FMHS Counseling Department News

February 2021

2nd Semester is Here!

It's hard to believe that we are already one week into the second semester! We hope that the end of the first semester went well and that your current courses are starting out smoothly!


You will find the different activities we have this month to celebrate Black History Month in the picture to the side. Here is a list of various activities that will happen this month as well.


  • Door Decorating contest begins February 1. The Diversity council will decide the winners and the top 3 classrooms earn a prize!!
  • Submit your answers for the Unity Display here.
  • February 10 & 11: Sample African Vegetable Stew outside the Commons Conference room during lunch.
  • Author and Motivational Speaker Daphnie Glenn will bring an inspirational message. The buzz will record the presentation and post it the same day for later viewing.
  • Check out the Buzz each week for a special Black History in SC Spotlight.
  • Visit the Learning Commons for a Visual Art slideshow featuring black artists
  • Our featured Book of the Month is Dear Justyce.


Class of 2021--Special Announcements

  • Please make sure you have ordered your cap and gown for the graduation ceremony this spring. Caps and gowns will be required to participate. Make sure you leave enough time for shipping.
  • Fort Mill Foundation Scholarships are now available! Hard copies are available in the main counseling office. FMVA students should check their email for scholarship information. The deadline for all applications is March 1!


Don't forget to check our website for additional information and updates!


Happy February!

Start Strong

  • Evaluate how the first semester went. Think about whether there are any adjustments you need to make to be successful this semester.
  • Use a planner or agenda to keep track of your assignments, tests, quizzes, and extracurricular activities.
  • Take good notes in class.
  • Make use of before and after school live help time with your teachers.
  • Use the SC Discus free tutoring! Login through your ClassLink account on the main HS website.
  • Make sure you use your study time wisely.

Grade Level Information

9th Grade

  • Freshman IGPs are happening now! Find more information on sign ups and links to the elective survey here.

10th Grade

  • 10th grade IGP meetings are happening now! Find more information on sign ups and links to the elective survey here!
  • Jostens Class Ring meetings will happen on February 5 and 8.

11th Grade

  • Don't forget to check out the Guidance department website for helpful hints as you finish out your junior year!
  • The school day ACT will take place on February 23.
  • The school day SAT will take place on March 25.

12th Grade

  • Major cord applications will come out later this spring. Keep an eye on your email!
  • Don't miss the scholarship information below in this newsletter. Check the top of the newsletter for information on the Fort Mill Foundation scholarships!
  • If you need a transcript sent, please make sure you log in to Naviance to request it. This includes mid-year transcript needs after the first semester ends.

Resources

Activities and Clubs

Although this year looks different, many FMHS student clubs are still meeting.

  • Face to face meetings are following appropriate social distance protocol and safety measures.
  • Some clubs are holding virtual meetings.
  • You can find club information in the weekly newsletter link on the main FMHS website.
  • Club information is also available in the main commons area.

College and Career Readiness

  • Mr. Young is our Career Development Facilitator. He is here to help you explore careers! Set up an appointment with him today! You can email him here.
  • Check out the FMHS Calendar for information on upcoming virtual college visits.
  • Don't miss the No Limits November and Dream December recordings to learn more about soft skills and helping prepare you for life after high school!
  • We held information sessions on College Planning 101 and Scholarships and Financial Aid earlier this year. Check out the recordings!

Community Resources--Mental Health Resource Guide

NAMI has provided a mental health resource guide for the community. You can find it here.

Free Tutoring

For the 2020-2021 school year, SC Discus has partnered with Tutor.com for all K-12 students! Students can access tutoring for

  • Math
  • English
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • World Languages
  • AP/SAT/ACT test prep


To access the tutoring, go to ClassLink, and enter your school email address and password. Next, click on SC Discus, then click on Tutor.com.

Naviance

Naviance is your go-to resource to help you in high school! When you log into Naviance, you can:


  • Complete career interest assessments
  • Search for colleges based on your career interests
  • Compare colleges and find your best fit
  • Check your GPA
  • Request transcripts be sent to your colleges
  • Request letters of recommendation from FMHS teachers to be sent to your colleges
  • Search for scholarships


You will find videos to walk you through how to log in to Naviance on YouTube! To log in click on Sign in with Clever and use your school email address and password.

Scholarships

  • We have scholarships listed in Naviance and on this spreadsheet. Students need to log in to their FMSD account to access the spreadsheet.
  • In the spring, the Fort Mill Foundation scholarships will also open up. Seniors should check their email for more information!
  • College Board has an Opportunity Scholarship that students can enter by completing tasks that are part of the college/career search process. Find more information here!
  • The Commission on Higher Education oversees the state Hope, Life, and Palmetto Fellows scholarships. Find more information here.

Testing--ACT/SAT

  • Students can sign up for the ACT on a national test date here.
  • Students can sign up for the SAT on a national test date here.
  • Please make sure to check that your testing site is still open prior to arriving at the test site. Some sites have had to cancel due to COVID. You may have to travel farther than normal for an available test site.
  • Students qualifying for Free/Reduced lunch can request a Fee Waiver in the counseling office.
  • If students have an IEP or 504 their accommodations must be requested and approved by College Board and/or ACT. Please make sure that you are registering early to ensure there is adequate time for staff to send in the information. ACT and College Board will still have to review and approve or deny the requests.

Important Dates

School Dates to Note

  • February 1 Black History Month Door Decorating and Unity Display Begins
  • February 4 & 5 Virtual SAT Workshop for 11th and 12th Grade Students
  • February 5 1st Semester Report Cards Released'
  • February 10 & 11 African Vegetable Stew Samples at Lunch
  • February 15 No School -- President's Day
  • February 16 M4 Midterms Distributed
  • February 23 Spring ACT for 11th Grade
  • February 24 Black History Month Speaker Daphnie Glenn

Connect With Your Counselor

Mrs. Anne Anderson 9th A-K

andersona@fortmillschools.org


Ms. Adrienne Long 9th Grade L-Z

longa@fortmillschools.org


Mr. Barry Ledford 10th-12th A-E

ledfordj@fortmillschools.org


Mr. Andrew Griggs 10th-12th Grades F-L

griggsa@fortmillschools.org


Mrs. Courtney Kountz 10th-12th Grades M-R

kountzc@fortmillschools.org


Ms. Karen Castillo 10th-12th Grades S-Z

castillok@fortmillschools.org


Mr. Edward Young Career Counselor

younge@fortmillschools.org


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