Counselor's Corner

Mrs. Anderson's Counseling Newsletter

Scholarships and Registration!

It is a busy time in the counseling office. Seniors are steadily flowing in finalizing their post-high school plans. Juniors, Sophomores and Freshman are getting ready to pick classes for the upcoming school year. Please be patient with all of us in the counseling office at this time. Here are some tips for the upcoming events, broken down by class...

Oh - and at the bottom is an update to AP Testing for this school year.

Seniors

A few things to check off your lists:


If you have applied for college and have been accepted:

-complete your FAFSA

-once you have made a decision - put down your deposit

-apply for scholarships


Still need to apply?

-it is not too late, get on it!

-and do your FAFSA!


Scholarships -

Remember, every little bit counts! We have local scholarships being posted in our counseling office and on the district website every day! Some of them are super specific, so check them out and see if you meet the criteria.

Juniors

Counselors will be going into Chemistry and Chem Com classes to direct Juniors on the registration process and card collection. Do your best to sign up for the classes you believe you need as a senior. Talk to your current teachers about proper placement into classes. A good thing to remember as Juniors is that you still need a year of English (literature and composition) and a year of math (it can be an applied math).


Students will have a Junior Conference with me some time in March or early April. At that time I will make sure they are signed up for all the classes they need to graduate. Junior Conferences are one on one or in small group and I bring with me an audit of the student's transcript and a "to do" list. At that time we will make changes to class selections if there needs to be adjustments. I will also use this time to talk about tentative plans after high school and how to prepare for that process!

Sophomores

Counselors will be going into American Literature and RWW 10 classes on Friday, February 26th. At that time students will have already received their registration card. Use that week to talk to teachers about classes for next year. The intention is for counselors to be with students that Friday and enter in class selections for the next school year.

There will be a small presentation about class choices, and then we will use the rest of the time to enter classes. Make sure to bring a Chromebook to English class that Friday. If any students do not have a Chromebook I would urge them to bring some other electronic device to make the process move quickly.

Sophomores - remember you have a Google Classroom with a blank 4 year plan and links to the Program of Studies.


A few reminders in scheduling that will be new to current sophomores: a full credit of English is needed. There are a few classes offered that are a full credit, but many choices that are .5 credit. When choosing .5 credit courses remember one needs to be Literature and the other Composition. Chemistry is harder than Chemistry in the Community. AP Macroeconomics/AP Microeconomics can be subbed out for Economics and AP Government can be put in place of Civics.

Freshman

Counselors will be going into English 9 classes on Thursday, February 25th. At that time students will have already received their registration card. Use that week to talk to teachers about classes for next year. The intention is for counselors to be with students that Thursday and enter in class selections for the next school year.

There will be a small presentation about class choices, and then we will use the rest of the time to enter classes. Make sure to bring a Chromebook to English class that Thursday. If any students do not have a Chromebook I would urge them to bring some other electronic device to make the process move quickly.

Registration Information

Students will get their course selection cards Monday, February 22nd.

Counselors will be making visits to classrooms all that week.

The online registration window is open from February 25th - March 4th.

Counselors available for questions during lunch March 1st and 2nd.


Graduation requirements and the Program of Studies are available online - Link below.


Use the graduation requirements, the program of studies and teachers to make an educated decision on classes to take. Once the online registration window closes, counselors can make changes to student's course selections up through May. It is important to choose courses that students really want to take and intend on sticking with through their entirety. Staffing for the school year is based on student class requests - changing a schedule once we get back to school for the '16- '17 year will be much more difficult than doing it now!! I stress to all of you - choose wisely!

AP Testing is Coming!

Registration for this year's AP tests will be taking place in March.

Cost will be approximately $110 for each exam, there is a smaller fee for those that qualify for free or reduced lunch.


Tests take place the first 2 weeks of May and are given at Schoolcraft College.

More information to follow. Students will be given more specifics in their AP classes and additional information will be posted on our website in March. Stay tuned!