Counselors’ ReportDecember 16, 2015

Counselors’ Report

NCHS Counseling Office

December 16, 2015

End of Semester Reminders:

Semester exams are December 18, 21, and 22.

• Students are to attend each exam period at the scheduled time appropriate to their classes. The exception to this would be students who have 7th period PE or study hall (last exam period – 3rd day). These students may obtain an off grounds permit for 7th period with prior parental permission only.

• Students will remain in the classroom for the length of the exam period. Students should not be in the hallways for any reason during the exam periods.

• Exams must be given during the scheduled time. Any deviation from this must be cleared by administration in advance.

• The semester exam is worth 20% or 1/5 of the semester grade.

• Exams are a course requirement. All students must take the semester exam to pass a class. 

• Each exam period will be 90 minutes in length.

• Students are not allowed to leave the building during breaks.

Semester Exam Schedule:

• Friday, December 18 –– Periods 1 and 2 exams

• Monday, December 21 –– Periods 3, 4, 5, exams

• Tuesday, December 22 –– Periods 6 and 7 exams

The second semester begins on Monday, January 4th.

Financial Aid:

Students and parents of seniors should start thinking about financial aid for college. Informative websites to check out are: studentportal.isac.org, collegecost.ed.gov, and www.FSAPubs.gov.

Financial Aid Workshop – NCHS:

One of the first steps of the college financial aid process is completing the FAFSA form. NCHS will offer a free workshop to assist students and/or their parents in completing the FAFSA form. Those attending should bring the following information (if available): student’s driver’s license, student’s social security card, 2014 federal tax records for both the student and parents, records of untaxed income, and information regarding net worth of family and student assets. The workshop will be at NCHS on Tuesday, January 26 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The FAFSA form is available for completion beginning January 1, 2016 at www.FAFSA.gov

Scholarships:

As we receive information on scholarships, they will posted on the Counseling Office webpage at: https://sites.google.com/a/nashville-k12.org/scholarships/

Kaskaskia Foundation Scholarships:

The Foundation scholarship application is open and ready for students to start applying! Follow the link below to get started: https://apps.kaskaskia.edu Students will need to create a log in and after that it will take them to the same screen where they apply to be a student.  On the right hand side is the scholarship application button.  Students will need their KC ID numbers for their application. The early application deadline is January 30!

ACT At NCHS:

An ACT (without the writing portion) will be given for juniors at the high school on Tuesday, April 19. This test is optional. The cost for students is $39.50. Interested students should sign up in the Counseling Office.

ACT Prep Classes:

Listed below are various ACT prep classes being offered in our area to help students prepare for the ACT. Contact Mrs. Luessenheide or Mrs. Maschhoff for more specific information.

* Online ACT or SAT Prep Class – This online ACT or SAT prep class is offered through SIUC’s Division of Extended Campus. The class lasts for approximately 6 weeks and costs $94. Call Dr. Kathy Smith at 618-453-5684 if interested.

* Webster University – Two different one day workshops: January 16 and March 19 from 8:00 AM-2:30 PM. Cost is $50. Register online at: webster.edu/actworkshop

ACT Testing Dates:

The next ACT test with is February 6. Registration is due by January 8. Additional ACT testing dates for the year are April 9 and June 11. Registration is typically due 5 weeks before the testing date. Students may register at www.ACTStudent.org. Our high school code is 143-110.