Guidance Monthly Update

September 2017

WELCOME BACK!!!!!

The Harrison High School Guidance office is excited to welcome both students and parents. We hope that everyone had a relaxing summer and we cannot wait to dive into the new year.

PARENT NIGHTS

The Guidance office will be hosting parent sessions during Conference Nights. On October 26th we will be hosting our first session for Junior and Senior Parents. During this evening we will walk you through the college process and help answer any questions you may have regarding post-secondary planning. Times will be posted in the October newsletter.

SENIORS

Seniors should begin applying to their choice of college, tech school, apprenticeship, or employment. This year goes fast. Talk to your student about what they want to do after graduation and come up with a plan on how to achieve it. As always, we’d love to help you and your student to the best of our ability, just give us a call or shoot us an email about any questions of concerns. **********Counselor’s Hint: Planning your future can be overwhelming. Help your student come up with the goal and break it down into steps. Once you get through that first step, the others don’t seem as steep.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are a great way to assist in paying for college or other post secondary programs. You should never have to pay for a scholarship search! We recommend www.fastweb.com. It is a free scholarship search engine. Our career program NAVIANCE/FAMILY CONNECTIONS also has a scholarship search engine. The Naviance link can be found on the high school website under STUDENTS. Go to the Guidance page and you will see a scholarship link.******Counselor’s hint: Be sure to have your transcript release form filled out and signed if a transcript is needed. We cannot send a transcript without a signature, an email/phone call from the parent does not count. We need the signature!

COLLEGE FAIRS

Cincinnati West Side Local High School College Fair

Miami University-Hamilton Gymnasium

Tuesday, October 24th

6:30-8:00pm

(medium sized fair…..great for students wanting to stay within a 500 mile radius) No registration is required.


Cincinnati National College Fair for Visual & Performing Arts

Cintas Center, Xavier University

Monday, October 2nd

6:30-8:30pm

Students need to register at www.gotomypvafair.com. A definite must for students interested in pursuing a career in visual or performing arts


Cincinnati National College Fair

Duke Energy Center

Sunday, October 22nd

1:00-4:00 pm

(HUGE fair….great for students wanting to look at colleges all over the US. Students need to register at www.nacacnet.org/ncfstudent. Registration will enable students to carry a bar code and have college scan them if the student wants stuff mailed to them…..VERY CONVIENENT!!!!)


Northern Kentucky Regional College Fair

Connor Convocation Center at Thomas More College

Tuesday, September 19th

6:00-7:30pm

http://www.thomasmore.edu/collegefair/


College Fair for Students with Learning Disabilities

Gahanna Lincoln High School

Wednesday, October 4th

6:30-8:00pm

(perfect for students with an IEP or 504….talk with colleges about what their office of disabilities offers and how your student can access them!) http://www.gahannaschools.org/EventDetails.aspx?eventid=4120


Christian College Fair

Dayton Christian High School

Monday, September 11

6-8 pm

www.christiancollegefairs.com

ACT TEST PREP

Your students have access to a wonderful ACT practice site. Through the Naviance/Family Connections service the district provides, there is an ACT prep tool that will work with your student’s individual needs and works on their weaknesses. To access this awesome resource, go to the school’s website, click on “Students”, click on “Naviance”, log into Naviance/Family Connections, page down, and click on “Naviance Test Prep” which is located along the left-hand side of the site. Your student can then enter the test date they are planning on and take the three hour practice test so the program can discover what your student needs to work on. This is the same type of test prep that outside companies use but charge $400-$2000! Be sure to set aside time every week so the prep is consistent.