Monthly Update

COUNSELOR’S CORNER -- December 2017
High School Guidance
Sarah Roper, Counselor
Jennifer Conrad, Guidance Assistant

CONNECT WITH MRS. ROPER

Mrs. Roper can be reached through the following ways:
Email: sroper@evgvikings.org
Twitter & Instagram: @sroperVikings
Phone: 419-644-2951 ext 1109
Schedule an appointment: evgcounselor.youcanbook.me
Remind 101 App: gr9=@9thgradevi, gr10=@bkg62d, gr11=@11thgradev, gr12=@83a36c 

PROGRESS REPORTS

Student grade progress reports are available online through Power School, the parent/student grade viewing system. Power School is accessible with passwords through the Evergreen School District’s website at: www.evergreen.k12.oh.us.

COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS

If your child is interested in taking college courses for high school credit for next school

year (2018-2019) then both parent and child must attend a state-mandated College Credit Plus (CCP) meeting. In order to accommodate as many schedules as possible, two more CCP meetings will be held before Christmas break (the first meeting was held on October 19). Please note, parents and students are only required to attend one of these meetings, not all three. The next two CCP meetings will be held in the High School Media Center:

- Thursday, November 30 from 2:15pm – 3:15pm

- Tuesday, December 19 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Per the State of Ohio, these meetings are annual and mandatory to participate in

CCP. So every year, regardless of past involvement, parents and students are both

required to attend one full meeting. If these meetings cannot be attended, a personal meeting with Mrs. Roper will need to be set up during the school day between January 8-February 1, 2018. February 1, 2018 is the state-mandated last day allowed to participate in one of these meetings.

GRADE CARDS

The last school day for the first term is December 22, 2017. Final first semester grades will be available after January 9 online through Power School, the parent/student grade viewing system. Power School is accessible with passwords through the Evergreen School District’s website at: www.evergreen.k12.oh.us.  Mrs. Roper will work with students prior to the end of the first term or on the first day of the second term to adjust schedules as necessary due to poor grades the first term.

SCHEDULES

Second semester schedules will not be printed and distributed to students unless there has been a schedule change.  Students need to check their second semester schedule in Power School prior to returning to school on January 9. 

FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS

In addition to the graduation credit requirements that are currently in place, students will take end-of-course exams in Algebra 1, Geometry, Biology, American History (Social Studies 10), American Government, Language Arts 9 and Language Arts 10.  Students will need to earn a total of 18 points on the end-of-course exams in these seven courses. Students can earn from 1 to 5 points on each test. In addition to the total of 18 points, students need to earn at least 4 points combined for the two Language Arts exams, 4 points combined for the two math exams and at least 6 points combined for the three social studies and science exams. If students are unable to earn these points they have two other pathways to earning a diploma. They may earn a remediation free on a college entrance exam or demonstrate workforce readiness and employability on a job skills assessment. More information will be provided as the Ohio Department of Education makes it available. 

JUNIORS

Juniors will take the college entrance exam, ACT, at no cost on March 1, 2018, at Evergreen High School. Prior to taking this exam, juniors will travel to Defiance College on February 21, 2017 for a free ACT preparation workshop. Students will have access to free online ACT preparation materials for 30 days after this workshop to help them prepare to do well on the ACT test on March 28.

SOPHOMORES

Four County Career Center Visit -- Vocation Training -- On November 2, Four County Counselor Steve Inkrott and Mrs. Roper met with the sophomores to discuss vocational training and present the benefits of attending the Four County Career Center in Archbold. Students were directed to take information home to discuss with their parents. Sophomores who are interested in attending the Four County Career Center will visit the school the morning of December 7.  School bus transportation will be provided. Each student will have the opportunity to take part in two vocation presentations. Students will return to Evergreen for lunch. An Open House for prospective Four County Career Center students and their parents will be held in January. Information about the Open House will be given to students when they visit on December 7. Applications for students who want to attend Four County Career Center for their junior and senior year, will be available online.  Interested students should apply to attend Four County Career Center by the priority deadline of February 1. 

JUNIORS and SENIORS

College & Career Planning -- Mrs. Roper met with juniors and seniors in September and discussed the career and college planning process. Students were asked to share the information and handouts with their parents. Parents, you are always welcome to stop by the Guidance Office to explore the college, career and financial aid resources available. Information is also available on the Guidance portion of the Evergreen High School website www.evergreen.k12.oh.us. Go to the High School link and follow the link to the guidance office.

SENIORS

College Financial Aid -- It is time to begin thinking about the financial aid process for college bound seniors.

College-bound seniors met with Mrs. Roper on in October to discuss the financial aid process. Each student received information to take home and share with parents.

The new Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms are available online and in the guidance office. The completed FAFSA form should be submitted as soon as possible. It is strongly recommended that families take advantage of filling out the FAFSA form on the web at the following address: www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Please make sure to access the FAFSA form at the address listed above and not any other web address.   The FAFSA form this year will use data from 2016 taxes, so all families should be able to access that date to complete the FAFSA now.  Helpful information is available on the Evergreen High School guidance webpage under the college link. Information is also available in the guidance office.

Scholarship Opportunities -- Many scholarship opportunities are available. Please be aware -- many applications require an essay and deadline dates are fast approaching. Students need to stop by the Guidance Office periodically to check out new postings and pick up applications. Scholarship lists have been posted on the District's website at www.evergreen.k12.oh.us.  Go to high school pages then guidance/student services.  When the student sees a scholarship he/she would like to apply for the link may be directly available on the scholarship list or the student may need to come to the guidance office and get the scholarship application from the scholarship box.

Most colleges offer scholarships to incoming students with certain grade point averages and ACT or SAT test scores.  Check with the colleges you are applying to and check the scholarship deadlines.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Bailey Monahan has been accepted to Kent State University.

Gabriella Milburn has been accepted to the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.

Ali Akl, Free Canales, Aaron Pember, Shannon Hardy, Kaleb Lumbrezer, and Caylob McCowan have each been accepted to the University of Toledo.

Victoria Fuller has been accepted to Ohio Northern University 

Hannah Pennington has been admitted to Sienna Heights University.

Maggie Carter has been accepted to Colorado State University.

Adelaide Worline has been admitted to Bowling Green State University. 

PARENTING TIPS

SCHOLARSHIP SCAMS

Source: www.FinAid.org -- The Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid

Every year, several hundred thousand students and parents are defrauded by scholarship scams. Scam operations often imitate legitimate government agencies, grant-giving foundations, education lenders and scholarship matching services, using official-sounding names containing words like “National,” “Federal,” “Foundation,” or “Administration.”

Fraudulent scholarships can take many forms: some of the most common types are presented here. If you receive an offer that uses one of these tactics, be suspicious. If you believe the offer is a scam, report it.

  Scholarships that Never Materialize -- Many scams encourage you to send them money up front, but provide little or nothing in exchange. Usually victims write off the expense, thinking that they simply didn’t win the scholarship.

  Scholarships for Profit -- This scam looks just like a real scholarship program, but requires an application fee. The typical scam receives 5,000 to 10,000 applications and charges fees of $5 to $35. These scams can afford to pay out a $1,000 scholarship or two and still pocket a hefty profit, if they happen to award any scholarship at all. Your odds of winning a scholarship from such scams are less than your chances of striking it rich in the lottery. 

  The Advance-Free Loan -- This scam offers you an unusually low-interest educational loan, with the requirement that you pay a fee before you receive the loan. When you pay the money, the promised loan never materializes. Real educational loans deduct the fees from the disbursement check. They never require an up-front fee when you submit the application. If the loan is not issued by a bank or other recognized lender, it is probably a scam. Show the offer to your local bank manager to get their advice.

  The Scholarship Prize -- This scam tells you that you’ve won a college scholarship worth thousands of dollars, but requires you pay a “disbursement” or “redemption” fee or the taxes before they can release your prize. If someone says you’ve won a prize and you don’t remember entering the contest or submitting an application, be suspicious.

   The Guaranteed Scholarship Search Service -- Beware of scholarship matching services that guarantee you’ll win a scholarship or they’ll refund your money. They may simply pocket your money and disappear, or if they do send you a report of matching scholarships, you’ll find it extremely difficult to qualify for a refund.

  Investment Required for Federal Loans -- Insurance companies and brokerage firms sometimes offer free financial aid seminars that are actually sales pitches for insurance, annuity and investment products. When a sales pitch implies that purchasing such a product is a prerequisite to receiving federal student aid, it violates federal regulations and state insurance laws 

  Free Seminar -- You may receive a letter advertising a free financial aid seminar or “interviews” for financial assistance. Sometimes the seminars do provide some useful information, but often they are cleverly disguised sales pitches for financial aid consulting services, investment products, scholarship matching services and overpriced student loans.

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