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FREEPORT HIGH SCHOOL                                     June 2020

GUIDANCE NEWS

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Dear Students,

We recognize that we are living in unsettling times. Information is rapidly changing on a daily basis. It can be challenging to stay informed and to understand what information is “correct.” You might be worried about yourself, your friends, and family members. Having fears is normal. As information about Coronavirus unfolds, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions.

We are here to help you address your fears and to provide support when you need it. Please reach out to your School Counselor, Ms. Guyer, or Margarete if you need to talk. We are accessible during school hours via email and can even arrange a google hangout with you!

Be Well,
Ms. Clark, Ms. Peirce, Ms. Rog, Ms. Guyer, and Margarete


Please check out the WELLNESS link on our website for more information



IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE SUPPORT?

ALL NUMBERS BELOW are FREE and available to all ages 24/7

 

1. Life-threatening emergency - dial or text 911

2. Mental health emergency - State-wide Crisis –1(888)-568-1112 

3. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1(800)273-TALK (8255) 

4. Crisis Text option - Text home or hello to 741741

5. Sexual Assault Response Services 1(800)-871-7741 

6. Child Abuse Reporting - DHHS - 1(800)452-1999 

7. Information and referral service - State-wide - Dial 211 or text your zip code to 898-211


General Mental Health Tips


Join our Student Services Google Classroom for tools and tips during this time. Use the following code to join: euillxv


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We Got You...


Seniors: NEW Spring 2020 Opportunities HERE


Junior Meetings

Many of you had a junior meeting scheduled this month or maybe didn't have a chance to schedule one yet. Please reach out to your school counselor if you would like to connect. We can arrange a google hangout with you.


NEW Spring 2020 College Resources for Juniors HERE


Testing
THERE WILL BE NO SAT AND MEA SCIENCE TESTING FOR JUNIORS THIS SPRING 2020.  REQUIRED STATE TESTING HAS BEEN WAIVED.


AP Testing Information


Hi Everyone, here are some helpful updates for AP testing:


+All students will be able to take their AP exams online, from home, and each exam will only be 45 minutes long.


+AP Students page has been updated with help and information. Here is link to AP services:


Updated AP Exam information 4/29/20 HERE

 

 https://apstudents.collegeboard.org/coronavirus-updates



Resources for upcoming AP Exams

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Latest SAT Information:

Hello Class of 2021,

Even though a lot of colleges are waiving SAT/ACT scores for college admissions next year, a lot of students are still very much interested in taking the test anyway, and our guidance department recommends taking it at least once.  I will continue working on providing you all with an opportunity to test on a school day (October 14, 2020 is the likely date we would offer the SAT exam to your Class of 2021, at FHS), however, I still encourage you to consider registering for one of the regular SAT registration deadlines.  Below are details for priority registration, and a link to the Collegeboard website for registration.

Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available!

Registration Details

Beginning on May 28, the following students will get a week of early registration access to sign up for August, September, and October tests:

  • Students already registered for the June SAT or Subject Tests who didn’t cancel their registrations
  • Students in the high school class of 2021 and don’t have SAT scores

All students can register for the November and December tests starting on May 28. Registration for August, September, and October tests will open for all students on June 3.https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/dates-deadlines


                                              If you want to reach out to collegeboard for questions about AP and/or SAT, please use these student helplines:


SAT
Students and Parents
866-756-7346
sat@info.collegeboard.org

Advanced Placement Program® (AP)
Students and Parents
888-225-5427
apstudents@info.collegeboard.org


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Class of 2021 College Planning - For important information please look HERE

Class of 2020 - College Info Amidst Coronavirus - For important information please look HERE


College Assistance

Please contact Ms. Callnan if you are in need of SAT scores or a transcript. She is happy to assist you. If you have received your decisions and would like to consult with your school counselor reach out. We are happy to set up a chat or google hangout.


Google Classroom

Your Student Support Services have set up a google classroom to share stress & anxiety resources as well as positive messages. Please use this code to join: euillxv


We Got You

We recognize that we are living in unsettling times. Information is rapidly changing on a daily basis. It can be challenging to stay informed and to understand what information is “correct.” You might be worried about yourself, your friends, and family members. Having fears is normal. As information about Coronavirus unfolds, there can be a wide range of thoughts, feelings and reactions. 


We are here to help you address your fears and to provide support when you need it. Please reach out to your School Counselor. We are accessible during school hours via email and can even arrange a google hangout with you!


Be Well.


Mrs. Clark, Mrs. Peirce & Mrs. Rog


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Financial Aid Night with Bill Smith - Tuesday, June 2 from 5:30 - 7:00 PM

 

Bill Smith’s presentation takes the mystery out of financial aid and college cost for students and parents. Learn about the different types of financial aid and how to choose a college you can afford. Understanding financial aid enables you to make good college choices and informed decisions to manage college costs.

When: Tuesday, June 2, from 5:30 PM to 7:00PM

Where: An online Zoom meeting for Freeport High School families and guests 

Registration: Register in advance for this meeting here!


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Online College Class Options

Earn college credits while in high school! Take advantage of one of the University of Maine programs offered through the state to earn college credit - the state of Maine covers tuition while you pay for textbooks and a nominal course fee.


Please see your school counselor if you have any questions.


University of Maine - Early College Program (Academic Program)

https://umaine.edu/earlycollege/

https://umaine.edu/earlycollege/courses/spring-courses/


University of Maine: Augusta - Aspirations Program

Application Deadline: January 7

https://www.uma.edu/admission/early-college/

https://www.uma.edu/academics/online/courses/?doClassSearch=1&term=2010&career&location=V02035


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Your best score on the ACT/SAT comes from the best prep. Start this month with a free, instructor-led bootcamp from Kaplan. Review test content, learn strategies, and have your questions answered by the experts. Learn more.


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Hello Seniors, 

Here is the link to the Post Graduate Planning Webinar. This webinar gives an outline of the college application process. If you have any questions, please see your school counselor. 


Thanks!
Ms. Peirce, Ms. Clark, and Ms. Rog

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To view Master List of Courses for 2019-2020 click HERE

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Looking for ways to save on college tuition?


Did you know? Maine residents are eligible for more than 700 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through Tuition Break. https://nebhe.org/tuitionbreak/find-a-program/

Program Information: The programs are offered by public colleges and universities in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont — all at a substantial tuition discount. Eligible students are charged a tuition rate that is significantly less than the regular out-of-state tuition rate. Tuition rates and savings vary by institution. Average savings for a full-time student enrolled in the 2018-19 academic year was $7,900.

Eligibility: As a permanent resident of a New England state, a student is eligible for the RSP when enrolled in a degree program offered through the RSP by a specific public college or university in another New England state. Approved degree programs (associate, bachelor’s and graduate) for residents of each New England state are listed on the Find a Program page.

How does a student apply to enroll? A student first determines that a program is offered through the RSP by the college or university where they wish to enroll. A student then completes the college’s application for admission and declares the RSP degree program as their intended area of study. Once accepted to the college, a student should confirm that the college or university has granted RSP status.

Note: Some programs may have special requirements or may not be available to freshman students. NEBHE does not require a separate application.

HELPFUL LINKS:

Find all programs for Maine residents

View an alphabetical list of approved programs by degree level and area of study:

Associate Programs for Maine Residents

Bachelor’s Programs for Maine Residents

Have more questions? 

Please see your school counselor for more details.


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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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Need help_ Visit FAMEmaine.com_FAFSA
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.


FAME will also be sharing reminders and FAFSA completion tips via social media:
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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.


         

                                 
2020-21 SAT Administration Dates and Deadlines HERE


2019-2021 ACT Test Dates and Deadlines HERE



 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. 610Dana Clark School Counselor  Guidance Team Leader clarkd@rsu5.org Ext. 608 Liz Peirce School Counselor Region 10 Coordinator peircel@rsu5.org Ext. 606
 Margarete Schnauck Social Worker schnauckm@rsu5.org Ext. 628Kim Callnan Registrar/Secretary callnank@rsu5.org Ext. 612   Danielle Peterson Secretary petersond@rsu5.org Ext. 614