FMHS Counseling Department News

November 2021

November News

November is here, and so is the cooler weather!


Senior IGP meetings have wrapped up and junior and freshman IGP meetings have begun! We love supporting our students as they explore their next steps and look at the potential for the future!


M2 ends on 11/9 and M3 begins on 11/10. You will receive report cards for M2 at 4:00 p.m. on 11/16.


CAREER DEVELOPMENT WEEK


  • We are celebrating Career Development Week November 15-19. Be on the lookout for more information regarding video interviews and professional headshot pictures for students!


PSAT Scores

  • PSAT scores will be available through College Board's website around December 6. You will find instructions on how to access test scores here.


ACT WORKSHOP

  • FMHS is partnering with All In Test Prep to offer a workshop for the ACT on Saturday, November 13 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The workshop cost is $40.
  • Students can register for the workshop here.


NOVEMBER"S FABULOUS FRESHMEN!

Each month we will be recognizing our FABULOUS FRESHMEN! Students and staff can nominate one of our FABULOUS FRESHMEN to recognize their accomplishments! We will share them in our monthly newsletter and our bulletin board by the main R-wing doors.


CONGRATULATIONS to our November Fabulous Freshmen!


  • Olivia Rooney: Olivia always is able and willing to lend a helping hand; says, "Good morning/ afternoon," without any prompting; is beyond conscientious. She is one of the hardest-working freshmen I've come across.
  • Leah Caldwell: Leah is one of the nicest, most pleasant freshmen I've met this year. She's always saying, "Thank you," when assisted/ helped, always there to cheer her classmates on and help to keep them focused during group activities. She is one of the most mature young people in the freshman class.
  • Bryce Johnson: Bryce is an incredibly gentle, kind, and hard-working individual. He asks questions and helps others when somebody around him has a question. He is a valuable group member who tries his best. Additionally, Bryce works incredibly hard to be a good student as well as a member of the band. He always lets me know when he has performances and how things are going. I have heard from others as well that he puts just as much effort into being a member of the band as he does an academic student. Bryce is an FMHS Fabulous Freshman because he is adapting to his new educational setting with grace and determination.
  • Grace Boyd: Grace's enthusiasm for reading is so inspiring. She is eager to read books, and talk about books, and just has the best attitude. It is contagious!
  • Annalisa Baldassarre: Annalisa is an amazing young lady, very helpful with others, a curious learner, and is strong academically.
  • Nathalie Fernandez Dominguez: Nathalie helped us welcome a new Multilingual Learner by translating important information, showing her around campus, and being that support the student needed in an otherwise overwhelming change!
  • Ty'daja' White: Ty'daja is so respectful and encouraging! She always has a smile on her face and a kind comment for others. She is an amazing young lady and a pleasure to know and work with!


GRADE LEVEL GOOGLE CLASSROOMS

  • Each grade level now has a Google Classroom with information for your specific grade! These classrooms will be used each year with more information added for your students' new grade level.
  • Students should search their email for information on how to access their Google classroom!


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

Keep Up the Hard Work!

  • Use PowerSchool to check your grades regularly.
  • 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. You can also go for help during FLEX.
  • Use the SC Discus free tutoring! Login through your ClassLink account on the main HS website. Tutoring is available 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Make sure you use your study time wisely.
  • Reach out for help if there is something you are struggling with!

Grade Level Information

9th Grade

  • IGP meetings are happening now! Click here for more information. Please make sure to complete your IGP elective survey prior to your meeting.
  • Don't forget to check out the Counseling department website for helpful hints as you begin your freshman year!

10th Grade

  • 10th Grade IGPs will take place towards the end of the first semester. Please contact your counselor if you have questions.
  • Don't forget to check out the Counseling department website for helpful hints as you begin your sophomore year.

11th Grade

  • 11th Grade IGP meetings are happening now!. You can find the details and sign-up information here. Please make sure to complete your IGP elective survey prior to your meeting.
  • Don't forget to check out the Counseling department website for helpful hints as you begin your junior year!

12th Grade

Transcripts

  • Senior IGP meetings have concluded for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have additional questions, you can contact your counselor via email or stop by the main counseling office.
  • Seniors can request transcripts and letters of recommendation through Naviance. You can find instructions and video walkthroughs on the FMHS website.


Test Scores

  • ACT, SAT, and AP test scores must be sent to colleges directly from ACT or College Board. FMHS does not send test scores to colleges.
  • Click here for the ACT website.
  • Click here for the SAT website
  • When signing up to take a test you can request four of your scores to be sent to 4 colleges for free.
  • Any additional score reports you wish to have can be requested through your account with the test website. There is a fee to send additional score reports to colleges.


Scholarships

  • College Board Opportunity Scholarships are available for juniors and seniors! Click here for more details!
  • After colleges receive test scores and final transcripts in June, they will award the Life or Hope scholarship for qualifying students.
  • The counseling office will notify students that qualify for the Palmetto Fellows scholarship.
  • The counseling website and Naviance are also updated regularly with new scholarship opportunities we receive.

Resources

Activities and Clubs

FMHS has multiple clubs available for our students! We hope you will get involved!


  • 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

Career Development Week

  • We are celebrating Career Development Week November 15-19. Be on the lookout for more information regarding video interviews and professional headshot pictures for students!


Meet Mr. Young

  • 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.
  • If you're looking for videos on Career and College Readiness, check out Mr. Young's YouTube Channel. This is the hub for previous sessions on college admissions, resume writing, athletic recruitment, and much more!
  • We held information sessions on College Planning 101 and Scholarships and Financial Aid last fall that are also great resources!. Check out the recordings!


Upcoming College Visits

Come to the Commons Conference Room during FLEX to hear from these colleges!

  • November 2 Oglethorpe University
  • November 3 Hawaii Pacific University
  • November 4 Elon University
  • November 9 Transylvania University
  • November 10 Western Michigan University
  • November 16 Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
  • November 17 Meredith College
  • November 18 Clemson University
  • November 23 East Carolina University
  • November 30 University of South Florida

Community Resources--Mental Health Resource Guide

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

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 main 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.

Tutoring

FREE TUTORING

For the 2020-2021 school year, SC Discus has partnered with Tutor.com for all K-12 students! Tutoring is available 7 days a week from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. 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.


TUTOR MATCHING SERVICE

Tutor Matching Service provides a tutoring search engine with college students or recent graduates providing tutoring in multiple subject areas. The link is here.


*Please note that these resources are for your reference and are not a recommendation by FMHS staff.

Important Dates

School Dates to Note

  • November 9 End of the 2nd 6 Weeks
  • November 13 Virtual ACT Workshop. See registration information above.
  • November 16 4:00 Report Cards will be available in PowerSchool
  • November 24-26 Thanksgiving Break


*Don't miss the virtual college visits above in Mr. Young's Career and College section!

Connect With Your Counselor

Mrs. Courtney Kountz 9th, A-K

kountzc@fortmillschools.org


Ms. Adrienne Long 9th, L-Z

longa@fortmillschools.org


Ms. Carly Patterson 10th-12th A-D

pattersoncd@fortmillschools.org


Mr. Steve Kanoon 10th-12th, E-K

kanoons@fortmillschools.org


Ms. Tychonna Urquhart 10th-12th Grades L-Ri

urquhartt@fortmillschools.org


Mrs. Haleigh Strayer, 10th-12th, Ro-Z

strayerh@fortmillschools.org


Mr. Edward Young Career Counselor

younge@fortmillschools.org


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