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WHS Counselor Talk Dec 2017
Wheeler High School
Posted On: Friday, December 08, 2017

       COUNSELOR TALK            

 

 

 

 WHAT IS THIS.

THIS NEWSLETTER IS TO BE SHARED WITH YOUR PARENTS

 OR GUARDIANS ALONG WITH ANY OTHER INFORMATION

 REGARDING POST-SECONDARY PLANNING.  VISIT WITH

 YOUR SCHOOL COUNSELOR IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS.

 

 

                                 COUNSELORS

                   MR. ROSTA (LAST NAMES A-L)

                    MS. DAY (LAST NAMES M-Z)

 

                                   

10/1/17 FAFSA Opens

12/31/17 Recommended college application deadline (check colleges/universities for

 specific deadline dates; many have “rolling admissions”)

4/15/17 Indiana FAFSA deadline

 

COLLEGE VISIT: AN OPPORTUNITY TO MEET WITH A

 COLLEGE ADMISSIONS COUNSELOR

Students your School Counselor has scheduled many college visits for this school year.

This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with a college admission representative and ask questions about

 the college, application process, housing, scholarships, and more.

 

 

 

                           

                                  What is rolling admissions?                          

Rolling admissions is for students who may need more time applying or deciding on a college

 or university.  It allows students to apply anytime within a large window.

Some advantages of rolling admission:                                         

*expect to hear back in 4 to 8 weeks after submitting the application 

*if you apply late, you can potentially find a spot after all other deadlines come and go                 

*used correctly, can help you avoid competition (and stress)

*provide flexibility in options and results

Disadvantages:                                                                                                 

*best used early in the admissions process                                                            

*sometimes, there are still deadlines in place         

*can be highly competitive, at certain times of the year                         

*can potentially lock you into making decisions sooner than you would otherwise have to

 

 

FREE MONEY $$ TO PAY FOR COLLEGE /

 SCHOLARSHIPS

 

Scholarships are out there for you……

It is up to you to be searching for scholarships at this time. Be sure

 to check out the latest scholarship information. This information

 can be found on the Guidance bulletin board (outside the main

 office), senior resources, Government and Economic classes, as well

 as our website. Look under the “Guidance” scholarship info and

 Financial Aid section on the left hand side of the web page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAFSA (FREE APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID)/ FINANCIAL AID

 COMPLETION PROGRAM

SENIORS:  Have you filed your FAFSA?  If not, be sure to visit fafsa.ed.gov or attend College Goal Sunday on February 25, 2018 near you.  Visit collegegoalsunday.org for more information and locations.

 

SAT & ACT INFORMATION CENTER

Students if you are planning to attend a 4-year college or university after high

 school, it is very important that you take the SAT and/or ACT, since it is one of

 the many factors considered in college admissions.

 

 

SAT

Register online at www.collegeboard.org.  The fee for the test without essay is $45, and the fee

 with essay is $57.

ACT

Register online at www.actstudent.org. The fee without the writing portion is $42.50, and with

 the writing portion is $58.50.

 

 

Upcoming dates:

Jan 23 - Porter County Career & Technical Education preview 

day

 

Feb 6 - Porter County Career & Technical Education preview day

Feb 10 – ACT

Feb 25 - College Goal Sunday

Mar 10 -SAT

Apr 14 - ACT

May 5 - SAT

Jun 2 - SAT

Jun 9 - ACT

Jul 14 - ACT

*Registration deadlines can be found at collegeboard.org or act.org

 

Did you know?

You can get personalized help to prepare for the SAT by going to Khan Academy FOR FREE!!

  Students can also link their College Board accounts to Khan Academy, and research shows that

 students who spend 20-25 hours on Khan tend to improve their scores by about 91 points.  Visit

 khanacademy.org to register today!

 

Students eligible for Free/Reduced lunch you could also be

 eligible for a test fee waiver. If you have any questions or

 need assistance, see your counselor.

 

 

Vocational:

 

Sophomores & Juniors interested in taking a vocational class next year, applications are now

 being accepted by your school counselor.  Please stop by the guidance department to pick up

 your application today.

 

Second year students:  Applications are due on January 31, 2018

First year students:  Applications are due on February 9, 2018

 

Return applications to your school counselor by these dates.

 

Students interested in taking vocational classes through Porter County Career &

TechnicalEducation must attend a preview day.  Dates and times can be found in the main office

 and in the guidance department.

 

 

 

School counselors will soon begin scheduling for next school year during Resource period.  It is

 recommended that students have an idea of what they need to take for the upcoming year,

 as well as what they want to take.  Please keep in mind that certain diplomas have different

 requirements.  Students pursuing the Academic Honors Diploma must be sure to complete

 the foreign language and fine arts requirement, as well as taking either dual credit or

 Advanced Placement (AP) credits.  What is dual credit and AP?

Dual-Credit Courses

Dual-credit courses may be offered at your high school, a local college, or even online. Often, the cost is less than it would be if you were taking the course as a college student. Check with your high school counselor or the colleges you’re interested in to make sure the class will transfer to your prospective colleges before signing up.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

AP courses are offered at your high school. At the end of the course, you take a test that is graded on a 5-point scale to determine if you’ll obtain college-level credit for the course. Different schools require different scores, so check with your high school counselor or the colleges you’re interested in to make sure the class will transfer to your prospective colleges before signing up. All Indiana public colleges accept AP courses with a minimum score of 3. You can learn more about AP courses, sign up to take exams and obtain your scores at the College Board.

There is a fee to take any AP exam, but students with financial need may qualify for a reduction or waiver.

(Found at learnmoreindiana.org)

For diploma requirements, please visit doe.in.gov/ccr/indianas-diploma-requirements or sign up to speak with your school counselor.

WHAT KINDS OF ACTIVITIES HELP ME GET INTO COLLEGE?

Extracurricular activities are the activities you do outside of regular schoolwork. Schools offer many of these activities, like band, chorus, athletics, theater, student newspapers and yearbook, student council and a variety of clubs. But your extracurricular activities don’t have to be school sponsored. You can get involved by volunteering your time in your community — through community centers, nonprofits, or local youth organizations.

Students who are involved in extracurricular activities learn how to prioritize their time, meet friends and get to enjoy activities they like. And that will help you stand out on your college application. Employers and colleges like to see you’re a well-rounded student who can balance schoolwork with other responsibilities.

Choosing an Activity

  • Think about your interests and skills, or causes important to you. Do things you’ll enjoy.

  • Consider what you want to do in your career. Extracurricular activities are a great way to see what a career is like.

  • If you aren’t sure how to get involved, ask your parents, school counselors or mentor for help.

You should also check your local colleges and community organizations for summer camp opportunities.

To find out what clubs or activities Wheeler High School offers, please stop by the guidance department.

Helpful websites:

fafsa.ed.gov

collegegoalsunday.org

collegeboard.org

act.org

learnmoreindiana.org

doe.in.gov/ccr/indianas-diploma-requirements

 

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