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Tuscumbia Guidance Program
Guidance is an integral part of each school's total educational program.  It is developmental by design and includes sequential activities organized and implemented by the school counselor with support of teachers, administrators, students and parents.  The guidance program includes:
1. Guidance Curriculum - career education, anti-bullying, character education, academic development, etc.
2. Individual planning - four year plans, ACT prep, college prep, etc.
3. Responsive Services - being available when a student needs me.
4. System support - ITV coordinator, district testing coordinator, MOSIS coordinator, A+ coordinator, Senior class sponsor, & NHS Advisor
*The guidance program is designed to address the needs of all students by helping them acquire competencies in career planning and exploration, knowledge of self and others, and educational and vocational development.
Please feel free to call me or email me anytime. 
Becky King
rking@tuscumbialions.k12.mo.us
(573) 369-2374 ext. 118
 
Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see ~Mark Twain

New Scholarships

posted Feb 10, 2017, 6:32 AM by Brittany Gaines   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 9:09 AM ]

Be sure to check out the recently added scholarships!!!
Local Scholarships attached :)

Important FAFSA information

posted Jan 25, 2017, 6:26 AM by Brittany Gaines   [ updated Jan 25, 2017, 6:27 AM ]

Parents- make sure you keep a record of your FSA ID username and password.  You will need it every year to fill out your students FAFSA.  It is almost impossible to recover if you lose it :(
FAFSA needs to be filled out by February 1st to be eligible for the MO Access Grant.

Check out the New Scholarships added to the Financial Aid Tab!!!!

posted Jan 17, 2017, 8:01 AM by Brittany Gaines   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 8:03 AM ]

There is a list of new scholarships on the link that  I added to the financial aid/college info tab it is under: New List of Student Scholarships
  • Quite a few of them are for 13 years old and up
  • Deadline for the new list of scholarships is January 31st so don't wait!!

Parents of Seniors

posted Jan 16, 2017, 7:18 AM by Brittany Gaines   [ updated Jan 16, 2017, 7:40 AM ]

Make sure you and your student have filled out the 17/18 FAFSA before February 1st

Here is my advice for anyone finding themselves deciding between 2 schools or 20 schools:
  1. Review and compare the financial aid packages to see who is giving you the most free money and best deal. 
  2. Consider your major and the opportunities for it at each school. By opportunities I mean, internships, job placement upon graduation, class options and offerings, the department professors (check out professor ratings online if you wish!). 
  3. What are your child's needs/wants? Talk with your son or daughter about what they want out of their college experience and make sure the final choice meets all or most of these. 
  4. Consider the question: In ten years where will I want to be and will this college and degree get me there?
  5. Rank the schools one through whatever - have parents and the college bound kid do this and see how your lists compare. Then discuss factors that played into your choice/decision on each ranking.

Commitment Art Work

posted Jan 16, 2017, 7:17 AM by Brittany Gaines   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 10:43 AM ]


Character Word of the Month

posted Jan 16, 2017, 7:11 AM by Brittany Gaines   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 10:45 AM ]

Character trait of the Month:
August- Courage
September- Respect
October- Responsibility
November- Citizenship
December- Kindness/Compassion
January-Commitment    
February- Honesty

Senior Tasks- December

posted Jun 9, 2016, 7:19 AM by Brittany Gaines   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 8:00 AM ]

College Bound
  • The most important: Enjoy time with family and friends! Use the break to get a little R&R!
  • Submit the FAFSA if you haven't yet. 
    • Seniors will be filling out the FSA ID portion on Friday during 5th hour
    • Parent workshop to finish the FASFA is December 13th at 6:00 pm
  • Verify early this month that all your paperwork is turned into the admissions office at the colleges you have applied to: 
    1. ACT/SAT scores - latest & best
    2. Transcripts
    3. Supplemental Materials
    4. Application
    5. Scholarship App
  • Continue to apply for scholarships that come your way - get creative with the scholarship of the week - Create-A-Greeting Card
  • Check the mail for acceptance letters! 
Enlisting in the Military:
  • Sign up in my office to take the ASVAB on October 5th (if you need to raise your score)
  • Set up appointments with each military branch
  • Senior males sign up for the selective service 
Entering the Workforce:
  • Revisit your Missouri Connections website
  • Research places to work and start networking
  • Job Shadow
  • If you are eligible for Vocational Rehabilitation schedule a meeting
  • Work on your Resume
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Senior males sign up for the selective service 

Character Counts

posted Aug 13, 2013, 9:42 AM by Brittany Gaines   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 10:43 AM ]

Character trait of the Month:
August- Courage
September- Respect
October- Responsibility
November- Citizenship
December- Kindness/Compassion
 
You've been RACK'D
All month we are doing a kindness countdown to Christmas with a Random Act of Christmas Kindness Advent Calendar.  I will post the kind act for each day on here so you can encourage your student to demonstrate it each day :)

December 1st- Write a letter to a sibling or friend telling them why you care about them
December 2nd- Bake a batch of cookies with a parent and deliver them to someone who could use a lift.
December 3rd- Bring a gift for you wonderful teachers.  They deserve it :)
December 4th- Sit and chat with a new friend at lunch.
December 5th- Make super top secret ornaments and leave them on a neighbors door.
December 6th- Lasso up your old clothes and donate them.  Help other children be well dressed this holiday season.
December 7th- Write a list of everything you are thankful for.  Hang it up and read it daily so you can remember.
December 8th- Draw a holiday picture for your relatives.  Show them the favorite part of your season.
December 9th- Sing a holiday song to someone you love.
December 10th- Do something super secret and super nice for your parents.  Watch their smiles and know that you made them.
December 11th- Make your bed and pick up around the hours.  You wouldn't want Santa to trip and fall when he comes to your house.

December 12th- Leave a treat out for the mail carrier so that some holiday cheer finds its way into their mailbag.
December 13th- Make a holiday card and mail it to someone you miss who is far away.
December 14- Tell Christmas jokes today and make someone giggle.
December 15- Take a walk with your family today and pick up any litter you see.
December 16- Donate the toys you've outgrown to a local toy drive.  They will be new to someone else.
December 17- Help your siblings or parents do a chore they don't like to do. Try to make it fun for all of you.
December 18-Greet each new person you see all day with a smile.
December 19- Read your favorite book to someone you care for.
December 20- Invite a new friend over to play.  Let THEM pick the games.
December 21- Pay a compliment to each person you see today.
December 22- Leave a special secret note inside your favorite library book.
December 23- Make a friendship bracelet for a friend.
December 24- Write a poem for someone you care about, and leave it for them to find.

Upcoming Events 2016/2017

posted Oct 11, 2012, 8:53 AM by Brittany Gaines   [ updated Feb 10, 2017, 6:33 AM ]

Homecoming February 10th- Senior Chili supper
No school February 20th 
Local scholarships will be passed out to the seniors next month- they will be due at the beginning of April.

Parents of Seniors

posted Oct 11, 2012, 8:46 AM by Brittany Gaines   [ updated Dec 9, 2016, 1:52 PM ]

Here is my advice for anyone finding themselves deciding between 2 schools or 20 schools:
  1. Review and compare the financial aid packages to see who is giving you the most free money and best deal. 
  2. Consider your major and the opportunities for it at each school. By opportunities I mean, internships, job placement upon graduation, class options and offerings, the department professors (check out professor ratings online if you wish!). 
  3. What are your child's needs/wants? Talk with your son or daughter about what they want out of their college experience and make sure the final choice meets all or most of these. 
  4. Consider the question: In ten years where will I want to be and will this college and degree get me there?
  5. Rank the schools one through whatever - have parents and the college bound kid do this and see how your lists compare. Then discuss factors that played into your choice/decision on each ranking.
I hope this helps some of you who may be making college decisions over break with your child. 



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