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Senior Newsletter #3-Nov/Dec

Senior Newsletter #3

Nov/Dec 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.






ACT testing dates                       Registration Deadline                 Late Registration Period              Registration Fee

February 10                               January 12                                 Jan 13-19                                   $46.00 (no writing)

April 14                                     March 9                               Mar 10-23                           $62.50 (plus writing)


Neither of these testing dates are given here at FSHS.  You will have to go to Bowling Green to take the ACT for these 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

December 2                               November 2                              November 21                             $46.00 (no essay)

March 10                                   February 9                                 February 28                               $60.00 (with essay)


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


FAFSA-Colleges want this filled out ASAP so they can determine your financial aid package (SAR).

If you need help applying for the FAFSA, you can go to https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa for directions on how to fill out the FAFSA. Below is an online self help guide.





Fill out the FAFSA


Basic FAFSA info: what it is; how do you fill it out


Dependency status for FAFSA purposes


Determining which parents info to report


How aid is calculated


Types of aid



Tips for Getting Aid without Delay!

Financial aid administrators and guidance counselors from around the country agree that the following tips speed up the application process.

  • Important: Read the instructions!
    Many questions on the FAFSA are straightforward, like your Social Security Number. But many questions are asked specifically for purposes of student financial aid. Common words like "household," "investments," and even "parent" may have special meaning. Read all instructions carefully.
  • Apply Early!
    State and school deadlines will vary and tend to be early. Please check with the university or college of your choice to make sure you are on time.

Federal Student Aid will process your FAFSA if it is received on or before the deadline. However, in order for you to actually receive aid, your school must have correct, complete FAFSA information before your last day of enrollment.

  • Complete Your Tax Return!
    We recommend that you (and your parents if you are a dependent student) complete your tax return before filling out your FAFSA. This will make completing the FAFSA easier. If you have not filed your tax return yet, you can still submit your FAFSA but you must provide correct income and tax data once you have filed.
  • Ask: Do I Need Additional Forms?
    Many schools and states rely on the FAFSA as the single application for student aid. However, it would be wise to check with your state agency and the financial aid office at the school that you plan to attend to find out if they require additional forms.

Source:  www.fafsa.ed.gov

Scholarships (in order by due date and all NEW)                       

UK Competitive Scholarships

The UK competitive scholarship program (ranges from tuition to all expenses paid), is for students with a minimum test score of 31 ACT or 1360 SAT (Math + Reading) and minimum unweighted GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Minimum test score requirements are based on the composite or total score from one test date.  To apply, students must complete and submit the competitive academic scholarship section of the Undergraduate Admission application by December 1st. For more information, go to www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarship-incoming-freshmen.


Cherry Presidential Scholarship at WKU

  • 3.8+ Unweighted GPA & 31+ ACT     
  • $16,000 for selected recipients
  • $12,000 for finalists     
  • Application deadline: December 1st
  • Renewable with 3.4 GPA


The Admissions Application serves as the initial application for the Cherry Presidential.  Students who qualify and wish to compete for the Cherry Presidential must complete both the Admissions Application and an Honors College application.  This is a two-step process and both steps must be completed by December 1:  Apply for Admission, Apply for Honors.  Students competing for the Cherry Presidential are encouraged to begin the application process well before the December 1 deadline. For more information, go to www.wku.edu/scholarship/.


Brown Fellows Program at U of L or Centre College

Brown Fellows is a prestigious enrichment program aimed at preparing students for twenty-first century careers.  It is open to residents and non-residents of Kentucky with a 31 ACT or 1360 SAT (CR + M) and 3.35 GPA. The following must be provided: 

  • One essay answering - In 500 words or fewer, please imagine a leadership project you might propose to undertake if you are chosen for the Brown Fellows program. Be as specific and concrete as possible, keeping in mind that your project may evolve over time as you develop it.
  • Letter of recommendation - teacher
  • Letter of recommendation - principal or counselor
  • Letter of recommendation - non-family member or community leader
  • 10 awards given each year

Recipients will be scholarly, well-rounded with diverse academic interests, and have a desire to stay in Kentucky after graduation. The amount of the award will be determined by the committee, but typically will include full tuition, and an allowance for room, board and books.  For more information and to apply, visit http://louisville.edu/admissions/aid/scholarships/jgb or  www.centre.edu/admission-aid/cost-aid/scholarships/brown-fellows-program/.  Deadline is December 15th.

The McConnell Scholarship Program at U of L

The McConnell Scholars Program is a cohort scholarship program at the University of Louisville limited to 10 Kentucky graduating high school seniors each year. It guarantees in-state undergraduate tuition to the University of Louisville for four years and offers four years of leadership development, intellectual enrichment and international travel – including an extended study abroad to China. A 3.35 GPA, 2 letters of recommendation and an essay are required.  Apply at http://louisville.edu/mcconnellcenter/scholars.  Deadline to apply is Dec 15th.


United Negro College Fund Scholarships

UNCF is the nation’s largest private scholarship provider to minority group members. Each year, they award more than $100 million in scholarships to more than 10,000 students at more than 1,100 schools across the country.  To apply, go to www.uncf.org/scholarships and click on “apply for a scholarship.”  Several scholarships are available with varying due dates.  Must complete the FAFSA to be eligible.


Burger King Scholarship

BURGER KING® Scholars awards are $1,000 each and may be used for educational expenses, such as tuition fees and books, during the first year of college or post-secondary vocational/technical school.  For students to qualify, they must be a high school senior and a resident of the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico that meets our criteria below.  To learn more about the program, please visit the Foundation’s website at www.bkmclamorefoundation.org/WhatWeDo/ScholarsProgram.

BURGER KING® Scholars Program criteria

Applicant must be a high school senior who:

  • Maintains a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher
  • Works part-time for a minimum of 10 hours per week or 40 weeks per year
  • Be actively involved in community service activities
  • Demonstrates financial need (1040 form required)
  • Plans to enroll in an accredited two/or four-year college, university, or vocational/technical school by fall of the application year

Deadline is December 15th.

AXA Achievement Scholarship

The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace.  To apply, go to https://www.scholarsapply.org/axa-achievement/. Deadline is December 15th or until 10,000 applications are received.


SAE Engineering Scholarships

Eligibility requirements consist of applicants intending to enroll in an engineering program accredited by ABET, be a high school senior, be a citizen, and meet certain academic requirements.  Several scholarships range in value from $400 to full tuition.  Deadline for university-sponsored scholarships is December 30th and scholarships that are endowed through the SAE Foundation is January 15th.  Apply online at http://students.sae.org/awdscholar/scholarships/engscholar/


GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program

Up to twenty, $10,000 renewable scholarships will be given to high school seniors who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity and citizenship at both school and in their community. Requirements include a 3.0 unweighted GPA, US Citizenship and enrollment at a four-year university in the fall 2018 semester. You may apply online at www.reaganfoundation.org/GE-RFScholarships.aspx. Deadline to apply is January 4th.


APIASF Scholarship Program

The APIASF General Scholarship is open to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) high school and college students who will be enrolling or are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited college or university as a degree-seeking undergraduate student in the upcoming academic year. There are multiple scholarship opportunities that vary in award amount, number of years, field of study, location, and more. For high school seniors, current college students, and students with GED entering college in Fall 2018.  To apply, go to http://www.apiasf.org/scholarship_apiasf.html.

Deadline is January 11th.


Kentuckiana Mensa Scholarship

Awards will be made on the basis of an essay of fewer than 550 words, which describes the applicant’s career, vocational, or academic goal toward which the scholarship is to provide aid.  Awards range from $500-$1000.  To download and print an official entry form via the Internet, go to www.mensafoundation.org/what-we-do/scholarships/us-scholarship-process/us-scholarship-application/.  Type 42134 in the zip code box & click “Find available scholarships.”  Read the steps & click on the scholarship application link at the bottom of the page. There are several scholarships you will be eligible for.  Deadline is January 15th


National Scholarships Available for seniors ranging from $1000-$7500

History buff? Enjoy Politics? Government or Military Service in Your Future?  Visit www.gwcf.org/AppDownload.html  for more details.  Deadline is January 15th.  This scholarship is for those students planning a career in government service. 


WKU Automatic Scholarships

Automatic Scholarships at WKU range from $1,500 to $8,000 per year.  Students must have a minimum 3.3 unweighted GPA and a 25 ACT to be considered.  To apply, students must complete and submit the admission application at www.wku.edu/admissions/ by January 15th.


Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Civil Engineering Scholarships **State** 

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet awards 10-20 new scholarships each year to qualifying students interested in attending the University of Kentucky (UK) or Western Kentucky University (WKU) or University of Louisville (UL) J. B. Speed School of Engineering to obtain a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE).   Students may also attend pre-engineering courses at Kentucky State University (KSU) or through the Kentucky Community and Technical College (KCTCS) system and complete their Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering (BSCE) at one of the accredited institutions.  The program includes summer and full-time work opportunities.  The scholarship deadline is Feb 1st, and the recipients will be notified by April 1st.  


For more info and a link to the application, please go to http://transportation.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Scholarships.aspx.


Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship

The Jackie Robinson Foundation assists increasing numbers of minority youths through the granting of four-year college scholarships and comprehensive practical support.  Applicants must be a minority student with an ACT composite score of 21 to be considered.  To apply, go to www.jackierobinson.org.  Deadline to apply is Feb 1st.


American Meteorological Society Freshman Scholarships **National**

These $2,500 renewable 2 year scholarships are for any high school seniors who intend to pursue careers in the atmospheric or related oceanic and hydrologic sciences.  Marine biology does not meet this requirement. Applications are available at https://www.ametsoc.org/ams/index.cfm/information-for/students/ams-scholarships-and-fellowships/ams-freshman-undergraduate-scholarship/ and are due by Feb 2nd.


Kentucky Farm Bureau Scholarship Program **State**

KFB will award 83 county and state college scholarships to high school seniors for the current school year.  Requirements include:  3.5 cumulative GPA or a 23 minimum ACT score, and be a child of a KFB member.  Applications can be downloaded at https://www.kyfb.com/federation/youth-development/scholarships/kentucky-farm-bureau-education-foundation/. Post mark deadline is February 28th. 


Imagine American Foundation Scholarships

Several $1,000 scholarships are available to high school students that plan on attending Spencerian College or Sullivan University in either Louisville or Lexington. To apply, go to https://www.imagine-america.org/applyforscholarships/.


College and Scholarship Search Tools

  1. www.schoolsoup.com has tons of scholarships to apply for.  Ranging from scholarships for outdoor lovers to dog lovers to engineering majors, this website has something for everyone.  Due dates vary, but don’t wait to apply!!


  1. www.studentscholarships.org – has hundreds of scholarships for you to look through with more being added every day.  Due dates are quickly approaching, so check it out today!


  1. www.collegemajors101.comNot sure what to major in when you go to college?  Check out College Majors 101 where every major has its own channel.  Includes videos, lists of accredited schools, employer lists, and more.





Western Kentucky University

Head for The Hill, on February 19th, 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. To register, go to www.wku.edu/headforthehill.  


University of Louisville

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

Transylvania University

Preview Day for students interested in Transy will be on February 17th.  Talk with current students and faculty members and learn about scholarships and financial aid.  For additional information or to RSVP you may call 1-800-872-6798 or go to www.transy.edu/admissions/visit/options.htm. Click on Previews Days to register.


Lindsey Wilson College

Fall Open House will be held on February 3rd.  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.


Eastern Kentucky University

Spotlight Days are Dec 2nd & Feb 3rd from 8:30 – 2:30 EST. 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 and Gold Open House will be on December 8th.  You will have the chance to hear about NKU’s admissions process, financial aide offerings, housing options campus life & scholarship opportunities. Register at https://www.nku.edu/admissions/undergrad/visit.html.


Kentucky Wesleyan College

Panther Preview Event for families will be March 24th.  There will be tours of campus and opportunities to meet with faculty and current students. Information on financial aid, athletics, student life and more will also be available.  Register online at https://kwc.edu/admissions/admissions-events/.


University of Louisville-Jefferson Community & Technical College Campus

This Ultra Information Session is designed for students wanting to attend U of L, but will begin their path at JCTC. Those students who do not meet U of L’s admissions requirements or have not completed the Pre-College Curriculum requirements by graduation should attend.  Sessions will be held on January 23rd and February 20th at JCTC in Louisville.  For more info and to register, visit http://louisville.edu/admissions/apply/transfer/ultra/programs-events/parent-student-info-session.


UK College of Engineering Annual Engineers Day

Engineers Day is open to all elementary, middle and high school students and their parents and friends. A drawing will be held for a $4,000 scholarship to a qualified high school student.  Contests with prizes, demonstrations, experiments and guided lab tours will be the focus of the day.  Engineers Day is Saturday, February 24th.  For more information, go to www.engr.uky.edu/eday.



Booklet will help seniors make transition to college


Kentucky students headed to college in the fall have a new resource to help them through their first year on campus.  Surviving College, a guide to students’ first year, is available for free from KHEAA.  The 36-page booklet includes the following sections:


  • Majors and class schedules;
  • Staying healthy and safe on campus;
  • Learning styles and study tips;
  • Campus life; and
  • Financial basics.


“Getting students enrolled in college or technical school is only half the battle,” said Susan Hopkins, KHEAA’s director of outreach services.  “Once they arrive on campus, we want to make sure they have the tools they need to survive, thrive and complete their program of study.”


To order a copy of Surviving College, email publications@kheaa.com or download a copy at https://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/search?q=surviving%20college.  Click on the first link on the page for a pdf of the booklet.