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Senior Newsletter #5

Senior Newsletter #5

January 18, 2017

Mrs. Misty Wade

School Counselor




Don’t miss out on any Senior information distributed by the guidance department.  Join Remind!!!

Remind.com: FSHS Guidance Class of 2017!  To join, send a text to 81010 with the message @fshsgu or send an email to fshsgu@mail.remind.com.


Attendance Policy for Seniors

A senior student must not have more than 6 unexcused absences during the school year. After the 6th unexcused absence, the student will be denied the opportunity of participating in ALL graduation exercises (including Senior Breakfast and the Graduation Ceremony) for their senior class.  The student will receive his/her diploma if he/she meets graduation requirements, but will forfeit the opportunity to participate in graduation exercises. Students may pick their diploma up in the front office on Monday AFTER commencement.


Seniors Must Graduate College or Career Ready

To graduate with the class of 2017, ALL seniors must be either college or career ready as defined by KDE & the Simpson County BOE.  Even if a student meets the 32 course work credit requirement, he/she will not receive a diploma if one of the following are not met:

  1.  To be College Ready, students must meet the ACT Benchmarks of: English-18, Math-19, Reading-20 or make the equivalent scores on the KYOTE College Placement Exam.

Passing Scores on KYOTE Exams

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE college readiness mathematics placement exam is a normalized score of 22 or higher.

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE college algebra placement exam is a normalized score of 14 or higher.

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE reading placement exam is a normalized score of 20 or higher.

Ø A passing score on the KYOTE writing placement exam is a normalized score of 6 or higher.


  1. To be Career Ready, students must complete 3.0 credits in a KDE approved career pathway, earn a state issued industry certificate in that area, and pass one of the following academic components: ACT Workkeys-Silver Certificate, ASVAB-50, ACT-meet benchmarks, or KYOTE-passing score or higher.


College & Career Ready Counselor

Mr. Satterly is FSHS’s College & Career Ready Counselor. He is located in the CTE office.  Mr. Satterly is here to help provide resources to students transitioning to college, the military or the workforce after graduation. Students can see Mr. Satterly for the following:


  • Picking up a College Day Visit Form;
  • Needing to contact a military recruiter;
  • Getting information about colleges; and for
  • FAFSA help starting in October.



College Visits

College visits for seniors are excused absences as long as the following procedure is followed.  1. Schedule college visit with college.  2. Get a College Day slip from Mr. Satterly at least 1 week in advance.  3. Have all your teachers sign it.  4. Turn it back in to Mr. Satterly the next day.  5. Visit your college AND bring back a school excuse.  6. Turn your school excuse in to the excuse box in the front office the day you return.


Cap & Gowns

Any senior that has not ordered a cap and gown and still needs one, needs to see Mrs. Tyler in the guidance office ASAP.



Juniors and seniors wishing to attend Prom must be in good standing, which means no suspensions for the school year, no more than 6 unexcused absences and no more than 6 unexcused school tardies for the school year.



Letters of Recommendation

Sometimes college applications or scholarships will require letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or community members.  If you need a recommendation letter, you need to give the person you are asking at least 2 weeks notice AND provide them with a resume. Your resume should include any clubs/activities you have been involved in, any leadership roles you’ve had, AND what things you were responsible for while a member.  A list of clubs is simply not enough information for someone to write you a quality letter. The resume should also include any awards won, community service experience (with descriptions), any paid job experience (with descriptions) and your goals for life after high school.  Make it easy for your teacher to write that letter for you!!




ACT testing dates                               Registration Deadline                         Late Registration Period                     Registration Fee

February 11                                          January 13                                            Jan. 14-20                                             $42.50 (no writing)

April 8                                                   March 3                                                 Mar. 4-17                                              $58.50 (plus writing)


You can stop by Mrs. Tyler’s office and get an ACT flyer with instructions for registering online at www.actstudent.org


Scholarships New to this Newsletter


Women Leading Kentucky Scholarship Program

Eight $1,000-$1500 scholarships will be given to high school and college female students.  Requirements include at least a 3.0 GPA, have demonstrated leadership abilities on campus or in a community and complete a 300 word essay.  To apply, go to http://womenleadingky.com/scholarships/scholarship-application/. Deadline to apply is February 13, 2017.


UK Alumni Association Scholarship

The UK Alumni Association sponsors several scholarships for undergraduate students on a yearly basis.  Minimum requirements include a 3.0 GPA and a 22 ACT.  Applications can be downloaded at Postmark deadline is February 17, 2017.


Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation Scholarship

The Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation will award 90 county and state college scholarships to high school seniors for the current school year.  Scholarships may be applied to tuition, housing, books and other educational expenses.  Payments will be made directly to the college or university of your choice.  A hard copy of the application form can be picked up in Mrs. Tyler’s office or it can be downloaded at kyfb.com/scholarships.  There are multiple scholarships available.  The comprehensive list can be found on the last page of the application form or on the website listed above. The application must be turned in to your local Kentucky Farm Bureau office by February 25, 2017.

To be eligible, applicants must:

                *have wither a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or a minimum 23 ACT score

                *be the child of a Kentucky Farm Bureau member and remain such while the scholarship is in force

                *finish high school within the year they apply for the scholarship

                *for the Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship, applicant’s parents must be actively engaged in production ag


Those not eligible are the children of:

                *Kentucky Farm Bureau Claims Personnel

                *Kentucky Farm Bureau Board State Board Members

                *Kentucky Farm Bureau State & District Employees

                *Kentucky Farm Bureau State Women’s Advisory Committee Members


Please note: Children of Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Agency Managers, Agents, Agency Secretaries and CSRs are only eligible for the Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance Agents Association Scholarship and should utilize this application to apply for the scholarship.


The Garden Club of Kentucky Scholarship Program

Purpose:  To offer financial aid to outstanding KY students and to encourage the study of horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, botany, plant science, city planning, forestry, and allied subjects. The scholarship can be found at http://www.gardenclubky.org/scholarships/.


Applicants must:

1. Be a RESIDENT of Kentucky

2. Be a junior, senior or graduate student for the 2016 – 2017 year.

3. Attend a Kentucky university with an accredited program.

4. Major in horticulture, plant pathology, landscape design, botany, forestry, environmental concerns, urban planning, land management, agronomy or related subjects.

5. Submit application to the GCKY State Scholarship Chairman by March 1.


George Crafton Memorial Scholarship

A $1,000 scholarship will be given to a Kentucky high school senior studying Agriculture. Students wishing to major in the fields of conservation of natural resources will be favored.  Applicants must be enrolled in college at the time the scholarship is presented.  Go to http://conservation.ky.gov/Pages/Scholarships.aspx to apply.  Postmark deadline is March 1, 2017.


Citizens First Bank WKU Scholarship for 2017

The scholarship award is $1,000.  A hard copy of the application can be picked up in Mrs. Tyler’s office. The application can also be accessed online at CitizensFirstBank.comThe scholarship application deadline is Friday, March 3, 2017.


                · Graduating Senior from Franklin-Simpson High School enrolling full-time for the 2017 fall semester at WKU.

                · Meet WKU’s minimum grade point average requirements.

· Retain a record of good citizenship.

· Relatives of Citizens First Bank staff and board are not eligible for the award.


Community Foundation of Louisville Scholarships

Several scholarships ranging from $500 to $6,000 are available to look through at https://cflouisville.academicworks.com/opportunities.  Most have a due date of March 15, 2017.  You will have to look at each one individually to see if you are eligible.


Bluegrass Community Foundation Scholarships

Several scholarships for Kentucky high school seniors with various due dates are available at http://bgcf.org/learn/scholarships.




This site provides a list of scholarship programs that will give out more than 1 million dollars to students in the 2016/17 school year.  Verify your eligibility before applying. Due dates vary.


Bluegrass Cellular Scholarship

Fifteen students within Bluegrass Cellular’s 40-county coverage area will receive a one-time $1,500 scholarship. 


Requirements include:

  • Applicant must live & attend school within Bluegrass Cellular’s 40 county home coverage area.
  • Applicant’s parent must be a current Bluegrass Cellular customer who has received service for a minimum of 12 months and is in good payment standing.
  • Must enroll full time in a 2 or 4 year college/university or technical school.
  • Applicant cannot be an employee or immediate family member of individuals who are employed by Bluegrass Cellular.
  • Applicant must have 2.5 GPA at the time of application.
  • Applicant will be scored by the following- 45% financial need, 25% academic achievement, 20% school/community involvement, 10% personal essay and from 2 letters of recommendation.


Applications can be picked up from Mrs. Tyler or downloaded from https://bluegrasscellular.com/scholarship

 and must be postmarked by April 1, 2017




Scholarship Reminders from Previous Newsletters


Northern Kentucky University

The deadline for Merit Based Scholarships is February 15, 2017.  The priority deadline for the Honors Program is March 15, 2017.  University Housing applications opened  December 1, 2016 with the priority deadline of March 15, 2017.


Western Kentucky University

WKU's fall 2017 application for admission is available. The admission requirements have remained unchanged. Students with a 2.50 unweighted cumulative GPA or a 20 composite ACT score are guaranteed admission to WKU. SAT score requirements have changed slightly due to the rollout of the redesigned SAT. Students who wish to use SAT scores for admission will need a 1020 combined math/ critical reading score if the test was taken after March, 2016 (940 combined verbal/math scores are still accepted for tests taken prior to March, 2016.) Additionally, students falling just shy of the requirements listed above are encouraged to visit www.wku.edu/admissions/cai.php to see if they may be eligible for admission via their Composite Admissions Index (CAI) score.

Seniors wishing to be considered for academic scholarships must complete a separate scholarship application online at www.wku.edu/topdollar after being admitted to WKU. The TopDollar scholarship portal provides students access to all of WKU's academic scholarships with a single application! Students must have been admitted by January 15th and submit the TopDollar scholarship application and all required documents by February 1st.

For detailed information on admissions applications, scholarship applications and deadlines, WKU has published a timeline with embedded links that can be found at https://www.wku.edu/admissions/timeline/.



Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge




The Lieutenant Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) is a tiered business pitch competition for
ALL Kentucky high school students grades 9 - 12. It is intended to introduce students to a realistic competitive business environment, as well as promote business ownership and lifelong learning. 

Learn More at KYLGEC.com

WHO: Students grades 9-12 from public, private, or homeschooled groups.

So that students can gain exposure to the principles and ideas of entrepreneurship that will be integral to their LGEC experience, we will soon be providing additional FREE resources for teams and mentors via an online course.


Wednesday, February 1      Intent to Compete Due online. 
Wednesday, March 1         Application completed online. 

Regional Competitions
Monday, April 10 - Thursday, April 13, 2017
(See LGEC site for regions) 

State Competition
Saturday, April 29 
Kincaid Auditorium 
University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business & Economics.  


National Beta Scholarship Program


National Beta will award over $300,000 in scholarships with awards ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 to outstanding 12th grade Beta members.  Application opened November 1st and the deadline to submit is Jan. 26th.  A step-by-step guide to applying for National Beta Scholarships can be found at betaclub.org/scholarship.






Northern Kentucky University

Scholarships & Financial Aid Packages

The chart below will help students determine which merit-based scholarship they are eligible to receive. Students are considered for merit-based scholarships once they submit a completed application for admission. NKU’s final scholarship deadline is February 15. CCIE

NKU also has additional scholarship opportunities for students that require additional applications and/or essays. Follow the links below for more details.



Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Scholarships

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offers two scholarship programs geared toward civil engineering.  These scholarships provide money for college, paid summer employment while in school, and full-time employment after college graduation.  This opportunity can’t be beat!!  The application deadline is February 1.  Below you will find a brief description.  More details and the applications can be found on our website at http://transportation.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Scholarships.aspx

 The Civil Engineering Scholarship Program is for students interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Western KY University, University of Louisville, or University of Kentucky.  Students can also take classes at other Kentucky state colleges/universities, with approved programs, before transferring to WKU, UofL, or UK.  Candidates must have an ACT composite score of 24 and maintain a GPA of 2.5 while in college.  College Freshmen and Sophomores currently receive $6,200 a semester to apply towards tuition, books, etc.  Juniors and Seniors receive $6,600 a semester.  Students are expected to work for the Cabinet upon graduation for each year they received a stipend.  This scholarship can be worth over $51,000!

 The Civil Engineering Technology Program is for students interested in pursuing an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology at Big Sandy Community & Technical College in Prestonsburg and Blue Grass Community & Technical College in Lexington.  Candidates must meet the entrance qualifications for the college and maintain a GPA of 2.5.  Students receive $3,000 a semester, and are expected to work for the Cabinet upon graduation for each year they received a stipend.


Scholarship Search Engines



This state run site is the place to find out how much KEES money you have as well as search for scholarships, financial aid info, and college information. One of the best on the web!

A government site with plenty of information on funding opportunities and grant application packages. It lists grants that are currently available, and shows you how to apply for them. There's also a special link for minority languages.


Students can also login to their ILP account and search for colleges, careers, scholarships and much more.


Events & Other Information


University of Louisville

#VisitTheVille: Campus Visit Program

The Office of Admissions hosts a Campus Visit program Monday - Friday and one Saturday per month. The programs begin at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekdays and 10:30 a.m. on select Saturdays (EST).

Registration is required to reserve your space on the Visit Scheduling tab on the bottom of this page.

Your campus visit will include the following:

  • Information session: a 45-minute information session with a UofL admissions representative.
  • A student-guided 90-minute tour of campus: a 90-minute tour will include academic buildings, a residence hall, the Student Activities Center (SAC), and more.
  • Optional academic visit: Interested students choosing the 10:15 a.m. Campus Visit time can request an appointment to meet with a departmental representative. We can only accommodate one departmental request per student and cannot guarantee that faculty will be available on the date of your visit.

To schedule a visit go to http://louisville.edu/admissions/visit/hs.

Middle Tennessee State University

A Preview Day will be held on campus at MTSU on Saturday, March 18, 2017.  Students interested in any of these events can find more information and RSVP at www.mtsu.edu/rsvp.  Any student wishing to tour MTSU, please contact tours@mtsu.edu.

University of Kentucky

If you are a student who was looking for a college major that combines art and design with science, technology, and the environment, then Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky could be the ideal plan of study for you. Landscape architects plan, design, and manage complex built and natural environments. Landscape architects envision parks, communities, and resorts, as well as nature preserves, corporate headquarters, university campuses and more.

The University of Kentucky offers the only accredited undergraduate landscape architecture degree in Kentucky. The four-year degree program includes a professional internship and an education abroad experience. Additionally, competitive scholarships are available. In small classroom/studio settings, faculty members work closely with students on design projects that are ecologically relevant, socially beneficial, and artful as well as functional. Graduates are making a difference in people's lives as creative professionals in private practice, public agencies, and academic institutions around the world.

The program has several distinguishing features:



For more information contact the 859-323-4995 or www.uky.edu/AG/LA



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