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Children increasingly are coming into contact with illegal drugs. Some children may smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol when still very young, but by the time they graduate high school, almost 40% of all teens have tried marijuana. We cannot assume that all children who smoke marijuana will become heroin addicts. However, the danger does exist, and research supports the progression of use.
Parents are still the most powerful inﬂuence in their children’s lives. Children who learn about the risks of drugs and alcohol from their parents are 50% less likely to use than those who don't. Please join us to learn how you can be part of the solution to this ever-growing concern in our community.
Featured speakers include:
A resource fair will take place from 5:30-6:30pm with the presentation beginning promptly at 6:30pm.
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We are pleased to share the 2017-2018 Common Application essay prompts with you. The changes you see below reflect the feedback of 108 Common App member colleges and more than 5,000 other Common App constituents, as well as consultation with our advisory committees and Board of Directors. Students represented the single largest share of constituent survey respondents (59%), followed by school counselors (23%), and teachers (11%).
We were gratified to learn that 91% of members and 90% of constituents agree or strongly agree that the current prompts are effective. In addition, the narrative comments we received helped us see areas for improvement in three of the prompts. Working in close consultation with the counselors and admission officers on our advisory committees, we revised these prompts in a way that we believe will help students see expanded opportunities for expressing themselves. Those revisions appear in italics. You will also notice two new prompts. The first asks students to share examples of their intellectual curiosity. The second is a return to inviting students to submit an essay on a topic of their choice, reframed to help students understand that they are welcome to draw inspiration from multiple sources, not just their own creativity.
The word limit on the essay will remain at 650.
The goal of these revisions is to help all applicants, regardless of background or access to counseling, see themselves and their stories within the prompts. They are designed to invite unencumbered discussions of character and community, identity, and aspiration. To this end, we will be creating new educational resources to help students both understand and approach the opportunities the essay presents for them.
2017-2018 Common Application Essay Prompts
7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design. [New]
Applications are now available in Student Services for students interested in completing a course this summer toward earning Certified Nursing Assistant certification. Stop by today to find out more!
Some helpful tips for Academic & Career Planning for the month of February:
On behalf of The American Legion, Department of Wisconsin, we are proud to announce our newest program – The Wisconsin American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy. This program is open to all Wisconsin students between their Junior and Senior years of High School and will provide first-hand experiences and insight into the operations of law enforcement agencies. It will also afford highly motivated young people an opportunity to consider law enforcement as a potential career choice. The program will be held at Fort McCoy. See the flyer below:
Thank you to all 8th-11th grade students and their families for completing the Course Selection process for 2017-18! FHS will begin the process of building a schedule based on your requests. In May, students will have the opportunity to view the courses they will have for the coming year, and actual schedules will be available in conjunction with the online enrollment period in August.
Is your student enrolled in an AP class? This past week, AP teachers discussed the AP Student Bulletin and information for test registration. Students interested in taking AP tests must register online between February 8 and February 17 using the student’s school email account.
Cost is $93 per test. Payment is due by February 17, 2017 to Student Services. Checks must be made out to Franklin High School.
We encourage you to speak with your student about participating in this opportunity. AP teachers and School Counselors are valuable resources if you have questions.
*Any student with an IEP or 504 who would like to apply for accommodations through the College Board should contact Mr. Decker by February 14, 2017.
Many colleges require a mid year report or an update on your first semester. Please check your college requirements and make sure you are taking steps to meet them! Please see your counselors with any questions! Don't delay!
Juniors! There is still time to prepare for the February 28th ACT test! You have many options! Search Free ACT Prep on line and find some valuable practice tests. The ZAP ACT workshop will be held at FHS on February 8th and 9th. Go to www.doorwaytocollege.com for more information. You may also check out a low cost on line program through actstudent.org.
Or stop by Student Services and see your School Counselor for more suggestions.
Are you looking for ideas on how to support your student's academics? Are you concerned about your child's grades? Curious about resources available at FHS? Check out this fantastic virtual newsletter the Counseling Department created with ideas and suggestions for how to support your son or daughter.