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Welcome to University School Counseling!

From the Counseling Office…… 

 

TN Promise
Subject: Last Chance for Students to Apply

The Tennessee Promise application will be re-opened to all eligible high school seniors on Wednesday, December 10th from 8 AM-4:30 PM CST.  Students may access the application at www.tnpromise.gov, or directly through the TSAC portal at https://clipslink.guarantorsolutions.com/StudentSignon/.  Please ensure students are aware that creating a log-in is NOT applying, and that they must continue past creating a log-in and submit a full application.

December 10th will be the Last Chance Application Day.  No further applications will be accepted after that time.

 

Thank you,

Tennessee Promise Team

Students, don't forget to apply today for BURGER KINGSM Scholars Program-Deadline Dec. 15

 Seniors volunteer opportunity:  Reindeer Run 5K to benefit the Early Learning Center needs volunteers to direct runners/walkers, hand out water, and hand out awards. Just show up at 5:30 on Thursday, December 11th, before the race to get your assignment.  Flyer with More Information

 

Hi Seniors-

Attached you will find the Tennessee Scholars Checklist and a description of benefits for students who apply to graduate with the designation Tennessee Scholar.

The completed checklist with documentation of volunteer service is due to me by January 15.  Please visit www.tennesseescholar.org for more information about the program.  If you need copies of volunteer service that you previously turned in, then please attach a note asking us to add those hours. 

Remember that you need to be working on completing the hours you need for graduation!  The holiday break is a perfect time to get in some hours!

Ms. Shaw

HI Seniors-

Unfortunately, we are still having problems with our ACT practice accounts.  However, there is a free website that you can use:  number2.com.  Hope this helps some of you who are taking the December administration.

 


Seniors:   Only about half of you have completed the Graduation Survey .  In order to have your voice heard, you need to complete and submit the survey by this Friday, December 5th.  The parent committees will begin making plans and reservations based on the wishes expressed in this survey!

Any student in grades 9-11 who may be interested in attending a Military Academy for college is invited to an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 25th, at 5:00 p.m., at Mayfair Methodist Church in Kingsport, located on Centre Street.  A current cadet from West Point and Lt. Col. (retired) Rusty Wilkerson will present.  Parents welcome.  See Ms. Shaw for more information

 

Hi Senior Family-

 

Below is a link to information about College Goal Tennessee for January and February.  Colleges across Tennessee will open their financial aid offices for special weekend hours in order to help seniors complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  The FAFSA can be completed by a family on their own, but for those of us who feel a bit overwhelmed at having to complete an important online document you can get free professional help through College Goal Tennessee.  Check out the locations for special service hours by clicking the “location” tab on the site.  Be sure to register for your personalized appointment thorough the site too.  Remember that you cannot complete the FAFSA until after January 1, but it is urgent that you do so as early as possible to be able to access the largest available portions of financial aid monies.

Ms. Shaw

http://www.tn.gov/CollegeGoalTN/index.html

 

Senior, don't forget to complete the senior survey at the following link by December 1.  Only student (not parents) should complete the survey.

 

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cPIphbjLw2hJ_qnwSZ0yUeWsMcakgkltrWjicQ5Gu1Q/viewform

 

 

 

 

Hi All-

Just want to remind you that the December 1 college application and scholarship deadlines are quickly approaching.  UTK’s next priority deadline is December 1.  ETSU’s first scholarship deadline is December 15.  If you need transcripts or recommendations for December 1, then I need your information by tomorrow November 18!!!!!  If you need something by December 15-January 1, then I need your information by December 1!!!!! Please remember that your teachers and I will be on break from December 15 to January 5 so any requests need to be made ASAP or you may miss deadlines.

Ms. Shaw

Important Financial Aid Information- Please Read!!!!

November 13, 2014

Dear Senior Family:

At this point all seniors should have already taken the ACT or SAT.  If your senior has not taken one of these college entrance exams, I would recommend that your student take the next available ACT on December 13 (registration deadline November 7) or SAT on December 6 (registration deadline November 6).  Remember that some schools also require SAT subject exams.  You can find more information about subject exams at www.collegeboard.com.

Many of the University School seniors have completed and submitted college applications through my office.  If your student plans to attend college beginning Fall 2015, it is important that college applications are filed very soon.  If you would like an application submitted prior to the end of December, I need the request for transcripts, counselor report, recommendations, etc. in my office no later than November 24.  Please be aware that college application dates vary widely, and it is important to check the exact dates required for different schools.  Additionally, be sure to use my correct email address which is .

Applying for financial aid will be the next step in the college application process. The FAFSA can only be filled out after January 1 on www.fafsa.ed.gov, but you can go ahead and apply for a PIN number to use with your FAFSA account at www.pin.ed.gov.  The FAFSA and PIN are FREE.  There are many financial aid scams out there so if you enter a website that asks for a payment, then you are on the wrong site.  I would recommend that you try to have this form submitted by February 1 even if you have to use the previous year’s tax information and make changes later (because some monies are first come, first served) though it can be submitted up until the time of college enrollment.  For just a few institutions you will also need to submit the CSS Financial Aid Profile which can be accessed at www.collegeboard.com.  In Tennessee only Rhodes, Vanderbilt, and Trevecca Nazarene University require the CSS Profile. 

To be eligible to receive the HOPE (lottery) Scholarship and Tennessee Promise monies students must complete the FAFSA as described above and have either a 21 on the ACT (980 on the SAT) or a 3.0 GPA.  The HOPE scholarship will provide up to $3500  per year to an accredited public or private college/university in Tennessee.  The requirements to maintain the HOPE Scholarship are detailed on the collegefortn.com website. Students and their parents are also invited to participate in College Goal Sunday in January or February—dates and locations are still to be determined.  For other scholarship information be sure to check the scholarship section of my website on the University School website at http://www.etsu.edu/coe/uschool/default.asp

Please feel free to contact me at 423-439-6939 or if you have questions about the college and scholarship application process.

Sincerely,

Aleeta Shaw
School Counselor

Niswonger Dual Enrollment Gap Fee Assistance Spring 2015

Seniors-

If you are planning to dual enroll for Spring 2015, you might be eligible for scholarship assistance from the Niswonger Foundation.  The screening process will be more rigorous this spring in an attempt to use funds where they are most needed, but you are encouraged to apply.  Please print and complete the attached application and return it to me by November 21, 2014.  There will NOT be exceptions.

Thanks!

Ms. Shaw

 

 

 

 

 

Nominate a Student for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program

Information Sheet

Dear high school counselors,

We are excited to share an opportunity to nominate one high school senior from your school to serve as a state finalist for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

Historically, finalists from the state of Tennessee were chosen for their exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. This year, Tennessee will recommend ten high school seniors to be considered for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program based on academic success and perseverance in addition to the students selected based on their ACT or SAT scores.

A selection committee will review all of the applicants from across the state and ultimately select ten students to act as the nominees from Tennessee; these nominees will then apply to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program in February. National winners will be awarded an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

The U.S. Presidential Scholars program emphasizes the following areas on their application, so we have designed our state application to mirror that:

·      Academic achievement

·      Leadership skills

·      Community Involvement

·      Overcoming obstacles

·      Strong writing skills

Please take the following steps to nominate a senior from your school:

·      Select a student based on the criteria listed

·      Help that student complete the online state application by Nov. 10

o   The state application is available here: https://tnedu.wufoo.com/forms/tennessee-us-presidential-scholars-application/

o   Ensure that your student applicant has access to a computer and scanner (as some documents like their transcript will need to be uploaded)

·      If your student is selected as a state nominee, please help your student complete the national online application in February 2015

 

Please contact with any questions.  

 

 

UChicago No Barriers: EA Deadline Extended to Nov. 15th

  UChicago No Barriers Information

 

 

Remember UTK Application Deadline November 1!!!!  It is possible to be admitted under a later deadline, but for full scholarship consideration you must meet the
Nov. 1 deadline.

Seniors-

Your diplomas are being printed this week, and it is time to order cap/gown and invitations.  Mr. Eddie Brown will be at school in the US Library 12-12:30 on November 3 (study hall) to meet with you as a group regarding senior supplies available from Josten’s.  Order packets will be handed out at the meeting.  Mr. Brown will be back from 12-1 on November 12 in front of the cafeteria to pick up your order forms.  Please plan to attend if at all possible.  If you cannot be there, please arrange for another senior or a parent to pick up a packet for you.

 

 

Hi Seniors-

I just want to remind you that the deadline to apply for the Tennessee Promise is November 1.  Remember that you will also need to apply to a community college, Tennessee Center for Applied Technology or to another partnering organization.  If you are uncertain of your college plans, then I encourage you to apply before the deadline so that you could still be eligible for the Promise scholarship if needed.   Please congratulate your fellow students (see below) on completing their Promise applications.

There will be a mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting in the Media Center on November 14 at 8:15 am. 

Ms. Shaw

 

Congratulations to our Promise Seniors!!

 

Jacob Beals

Kayla Boyd

Trevor Daniel

Dustin Estes

Brenton Fields

Harrison Hester

Emily Hoover

Rachel Johnson

Noah Jones

Lishika Lange

Logan Metcalf

Collin Newberry

Brenton Parker

Scott Parker

RamiroRodriguez

Alisha Strickland

Micaela Tucker

Silas Venturella

 

Senior Parents-

 

I just wanted to let you know that as a senior parent you will have some extra responsibilities this year.  As a part of the Graduation Week (last week of school), the senior parents traditionally arrange an overnight retreat, a senior picnic, the Baccalaureate service and Project Graduation (graduation night lock-in).  The school will donate a small amount of money toward these parent arranged festivities, but the burden of fundraising falls to the parents.  All of the above listed activities are optional, but have become a tradition usually embraced by the senior parents to give the graduates a great finish to high school.  There is no set system in place to organize parent involvement, but usually at least one parent will step forward to begin the process. I am happy to serve as advisor and facilitator for helping you organize Senior Week and to relay information to the seniors.  I encourage you to begin the conversation soon!

 

Please Senior Parent Webpage for important information discussed at the above meeting

 

Northeast State Spring Open House

Tuesday, Feb. 10th

6-8 pm

Main Campus, Humanities Building

 

**Snow date Tuesday, Feb. 17th

 

More information will be forwarded in the coming months. Thanks for helping us spread the word!

 

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

 

 

iconETSU Dual Enrollment Students:  It is time to apply for spring dual enrollment at ETSU.  You must complete two steps: 

  1. A new Permission to Enroll Form needs to be turned in to Ms. Shaw by October 30.  Print the form here:  http://admissions.etsu.edu/assets/documents/DualEnrollmentPacket.pdf
  2. Complete the Dual Enrollment Grant Application for Spring 2015 online here:

           https://clipslink.guarantorsolutions.com/StudentSignon/Default.aspx

ETSU Registration will begin on November 12 so it is imperative that you return the Permission to Enroll form by October 30.  Please see Ms. Shaw if you have any questions

 

Juniors & Seniors- Here is a schedule of upcoming College Visits:

October 17          Walters State
October 20          University of Tennessee-Knoxville
October 21          Vanderbilt
November 4       University of Alabama-Birmingham
November 6       Lees-McRae

 

 

 Saturday, October 18th or Saturday, November 1st

Financial Aid Information Sessions at ETSU Open House

I hope this email finds you well. This is a reminder about our upcoming ETSU Fall Open House events, which will be held on Saturday, October 18th,  and Saturday, November 1st. We will have both financial aid and scholarship information sessions at each of these events, starting at 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm. A representative from the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation will be joining us to discuss the Tennessee HOPE Lottery Scholarship and state grants.  We are not having Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night this year, but the presentations at the ETSU Open House events will provide the same information to students and parents.

 We hope to see you there!

 

Haley Greenway
Financial Aid Counselor
East Tennessee State University
Office of Financial Aid
P.O. Box 70722
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-4300 phone
(423) 439-5855 fax

 

 

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Tennessee Governor's Schools Application:  Applications for the 2015 Tennessee Governor's Schools are now available. You can access these by visiting the Tennessee Governor's Schools webpage . If you have any questions please contact Grace Palmer at                       

                     

 

SUBJECT: Volunteer Opportunity

Seniors, many of you still need your 40 volunteer hours for graduation. Good Samaritan Ministries in Johnson City needs a lot of volunteers anywhere from 9-3:30PM Mondays-Fridays to work in their thrift store, file paperwork, and other miscellaneous jobs. If you are interested, go to:

100 N Roan St, Johnson City, TN 37601 and plan to arrive 20 minutes early to fill out a volunteer form. If you have any questions, call their office at (423) 928-0288. 

---Good Samaritan Ministries---

100 N Roan St, Johnson City, TN 37601
(423) 928-0288

 

 

Hi Seniors- 

As I am beginning to send health and shot records to colleges and universities (usually goes with your transcript) I am noticing some patterns of missing items.  Take this time while you are on break to check in with your doctor to be sure that your immunizations are up to date.  The vaccination most commonly missing from the health records is the second varicella booster (chicken pox).  I have discovered that many of you have actually had the booster, but that the health record in our school files is not the most current.  Simply giving me or the nurse a new copy of your record will fix that problem. 

Most colleges and universities will require that you have 2 doses of varicella vaccine (or proof of disease), 2 doses of MMR vaccine,  3 doses of Hep B (HBV) vaccine and to live on campus a Meningococcal vaccine within the last five years.

Please check the exact requirements of the colleges that you plan to attend and go ahead and get these vaccinations out of the way if you can.  It is amazing the way an incomplete health record can put the brakes on your college application!

For those of you who have chosen not to be vaccinated for reasons of religious exemption please note that you still have to have a state health record certified by your doctor’s office or the health department declaring those exemptions and you will probably also have to provide additional documentation to individual colleges and universities.  I am not knowledgeable about the exemption process, but if you need help with that then we can figure it out together.

Ms. Shaw

 

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Click here for Get in 2 College's 2014-2015 Academic Year Handbook handbook

Mini-Manuals and Powerpoints 

http://getin2college.com/private/minis.php

User name:  2014  Password: APPLY2 (all caps)

Access the non-public website at the location below.  There you will find other materials such as worksheets and checklists, summer programs for high school students, planning calendars, etc.   There are also helpful links to other resources found on the internet.  Information will be updated on this site throughout the year so check back often.  You must use this link, as you cannot get to this from our public website:

http://getin2college.com/protected/websource.php  

User name:  2014   Password: GETIN2 (use all caps) 

 

Check out www.ChristianConnector.com if you are interested in Christian college information and scholarship opportunities.

 

Here is a link for information about volunteer opportunities at the VA:

 

http://www.mountainhome.va.gov/giving/index.asp

 

 

 

For those of you planning to apply for the Tennessee Promise (Deadline Nov. 1) please remember that you will use the username and password that you created to apply for your dual enrollment grant if you are taking/have taken college courses.  If you have never applied for a dual enrollment grant, then you will be able to create a new account.

 

 

If anyone is considering applying to Liberty University, I have a special code to waive your application fee.  See me if you are interested.

Ms. Shaw

 

 

Exploring College Options is a special recruitment program sponsored by the undergraduate admissions offices of five of the country's leading universities: Duke University , Georgetown University , Harvard University , the University of Pennsylvania , and Stanford University . During the spring or fall of each year, the Exploring College Options group will visit all 50 states, Puerto Rico, USVI and the District of Columbia. At each event, representatives from the five universities will conduct brief slide presentations about their institution and answer your questions about the sometimes-mystifying world of college admissions. You will learn what distinguishes one fine university from another, what competitive colleges look for in the selection process, and what you can do to enhance your college application.

The programs start promptly at 7:30pm, so we suggest arriving 15 to 20 minutes beforehand to complete the sign-in process and find a seat. Programs typically last one and a half hours. Please feel free to bring your parent or guardian to the program, and if you have a friend who you think might be interested, please direct him/her to this website for registration information.

 

Army ROTC at UTK

My name is Lee Dalton, I am the Recruiting Operations Officer for the Army ROTC Department at the University of Tennessee.  I look forward to the opportunity to provide information about Army ROTC at UT to any students who may have expressed an interest in ROTC.  The Army Scholarship online application is now open for students graduating in 2015.  The scholarship application can be found at http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/high-school-students/four-year-scholarship.html

Please feel free to call or email if you would like more information about Army ROTC, or you can pass my contact information to any students who have an interest in ROTC.  If you would like I can also email or mail you brochures and flyers with information about Army ROTC at the University of Tennessee.

http://Armyrotc.utk.edu  

UTK Army ROTC web site

http://www.facebook.com/VolArmy?sk=info

UTK Army ROTC Facebook page

Thanks,

 Lee

 A.L. DALTON, GS
Recruiting Operations Officer
Army ROTC
University of TN-Knoxville
Office 865-974-4512
Cell 931-237-7482
Fax 865-974-8853
armyrotc.utk.edu
mountainmanmemorialmarch.com  

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On Saturday, September 20th, Congressman Phil Roe will be hosting a Military Service Academy Day for students and their parents who would like to learn about the educational opportunities available at the United States Service Academies and through collegiate ROTC programs.  The event will be held at Walters State Community College, located at 500 South Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown TN.  Registration begins at 9:30 a. m. and the event will run until noon.  Printable Flyer

                  

 

EXPLORE Testing for 8th Graders

 

All eighth graders will take the EXPLORE exam at school on Monday, October 6, 2014.  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 PLAN (pre-ACT college admissions exam).  Results will help students to make future academic choices to keep them on track for college admission.

 

PLAN Testing for Sophomores

 

The PLAN (pre-ACT) will be taken by all Sophomores during the school day on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.  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.  Also, see information below about taking an optional PSAT.

 

 

ACT/PSAT Testing for Juniors

 

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 3, 2015.  If for any reason you cannot be present on March 3, 2015, 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 3.

 

The PSAT (pre-SAT) will be given on October 15, 2014 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 2 and 13—no earlier.  Registration will be on a first come, first served basis and will open to other schools on October 3. 

 

 

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. Turn in your Recommendation Self Assessment to Ms. Shaw via email.
  4. Create an account at collegefortn.org to apply for all Tennessee colleges and universities. The site also has great tools for exploring colleges, majors, and scholarships.
  5. If you are not getting lots of emails from Ms. Shaw something is wrong!  Please email her at to verify your email if you are having a problem.
  6. Complete college applications, essays, and all college visits during fall break.
  7. 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 Recommendation Self Assessment and/or resume and information about the colleges to which you are applying.
  8. Look for scholarships through your church, parents’ workplace, your workplace, the internet, books in Ms. Shaw’s office, and Ms. Shaw’s website.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Apply for Tennessee scholarships at www.TN.gov/collegepays.  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 Tri-Cities Financial Aid Night on Thursday November 6, 2014 at 6:00pm.
  12. “Like” the University School Counseling Office Facebook page or follow me on Twitter @MsShawatUS for additional information.
  13. Be aware of all deadlines!  They are earlier than you think! November 1 is the priority deadline for UTK. December 15 is the Academic Performance Award Deadline for ETSU. 

 

 

 

 

Is anyone considering UVA?  If yes, then let me know ASAP in case you might be a candidate for the Jefferson Scholar Program.  See info at http://www.jeffersonscholars.org/.

 

 

Just want to let you know that ETSU is making a change in their AP English Policy.  Students who begin ETSU in Fall 2015 will be affected by the change.  See below:

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Just want to remind you that if you need a comprehensive Secondary School Report or School Counselor recommendation (all common applications require both), then you MUST fill out a Recommendation Self Assessment (attached) and return it to me via email.  I would like to have these before we begin our fall break because I will work on them during that break.  

 

 

The First Freedom Center announces its 22nd annual First Freedom Student Competition. This national essay and video contest offers 9th - 12th grade students an opportunity to compete for $2,500 awards as they examine the First Amendment and history and implementation of freedom of religion and conscience in American democracy and the world today. Students then present their evaluation in written essay or video format.

This school year, students will select a religion or belief group from their local community, state or region that was or is a minority group. They will research and analyze its history as it encounters issues of religious freedom and equality, and then, by written essay or video production, present their evaluation of how this group's local history compares to the broader narrative of U.S. history and First Amendment law. For the complete topic, essay and video guidelines, registration, classroom poster, student flyer and other details, visit www.firstfreedom.org, and then click on the First Freedom Student Competition button.

Student online registration is required on or before Monday, November 17, 2014, and the postmark deadline for students to mail their essays or videos with the accompanying entry materials is Monday, November 24, 2014. Winners will be announced on Thomas Jefferson's birthday, April 13, 2015.

Please forward this email to your social studies, English, media, library, guidance and other colleagues, and share this opportunity with your students today. We look forward to your school's participation in the First Freedom Student Competition!

Sincerely,

Christopher L. Payton
Vice President

Sandra M. Poulsen
Competition Coordinator

First Freedom Center
1321 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
804.643.1786 phone
804.644.5024 fax


Visit us online at: www.firstfreedom.org
 

 

 

Hi Seniors-

Way back in 8th grade we took the Kuder College and Career Planning Assessment.  Much about you and our world has changed since then.  It is often a good idea for Seniors to retake the assessment to confirm what you think you know about yourself or to help you find focus in a new direction.  The assessment is free to you (paid for by TDOE) and can be accessed from home or any place that you have an internet connection.  Below are directions for accessing the system and creating an account.  As you create an account you may bump into your account from 8th grade.  You can use your old account or create a new one.  I only ask that you use your actual name when creating or updating your account so that I can see your results.  This assessment is optional, but could be very helpful with your college/career planning. After taking the assessments you will have access to huge databases of college/career information.

Ms. Shaw

                       

Individual Registration & Login Instructions

Please follow the instructions below to begin using Kuder ® Navigator — an online educational and career planning system for today's middle school and high school students.

Registration

  • Go to the Kuder® Navigator at http://www.kudernavigator.com.
  • Select New Users from the Login Area to begin the registration process.
  • Select Student and choose your grade level from the drop down menu.
  • Click Continue to create your account.
  • During the process you will need to create a unique user name and password. Write down your user name and password in the space provided for future reference.

User   Name:

 

Password:

 
  • You will also be asked to enter your Activation Code that was provided by your school.

               (SEE MS. SHAW FOR AN ACCESS CODE)

  • Be sure to check the box next to "I have read and agree to the terms and conditions of use " after reading this information.
  • Click Register to complete the process.

Navigator Home Page

Once you have created your account, you will be directed to your Navigator home page. To access the system's tools and resources select a tab from the top navigation menu. Your home page also provides a link your messages, to do list, recommended links, and account information where you can update your profile, upload a photo, and change your grade level each year.

Taking an Assessment

The first step in the educational and career planning process is learning about yourself.

  • Click on Learn About Myself from the top navigation menu.
    • 6th Graders: Choose Interest Checklist to learn about your interests in the six Career Fields.
    • 7-8th Graders: Choose My Interests or My Skills. To get started, you will select your desired education level/degree that you plan to attain.
    • 9-12th Graders: Choose Take an Assessment and click on one of the assessment titles. To get started, you will select the desired education level/degree that you plan to attain.
  • Once you complete the assessments, use your results and the other available tools from the top navigation menu to support your ongoing education and career exploration and planning.

Logging In

To re-enter your account, go to http://www.kudernavigator.com, select Log In, and enter your user name and password.

 

 

The Tennessee Promise website is open for applications.  Remember to apply by November 1 for the Promise,  apply to the community college or technical school of your choice, then complete all mentoring and service requirements by the deadlines.  If you follow the steps and meet the deadlines, your first two years of college can be tuition free!  Go to www.tnpromise.gov to apply today!!

Ms. Shaw

PS-For those of you who have applied for a dual enrollment grant anytime in the past, you will notice that you need the same username/password to access this TSAC account.

Beginning with the Class of 2015, students in Tennessee may apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship, which will provide two years tuition-free education at a community college or technical school in Tennessee. Tennessee Promise is a last-dollar scholarship, meaning it will cover costs of tuition and mandatory fees not met from Pell, HOPE, or TSAA. As part of the program, students will be paired with a partnering organization and provided with a mentor who will support them during the college application process.

 

Hi Seniors-

I have new online ACT prep accounts for you paid for by the Niswonger Foundation.  If you would like to have a new account, please come by my office to pick up a username and password.  Please plan to stay long enough to activate your account while in my office.  For those of you taking a September or October exam I urge you to arrange for an account before break begins!!!

Ms. Shaw

 

 

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!

 

 

Please remember that you must complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service in order to graduate and 80 hours to be honored as a Tennessee Scholar (http://www.tennesseescholars.org/) during graduation.  The One Acre Café needs daytime volunteers so this might be a good Fall Break opportunity.  See the following link for more information!

 

http://www.oneacrecafe.org/volunteer.html

 

 

Hi Seniors-

The email below went out to Faculty and Staff a few days ago.  They have until the end of the day Monday to make nominations.  If you would like to be nominated before the final vote, you may ask a faculty or staff member to submit your name to me.  Check the minimum requirements at the bottom of the page before asking for a nomination.

Ms. Shaw

 

Dear Faculty and Staff-

 

It is that time of year to nominate Seniors for the Niswonger and Roan Scholars Leadership Programs.  All Faculty and Staff are eligible to nominate one student for each program. If you are being pressured to submit more than one—go ahead.  We will have a final vote from all nominees at a later time. I will tally the votes, determine final eligibility, and complete the “official” paperwork.  Please email the names of your nominees to me by August 25.  It is perfectly fine for students to request a nomination of you.  The guidelines for each scholarship are as follows:

 

Niswonger Scholarship Program

 

Nominees should:

-display leadership ability including character, drive, energy, initiative and work ethic

-display academic ability demonstrated through grades and standardized test scores

-display financial need not just equated with low income. Some middle class families are unable to afford the tuition at elite colleges and universities.

-be willing to commit to return to Northeast Tennessee for work and service in their chosen profession

 

Roan Scholars Program

 

Nominees should:

-be committed to attending East Tennessee State University

-selection is based on character, leadership, scholarship, and physical activity

-successful candidates need not be the students with the highest grade point average in the school, since nominations are based solely on ability and reflect well-rounded students with the most potential

 

 UTK Info

We have an exciting year scheduled for you and for your students. Please take some time to review the programs we are offering this fall, which include a newly added event: Rocky Top Tailgate: A game-day event designed for prospective senior and juniors.  We look forward to hosting your students and seeing you on the road this fall.

 

Big Orange Preview (formerly known as Open House)

·         September 20   and November 1 

·         An Open House event for Seniors

·         Register through VIP at vip.utk.edu

·         More information here

 

Rocky Top Tailgate (game day event)

·         October 11

·         A Homecoming game day event for Juniors and Seniors

·         Register through VIP at vip.utk.edu

·         More information here

  

Application Deadlines

·         November 1—Priority Deadline for Admissions and Scholarships

·         December 1—Regular Admission Deadline

 

 

 

Go Vols,

 

Andrew Wood

Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions
University of Tennessee | 320 Student Services Building  | Knoxville, TN 37996 
Office: 865.974.1188 |Fax: 865.974.1182| http://www.utk.edu/admissions/

Hi Seniors-

See below from Sewanee if you are interested.

I'm so sorry that we're not able to work out a visit this fall, but I would love to have any of your students come meet with me when I'm in Knoxville in September. Here's that link:  https://engage.sewanee.edu/off-campusappointments/

We would also love to have students come for a campus visit.  Please direct your students to check out our visit website at visit.sewanee.edu

 

 

Check out this link to find out about a campus visit to MTSU and the evening reception to be held in Johnson City on September 22.

Ms. Shaw

 

http://www.mtsu.edu/schedule-a-visit/special-events.php

 

 

We have some upcoming visits scheduled for college representatives to come to University School.  All Juniors and Seniors are allowed to attend these sessions during Study Hall/Lunch.  Students MUST sign out of study hall and sign in to the college visit to have an excused absence.

 

August 27-          12-1- Union University

 

August 28-           9-11 College Fair Field Trip (turn in your permission form/money ASAP) SENIORS ONLY!!!

                                 12-1 Furman

 

August 29-          12-1 Liberty University

 

September  4     Milligan, 12-1

 

October 21-        11:30-12:30 Vanderbilt University (only DE students may go at 11:30)

 

November 4-     12-1 University of Alabama-Birmingham

 

Hi Seniors-

If you are planning to submit any college or scholarship applications that require any kind of recommendation from me, then I need you to complete the Recommendation Self Assessment and to submit it to me via email.  Be sure to save a copy for your own use or for other teachers.

Thanks!  Ms. Shaw

 

 

 

Earn local, regional and even national recognition for being a student who never settles—not in the classroom, on the field or in your community.  Apply to win the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award by October 3, 2014.  Applications are online at wendyshighschoolheisman.com .

 

 

 

Hi Seniors-

Is anyone thinking of pursuing QuestBridge?  Please let me know ASAP if you are!

Ms. Shaw

 

  act

Test   Date: September 13

Registration Deadline: August 8

September is a great time for students to take the ACT®.

The ACT is   the only college entrance exam with a September test date, offering the   earliest testing opportunity for the school year. For seniors, this opens a   window to retest in October, if necessary, and still receive scores in time   for college admissions, financial aid, and scholarships.

Did   you know. . .

Questions on the ACT are based on what students have        learned in their coursework.  The ACT is accepted by all US colleges and        universities.  Not all colleges and universities require a writing        test for admission—the ACT Writing Test is optional, saving students        time and money.  The ACT test score is based on the number of correct        answers, with no points deducted for guessing.  Your students will receive personalized career        information based on their strengths, weaknesses, and interests.

Forward   this email to your students and remind them to register for the September 13   test date at www.actstudent.org.   Late registration fees   will apply after Friday, August 8.

ACT offers no-cost   and low-cost test prep options at www.actstudent.org/testprep.

 

Hi Seniors-

 

Just want to let you all know that the Common Application for Fall 2015 admission goes live tomorrow so those of you eager to get started on your applications can begin by going to commonapp.org and creating your account.  The Common Application is exactly that--a common or single application that can be completed and sent to multiple schools.  Only certain colleges and universities accept the Common Application, and you can find a list in the folder that you received during Mr. Stewart’s presentation at the senior retreat or at commonapp.org.  Some schools will require additional supplements and all will require separate application fees.  If you plan to apply to multiple schools on the list, I highly recommend that you use the Common Application so that you can keep your information organized and save time in the long run by not completing multiple essays or reports.  It will also be helpful for people sending recommendations for you.  A few lessons learned from last year:

 

-Be sure to  give the etsu.edu version of your teacher’s and my email address.  Giving the mail.etsu.edu version causes technical glitches.  

-Ask your teachers for recommendations at least 4 weeks in advance of the due date.

-The Common App does not function well (or at all!!!) in Internet Explorer.  Firefox seems to have the best compatibility and is installed in all of our computer labs.  You can download it for free online.  If your teacher is having difficulty submitting a recommendation, it may be their browser.

-Read some online opinions about how you should answer the FERPA question.  Just know that if you feel that you need to waive your rights to have your application considered that I will always be willing to let you see what I write about you one on one.  I have to be honest in a recommendation, but I’m always going to do my best to put forward your strengths.

-Be sure that you assign the person to complete your Secondary School Report.  It was confusing last year.  I’m hoping that it is simpler this year, but we won’t know until after one of you starts an application.

-If you go to the commonapp.org website and have difficulty logging in, be sure that your are on “applicant” tab—not member or recommender. 

-If you are dually enrolled, remember that you have a lot of free time right now that is going to be sucked up when college classes start so get busy!

 

As always, come by the office if you need help!

Ms. Shaw

 

 

 

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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

 


Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors:  You still have an opportunity to participate in Youth Leadership 2015.  However, the Chamber of Commerce has only 8 slots left in their class of 30.  Please see attached application or see Ms. Shaw if you have any questions 

 

 

 

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.

 

Confirmed in Compliance with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations

 

 

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

 

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 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

 

 

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/

Fastweb - scholarship search resources

 

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

 

 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 

 

Senior Announcements -Register to take the ACT at www.act.org

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

 

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