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FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL                                     February 2019

GUIDANCE NEWS

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Thursday, February 28, at 6:00 p.m. in the FHS Library, the Guidance Department will host an informational evening about the college admissions process, including the search and research process.  While this presentation is geared towards juniors in their junior spring, it is open to anyone who wants to learn more about the process.



Juniors/third-year students


On Tuesday, April 9, 2019, all juniors/third-year students will take the SAT for English and mathematics, here at Freeport High School. Our office will be registering all third-year students automatically, and the State of Maine is covering the total cost of testing. 


Students who are preparing to take the SAT may want to review the new SAT Student Guide.  Please click on the following link to access the guide: 2018-19 SAT Student Guide.


When students take this test, they are presented with a questionnaire that helps connect them with educational and financial aid opportunities.  Parents/guardians may view this questionnaire (otherwise known as the "Student Answer Sheet Instructions") ahead of time by clicking on the following link: SAT School Day Student Answer Sheet Instructions.



Thursday, March 21st, at 6:00 P.M. FPAC

Financial Planning with Bill Smith


FHS Sophomores and Juniors!  PSAT scores were released!


In ADVISORY, you received your very important ACCESS CODE (on a paper strip with your name on it).  This is the link you will need to access your PSAT scores in your CollegeBoard account.


If you already have a CollegeBoard account, log in and enter your access code when prompted.  You will then be able to view your entire score report and additional supports for the SAT exam.

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If you do not already have a CollegeBoard account, you will need to create one.  Log in to www.collegeboard.org and create a new account.  Make sure to record your username and password somewhere easy to locate in the future...you will need to log in again and again!  After your account is set up, you will enter your access code when prompted, and then be able to view your entire score report and additional supports for the SAT exam.


**Do not set up two different CollegeBoard accounts!  If you think you may already have an account, but you can’t remember, go to Log In and request your forgotten username/password. It can make things difficult for you to retrieve all of your information in the future, if your name is associated with two different accounts**


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It is highly recommended that you also set up an account with Khan Academy.  You can do this at www.satpractice.org or www.khanacademy.org.  Either address will direct you to Khan Academy’s homepage.  From here, you will click on Sign Up, and then click on to sign up as a Learner. Then go ahead and set up your account.  


The last and crucial part is to click the button that asks if you want to connect your CollegeBoard account with your Khan Academy account.  Say YES to receive customized SAT practice with Khan Academy based on your PSAT  scores. You will be able to access SAT practice questions and sections that are geared to some of your weaker areas, giving you free and personalized support.  It is a fantastic support for SAT preparation if you use it!!


If you need support logging into your account or accessing your scores, the CollegeBoard SAT Student Phone Line is: 1-866-756-7346.  It may take some time on hold as this tends to be a busy time of year for students contacting CollegeBoard, but it is worth your effort.  For any other questions, please don’t hesitate to stop down to the Guidance Office where we can assist you with your questions.


Cheers, your Freeport High School Guidance Team



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Have questions about the FSA ID or FAFSA?
File as soon as possible
Filing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to receiving financial aid. 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.

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:  August 26 (registration deadline 7/28)            ACT:  September 9  (reg. deadline 8/4)

          October 7 (registration deadline 9/8)                         October 28  (reg. deadline 9/22)

          November 4 (registration deadline 10/5)                         December 9  (reg. deadline 11/3)

     December 2 (registration deadline 11/2)                      February 10 (reg. deadline 3/9

March 10  (registration deadline 2/9)                      April 14 (reg. deadline 5/5)

May 5 (registration deadline 4/6)                                June 9 (reg. deadline 5/4)

          June 2 (registration deadline 5/3)                            July 14 (reg. deadline 6/15)

    **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 School Counselor Testing Coordinator roga@rsu5.org Ext. 306Dana Clark School Counselor  Guidance Team Leader 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