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    RECRUITERS/COLLEGES at SHSS - During Lunch in Commons

    Wednesday, November 14 - Air National Guard

    Tuesday, November 27 - U.S. Army Recruiter

    Thursday, December 6 - Pittsburg State University


    Class of 2019 Senior Photos for the Yearbook

    The deadline for senior photographs for the yearbook will be December 20, 2018 so plan now to meet the deadline. Photographs can be turned in as printed pictures, digitally on a CD or jump drive, or emailed to kim.warren@usd305.com. If you are sending them digitally, make sure they are at a high resolution or the reproduction in the yearbook will be unsatisfactory. Senior portraits must meet the following criteria to be used in the yearbook:

    • Head and shoulder shot or can be cropped to head and shoulders shot.
    • No hats or hands
    • Color (not black and white or duo-tone)
    • Plain background (It can be outside.)
    • Vertical picture
    • No selfies

    The rationale behind these regulations is that head size remains consistent among all pictures and that all portraits command the same amount of attention rather than one individual standing out on the page. If you have any questions about the requirements or want the yearbook adviser to look at a photograph to see if it meets requirements, contact Kim Warren at kim.warren@usd305.com or 309-3798.

    Yearbook staff members are also available to take a senior portrait for the yearbook. Students can contact Kim Warren to set up an appointment. Lifetouch photos can also be used. If you didn’t take Lifetouch photos, take them on retake day The yearbook staff has access to the photos, but students just need to let Mrs. Warren know they want these used.


    Financial Aid/Scholarship Priority Deadines - KSU, KU and WSU

    Kansas State University - November 1, 2018 - KSU Scholarship Application

    University of Kansas - November 1, 2018 - KU Freshman Scholarships

    Wichita State University - December 1, 2018 - WSU Freshman Scholarships


    Senior Day - Kansas State University

    Seniors are invited to visit K-State for one of our three remaining Senior Days this semester to learn about all the opportunities available to you as a future student.  Last available date for the fall is November 12th. Join the Wildcat family on campus for a fun and informative day. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 3:00 p.m.  At least one lucky senior will receive $250 towards textbooks for his or her first semester at K-State. For more information and to register, visit www.k-state.edu/admissions/seniors.


    Grizzly Senior Days - Butler Community College

    Andover Campus - Friday, November 16, 2018 (9am-12:30pm), El Dorado Campus - Saturday, November 17, 2018 (9am-12:30pm).  Register  at https://www.butlercc.edu/senior-days


    ACT and ACT WorkKeys to be administered free to South High Juniors and Seniors in February 2019

    Salina High School South juniors (and any senior who has not yet taken the test) will be able to take the ACT test while juniors and seniors will be able to take the ACT WorkKeys assessment at South High.  Both assessments will be free.

    The ACT Test, gauges a student’s readiness for success in the first year of college.  The no-cost ACT test will be offered statewide Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.   The ACT WorkKeys assessments have been used for more than two decades to measure essential workplace skills and help people build career pathways. WorkKeys measures foundational workplace skills, including both hard and soft skills.  The free WorkKeys assessment will be administered statewide Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

    Stop by the Student Center to sign up for the ACT or ACT WorkKeys assessment.  The deadline to sign up is Monday, November 16, 2018.


    2019-20 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Form is Open

    The 2019-20 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is open!  Students enrolling for academic year 2019/2020 will submit a FAFSA beginning October 1, 2018; families should use their 2017 income tax information.  Before students and parents can complete the FAFSA, the student and parent must create an FSA ID.  To create your FSA ID go to FSA ID Website




    Next test date:  December 8, 2018 (Registration Deadline: November 2, 2018)
    Upcoming test dates: February 9, 2019, April 13, 2019, June 8, 2019, July 13, 2019
    For more information on test dates and registration visit: ACT Registration
    South High is a testing site for most of the national test days, so make sure to choose SHS when you register.


    South High Student Opportunities...
    Please read carefully.  Some opportunities apply to a specific age/classification of student.  Additional information is available in the Counseling Office.

    Dual Credit Opportunities for Sophomores and Juniors - Salina Area Technical College

    Salina Area Technical College has articulation agreements in place with several area high schools.  This enables students to earn college credit while still in high school.  Contact Student Services for more information.  For more information, visit Salina Tech's website.  To apply for admission to Salina Tech, go to their Application page.  


    EXCITE (Exploring Science, Technology & Engineering) Shadow Days - K-State-Manhattan

    High school students are invited to come experience a day in the life of a K-State student! Each participant will be paired with a current K-State student who shares similar interests in science, technology, engineering, and/or math. Together they will attend class, tour campus, share lunch, and discuss what it's like to be in a STEM major at K-State.  The mission of EXCITE Shadow Days is to increase girls' interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.  Shadow days are from 9am-3:30.  Visit their website to register.  Fall Events - November 14


    Technical Program Education Day - Pratt Community College

    Pratt Community College will be hosting Technical Program Education Day on November 14, 2018 (9am-1pm).  This program is for high school juniors and seniors interested in a technical program.  Interested students can register at Pratt CC Tech Day by November 9.  For more information, contact pccadmissions@prattcc.edu


    STEAM Day - Cloud County Community College

    Cloud County Community College is hosting a STEAM (Science, Technical Education, Agriculture, and Mathematics) Day on Saturday, November 17, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM. Featuring hands-on science investigations in Renewable Energy, Chemistry, Biology, Math, Astronomy, and Agriculture, students will work their way through breakout sessions during the day. Registration is due by Oct. 30 for this FREE event. Register at: goo.gl/W3FnUe.  Participants will be eligible to register for a $2,000 CCCC STEAM scholarship with the winner drawn at the 1PM final presentation. SHSS does not plan to provide transportation to this event; BUT if enough interest in attending, we may be able to. Let Mrs. Kohn know in the Career Center by November 2, 2018 if you would like to attend and need transportation.


    Salina Art Center - High School Internships

    The Salina Art Center (SAC) and Art Center Cinema announces new Internship Positions in Marketing, Development, and Event Planning.   A resume and cover letter can be left at Salina Art Center, 242 S. Santa Fe for Misty Serene. Be sure that contact information, including phone number and email address, are included.  242 S. Santa Fe | Salina, KS 67401 | ph 785.827.1431| info@salinaartcenter.org


    ASVAB Testing - Salina Area Technical College

    Salina Tech now offers the opportunity for students to take the Armed Services Vocation Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) every month! The ASVAB is a great way for students to assess their own skills and abilities, and to learn about potential careers that fit with those abilities that they might not have considered previously. Any students may take the ASVAB, and it is not required to share the results with the military.  It will be on our campus – 2562 Centennial Road – in the downstairs computer lab in Building A.  It is first-come, first-serve. 


    JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

    The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year John F. Kennedy was born.  The contest is open to United States high school students in grades nine through twelve attending public, private, parochial, or home schools; US students under the age of twenty enrolled in a high school correspondence/GED program; and US citizens attending schools overseas. The first-place winner receives $10,000. Second-place receives $3,000. Five finalists receive $1,000 each. Eight semifinalists receive $100 each. Ten students receive honorable mention.  The Profile in Courage Essay Contest opens for submissions on September 1, 2018. The contest deadline is January 18, 2019.  For more information, visit:  JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest  




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    Kansas Regents Public Universities - Financial Aid & Scholarship Information…
    • Priority deadline: February 1
    • March 15—Priority deadline for Federal Financial Aid
    • To apply for talent scholarships, contact the department directly. Contact information is on their site. 



    • December 15—Priority deadline for general scholarship
    • February 15—Final deadline for general scholarships
    • March 15—Priority deadline for Federal Financial Aid


    • November 1—Priority deadline for premiere scholarships
    • If your application for admission is submitted by November 1st, it will automatically be forwarded to the departments.
    • February 1—College/Departmental scholarship deadline
    • February 1—Priority deadline for Federal Financial Aid



    • February 1—Deadline for general scholarships


    • December 1—Priority deadline for general scholarships
    • March 1—Priority date for Federal Financial Aid


    • WSU begins awarding scholarships for incoming freshmen in September. Apply early for full consideration for scholarships
    • October 1—Deadline for admittance to be included in the DSI Competition (Distinguished Scholars Invitational)
    • December 1—Deadline for general scholarships

    Scholarship Resources...

    There are innumerable scholarship search resources online. The best search services are free, so there is no need to spend any money to use one of the services.
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    Preparing for College: Senior Checklist


    • Register for the SAT and/or ACT if you didn’t take it as a junior, or if you aren’t satisfied with your score and want to take it again. (remember that your counselor can help you with fee waivers)
    • Take a look at some college applications and consider all of the different pieces of information you will need to compile. 
    • The SAT test date most popular with high school seniors is this month.
    • Visit with your school counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate and fulfill college admission requirements. If you’re ahead of schedule, consider taking courses at a local university or community college to get a jumpstart on college credit. 
    • Take every opportunity to get to know colleges: meeting with college representatives who visit your high schools during the fall, attending local college fairs, visiting campuses (if possible). Ask your counselor if they know of special campus visitation programs. 
    • Narrow down your list of colleges and begin to consider “safe,” “reach,” and “realistic” schools. Make sure you have the application and financial aid information for each school. Find out if you qualify for any scholarships at these schools.

    Create a checklist and calendar to chart:

    • Standardized test dates, registration deadlines, and fees
    • College application due dates
    • Financial aid application forms and deadlines
    • Other materials you’ll need for college applications (recommendations, transcripts, essays, etc.)
    • Your high school’s application processing deadlines

    Some schools require the CSS/Financial Aid Profile. Ask the colleges to which you are applying for their deadlines. You can register as early as September. See your guidance counselor about fee waivers.


    • It is time to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). File the form as soon after Oct. 1 as possible. In addition to determining your eligibility for federal funds, many colleges and states use the form when distributing grants, so don’t delay.  Watch the mail for your Student Aid Report (SAR)—it should arrive four weeks after the FAFSA is filed. 
    • Some colleges will have deadlines as early as this month. These would include rolling admission, priority, early decision, and early action deadlines. 
    • If you cannot afford the application fees that many colleges charge, ask your counselor to help you request a fee waiver.
    • Finalize your college essay. Many schools will require that you submit at least one essay with your application.
    • Request personal recommendations from teachers, school counselors, or employers. Follow the process required by your high school or provide a stamped, addressed envelope, the appropriate college forms, and an outline of your academic record and extracurricular activities to each person writing you a recommendation.
    • Research possibilities of scholarships. Ask your counselor, your colleges, and your religious and civic groups about scholarship opportunities. You should never pay for scholarship information.


    • Finalize and send any early decision or early action applications due this month. Have a parent, teacher, counselor, or other adult review the application before it is submitted.
    • Every college will require a copy of your transcript from your high school. Follow your school’s procedure for sending transcripts.
    • Make sure testing companies have sent your scores directly to the colleges to which you are applying. 


    • Begin to organize regular decision applications and financial aid forms, which will be due in January and/or February. 
    • Register for the January SAT (If needed). It is the last one colleges will be able to consider for a senior.


    • Many popular and selective colleges will have application deadlines as early as January 1. Others have deadlines later in January and February. Keep track of and observe deadlines for sending in all required fees and paperwork. 
    • If necessary, register for the February ACT (some colleges will be able consider it).
    • Ask your guidance office in January to send first semester transcripts to schools where you applied. At the end of the school year, they will need to send final transcripts to the college you will attend. 


    • While most of your applications will be complete and you are waiting to receive admission decisions, don’t slack in the classroom. The college that you do attend will want to see your second semester transcript. No Senioritis!
    • Acceptance letters and financial aid offers will start to arrive. Review your acceptances, compare financial aid packages, and visit your final choices, especially if you haven’t already.


    • May 1 is the date when the college you plan to attend requires a commitment and deposit. When you’ve made your college decision, notify your counselor and the colleges. Send in your deposit by the postmark date of May 1. If you’ve been offered financial aid, accept the offer and follow the instructions given. Also notify schools you will not attend of your decision. 
    • Make sure that you have requested that your final transcript be sent to the school you will be attending. 
    • If you are “wait-listed” by a college you really want to attend, visit, call and write the admission office to make your interest clear. Ask how you can strengthen your application. 


    ​Information Courtesy of:  2016 National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

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