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Welcome to Guidance!

From the Counseling Office…… 

 

Just want to remind you that if you are hoping to play collegiate sports you must be registered with the NAIA or NCAA.  We had a college freshman miss their first competition this year because they never followed through!  Don’t let this happen to you!

 

ncaa.org

naia.org

 

Ms. Shaw

 

Are you interested in pursuing or learning about a career in the Health Professions???


If so, join us…
the 
Southwest Virginia Health Professions Fair

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
2pm—6pm
Southwest Virginia Higher Ed Ctr.
Abingdon, VA

 

Join us on April 22nd as we promote health profession opportunities to high school and college students across Southwest Virginia and Eastern Tennessee.  This event will include an educational fair, as well as a variety of breakout seminars featuring health related career info & how to reach your dream of being a health professional. Sessions topics include financial aid overview, the career services side - what you can do now, dispelling misconceptions in the vet school application process, student panels, etc.

Programs planning to be in attendance include:

  •           Appalachian College of Pharmacy
  •           Blue Ridge Job Corps Center
  •           Bluefield College School of Dental Medicine
  • Bluefield College School of Nursing
  •           Eastern Virginia Medical School - Graduate Program in Public Health
  •           Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)
  •           VCOM Post-baccalaureate & Summer Enrichment Programs
  •           Emory & Henry College - Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
  •           James Madison University - School of Nursing
  •           Jefferson College of Health Sciences - variety of Associate's, Bachelor's & Master's degrees in allied health
  •           Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Mary Baldwin College of Health Sciences
  •           Marymount University - variety of allied health related graduate programs
  •           Mountain Empire Community College - BIT & Health Sciences Programs
  •           Radford University - variety of allied health related graduate programs
  •           Shenandoah University - Athletic Training, OT, PT, Performing Arts Medicine, Midwifery, Health Systems Mgmt, etc
  •           UVA School of Nursing
  •           Virginia Commonwealth University - School of Medicine
  •           Virginia Commonwealth University - School of Pharmacy
  •           Virginia Commonwealth University - Dental Hygiene & Physical Therapy programs
  •           Virginia Highlands Community College - Nursing & Radiography
  •           Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
  • US Army Healthcare Recruiting

 Breakout sessions include:

  • Getting involved globally –international health care opportunities in college
  • Preparing for your career in healthcare - how to get into the job/medical program you want
  • Conquering the Vet School application - overcoming misconceptions about the process
  • Financing your medical education
  • Professions panel - learn about various health professions with a Q&A session
  • Medical careers in the military—learn about the various paths and financing with HPSP

For a complete listing of schools in attendance, event registration, and updates on breakout sessions being offered, visits us at

http://fluidsurveys.com/s/SWVVA_AttendeeRSVP/

 

Attendance is FREE!!!!

Please contact Julie Mills at 

 

 

 Just a quick reminder that the Northeast State representative will be here today (April 15th) from 12-1 in the Media Center for interested Juniors and Seniors.  Also, the Josten’s representative will be here on Wednesday 4/16 so that seniors and pick up senior supplies.  Sophomores will also meet with Jostens at 12:30 on Wednesday.

 

 Senior Graduation Surveys:  Seniors!  It is that time!  We must begin planning your graduation.  Cannot believe that the time has passed so quickly.  Please complete the attached survey  and return either a printed or email copy to by Friday, March 7th

 

- Northeast State's Spring Open House

Good morning!

This is a reminder about our Spring Open House program scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 11th from 6- 8 pm. Designed specifically for prospective students and their families, we will be showcasing all the great opportunities available at Northeast State. Staff and faculty will be available to talk about our academic programs, student support services, financial aid, scholarships and applying for admission. Current students will also be on-hand to conduct campus tours and share their experiences as a Northeast State student.  An agenda has been attached for your review. RSVP’s are preferred, but not necessary, by calling 423.323.0229 or online at www.northeastnation.com.  

Hope to see you and your students at Spring Open House!

Jim Henrichs

Director of Enrollment Services and Campus Information

Northeast State Community College

2425 Highway 75, PO Box 246

Blountville, TN 37617

423.354.2481

 

The application deadline for the Ned McWherter Scholars Program has been extended until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 (due to February 15 being a Saturday, and February 17 being a holiday).  Students who have achieved at least a 29 ACT composite (1280 SAT Math + Reading ONLY) and a 3.5 unweighted cumulative GPA (through seven semesters) should be encouraged to submit an online application via the TSAC Student Portal at www.tn.gov/collegepaysAs communicated last week, if a student has forgotten his or her portal login information, please have the student to contact the call center at 1-800-342-1663 to speak with a call center representative.  The call center’s hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. central standard time, Monday through Friday.  Moreover, an official copy of the applicant’s high school transcript (which should include seven semesters and the applicant’s ACT/SAT scores) must be received by TSAC by the deadline too.  School counselors may mail (TSAC, 404 James Robertson Pkwy, Suite 1510, Nashville, TN 37243), fax (615.741.6101), or email () an applicant’s transcript to the attention of Kathy Stripling, Ned McWherter Scholars Program. 

 

 

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A Senior Parent meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 17th at 7 pm in the University School Cafeteria.  It is hard to believe, but it is time to plan the Graduation festivities!

Please plan to attend and bring your senior student as we need their input and ideas for Baccalaureate, Senior Picnic, Retreat and Project Graduation.

Call me with questions!

 

Kelly Wherry

Century 21 Pro Service, REALTORS

423-676-1009

  Northeast State's Spring Open House scheduled for Feb. 11th!

On Tuesday, Feb. 11th from 6-8pm, we will be holding our annual Spring Open House program at the Blountville campus. Designed specifically for prospective students and their
families, we will be showcasing all the great opportunities available at Northeast State. Staff and faculty will be available to talk about our academic programs, student support services, financial aid, scholarships and applying for admission. Current students will also be on-hand to conduct campus tours and share their experiences as a Northeast State student.   RSVP's are preferred, but not necessary, by calling 423.323.0229 or 423.323.0243. 

 

 

 

Subject: Important Changes from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation

  

  • Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA Grant):  Starting with the 2014-2015 academic year, prior-year recipients (renewals) will receive the award if they meet all eligibility requirements and their FAFSA is completed and error free on or before March 1. After March 1, remaining funds will be awarded to the neediest applicants who apply by March 1 based on the availability of funds. Awards will be made until funds are depleted.

 

  • It is important for your seniors going to college in the state of Tennessee to complete the FAFSA early and follow-up with the college(s) that they listed to receive the results. The 2014-2015 FAFSA will become available on January 1, 2014.

 

 

  • Stay tuned for new changes from the government and state on our website. 

 

 

Here is some information about a program for College Goal Tennessee that will be held in Chattanooga.  There will also be some programs at local schools.  I will forward that information as soon as I receive it.  Do remember that it is time to file your FAFSA!  The sooner the better!  Go online to fafsa.ed.gov to begin your application.

Ms. Shaw

 East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) is happy to announce that the East Tennessee Foundation 2014 Scholarship Applications will be available on our website, www.easttennesseefoundation.org, beginning December 1, 2013.   

 

All ETF scholarship applications are required to be completed and submitted online (except the Sturm Essay Contest). Scholarship information, including detailed descriptions and application instructions, as well as 2014 applications, will be available on our website, www.easttennesseefoundation.org, beginning December 1, 2013.   The application deadline for all scholarships (except the Sturm Essay Contest) is March 1, 2014.

 

We are happy to announce that our applications now allow for letters of recommendation to be submitted directly to East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) without the student being able to read the content of the letter.  The recommender will receive email correspondence with a link to use to upload his/her letter of recommendation directly to ETF.

 

Attached is a copy of the online applicant tutorial .  Also attached is a listing of each scholarship program the Foundation offers in your county or at your high school.  Please share this information with your entire Guidance Department and your students.

In an attempt to reach as many eligible applicants as possible, we request that a link to our scholarship page be added to your school website. By adding a link to www.easttennesseefoundation.org, students can easily find ETF scholarship information and complete 2014 ETF Scholarship Applications directly from your website. Please note that you and your students can also link with our website via our East Tennessee Foundation Facebook page.

 

Thank you for your dedication and cooperation in spreading the word about ETF scholarships! Please feel free to contact me at (865) 524-1223 or toll free at (877) 524-1223 or via e-mail at with any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with you!

 

 

 

Beth Heller

Scholarship and Program Officer

EAST TENNESSEE FOUNDATION

625 Market Street, Suite 1400

Knoxville, TN  37902

Phone: (865) 524-1223

Toll Free: (877) 524-1223

Fax: (865) 637-6039

www.easttennesseefoundation.org

 

Thoughtful giving for stronger communities, better lives.

 

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I have the ACT Online Prep usernames and passwords ready to be picked up in my office.  Just drop by!

 

Hi Seniors!  The Niswonger Foundation has purchased a site license for our high school students for ACT Online Prep—making it FREE!   If you are taking the ACT in December let me know so that I can move your name to the top of the list to get a code.

Ms. Shaw

 

 

Scholarship   Directories Allow Students More Ways to Find Scholarships

We provide students scholarship   directories to view options by categories. These directories group   scholarships together such as High School Senior and College Freshman scholarships. Additionally, we have   directories with specific student features such as scholarships for Bilingual Students and Veterans. View all the scholarship directories here.

Just a reminder that the guaranteed Academic Performance Scholarship Deadline at ETSU is December 1!!!

 

Upcoming Deadlines at MTSU

December 1-Deadline for Guaranteed Academic Scholarships at MTSU-Requires 3.5 GPA and 26 ACT

December 1-Deadline for MTSU Buchanan Fellowship (full tuition)-Requires 3.5 GPA and 29 ACT apply at www.mtsu.edu/honors

 

Below is part of a message that I received from ETSU’s Financial Aid Office.  It has important general financial aid reminders for everyone! 

Ms. Shaw

 

The 2014-2015 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will go live on January 1, 2014. This is the FAFSA that should be completed by your graduating high school seniors who plan to enroll in college for Fall 2014.

 

Students may use the FAFSA4caster (http://studentaid.ed.gov/fafsa/estimate) now to get an estimate of their Expected Family Contribution (EFC), which is an index that colleges use to determine what financial aid the student may receive. The FAFSA4caster will then determine what types of federal grants, loans, and work-study the student may qualify for and will provide them with an estimated award amount for each.

 

Please inform your students about this useful FAFSA4caster tool and remind them that the 2014-2015 FAFSA cannot be completed until January 1, 2014.

 

Thank you for all you do for students! Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope to see everyone at our Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, November 12th.  All seniors and their parents are invited to attend!

 

 


 

 

If you are male and you have turned 18, you are required to register for the Selective Service.  State and Federal financial aid monies will not be disbursed if you are not registered.  Here is the website for more information or to register. 

 

http://www.sss.gov/default.htm

 

    • All eighth graders will take the EXPLORE exam at school on Thursday, October 10th.  The EXPLORE is a mandatory exam required by the state and is administered free-of-charge.  The EXPLORE offers both a vocational assessment and a predictor score for the ACT college admissions exam.  Results will help students to make future academic choices to keep them on track for college admission

    • The PLAN (pre-ACT) will be taken by all Sophomores during the school day on Friday, October 11th.  The PLAN is a mandatory exam required by the state and is administered free-of-charge.  The PLAN gives predictor scores for the ACT, as well as excellent study information for obtaining the best possible score on the ACT.
      Students should report to first period for attendance and will be called to go to the Culp Center Ballroom for testing.  Students should bring #2 pencils, an appropriate calculator (www.act.org/planstudent/tips/calculator.html), and lunch money or a bag lunch in the event that we do not finish by lunch time.

       

    • The PSAT (pre-SAT) will be given on Wednesday, October 16th, and is recommended for Juniors as excellent practice for the SAT.  The PSAT must also be taken in the Junior year in order to qualify as a National Merit Scholar.  Although the PSAT is recommended for Juniors, registration is open to other grade levels as well.  The PSAT will provide a predictor score for the SAT as well as study information.  The cost for this exam is $17 (checks payable to University School only).  Students must register with Ms. Robinson and pay for the exam at the time of registration.  Students may register between October 4 and 14—no earlier.  Registration will be on a first come, first served basis

    • The State of Tennessee will again be providing a state ACT testing date when Juniors may take it free of charge.  The state testing day will be March 4, 2014.  If for any reason you cannot be present on March 4, 2014, you will have the opportunity to get a voucher to take the exam for free by registering for a national exam.  Please see Ms. Shaw to get a voucher to register for the ACT if you cannot be present on March 4

 

 

  • Tennessee Governor’s Schools for Sophomores and Juniors: The Governor’s Schools offer selected gifted and talented high school students intensive learning experiences in the Humanities, Math and Science, Arts, International Studies, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, Prospective Teaching, Emerging Technologies, Engineering, Information Technology Leadership, and Agricultural Sciences, Computational Physics and Scientific Models and Data Analysis.

    All students in the tenth and eleventh grades who would like to participate in a challenging and high-intensity summer program in one of the twelve areas should obtain application(s) online at

    http://www.tn.gov/education/govschools/index.shtml. Please turn in the counselor portion to Ms. Shaw for Arts by October 15 and for all other schools no later than November 1 for submission by the deadline





  • The Constructed Response Assessment (math) will be given on October 23rd, to High School students from 8:30 to 10:00 in first and second periods

 

Application for Tennessee Scholars

Tennessee Scholars Checklist

Tennessee Scholars complete a required series of courses and other tasks and are recognized for their efforts by wearing a medallion at  graduation and with eligibility for special scholarships at various Tennessee colleges and Universities.  To apply, fill out the attached checklist showing that you have completed all of the courses/tasks listed and turn it in to Ms. Shaw.  The deadline to turn in your completed checklist to Ms. Shaw is January 10!  This date is not negotiable!!!  You may turn in your completed checklist anytime before the deadline.  You may substitute copies of your signed community service hours in lieu of getting a second signature.  Attached you will find the Tennessee Scholar Checklist along with a list of Benefits of Being a Tennessee Scholar.  For more information see http://www.tennesseescholars.org/.

 

 

If you plan to take the ACT this fall, the first test of the 2013-14 school year is scheduled for September 21, 2013. Registration and deadline information can be found at http://www.actstudent.org.  To meet many college/university deadlines this will be the last chance to improve your score.

 

If you will be applying to a college/university, scholarship program, or specialized program that requires a recommendation, please go online to http://www.etsu.edu/coe/uschool/faculty/shawa/default.aspx scroll down to the Recommendation Self Assessment, complete the form, save it for yourself and email a copy to me by August 30.

 

If you plan to apply to schools within Tennessee, I recommend applying through the CollegeforTN website at https://secure.collegefortn.org/Home/_default.aspx.  You are able to create an account and autopopulate much of your application information.  This site is secure and a part of the state informational system for students so no worries about entering information.  This site also generates a notification to my email account so that I can track your college applications along with you.

 

Double check the admission requirements for all colleges to which you hope to apply.  Be sure that you have taken any needed SAT II Subject Tests or other necessary pre-requisites for admission. Register for SAT II Subject Tests at http://sat.collegeboard.org/about-tests/sat-subject-tests

 

Many colleges and universities considered by our students use the Common Application.  If you are considering schools like Transylvania, Centre, Vanderbilt, Wofford, Wake Forest, Sewanee, Furman, Emory & Henry or UNC-Asheville or hundreds more, then www.commonapp.org is your one stop application site.  The time to begin is NOW!!

 

Ready, set, GOOOO!

Ms. Shaw

 

Hi Seniors-

Hope to play college athletics?  If you would like to potentially play a sport in college or even talk with a coach about the possibility of playing, then you must be registered with NAIA or NCAA or both.  You can find the required agency on the athletic page of most colleges and universities.  To register with NAIA please go to   http://www.playnaia.org/ and for NCAA go to http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.jsp.  Most colleges also ask you to complete a recruitment survey on their website so that they know about your interest.  Be sure to talk with your coach about what you need to do to prepare to play at the college level!

Ms. Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

Check out QuestBridge at http://www.questbridge.org/for-students/ncm-national-college-match to see if you might be eligible for the national college match.





iconSeniors, please complete the College Application/Recommendation Letter Self-Assessment  and email to , ()

 

College Application/Recommendation Letter Self-Assessment

 

 The Chamber of Commerce still has five slots left in their 2013-2014 Youth Leadership Program beginning in August.
This program is a great way to gain Leadership knowledge!  Wonderful experiences for college resumes too! Click here for Printable Application .  Click here for Printable Schedule

 

Fastweb - scholarship search resources

 

http://www.fastweb.com/content/educator_link_to_fastweb

 

 

 

It is again time to apply for dual enrollment classes for Spring at ETSU.  If you plan to dual enroll in the Spring, you must complete and turn in a Permission to Enroll form to Ms. Shaw (attached), and you must complete the Dual Enrollment Grant online at https://clipslink.guarantorsolutions.com/StudentSignon/Default.aspx.

Please turn in your Permission to Enroll form to Ms. Shaw by October 22.  Registration for classes begins the second week of November so we want to get the forms processed as soon as possible.  Also, remember that you must maintain a 3.2 US/ETSU gpa to stay dually enrolled, a 3.4 US/ETSU to get the extra scholarship money, and a 2.75 ETSU gpa to get your dual enrollment grant.  A B- in a college course is equivalent to a 2.7  (too low to maintain the dual enrollment grant) so it is extremely important to monitor your grades.

Seniors, be sure that you request any needed courses to fulfill your graduation requirements.

I know that I have recently spoken with several of you about courses transferring from a community college to a four year college in Tennessee.  Check out this website to get more complete information:

http://www.tntransferpathway.org/

Graduating seniors:  remember to file your 2012-2013 FAFSA as soon as possible!

 

 Check www.ChristianConnector.com for information about scholarships to Christian colleges Just a reminder that ETSU Dual Enrollment students must fill out a Permission to Enroll form (available in my office) to be able to register for spring semester.  Students at ETSU, NSTCC, and Milligan must all fill out the online Dual Enrollment Grant Application.  Some students may have completed both portions in the fall, but all students should check their TSAC accounts.  Here is the web link:  http://www.tn.gov/collegepays/stud_par/stu_par.htm 

 

Just a reminder that if you hope to play sports at the collegiate level, you may need to register for athletic eligibility.  Below are the registration websites where you can register:

NCAA:

http://web1.ncaa.org/ECWR2/NCAA_EMS/NCAA.html

NAIA:

http://www.playnaia.org/index.php


Service Project - Printable Community Service Hours Form

HI Seniors- This is a news article about the best paying jobs of the future.  Thought it might interest some of you! 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/09/04/the-best-paying-jobs-of-t_n_948405.html

Senior Announcements
-Register to take the ACT at www.act.org if you need to take it one last time!

-Be sure to take any SAT II: Subject Tests that may be required for college admission!  Register at www.collegeboard.com.

College Admission Tips for Seniors

1.       Be sure to schedule a senior interview ASAP with Ms. Shaw!!!!

2.       Finalize your college choices by the end of September.

3.       Update your online resume at kuder.com.  Contact Ms. Shaw if you don’t have your username/password.

4.       If you are not getting lots of emails from Ms. Shaw something is wrong!  Please email her at shawa@etsu.edu to verify your email if you are having a problem.

5.       Complete college applications, essays, and all college visits during fall break.

6.       Request all college recommendations from Ms. Shaw or other teachers at least 3 weeks in advance of the deadline.  Please provide a copy of your resume and information about the colleges to which you are applying.

7.       Look for scholarships through your church, parents workplace, your workplace, the internet, books in Ms. Shaw’s office, and Ms. Shaw’s website.

8.       Avoid scholarship scams!  Don’t pay anyone to help you with scholarship searches.  It is probably a scam.  Look at the Better Business Bureau website if you want to check out a specific company.

9.       Take any SAT subject exams that you may need for college admission.  These are usually required for schools where admission is more competitive, but it is a good idea to check for all the schools to which you want to apply.

10.   Check out last year’s College Information Night through the miracle of video J at http://151.141.7.45/asxgen/uh/etsucb.etsu.edu_03Mar09_17.50.wmv

11.   Apply for Tennessee scholarships at www.collegepaystn.com.  You will apply for your Hope (lottery scholarship) when you do your FAFSA in January. You will receive more information about financial aid in November, but plan on attending the Washington County Financial Aid Night on December 8.

12.   Be aware of all deadlines!  They are earlier than you think!