Monthly Update

EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL
COUNSELOR’S CORNER -- October 2017

High School Counseling Office
by Sarah Roper, Counselor &
Jennifer Conrad, Guidance Assistant

Welcome Back! All the students are settled in and class schedules are finalized. Tests are being taken and teachers are posting grades. Just a reminder, parents can see their student’s grades anytime by logging into Power School from the district’s web site at www.evergreen.k12.oh.us. The web site is also helpful for following announcements, homecoming information, and athletic schedules. If you have any questions regarding this update, please call the counseling office at 419-644-2951 ext 1107. We’re looking forward to a successful 2017-18 school year!

NEW HIGH SCHOOL COUNSELOR

Welcome Sarah Roper, new Evergreen High School Counselor. Mrs. Roper is available to help students with personal, social, and academic needs, as well as college and career planning. Mrs. Roper has over 18 years of experience working with students, families, and communities.

PROGRESS REPORTS & PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES

Student grade progress reports are available online through Power School, the parent/ student grade viewing system. Parents should review the report prior to parent-teacher conferences in order to make arrangements to attend. Power School is accessible with passwords through the Evergreen School District’s website at: www.evergreen.k12.oh.us.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, September 28 and Thursday, Oct 19 from 3-7:30 pm. Please note: conferences only consist one format. Most teachers will be in their assigned classrooms from 3-7:30 p.m. Teachers will be unavailable from 5:00-5:45 pm during their dinner break. Appointments are no longer necessary; however, if parents would like to make an appointment, they should contact their child’s teacher directly.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS

The College Credit Plus program (CCP) is available to students in grades 7-12 for the 2018- 2019 school year. This program allows students to attend college during the middle school and high school years. Each college has its own criteria for admissions.  This year, EHS will be hosting multiple CCP meetings in order to accommodate busy schedules, these meetings must be held before January 1, 2018. The first meeting to explain the program will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 6:00 pm for interested parents and students for the 2018-19 school year. Yes, this date is earlier than in the past due to new state regulations. If you are unable to attend this meeting, two more meetings will be available; both before Christmas break 2017, dates and times to be determined. Anyone interested in participating in the CCP program for 2017-18 must attend one of these meetings with the counselor (even if the student is a current participant). A letter with detailed information about the College Credit Plus program and a reminder about this meeting will be mailed home to the parents of all 6-11 grade students. 

TESTING

Please carefully review the following dates and mark your calendars for these important tests. Remember, it is important for students to be well rested and to eat a good breakfast prior to taking any test.

PSAT/NMSQT -- This test will be given on Wednesday, October 11 at the high school to any pre-registered sophomore or junior student. All sophomore and junior students were given a handout the middle of September with information about the PSAT. The registration deadline was September 15. This test measures verbal and mathematical reasoning skills that are important for success in college. A writing skills component is also included. This test provides practice for the SAT and ACT tests, which are used by colleges for admission purposes. The test also enters juniors into the National Merit Scholarship competition.

 ACT -- This test is designed for juniors and seniors who plan to attend college. This test is required by most four-year colleges in order to gain admission. Tests will be administered at various local high schools and colleges. Evergreen High School will administer the ACT at no charge to all juniors in March. Seniors and juniors (who want to test on a date other than the March test) should stop by the Counseling Office for registration materials and a study guide. Students may also register at: actstudent.org/start. Students need to include the Evergreen High School code of 363380 when they register. Check the registration materials for dates and details. ACT is now requiring that students upload a photo of themselves to the registration website and also provide a photo identification card when they arrive at the test center and their printed admission ticket. Students, who do not have internet access, may pick up paper registration materials in the counseling office.

SAT -- This test is also designed for college bound juniors and seniors. It is used for admission purposes by some colleges. Students should check with the college if they are not sure which test is required. SAT has several test dates throughout the year. Students can obtain registration and study materials in the Counseling Office. SAT is now requiring that students upload a photo of themselves to the registration website and also provide a photo identification card and a copy of their admission ticket when they arrive at the test center.

Ohio AIR Test --Students enrolled in English/Language Arts 9 and 10, American History/Government, Algebra 1, Geometry and Biology will take the Ohio Air Test.  Tests for the first semester will be administered in December. These tests will be administered online.

SOPHOMORE UPDATE

In November, the sophomores will meet with Mrs. Roper to learn about the opportunities available during their junior and senior years at Four County Career Center. Sophomores, who are interested, will also sign up to visit specific trade programs at Four County in December.

HOBY – Nominations are being accepted for the Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership Seminar. One sophomore will represent Evergreen High School at this leadership seminar held in June at Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio. The cost of the conference is $225. Announcements have been made to the students. Information is also available in the counseling office.  

JUNIOR & SENIOR NEWS

Even though school has just resumed, things are moving fast. Now is the time to be making decisions and firming up plans for the future 

College & Career Planning Information -- Check the counseling website for up-to-date information regarding the college and career planning process. Mrs. Roper and Mrs. Conrad met with all of the juniors and seniors in September and discussed the college planning process. Much of the information from those meetings is available on the counseling website.

Campus Visits -- Many colleges host campus visit days throughout the year. Students are strongly encouraged to spend some time on campus and take advantage of the visitation days. Students should stop in the Counseling Office often and note the many colleges offering open houses and specific dates. This information is also available on each college website.

Admission Representatives -- EHS will be hosting admission representatives from many colleges and universities this fall. Representatives will give presentations and answer questions about their respective schools. Interested students need to sign up in the Counseling Office. Some upcoming visits:       

Defiance College – Oct 2
Bowling Green State Univ – Oct 9
Indiana Technical Institute – Oct 9
Trine Univ – Oct 11
Bluffton Univ – Oct 12
Owens Community College – Oct 18

SENIOR COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID

Seniors were given information about the college financial aid process in September. Students are now able to complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid application on October 1, 2017. Students are encouraged to complete this process as soon as possible after October 1. Data from the students and parents taxes will be used. The FAFSA form can be found on the web at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Please make sure to access the FAFSA form at the address listed above and not any other web address. 

Financial Aid Night -- Lourdes University is hosting the 10th Annual High School Financial Aid Night. High school seniors, interested underclassmen, and their families, are encouraged to attend. Students who do not plan to attend Lourdes are invited to attend. There is no cost to attend. College financial aid officers will discuss the financial aid process and answer questions at the event.

  • Lourdes University on Wednesday, November 1 from 6:30-8:00 pm at the Franciscan Center at Lourdes University.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Please be aware -- many applications require an essay and deadlines approach quickly. Students need to stop by the Counseling Office or check the EHS website periodically to check out new postings and pick up applications.