Counselor Newsletter

October 3


Fall Break Is Almost Here!

This first half of the semester has flown by! We have one more week before fall break is here so we wanted to make sure that we kept everyone up to date on is coming down the pipeline! Check out the announcements below and as always if you have any questions feel free to email us!


1. Make sure that your student talks to their teachers about any makeup work that they need to do. Unless stated otherwise in the teacher's class, most makeup work needs to be turned in by this Friday.

2. "FAFSA Night" will be on November 2 from 3-7pm. Make sure that if you plan to attend that you bring your 2021 tax return with you! Without that information, we will not be able to complete everything in one sitting. Attached below the announcements are some documents that will help you and your family know exactly what we need.

3. Do not forget that the deadline for TN Promise is November 1st this year. If you are at all considering a 2-year school (even as a backup plan) please speak to your counselor or set up a meeting with Braylee Polson to get that done.

4. If you are unsure about which college fits you best, a great way to get some insight is to visit the school in person! Most schools will allow you to tour the campus and learn more about the school. Did you know that students at Science Hill have 5 college visit days that their families can use? All you need to do is call the attendance office, ask to use one of the days, and bring back a brochure, receipt, etc. (Anything to just prove you were there).

5. Students/Parents can now sign up to receive text alerts from the SHHS Counseling office through Bloomz. These alerts will go out approximately once a week and will be filled with information regarding deadlines, graduation, scholarships, test dates, and much more. Parents may sign up for multiple class messages if they have more than one student at SHHS.

To sign up, please follow the directions below:

Class of 2023 – Text @HX7HD8 to 1-858-256-6691

Class of 2024 – Text @B5KQ4Z to 1-858-256-6691

Class of 2025 – Text @6SZFGP to 1-858-256-6691

Class of 2026 – Text @GSJGXN to 1-858-256-6691

You can also download the Bloomz App in the App Store or Google Play Store and then join these groups by entering the class code (the @).

6. Many of our families think about senior year and begin to feel overwhelmed. A great tool that the state of TN offers is a toolkit called the "Next Guide". It really helps organize senior year into actionable steps with preferred timelines. The document itself is a lot of information however if you just use it for the parts that you need help with instead of thinking you need to memorize the whole thing it can be very beneficial. We have posted the PDF below for you!

The state actually has a "Next Guide" for each school year and looking over them can really help families on what is and is not important. We will post those below as well!

7. Fall Open House October 29 and November 12

Students are invited to explore ETSU with a full day of programming. Your students will hear from faculty and staff about academics, affordability, student services, and campus life. Current ETSU students will lead campus tours. Dates are October 29 and November 12.

Register at

8. Blue & Gold Open House Opportunities in the Fall

Emory & Henry College invited students and families to open house sessions through the fall. Blue & Gold Open Houses offer prospective students the opportunity to interact with staff, faculty and students at our Academic & Campus Life Fair. In addition to touring the College with a Blue & Gold student ambassador, prospective students and their families are welcome to learn more about academics, extracurricular programs and financial aid opportunities. Students and their families will leave Open House with a solid understanding of why the education they can receive at Emory & Henry College is an excellent choice. Schedule a visit.

  • Saturday Visit: October 8, 10 a.m. at McGlothlin Center for the Arts
  • Saturday Visit: October 22, 10 a.m. at McGlothlin Center for the Arts
  • Blue & Gold Open House: October 29, 9 a.m. at McGlothlin Center for the Arts
  • Saturday Visit: November 5, 10 a.m. at McGlothlin Center for the Arts
  • Saturday Visit: November 12, 10 a.m. at McGlothlin Center for the Arts

9. Attention young women interested in engineering: The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Tickle College of Engineering will host a virtual information session on Tuesday, October 4, 2022 from 7:00—8:00 pm. Students will be able to speak with current women engineering students in their majors, learn about support programs, and discuss the UTK application process.

Event Details Women in Engineering Program—Virtual Information Session Tuesday, October 4, 2022 7–8 PM (ET)

To learn more about the program, visit this link:


1. We have started to post scholarships on the "Scholarships" page on our website. Go check it out to see if you qualify!

2. If you have not heard about our Niswonger Rep, Braylee Polson, then we want to make sure that you know her! The senior class should have received a text message from her through a program called Signal Vine. These are just text reminders for you throughout the year. For example, TN Promise deadlines, FAFSA reminders, etc. She can help you and your family with any of these topics. She is located in the "Locker" if you would like more information.

3. Just a reminder that you need to pass the civics test and obtain 20 hours of community service for graduation this year! Posted below here will be the community service form that you need to have filled out.

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Mental Health:

We are pleased to inform you that our district has enrolled with STOPit Solutions Anonymous Reporting System. STOPit is a technology platform that will help to deter and mitigate bullying, cyber abuse, and other inappropriate behaviors. The program is delivered as an App, which students can download. We will also be working with technology to have it pushed out to all student devices.

The App provides the ability to

  • Report Incidents anonymously
  • Submit photo or video evidence (App/Web Only)
  • Communicate anonymously with administrators with STOPit
  • Messenger (App/Web Only)
  • Alert designated administrators to issues and risks early, before
  • they escalate
  • 24/7 Phone Tip Line Included in STOPit App & Web

Please watch the following video to learn more about the STOPit App:


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Parent Resources:

If you would like to become a canvas observer then click here to access your account!

If you would like to log into the Parent Portal on PowerSchool click here!

ACT Prep:

We wanted to create a place where students and parents can look for additional ACT resources. Therefore, we have decided to create this section in our newsletter for you!

1. The IXL program in your SSO can be a great tool to help you with preparing for ACT. All you have to do is:

Sign in

Click on IXL

Click "Skills Plans"

Click ACT (toward the bottom of the page)

Begin Working

2.The SH counselors have some resources (Practice ACT Booklets) in our offices. If you would like to get one, just drop by your counselors office and pick one up!

3. In May, the TN Department of Edu, in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin), that all Tennessee high school students and teachers have access to workshops that help prepare students to succeed on the ACT. The ACT Success Tactics Workshops and Mastery Classes and Virtual Office Hours are available to rising 11th and 12th graders in Tennessee. During these free virtual workshops, we will share resources and tools that will teach students effective test-taking strategies, as well as provide them content practice in specific subject areas. Interested students can learn more about and register for the workshops, classes, and office hours here..