Get Ready to Graduate! Parent Night for Juniors & Seniors Slide 2 Welcome. Packets and Timelines. Introduction of Counseling Staff. Slide 3 Mrs. Kathy Wigley, Lead Counselor, ESOL, Dual Enrollment Mrs. Jordan LeFevre, A- Di Mr. Josh Owens, Do-Ki Mrs. Leigh Ann Strickland, Kl-Q Mrs. Kim Haynes, R-Z Senior Class Administrator, Mrs. Dawn Phipps Junior Class Administrator, Mr. Randy Herrin Graduation Coach, Mrs. Julie Benvenuto Senior Class Sponsor, Mrs. Mimi McConnell Slide 4 The Senior Year Timeline GPAs and Honor Graduates College Visits Testing ACT, SAT, ASVAB, ASSET Transcripts and Letters of Recommendation Scholarships Senior Fees Graduation Questions and Answer Session Slide 5 Ready yourself for college level work by challenging yourself to take AP courses. Get involved with clubs and organizations. Keep up your grades! Be consistent about checking Parent Portal Ask teachers if you have questions Take advantage of remediation opportunities Dont get SENIORITIST too soon Slide 6 August: Senior Conference with counselors, during English classes. Seniors who need letters of recommendation from their counselor should create a senior resume to turn in with their recommendation request September: Explore Colleges & Universities that you are interested in attending. You have 4 excused absences for college visits days College PROBE Fair at the Lanier Tech Conference Center September 10 Get Ready to Graduate Parent Night September 17 ACT offered at North Forsyth High on September 21 October: SAT offered at North Forsyth High on October 5 Fall Senior Honors Night October 10 (by invitation only) Check Admissions Deadlines Senior Field Day, College Visit Day, or ASVAB testing, October 16 ACT offered at North Forsyth High on October 26 Slide 7 November: SAT offered at North Forsyth High on November 2 Financial Aid Night, November 20 Thanksgiving Break, November 25-29, is a great time for college visits December: SAT offered at North Forsyth High on December 7 ACT offered at North Forsyth High on December 14 Check scholarship deadlines, apply January: Complete the FAFSA application for financial aid, starting January 1 Regular Admission Deadlines for most state schools is January 15 SAT offered at North Forsyth High on January 25 February: ACT offered at North Forsyth High on February 8 Check scholarship deadlines, apply Slide 8 March: SAT offered at North Forsyth High on March 8 ASVAB Testing, March 12 ASSET Testing for Lanier Tech, March 26 Check scholarship deadlines, apply April: ACT offered at North Forsyth High on April 12 Prom April 25 Check scholarship deadlines, apply May: SAT offered at North Forsyth High on May 3, (last SAT administration prior to graduation) Spring Senior Honors Night, May 13 (by invitation only) Senior Breakfast, Class Picture, & Graduation Rehearsal, May 20 Baccalaureate Services, May 21 (tentative date) Senior Trip, May 23 (tentative date) Graduation, Gwinnett Arena, May 28 at 7 p.m. Slide 9 3.5 or higher Cumulative GPA = Honor Graduate Cumulative GPA = All classes taken throughout high school, this is the number you see on Parent Portal. HOPE GPA = All CORE classes taken during high school, this is the number you see on your GaCollege411 account. Slide 10 GPA Summary Cumulative GPA (Weighted) 2.57407 Class Rank 357 of 460 Percentile 22.39% Slide 11 GPA Summary Cumulative GPA (Weighted) 3.34483 Class Rank 170 of 460 Percentile 63.04% Slide 12 Refer to the College Application sheet in your packet. Complete your college visits and narrow down your college options. Apply! Check Admissions Deadlines. Send your SAT/ACT scores. Send your transcripts. Slide 13 If you are visiting a college and would like for it to be excused, please complete a college visit form and return it to the attendance office.college visit form Students are awarded four days of excused absences during their junior and senior year. This is the blue form in your packet. Slide 14 Military: ASVAB Test Technical Colleges require: The ASSET or COMPASS Test All 2 year or 4 year colleges require: SAT or the ACT Slide 15 http://www.collegeboard.org/ http://www.collegeboard.org/ Create an account; this account will be linked to your students social security number and cannot be created multiple times. Choose North Forsyth High School as your test administration site. Study!! Slide 16 http://www.actstudent.org/ http://www.actstudent.org/ Create an account, this account will be linked to your students social security number and cannot be created multiple times. Choose North Forsyth High School as your test administration site. Study!! Slide 17 ACT questions tend to be more straightforward. The SAT has a stronger emphasis on vocabulary. The ACT has a science section, while the SAT does not. The ACT tests more advanced math concepts. The ACT writing test is optional on test day, but required by many schools. The 25-minute SAT essay is required and is factored into your writing score. The 30-minute ACT writing test is optional. -Taken from the Princeton Review website Slide 18 The SAT is broken up into more sections. The ACT is one BIG chunk - no breakdown of content areas. On the SAT, the content areas are broken up into 10 sections with the required essay at the beginning. The ACT is more of a "big picture" exam. College admissions officers care about how you did on each section of the SAT. On the ACT, admissions officers are most concerned with your composite score. -Taken from the Princeton Review website. Slide 19 Official ACT scores can be sent from (www.act.org)www.act.org Official SAT/AP scores can be sent from (www.collegeboard.com)www.collegeboard.com The student is responsible for requesting scores directly from the testing agencies. North Forsyth High School cannot send any standardized test scores to colleges. Slide 20 Complete the Request Form. This is the purple form in your packet.Form Return the completed form to Sandra Sutton, office # 101, with the $3 fee. Allow 3 business days for processing. Student should pick up the official transcript from Sandra Sutton in the main office to mail. The final transcript is free. Slide 21 Complete a senior resume listing your clubs, awards, activities, volunteer work, jobs, and athletics. Include interesting facts about yourself such as life experiences that have helped you determine what you would like to accomplish. Please type the resume. The student should ask the counselor and/or teacher if they will write a recommendation letter and provide them with a self addressed, stamped envelope. If the recommendation is to be done online after the counselor or teacher agrees to write a letter, give them all the necessary information to log-in and complete the recommendation. Allow at least 2 weeks for the process to be completed. Please see examples of a Senior Resume and the Teacher Recommendation Request in your packet. Slide 22 We want to celebrate you! Notify the Counseling Department when you are accepted. (Notebook is on the counter in #402.) We will also put your senior picture up on the NORTH KNOWS NO BOUNDS board, so that students and teachers can celebrate your success! Slide 23 Check the scholarship link on the Counseling Department web page regularly. Create an account on the suggested scholarship search web sites. You do NOT have to pay money for someone to find scholarships for you. Notify the Counseling Department of scholarships received. (Notebook is on counter in #402.) If a recommendation letter is required, follow the procedure to secure a recommendation from your teacher or counselor. Slide 24 Lets take a look at some local scholarships that are available to seniors! Last year, our seniors were awarded as a class over 3.4 million dollars in scholarship money! http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/4027 4 http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/4027 4 Slide 25 https://secure.gacollege411.org/financia l_aid_planning/hope_program/georgia_ s_hope_scholarship_program_overview. aspx https://secure.gacollege411.org/financia l_aid_planning/hope_program/georgia_ s_hope_scholarship_program_overview. aspx Slide 26 Academically Eligible means the student entered an Eligible Postsecondary Institution in 2007 or later as a freshman with a high school Grade Point Average of 3.70 or higher as calculated by GSFC, and received a minimum score of 1200 combined critical reading and math on a single National Administration of the SAT on a test administration by the time of high school graduation; or received a composite scale score of 26 on a single administration of the ACT on a test administration by the time of high school graduation; or having graduated high school being named the Valedictorian or the Salutatorian. taken from GSCF. org Slide 27 Fall Senior Honors Night celebrates students who have a 3.5 or higher GPA and/or they have won a Senior Class Superlative. This event is invite only and will be held on October 10 th, 2013 Spring Senior Honors Night celebrates students who have earned a scholarship or military academy appointment (HOPE scholarship excluded). This is event is invite only and will be held on May 13 th, 2014 Slide 28 Please refer to the back of your Senior Timeline for Balfour Graduation information. Senior fees, which cover costs of graduation as well as the cap, gown, tassel, and diploma cover are $75. The cost increases with time. Payments can be made online at http://www.balfour.com/ http://www.balfour.com/ Slide 29 Graduation Ceremony North Forsyth High School Class of 2014, graduation ceremony hosted at the Gwinnett Arena. 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 Slide 30 A tool created for you! http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/4027 4 http://www.forsyth.k12.ga.us/Page/4027 4 Slide 31 Any questions?