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    RECRUITERS/COLLEGES - During Lunch in Lower Gym

    Tuesday, December 12 - U.S. Marine Recruiter

    Thursday, January 4 - Barton County Community College

     

    Class of 2018 Senior Photos for the Yearbook

    The deadline for senior photographs for the yearbook will be December 21, 2017 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.

     

    K-State Campus Special Events

    • K-State 2018 BLACK STUDENT UNION STATEWIDE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE - February 20, 2018

     

    FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)

    The traditional FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) submission date of January 1 has changed to October 1.  Students enrolling for academic year 2018/2019 will submit a FAFSA beginning October 1, 2017; families should use their 2016 income tax information.   For more information, go to: FAFSA Changes  Before students and parents can complete the FAFSA, the student and parent must create an FSA ID.   Click HERE for instructions on creating your FSA ID.  To create your FSA ID go to FSA ID Website.

     

    Kansas State University - Senior Days

    You're invited to a Senior Day at K-State! Spend a day exploring K-State's campus.  Your day will include opportunities to discuss your academic interests with a K-State faculty member and hear the latest information about financial aid, fraternities, sororities, residence halls and much more! Take a tour of campus, and enjoy lunch in the K-State Student Union. Our lunch program includes a student panel and prizes, and one lucky student will receive $250 toward textbooks for his or her first semester at K-State. Cost $20 per student and $15 for each parent, family member, or guest, which covers program materials, parking, and lunch.  

    Senior Days 2018:  

    Register at:  Senior Day Registration.  Attend whichever Senior Day is convenient for you and your family. Once online registration closes for a specific Senior Day, you may choose to attend on another day or call 1-800-432-8270 (toll free) to see if space is still available.  If none of the Senior Days fits your schedule, we can arrange for a personal visit to K-State. Register early as dates fill up quickly.

     

    University of Kansas - Campus Visits

    • Jayhawk Days - Jayhawk Days are for anyone interested in attending KU and their families and guests. 

    • Admitted Senior Jayhawk Days - Admitted Senior Jayhawk Days are for any admitted high school senior who is making a final decision about attending KU.

    To register, go to:  Visit Campus.

     

    Emporia State University - Black & Gold Visit Days

    Emporia State hosts daily campus visits Monday-Friday, 10:30am-2:30pm.  Schedule your visit at Black and Gold Visit Days.

    Black and Gold Days 2017/2018:  

    • Friday, February 2, 2018
    • Saturday, February 10, 2018
    • Friday, February 23, 2018
    • Friday, March 2, 2018

    If none of the Senior Days fits your schedule, you can arrange a personal visit.  To register, go to:  Visit Campus.

      
     
     
     

     
     
     
     
     
     

     
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    ACT
     
    Next test date:  February 10, 2018 (Registration Deadline: January 12, 2018)
    Upcoming test dates: April 14, 2018, June 9, 2018, July 14, 2018
    For more information on test dates and registration visit: ACT Registration
     
     

     
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    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.
     
     

    Salina Area Technical College - Opportunities for Sophomores and Juniors

    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.  

       

    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. The next available testing date will be Monday, Dec. 18 from 8 a.m.-noon. It will be on our campus – 2562 Centennial Road – in the downstairs computer lab in Building A.  Please sign up for this test by next Monday, Dec. 4. It is first-come, first-serve. The next opportunities in 2018 will be Jan. 22, Feb. 22, and April 2. The deadline to sign up will be two weeks before each testing date. Dates after April 2 are to be determined – stay tuned!

     

    Wichita State University ACT Prep Workshops

    Wichita State University's Counseling and Testing Center offers a workshop to help high school students prepare to take the ACT.  The workshop will provide general test-taking tips and information for all four subjects of the ACT exam - English, Math, Reading and Science.  The cost for the workshop is $32.  We also offer an ACT Math Prep workshop for $25.  Registration can be done online at www.registerblast.com/wsu.

    ACT Prep (Dates) - January 20, 2018, March 10, 2018, May 5, 2018

    ACT Math Prep (Dates) - February 17, 2018

     

    Join the Zoo Teens

    If you are interested in engaging in conservation action through learning, teaching, and connecting with other teens from around the area, then Zoo Teens is for you! Zoo Teens offers teens a unique opportunity to expand their conservation awareness, increase their knowledge of animals and habitats, and develop useful job skills in a collaborative and fun learning environment.  Participants must be at least 13 years of age by May 1, 2018, must participate in mandatory training session, and commit to a minimum number of hours required from March through August, 2018.  For more information and to download application materials please visit www.rollinghillszoo.org and click: get involved / volunteer / teens.  You may also call 785-827-9488 ext. 132 to request an application by mail. 

     

    KSU - EXCITE Shadow Days

    High school students (grades 9-12) are invited to come experience a day in the life of a college student! Each participant will be paired with a current K-State student who shares similar interests in science, technology, engineering, 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.  Visit Shadow Days for registration information.

      

    Yes for Liberty Constitution Bee

    Applications for the Yes for Liberty Constitution Bee are now being accepted.  This event is open to students in grades 9-12 and it will take place on March 4th in Manhattan, KS.   Awards could range from $3500-$750.  Applications can be downloaded at www.yesforliberty.org.   Application deadline: December 31, 2017.

     

    John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest

    The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest is open to U.S. high school students in grades nine through twelve.  This year’s contest topic is “Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK’s birth”.  First place prize is $10,000.  The deadline to submit essay is January 4, 2018.  Go to Profile in Courage website for additional information.

     


     

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          >   Priority deadline: February 15
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          >   To apply for talent scholarships, contact the department directly. Contact information is on their site. 

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    Preparing for College: Senior Checklist
     

    August/September 

    • 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.

    October

    • 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.

    November

    • 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. 

    December

    • 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.

    January

    • 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. 

    Feb/March/April

    • 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

    • 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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