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FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL                                      January 2017

GUIDANCE NEWS

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PSAT Score Reports

All sophomore and junior students who took the PSAT with us in October received their full score report materials on Wednesday, January 4, 2017.  Our Guidance Team reviewed the PSAT score report, explained how to interpret results, and showed students how to set up their SAT practice accounts with College Board and Khan Academy.


Save the Date!!  February 9, 2017

Our guidance office is hosting a College Admissions and Financial Aid Informational evening, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the FPAC. This event is designed to assist Juniors and their parents as they navigate the upcoming college admissions process and look at financing the costs of college.  This event is open to any parent or student who would like more information.  Please feel free to join us!   


We will cover some key points, including: college admissions testing, researching colleges and building a list of colleges to consider, visiting college campuses, a general timeline of what to expect in the year ahead, and an extensive presentation about financial aid.  


Bill Smith is our guest speaker, presenting about financial aid.  He will discuss the different types of financial aid and how to qualify for as much aid as possible, taking the mystery out of financial aid and college cost for students and parents. He’ll discuss how to identify your student’s need and merit profile and demonstrate how to match that with college awarding policies so you can identify affordable colleges.  We are very excited to provide this opportunity for our FHS families, and hope you can attend and take advantage of this expert advice!


Bill Smith operates ScholarFITS LLC, a college financial aid counseling service.  Prior to running his business, Bill worked with colleges to program their financial aid policies into online financial aid estimators known as Net Price Calculators (NPCs). As Bill worked with more and more colleges he became an expert at calculating need: determining the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) using both the FAFSA and the CSS Profile methodologies. He also became an expert in "packaging," the process colleges use to determine how much merit and need based aid to award, and the mix of gift aid, loans, and work-study. Bill's early work made him the "go-to" resource when the federal government mandated that all colleges post Net Price Calculators in 2011. He authored and co-authored two definitive white papers on NPCs, and has spoken on financial aid issues at forums sponsored by the College Board, admissions and financial aid professional associations, and high schools.  Bill's BA is from Williams College and he has an MBA from Northwestern University.


Seniors: FAFSA Completion Event!

If you and your senior student have still not completed the FAFSA, and you would like individual help doing so, there is a local event that can help!  FAME, The Finance Authority of Maine, and the Brunswick High School Counseling Office, is sponsoring a free event at Brunswick High School on the evening of Wednesday, January 25, 2017.  This event is open to all seniors and their families in our RSU 5 District.  Arrive at Brunswick High School anytime between 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for individual help from the experts in completing the FAFSA. (please bring Social Security numbers for student and parent and 2015 Tax Return)


Seniors: Scholarship Applications

Senior students!  It’s that time of year to begin searching for scholarships to apply for, and taking the time to fill the applications out.  Our Guidance Office is in the process of updating our local scholarships that can be found on our Guidance website.  Please check our website for local scholarships to apply for, and for other scholarships to consider applying for.


Juniors: SAT Exam

All current junior students will be automatically registered, by our guidance office,  to take the SAT on Wednesday, April 5th. Students will be asked to report to FHS by 7:45 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5th, in order to begin the exam at 8:00 a.m.  A testing schedule with classroom assignments will be provided to students in March.   


Sophomores and Juniors: Visiting Colleges

February vacation and April vacation are great times to begin college visits!  If you have a family vacation planned, consider touring some schools that are on your route.  You can visit college websites for times of campus tours and group information sessions offered regularly at all schools, and register for a tour and/or information session. Visiting a variety of campus settings will help your student get a feel for what works for her/him – large vs. small, urban vs. suburban vs. rural – which will be very valuable as your student develops and refines her/his list of schools.


Sophomores and Juniors: Spring College & Career Fair

We will be taking a field trip with interested sophomores and juniors to the Spring College and Career Fair, held at the University of Southern Maine, Portland campus, on Wednesday, May 10, 2017.  Over 50 institutions will be attending this fair, and we are offering this as a free event to any interested sophomore or junior student at FHS. More detailed information will be forthcoming, so please stay tuned!


Region 10 Technical High School Visits

Student visits to Region 10 will soon begin!  FHS students have the option of taking the Region 10 bus over to Region 10 Technical High School in either a morning or afternoon session, and visit one or two programs.  This is a great way for students to discover whether a certain program is a good fit.  Any sophomore or junior students interested in visiting a program, or programs, should see Liz Peirce in the guidance office.


2017-2018 Course Registration

Our 2017-2018 Program of Studies is set for approval by the School Board before the beginning of February.  Shortly after that, our Guidance Office will start working on setting powerschool up for course registration and getting registration information out to students.  We expect to have students register for courses they would like to take next year, in late February and March.  Juniors will register first, then Sophomores, then Freshmen.  Each grade level will have an assigned week that the powerschool portal opens to allow for course requests.  Students will be able to register online in powerschool, and we will encourage students to see their guidance counselor during their registration week, for support with course selection.



FHS Guidance Curriculum Update

Our guidance office has been busy meeting with all students in all grade levels, and we wanted to share what we’ve been working on and what our plans are for the remainder of the school year.  See below for highlights at each grade level.


Class of 2020:

*Our freshmen students participated in Challenge Day, and then our guidance counselors ran a follow-up session with all freshmen, to reflect on the program outcomes and discuss how to keep the momentum.  Advisory groups got together to brainstorm ways to increase their level of connection with one another, to foster a greater “family” connection here at school, and to promote acceptance and open-mindedness.

*Our freshmen students opened up their school-issued Naviance accounts that they will use all throughout high school.  We showed students the many different options and resources available to them in Naviance, and we assigned them the task of creating a goal (academic or personal) and logging it in their account.


*Coming up next!  Our freshmen students will be taking two assessments in Naviance with our guidance counselors.  They will complete a Strengths Explorer assessment, to gain a deeper understanding of what their academic, personal and career strengths are.  They will also complete a Learning Style Inventory, to highlight how they learn best.


Class of 2019:

*Our sophomore students completed a personality type survey in Naviance called Do What You Are.  Personality type is the innate way people naturally see the world and make decisions.  Do What You Are helps students make more informed decisions about their future.  After all, people are happiest and most successful in work that allows them to use their greatest gifts, and personality type is the best way to determine what those gifts are.


*Coming up next!  Our sophomore students will be taking two assessments in Naviance with our guidance counselors.  First, they will complete a Career Interest Profiler and begin researching careers that match their personality style, as previously defined in the Do What You Are assessment.  They will also complete a Multiple Intelligence assessment, to gain a deeper understanding of their personal strengths and talents.


Class of 2018:

*Our junior students completed a personality type survey in Naviance called Do What You Are.  Personality type is the innate way people naturally see the world and make decisions.  Do What You Are helps students make more informed decisions about their future.  After all, people are happiest and most successful in work that allows them to use their greatest gifts, and personality type is the best way to determine what those gifts are.


*Coming up next!  Our junior students will be introduced to the SuperMatch college search tool in Naviance.  It is a really useful tool as students begin building their list of schools to consider applying to next year.  Additionally, juniors will begin working on their resume, using a Resume Builder program in Naviance.  Guidance counselors will hold junior meetings for all juniors in the spring, meeting one-on-one and discussing their individualized post-secondary plans.


Class of 2017:

*Our senior students have had their senior meetings with their counselor, to assist with their post-secondary planning.  Seniors have been introduced to using Naviance, with Common Application, to request transcripts, letters of recommendation, and submitting college applications.  Many students have already received letters of acceptance from colleges, which is exciting, and most college decisions will be coming in the next few months.  


*Coming up next!  Our senior students will be invited to attend scholarship workshops with our guidance counselors to discover the many, many generous offers of scholarship opportunity, and decide which they’d like to apply for.  We will offer assistance in researching and completing scholarship applications.  


Financial Aid Resources- October 2016


Need help_ Visit FAMEmaine.com_FAFSA
The 2017-2018 FAFSA is now available!
File as soon as possible
Filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to receiving financial aid. The 2017-2018 FAFSA became available on October 1 at FAFSA.gov. We recommend filing your FAFSA as soon as possible.

To complete the FAFSA, all students need an FSA ID--a username and password used to access FAFSA.gov. Additionally, if parent information is required on the FAFSA, one parent will also need his/her own FSA ID.
Have questions about the FSA ID or FAFSA?
We'll guide you through the process
We're hearing lots of questions this year regarding the FSA ID. If you need assistance with your FSA ID or FAFSA, come to one of FAME's free In-Person FAFSA Help sessions. Every session is staffed with a financial aid expert to guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. Find and register for an event near you:
Get online help at FAMEmaine.com
Prefer to get help at home?
Find the information you need to create your FSA ID and file your FAFSA at home:

Ready to tackle the FAFSA on your own? Visit FAFSA.gov to get started.


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SAT & ACT Information

The SAT and ACT dates and registration deadlines are listed below.  Students and their families are responsible for registering online for any tests they plan on taking.  Test site locations, registration instructions and other information are available at www.collegeboard.org and www.actstudent.org.


SAT:  November 5 (registration deadline 10/7)            ACT:  October 22  (reg. deadline 9/16)

          December 3 (registration deadline 11/3)                         December 10  (reg. deadline 11/4)

          January 21 (registration deadline 12/21)                         February 11  (reg. deadline 1/13)

          March 11 (registration deadline 2/10)                              April 8 (reg. deadline 3/3)

          May 6  (registration deadline 4/7)                                    June 10 (reg. deadline 5/5)

          June 3 (registration deadline 5/9)

    **Fee waivers are available through the Guidance Office for any family with financial hardship.  




 Freeport High School
30 Holbrook Street
Freeport, ME 04032
Phone: 207-865-4706        Fax: 207-865-2900
 Alexis Rog Guidance Team Leader/Counselor roga@rsu5.org Ext. 306Dana Clark School Counselor  Testing Coordinator clarkd@rsu5.org Ext. 304 Liz Peirce School Counselor Region 10 Coordinator peircel@rsu5.org Ext. 303
 Margarete Schnauck Social Worker schnauckm@rsu5.org Ext. 201Kim Callnan Registrar/Secretary callnank@rsu5.org Ext. 311   Sue Allen Secretary allens@rsu5.org Ext. 305