FMHS Counseling Department News

January 2021

Welcome Back!

We hope you had a restful break! There are 3 weeks left in the first semester and a lot is happening!


A new year is bringing us an updated newsletter format. We are excited to be able to share more information with you!


Please note that the second semester schedules will now be released on January 15.


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


Happy January!

Tips for Finishing Strong!

  • Check your grades often.
  • Discuss any concerns with your teachers ASAP!
  • 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.
  • Remember, final grades in all courses are calculated into your GPA.

Grade Level Information

9th Grade

  • Freshman IGPs will be continuing later this month. Keep an eye on your email for updates when Flash Appointments open back up!
  • Find the Freshman Meeting PowerPoint here.

10th Grade

  • 10th grade IGP meetings will begin on January 26. Keep an eye on your email for updates when Flash Appointments open up!
  • The PSAT makeup date from the October school closure will be January 26.

11th Grade

  • If you haven't had your 11th grade IGP meeting, your counselor will be in contact with you!
  • Find the Junior Meeting PowerPoint here.
  • Find the Junior Meeting handouts here.
  • The PSAT makeup date from the October school closure will be January 26.

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. The Fort Mill Foundation scholarships will open later this spring.
  • 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

Testing

EOC Exams

English 2 Writing EOC
  • January 7th A Day
  • January 8th B Day/FMVA


English 2 Reading EOC & US History EOC

  • January 11th A Day
  • January 12th B Day/FMVA


Biology 1 EOC & Algebra 1 EOC

  • January 14 B Day/FMVA
  • January 15 A Day


Final Exams

3rd and 4th Block Exams

  • January 19 B Day Exams
  • January 20 A Day Exams


1st and 2nd Blocks

  • January 21 B Day
  • January 22 A Day


PSAT Makeup Test

  • January 26 B Day Students

School Dates to Note

  • January 4/5 Virtual Learning Days
  • January 15 Second Semester Schedules Released
  • January 22 Last Day of First Semester
  • January 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- No School
  • January 25 Teacher Work Day
  • January 26 First Day of the Second Semester
  • January 29 First Semester Report Cards Released in PowerSchool

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


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