NCHS Counselors’ Report – March 16, 2016

Counselors’ Report

NCHS Counseling Office

Boys State: Any junior boy who is interested in attending Boys State should sign up in the Counseling Office as soon as possible. Boys State is a program designed to mirror the structure of Illinois local, county, and state government, while providing training in citizenship, leadership, and character development. Boys State is held at Eastern Illinois University from June 11-17.

Advanced Placement Exams: With qualifying AP exam scores, students can earn credit, advanced placement, or both at the majority of colleges and universities in the U.S. Unlike dual credit, where college credit is given at a junior college for taking the course at the high school, AP credit can be earned by obtaining a qualifying score on the AP subject test. You can obtain a college’s AP policy by using the AP policy info search at www.collegeboard.org/apcreditpolicy. Although NCHS doesn’t offer AP courses, students may take AP exams. Exams will be given in May to interested students. Students wishing to take an AP Exam must register with Mrs. Maschhoff by March 18, 2016. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Maschhoff at 327-8286 ext. 250.

End of the 3rd Quarter: Third quarter ended on Friday, March 11th. Report cards will be mailed March 18th. Now would be an excellent time for all parents to talk to students about their future. Some questions that parents might ask:

Class of 2016

What classes must be passed for graduation?

Do you have any “big projects” in any classes?

Have you completed the FAFSA form? (required for financial aid for college)

Have you checked for recent scholarships?

Are you preparing for your plans upon graduation?

Class of 2017

Is your schedule for next year in line for graduation and appropriate for your post-graduation plans?

Would you like to visit any colleges during the summer?

Are you prepared for the ACT?

Have you narrowed your focus as to what you want to do after graduation?

Are you interested in taking summer classes at Kaskaskia College?

Are you adding community service and volunteer activities to your resume?

Class of 2018

Are you making your best effort in school?

Will your schedule for next year keep you in line for graduation and allow the flexibility to pursue your post-graduation plans?

Have you begun researching possibilities for a transition plan after high school? What are some of your ideas?

Would you like to visit any colleges during the summer?

Are you interested in taking summer classes at Kaskaskia College?

Are you adding community service and volunteer activities to your resume?

Class of 2019

How has your first year of high school been?

What have you learned this year that will help you next year?

Is your schedule for next year appropriate for your gradation and personal goals?

Have you begun researching possibilities for a transition plan after high school? What are some of your ideas?

Are you interested in taking summer classes at Kaskaskia College?

Are you adding community service and volunteer activities to your resume?

College Fairs: As we encourage students to apply early to college, we also encourage parents and students to be educated about their decisions. An excellent avenue to find out about various colleges is a college fair. Listed below is a college fair in our region:

Illinois Regional College Fair

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

Thursday, March 17, 2016

10:30-12:00

College Representative Visits at NCHS: Students who are interested in visiting with the following college representative should sign up in the Counseling Office. Currently scheduled college representative visit:

* MacMurray College – March 17

Western Illinois University Ag Open House – WIU’s Agriculture Department will be hosting a Spring Open House on April 1st, 2016. Prospective students and their parents are invited to participate in this event. There will be a free lunch and farm tour associated with this event. The on-line registration link is http://www.wiu.edu/cbt/agriculture/openhouse.php

Scholarships: As we receive information on scholarships, they will be posted on the Counseling Office webpage at: https://sites.google.com/a/nashville-k12.org/scholarships/ Here is a partial list of upcoming scholarships:

AGRICULTURE FUTURE OF AMERICA SCHOLARSHIPS – Available to high school seniors pursuing an ag-related degree. Applications are available at: http://www.agfuture.org Applications are due by March 18, 2016.

WASHINGTON COUNTY FARM BUREAU FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP – Available to high school seniors pursuing an ag-related degree. Applicant must be a Farm Bureau member or dependent of a member. Applications are available in the NCHS counseling office. Application is due by March 31, 2016.

FREDRICK “HARRL” BEATTY ATHLETIC SCHOLARSHIP – This scholarship will be given to one female and one male athlete of Nashville High School. The student must have at least a 3.0 GPA and must have participated in a sport for one full season. Applications are available in the counseling office. Applications are due by March 31, 2016.

JORDAN EMRICK SCHOLARSHIP – KASKASKIA VALLEY A.B.A.T.E. OF ILLINOIS – This scholarship is available to NCHS seniors. To apply, write an essay on patriotism. All papers must be MLA style and minimum of 500 words. Do not put your name on the essay. Submit your essay to Mrs. Maschhoff by March 31, 2016.

SOCIETY OF AMERICAN MILITARY ENGINEERS (SAME) ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP – Available to high school students who are interested in pursuing a degree in engineering fields (civil, mechanical, electrical, or architectural). Applications are available in the NCHS counseling office. Applications must be mailed by March 31, 2016.

KASKASKIA FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS – A wide variety of KC Foundation scholarships are available for students to apply for. To apply, go to: https://apps.kaskaskia.edu Students will need to us their KC id number to log in. On the right hand side of the screen is the scholarship application button.  Deadline for application is April 1, 2016.

MATHIS, MARIFIAN & RICHTER LAW CAREER SCHOLARSHIP – Available to seniors in Washington County planning to pursue a career as an attorney. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA, at least a 26 on the ACT or at least 1180 on the SAT, and ranked in the upper 25% of the class. Applications are available in the counseling office. Applications are due to Mathis, Marifian & Richter by April 1, 2016.

WASHINGTON LODGE #55 A.F. & M ($500) – Available to NCHS seniors ranked in the upper 1/4 of the class. Applications are available in the counseling office. Applications are due in the counseling office April 1, 2016.

PERO NURSING SCHOLARSHIP – Available to NCHS seniors ranked in the upper 1/3 of the class and who have been accepted at a school to pursue a nursing degree. Applications are available in the counseling office. Applications are due in the counseling office April 1, 2016.

PEG EDWARDS NURSING SCHOLARSHIP – Available to seniors who are pursuing a nursing degree. Applications are available in the counseling office. Applications are due April 1, 2016.

RYAN FARK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Available to NCHS seniors who were a member of the varsity football team. Applications are available in the counseling office. Applications are due in the counseling office April 1, 2016.

MAKENNA LAURENT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Available to NCHS seniors who completed two years of art. Applications are available in the counseling office. Applications are due in the counseling office April 1, 2016.

JASON BRINK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Available to NCHS seniors ranked in the upper 1/4 of the class. Applications are available in the counseling office. Applications are due in the counseling office April 1, 2016.

REBECCA RENCH SCHOLARSHIP – Available to NCHS seniors ranked in the upper 1/4 of the class and planning a career in education. Applications are available in the counseling office. Applications are due in the counseling office April 1, 2016.

TIMES SQUARE YEARBOOK SCHOLARSHIP – Students are to write a paragraph explaining how they are pursuing their dreams this school year. 350 students nationwide will be chosen for a $1000 scholarship. For more information visit: https://getschooled.com/dashboard/tool/2649-2016-graduate-for-mas-times-square-yearbook Deadline is April 1, 2016.

ACT Prep Classes: NCHS teachers are hosting ACT prep workshops at the high school. Subject, dates, and times are listed below. Students are to sign up outside the main office if interested in attending.

Tuesday, March 22: Reading 5:00-6:00 PM; English 6:00-7:00 PM

Thursday, March 31: English 3:30-4:30 PM; Reading 4:30-5:30 PM

Tuesday, April 5: Science 3:30-4:30 PM; Math 4:30-5:30 PM

Thursday, April 7: Reading 5:00-6:00 PM; English 6:00-7:00 PM

Monday, April 11: English 3:30-4:30 PM; Reading 4:30-5:30 PM

Thursday, April 14: Science 3:30-4:30 PM; Math 4:30-5:30 PM

ACT Testing Dates: The next ACT test is April 9. Late registration is due by March 18. An additional ACT testing date for this year is 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.