AHS Newsletter

January 2016

Happy New Year

Now that the Winter Break is over, it's time to start to focus on school and studies. Only three weeks until the first semester ends! Seniors and Juniors need to concentrate on maintaining or improving their grades to improve their chances of getting into their chosen college or field. Now is not the time for "senioritis" to set in. Make this a new beginning to a New Year!

Alumni Spotlight

This month we are pleased to introduce Robert Deckard as our Alumni of the Month. Rob is a 1992 graduate of AHS and entered the military after graduation. After four years in the Army corps of Engineers, he attended the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in English. He also attended Harvard University for post-graduate courses. Rob taught at the High School level where he was honored with the HLC National Teacher of the Year award for 2007/08. He also worked as the Principal of Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Rob is the founder and CEO of the Princeton Literary Review and is himself a writer, having been a staff writer for "Big Trouble" in 2002, the writer and director of "Sierra" in 2003 and the author of "Wordgasm" in 2011.

Rob lives in Celebration Florida with his family and teaches and coaches at Evans High School. Rob never missed the 4th of July parade in Audubon and is still active in local charities such as Philadelphia Feed the Homeless.

Audubon National Junior Honor Society participates in Operation Cookie Drop

The Audubon Junior National Honor Society helped spread festive joy on the Joint McGuire-Ft. Dix-Lakehurst Base to service members in unaccompanied housing and those who were deploying/redeploying overseas. The students helped contribute to over 20,000 homemade cookies that were collected for area soldiers!
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Financial Aid Night

Financial Aid night was held on January 7th at 7pm in the library. Mr. Maurice Thomas from Cumberland County College and who also works with the NJ Higher Education Student Assistance Authority. Some highlights from the presentation:

  • Call NJ HESAA with any questions about the FAFSA form
  • The application for financial aid will always be free!!! Please do not enter any payment information. The website is https://fafsa.ed.gov/
  • EFC = Estimated Family Contribution; this will number will be stable despite how much the college will cost. More expensive colleges may offer more aid but loans are considered aid so read the fine lines carefully!

We have attached the presentation for you. Any questions, please contact the office and we will try to assist you or provide you with the resources to obtain answers. Please visit our website for a copy of the presentation.

The Student Personnel Services Office to host Junior Parent Night

Attention Junior Parents: Can you believe your child will be a senior in just a few short months? As hard as it is to believe, the time to begin putting their future plans into action is now. Let the staff in the SPS office help make the most of the next 6 months to ease the college application process in September!

On January 27th, the SPS Office will host a College Night for Juniors and their parents. The SPS Office will review the college search process and the role Naviance plays in helping our students at AHS research careers, colleges/universities, develop resumes, and apply to college. The evening will begin at 7:00pm in the high school library.

New to AHS? Wondering What the High School Graduation Requirements Are?

The SPS Office will be hosting course selection programs for all incoming 7th and 9th grade students and their parents on Wednesday, February 10th. Counselors will provide an overview of available courses and all pre-requisites. We will also review graduation requirements for high school students and how to create a plan for your high school career that will enable your child to achieve their long term goals!