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SMHS Guidance News & Notes

posted Feb 1, 2013, 8:04 AM by Jonathan Reed

Semester Two Begins!

Seniors - Financial Aid night took place in January to help students and families navigate the final stages of the college search process, mainly choosing a college and affording an education.  Please keep in mind that all students who want to be eligible for aid must file the FASFA with the federal government.  Deadlines are approaching and are non-negotiable, so please call the guidance department if you have concerns about financial aid.  A good resource for assistance completing the FASFA form is NHHEAF (1-800-525-2577), located in Concord.  They will sit down with you and help you complete and file the form individually.

Scholarships are coordinated by Ms. Christensen.  She meets with senior advisories to inform them of new Statewide or Federal scholarship monies that advertise through the school, and she also facilitates the applications for local scholarships due in April.  

Statewide scholarships  Opportunities like the Mary Falzarano Scholarship, that has served many Sunapee graduates, are available on a state web resource (many applications are done electronically) at www.nhcf.org.

Juniors - Let the planning begin.  This month you will meet with your guidance counselor (maybe you already have) to discuss your interests, strengths, the PSAT results and post-secondary plans and opportunities.  You will be offered many resources to assist you in your planning.  Parents should be asking questions about the use of Bridges.com, SAT preparation, visiting campuses, the springtime Junior focused “College Night”, and the Harrington O’shea.  These are all components of the junior unit and are valuable resources for students who are interested in investigating post-secondary opportunities. Over the next couple months juniors should:  
  • Develop a list of potential schools using a variety of search engines, most notably the Bridges application that has been introduced in a variety of settings (www.bridges.com , select Site ID, username: 0105773  password: higher).  
  • Make plans to visit potential schools in April.
  • Register (www.collegeboard.com, or www.actstudent.org) and prepare for the SAT/ACT (Sandy Lebeau 526-7444 is a local test preparation resource). The Virtual Learning Academy Charter School (www.vlacs.org) also has a free online tutorial for SAT prep.
  • Consider senior year course selections.
  • Attend the SMHS Junior College Night to be scheduled in the spring.

– There will be a career planning presentation held in March aimed at identifying academic and social strengths and encouraging students to begin looking at how to make their skills marketable.

  • We are in the process of assembling a summer enrichment information book.  Students interested in summer programs and educational/leadership opportunities should inquire in the guidance office.

  • Testing (Grade 12) – Our school has been selected to represent schools across our state and the nation by participating in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on March 6th.  NAEP is given by the U.S. Department of education and tells us what American students know and can do in key subject areas.  It will take approximately 90 minutes for students to complete NAEP.  The results are completely confidential, and your child’s grades will not be affected.  Your child may be excused from participation for any reason by contacting Mr. Cooney prior to the test date.