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Welcome to Senior Seminar! This page contains information specifically for seniors. However, much of the information is good for sophomores and juniors to know as well. At the bottom of the page are documents to download or peruse.

Graduation will by Friday, May 8th, 2020
7:30 p.m.
A. S. "Bro" Erwin Stadium

SENIORS- things to remember...

Seniors last day of school, if you have passed all of your classes, will be Friday, May 1st.


The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the YOUniversal Application came online October 1st.  You'll be using your and your parents' 2018 federal income tax form and W2s to complete this.   Sometimes parents have not filed in several years and are reluctant to do the FAFSA. I do want parents to understand that your child cannot qualify for state or federal funding if you do not complete the FAFSA. 
I'm happy to help any parent or student who wants to do the state YOUniversal application or their FAFSA. Just give me a call to schedule a time.  You'll need parents and students both, if possible, to be together to do these.   You'll also need other information.  Click here for that list: 

 Arkansas Rehabilitation Services 

Students who have physical, mental, emotional, or psychological disabilities that may hinder or preclude their getting an education or training after high school may be eligible for funding or special help through the Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.  Our students had the opportunity to meet individually with a representative from this agency, Mrs. Ariel Inman, at school.  At that time, she will determine if the student may qualify and will request papers such as a medical diagnosis, parents' and student federal income tax forms, copies of IEPs or 504 Plans, report cards, and final transcripts.  If you think you may be eligible, it would help you to go ahead and collect those documents as soon as they are ready.  The checksheet of what you need to bring with you to the meeting is below at the bottom of the page and is called Items List for Questionnaire.  You'll also need to complete the ARS Intake Form, which is also below.  http://ace.arkansas.gov/arRehabServices/Pages/default.aspx

Students who are younger than 18 years of age must have a Parental Consent form signed by a parents.  You may find that form at the bottom of this page.  

Senior Seminar Schedule
Once a month I will be meeting with seniors in the computer lab, Main Building, Room 305.  You will meet during your normally scheduled senior English class time.  During that time, we will work on college and career exploration, personal assessments, resumes, essays, college admission and scholarship applications, scholarship searches, and financial aid paperwork.  This is a very important work time for you.  If you are not scheduled in a senior English class, I encourage you to find a time period when you can meet each month with us.
Next Senior Seminar:

Wednesday, October 9th- Mrs. Hall's 4th period &
 Mrs. Schoonover's 5th adn 7th periods

Friday, October 11th- Mrs. Wallace's 1st, 4th, 5, 6th, and 8th
Mrs. Betcher's 7th and 8th

If  you missed these, please log into Google Classroom to catch up. 


The Arkansas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers Director is a tremendous resource.  Go here to get a quick snapshot of important information for all Arkansas colleges and universities:


Check your schools' web sites for important days.


I'm in Room 305 in the Main Building! 
 I plan to be in there everyday, if possible, during 2nd period.   I've got computers for you to use to come in and work on applications, resumes, college and scholarship searches, and anything else we need to attend to.   Feel free to text me, email, phone, leave a message in my grey box by Ms. Greer's office door, or come see me!  Remember to watch your deadlines and don't wait until the last minute.  That's the best way to avoid stressing about all you need to do!
I will share dates I KNOW I will not be there here:


There is a gold form to request a transcript in the grey box beside the office door of Room 127.  These forms are also available at The Counseling Center in the North Building. Fill the form out completely & take it to Mrs. Sandy Burnett in the BHS North Counseling Office. Mrs. Burnett will then send your transcript electronically, 
as well as a hard copy. You may also mark that we send your shot records with your transcript.  This will also include all SAT and ACT scores that we have been given.  Please allow at least 5 days advance notice in order to get your records sent in a timely fashion. 
 You must fill this form out to get a transcript sent. 
Do NOT go to the MAIN office to request this. The secretaries there do not have your complete file to send all that is required.

Letters of Recommendation
Don't forget to ask for these at least 2 weeks in advance, to give the 
recommender a LOR Request form and a copy of your resume, and to
 say "thank you!" for doing it for you!
Remember you can upload the LOR Request form from below.
I've also loaded a resume template at the bottom of this page for you to use. 

Days for College Visits
 You are given two excused days to visit colleges during your senior year.  You may not rollover unused junior days into your senior year.  I strongly encourage you to visit those schools you are considering.  For ideas and suggestions on how to make the most of your visit, check these links: 


Right now, you should be making college visits (remember you get two excused), working on  your resume, using Fastweb and Fund My Future (and more), studying for the ACT and/or SAT, and completing applications. 
 You should have a list of schools with their deadlines in bold type.
If you're not going to a university, you should be contacting places for job information, apprenticeship applications, or military recruiters. 


Many of you will be getting AWARD LETTERS from your schools. Here is a link to an article that explains more about such letters. In addition, there is a comparison chart that may help you sort out the aid offered by different colleges.


Below is a link from Hendrix College with a copy of an award letter.  Notice that it is divided by semester and list expenses and awards, as well as payment options.
Here are two more helpful website devoted to understanding award letters:

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Students who are at least 17 years old and who would like to 
register to vote may pick up a form in The Counseling Center.  

Character Traits
Employers tell me over and over again that a formidable problem they have is finding employees with SOFT SKILLS.  Included in these are many of the character traits we'll be talking about each month.  

Selective Service Registration
Males who have turned 18 years old are required to register with the Selective Service.  Go to www.sss.gov to do so.  
Remember, failure to register precludes your eligibility for 
federal student aid.  


Arkansas NEXT
 This is the 2018-2019 version of the magazine.  There is wonderful information that you can still use now.    Go to www.arkansasnext.com. You can 'like' them on Facebook at Facebook.com/ArkansasNext and get daily posts about financial aide, high school, ACTs/SATs, campus life, scholarships, internships, contests, and giveaways!

Writing Help
Purdue University has a wonderfully helpful site for questions about writing.  I think it's also useful in studying for the English section of the ACT/SAT.  Here's the main link:



Interested in the performing and visual arts?  The website below has a list of college fairs for those majors.  The nearest to us is in St. Louis in early October.  Click on the link below to learn more. 





http://studentaid.ed.gov/types/grants-scholarships is the federal government's web page for scholarship searches and a lot of valuable information.


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