COUNSELOR’S CORNER -- February 2017
High School Guidance
By Sue Lamour, Counselor
Jennifer Conrad, Guidance Assistant
ATTENTION ALL 8th GRADERS & PARENTS!
Evergreen High School’s Eighth Grade Student/Parent Orientation Night, will be Monday, February 13, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Evergreen High School gymnasium.
During the meeting all registration materials for attending Evergreen High School will be handed-out and reviewed. This meeting is very important in order for students to create their ninth grade schedule as well as their four-year high school educational plan. We will also be reviewing block scheduling and graduation requirements. It is very important that all eighth grade students and their parent(s) attend this meeting on February 13, 2017.
PROGRESS REPORTS & PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES
Parents are encouraged to view their child’s grades in Power School prior to parent-teacher conferences. Powerschool grades are updated each Wednesday. Conferences will be conducted at the high school on Monday, February 13 from 3-5 pm. No appointment is necessary. Parents are encouraged to meet with all of their child’s teachers to discuss their child’s academic progress. A comment will be made by teachers in Powerschool if they are specifically requesting a parent to come in for a conference.
COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS
The College Credit Plus program (CCP) is available to students in grades 7-12 for the 2017- 2018 school year. This program allows students to attend college during the middle school and high school years. Each college has its own criteria for admissions. A mandatory meeting to explain the pros and cons of this program was held on January 23 for interested parents and students. If you are interested in this program and were unable to attend this meeting, please call the high school guidance office at 644-2951 ext 1109 to arrange a daytime conference. Anyone interested in signing up for this program must meet with the counselor. A letter with detailed information about the College Credit Plus program and a reminder about this meeting was mailed home to the parents of all 6-11 grade students.
FLEX CREDIT MEETING
Evergreen’s Educational Options Program is in response to the Ohio Senate Bill 311, which requires Ohio public school districts to offer the option of credit flexibility to all students. Under this law, students can pursue high school credit based upon his/her own unique experiences and interests. Students now have the option to complete his/her required course work by attending traditional high school classes or by gaining credit through a pre-approved alternative credit flexibility option. Parents and students who are interested in more information need to contact the guidance office for more information. All Flex Credit proposals are due to the guidance office no later than March 1, 2017
2017-2018 CLASS SCHEDULES
High School Students -- The scheduling process for the 2017-2018 school year has begun. Students in grades 8 through 11 received (or will soon receive) their course scheduling materials. After the meeting, all students were asked to discuss their course selections with their parents and follow the directions below:
Schedule Building Checklist
Please follow the directions below and complete the steps within the next week.
O Fill out the course request form completely, including two alternative electives and get required teacher and parent signatures.
O Enter the course request information online from your Powerschool Student Access portal.
- You must enter the courses that were marked and approved by parents and teachers on your course request form.
- Click on the class registration icon, on the left side of the page.
- Your required classes and the elective alternatives have a ! and you must select courses from those categories.
- If you need to make up a course you have failed, those courses are listed in the Make Up Courses section.
O Select elective classes to fill in the remaining 8 schedule slots. Remember that some classes are 2 credits and therefore fill 2 slots. Band requires you to check Band A and Band B. Choir requires you to check Choir A and Choir B. Band + Choir requires you to check the 4 boxes for Choir/Band. AP Calculus requires you to check AP Calculus A and B. Work Release, if available,takes up one slot even though no credit is earned, seniors may select this twice.
--- Only sign up for the classes online that you previously selected and that are circled on your course request sheet. The counselor will be checking to make sure that you signed up for the courses that you marked on your signed course request sheet.
O You know you are finished when you do not have any red exclamation points and then click SUBMIT.
O Turn your signed course request form in to the guidance office.
You will not be able to make any further changes to your course requests after the course request form is turned in.
--- If you do not have access to the internet, please see Mrs. Lamour.
--- If you have problems with this process please see Mrs. Lamour.
**IMPORTANT ** Due to increased enrollment and the difficulty in managing changes, there will be no schedule changes next year! The courses the students select accompanied by the parents agreement via their signature will become the student’s class schedule. These are the classes the students will need to take. The only exceptions will be overfilled classes, classes that are not offered due to lack of enrollment and conflicts with college courses.
Students Interested In Attending Four County Career Center -- Any sophomore wishing to attend Four County Career Center, for the 17-18 school year, should apply online as soon as possible. Online applications can be found on the Four County Career Center website: www.fourcounty.net. Make sure to apply for the 17-18 school year. This link will be found on the mail Four County Career Center page.
Upcoming ACT Test -- On February 21, all juniors will travel to Defiance College 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 for the March 28 ACT test.
All juniors will take the college entrance exam, ACT, at no cost on March 28, 2017, at Evergreen High School. A remediation free score on the ACT is another pathway to meet graduation requirements if the18 End-of-Course Exam points are not earned.
If juniors, who plan on attending college, want to take the ACT test additional times this year to try to improve their score, the test will be given on April 8 and June 10, 2017. The test will be administered at various local high schools and colleges. Interested students should stop by the Guidance Office for registration materials and a study guide. Students may also register at: actstudent.org/start. Students need to include the Evergreen High School code of 363380 when they register. Check the registration materials for deadlines and details. ACT is now requiring that students upload a photo of themselves to the registration website and also provide a photo identification card when they arrive at the test center. Many colleges also require that the ACT scores be sent directly to the college from ACT. If students know what colleges they may want to apply to, they should request, when they register, that ACT send the scores to those colleges. This will save time and money later. Students, who do not have internet access, may pick up paper registration materials in the guidance office.
PSAT Test Results -- Juniors who took the PSAT test this fall, will receive their test results in January. Students will be encouraged to share this test information with their parents.
A college planning meeting has been scheduled for students and parents on March 9 at 6PM in the band room.
Check Out the Web -- Families with internet access should check out the Evergreen High School web site www.evergreen.k12.oh.us for lots of guidance information. Go to the High School link and follow the directions to the guidance office.
College Financial Aid -- The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (www. finaid.org) is a great resource for financial aid information. The services included on this web site have been cleared by the financial aid community, and should be legitimate sources of correct information.
Information regarding the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms for the 2017-18 school year are available in the guidance office. This form is required for any student receiving any type of financial aid for college. The FAFSA may be submitted one of two ways: either directly online at www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov or by downloading and printing the PDF version and mailing it in for processing. Make sure you are completing the 2017-2018 FAFSA. Completing the online version is highly recommended. A worksheet and directions to help families with both versions of the FAFSA form is available in the guidance office and online. Seniors met with Mrs. Lamour and Mrs. Conrad during enrichment on November 3 to discuss the financial aid process.
Scholarship Opportunities -- Seniors who are college bound should continue to visit the guidance office to gather information regarding scholarships and financial aid. Scholarship lists are also posted on the District’s website at www.evergreen.k12.oh.us. Go to the High School link and follow the link to the guidance office and then scholarships. New scholarships arrive daily. 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. The web site www.fastweb.com is a great resource for locating scholarship additional opportunities.
Nicholas Hudik has been accepted to the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University.
Rachel Finney has been accepted to the University of Toledo.
Kelly Condon has been accepted to the University of Toledo.
Makayla Ball has been accepted to Defiance College, University of Toledo, and Eastern Michigan University.
Olivia LeRoux has been accepted to Miami University where she is the recipient of a scholarship totaling $20,000 over four years.
Carl Louy has been accepted to University of Northwestern Ohio and named a winner of UNOH’s Senior Scholarship Test granting him a $4,000 scholarship.
Abby Pennington has been awarded a Chick Evans Scholarship which includes full tuition and housing for four years at Ohio State University.