

10.12.18 University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Martin, and Chattanooga

10.19.18 Middle Tennessee State University

10.23.18 TN Regional Admissions Network (TNRAN)

10.26.18 Motlow Community College

11.02.18 Tennessee State University

11.09.18 Austin Peay

11.16.18 Fisk University

11.30.18 Trevecca Nazarene University

ACT Retake - October 16th - 12th Graders

The ACT retake will be on Tuesday, October 16th for 12th graders. Please make sure your student is present that day to take advantage of this opportunity.

Governor's School of Tennesse

Sophomores and Juniors, please be watching for information regarding applying for Governor's School for summer of 2019.

Applications will be posted on the Opportunities page of the SHS Counseling Website.

Stay Informed


Make sure that you are checking INOW Home Portal and keeping up with your student’s grades. If you have any questions about the grades, you can email your student’s teachers. If you have not received your login information, please visit the counseling webpage and click the ''Appointments and Sign-ups" tab located on the right side of the page. On the Appointments and Sign-Ups page, you will see a link for Inow Access Request.


Want to know about scholarships? Follow these easy steps below:

1. Visit http://shs.rcschools.net

2. Click Counseling on the main menu

3. On the right hand side, click the Scholarship and Financial Aid tab

We have linked our scholarship database directly to this page. Please check back often; the database is updated multiple times a week.

We have also found a scholarship database that is updated monthly. It is an outside source that we are not associated with, but we wanted to make sure we share resources with our students: https://jlvcollegecounseling.com/scholarships/monthly-scholarships/

School Counseling Appointments

When students would like to visit with their school counselor, we ask that they use the "appointment request" link on our counseling website. This allows us to review the student's request and meet with them at a time that is not disruptive to their academics. Students in crisis are sent to us when needed without an appointment required.

We also ask that parents use this same link when requesting an appointment. We have an open door policy when it comes to meeting with parents; however, having a scheduled appointment allows us to be fully prepared for the meeting and also allows us to make sure we are not involved in other meetings or counseling groups when the parent arrives. Please review the appointment links: http://shs.rcschools.net/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=562976&type=d&pREC_ID=1133047

Bi-Weekly Conferences

Parent/teacher conferences are offered every other Wednesday at 3:45. Parents can request to meet your child's teachers. Conferences must be scheduled by the Tuesday morning prior to your planned Wednesday meeting.

Conferences are scheduled through Ms. Benton.

bentont@rcschools.net or

615-904-3865 ext. 23705


We post enrichment opportunities for all grade levels under the Announcements and Opportunities tab of our website. This includes job opportunities, community service, college fair information and any other enrichment opportunity that we receive notification of.


Graduation Information

Stay up to date with graduation information by visiting the following link for our website:


College Readiness Testing

If you are planning to take either the ACT or the SAT you must register online at www.actstudent.org (ACT) and www.collegeboard.com (SAT). You will need the following SHS High School Code to register: 432130

Make sure you visit our new ACT resources page under the "Student" tab prior to the upcoming ACT test dates and re-take date.