Counselor's Newsletter

Pea Ridge High School

WELCOME!

We are excited to bring you the first edition of the counselor's newsletter for Pea Ridge High School. We want to share information with our students and parents that includes important dates, tips, ideas, and resources that are related to social/emotional issues, academic success, and college and career readiness. We hope the newsletter is helpful to you. Please let us know if you have any suggestions. Thank you!

Jennifer Miller: jmiller@prs.k12.ar.us 11-12 Counselor

Carolyn Armour: carmour@prs.k12.ar.us 9-10 Counselor

Courtney Hurst: churst@prs.k12.ar.us Scholarship Director

New This Year - ACT & ACT Aspire Testing

All Pea Ridge 11th grade students will be given the opportunity to take the ACTⓇ on March 1. The exam can be used for scholarship and college admittance purposes. The ACT multiple-choice tests are based on what students have learned in English, reading, math, and science. By taking the ACT, students will have an opportunity to research college majors based on their interests, utilize the “World-of-Work Map” on the ACT website to explore career areas, and take steps to further his or her education and prepare for a successful future.


In April, all students in grades 9 &10 will be taking the ACT Aspire in the areas of English, Reading, Writing, Math, and Science. Based on individual student results, the ACT Aspire will show a student's progress over the past year, as well as, give each student his or her own predicted score for the ACT. For more information on ACT Aspire, please visit the Arkansas Department of Education website at: http://www.arkansased.gov/

Important Dates

February-March, 2016

February 5 - Last day of PRMBA recruitment meetings with sophomores. Any interested students please fill out the application and turn in to the office.

February 6 - ACT Test at Pea Ridge High School ** If you signed up, don't forget to bring your admission ticket, photo i.d., pencils, and an approved calculator with you on testing morning. Visit this page for a test day checklist from ACT:

http://www.actstudent.org/testprep/taking/

February 8 - Senior t-shirt orders due ($10). Mrs. Enix is collecting orders and money.

February 10 - Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors begin filling out their PLP's (Personalized Learning Plan - a form to plan and track high school progress) during AGS.

February 15 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:30-6:30 AGS teachers will meet with students and parents during conferences to complete course selection for the 2016-17 school year. PLP's will be signed by parents at the conferences.

February 24 - Juniors take ACT practice test 8:00am-12:00pm

February 25 - FAFSA night for seniors in the high school cafeteria 5:00-8:00pm. Get help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

March 1 - All juniors take the ACT Test during the school day, 8:00am-12:00pm.

March 4 - Last day to register for the April 9 ACT test. Late fee registration is from March 5-18.

March 21-25 Spring Break - No school


** Seniors: start gathering your pictures for the Baccalaureate service. They will be due in March. Exact due date will be announced later.

College and Career Readiness Tools

Visit the Department of Education websites below for grade by grade checklists to keep you on track for reaching your goals in high school and to help you prepare for your future. The checklists are for students and parents.

9th Grade Checklist:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/prepare-for-college/checklists/9th-grade

10th Grade Checklist:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/prepare-for-college/checklists/10th-grade

11th Grade Checklist:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/prepare-for-college/checklists/11th-grade

12th Grade Checklist:

https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/prepare-for-college/checklists/12th-grade

Concurrent Credit for the 2016-2017 School Year

What is Concurrent Credit?

Concurrent credit/enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college-credit bearing courses while also receiving high school credit. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while in their supportive high school environment, earning transferable college credit at the time they successfully pass the course.


PRHS possible concurrent courses offered during the 2016-1017 school year:

-English Composition I and II

-US History I and II

-World History I and II

-College Algebra

-Biology and Biology Lab

-Public Speaking

-Art Appreciation


Concurrent Enrollment Criteria:

3.0 Cumulative GPA

ACT: 19 Reading, 19 Writing

Compass Test: 83 Reading, 80 Writing

Did You Know?

This year, our school added a social worker to our staff. Her name is Amanda Childs. You can visit her website at: http://prsocialworkservices.weebly.com/

On this page, you will find a variety of resources for students and parents including information on mental health, community resources, bullying, and parenting articles and videos. Check it out!

Something to Think About

Watch your thoughts.

Thoughts become words.

Words become actions.

Actions become habits.

Habits become character.

Character becomes YOU!