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Senior Newsletter #2-October

Senior Newsletter #2

October 1, 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.


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.


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!!


Admissions Deadlines and Transcripts

Admissions deadlines vary by college.  Most admissions deadlines are usually 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 or go to www.parchment.com to create your account.




  • FAFSA Workshops for seniors and parents are scheduled for October 10th from 10am-2pm and again on October 12th from 3:30 to 6:30pm in Mr. Satterly’s office in the CTE building. Parents/students who need help filling out the FAFSA will need to bring their most recent tax documents and can meet with a KHEAA representative that can walk you through the process.  No appointments are necessary.  On Oct. 10th, parents will need to check in the front office as a visitor before going to Mr. Satterly’s office.  On Oct. 12th, parents can park in the CTE parking lot and go in the side door to Mr. Satterly’s office.


  • FAFSA- The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opens October 1st.  Please see the FAFSA checklist I sent out in Remind 101 for details on how to complete. If you need help, please attend one of the FAFSA Workshops mentioned above. The FAFSA will help colleges determine if you qualify for federal, state and college-based financial aid.


  • Lendedu’s Guide to College Scholarships-  https://lendedu.com/blog/scholarships.  Looking for that rare scholarship? Check this site out! Rare, Miscellaneous, Weird, Corporate, etc. scholarships all found here.





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

November 4                              October 5                                 October 25                                $46.00 (no essay)

December 4                               November 2                              November 21                             $60.00 (with essay)


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



Scholarships-(**New**-Indicates new scholarship not on last newsletter)


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.


Voice of Democracy Scholarship Contest **NEW**

The Voice of Democracy contest is open to students in grades 9-12.  You have to record your original 3-5 minute essay to a CD on this year’s theme.  Label your cassette or CD and neatly typed essay with your name and complete the entry form.  This year’s theme is “American History: Our Hope for the Future.”  If you would like to enter this contest, apply online at www.vfw.org/VOD/.  Click on Rules & Eligibility link in the middle of the page.  Mrs. Tyler also has applications in the guidance office.  Deadline is Oct 31st and must be in the hands of the local VFW post.  State winner receives $1,000 scholarship with a chance to win up to $30,000 on the national level.


The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) **New**

Offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Applications are due November 2nd.  Visit www.nsliforyouth.org for more information. 


The Prudential Spirit of Community Award **New**

The Prudential Spirit of Community Award was created in 1995 to recognize students in grades 5-12 who have demonstrated exemplary community service.  If you have completed 100 hours of community service in the last 12 months and would like to apply go to http://spirit.prudential.com for more details.  Deadline is November 7th to allow enough time for your certifier (principal, head of local chapter of 4-H or Girl Scouts) to certify your application.  The state level award is $1000.


The Kentucky Ready-Mixed Concrete Association Essay Contest **New**

Open to high school seniors. You must write an essay up to 600-words on “How can concrete be used to benefit Kentuckians across the state.  Essays should demonstrate a student’s awareness of concrete’s role as a building material in homes, commercial buildings, streets and high ways.  Deadline is November 30th.  See Mrs. Tyler for an official entry form.  The state scholarship winner will receive a $2,000 one time only scholarship.


The Hagan Scholarship Foundation **New**

  1. The Hagan scholarships are intended for high achieving students in rural counties who require financial assistance to attend college. Each scholarship is $5,000 per semester renewable for four years.  Requirements include: Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  2. Must attend an Eligible Public High School; see List of Eligible Public High Schools.
  3. Must be a student in the 2018 high school graduating class.
  4. Must have achieved a high school CGPA of 3.50 or higher.
  5. Must have scored 23 or higher on the ACT (Composite Score); or 1,200 on the SAT.
  6. Must enroll in a four-year college the first semester following high school graduation.
  7. Must work 240 hours in the twelve months prior to the start of college.
  8. Must complete the FAFSA in 2017 using 2016 tax return information.
    FAFSA EFC must be less than $6,500.
  9. Must apply for eligible Federal and State grants.
  10. Must not have been convicted of a felony.

Deadline to apply is November 15th.  For more information and an application, visit www.hsfmo.org


Army ROTC Scholarships **New**

The high school Four-Year Scholarship is for high school students planning on attending a four-year college program.


Requirements (minimum to compete):

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between the ages of 17 and 26
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Score a minimum of 1000 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
  • Meet physical standards
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)


Your Commitment

  • An eight-year service commitment with the Army.
  • Serve full time in the Army for 4 years and 4 years with the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR).
  • Selected Cadets may choose to serve part-time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.



How to Apply Online For An Army ROTC Four-Year Scholarship

1. If you are applying for a scholarship, you first will need to create a MY GOARMY account at:

www.goarmy.com (click on register)

2. Once you create an account, you will be sent to the MY GOARMY Log In page. Once you can successfully login to MY GOARMY, you can use your newly created account information to login to the scholarship application site at:


*Initial Application Deadline is 04 February 2018. All updates are required to be postmarked by 04 March 2018.

*National Scholarship winners, in addition to tuition, also receive 100% Room and Board starting their freshman year at WKU.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- For More Information: Mr. Brandon Smith


p: 270-745-6054  web: www.wku.edu/rotc  fb: www.facebook.com/wkurotc 




 Happening Events

Campbellsville University

Preview Day is October 14th.  For more information and to register, go to www.campbellsville.edu/previewday. You may also call 1-800-264-6014 ext. 5220 if you need further assistance. 


Transylvania University  

Transy’s Fall Preview days are October 7th & November 10th.  To register, go to www.transy.edu/admissions/visit/options.htm.


Linsdey Wilson College

Fall Open Houses will be held on October 3rd, November 7th & 18th.  The day includes: a guided tour, mock classes, a parent question and answer session, a student question and answer session, academic exploration with professors and lunch.  Register online at  www.lindsey.edu/admissions/Preview-Days.cfm.


Murray State University

Racer Day II will be held on October 9th.  For more information and to register, go to www.murraystate.edu/campus/PlanVisit/RacerDays/index.aspx or call 1-800-272-4MSU, ext 1.  Students and parents can attend browsing sessions on academic majors, clubs, athletics, Greek life, etc.  There will also be a sit-down session on financial aid and scholarships, plus talk to professors in your area of interest and receive a campus tour.


Western Kentucky University

Head for The Hill, on November 10th, is a free, open house event that offers a comprehensive look at WKU’s outstanding academic offerings, student activities, and beautiful campus. Sessions are offered to provide valuable information about life on The Hill, and an exciting expo allows students and their families the opportunity to personally connect with representatives from different academic departments, student services, housing, financial aid, and more!

During Head for The Hill, we 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 day. 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. Go to www.wku.edu/headforthehill/index.php to RSVP!


University of Louisville

Campus Preview Day is October 21st. For more information, go to http://louisville.edu/admissions/visit/cpd.  During the day, you will be able to talk with representatives from academic units across campus at the Information Fair, attend a variety of workshops covering information from financial aid to the honors program and visit with offices all over campus. This event does NOT require a reservation.


Eastern Kentucky University

Spotlight Days are October 7th, November 11th & December 2nd. For more information and to register go to http://admissions.eku.edu/spotlight.  During the Spotlight program, prospective students and their families will visit an academic and Student Services Showcase where they can browse informational booths, meet faculty and staff from all departments and see first-hand the numerous opportunities awaiting them at EKU!


Northern Kentucky University

Black & Gold Day Open House events will be hosted on October 21st & November 11th, Students will have the chance to speak with professors about academic programs and catch a glimpse of campus life.  To apply for a visit, go to https://connect.nku.edu/portal/bg_open_house.


Getting the Facts


A free personalized Getting the Facts report will help Kentucky students and their families in selecting a college.  The report will provide estimates of how much the family can expect to spend and how much financial aid the student may receive.  Students can get those estimates for up to 6 colleges across the US, not just for Kentucky colleges. 


The report is provided by KHEAA.  To obtain a free report, students must log into or set up a MyKHEAA account on www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/CCR.htm. They should then select their state of residence, enter their anticipated graduation date and click on the Getting the Facts link.


Students and parents must provide estimated income and asset data, and students must provide their Social Security number to set up an account.  For more information, call a member of the KHEAA College Access Team at 1-800-928-8926.


Facebook, Google and College Admissions

Don't Let Social Networking and Your Online Image Sabotage Your Chances

By Allen Grove, About.com Guide

In a 2016 survey of 400 admissions officers from top colleges, the education experts at Kaplan Test Prep learned that roughly 40% visit social networking sites such as Facebook to learn more about applicants and 29% actually Googled applicants. Be sure to check out the Kaplan press release. The bottom line: an applicant's online image matters, and in 37% of cases in which admissions officers looked up a student, they found information that made a negative impression.

An equal percentage of inquiries resulted in positive findings.

On a related note, a UMass Amherst study in 2011 showed that 100% of colleges use social media in one form or another, and the Kaplan survey reveals that 87% of colleges use Facebook to help them recruit students, and 76% use Twitter.

These numbers should be cause for reflection, but they don't mean you should quickly pull the plug on your Facebook account. In fact, many college staff members and professors (myself included) have Facebook accounts and enjoy using them to network and connect with students. Also, more and more colleges are using Facebook to get accepted students in touch with each other before classes begin in the Fall.


As you apply to college, however, keep in mind who might be looking at your social networking sites or Googling you:

  • College admissions officers
  • Teachers who are writing you letters of recommendation
  • Potential employers for summer jobs and internships
  • Your friends
  • Classmates who aren't your friends

Once you get to college, you'll find that your exposure on social networking sites increases. Likely audiences for your online materials include:

  • The admissions staff as they connect you to your roommate and other new students
  • Your new peers at your college
  • Your professors
  • Potential employers, both on and off campus
  • Your RA (Residential Advisor)
  • That creepy kid who is obsessing over you
  • The campus judicial board (should you get in trouble)
  • Campus and local police (should you get in trouble)


So, what should you do to clean up your online image? Here are the basics:

  • In short, delete these photos now
  • Include these photos that make you look good
  • Remove or block any photos that show you drinking alcohol, even if you were in a situation where it was legal
  • Remove or block any photos that show you with people who are obviously under the influence
  • Remove or block photos with rude gestures (someone who doesn't know you won't find that middle finger shot funny)
  • Remove or block photos that are sexually suggestive
  • Remove or block any photos that portray illegal activity
  • Remove or block any photos that would make an admissions officer question your character or judgment
  • Unsubscribe from any groups that show bias or bigotry (those "I hate Jane Doe" and "Old People Shouldn't Drive" groups suggest you're NOT the type of person a college wants to admit)
  • Unsubscribe from any groups that promote illegal activity (again, the "I Love Getting Stoned" and "Budweiser Rules" groups will give the admissions folks reservations about your application)
  • Remove contact information such as your phone number and address--not only is this a safety issue, but inclusion of such information shows bad judgment on your part.
  • Choose an attractive and professional-looking photo for your profile picture
  • Visit your site frequently to un-tag any unflattering photos your friends may have posted
  • Don't Tweet or write anything on your wall that you wouldn't want a college admissions officer to see

Many people will suggest that you block access to your account so that no one but your friends can view your site. This is good advice, but some housecleaning is still a good idea. It's hard to keep track of your online friends once you have hundreds of them, and it's hard to know who might be looking over the shoulder of one of your "friends."


Also, realize that you can actually turn the tables on those nosey employers and admissions officers who might be snooping around your site.

Use your site to make yourself look good. Think of it as a free place to promote yourself and increase your chance of acceptance. For example, you can

  • Post pictures that show you doing constructive things (reading to kids, doing volunteer work, restoring a car)
  • Post pictures that show you and your friends in a positive light -- colleges and employers want applicants with healthy social skills
  • Post travel pictures -- those worldly experiences are a plus
  • Join groups that have positive messages (breast cancer awareness, peace not war, and so on)

If approached thoughtfully, social networking sites can be one more tool to help you get into your top choice colleges.


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