David Legg: Principal
Although this update is primarily geared toward seniors, there is some information regarding second semester in the Counselor section that may be beneficial for all students.
If you have suggestions or requests for information that has not been included, please email directly and I will respond or update as needed.
Thanks and have a pleasant Christmas Vacation.
David Legg, Ed.D
SAT/ACT Testing dates
The deadline to register is January 10th.
For more information, you may visit the ACT website by clicking here.
Next available test date: April 12, 2014
Registration deadline: March 7, 2014
SAT The next date to take the SAT is January 25, 2014
The deadline to register is December 27, 2013
Next available test date: March 8, 2014
Registration deadline: February 7, 2014
For more information you may visit the SAT- College Board Website by clicking here.
Suggestions for students
- Encourage your parent(s) to complete income tax forms early. If your parent(s) has (have) not completed tax forms, you can provide estimated information on your federal student aid application, but remember to make any necessary changes later.
- As soon as possible after Jan. 1, complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), along with any other financial aid applications your school(s) of choice may require. You can complete the FAFSA online or on paper, but completing the application online is faster and easier. You should submit your FAFSA by the earliest financial aid deadline of the schools to which you are applying, usually by early February.
- After you submit the FAFSA, you should receive your Student Aid Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks. Quickly make any necessary corrections and submit them to the FAFSA processor.
- Complete any last scholarship applications.
Suggestions for Parents
- Work with your child on filling out the FAFSA.
- Make sure your child’s personal information is safe when he or she applies for financial aid. For tips, read “Student Aid and Identity Theft.”
- Read IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education to see how you might benefit from federal income tax credits for education expenses.
- Understand the benefits of federal student loans.
- Help your child learn about the responsibilities involved in accepting a student loan by reviewing Your Federal Student Loans: Learn the Basics and Manage Your Debt with him or her.
- Look at communications from schools to which your child sent FAFSA information. If a school has offered Direct PLUS Loans, the Direct Loan Basics for Parents brochure might be useful to you.
Updates to newsletter based on feedback.
Mr Legg: students and parents may find it beneficial to complete the Financial Awareness counseling on studentloans.gov. They will need to apply for the FAFSA first or at least have their PIN. While it is not required counseling for student loans, it covers much of the same topics with some added financial literacy information as far as interest rates, capitalized interest, lifetime aggregates, money management and estimated repayment amounts based on estimated borrowing totals. I have my own senior going through this even though she does not plan on using student loans.
Another little update as well: The IRS will not start processing income taxes until the end of January. Many schools are encouraging students and parents to use the IRS retrieval tool in case they are chosen for verification. With taxes being processed late due to Sequestration, applicants can use estimated numbers early then once their taxes are processed, use the data retrieval tool ( guidance at https://fafsa.ed.gov/help/irshlp9.htm) to have a corrected Student Aid Report sent to the school. Saves a lot of time faxing paperwork back and forth.
Office of Student Financial Assistance
University of Alaska Anchorage
How do I locate scholarships?
alaska preformance scholarship
Local Scolarships of interrest
P.E.O. Chapter Q Scholarship for Women – Submission Date January 3. Please see the ASD Counseling Page for attached guidelines and application
University of Alaska Scholar
UAA Application workshop
Wednesday, Jan. 15th, 7:30am-2pm
Denise Edwards: Assistant Principal - Curriculum
First Semester Grades:
Will be posted the week of January 6-10. Parents can view grades through Student/Parent Zangle Connect.
Second Semester First Day Information –Monday, January 6.
Regular Bell Schedule – 1st period starts at 7:30 am.
All Students go to the following location for the list of their first period class: Cafeteria
Seniors, Juniors, Sophomores, and Freshmen: All grades 9-12 should go to the Cafeteria upon arrival at school to check the posted lists for their first period class and teacher. Students will receive their updated schedules from their first period teacher at the end of the period.
KCC – AM: Cafeteria ----- schedules will be handed out to KCC students so that they can get a copy of their updated schedule before leaving for KCC.
Late Arrivals – Go to Student Services office to pick up their schedule.
Students may not leave class to see a counselor. If students want to request a schedule change, they can fill out a schedule change form, during lunch and drop it in the basket in House 2 or outside Student Services.
Students with holes in their schedule- Go to see their counselor during the “hole” period.
College and Career Readiness Workshops at CHS
The counseling staff will be offering a series of lunchtime workshops throughout second semester on topics related to scholarships, financial aid and college and career readiness.
These workshops started in December and will continue throughout the year. They will be announced in the daily announcements.
AKCIS - Go to AKCIS.ORG
This is a great tool for students for scholarship search, financial aid opportunities, creating a college scholarship portfolio, and career readiness.
Parents can also view this site by logging in and conducting searches by using the "log in by zip code" link.
Students who have already created a portfolio in AKCIS can log in with their user name and password.
Students who do not have a portfolio in AKCIS can log in using chugiak as the log in and 4akcis as the password. They then need to create a portfolio and save a personalized log in and password. Once this account is created, they can save searches for financial aid and colleges.
Save The date
December 20: Winter Break begins for students
January 6: Students return from Winter Break.
First day of Semester 2 classes.