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Senior Newsletter #1-September

Senior Newsletter #1

September 5, 2017


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, 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

  • A passing score on the KYOTE college readiness mathematics placement exam is a normalized score of 22 or higher.
  • A passing score on the KYOTE college algebra placement exam is a normalized score of 14 or higher.
  • A passing score on the KYOTE reading placement exam is a normalized score of 20 or higher.
  • 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. Mr. Satterly’s office hours are Mon/Wed/Fri from 10:30-11:30 and 2:00-3:00.  Tues/Thurs office hours are 10:30-3:00.  Students can see Mr. Satterly for the following:

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


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held September 21st from 3:30-6:30 pm and September 22nd from 8:00-11:00am. Teachers see parents/students on a first come, first serve basis. No appointments are necessary.


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.


How to Make the Most of Your College Visit


You must let me know at least a week in advance before you can take a college day.  If you do not, you will not be excused.  The following is a guide of when and what you should be doing when looking for colleges.


A. Prepare for your visit by learning as much as can about the college before you go.

B. Take a tour, noting how the students look, the cleanliness of campus, atmosphere, size, what it has to offer, campus safety, etc.

C. Many colleges offer group information sessions for parents and students.  Attend one of these sessions if possible.

D. Talk to someone in the department you are considering as a major.  Check out the labs, computers, and other facilities associated with that major.

E. Check out the Honors program if that applies to you.

F. Visit the dorms, cafeterias, student center, health center, etc.

G. Inquire about special programs such as Greek life, band, intramural sports, clubs, etc.

H. Talk to students walking around campus—They will give you an honest opinion about the school.

I. Talk to the admissions counsellor and financial aid/scholarship office.

J. Pick up a campus newsletter.


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

October 28                                            September 22                                      Sept. 23-Oct. 6                                     $46.00 (no writing)

December 9                                          November 3                                Nov. 4-17                                   $62.50 (plus writing)


Both of these testing dates are given here at FSHS.  If you have not taken the ACT, you most definitely need to take it one of these two dates.  You can stop by Mrs. Tyler’s office and get an ACT flyer with instructions for registering online at www.actstudent.org




SAT testing dates                 Registration Deadline                         Late Registration Deadline                Registration Fee

October 7                              September 8                                         September 27                                      $46.00 (no essay)

November 4                          October 5                                              October 25                                            $60.00 (with essay)

December 2                          November 2                                          November 21


Registration is online at https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register.



Should I take the ACT again?

Consider retesting if one or more of the following applies to you:

  • Did you have any problems during the tests, like misunderstanding the directions or illness?
  • Do you think your scores do not accurately represent your abilities?
  • Are your ACT scores what you expected based on your high school grades?
  • Have you taken more coursework or had an intensive review in the areas covered?
  • Do you want to apply to a college that requires or recommends the Writing Test?
  • According to ACT, 57% of students increase their composite score on a retest.
  • You can take the ACT a maximum of 12 times.


Applying for College (What do I do?)

If you are serious about applying to college, you need to do the following:

  • Apply for admission to colleges you are interested in NOW by Thanksgiving.
  • You may apply to as many colleges as you want. Most students apply to at least 3, some as many as 9.
  • Visit the colleges to which you have applied. Louisville may sound great now, but how are you going to like living in a large city?  You need to experience it first hand before you make your final decision.
  • Ask teachers for recommendation letters early. It takes time to write a great letter about you.  Provide a resume of the clubs, athletics, honors, work/volunteer experience, etc. to the person writing your letter.
  • When October 1st gets here, fill out the FAFSA. It’s the only way you can get free money and student loans. You do not have to have already applied to colleges to fill out the FAFSA.  It’s fine just to enter the colleges you think you will apply to.
  • If you need guidance on the college application process, please come and make an appointment with Mrs. Bills or Mr. Satterly.


Admissions Deadlines and Transcripts


Admissions deadlines vary by college.  Most admissions deadlines are either November 15th, December 1st or January 15th for students to be eligible for scholarships.  To be safe, apply to ALL of the colleges you may want to attend by November 1st.  Check each college’s website you are interested in to get the actual due dates. 


Transcripts will have to be sent via Parchment.  You may go to the Simpson County Schools District website to get instructions on how to send your transcript via this electronic service.



Scholarships (in order by due date)


The Gates Scholarship


The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, full scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.



Scholars will receive funding for the full cost of attendance* that is not already covered by other financial aid and the expected family contribution, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Basic Eligibility

To apply, students must be:

  • A high school senior
  • From at least one of the following ethnicities: African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native*, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American
  • Pell-eligible
  • A US citizen, national or permanent resident
  • A minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale

 Additionally, a student must plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university.

Ideal Candidate

An ideal candidate will have:

  • An outstanding academic record in high school (in the top 10% of his/her graduating class)
  • Demonstrated leadership ability (e.g., as shown through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities)
  • Exceptional personal success skills (e.g., emotional maturity, motivation, perseverance, etc.)



Apply at https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship. Deadline is September 15th!



Scholar of the Week-WBKO and WKU

The Scholar of the Week segment on WBKO will recognize two of the area’s top high school juniors & seniors each week throughout the academic year, whose name, high school, and photograph will be broadcast during the WBKO news programs.  Scholars are selected based on demonstration of significant academic, service, leadership or extracurricular excellence.  Selected Scholars will also be entered into a drawing for a $1000 scholarship to WKU.  Applications must be completed online at www.wku.edu/honors/scholar.   Deadline is September 22nd. 



Gilda’s Club Louisville-6th Annual Write Stuff Teen Essay, Poetry & Visual Arts Contest

Youth in grades 6-12 who are or have been impacted by cancer are invited to participate.  Original essays, poems, two-dimensional artwork or videos about their own cancer diagnosis or that of a family member or friend may be entered. Generous cash prizes are awarded to the top 3 participants in each category.  Entry forms and all contest details may be found at www.gildasclublouisville.org/WriteStuff.  All entries are due by midnight on Sept. 29th


Wendy’s High School Heisman Award

This award honors both male and female high school seniors who excel in academics, athletics, and student leadership.  Criteria include at least a 3.0 GPA and participating in at least one school sponsored sport this year.  Two winners will be named from FSHS in late October and will receive a certificate and a Wendy’s High School Heisman patch.  State finalists will be announced in November.  The application must be completed by 5:00 pm, central time, on October 2nd, and must be reviewed by me online by October 4th, so you have to let me know as soon as you’ve applied.  Don’t wait until October 2nd!!  To apply go to www.wendysheisman.com.


AES Engineers Scholarship

Our scholarships are intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.  Write a 500-1000 word essay on the following:  When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?


To apply, go to www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm & submit your essay by October 6th.


Horatio Alger Association Scholarship Programs

This program provides financial assistance to students throughout the nation who have financial need and have exhibited integrity and perseverance in overcoming personal adversity. 


To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled full-time as a high school senior in the United States, progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
  • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
  • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
  • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
  • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
  • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
  • Be a United States citizen


Scholarships range in value from $2,500-$20,000.  Register online at https://scholars.horatioalger.org/.  There is an online form I need to fill out once you complete your part of the application. You will need to enter my email address, amanda.bills@simpson.kyschools.us, for me to complete the form. Deadline to register is October 25thYou need to complete the application 1 week early in order for me to complete my part in time to meet the deadline.  We have had students at FSHS win this scholarship in the past.


Coca Cola Scholarship

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports over 1,400 college students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.45 million, through two nationally recognized programs.


The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 27th class in 2015, the Foundation has provided over 5,400 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $54 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.


Apply by October 31 at www.coca-colascholars.org!


The Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation proudly continues its support of Two Year Colleges through the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program by providing up to $237,500 in stipends. 200 stipends are awarded annually across four tiers of recipients in varying amounts: Fifty New Century Gold Scholars are awarded $1,500, fifty Silver Scholars are awarded $1,250, and fifty Bronze Scholars are awarded $1,000. This scholarship is administered by Phi Theta Kappa, and application details can be found on their website, www.ptk.org.



Applicants must be:

  • Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools);
  • U.S. Citizens; U.S. Nationals; U.S. Permanent Residents; Refugees; Asylees; Cuban-Haitian Entrants; or Humanitarian Parolees;
  • Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application;
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution;
  • Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school.


Applicants may not:

  • Be children or grandchildren of employees, officers or owners of Coca-Cola bottling companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries.


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.



University of Kentucky

Academic Scholarship Program for Incoming Freshmen Fall 2018

The University of Kentucky is pleased to provide scholarship opportunities for incoming freshmen. Scholarships at the University of Kentucky are categorized as academic, competitive and automatic.

  • Academic - Based on academic credentials on file in Admissions, pending early application and availability of funds. Completed admission application and high school transcript must be received by December 1, 2016, in order to be considered for an academic scholarship. Qualifying test scores must be received by January 15. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • Competitive – Presidential and Commonwealth Scholarships - Requires unweighted GPA of 3.50 on a 4.0 scale and minimum 31 ACT or 1420 SAT* (M+EBRW), and completion of competitive scholarship section of Admission application, by December 1, 2016.
  • Competitive – Otis A Singletary Scholarship - Requires unweighted GPA of 3.80 on a 4.0 scale and minimum 33 ACT or 1490 SAT* (M+EBRW), and completion of competitive scholarship section of Admission application, by December 1, 2016.
  • Automatic - Kentucky GSP/GSA Scholarships and Patterson Scholarships 


For a comprehensive listing of UK scholarships visit http://www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarship-incoming-freshmen



Western Kentucky University

WKU's Fall 2018 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 (other than the automatic scholarships with admission) 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! To be considered for WKU’s highest award, the Cherry Presidential Scholarship, students should be admitted by November 15th and submit the Cherry Presidential application and all required documents by December 1st. For all other scholarships, students must be 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/.



Events & Other Information


University of Kentucky


UK Preview Night will be held on September 27th at the Holiday Inn/University Plaza, 1021 Wilkinson Trace, Bowling Green from 7-9:00.  Admissions counselors will be on hand to answer students and parents’ questions about admission requirements, financial aid, housing, etc. You can visit www.seeblue.com/previewnights for all the details. 


Western Kentucky University


DiscoverWKU is an event where prospective students and their families can meet WKU current students, faculty, and staff.  Tables of information are set up around the perimeter of a large room, and you and your family or friends can walk around together (or separate!) to meet people and gather information. There will be admissions presentations at every DiscoverWKU. During DiscoverWKU Bowling Green, WKU will be doing on-site admissions! You can apply to WKU and know if you're officially a Hilltopper before you leave. Please bring your official high school transcript, your ACT or SAT scores, and the application fee to receive a decision that night. If you qualify for the application fee to be waived, please bring the necessary documentation with you. If you have any questions, please call the Office of Admissions at 270-745-2551.

When: Tuesday, October 10th
Time: 6:30 p.m. CST

Where: Downing Student Union
Address: WKU's Campus, Avenue of Champions, Bowling Green, KY


Head for the Hill is a free, open house event that offers a comprehensive look at WKU’s academic offerings, student activities and campus. Sessions provide valuable information about life on The Hill and an expo allows students and their families the opportunity to personally connect with representatives from different academic departments, student services, housing, financial aid, etc. Registration will soon open for the November 10th date.  http://www.wku.edu/headforthehill/


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