Class of 2019 Counselor Newsletter - February

Class of 2019 Counselor Newsletter - February
Posted on 02/12/2019

Hello Class of 2019 Parents and Guardians,

This is the final semester of your student's high school career! It is very important for them to stay focused and on track for graduation.  It may be tempting to let "senioritis" set it, but colleges and scholarship committees will be looking at your student's final semester. Checking PowerSchool often for grades and attendance can help keep you informed of your student's progress.

 

  • Parent/Teacher Conference:  Tuesday, February 12th 4:00-7:30pm.  Take this opportunity to visit with your student's teachers and learn how you can best support your student's final semester in high school.  Feel free to contact their teachers anytime if you have a question or concern.  Email works best!

  • Professional Development Day:  Friday, February 15th.  No school for students.

  • Presidents' Day:  Monday, February 18th.  No School.
  • Mid-Term Exams: Thursday, March 14th (3rd & 4th block exams) and Friday, March 15th (1st & 2nd block exams).  Students may check out after exams on Friday with a parent note. 

  • Spring Break: Monday, March 18th - Friday, March 22nd. No School!

  • Report Cards: Monday, April 1st. Students will receive their Q3 report cards.  Please check these carefully!  This grade goes on the student's transcript to determine GPA and earning credits toward graduation.  Contact teachers as soon as possible with any questions or concerns. 

  • TN Scholars Materials Due: Monday, April 1st.  Seniors working towards the TN Scholars recognition (this is not the Tennessee Promise scholarship) should turn in their application and all community service hours to the Counseling Office by the April 1st deadline.  
    Applications and Volunteer Service Logs are available in the Counseling Office and should be returned to Ms. Johnson. 
     
    This is a recognition program through the state that encourages students to meet rigorous academic, attendance, behavior, and community service standards. 

  • TN Promise Meeting: Monday, April 1st @ 5:30. Mark your calendars. This is the mandatory meeting that students must attend to stay eligible!  Parents are welcome to attend as well, but the student must be present to stay eligible.

  • Graduation Fees:  Fees are now $75 and go up each month. Students may pay Mrs. Dooley in RM 239.  

  • 7th Semester Transcript Requests:  Some colleges require students to submit a "7th semester transcript" which includes all grades through the Fall semester of Senior year.  Students will need to fill out another transcript request form and submit the $1 per transcript to Ms. Shepard, our registrar, (anna.shepard@rcstn.net). Check with your student's college to see if this is a requirement or not.  Allow up to 2 weeks for colleges to receive and process transcripts.


  • Bethel Hendrix Scholarship Competition: Deadline to apply is March 8th. The winner will earn full tuition, room, and board.  The runner-up wins full tuition.  To be eligible, students must have a 3.25 GPA and a 23 ACT.  All other competitors will be considered for Bethel's other institutional scholarships.  For more information and to apply, visit https://www.bethelu.edu/hendrix

  • Lockheed Martin STEM Scholarship:  Deadline to apply is March 12th.  Lockheed Martin is awarding 200 scholarships of $10,000 per student -- renewable each year!  Eligible Seniors must have a 3.5 or above GPA, enroll full-time at an accredited four year university, and plan to major in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Systems Engineering, Math, Physics, Information Systems/Management Information Systems or Information Assurance.  For more information and to apply, visit https://apply.scholarsapply.org/lockheedmartin/

  • American Foreign Service Association Essay Contest: Deadline to apply is March 15th.  The winner receives $2,500, in addition to an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital from anywhere in the U.S. for the winner and his or her parents, and an all-expense paid educational voyage courtesy of Semester at Sea. Runner-up receives $1,250 and a full tuition to attend a summer session of National Student Leadership Conference’s International Diplomacy program.  For more information and to apply, visit http://www.afsa.org/essay-contest
  • William R. Snodgrass Scholarship:  Deadline to apply is March 31st.  Seniors planning  to have a business-related major such as accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management or marketing are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.  For more information and to apply,  visit  https://www.agacgfm.org/Chapters/Nashville/Membership/Scholarships.aspx

  • Local Scholarships: Deadlines vary.  We are starting to receive several local scholarships in the Counseling Office.  Seniors should check the bookshelf weekly for new scholarships.  Deadlines and submission requirements vary so students should pay close attention so they don't miss out!

  • College Tips: What's Next??
    • Review Student Aid Report (SAR) - soon colleges that students listed on their FAFSA will review your information and send an "award letter" (usually via student email).  The award letter lists grants and scholarships your student is eligible for, as well as, possible loans.  Review each award letter and determine which school is offering the best package.  Talk with the Financial Aid department if your have any questions.  Some schools may even be able to increase your award if you have special circumstances. It is worth talking to them!
    • Keep on top of deadlines!  Students should check  their email regularly (including their junk/spam folder).  Schools may need additional paperwork for financial aid, housing deposits to secure dorm rooms, and registration for Freshmen Orientation to schedule their classes.  
    • Know your Admissions Counselor!  Your student should know who their admissions counselor is at their chosen college and have their contact information saved.  This is your best resource for answers specific to that college.

Please contact guidance with any questions or concerns!
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