Junior Message Board

Please click on the following link to access "Post High School Plans for Juniors"
 

High Five Scholarships
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Delaware County Bank
Student Board of Directors
- Must reside in Delaware or Union County
- Must have 3.0 or better GPA
Must submit application along with a 250 word essay titled "Why I am interested in serving on the Student Board of Directors?"
Please click on the following link for information and application:  https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByK1BkB5ltp3cVc2azM1V2pUT1E/edit?usp=sharing
Deadline:  Friday, November 1, 2013

Class of 2015

The2013-2014 school year promises to be a busy time especially for Juniors.  The Junior Message Board will help keep you posted on general information and linked to areas of the website with the most recent college representative visits, special opportunities, and important information updates.
 
Junior Jumpstart - Fall
 
Things to consider:
As you start your Junior year at MHS there are some things you need to keep in mind that will help you have the greatest opportunities for the coming years:
  1. Professional/Consistent Email - As you begin to pursue colleges/universities, financial aid resources, scholarships, community service opportunities, or employers, you need to have one consistent and professional email address where you can be reached.  A professional email is one that does not make reference to anything that may be deemed inappropriate for this level of contact.
  2. Grades - Make your best effort to raise your grades.  Remember that the admission counselors, scholarship committees, employers, etc. do not know you.  They see your work ethic and possible potential in the grades you display on your transcript.  The transcript of grades (GPA, Rank, Course Listing) you create by the end of this year will be the one you use to apply to college.
  3. Free Time - Employers, College Admissions Reps., Scholarship Committees want to know what you are doing in your free time.  It is a good idea to add community service or employment to your resume if possible.  Remember, when trying to gain admission to college, special programs, or scholarship, making yourself stand out as well rounded individual is important.
  4. Discover/Explore Your Passion - Use this school year to try to determine your areas of greatest interest.  Sign up for classes that will enhance your time/experience in that area of study.
Things to Take Advantage Of:
  1. College Representatives visiting MHS
  2. Guidance Website
    1. College Information
    2. Special Opportunities
    3. Career Information
    4. Junior Information
  3. Ohio Career Information System (OCIS)

College Representative Presentations

Representatives from a variety of colleges and universities come to MHS throughout the fall.   They are here to present you with information about their school, distribute materials, and answer your questions.  College Representative meeting dates are put on the announcements, posted outside the Guidance Office, and listed on the website at College Representatives
If you wish to participate in these small group sessions, here is what you need to do:
  1. Stop in the Guidance Office and sign in the College Rep Visit Notebook under the school(s) you wish to see.
  2. Ask Mrs. LaRoche how to fill out the college rep meeting card.
    • College Rep. Meeting Card = prior to the day of the college Rep visit, show this card to  to the appropriate teacher and have them sign off on it.  You will then be released to the Guidance Office for the meeting that day.  You must remember the meeting dates; we will not come to get you from class.
College Representative Visits are a great opportunity for you to get information and ask questions.  Please take advantage of them.  You are not committed to anything by attending - you are only there to learn.  Some that are visiting Now:  Mount Union, Defiance, Kettering, Toledo, Case Western, Findlay, Bowling Green, Bluffton, Otterbein....and many many more!
Please go the the College Representative tab for dates and times. 
Be sure to Check the Website often and listen to daily announcements.  The list is updated frequently.
 
College Information Night
MHS will be hosting:
College Information Night
Wednesday, Sept. 11th in the high school auditorium 7:00-9:00PM
This is a General college information session open to all MHS parents and students.
 
ACT/SAT
ACT/SAT are college entrance exams (Required for Admission)
Before you sign up for one of these exams be sure to check the test preferences of the school(s) you are interested in.
Registration materials for both test are available in the Guidance Office.  Students applying to very selective colleges may need to take the SAT II.  Check your college information for the preferred test(s).  Click on the following links to register.  ACT Registration and Information -  www.actstudent.org  
Sat Registration and Information - www.sat.collegeboard.com

College Visit

Another opportunity for Juniors is to take a college visit.  During your Junior year, you may take (2) college visit day.  Any additional days must be approved by Mr. Cook (Principal).

How to take a College Visit Day:

Visitation Authorization:  The student must bring a parent note to the Attendance Office notifying the school of the date of the college visit.

The Attendance Office will give the student a "Passport", which is confirmation of the visit, to be shown to the student;s teachers allowing that student to get assignments in advance for the upcoming absence.  Verification of the College Visit:  Within 48 hours of return to school (2 school days), the student must provide the Attendance Office with an official letter/note with university/college insignia verifying the student visit.

If all procedures above are met, the date will be marked as excused in attendance.

 

ADDitional Guidance Resources & information

Links to Scholarships Offered by Ohio colleges and universities -  http://www.studentcollegescholarships.com/ohio.html

Information for College-Bound Students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, or Other Disabilities - http://www.collegeacademicsupport.com

(This website includes links to the Offices of Disability Services at Ohio Colleges as well as links with information about the academic support services and counseling support services at these institutions.  This site also includes information about a comprehensive resource and planning guide for students with varying types of disabilities that can be ordered for those who would like more in-depth information about making the transition from high school to college.  The guide includes over 40 colleges that have developed specialized programs for students with disabilities, 58 additional colleges that offer services to provide supportive environments for students with varying types of disabilities prepare for the transition from high school to college.)

 

Free SAT and ACT preparation available online

Students interested in preparing for the ACT and SAT may access many resources at INFOhio’s Learning Express Library.  There they will find free practice tests for the ACT and SAT, as well as many advanced placement tests.  Students will need to create an account here, where they will log in and can keep track of their work.  To create an account please use the user name and password posted by the computers in the lab and library.


Junior Message Board - Winter Update

 
Juniors -the first semester is over and it is time to, once again, be mindful of your future plans.  As we talked about at the fall junior meeting, it is very important for you to give your best effort and finish the year with the best grades you can earn.
 
Remember -  If you are planning to go to college after high school, this transcript (with grades from 9th - 11th grade) will be the one you use to apply to college as well as apply for scholarships.  College Admissions Counselors don't personally know you, they rely on your transcript, quality of coursework, test scores, senior course selection, and resume of activities to paint a picture of your quality and appropriateness for their institution.  You are competing with thousands of other high school students for a finite number of freshman seats at an institution.
 
MAKE YOUR BEST IMPRESSION !

Here are some things to be aware of as you complete your junior year
:
  • Scheduling Classes for Senior Year - Scheduling materials will be coming out soon.  Regardless of your post high school plans (college, military, employment), to be the best candidate, it is important to keep your academic skills sharp.  So....
    • Select the most appropriate/challenging coursework for your senior year.
    • Check that you have met all graduation requirements (page 15 of Course Planning Book)
    • If you intend to go to college, make sure you are meeting the core requirements for college admission (page 17 of the Course Planning Book) which includes fine art and foreign language.
    • If you are interested in earning an Honors Diploma, please check the requirements (page 22 of the Course Planning Book) to make sure you are on track
    • Academic Recognition at Commencements - We believe it is important for universities to look carefully at the individual applicant to see beyond class designations, which can sometimes be skewed in a competitive high school like MHS.  Seniors will be honored at commencements based upon the following standards of academic achievement:
      • Valedictorians:  4.15 GPA** and above; 25 credits or more completed; 6 AP classes or more
      • Summa Cum Laude:  4.000 to 4.149 GPA**
      • Magna Cum Laude:  3.750 to 3.999 GPA**
      • Cum Laude:  3.500 to 3.749 GPA**
** GPA is computed on 7th semester grades.
No more than two Valedictorians will be selected to speak at commencements.  Candidates will submit an application and speech to a panel of teachers who will make the selections.

 

  • Special Programs You May Want to Consider - Hi-Point has special senior only programs that will give you elective credits and technical skills you can use to be employed or go to college.
    • Offered at MHS - Teaching Professions III, Construction Trades III, and Health Tech III.
    • Offered at Hi-Point - Administrative Office Specialist and Medical Care Services. (in the Course Planning Book)
    • Post Secondary Enrollment (PSEO) - taking college courses while in high school. 
  • ACT/SAT - If you are planning to go to college, it is in your best interest to take the ACT or SAT (or both - including the writing portion) at least once before the end of your junior year.  Check the college(s)/university(s) you are interested in to see if there is a test preference.  Registration and test dates can be found at the following link.  Testing - (Please scroll part way down the page to find ACT/SAT information)
  •  Communication - In corresponding with a college/university, scholarship committee, financial aid representative, or coach, make sure you have a "professional and consistent (not changing)" email address.
    • The Interest Factor - College Admissions offices are taking notice of applicants who visit the schools website and post questions to representatives and programs as well as to those who are making "official visits".  Showing "official" interest may help you gain consideration especially in competitive programs.
    • Facebook & Twitter - Clean up your Facebook & Twitter pages - people are looking.  Some employers and universities look at these accounts and use this information in their decision making process.  One MHS parent recently shared that a college coach gathered the entire team to discuss Facebook.  It was made clear that there is an expectation for the student athletes to represent themselves and the university with quality and dignity.
AGAIN - MAKE YOUR BEST IMPRESSION !
Final Notes:
You can find the "Post High School Plans" pamphlet you received in the fall at the top of the Junior Message Board.  There is a great deal of information in that pamphlet concerning scheduling classes, college questions, financial aid websites, etc.  Take some time to look through it as you complete your junior year.
Above All:  If you have questions or need help, see your counselor.
 
How Can We Help?
There are four counselors in the Guidance Office.  The counselor assignments will be as follows according to the student's last name:
A - D       Mrs. Janel Chapman
E - K        Mrs. Abby Watson
L - Roc    Mrs. BJ Adams
Rod - Z    Mrs. Linda Proehl
Each counselor  is responsible for all aspects of the student's educational programming, which includes scheduling, college applications, special education needs, and Ohio Hi-Point

 


 

 Special Opportunities...

...are various events, information sessions, visit days, college fairs, etc. that are offered to students.  Please go to the College Special Opportunities page of the website for a list of current opportunities.  Check it often as it will be updated frequently.

Military
Please go to the Military page of the website for a list of Military websites and special opportunities.
 
 
 
 
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