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Senior Class Information

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Class of 2010

 

 

 

 

 






Assistant Principal:
Mr. Abbott - 946-8312

 

Guidance:
Mrs. Larson (A-K) - 946-8372
Mrs. Biesecker (L-Z) - 946-8281

 

SENIOR CLASS BULLETIN
Fall 2014

 

SENIOR COUNSELORS

     Mrs. Larson    A-K                                        Mrs. Biesecker     L-Z

    alarson@aasdcat.com                                   tbiesecker@aasdcat.com                   

Dear Seniors,

            This is your year.  Let’s make it a positive one!  Make the most of the many learning experiences here, both in and out of the classroom.  Remember that good attendance counts for continued success in school as well as in the world of work.
            When you are in need of assistance with your educational career planning or with personal problem solving, and decision making, be sure to stop in or make an appointment and take advantage of our services. 
Below, we have listed information that is extremely important to you as a senior.  Please read each item thoroughly, and see us if you have questions.

 

 DATES TO REMEMBER

 

 Tuesday, October 7  from 6:00-8:00 PM
The POST HIGH SCHOOL OPPORTUNITY FAIR will be held in the field house.  All seniors should attend the evening program with a parent/guardian.  Numerous institutions-including trades, technical, business, college, military and financial aid representatives will be here to discuss their programs and requirements for admission.

Wednesday, October 15
The ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) will be given here at 8:00 AM. Please sign up in the Counseling office if you have not already taken this exam and are planning to join any branch of the military.

Tuesday, December 9 from 6:00-7:30PM
A FINANCIAL AID NIGHT for you and your parent or guardian will be held at the high school AUDITORIUM.  If you are planning on furthering your education, you should attend this evening session.  A guest speaker will address your concerns regarding State and Federal Financial Aid and answer questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA form.  The FAFSA should be completed by all college bound seniors


2013-2014
Test Dates

Test

U.S. Registration Deadlines

Regular

Late
(a fee applies)

October 11, 2014

SAT &
Subject Tests           

September 12, 2014

September 26, 2014
by mail or September 30
by phone or online

November 8, 2014

SAT &
Subject Tests

October 9, 2014

October 24, 2014
by mail or October 28
by phone or online

December 6, 2014

SAT &
Subject Tests

November 6, 2014

November 21, 2014
by mail or November 24
by phone or online

January 24, 2015

SAT &
Subject Tests

December 29, 2014

January 9, 2015
by mail or January 13
by phone or online

March 14, 2015

SAT only

February 13, 2015

February 27, 2015
by mail or March 3
by phone or online

May 2, 2015

SAT &
Subject Tests

April 6, 2015

April 17, 2015
by mail or April 21
by phone or online

June 6, 2015

SAT &
Subject Tests

May 8, 2015

May 22, 2015
by mail or May 27
by phone or online

When registering for the SAT, it is very important to send your scores to the colleges you are considering by entering their codes in the send reports section.  A number of colleges only accept scores sent directly from the testing service.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
1. Class work:
English- 4 credits
Social Studies- 3 credits
Mathematics- 3 credits
Science- 3 credits
PE- every school year
Health- .5 credits

YOU MUST EARN A TOTAL OF 24 CREDITS TO GRADUATE
See your counselor as soon as possible if you are missing a required subject or wish to see how many credits you have earned.  Failures of required courses must be made up in Summer School.

2. Graduation Project:
All seniors must successfully complete a senior project in their English classes. Your English teacher will guide you through this process.

3. KEYSTONE EXAMS:
Seniors must attain proficiency on the Keystone Exam and/or project in Algebra I, Literature, and Biology.
 

 

Senior Responsibilities

1. Use the school’s resources to continue career planning:

  • Career planning literature and a comprehensive online program at www.bridges.com are available in the Career Center for your use.  Using these tools, you can obtain information concerning occupations, post high school training opportunities, military services and financial aid.  To schedule an appointment, sign up beside the Career Center door.

2. Apply to college and post-high school education programs:

  • Begin applying to post high school programs now. A few paper applications are available in our career center, you may request one from the school. Typically the school’s website will have information on the admissions process. Completing your college applications online is  the quickest and simplest way to begin.
  • Check the school’s website or catalog for specific deadlines.  Some colleges and competitive majors have early application deadlines.
  • If you use a paper application, bring all forms and fees to your counselor after you have completed the information in the student section. If you apply online, you need to notify your counselor in order to have your transcripts sent. PLEASE WATCH DEADLINES! You need to give materials to your counselor at LEAST TWO WEEKS before the deadline.
  • If you need a recommendation from a counselor or teacher, you also need to allow them a minimum of two weeks notice. This may impact your ability to meet the application deadline.
  • Notify your counselor of your post-high school plans.  It is your responsibility to have a final transcript sent to the college of your choice.

3. Apply for Financial Aid

  • When gathering college or post-high school program applications, be sure to request financial aid information.  Addresses are available in the Career Center.  Many honors, awards, or work-study programs are offered only through the college’s financial aid office.
  • Financial aid & scholarship information is available in the Counseling Office.  All available scholarships are located inside the door of the counseling office AND are posted on the high school’s website at aahs.aasdcat.com/counsel/scholar.htm.
  •  You need to apply on the website: www.fafsa.ed.gov. You and one parent must apply for a PIN number first at www.pin.ed.gov.
  • FAFSA form should be filed starting January 1.  Some colleges may also require you to file additional forms.  Check your college website to determine which forms are needed.
  • College, scholarship, and other information are given on the daily announcements.  If you do not hear the announcements, they are posted on the Counseling Office door daily.

 *Be aware that college and post-high school programs base acceptance on senior performance and the expectation of continued excellence.  Also, many scholarships are conditionally awarded and can be rescinded if senior grades fall below standards.

 

*The person who has the biggest stake in your education is you. It's up to you to stay on top of opportunities and deadlines and to take control of your future!

 

College Planning and Financial Aid Websites

  1. www.collegeboard.org :  Information on the SAT and AP tests

SAT registration
College planning and admission information
Scholarship search and loan information
Useful COLLEGE MATCHMAKER TOOL

  1. www.act.org: ACT registration

 

  1. www.fafsa.ed.gov:  Online application for the FAFSA (Free Application

         for Federal Student Aid).
                                            Takes you step-by-step through the application process

  1. www.eligibilitycenter.org : For students planning on participating in athletics at

                                                      a college or university
 Student athletes register on this site and pay a fee if interested in playing Division 1 or 2 sports
Eligibility information can be found here and with   
your counselor                                                        

  1. www.educationplanner.org: Comprehensive site for future planning

    Self-assessments and study skills/test taking tools
    How to research and choose a school
    Application tools
    Financial aid information: FAFSA, loans, and
    scholarships

  1. www.aessuccess.org:  Financial aid information

                                                Link to Grant and Scholarship search
           

  1. www.bridges.com:

  Career and college exploration
  Remember you already have an account

 


Comparing and Choosing a College

Criteria to Consider

College A

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College B

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College C

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Size- enrollment, area

 

 

 

Location- distance from home, urban or rural

 

 

 

Environment- private or public, climate

 

 

 

Admissions- requirement (GPA, test scores, essays, etc.)

 

 

 

Academics- majors offered, class size, rigor

 

 

 

Financial Aid- aid available vs. expense (room/board, tuition, books, etc)

 

 

 

Housing- residence halls (co-ed or single sex), apartments, food plans

 

 

 

Facilities- academic, athletic, social buildings
Career Services- job placement, resources

 

 

 

Activities- clubs, Greek life, sports, etc.

 

 

 

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