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Counselor Newsletter Contact Info: Mrs. Amy Miller 785-625-6577

For Underclassmen


Upcoming Events February 6 Colby Community College Rep @ 12:45

February 14 KSU Engineering Day for 10th, 11th, & 12th Graders

February 20 KSU Information Night @ Holiday Inn in Hays from 6-8

March 7, 14, 24, 31 KU Junior Day

March 11 NCK Spring Spotlight (Beloit)

March 13 NCK Spring Spotlight (Hays)

March 28 K-State Junior Day

March 29 K-State ACT Workshop Day

April 4 K-State Sophomore Day

April 5 KSU Open House

April 11, 25, 28

Dear Parents, It is hard to believe, but we are almost half-way through the 3rd quarter. Preenrollment will begin the first week in February. Juniors will be first, followed by sophomores, then freshmen. Please look over the papers that your child will be bringing home. The classes that students pre-enroll in this spring will determine the classes offered in the fall.

During the March for Life trip in January, we went over the results of the PLAN test with the sophomores and the PSAT test with the juniors in their religion classes. Be sure to ask your son or daughter to see the results of the test. Also during that week, the students took an interest inventory and researched careers that might compliment their personalities. Encourage your child to explore different careers and job shadow someone in a career that interests them. It is never too soon to begin researching colleges’ programs of study and admission requirements. Kansas State University is hosting an Information Night at the Holiday Inn Express in Hays from 6-8 p.m. This event is free to all high school students. KState representatives will be available to visit with students regarding academic programs, financial aid and scholarships, housing, the honors program and more. Students can register for the event by e-mailing or by calling 1-800-432-8270 by Wednesday, February 12. North Central Kansas Technical College is hosting their spring spotlight open house on Tuesday, March 11 at the Beloit campus at 9:30 a.m. and on Thursday, March 13 at the Hays Campus at 9:30 a.m. Students will get face time with the teachers and staff, hands-on experience with the programs, and insight on the NCK college experience. Register at and enter promo code SPRING2014.

K-State Junior Day

April 12 KU Sophomore Day

As more college open house information becomes available, I will include it in the monthly newsletter. If you have any questions, please call the school at 785-625-6577 or email me at

April 14, 21, 28 KU Junior Day

May 2 K-State Junior Day

Mrs. Amy Miller, Counselor

Parent Action Plan: 11th Grade Junior year usually marks a turning point. This is because for most students and families, it’s when college planning activities kick into high gear. Here are some things you can do this year to support your child and give him or her the best options. Summer  Get the facts about what college costs. You may be surprised by how affordable higher education can be.  Explore financial aid options. These include grants and scholarships, loans, and work-study programs that can help pay for college costs.



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Make sure your child meets with the school counselor. This meeting is especially important this year as your 11th-grader starts to engage in the college application process. Encourage your child to set goals for the school year. Working toward specific goals helps your high schooler stay motivated and focused. Help your child stay organized. Work with your 11th-grader to make weekly or monthly to-do lists to keep on top of the tasks required to get ready for applying to colleges. Help your junior get ready for the PSAT/NMSQT in October. This is a preliminary test that helps students practice for the SAT and assess their academic skills. Juniors who score well on the test are also eligible for scholarship opportunities.

WINTER  Review PSAT/NMSQT results together. Your child’s score report comes with a free SAT study plan. This online, customized plan is based on your child’s test scores and can help him or her work on areas that need improvement.  Help your child prepare for college admission tests. Many juniors take college admission tests, such as the SAT and the ACT, in the spring so they can get a head start on planning for college.  Discuss taking challenging courses next year. Taking college-level or honors courses as a senior can help your child prepare for college work — and these are also the courses that college admission officers like to see.  Encourage your junior to consider taking SAT Subject Tests. Many colleges require or recommend taking these tests to get a sense of your child’s skills in a certain academic area. In general, it’s best to take a Subject Test right after taking the relevant course. SPRING  Search together for colleges that meet your child’s needs. Once you have an idea of the qualities your child is looking for in a college, help him or her enter these criteria into College Search to create a list of colleges to consider applying to.  Help your child research scholarships. This form of financial aid provides money for college that doesn’t need to be repaid.  Attend college fairs and financial aid events. These events allow you to meet with college representatives and get answers to questions. Your child can ask the school counselor how to find events in your area.  Help your child make summer plans. Summer is a great time to explore interests and learn new skills — and colleges look for students who pursue meaningful summer activities. Help your high schooler look into summer learning programs or find a job or internship.  Visit colleges together. Make plans to check out the campuses of colleges your child is interested in. Use the Campus Visit Checklist to learn how to get the most out of these experiences.

Parent Presentations February 20 PARENT POWER @ 7: Bullying March 26 PARENT POWER @ 7: Young Men to Gentlemen & Young Ladies to Gentle-Women

Testing Dates February 8 ACT Test—Reg. Deadline January 10 March 8 SAT Test—Reg. Deadline February 7 April 12 ACT Test—Reg. Deadline March 7 May 3 SAT Test—Reg. Deadline April 4 June 7 SAT Test—Reg. Deadline May 9 June 14 ACT Test—Reg. Deadline May 9

Scholarship/Educational Opportunities 2014 Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour All-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, May 31-June4, 2014, Must be 16 or 17 at the time of the tour, deadline to apply is March 3, 2014, Government in Action Youth Tour Midwest Energy is looking for five juniors interested in an all-expense paid educational trip to Washington D.C. on June 12-19, 2014. Applicants must be juniors in high school and their parents or guardians must receive electric or natural gas service from Midwest Energy. Application can be found at or in Mrs. Miller’s office. Application deadline is March 11. American Legion Boys State of Kansas Leadership Academy To qualify, you must be a junior in high school, be in the upper half of your class, be a self-starter, and be involved in extracurricular activities in your school and community. On the KSU campus on June 1 – June 7, 2014. Apply online at or stop by Mrs. Miller’s office to pick up an application. Application deadline is March 31. Midwest Energy Five area high school juniors can win an all expense paid en=ducational trip to Washington, D.C. for the Government In Action youth Tour. Applicants must be high school juniors and their parents or guardians must receive electric or natural gas service from Midwest Energy. Deadline to apply is March 11, 2014. See Mrs. Miller for application. Wichita State College of Engineering Summer Camps Students with an interest and aptitude in math and science are encouraged to attend one of their camps. Camps available are Aerospace Residential Camp for GIRLS entering 10-12th grade on June 29-July 3. Gamemaker Programming for students entering 9-12th grade on July 14-18. If you son/daughter is interested, contact Mrs. Miller. Colby Community College Junior Day Colby Community College is hosting a Junior Day on Wednesday, February 26th. RSVP at 785-460-4690 to reserve a spot.

Newsletter for underclassmen february 2014  
Newsletter for underclassmen february 2014